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coachella 2015



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Must Manchester tease me every year?  A little bit of a funky line-up, but I still wouldn’t mind going…not one bit.  Also, major props to the Bonnartists on the design this year…totally out there, maaaan.  (Full line-up here.)



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burning man

la playa


Turn on, tune in, drop out and space out like you’re on the moon.  No really, la playa is out of this world.


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Conflict of the Year

So D bought us tickets to the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour in Gutherie, OK the day they released the tickets. I need to see Mumford people! I have been excited for months to see these guys live and I was even more excited when I heard Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were playing as well as Alabama Shakes. What could be better right?!

Loufest in St. Louis has quickly become a tradition for the city. It brings major acts to the stage in Forest Park. And of course it is the SAME weekend as the stopover tour. I am completely bummed that I can’t attend this awesome festival in my own town!!! Forest Park is a great backdrop for some amazing performers and I know it is going to be an awesome show. This year the festival is bringing to the stage the killers, icona pop, , the mowgli’s, and edward sharpe the magnetic zeros and Alabama shakes (they must be taking a fast bus from OK to STL—maybe I could hop on).

STL has a good music scene that isn’t always recognized so it is pretty awesome that Lou Fest is bringing out some big names for some great publicity. Fun fact: the guy that started Lou Fest lives a street over from me and I met him a couple months ago.

I am going to try to get one of my STL friends who is attending the festival to report back to the jammers. c. 

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the joker

Did Steve Miller die or something?

Get this…I tune in to check out the live stream Bonnaroo has going on because I’m feeling incredibly nostalgic…and maybe a little pathetically lame on a Saturday night…and both Gov’t Mule AND Jack Johnson cover Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker.”  Steve Miller, need I remind you, is my main man.  Stop sending me mixed messages, Bonnaroo.  Stop it right meow.


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farm time


BonnarooooooOOOOOOOoooooo is here!

For those of us living vicariously through the ‘festies’ who made it to the sold-out weekend, we are not so out of luck!  Bonnaroo is providing four days of a live webcast of selected acts.  Here’s the schedule (note: acts are on farm time):



4:00pm-5:00pm — Local Natives
5:00pm-6:15pm — Of Monsters and Men
6:30pm-8:00pm — Wilco
8:00pm-9:00pm — Passion Pit
9:00pm-10:00pm — Paul McCartney (first hour)
10:00pm-11:30pm — Jim James
12:00pm-2:00am — Superjam with RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Solange, and Chad Hugo featuring Lettuce plus special guests


4:00pm-5:00pm — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
5:00pm-5:30pm — Calexico (partial set)
5:30pm-6:45pm — Grizzly Bear
6:45pm-7:30pm — Glen Hansard (partial set)
7:30pm-9:00pm — Wu-Tang Clan
9:00pm-10:15pm — Foals
10:30pm-11:30pm — The Vaccines
11:30pm-12:45am — The xx



3:45pm-4:45pm — Lord Huron
4:45pm-6:15pm — Nas
6:15pm-7:15pm — Four Tet
7:15pm-8:15pm — Matt & Kim
8:15pm-9:30pm —The Lumineers
9:30pm – 11:30pm — Mumford & Sons


4:00pm-5:15pm — Portugal. The Man
5:15pm-6:30pm — Dirty Projectors
6:30pm-7:00pm — Solange (partial set)
7:00pm-8:30pm — Beach House
8:30pm-10:00pm — Gov’t Mule
10:00pm-11:30pm — A-Trak
11:30pm-12:30am — Japandroids
12:30pm-1:30am — ALO with Special Guests



2:30pm-3:30pm — Delta Rae
3:30pm-4:30pm — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
4:30pm-5:30pm — Kendrick Lamar
5:30pm-6:30pm — Allen Stone
6:30pm-8:00pm — The National
9:30pm-10:45pm — Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


2:45pm-3:45pm — Father John Misty
3:45pm-4:45pm — Big K.R.I.T.
5:00pm-6:30pm — Swans
6:30pm-7:45pm — Tame Impala
7:45pm-9:00pm — A$AP Rocky
9:00pm-10:00pm — Divine Fits

Tune in HERE.


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mt jamming


Mountain Jam is jamming this weekend!  For those of us who can’t make it, tune in here for the live webcast!  Hey why not?  You can chill on the couch–out of the rain–and listen/watch artists like Phil Lesh,  Amy Helm, Jackie Green, Gary Clark Jr., Gov’t Mule (of course) Dispatch, Widespread Panic, etc., etc., etc.!



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Now that festival season is in full swing, I am having just as much of a hard time writing about shows as I am daydreaming about going to more.  I think this is a side effect from being #snowballed.

March 8-10 2013 marked the insane weekend of music, free spirits, and snow at SnowBall in Winter Park, CO.  If you haven’t been to a four-day festival and camped, skip the blacktop day-hops in major cities and “rough-it” in a field like at Bonnaroo.  If you have only been to a festival in sweltering summer heat, bundle up and head to “Mountain Time” for SnowBall.  There are different crowds, different sights, different experiences, but the same good music that you just have to hear.

Winter Park, a small mountain town home to Winter Park and Mary Jane mountains, was incredibly accommodating, as thousands of us painted the town in glow-sticks for three solid days.  SnowBall, aside from website issues, did a great job working with the town to score us discounted mountain passes, shuttle services, lodging information and other sweet deals.  Inside the venue, which was an open ice/snow-covered field in the middle of town, the staff was friendly and down to dance with the rest of us.  Speaking of…the key to surviving SnowBall is to dance.  Bundle up like snow bunnies, your parents from the ’80’s, or like Scully from Monsters, Inc., grab a Sierra Nevada and a friend, and d a n c e !

Every act I caught was awesome, but a few favorites were Robert Randolph who jammed to Jimi’s “Purple Haze” in the sunshine; Portugal. the Man who covered Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger;” Big Gigantic, Kendrik Lamar, Grizmatik, Flying Lotus, STS9, and Pretty Lights blew my head off.  Did I mention the lights, fireworks, balloons, snowboarders, turkey legs, beers, and dancing?  Yeah…

I feel like it’s a cop-out to leave you with some videos, but my words still don’t do the festival justice.  Put SnowBall on your bucket list because it was a TIME crossing it off mine.


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Festival season is upon us!

Albeit an unbelievably frustrating method of introducing a festival lineup, Bonnaroo has kept to its quirky ways.  Tune in to Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup Annoucement Megathon (#BLAM), hosted by Weird Al, naturally.  Hurry!  Portugal. the Man is performing now!

Spoiler: Mumford and Sons will be in TN this year.


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