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My initial thoughts on the 2013 GRAMMY Awards

11 Feb

Another year of GRAMMY Awards have come and gone.  So much great music highlighted from the past year and of course a ton of great performances.  I’m also a fan of LL Cool J as the host, hopefully they bring him back for a third year.  So how about some ramblings from the show.

  • If you’ve ever seen Bruno Mars live you know what to expect from him and his band but their performance was just sick.  Sting singing a verse to “Locked Out of Heaven,” finally a tip of the hat to the Police influenced track and Rihanna joining the party with Ziggy and Damian Marley for a great tribute to Bob Marley. My favorite performance of the night.
  • Wow, what a great way to pay tribute to the late, great Levon Helm.  Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown, Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard and T Bone Burnett, wonderful performance.
  • Justin Timberlake with the band and orchestra, a tip of the hat and that I have to say overshadowed Jay-Z guesting for me.
  • How cool was the rain during the fun. performance? So stoked to see those guys jump to stardom but every time I see Nate Ruess I am reminded of The Format, man do I miss that band.
  • Mumford & Sons, well at least the escalated from that rickety little stage from a couple years ago.
  • The Lumineers I sure hope they are the Mumford of two years ago and just reach new heights after the GRAMMY Awards. Let’s see how many units they move in the next week.
  • The Black Keys with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was just simply rocking. Seen Dan Auerbach and Dr. John together but that collection of musicians, whoa.
  • Ed Sheeran getting to share the stage with Elton John, well done young man.
  • Jack White, a tip of the hat to you!
  • Frank Ocean, wish they would have had him perform earlier in the show.
  • LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip and Travis Barker – I’d love to see an entire concert with these four.
  • Was there an over/under on how many times they would show Taylor Swift?  And is there one song she didn’t sing along to?
  • Is it odd that I thought of The Hunger Games when they showed Carrie Underwood’s dress?  All it needed to do was catch fire!
  • Anyone else think John Mayer in the purple tux belonged in Alice in Wonderland and could have fit in the Taylor Swift performance?
  • I guess people know who Miguel is now.  A tip of the hat to @TonyDasco who’s been all about Miguel for two plus years.
  • Prince, he’s got to be up to something if he made an appearance.  I just wonder what.  I remember when he had his residency in Vegas, he would show up to one of the nightclubs I worked with an then have the curtains closed around him.  Odd then, odd now but still one of the greatest musicians/performers ever.
  • Did Kimbra and her ‘I’m not sure what she was wearing’ rival Bjork and her swan dress?
  • The other performances, meh. Or did I miss a great one?

Oh and the awards.  Here you go.

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Revisited: Bonnaroo 2011

13 Jun

10th anniversary of Bonnaroo is in the books and I’m ready to get tickets for next year. Being a Bonnaroo rookie, it was all about taking in as much of the experience as possible. After an afternoon waiting for everyone to fly in, rent the truck and an off the reservation experience at Walmart, we were on the road.  Some 60 miles and one wrong turn later, we arrived.  After finding the RV and unpacking enough food and booze to feed the entire stage crew for the festival, it was time to get the party started.  Meandering through the festival grounds at night it was hard to capture just how big the Bonnaroo fields are and how over 100,000 people flow in and out.  The first time you see it during the day, your jaw drops at the sight of an entire city being created in virtually the middle of nowhere.  If that’s what it takes for people to get along, be polite and just have a good time, I can live with that.

I also learned that no matter what bands you plan to see, you can go ahead and throw that plan out, it just isn’t going to happen and that’s a good thing.  Getting a chance to pop in and out of shows, listening to some new bands (and some old), wandering around the festival grounds and just kind of going with the flow seemed to be just fine.  Photos will be coming soon (I promise) but here are some of my highlights from Bonnaroo X.

My First Show: The Walkmen

My Final Show: Apache Relay

Best What Stage Show: The Black Keys

Best Which Stage Show(s):
G.Love/Warren Haynes

Best Tent Show: Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Best Overall Show: Walk The Moon

Biggest Surprise: Childish Gambino

Best Legend Show: three way tie – Robert Plant, Dr. John, Gregg Allman

Random Moment Of Awesomeness: blue blinkers dropping from the sky for Arcade Fire’s set

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: On Tap Stage – shows included Band of Heathens, Apache Relay, Chancellor Warhol, Mat McHugh, Pimps of Joytime, JEFF The Brotherhood, Bobby Long and more

Most Entertaining Show: Lil Wayne for the fact that at least 40,000 festival goers/hippies knew all the lyrics to his songs – you had to be there to understand where I’m coming from

Most Disappointing Moment: Terrible sound quality for the Buffalo Springfield show made it almost impossible to listen to (this saddened me more than anyone will ever know)

Next Big Thing:  Walk The Moon and Apache Relay

Top Party: the overflowing sea of madness for Girl Talk at 2:30am

Oddest Show That Was A Blast: Primus

Funky Good Time Show: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Band I Was Sad To Miss: GIVERS

Angriest Performer: Eminem

Best Intro: Lewis Black for Warren Haynes

What Would Have Been Great: a late night set from a headlining DJ

Top Roo’er: Guy trying to make the “World’s Biggest Glow Stick” (if you saw/met him, you know what I’m talking about)

Top Sports Bar Moment: Game 6 of the NBA finals was like the March Madness scene in Vegas (video coming soon).

Best Festival Eats: Bear Creek Farms’ hand cut French fries and Gravy

Best Broo’ers Festival Beer: Ashville Brewing Company’s Ninja Porter

Best Place To Cool Off: the cinema (if no line to wait)

Biggest Waste of Time: anything that involved a line

Shocker Of The Festival: no rain

Worst Part: Dust everywhere and if you didn’t have a bandana, you were SOL

Clutch Move: renting a pickup truck

Tip For Next Year: less junk food and more healthy food, bring laxatives and don’t go off the reservation

More Tips: flip flops are your enemy, dust sucks, that fountain water is filthier than Vegas’ Rehab, expect rain, drink water and more water

Countdown to Bonnaroo: One Month Away!

9 May

Today is a great day; we are one month away from Bonnaroo! In honor of this, our countdown to the Roo gets things going with the artist who originally coined the term Bonnaroo, Dr. John.

49 Days Until Bonnaroo, 49 Reasons To Look Forward to June 9-12

21 Apr

We are 49 days away from Bonnaroo!!  Since I’m claiming it as a holiday, here are 49 Reasons to look forward to Bonnaroo June 9-12.

49. Saying you are going to Tennessee just sounds so good

48. GIVERS are going to be going Up! Up! Up! after playing the festival

47. Bonnaroo Buzz from Ben & Jerry’s

46. Getting a chance to hear an amazing talent in Bobby Long

45. A good excuse to go buy galoshes

44. Justin’s Maple Almond Butter packets in tow

43. Donald Glover is part of the comedy line-up

42. Getting a chance to see The Band of Heathens live!

41. The legend, Henry Rollins

40. “Let’s Go Surfing” by The Drums

39.  Mud sliding during and after the rain

38. Sonic Stage

37. Florence Welch – I can’t wait to see her perform

36. Grace Potter

35. Matt & Kim’s intro music (Beastie Boys – “No Sleep Til Brooklyn”) and they’re fun live

34.  Check out the works on display at the Poster Art Exhibit

33. Portugal. The Man

32. The cinema but only if The Big Lebowski or My Blue Heaven are playing

31. Listening to Ryan Bingham play tracks off Mescalito, his first album

30. Since Jimmy Fallon announced the initial line-up maybe hope that he and The Roots show-up as a surprise guests

29. Old Crow Medicine Show belt out “Wagon Wheel”

28. Les Claypool

27. Checking out Eminem to see if he reaches way back and busts out D12 “Purple Pills”

26. The Black Keys rock out (I’ve been blown away by their performances twice this year already)

25. Grammy Winners Arcade Fire play yet another festival as a headliner and after years on the smaller stages

24. Getting down with Galactic

23. Late night with Bootsy Collins

22. A chance to see The Decemberists before the pack it in

21. Planet Roo

20. The only way I’ll see Lil Wayne because I know I wouldn’t buy a ticket to just his concert

19.  Have you ever seen Ray LaMontagne live?

18. Austin’s Finest – Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

17. The Silent Disco

16. Listen to blues music with G. Love

15. Lewis Black, nuff said

14. Party into the night with Girl Talk

13. Seeing the sun rise

12. Mumford & Sons play their largest show to date

11. The honor of seeing Mr. Robert Plant live

10. Hearing Warren Haynes play “Soulshine”

9. One more time to see Gregg Allman before it’s too late

8. Superjam

7. Late night with Dr. John and the Original Meters

6.  Surprise performances that are sure to be in store this year

5. Celebrate 25 years of Widespread Panic

4. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bonnaroo

3. String Cheese Incident do their thing

2. In my lifetime getting a chance to see Buffalo Springfield perform live

1. Four days listening to music and camping with great friends

Of course there are a whole lot more than 49 reasons to look forward to Bonnaroo so feel free to drop yours in the comment section below.

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