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Mumford & Sons – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Returns

2 Mar

Fresh off the news that Mumford & Sons’ new album, Wilder Mind, is due out May 4, the fellas have even more exciting news to share!  One of my favorite “tours” in recent years has been Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers and it’s back! Not only is it back but just look at these lineups, stacked with a ridiculous amount of great artists. Plus stoked to see Blake Mills on here. He’s in the spotlight right now for producing the Alabama Shakes sophomore effort and has a storied music career already but give a listen to his solo stuff, I think you’ll dig it.

Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers:

Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA
June 5th + 6th – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Waverly, Iowa, USA
June 19th + 20th – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Maccabees, The Very Best, Rubblebucket, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Aviemore, Scotland, UK
July 31st + August 1st – Mumford & Sons, Primal Scream, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Howard, Lianne La Havas, The Maccabees, Jack Garratt, Honeyblood + more TBA

Walla Walla, Washington, USA
August 14th + 15th – Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Salida, Colorado, USA
August 21st + 22nd – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Dawes,
Jenny Lewis, The Vaccines, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

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A little Monday happiness for you….. #MusicMonday

13 May

Trying to keep this thing going and get a new little playlist going each Monday to get the week off on the right foot. Hope you enjoy today’s tunes.

Revisited: My @Bonnaroo 2012 | Running down the festival from top to bottom

13 Jun

Bonnaroo is a lot like camp, you hang out with friends, create memories and have the greatest summer alive and when it’s time to say goodbye you don’t want to accept it and it can be sad. But those frowns get turned upside down when you realize it’s less than a year away from returning to the friendly confines and get the chance to rekindle friendships and make new memories.

Now that the sappy stuff is out of the way, let’s get to the meat and potatoes that was Bonnaroo 2012. First off flying in Wednesday night was the best move of the festival which besides getting to roll in to the grounds during daylight, I got the opportunity to enjoy a full Thursday and what a first day it was.

Over the course of the four days I exhausted myself trying to squeeze in as much music as possible. And at the end of the day, that was a tough task and personally I feel I fell short and should have squeezed in more but ultimately my body didn’t agree. I did however stay true to my top three to see: Dispatch, Alabama Shakes and Black Star and those were three shows I got so much joy out of. Dispatch was over a decade in the making for me and the fellas were enthusiastic, having fun and straight up rocking the way I imagined. Alabama Shakes reconfirmed to me what I have been preaching; amazingly talented, rock and roll has a new voice and Brittany Howard may be one of the most charismatic musicians in the business. And Black Star, a true honor to see some of hip-hop’s finest share the stage and just own the night.
As for the rest of my thoughts on Bonnaroo 2012, here we go:

A Breakdown of who I saw each day

Thursday:
Feist (did an impromptu set on Which Stage to prepare for her regular gig), Fort Atlantic, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Rubblebucket, Mariachi El Bronx, Danny Brown, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Kendrick Lamar, Marina Orchestra, SOJA and Phantogram (just tidbits walking by), Alabama Shakes, Big Gigantic, CHERUB
Friday:
Shahidah Omar, Electric Guest, Michael Kiwanuka (he ended 15 minutes early so only heard one song), Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Two Door Cinema Club, Caitlin Rose, Afrocubism, The Avett Brothers, Foster The People, Radiohead, Black Star, Major Lazer, Umphrey’s McGee
Saturday:
Charles Bradley, DAWES, The Temper Trap, Flogging Molly (one song), Oberhofer, Santigold, Childish Gambino, The Roots, Dispatch, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Superjam, (gulp) Skrillex
Sunday:
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, ALO, The Black Lips, Honey Island Swamp Band, GROUPLOVE, Mac Miller (Beach Boys was too crazy had to watch from a TV!), Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, Machines Are People Too, Phish

My First Show: Feist (impromptu set)

My Final Show: Phish

My Moment of Joy: Seeing a throng of people overflow This Tent for the Alabama Shakes and watching them in amazement as they owned opening night at Bonnaroo. Want to try and capture the energy? Click HERE to download their set from Bonnaroo!

Best What Stage Show: Phish – are you kidding me, besides having Kenny Rogers come out to sing “The Gambler,” the jam band legends did their legacy well.

I did also love The Avett Brothers show, those fellas are so damn good live.

Best Which Stage Show(s): Dispatch and Childish Gambino. Dispatch were on fire and had an aura of happiness that was contagious with the crowd. Gambino didn’t allow technology malfunctions to derail his time in the spotlight and a major upgrade from the tent last year.

Best Tent Show: GROUPLOVE (see below)

Best Side Stage Show: DAWES at Sonic Stage – after thinking it was going just be a “30 minute set and play some songs,” Taylor Goldsmith wasn’t shy about letting the packed legion of fans know “ you made this like a second performance at Bonnaroo” which in turn granted fans an encore after the show was well over! Wild stuff.

Best Overall Show: GROUPLOVE – there is something about this band that I feel and it gets me to the bone every time I see them live. I love their story, their music, the way they approach shows, how sincere they are and yeah, they are damn good musicians. The crowd was lively; the band was energized and together formed a beautiful hour of music euphoria.

Biggest Surprise: Marina Orchestra – no idea going in and left loving this band craving more.

Best Legend Show: Kenny Rogers (even if I did miss Lionel Richie coming out to sing with him).

Random Moment(s) Of Awesomeness: Seeing Kenny Rogers come out on stage to sing “The Gambler” with Phish; Flea taking a moment during RHCP set to reel off all the bands he had the chance to see and how awesome Bonnaroo is.

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Got to go with the main one, What Stage, this year was packed with supreme talent that did not disappoint.

Most Entertaining Show: Rubblebucket – this show had it all, sick horn section, rocking lead singer, robots (yes really) dancing in the crowd courtesy of the band and all this happening on the Solar Stage!

2nd place – Mariachi El Bronx which was not only amazing but I love this hardcore punk turned mariachi band. Best part was lead singer Matt Caughthran finding a way to dedicate every song to someone and to see the sheer joy about performing at Bonnaroo.

Most Disappointing Moment: Missing a plethora of bands I wanted to see just based on schedule conflicts – Alice Cooper, Hey Rosetta!, The Civil Wars, St. Vincent, Kurt Vile, Trampled By Turtles, to name some

Next Big Thing: Electric Guest and GROUPLOVE (Alabama Shakes have already arrived)

Giving it a shot: I did two things I said I wouldn’t, caught some of Skrillex’s set and took in Bon Iver (actually found a song I like, “Skinny Love”)

Top Party: Superjam, c’mon were talking about ?uestlove bringing D’Angelo out! First show in the US in 12 years and man did he sound good.

Oddest Show That Was A Blast: Danny Brown

Funky Good Time Show: Charles Bradley

Band I Was Sad To Miss: The Civil Wars

Best Intro: Do my intros to friends going to see a band they never heard of count?

What Would Have Been Great: a fifth day to see some more of the acts

Top Roo Rookie: Dispatch, yeah the seasoned veterans played their first Roo and boy was it special

Top Moment: The entire crowd at What Stage singing “Under The Bridge” during the Red Hot Chili Peppers show.

Best Festival Eats: Amish Bakery Doughnuts

Best Broo’ers Beer: Starr Hill Brewery Amber

Best Place To Cool Off: the RV

Biggest Waste of Time: anything that involved a line (again)

Shocker Of The Festival: Not too many surprise guests as expected

Worst Part: Scheduling conflicts

Clutch Move: Native Rain Boots, comfy and convenient to deal with the mud on Day 4

Tip For Next Year: Walmart is so close to the campground, don’t buy more than you really need, you can always go back for more, we did this year and it saved us close to $1,000.00.

More Tips: drink water, more water, sunscreen is your second best friend after water, if you see someone struggling give them a hand or find someone, Ben & Jerry’s is still my favorite thing to eat at Bonnaroo.

Photos coming soon, stay tuned!

Revisited: Bonnaroo Day 1 Snapshot

8 Jun

Day 1 proved to be an amazing first day at Bonnaroo and got kicked off with a solid surprise as Feist did a sound check performance at Which Stage to prepare for her Friday gig.  Full recap coming after the festival but Alabama Shakes were incredible, Rubblebucket just wow wow wow and Mariachi El Bronx were sick!

Here’s who I saw:

Impromptu set: Feist
Fort Atlantic
The Dirty Guv’nahs
Rubblebucket
Mariachi El Bronx
Danny Brown
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Kendrick Lamar
Marina Orchestra
Alabama Shakes
Big Gigantic
CHERUB

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 33 Days – Artist of the Day: Rubblebucket

4 May

It’s that time again, my Countdown to Bonnaroo!  33 days to go and I couldn’t be more excited. So many great bands set to play this year that I had to sneak in a few extra days in the countdown!

Today’s act, one of the newest additions to the lineup, Rubblebucket!  Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Rubblebucket are an indie-dance troop that is sure to have you working up a sweat moving to their grooves.  And how can you not love a band with a great horn section (let alone from the band leader)?!

Here’s my favorite track from the group, “Silly Fathers.” I hope you enjoy.

Kenny Rogers to perform at Bonnaroo and more artist additions!!!

25 Apr

That’s right, The Gambler was just added to the ever-growing lineup at Bonnaroo! (and a list that still says more to be announced)

Also added that I’m super excited about Hey Rosetta!, We Are Augustines, The Silent Comedy, Pujol, LP, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Honey Island Swamp Bands, Cherub, Caitlin Rose.

 

And the full list of Cafe Artists:

Art vs. Science, By Lightning!, Caitlin Rose, Cat Martino, Chappo , Chuck Mead, Clare & The Reasons, Cherub, Cosmic Suckerpunch, Deep Dark Woods, Fly Golden Eagle, Glossary , Hey Rosetta!, Honey Island Swamp Band, Jukebox the Ghost, Katie Herzig, LP, Machines Are People Too, Matt Sucich , Marina Orchestra, Monstro, Paladino, Pujol, Robert Ellis, Rubblebucket, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Shahidah Omar, Tauk, The Main Squeeze, The Staves, The Silent Comedy, Trixie Whitley, Valiant Thorr, WE ARE AUGUSTINES, Wild Cub, Yuna