Desert Trip, Oldchella, Retirement community of the year, whatever you want to call it, it’s magical and being able to experience it with my family is priceless and amazing. Watching other families like ours enjoying the weekend is so joyous I only wish everyone had the opportunity. Seriously if you can make it next week, get online, buy tickets and be in Indio, it’s worth every moment.
Day two was a memorable one for the books! Neil Young and Promise of the Real delivered an incredible and rocking set to kickstart the night; Sir Paul McCartney as he always does, dazzled the crowd with his insane catalog of hits, production any artist would die for and of course his graceful ways with the crowd. However last night amid the smiles grinning from ear to ear during the second day of Desert Trip, the most powerful moment came when Sir Paul welcomed Neil Young to the stage. Together they rocked “A Day In The Life” into “Give Peace A Chance” which became a 75,000+ singalong in unison. If an Englishman and a Canadian can stand on stage and deliver this message to 75,000 people from all over the world, it’s our duty (and should be our honor) to continue to spread this message not only across the United States from sea to shining sea but to each and every person we touch. Believe in PEACE, seek PEACE, give PEACE a chance!
PEACE + LOVE + MUSIC
Morning obsession, Sheer Mag’s “What You Want.” The Philadelphia outfit will be making their Coachella debut this spring and I have a feeling I’ll be getting up extra early to catch them live. Now I’m just kicking myself for not seeing them at SXSW last year. Give a listen and decide for yourself.
After seeing Big Grams’ debut public performance at Treasure Island Music Festival last weekend, not only am I convinced it was the best set of the weekend but man this show is only going to get better! Get ready to see them on nearly every festival lineup in 2016 and for good reason. While Big Boi and Phantogram have chopped it up for years, getting on stage to perform their self titled debut album you would think may take some work but man it was tight and on point even down to the production. Bringing out Run The Jewels for “Born To Shine” was a nice touch, “Put It On Her” sounds like classic OutKast and the “Ms. Jackson”/”Mouthful of Diamonds” mashup was perfect and the crowd was eating up the whole set. As for me, I’ve been listening to the album on repeat for the last two days and falling in love with it more and more every spin.
“I’ve seen the future of riff rock and it’s name is #RoyalBlood” – Tom Morello
And you know what, he’s right! The UK duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher absolutely destroy it on stage together. If you are a rock and roller, this is the one show of Life is Beautiful you cannot miss. And bring your earplugs because it’s going to be loud, in your face and righteous!
I’ve been fortunate enough to see Glass Animals a handful of times this year and the best part is never getting tired of their show and always craving more. Lucky for me (and you), we have them at Life is Beautiful in just two weeks! I hope you get as excited as I am that they are coming to Downtown Las Vegas, this is going to be one of those sets you just have to be at.
If you’re looking to discover a new star in the making at Life is Beautiful 2015, look no further than HALSEY. I’m telling you right now, this girl will be a star. Heck she already is. She just dropped her debut album BADLANDS last week, put up a headlining tour that is selling out at a rapid pace and lucky for you, you’ll get to see her in DTLV in just three short weeks. This is your notice, now make sure you don’t miss her.
“Ahh Home. Let me come home
Home is wherever I’m with you.
Ahh Home. Let me go ho-oh-ome.
Home is wherever I’m with you.”
Home is across 18 city blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, September 25-27 for Life is Beautiful. It’s no secret to my friends that I love Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Their live show is uplifting, high energy and one gigantic singalong dance party. I can truthfully say that I’ve wanted to have ESATMZ on the lineup from day one and in year three we finally do! They are the perfect band for this festival as they exude a positive energy and will do everything they can to make sure everyone in attendance is grinning from ear to ear during their set. Come sing and dance on Friday, September 25 at Life is Beautiful because we’re going to have a party!
You’re going to want to say you saw BØRNS at Life is Beautiful this year. Bursting on to the scene in 2015, Garrett Borns is an indie-pop star in the making. If you’re a fan of Passion Pit, Priory, Saint Motel and MisterWives, you’re going to love BØRNS. I got my first live glimpse at BØRNS at SXSW this year and have followed his performances since, boy are you in for a treat at Life is Beautiful! When we drop the schedule be sure to add him to your schedule and let him just take you on a dreamy set while you bask in the Vegas sunshine! 25 days; see you soon!!
28 Days away! It’s exciting times right now and I can promise you I’m not getting much sleep and there is so much to get done to put together the best three days of Life is Beautiful for you to enjoy! The amount of additions, announcements and special surprises when you walk in the gates are starting to add up but I can’t forget about the music! I sincerely hope that you love this lineup as much as I do. From the legendary to the unknown, I hope you find yourself a new band or two to fall in love with. That’s the beauty of a festival, discovery. With that said, today is all about one man, DAN DEACON. I promise you this is one set you are not going to want to miss. You’ll be energized, captivated and most definitely “Feel The Lightning.”
What did you miss over the weekend? How about a whole lot of sheer awesomeness from some of the biggest stars in music.
Earth Wind and Fire bringing out Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper during their late night set at Bonnaroo. Fast forward to the 1:14 mark to see the magic unfold.
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica performing the National Anthem at Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Mumford & Sons bringing out the calvelry to cover The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” to close out their headlining set at Bonnaroo. Guests included My Morning Jacket, Hozier, Dawes, Ed Helms and photographer-musician Danny Clinch.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters breaks his leg during a show in Sweden. Finishes the concert like you knew he would, then posts the x-ray image. Rock on! Read more about it HERE.