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English: Wynton Marsalis at the Oskar Schindle...

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Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing the music of some of the great jazz performers and composers like Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.

Presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Music of the Masters: Duke Ellington and George Gershwin
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Riverfest.pngThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a traveling show of films on the environment. It will be coming to Valle Crucis, North Carolina at the end of this month in conjunction with Riverfest.  There will be 10 short films along with music, food, a raffle, and a moonlight river float.

A climate of change is the theme for this years lineup.  The raffle will be for outdoor gear and there will also be a star party after the films to view the stars in the dark skies of Valle Crucis.

The sun sets over the main stage at Coachella ...

The sun sets over the main stage at Coachella 2011. (Photo credit: Jameyhopkins via Wikipedia)

Coming up next weekend will be the first of two Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivals.  Starting this year there will be two festivals held on consecutive weekends. It's so popular they're holding it twice!

Some of the acts that are scheduled to perform are the Black Keys, Mazzy Star, Radio Head, Bon Iver, The Shins, SBTRKT, Zeds Dead, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Florence the Machine, Girl Talk, and many, many more..

Besides all the great acts there will be plenty of good food and drink to choose from.  Need a quick bite?  There will be food trucks available.  Want something more relaxed and satisfying then go to one of the several restaurants or bars setup on the site.

Against Me! playing at the 2007 Coachella Vall...

Against Me! playing at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. (Public Domain photo by R1vers Wikipedia)

Most of the tickets are sold out but there are a few premium camping passes left.  For those of you that can't be there in person you can watch the live stream on YouTube at

Zia Record Exchange will be open during the festival so you can purchase new or used records and CDs.  Record Store Day will feature special releases, and artist signings will be available. in the Zia tent.

Paramount Theatre (Photo Credit: Michael Paolini)

Film, music, and interactive are the three main ingredients of this conference and festival located in the heart of Texas.  Austin will host thousands of fans over the course of it's 10 day run.

South by Southwest
Friday, March 9th - Sunday, March 18th
Austin, Texas

6th Street At Night (Photo Credit: James Buchan)

This is a big festival with over 5,000 events so it's impossible to see everything. Plan your visit wisely.

Below are some links to get you started.

Bonnaroo 2012 Music & Arts Festival

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Tickets go on sale this weekend for the Bonnaroo 2012 Music & Arts Festival. The festival will be held on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee June 7th through June 10th.  

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Image by Shawn Mariani via Wikipedia

2012 Grammy Winners

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Grammy Award

Image by CousinJacob via Wikipedia

Record of the Year
Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Album of the Year
21 - Adele

Song of the Year
Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Best New Artist
Bon Iver

Best Pop Solo Performance
Someone Like You - Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Body And Soul - Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Instrumental Album
The Road From Memphis - Booker T. Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album
21 - Adele

Best Dance Recording
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - Skrillex

English: American bass guitarist Cody Wright p...

Cody Wright performs with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (Image by Ltfunko via Wikipedia)

With some of North Carolina's best improvisational musicians the Asheville Iprovisational Music Festival is sure to offer a great weekend of entertainment.

  • E.Normus Trio with Jeff Sipe
  • Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
  • The Archrivals
  • Shane Perlowin Trio
  • Like Mind Trio
  • Spork!
  • The Page Brothers
  • more...


Asheville Improvisational Music Festival
Thursday, February 16th trhough Saturday, February 18th
Magnetic Theatre
372 Depot Street, Suite 50
Asheville, North Carolina

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and Archduch...

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What is an early music festival?  It's a place to hear the type of music that was once played in the courts and salons of 16th, 17th, and 18th century Europe.  The 1st Annual Portland Early Music Festival will be celebrating this sort of music this weekend in Portland, Maine.

There will master classes, workshops, and lectures as well as the music.  

  • Friday, 7:30pm: "An Age of Ayres," Songs of 17th Century England and France. An ayre is an English lute accompanied song and was a popular genre of the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
  • Saturday, 1pm-5pm and Sunday, 1:30pm: Workshops and Lectures
  • Saturday, 7:30pm: "Ein Sachsisches Programm," or "Mostly Saxon Program." J.S. Bach and S.L. Weiss finished their careers in Electoral Saxony, whose capital was Dresden, one of the 18th century's finest musical establishments.
  • Sunday 2:30pm-3:30pm: Meet the Instruments.
  • Sunday 4:30pm: "The Soul of Italy," music from the birthplace of the Baroque by Frescobaldi, Kapsberger, Strozzi, and Storace. Concludes with selections from Vecchi's commedia dell'arte, L'Amfiparnaso.

Battle of the Bands '07 - Winning Pose

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The Dunwoody Music Festival begins this weekend in Dunwoody, Georgia.  There will also be a battle of the bands on Saturday for local bands.

Main Stage Lineup:

  • Jack Schneider Contemporary Folk
  • Ronalds Ray Gun Alt Country
  • Say Brother Alt Country/Rock
  • Olympia Drive 3 Piece Folk
  • 50 Million Fables Rock
  • The Deadfields Alt Country Rock
  • Nick & the Grooves Funk, Blues, R&B
  • Bob Bakert 4-piece Old-Time Experience
  • The Usual Suspects 20-Piece Jazz
  • Stars of 80's Rock Headline

Moogfest 2011 - Asheville, NC

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Dr. Robert Moog (Public Domain Image by Finnianhughes101 via Wikipedia)

Moogfest 2011 is coming to Asheville, North Carolina at the end of the month.  Moog lived and worked in Asheville for the last 30 years of his life so it's only fitting that the festival be held here.

Moogfest honors Dr. Robert Moog and his electronic inventions such as the Moog synthesizer which revolutionized musical performances and recordings in the 70s   Invented by Dr. Moog in the 50s the music synthesizer did not become well known until Wendy Carlos used it for her Switched On Bach album in 1968.  Next came groups like Kraftwerk and Yes. 

There will also be a Synth Art Show this year.  It will feature limited edition screen prints that were inspired by Bob Moog. A variety of styles from concert poster artists and graphics designers.  Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips will have a limited edition print for the show.  Also, Brian Eno will be showing his 77 Million Paintings exhibit throughout the weekend which is an evolving sound and music collection. 

Friday, October 28th
  • Moby
  • TV On The Radio
  • Tangerine Dream
  • Chromeo
  • Flying Lotus
  • Little Dragon
  • Holy F**k
  • The Antlers
  • Mayer Hawthorne & The County
  • Matthew Dear
  • Zomby
  • Beak
  • Atlas Sound
  • Anika
  • Austra
  • John Maus
  • Lunzproject (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Tim Story)
  • Araabmusik
  • The Field
  • Mimi Goese & Ben Neill
  • Warm Ghost
  • Causing a Tiger
  • Grimes
  • Shahzad Ismaily

Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival

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Earl Klugh, Festival de Jazz Riviera Maya 2008

Earl Klugh (Image by Noticaribe via Wikipedia)

Tomorrow the Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival will commence with an indoor concert at the Knight Theater and conclude with a free outdoor concert in Marshall Park on Saturday.

A festival that features local artists along with national acts from all over the U.S.   Earl Klugh will be the headliner this year along with Reggie Sullivan, Innertwyned, Buff Dillard, and The Brubakers.

Knight Theater
430 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

The outdoor concert on Saturday, September 17th will be free.
Marshall Park
800 East Third Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

Burning Man

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Category:Burning_Man (Original text : Burning ...

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Participants in the Burning Man Project are doers.  They are intent on doing something or building something no matter how bizarre or outlandish it may be.  Is this theater? I think so.  Maybe not in the traditional sense.  The entire event is a celebration.

Burning Man 2011 just wrapped up this weekend in Nevada's Black Rock Desert leaving no trace that they have been there.  Part work and part play, participants put on shows, build buildings, and erect sculptures celebrating self-expression and self-reliance.  In the end it's all torn down and moved  out leaving the desert as it was found.  

No commercialism here.  You won't see any ad campaigns, logos, or brand names.  There are few things that you can purchase beyond  ice and coffee. You must bring your own water.  Burners have to rely on each other.  Getting around  on the playa (Spanish for the beach) consists of bicycles and mutant vehicles which are as much art as they are transportation.

100% participant staffed and funded. There is no "they" at this event, only "us." No one will clean up your mess, you must do it.  Again self-reliance for those who like to "do...."

Jam on The Brandywine

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Brandywine Creek in Brandywine Park near downt...

Brandywine Creek - Wilmington Delaware (Image by LRN2SWM via Wikipedia)

This Saturday brings  the 6th Annual Jam on The Brandywine, an event that benefits the conservation of the Brandywine Watershed in the West Chester, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware areas.   The Brandywine Creek provides water for residents and industry as well as a place for recreation such as kayaking, canoeing, swimming,  and fishing, 

The event will be catered by Hickory House Catering and will have activities for children.  This is a BYOB event and there will also be beverages from Paradocx Vienyard and Starbucks.

Nancy Micciulla
Mike O'Brien
Montana Wildaxe
The Calabrese Sisters
The Cameltones
The Uncle Jimmy Band

David Guetta at 3001 in Düsseldorf

David Guetta (Public Domaian Image via Wikipedia)

The North Coast Music Festival is where it's at this weekend in Chicago.  Don't miss the after parties at The Congress Theater and The Mid.

David Guetta, Zeds Dead, Lotus, Future Rock, Rusko, BassNectar, Little Dragon, California Wives, The Coop, Fith World, Zebo, Perfect Kiss, Nameloc, Stratus, The Werks, Loyal Divide, RubbleBucket, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, ...

North Coast Music Festival 2010 from RECTV.NET on Vimeo.



North Coast Music Festival
September 2nd - 4th
Union Park
1501 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, Illinois

TV on the Radio

TV On The Radio (Image by Jason Persse via Flickr)

Virgin Mobile Freefest is based on the premise of giving back to the community.  Though it is basically a free music festival they do take donations and accept volunteer work.  In the past two years they have raised $300,000 for youth homelessness, had 55,000 hours of volunteer time, and created 10,000 outreach kits.  Donations help secure outreach services and shelter for homeless youth through their RE*Generation program.

As of this writing all of the free tickets are free'd out but there are still a couple of ways to get them.  One is to be a volunteer.  Virgin Mobile has partnered with homeless youth organizations across the country that need your support.  The other way is to purchase a Fan E-Pak.  This includes a ticket, a donation to youth homelessness,  a limited edition festival t-shirt, early admission to the festival, and a souvenir cup that comes with a $1 discount on domestic draft beer  and fountain sodas at the festival.

  • The Black Keys
  • Deadmau5
  • Tv On The Radio
  • Cee Lo Green
  • James Murphy
  • Cut Copy
  • Big Sean
  • Patti Smith
  • Okkervil River
  • Empire Of The Sun
  • Calvin Harris
  • !!!
  • Ghostland Observatory
  • Grace Potter And The Nocturnals
  • Porter Robinson
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • Eclectic Method
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Alberta Cross
  • Teddybears

Philadephia Film + Music Festival

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Echo Movement in concert at the Trocadero in P...

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It's a symphony of events for music lovers, showcasing national and local talent in multiple genres from Indie to Electronic, Metal to Hip Hop. Hear the music in a variety of the city's most interesting venues and outdoor settings.  See the music being made in music-related documentary and film screenings. 

Enjoy well-known artists in intimate settings, and discover plenty of local and break-out talent hand-selected by the festival's team of curators. Now in its second year, Philly F/M festival is a firework of creativity and activity, while keeping things affordable with an All-Access badge.

The second annual festival will take place over four days, largely in the Fishtown / Northern Liberties neighborhoods of Philadelphia, which in recent years have become a cultural center for music and arts in the city.  This year's festival will feature over 15 indoor and outdoor venues with capacities between 100-5,000. Participating venues include: The Festival Pier, Trocadero Theater, TLA, World Cafe Live and The
Ukie Club.

Philadephia Film + Music Festival
Thursday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 25th


Radiohead - Outside Lands, San Francisco

Radiohead at Outlide Lands 2008 (Image by arnold | inuyaki via Flickr)

The Outside Lands festival will be held this weekend in San Francisco, California.  This festival includes music, food, wine and art.  Not you run of the mill fare but real tasty food and wine.  There will also be urban garden workshops at the event as well as fresh food at Farm Lands.  

Not sold?  Ride you bike to the festival and get free valet bike parking.  Esurance and the San Francisco Bike Coalition will have valets checking you bike in.  You can pick them up at the end of the day with your claims ticket. Free tire repair kits too.

Partial Lineup:
  • Phish
  • The Shins
  • The Black Keys
  • The Roots
  • Warren Haynes Band
  • Cosmic Suckerpunch
  • John Fogerty
  • The Decemberists
  • Arcade Fire

Outside Lands - Music, Food, Wine and Art
Friday, August 12th through Sunday, August 14th
Golden Gate State Park
San Francisco, California

April Verch Band - Summerfest 2006

April Verch (Image by Thom C via Flickr)

The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival will be held this weekend in Richmond, Minnesota.  This festival covers everything from novice beginner to the seasoned professional with workshops, showcases, and events for the family.

Some of the bands you will see are Dale Ann Bradley, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, and April Verch.

There will be four main areas: Main Stage, Showcase Tent, Workshop Area, and the Family Area.  Additionally there will be several other areas such as the Young Talent Stage, Gathering Place, Market Place, and Ranch House Live.  


Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival
Thursday August 11th through Sunday, August 14th
El Rancho Mañana
Richmond, Minnesota

Tickets and Camping:



Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes at the 2008...

Chris Robinson - 2008 Newport Folk Festival  (Public Domain Image by DickClarkMises via Wikipedia)

Unable to attend the Newport Folk Festival?  No sweat.  Watch it streaming live from NPR.

Saturday - July 30th
  • Gillian Welch
  • Earl Scruggs
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliot
  • Mavis Stapes

Sunday - July 31st
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Elvis Costello
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Justin Townes Earle

To watch the festival streaming live go to:

Gillian Welch at Merlfest, Wilkesboro, NC, Apr...

Gillian Welch (Image by ridersinblack1970 via Wikipedia)

The Newport Folk Festival begins this weekend in Newport, Rhode Island.  Known as one of the earliest folk festivals, from 1959, and for introducing Joan Baez and Bob Dylan as relatively unknown performers, the festival continues to this day.

Partial Artist Lineup:

Saturday - July 30th
  • Gillian Welch
  • Earl Scruggs
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliot
  • Mavis Stapes

Sunday - July 31st
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Elvis Costello
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Justin Townes Earle

Full Lineup:

Newport Folk Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Harrison Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island