Concerts

Hockey Dad with Coldfronts and Mt. Eddy

On Saturday, June 16, 2018 a tour came through Atlanta, Georgia that made the Masquerade go absolutely wild. Hockey Dad, Cold Fronts, and Mt. Eddy are currently on a full U.S. tour together and this trio is a force to be reckoned with. Though they all come from vastly different areas of the world, they each come with the same indie, punk rock vibe.

Mt. Eddy opened the show with a bang, blasting through several hits off their 2017 album Chroma. Mt. Eddy, formerly knows as Jakob Danger , is punk rock band from Oakland, California led by singer and guitarist Jakob Armstrong with Chris Malaspina on drums, Enzo Malaspina on guitar, and Kevin Judd on bass. They pull from influences in California punk and indie rock, which is apparent in their surfer rock vibes that dive straight into a power chord pulsing chorus ; or maybe even a lick or two of some smooth, sweet jazz.  

When Enzo took the stage with a huge cowboy hat on, that we later found out belonged to Cold Fronts, everyone knew we were about to have a great time. Mt. Eddy may only currently have one album out, but they have released some singles in 2018 such as I Luv Robert Smith and Zombie.  We hope to get hear more from Mt. Eddy very soon and hopefully new music will be followed up by a headlining tour.

 Cold Fronts took the stage next and their energy brought the whole room together. Cold Fronts are an indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band is led by Craig Almquist with Max Steen on guitar, Alex Luquet on Bass and Joe Killian on drums. When the band took the stage, the crowd went nuts for Craig as he ripped through several of their hit songs on guitar, jumping around the stage adorning his almost cartoonish, large cow boy hat.

The band is currently promoting their brand new album Fantasy Du Jour on the tour and they touched on a few tracks of the album like Stayin’ In , Let the Record Play, and Aftermath. About half way through the set, Craig hoped off stage and took off around the dance-floor, making his way up onto the bar and dancing his way all the way back on stage. Their set was nothing less than a house party from start to finish and their energy definitely caught out attention. We hope to see the Cold Fronts in Atlanta again very soon.

Hockey Dad headlined the show with a totally indie rock vibe that would explode into a full on raging, punk rock mosh pit. Though Hockey Dad makes their way to the stage with only two members, Billy Fleming and Zach Stephenson, they have a huge sound that commands a room with the first stroke of a guitar pick. The band comes straight out of Australia with their surf rock, indie vibes and their main influence is ’60s garage rock. They are currently promoting their new album Blend Inn, which they recorded directly after their successful run with their first album in 2016 known as Boronia.

During their set they touched on hit singles from both of their albums, while members of Mt. Eddy periodically infiltrated the mosh pit to dance with fans. Towards the end of their set, they invited both opening acts Mt. Eddy and Cold Fronts on stage to have a super group jam for one song while they all took turns crowd surfing. The energy during their set was indescribable and was definitely a moment that will go down in Masquerade history.

 All three acts are definitely making quick strides to the top in the world of indie, punk rock music. They are three names that we see becoming main stream, house-hold names in the near future. For tickets and more information about the current tour, check out Hockey Dad and their website.  

Glassjaw & Quicksand: Summer Tour 2018

After releasing their first LP in fifteen (15) years in late 2017 (Material Control) , Glassjaw (alternative metal) is back with a summer tour featuring none other than post hardcore legends, Quicksand. Yeah, you read correctly that is both Glassjaw and Quicksand together on a summer tour. This incredible tour kicks off July 7th in Pontiac, MI and ends August 3rd in Brooklyn, N.Y. See all dates for the summer tour by following this link! This Concerthopper is counting down the days until this tour hits Atlanta- July 27th at The Masquerade. Which tour date will you attend this summer? 

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J. Roddy Walston & the Business: Live at the Bell Auditorium (06/09/2018)

Not long ago it was announced that The Revivalists would be stopping by my hometown, Augusta, Ga., on their summer tour. A few weeks past after this announcement and then another announcement was made regarding this tour. For this Concerthopper, this announcement was huge! J. Roddy Walston & the Business (JRWATB) was announced as the opening support for five (5) dates on the tour and Augusta would be their first date. If you know me or have read any of my previous articles, JRWATB has been a constant over the years. Even my first article on our newly, redesigned website (pardon me while I add a shameless plug!) was about none other than JRWATB in Athens, Ga. at the 40 Watt Club.

When the band took the stage, I could hear some people who were riding the rail ask who is this? Do you know anything about them? Well needless to say, they all found out quickly what JRWATB was about and I am sure they made a few new fans after their energetic, rocking set. I was pleased that they mixed up the set list with some old and new songs alike. That way people who are not familiar with their music could see how diverse and dynamic their artistry is in full bloom. Follow this link to check out the remaining dates left of JRWATB current United States tour and see if they are coming to a town near you. Want to hear some of JRWATB? Check out their Official Soundcloud page today and see why I am obsessed with this incredible band.

Set List

1.      I Don’t Want to Hear it.

2.      Marigold

3.      Same Days

4.      Take it as it Comes

5.      Numbers

6.      Bad Habits

7.      Don’t Break the Needle

8.      Brave Man’s Death

9.      Used to Did

10.  Sweat Shock

11.  Heavy Bells

I would to like to give special thanks to Friends with Benefits Productions and Steve Hall Productions for bringing this tour to The Bell Auditorium. Don’t forget to check out our redesigned website over at www.concerthopper.com and tell us what you think! We would love to get some feedback from our readers. ‘Like’ our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and stay up to date in 2018 on all music related events/festivals such as: YOB: Returns to Atlanta, Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Glassjaw/Quicksand: Summer Tour 2018, Vans Warped Tour: The Final Run (N.Y. Edition), Slayer: The Final TourMuddy Roots Music Festival by following us on all social media formats: Concerthopper on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  Also, you can follow my personal concert hopping on Facebook and Instagram for even more photos not available on Concerthopper.com.

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Earthless with Here Lies Man: Live at The Masquerade

Earthless is a predominantly instrumental/psychedelic/blues/hard rock from San Diego that features Isaiah Mitchell (guitar), Mike Eginton (bass), and Mario Rubalcaba (drums). Fresh off the release of their fifth (5) LP, Black Heaven, Earthless and Here Lies Man are currently on the back end of a U.S. tour before spending the end of July/beginning of August in Europe on tour with Ruby the Hatchet as the main opening support (plus Pallbearer and Graveyard on a couple select dates).

Not going to lie, I jumped at the chance to attend this show for Concerthopper based on pure principle. This band is pretty, damn good live, and, man, can they play LOUD! There is something I admire about a rock band that will just play and zone out during each song with some blistering riffs mixed in with some thunderous beats. Want to hear some of Earthless? Check out this live video from Earthless performing at The Teragram in Los Angeles (03/04/2018).

Here Lies Man is a quintet art rock band who hails from Los Angeles and consists of Chico Mann (guitar/vocals), Geoff Mann (drums), JP Maramba (bass), Will Rast (keys), and Rich Panta (percussion). Brooklyn Vegan described Here Lies Man the best when they said, “What is Black Sabbath played Afrobeat?” That is a spot on assessment of this newly formed band who will release their first LP, You Will Know Nothing, on Ridingeasy Records on June 15, 2018. Really great live band that I look forward to seeing in the future. Check out this live video of Here Lies Man performing at The Echo (07/2/2017).

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Rain or Shine: It’s Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que Time!

Concerthopper.com was recently a part of the 9th annual Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que Music Festival at the Lady Antebellum (Lady A) Amphitheater in Evans, Georgia. Hard to believe that it has been a week already passed. Since the very first event was held in 2010, Banjo-B-Que has had a vision to bring great food, cheap craft beer, wholesome family entertainment, and unbelievable musical acts to Evans, Ga. during the Memorial Day weekend. This was my fourth event (only second in a professional manner) and probably my most favorite of the four that I have attended. Why you ask? Well for starters with acts like; Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, John Moreland, and The War & Treaty it’s hard NOT to have a great time.

I want to highlight a few acts that played each day that you may not be familiar with because they might not be considered ‘house hold’ names in music. Pay attention now because these names will be making the festival circuit over the next few years and making major waves.

John Moreland – John Moreland is an American singer-songwriter based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I had the pleasure of seeing John perform at last year’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival and was blown away at his performance. So when I saw his name on this year’s Banjo-B-Que lineup, you better believe this would be a set that I am not missing. You might have saw me snapping photos and singing along to a few of his songs if you attended the event. Want to hear some of John Moreland? Check out his Official Soundcloud page and see what you think.

The War & Treaty - If there was a band this year that I was most excited for then it was The War & Treaty. We missed their set at Shaky Knees a few weeks back and it kind of bummed me out. But knowing that a few weeks later that they would play my hometown… well, I got over it quickly. Michael Trotter, Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter are a roots/Americana/soul duo from Albion, Michigan that won me over after the first couple of minutes into their set. Besides having such a wonderful loving vibe on stage, this couple played some of the best, soulful music heard this entire weekend. Personally, I cannot wait for the next time they come around because I will definitely be there. Want to hear more of The War & Treaty? Then check out their Official Soundcloud page today.

The Artisanals: Based out of Charleston, S.C., The Artisanals is a rock/indie/folk band consisting of Johnny Delaware, Clay Houle, Josh Hoover, and Eric Mixon. To see The Artisanals play the Saloon Stage was pretty awesome since it has more of an intimate feel based on size and the crowd’s proximity to the stage. There is something about their style of music that was a welcome change to the weekend. Bravo to Banjo-B-Que for getting these guys to play. Want to hear some of The Artisanals? Follow this link to their live video performance of “Angel 42” recorded at SouthSounds or their Official Bandcamp page.

Well this year was pretty wet and muddy thanks to Mother Nature dumping large amounts of rain over the area for a few weeks prior to the festival. The entire grounds was basically a mud pit with festival goers treating it like it was their own personal Woodstock. I for one am glad everyone embraced this and made the best of it. No sense in complaining about something you cannot change. It started to rain Friday near the end of Robert Randolph’s set which lasted into Front Country’s timeslot at the smaller, less covered Saloon Stage. I was worried that Old Crow Medicine Show’s set would be cut short but we were saved from the festival gods. They were able to come on and perform a fantastic set to the very, pleased audience that braved the elements. I feel that OId Crow Medicine Show belongs at Banjo-B-Que every other year just based on principle. They always have a fun time performing at this festival and you can see it in their actions. I know most of you may think Darius Rucker is the song writer for “Wagon Wheel”, but if you Google it you will find these guys from Nashville smiling as the song credit checks roll in.

Saturday was free of rain until the evening (again) while the Infamous Stringdusters were on stage. Unfortunately, the Infamous Stringdusters had to end their set early due to the upcoming inclement weather and we were told to seek shelter to let it pass. Also Whiskey Gentry was not able to perform, on the Saloon Stage, in between the Infamous Stringdusters and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (the headliner for the day). Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit were forced to wait until around 10 pm before starting to play. The only drawback to that is the hard curfew of 11 pm for all music. Needless to say, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit tried to pack as much as they could in for the fans who stuck it out in the rain. He managed to squeeze seven (7) songs in an hour which included: “Codeine”, “Dress Blues”, “Cumberland Gap”, and “Cover Me Up” to close it out.

Concerthopper would like to congratulate The Specialists from Mountain Brook, Alabama as the Grand Champion for the weekend finishing 3rd Chicken, 1st Pork, and 8th Brisket. Also, let us not forget to offer congratulations to Smoke Me Silly for finishing 1st in Brisket, Fat, Drunk, & Stupid for finishing 1st in Pork Ribs, and to Bayou Poker Smokers for finishing 1st in Chicken. So I should also mention that this festival allows its patrons to bring canopies or sun shades and even your dog is allowed inside to listen to some picking and grinning. Yes, you read correctly that your pup is also allowed at the Banjo-B-Que Music Festival. But fair warning that it gets really hot during the day (when it is not raining!), so be prepared to supply your canine pal with plenty of drinking water and shade! Speaking of drinking plenty of water and having some shade, remember that you also need to stay hydrated and find some shade throughout the day while out at any festival.

Guess this is great segue to tell you that EVERY craft beer at Banjo-B-Que is only $4. Tell me what festival can you attend that will sell all craft beers as cheap as $4? Now this is not a small selection of your run of the mill beers like Budweiser, Bud Lite, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Yuengling, etc. We are talking about some good, quality craft beers from breweries like Monday Night Brewing, Left Nut Brewing Co., Hi-Wire Brewing, Reformation, Savannah Brewing Company, Jekyll Brewing, Southern Brewing Co., Red Hare Brewing Company, Prairie Artisan Ales, Riverwatch Brewery, Nantahala Brewing Co., and Jailhouse Brewing Company all for $4. Remember my warning to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, no sense in having to go visit the medical tent due to heat exhaustion and/or dehydration.

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Atlanta Gets Shaky: Shaky Beats 2018

 The Shaky Beats sign at Shaky Beats Music Festival 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Shaky Beats sign at Shaky Beats Music Festival 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shaky Beats Music Festival at Central Park in Atlanta, Georgia just concluded its third run and it’s hard to put into words the mayhem that occurred over the weekend of May 11th through May 13th of 2018. This year’s lineup was stacked from top to bottom with some of the best names in the EDM genre. Throughout the weekend, Atlanta gave welcome to G Jones, Ludacris, Borgore, Ookay (LIVE), and Kayzo. And that’s only naming a few!

Friday kicked the weekend off with a bang with G Jones on the Peachtree stage. G Jones brought the heavy bass to Atlanta and kicked off the weekend with some wicked wubs. G Jones payed homage to his buddy Bassnectar several times throughout his set by touching on hits like “Mind Tricks” and “Underground”. His set kicked off the weekend with heavy bass that brought the head bangers out bright and early that day. It was the perfect way to kick off the festival for this year.

One set on Friday that brought all of Atlanta out to Central Park to get down and boogie was Ludacris. His set was an absolute dance party from start to finish. Ludacris came on roughly ten to fifteen minutes late, but pushed past his set time by about twenty minutes. As he opened his set, he let everyone know that he was ready and willing to play his whole discography. He pretty much went through all his number one hits during his time on the Peachtree stage. The crowd got to boogie to “Number One Spot”, “Stand Up”, and “What’s Your Fantasy”. And that’s not even scratching the surface on his set. Speaking of scratching, Ludacris had support from DJ Infamous. DJ Infamous is a force to be reckoned with at Shaky Beats.  He definitely know how to hype up a crowd and get everyone groovin’.

 And of course, we can’t forget the closing act from Friday night. The masked Marshmello himself came out to Shaky Beats to throw down a face melting set. Marshmello helped kick off the very, first ever Shaky Beats. Seeing him progress from one of the smaller stages to the main stage in just two years is an indicator of how rapidly the Mellogang is growing. His fans, known as the Mellogang, came out to Shaky Beats in full force sporting their DIY Mello-heads. Marshmello’s set threw down some groovy tunes that payed his respects to other well-known DJ’s in the industry while sprinkling in some of his heavy hitters like “LoVe U” and “BLocKs”.

Even though Friday kicked things off full force, Saturday came in for the kill and showed Shaky Beats had no intentions of taking it easy after the first day. The day had a killer lineup featuring Ookay (LIVE), Borgore, Excision, San Holo, and Shiba San. The day got super groovy when Ookay (LIVE) took the stage and we had a guest appearance from Roochute Ron at Central Park. Roochute Ron and the Festival Squad came to boogie with their Roochute and they conquered the whole festival set by set. People were thrilled to see the Roochute make an appearance at Shaky Beats. It’s literally the feeling you would get when you would walk into gym class as a kid and the teacher would pull out the parachute and the little scooter boards. The feeling of utter excitement and wonder washes over you when you see Roochute Ron and his squad show up. Things got super funky under the chute as Ookay cranked out his live version of “Next 2 Me”. We hope you were able to catch our live stream of that moment on Instagram. Concert Hopper would like to thank Roochute Ron, The Festival Squad and Ookay (LIVE) for the super groovy hour of dancing we got to enjoy on Saturday at Shaky Beats.

To take things from groovy and funky tunes to heavy bass in your face, Borgore conquered the Peachtree Stage after Ookay (LIVE). Borgore came through with a killer set list featuring songs like “Daddy”, “CoCo Puffs”, and his infamous hit “Nympho”. His set had everyone rocking the rail and I am surprised the rail didn’t shatter. Borgore is a classically trained musician who plays Saxophone and Piano and who is also able to produce some of the most filthy dubstep drops in the industry. He is also lined up to be working with artists like Gucci Mane later this year. Concert Hopper had the pleasure of sitting down with Borgore after his face melting set and chatting with him about his new releases and what he could possibly have planned for the future. You can read more about the opportunity we had to sit down with him here.

Sunday brought some big names to Central Park such as; Ofenbach, Medasin, Troyboi, Kayzo and Seven Lions. One set that was absolute mayhem from start to finish was Kayzo. Kayzo brought the Piedmont stage to its knees with a set riddled with bangers. From dropping a tribute to the late and great Chester Bennington from Linkin Park to getting all the head bangers riled up with a remix of Papa Roach’s “Last Resort”, Kayzo is definitely a former punk kid gone EDM. Kayzo is the place to be if you’re into some punk rock remixed with face melting, thrashing drops. He wasn’t the only artist throwing down on the last day, but he was definitely one of the highlight artists of that day.

Shaky Beats 2018 was an amazing follow up to Shaky Knees the previous weekend. This festival has bloomed into a wonderful place for people in the South to connect through the EDM genre. The community is growing and this year the festival took place at Central Park instead of Centennial Park like previous years. We here at Concert Hopper have loved watching the Shaky festivals in Atlanta evolve into what they are today. We certainly hope that this festival stays at Central Park. 

It's a Wrap: Shaky Beats (2018)

 Shaky Beats Music Festival 2018: Central Park (Atlanta, Ga.)

Shaky Beats Music Festival 2018: Central Park (Atlanta, Ga.)

What started out as the new kid on the festival block back in 2016, the Shaky Beats Music Festival has quickly become one of the premiere EDM/Hip-hop festivals in the Southeast region. Being a part of this festival since the beginning, I am very happy to see that this year’s event was held at Central Park while the old location, Centennial Olympic Park, is under some renovations. The move gave this festival new life by adding much, more space and an extra stage, Criminal Records Stage, across from the Ponce De Leon stage.

I want to first start off this review with a few of my favorite performances over the weekend: Marvel Years, Manic Focus, and Autograf. There were so many artists to watch over the weekend but I made sure that these three performances were not missed. 

Marvel Years (a.k.a. Cory Wythe) has taken the EDM world by storm with his exceptional blending of blues, classic rock, EDM, retro-funk, soul, jazz, and hip-hop into a groovy, funky sound that keeps the dance floor very busy. I was really excited to see what Marvel Years brought to the crowd at Shaky Beats and man did he play his heart out! I recommend checking out Marvel Years if he coming to your town via a festival or just a standalone show. Want to check out some of Marvel Years? Then follow this link to the official Soundcloud page for Marvel Years today and see what you think.

Manic Focus - John “JmaC” McCarten a.k.a. Manic Focus (MF) was also one of the best sets of the weekend and he played the Criminal Records stage, which is the smallest of the four. MF’s set would have definitely blown the lid off the main stage as a performer. He even had a special guest show up, Marvel Years, and perform with him during his set. After seeing MF a few times, I really think he will blow up after doing the festival circuit this year. Check out MF’s Official Soundcloud Page and see what you think.

Autograf – First off, I want to give special thanks to Roochute Ron for recommending this band to my crew and myself. When I walked up and saw some instruments on stage, I knew I came to the right place. The band consists of Adam Hirsch, Benito Lugo, and Mikul Wing. Their bio states, “It’s about leaving your mark on the world. It’s about leaving your Autograf.” Well this trio left a huge impression with me based on their performance and energetic, stage presence. Hope you enjoy this link to Autograf’s Official Soundcloud Page and dance all night like we all did.

By the way, did you know Atlanta's own Ludacris played this year? You can guess that was a packed house as almost everyone showed up for this incredible set by Ludacris. This was a bucket list item for me... so thanks Shaky Beats! 

So if you watched the Concerthopper live streams or story on Instagram then you might have saw that Shaky Beats had a special guest: Roochute. It was awesome to hang with Roochute Ron and his Ohio crew during the weekend. Ron is basically family and you always welcome family into your home town. It was great to see the festival goers open up and have fun with the Roochute during Ookay’s set on Saturday. Hope you enjoy these shots.

I mentioned earlier that the festival was held at a new location, Central Park, in Atlanta. This move gave the festival more space for activities, stages, vendors, and bathrooms. And we cannot leave out one of the most important things to have during May in Atlanta: shade. This is something you cannot get while roaming Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Sorry, I said it. So adding these aspects to an already well run and organized festival you get one hell of a time with your festival squad. I only hope that Shaky Beats can continue to stay at Central Park for years to come because I heard nothing but positive things coming from festival goers all weekend.

Watching this festival grow over the last few years makes me really excited to see what next year has in store for us. I know I would like to see added to next year’s lineup: STS9, The Floozies, Pretty Lights (Live), Breakbot, The Polish Ambassador, Odesza, Chromeo, and Cherub to name a few. Even though Odesza, Chromeo, and Cherub all played the first year it is time for their triumphant return to Shaky Beats! So congratulations to Shaky Beats for another successful year in the books. Concerthopper, Kade and myself are very, honored to have been a part of this festival and we look forward to speculating to who is actually going to be on the lineup for next year’s event. Too soon?

Stay tuned to Concerthopper this week for Kade’s exclusive interview with Borgore right after his fire set on Saturday. Don’t forget to check out our BRAND NEW, redesigned website over at www.concerthopper.com and tell us what you think! We would love to get some feedback from our readers. ‘Like’ our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and stay up to date in 2018 on all music related events/festivals such as: Primus + Mastodon with All Them Witches: Live at the Fox Theatre, Underoath: Live at The Rapids Theatre, Papa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music Festival, Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Slayer: The Final TourMuddy Roots Music Festival by following us on all social media formats: Concerthopper on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  Also, you can follow my personal concert hopping on Facebook and Instagram for even more photos not available on Concerthopper.com.

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Nightfall 2018 Line-up (Chattanooga, TN Summer Concert Series)

Nightfall 2018 Line-up (Chattanooga, TN Summer Concert Series)

Chattanooga’s free Summer concert series returns for its 31st year! Here’s a look at the acts performing this year.

Rhythm N' Blooms 2018 Recap

DSC_0070 This was my first time returning to the festival since 2015 headliners The Decemberists brought me to the festival for one day. I was excited to return not just to cover the event as press, but because this would be my first time going for all 3 days to Rhythm N’ Blooms! Thus I knew I’d have more time to explore the various stages, and catch not just the main acts, but many of the smaller acts as well as the secret shows.

Friday

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As any attendee will tell you Friday started out rather wet and cold, but I was too enthused to pay attention to that (except where my camera equipment was concerned). I started out by catching The Young Fables set in Jackson Terminal. I had become quite a fan of The Young Fables as I prepped for the festival (thanks Spotify playlist!), and they did not disappoint! Laurel and Wesley are both supremely talented, and you can tell they have not just the musical chops but also the drive to succeed that I think, quite deservedly, will get them national attention! I had the pleasure to talk with them during the festival too, so look for an interview with them later in the month on ConcertHopper.com.

 

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Following their set I rushed over to catch the venerable rocker Booker T. Jones. Even if you only know “Green Onions” you undoubtedly knew this was a show to see. Booker was all smiles coming on stage, but behind that you could tell he and his band came to rock! I planned a tight schedule for myself so perhaps regrettably I didn’t hang around for long, just half the set, but I loved every second. And as Booker introduced each song, and often the history of the tracks, I got an even fuller grasp of his and the Booker T & the MG’s reach into the annals of rock fame. I’ll remember this performance for some time to come.

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As I left Booker’s set I hopped on over to the Pilot Light – an odd venue I’d fallen in love with upon my first visit to the festival. Perhaps odd isn’t the word, but compared to many venues this was perhaps the dive-iest. In 2015 everytime I walked by I loved all the music I heard coming through the door. Regrettably it’s also the most packed venue I’ve found at Rhythm N’ Blooms, and in 2015 when the heat was out I couldn’t stay in for long without feeling overwhelmingly oppressed by the heat of the crowds. Enter 2018, a day when we dipped to near freezing temps, and as I realized the perfect weather for me to handle the Pilot Light. I was quite thankful as I saw many fantastic acts at this venue, starting with Daniel Donato!

Daniel Donato and his backing band look like what I imagine Led Zeppelin’s kids would look like, with their rock star style and hair. His music style is often referred to as “cosmic country”, also the name of his CD, and I can see what that all fits as it was pretty out of this world! Daniel’s known as a prodigious guitarist, and we certainly saw that on display, but what was perhaps most memorable to me was his cover of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” performed with his girlfriend. Goose bumps galore broke out with their beautiful rendition of this classic song.

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Next I checked out singer songwriter Max Gomez, who perfectly segued Daniel's show for me, as Daniel played Prine, while Max clearly came from the singer songwriter world Prine inhabits. This was a more stripped down show compared to many I heard during the festival, but even with just two guitarists his sound filled the room as the audience was captivated by his softer, albeit strong sound. I discovered afterward he only has one full record, and an EP, but after that show I'll be giving both a good listen.

 

Following Max's performance, I headed back to the main stage to hear Deer Tick! Deer Tick’s style of music is right up my alley, as it’s reminiscent at times of the gone too soon Tom Petty, if he were partnered with artists such as “Wilco” and “Modest Mouse”. As they recently released not just one (1) but two (2) albums, after a four year absence, there was a sense of anticipation within the crowd, that I think that was met resoundingly with a very energetic set from the band. I had to call it an early night Friday, so I was quite happy to end my first day listening to a band not only that I enjoy but in so many ways encapsulates that Rhythm N’ Blooms vibe.

Saturday

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Rhythm N’ Blooms offered a number of workshops on Saturday, including “Get Your Music Heard (Radio + Streaming 101), Meet the Press: The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Great Media Coverage”, and the one I dropped into “Time’s Up in the Music Industry”. I thought this was an especially prescient panel for me to attend, and I’m certainly glad I did. Among the panelists there were representatives for radio stations, artists, festivals, including Chyna, the host of Rhythm N’ Blooms and Attack Monkey Productions, and they hoped to have an artist on however she had to back out. While the panel gave me hope with such aspirations as the 2020 movement, where festivals have a gender equitable line-up by 2020, so many stories of day to day abuse and harassment just made me recognize how much further we have to come.

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Following that inspiring panel I was excited to attend my first Secret Show at Rhythm N’ Blooms! These shows are on the schedule, but the bands aren’t announced till shortly before on social media. I actually did not have a chance to check my Facebook prior, so I was pleasantly surprised to see Penny & Sparrow, a band I wanted to see but didn’t know if I could with my schedule, take the stage. Their set felt like a perfect start musically to the morning, as their sound belies a soft power that’s awe inspiring, but not too racous either for the “just now sipping our first coffee crowd”. I absolutely loved the power of their vocals especially!

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On the flip side there’s The War & Treaty, whom I saw immediately following at the Pilot Light! The War & Treaty made my “9 Acts to See” list and for good reason. Their gospel inspired music is powerful on all fronts, and I can see that regardless of the size of the room this husband and wife duo would fill it. Seeing as how this was a dive bar it was packed, but the energy was incredible! I loved the show so much, but probably my greatest regret is that I didn’t see this act when they played again at the festival.

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I hopped on over for my first time to the Love Shack (no jukebox money required) following the War & Treaty show to catch Carly Burruss. Little did I know how appropriate this transition would be, as Carly’s songs do fit the country mold, but often bring a little extra gospel to bear too as she does in her track “Devil Can’t Steal My Joy”. While songs like “Good Enough for Me” have a more retro-country sound, and a message about the struggles of love that no doubt resonates with anyone who’s had a bad streak looking for love. I admit I came in with an unfamiliarity of her music, but I came away a fan.

 

At this point the afternoon sun was high in the sky, and the main stage was starting to come alive with activity. So I headed down to catch The Accidentals, one of my favorite discoveries in prepping for Rhythm N’ Blooms. Thinking back to the Time’s Up panel from earlier, it was quite refreshing to see a female fronted band take the main stage (something Rhythm N’ Blooms wants to do even more!). But as was discussed that morning in the panel it’s not just their womanhood getting them on stage, oh no, but their incredible talent that earned them this place. I loved the unique harmonies, and folksy rock, bringing together the harmonies and edge of Meg & Dia, while using instrumentation fitting for country and folk acts.

 

 

Before taking a break for the evening to get dinner I checked out one last act I was supremely looking forward to – Brother Sundance! Brother Sundance, the moniker of Rylan Talerico, is an artist whose sound heavily relies on electronics and his own unique production. So I was expecting an electro heavy set, but apparently do to tech issues the show suddenly became acoustic. Now this had Brother Sundance quite nervous for the whole show, which he joked about a few times, but for the audience I think we were presented with a rare treat as the show suddenly became what I imagine to be a rare acoustic performance from the artist. What I gleaned in listening to them acoustically, and to listening to his self-produced records prior to the festival, is that the talent and power of the music shines through either way so he had no reason to worry.

 

After a break for dinner I returned to catch the headliner for the evening Dr. Dog, where a large crowd had already gathered. Dr. Dog of course did not disappoint! Though why should they as they’ve honed their live act as a band over nearly 20 year run. Of note for me in particular was getting to hear tracks I’d heard on their 2015 “Live at a Flamingo Hotel” release played in person, so when I heard songs like “That Old Black Hole” it just felt all the more powerful hearing it live actually in person! Of course they played some new tracks as well such as their new single “Go Out Fighting” and my personal favorite track thus far “Listening In”. Both songs will be on their forthcoming album “Critical Equation”.

 

You’d have thought that’d be the end cap for the night, but the night was long and I still had LUTHI to see! LUTHI made my “9 Acts Not to Miss” list, so I was super hyped to see them already, but minutes before their show I also had the chance to interview founding member and bassist Taylor Craft. (Interview to be released at the end of the month!)

LUTHI performed in the 2nd biggest venue, the Jackson Terminal, and you’d have thought they had top billing as packed as the crowds were for their show. I even overheard one audience member say they’d been told by a friend “if you see only one band at the festival see LUTH”. Well they earned their crowd with a high energy set featuring all 9 members, that’s right 9, giving their funky best! They’ve really adopted the label of being a “Boogie Circus”, and it’s true that if they’re a circus you definitely got your money’s worth that night.

Regrettably after going nearly non-stop I had to call it a night immediately following the LUTHI show.

Sunday

I woke up with a bit of a festival hangover (condition of seeing so many great acts in such a short time), but continued forth to start the day with one of the Battle of the Band qualifiers. As I’m not based in Knoxville I missed the actual battle, but I wanted to catch the sets of either the winner or one of the qualifiers, and I got my chance with The Sedonas set on Sunday.

 

Upon seeing The Sedonas play I thought if this was just the qualifier how good was the winning band, because I was quite impressed by their sound! First of all they had probably the best guitarist at the festival in Ryan Sise, proven for me when they played one of the best Bob Dylan covers I’ve heard since Hendrix performed the song (“All Along the Watchtower” if you didn’t get that) and he nailed it! Fitting track to cover considering their original song “’Til I Say Amen” sounds like an ode to that era of rock, albeit perhaps more Steppenwolf style than Hendrix. James Connor Wike’s energy seems to harken from the 90s grunge era, and he used those strong vocals to add that extra power and oomph to the band’s sound. All while their bassist and drummer did an excellent job too driving the music.

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Following their show I came in late to the Secret Show at Pretentious Beer Co., only to learn why you don’t come in late to Secret Shows, as I couldn’t barely make it in with the impressive crowd that showed up. I learned very soon why as the artist was in fact Sunday’s headliner to come Paul Thorn! Paul’s music really reminded me of what it’d be like to hear Randy Newman play John Prine songs, cause he had that songwriting craft they both have but with the bite and wit of Prine’s greats. I was only sad I couldn’t catch more of the show.

 

I then stepped in to catch one of the shows that caught my eye on the program: The Brother Brothers. I found out 2 things right off 1) they are indeed brothers and 2) they are more than just a clever band name. In fact their traditionally inspired folk is downright haunting in the best of ways. Despite being in the largest interior venue at the festial, when they sang their harmonies I felt I'd hear a pin drop, as everyone was so still and silent so as to not miss a moment of their beautiful music. I'd say if you like classic soothing folks songs, be sure to check their music out.

 

Lastly, as that concert weariness was turning into full blown exhaustion, I had to cut my Sunday short. So I decided to wrap up my festival experience with the band Art Smashes Records. Very quickly I could tell the band’s sound fit the mold of what my listening habits generally include, which is 1990’s/2000’s era pop rock/indie artists. I would not be surprised if we have some of the same favorite bands in common. I was definitely digging their set, and kept thinking this is a band going places. In fact I would not be surprised if their music starts playing on the local alternative rock stations, cause songs like “Old Dreams” and their latest “Disagreements” are tailor made for radio play. I loved getting the chance to see them as I wrapped up the festival, and I'm excited to see where they go next.

Conclusion

Overall Rhythm N' Blooms was pretty much everything I loved about festivals, except maybe the cold and the rain. This weekend was a chance to see a myriad of fantastic artists really doing what they do best, along with passionate music fans such as myself. Thanks to Rhythm N' Blooms care with their line-up too even among the artists I did not know, I found several quality acts that will now be in my playlists for years to come. I am now ready for that long nap I've yet to take, and I look forward to all the excitement to come for 2019's festival!

Mo Pop is a Detroit Gem!

  I love Detroit and I'm proud it's my home. There is so much to love about this city. One of the things I love the most is the Mo Pop Festival which returns to West Riverfront Park on July 28th-29th. This is the 6th edition of the festival and there hasn't been a repeat act. In the current festival world we live in that's a rare and impressive feat!

The 2018 lineup is stellar. Bon Iver will play Detroit for the first time in 10 years. The excitement level is very high for that set alone. Anyone else play the song "Holocene" on repeat? Highly Suspect is a band that I got into over the last year and I was able to see them play at a small venue in the Detroit suburbs. The show was great and they will not disappoint the Mo Pop crowd. I've heard the name Billie Eilish a lot as of late and I had to hear what all the fuss is about. I was stunned to learn she is so young.  Her set is a can't miss set at Mo Pop.

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I lost my mind when I found out The National is also playing Mo Pop. The National is one of my all time favorite bands and each time I see their show I'm blown away. They just keep getting better and they give the crowd so much emotion. The Polyphonic Spree is a group that I've enjoyed for years and St Vincent was a part of that ensemble. Since going out on her own she has proved time and time again that she will be successful on her own terms. As I write this I'm listening to her song "New York". Take a listen when you have finished reading this. You will be glad you did.

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Mo Pop Festival has such much to offer. Are you feeling nostalgia for the days you spent quarters at the arcade? Welll you are in luck!  Just step into the air-conditioned Mo Arcade and go back in time to the days when you spent all day trying to beat the high score just so you can leave your initials as the highest score. Detroit is a city filled with creative people and that creativity will be on display in the Craft Bazaar. Take some time and walk around. I know you will find something fun, classy, cool, or quirky. Feeling thirsty and hungry? Don't worry. There is a beer tent and a great selection of food trucks. More info on both of those later in my series on Mo Pop.

There are so many great acts that make up the 2018 Mo Pop Festival lineup and I will highlight them between now and the festival. So stay tuned to Concerthopper!

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Check out MoPopFestival.com for more info.

Mo Pop is amazing. Detroit is great. The experience will leave you will memories that will stay with you forever. Now go buy a ticket and I will see you there.

EyeHateGod, Cro-Mags, & Dead Oath: Sold Out at The Earl!

EyeHateGod (56) This has been a good year starting off by adding some new venues to my list and now I can add one more: East Atlanta Village’s historic venue named The Earl. Concerthopper and I were given the opportunity to attend EyeHateGod/Cro-Mags/Dead Oath’s sold out show at this venue. Having attended shows here before, I was prepared for this room devoid of any and all light which did make taking photos a bit more challenging. And with this being a sold out show in such a small venue, this would also be a fun experience trying to get around the stage. I am always up for the challenge!

Atlanta’s very own Dead Oath was added to this lineup last minute due to Buzzoven’s cancellation. For the brief time that the band has been playing together, they have three shows under their belt but you could not tell from their stage presence. They are heavy and very loud! Great new addition to the Atlanta metal scene. Want to hear more of Dead Oath? Check out their Official Bandcamp for their 2018 Demo. Here is a link to check out their events in the Atlanta area for 2018.

Next up were hardcore punk/thrash metal legends the Cro-Mags and the crowd was definitely ready for this massive sing-a-long set. The band has been active since 1981 and released five (5) LPs including the critically acclaimed 1986 debut LP, The Age of Quarrel, which is considered the basis for the East coast hardcore scene. The Cro-Mags shows always get very wild and tonight was no exception: lots of stage diving and mosh pits!

Closing out the night were the sludge metal legends from New Orleans, EyeHateGod. EyeHateGod has been grinding together since 1988 and is one of the most well-known bands to come from the New Orleans metal scene. Mike “IX” Williams (vocals) & Jimmy Bower (guitar) are the only original members dating back to the original lineup. After catching EyeHateGod opening for Black Label Society & Corrosion of Conformity this past January, I was intrigued to get these guys in a smaller venue for some photos. Check out In The Name of Suffering, Take as Needed for Pain, or their last release EyeHateGod to hear some of the best of EyeHateGod’s sludge.

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Radio Silence Tour 2018: Talib Kweli speaks out.

I can still remember the day I heard the hip hop duo Blackstar (Mos Def a.k.a. Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli) for the very first time. Pretty much it was love at first listen and that’s no lie. I was managing a music store in our local mall back in 1998 when this promo CD came in titled Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star that caught my eye. I thought let’s give it a shot. Growing up in the golden age of hip hop, I was very impressed with this LP upon first listen. Both Kweli and Mos Def’s flow and delivery were one of the main points that had me hooked. I knew from that day forward I would follow both their careers very closely. I consider Kweli in the Top 10 of current MCs in the game today. Fast forward to present day, Talib Kweli has made quite a name for himself as a solo hip hop artist with eight (8) solo LPs and six (6) collaboration LPs and as a political activist for many important issues that are ailing our society.

Kweli is currently on his nationwide Radio Silence Tour in support of his latest LP with the same title, Radio Silence. Kweli has continued to produce LP’s full of thought provoking and health consciousness lyrics geared toward the betterment of one’s mind and soul. He reminds us that it is ok to listen to someone on the mic that has something poignant to say. In a world full of Migos and 21 Savages, hip hop needs to be reminded of its roots at times. As Kweli once said, “I paint a picture with the pen like Norman Mailer” on his hit track, “Get By”. Kweli’s thick, lyrical descriptive prose has remained unique and moving throughout the years.

Also on tour with Kweli: NIKO IS, DJ Spintelect, Skyzoo, Landon Wordswell, Santino Corleon, & Space Invadaz. It is always nice when you do not know much about an artist (or multiple opening acts) and they impress you so much that you tell everyone who will listen to check them out. Well this is that time, because if you love Hip-Hop then it is very important that you check out these provided links and hear for yourself! I have already started my descent into all of their discography and I can say that I am quite pleased with my decision in doing so.

I hope you will also take my word and check out some of Talib Kweli’s tracks if you have not yet already done so. Here is a link to his Official Soundclound page so you do not even have to search for it online. And here is a link to check out the remaining dates left on the Radio Silence Tour to see if he is coming to a town near you. I would also like to thank Javotti Media for giving ConcertHopper.com and myself this opportunity at The Masquerade.

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (03/18/18)

My friend first introduced "Yamantaka // Sonic Titan" to me, the self-proclaimed Noh-Wave prog collective from Canada, by highlighting their theatricality and their heritage - indigenous, Asian, and Canadian.  I'm a big fan of anime, Asian cultures, and music from across the globe, so this was all striking a chord with me. Plus who doesn't like a fantastic show with their concert! So when I heard that their latest album "Dirt" was conceived as the soundtrack for an unreleased Haudenosaunee and Buddhist themed Anime produced in 1987 I was fascinated. And after I took some time to listen to their unique brand of prog rock, so artfully delivered in their first albums YT/ST and UZU, I knew I was ready to see them live! On March 18th I had my chance at Atlanta's historic venue The Earl, which has counted among its previous artists such as: the Postal Service, Neko Case, Cat Power, and perhaps more relevant to YT//ST, Mono a prog-rock/noise-rock outfit from Japan.

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This night YT//ST were joined by Atlanta based artists Shouldies and Chew. Shouldies, a "goth synth punk" band, resonated with the crowd admittedly more than I. However, they certainly gave the night that needed initial burst of energy. Chew, a post-rock outfit playing their first hometown concert after sometime away, really took it to the next level with their incredible dynamic sound and energy! Snare-uh Wilson just killed on the drums! All while Brandon Pittman (bassist) and Brett Reagan (guitar/electronics) rocked right alongside her. By the end of their set I was blown away! I now understood why they've started making a name for themselves not just in Atlanta but around the globe!

On next was YT//ST! Donning their kabuki inspired face-paint, they took to the stage and launched into a set of incredibly high energy and highly skilled rock. Playing largely a selection from their new album Dirt, not yet released at the time of the show, we were treated to a bevy of new tracks that I've now just one week later come to love. Additionally, we were treated not just to the spectacle of a YT/ST show, but to the skill of so many talented artists coming together! YT//ST is now as much a collective as it is a band, so for older fans they would not perhaps recognize many of the newer members. However, Alaska B, drummer and remaining co-founder, remains as the crux of the outfit, and she's definitely gathered some talented musicians alongside her to fill out the incredible sound.

Eventually, like Dirt's final track title's suggest, we were "Out of Time". I was thankful at least to have shared this wonderful evening with these bands, and certainly now after enjoying such a show I'll be on the lookout to watch Yamantaka // Sonic Titan again in the future!

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan: Dirt Tour

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are bringing their unique brand of "noh-wave" performance music down from Canada to a broader North American audience on their 30+ city tour this Spring! Though the album "Dirt" they are supporting on this tour has not yet been released, as it comes out March 23rd, based on their strong initial singles "Yandere", "Hungry Ghost", "Someplace" this will surely be a tour not to miss. Check out the full list of dates below, as well as a few music videos to introduce you this creative collective of musicians!

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Flashlight Shows: Partner (03/10/18)

Now in their new home, the recently renamed Palace Theater, Chattanooga's Flashlight Shows concert series kicked off their 2018 season with a bang! Local artists The Handsome Grandsons opened and Canadian rockers Partner performed for an expectant crowd. The Handsome Grandsons male guitarist and female bassist on stage at the Palace Theatre

Having not yet heard of the opener The Handsome Grandsons I really did not know what to expect, but I came away really impressed by their energy and their sound! On their official Facebook page they cite favorite artists such as Pavement, Built To Spill, and Neil Young, but I felt like I saw just as much a sonic connection with the likes of Car Seat Headrest. Seeing a young band take to the stage so exuberantly, it seemed with many of their family members in the audience, really just reminded me so much of what I love about music and why I cover artists. So thanks to The Handsome Grandsons not just for that reminder, but also for a wonderful set!

Partner came on next, and just with the warm-ups alone I think the audience all knew we were in for a treat! Having done my homework by listening to their debut album "In Search of Lost Time", I knew I was already a fan but still I was curious how their music would translate to a live show. I needn't have been concerned, cause - also having garage rock roots - you could tell that Partner had honed their sound as much, if not more so, in a live setting than in a studio.

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With songs like "Gross Secret", "Everyone Knows", and "Daytime TV", the latter an all-too-relatable tribute to daytime TV marathons in the 90s, Partner toes the line between hilariously dumb and intelligently clever with great finesse. On stage their raport further gives the impression that they know their songs are as silly as we do, but with their incredible instrumentation they also know that they're the rockingest funny songs we've likely heard since Weird Al stylistically covered the Foo Fighters.

Partner strayed from their set of original songs for only one cover, an incredible rendition of Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One", which came across like a literal shoutout to an artist who helped pave the way for LGBTQ artists such as themselves. The crowd eagerly ate it up, along with the rest of the set list, till Partner took their exit.

Partner's show was a perfect kick-off for what has become my favorite local concert series - Flashlight Shows! Thanks to the bands for playing and thanks to Flashlight Shows for bringing in such a diverse array of wonderful artists to support this show's featured non-profit the Nooga Diversity Center!

Path of Righteousness Tour: Hippie Sabotage- SOLD OUT at the Buckhead Theatre

 

Hippie Sabotage is an EDM duo, which consists of Whittier, Ca. natives Kevin and Jeff Saurer, who are currently on their worldwide Path of Righteousness Tour until April 4th. Most recently they made a tour stop in Atlanta to a sold out crowd at the historic Buckhead Theatre. Hippie Sabotage came on a mission to bring their unique style of EDM to all of their fans in attendance. Personally, I had no clue what their live performance was like as I was only familiar with their recorded material. Sometimes I get very disappointed with EDM acts based on the lack of emotion or interaction with the crowd. Let’s just say that from the start of their set until the very end, it was not at all what I expected and that is a very good thing.

 

Hippie Sabotage brings so much energy on stage for every performance. Whether it is Kevin’s interactions with fans on the rail or Jeff’s barrage of crushing beats and thrashing guitar solos. Crowd interaction is a major part of their performance because they are very thankful for all of their fans. At the end of the night during their seminal remix hit of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)”, it has become a habit, if you will, for the brothers to bring as many of their devoted fans on stage as they can for this song’s performance. It is always a pleasure to see random people bond together over something that they all can enjoy. Plus, they can take this wonderful memory with them so that they can revisit it when they are in need of a positive moment in their life.

 

Besides Girl Talk, I cannot say of anyone else who does this with their fans at the end of their set. To me it is sort of like recreating a house party vibe with many of your close friends and just dancing the night away. As I walked the venue throughout the night finding spots for some photos, whether it was upstairs, at the bar, or in the very back of the venue on the first floor everyone was dancing their worries away. For this moment in their life, nothing else mattered. And isn’t this the true purpose of music? To help take away all of the problems and ills of the day just for one moment of pure blissfulness. If you’re interested in hearing what you missed, check out Hippie Sabotage's Official Soundcloud page to listen to their discography right now.

 

Also on tour with Hippie Sabotage on the Path of Righteousness Tour were Melvv and Olivia Noelle. Melvv (a.k.a. Jeffrey Melvin) is a Wisconsin native who has been interested in making music since watching videos of Daft Punk’s 2007 tour. While attending the University of Wisconsin, even the school newspaper recognized Melvv as being a rising star in the music industry. Olivia Noelle is an electronic music vocalist with her musical influence deeply rooted in R&B, hip-hop, and electro-pop. She moved to Los Angeles at age 17 in order to start her music career and now she is opening up for Hippie Sabotage on their North American tour. Check out some of Melvv via his Official Soundcloud page and Olivia Noelle via her Official Soundcloud page today.

 

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Lotus with Marvel Years: Live at the Georgia Theatre!

Since joining Concerthopper, I have had some incredible opportunities to do photography at some beautiful venues in Georgia such as; The Tabernacle, The Masquerade (old and new), and Terminal West to name a few. And for this, I am most thankful for all who have helped me along the way. Most recently, I was able to shoot at a brand new venue (for me) that I have always adored and respected: The historic Georgia Theatre in downtown Athens. So join me on a photographic recap of this jam packed night full great music with both Lotus and Marvel Years!

Lotus has always been one of my favorite jam bands that can be also categorized as a jamtronic band. The band formed way back in 1999 at Goshen College in Indiana and have released ten (10) LPs, one (1) EP, and two (2) live LPs to date. During their performance you can really hear their deepest musical influences seeping through their music like; Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, and Air. Want to check out some of the vibes Lotus is throwing down? Here is a link to their official Soundcloud page and see what you think. Check out the entire set list from this 2 set extravaganza performed by Lotus that even had a Tame Impala track thrown in for good measure as an encore.

Set I:Middle Road, Livingston Storm > Mikesnack, Move Too Fast > Flower Sermon, In An Outline Set II:Cold Facts, It's All Clear To Me Now > Tip of the Tongue, Wooly Mammoth, Ra Ako St, Umbilical Moonrise, Greet the Mind E:Elephant

Marvel Years (a.k.a. Cory Wythe) has taken the EDM world by storm with his exceptional blending of blues, classic rock, EDM, retro-funk, soul, jazz, and hip-hop into a groovy, funky sound that keeps the dance floor very busy. I was really excited to see what Marvel Years brought to the table during this performance in comparison to the time I saw playing for a festival crowd. And after watching this performance, I cannot wait for this year’s Shaky Beats Music Festival where we get to cover Marvel Years once again! Want to check out some of Marvel Years? Then follow this link to the official Soundcloud page for Marvel Years today and see what you think.

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Silverstein - Get Free Tour (02/26/2018)

Silverstein is a Canadian rock band from Burlington, Ontario that formed in 2000. The band got their name from an author that wrote popular children's books, Shel Silverstein. Their lineup had remained unchanged for eleven years dating back to December 2001; Shane Told (lead vocalist), Neil Boshart (lead guitarist), Josh Bradford (rhythm guitarist), Billy Hamilton (bassist), and Paul Koehler (drummer). But in September 2012, the band replaced Neil Boshart with Paul Marc Rousseau. The band has released eight (8) studio albums and three (3) EPs and is currently on tour with Tonight Alive, Broadside, & Picturesque.

Funk Jesus: The Second Coming with The Floozies, SoDown, & Space Kadet- SOLD OUT!

Currently, The Floozies have embarked on a select North American city tour, Funk Jesus: Second Coming, until late April when they end this mini-tour in New Orleans. Luckily for me, the second date on this tour was in Atlanta at the Variety Playhouse located in Little 5 Points. With supporting acts SoDown and local Atlanta favorites Space Kadet, everyone was in for a non-stop dance party thanks to these three acts bringing the funk!

The Floozies have been making the rounds when it comes to playing festivals in North America, so I have managed to catch these guys quite a few times over the years. There is something more intimate about being able to catch this dynamic duo in a smaller environment like the Variety Playhouse, instead of braving massive crowds at a festival. Want to hear some of The Floozies? Then by all means, check out their Official Soundcloud page today and enjoy.

SoDown, or Ehren River Wright, is a saxophonist/DJ/bass music producer from Boulder, Colorado that has taken the EDM world by the reins and will not let go. Want to hear some of SoDown’s bass music with soul? Check out his Official Soundcloud page today. And check out his tour page to see if he is playing a city/festival near you this year.

Space Kadet is actually a local Atlanta based electronic/instrumental band that definitely lives up to their name with their funky, space jam vibe. Space Kadet is a very eclectic band that perfectly blends together deep dub, electro jazz, drum and bass, funk, and some elements of jam. Want to hear some of Space Kadet? Check out their Official Soundcloud page today.

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Hippie Sabotage: Path of Righteousness Tour

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Hippie Sabotage, made up of brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer, is now on their worldwide Path of Righteousness Tour until April 4th in Tallinn, Estonia. If you miss this amazing tour in your hometown, you can also catch Hippie Sabotage at this year's Sloss Music & Arts Festival (07/14/2018-07/15/2018) in Birmingham. Concerthopper will be covering their March 8th performance at The Masquerade in Atlanta. Follow the link provided for more details if you're interested in joining us there! Check out Hippie Sabotage's Official Soundcloud page to listen to their discography right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V38psI8WIvI

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