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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.

We Came As Romans: Cold Like War Tour 4/6/2018

We Came As Romans formed in Michigan in 2005 after one name change and multiple lineup changes. The current lineup is Dave Stephens, Kyle Pavone, Joshua Moore, Lou Cotton, and Andy Glass. The band is considered to be post hardcore and metal-core. The band's lyrics give off a positive vibe talking about purpose, hope, brotherhood, and morality. Over the years, the band has changed styles towards an alternative metal sound that is more "Radio friendly." The band is currently on their Cold Like War Tour with The Plot In You, Oceans Ate Alaska, Currents, and Tempting Fate.

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.

‘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: The Acadia Strain: Live at Mohawk Place, We Came As Romans: Live at Lost Horizon, SweetWater 420 FestivalTy Segall & the Freedom Band: Live at the Variety PlayhouseRhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Primus + Mastodon with All Them Witches: Live at the Fox TheatreShaky KneesShaky BeatsPapa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music Festival, Sloss Music & Arts Festival, & Muddy 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.

Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!

Senses Fail 3/15/18 Buffalo, NY Photos

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Senses Fail is an American post-hardcore band, originating from Ridgewood, New Jersey. The band formed in 2002 and has since released seven albums including their newest "If There is Light it Will Find you." The current lineup consists of Buddy Nielsen, Gavin Caswell, Jason Milbank, Greg Styliades and Steve Carey. Overtime, the band has seen many lineup changes and even experimented with a more aggressive, heavier sound different from their 00's emo and post-hardcore roots. Neilson's passionate and powerful lyrics on their most recent album, reignite the band into every lyric screamer and crowd surfer's dream. The band is currently on tour with Household, Have Mercy and Reggie and The Full Effect.

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.

‘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: Corey Smith: Live at The Signal (SOLD OUT!), Knocked Loose: The California Brew Haus, EyeHateGod, Cro-Mags, & Buzzoven: Live from the Earl, The Acadia Strain: Live at Mohawk Place, We Came As Romans: Live at Lost Horizon, SweetWater 420 FestivalTy Segall & the Freedom Band: Live at the Variety PlayhouseRhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Primus + Mastodon with All Them Witches: Live at the Fox TheatreShaky KneesShaky BeatsPapa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music Festival, Sloss Music & Arts Festival, & Muddy 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.

Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!

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!

Just Taking a Long Shot

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I have two words for you: Green Day. An iconic punk band that has topped the charts for more than thirty years. And they even gained themselves a seat in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. You would think that a band boasting a lengthy discography, holding multiple world tours back-to-back, turning one of their most famous works into a full length Broadway rock opera, and even releasing countless behind-the-scenes documentaries would sit down at the end of the day and say, "Wow I’m beat and can’t imagine doing anything else.” Well, you’re wrong. Billie Joe Armstrong, lead vocals/guitar, was born in Oakland, California to a big, bustling family and developed an affinity for music at a very, young age. His first debut single was known as “Look for Love” and recorded at Fiat Records in the Bay area when Armstrong was just five years old. From there his passion for music spread like a wildfire. At the ripe age of 10 years old, Armstrong met Mike Dirnt and they dove into a life-long bond through music.Dirnt and Armstrong formed their first band together known as Sweet Children. Shortly after, the guys were faced with a dilemma as their drummer, Al Sobrante, wished to pursue his education and no longer perform with the band. They then recruited the wild stylings of Tre Cool to join their band and from there the rest was history.

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They renamed themselves Green Day and went on to conquer every punk rock dream they had set out for themselves. But these guys didn’t stop there. They have a passion for music that radiates throughout their souls. This passion for music drives them to constantly be playing around with smaller, side project bands.The guys not only play in Green Day but they also play in several of their own side projects. Mike Dirnt has also played in bands such as The Frustrators, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, and The Cover Ups. Tre Cool has been seen playing with The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, and of course his original band the Lookouts.  Billie Joe Armstrong has been the mastermind behind several of these side-projects as well as made on-stage cameos for several different bands at festivals.

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For instance, Armstrong can be found playing in the bands Green Day, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Armstrongs, The Boo, Pinhead Gunpowder, and the Cover Ups. He has done on stage cameos with bands such as The Replacements and Rancid as well as teaming up with artists like The Lonely Island, Norah Jones and Miranda Lambert for various songs and albums.And to think on top of all of this, these guys still have free time to be avid surfers, motorcyclists, and active in the community outreach efforts. Not to mention the longshot that there may be a new side project in the works that has the Green Day fandom, a.k.a. Idiot Nation, completely beside themselves. It may be a longshot, but the Idiot Nation has discovered an account on Instagram that only has a few hundred followers and is only following a handful of people.

The account is being followed by Billie Joe, Billie’s Wife Adrienne, Green Day’s photographer Gregg Schneider, and The Cover Ups. The account has several clues within its posts but the most blatant one being there are several posts which feature Billie Joe’s handwriting. The account’s biography reads “New album, ‘Love is for Losers’ coming eventually”. The Idiot Nation is taking a longshot and saying this is Billie’s follow up to his most recent side-project The Cover Ups and we are hoping that eventually comes sooner rather than later. Let’s hope this Longshot is right.

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See you soon, Billie and friends.

Vans Warped Tour 2018: Final Full Cross Country Tour!

Vans Warped Tour is one of the most iconic traveling rock shows that has returned every single summer in the United States since 1995. This year the Vans Warped Tour is going on its final full cross country run. Vans Warped tour was created by Kevin Lyman, who focused mostly on alternative rock music in the beginning until it eventually transformed into what it is today.  The only downfall to this festival is it’s only in town for a single day, which makes it extremely hard to see some of the artists you have been waiting to see for ages. Each year that I have attended the Vans Warped Tour, they have never ceased to amaze me with the artists that they choose to bring on tour with them. Since this year is the last year of Warped Tour the feeling is very bittersweet. I remember the first time I attended the Tour, I was full of emotions and very excited to take in the experience of being at the Warped Tour. I have met many artists since I started going back in 2014, such as Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Attila, Jeffrey Star, Miss May I, and many more of my favorite artists.

The tour brings a few traveling stages with them to each venue to incorporate with stages that are already established inside the respected venue.  Each year at the Darien Center the stages are set up almost the same. The stages are scattered throughout the extra parking lot from the doors all the way back to the main stages in the back of the venue.

This year the stages include Journey's Left foot, Journey's right foot, Mutant Red Dawn, Mutant White Lightning, owly.fm and The Full Sail Stage. This year's lineup is very exciting for me because there are a lot of artists I really enjoy watching perform such as The Amity Affliction, Movements, Mayday Parade, Real Friends, and many more!

There are a ton of can't miss bands on this lineup espceially if you are going to the Darien Center venue. Every Time I Die is a Buffalo native, If you haven't seen them before, get out there and check them out! Tonight Alive is a must see band as well, they are big supporters of the I AM movement to help people prove that their worth is more than what others say. Ice Nine Kills always puts on a great show, every time I have seen them they have exceeded my expectations. If you are looking to throw down in the pit and mosh your heart out Wage War is a great option for you. If you are looking for something that's not heavy and is acoustic, check out This Wild Life. Kublai Khan, The Amity Affliction, Movements, Dayseeker and We The Kings are also all great bands to check out!17662dc8-fd1a-4dae-bf4d-f8960f10ede8-DXPS7j8W0AE0CRO.jpg

At the Darien Center, Vans Warped Tour can be a little hectic because it is only in the area for the day. The gates open around 11 AM, so get there early and try to avoid the line! As an avid Warped Tour attendee, skipping this line is essential in starting your whole day out with a bang. By bringing just 3 canned good items (the cans cannot be dented or expired), a $5 dollar donation or a used cellphone you can skip the longest line of your life (as it seems to be). And you are also able to get into the venue 10-15 minutes earlier,  making it easier to find all your favorite artist’s tents and the stages you plan on being at all day, but you sometimes you have to wait a little bit longer to get to the main stages in the extra parking lot due to them not finished being set up.

By bringing one of the three options listed above and skipping the line, you are also helping Feed Our Children NOW! to improve lives of children located in the United States. The food drive helps immediate needs for a better future for low income families & Children. So don’t forget to donate!

There are many other great causes that support Warped Tour such as Can You Hear Me?, They work with musicians to raise awareness, take action and provide a supportive, empowering community for teens struggling with issues such as mental health, bullying, and peer pressure. Stapaw raises awareness about discrimination of piercings and tattoos in the workplace. To Write Love On Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Don't Forget to check out one of the many great causes Warped Tour has to offer! Although, this isn’t the only line you are going to find yourself standing in. There are many other lines such as merchandise, bathroom, water refill, food, and etc. So be prepared!

Warped Tour 101 – Here are some tips to stay your best during your day at the festival.

 Tip #1 – Get plenty of sleep the night before. I know it’s hard when you are really excited to get up and go see that band that you have been wanting to see for ages. But you don’t want to get tuckered out too early, especially if you want to rage to your favorite band(s) in the mosh pits.

 Tip #2  – When packing your backpack the night before, make sure you have everything you could possibly need. If you know its going to rain, bring some baggies for your electronics and a poncho just in case. You don’t want to get wet and stay stuck in those wet clothes all day. Bring some permanent markers, I can’t even remember the last time I went to a concert without one. A marker is very essential. You could catch your favorite artist walking by and then you could grab a quick autograph! Sun screen is also an important Warped Tour item to have as it tends to be one of the sunniest days out of the year it seems like. Or at least up here in New York.

 Tip #3 – When you get up in the morning try to eat something even if it’s just a granola bar… trust me. At the venue you will spend an arm and a leg on food and won’t have enough money to buy that tee shirt or any other merchandise from your favorite band. You can bring in a bottle of water as long as it is sealed and just keep refilling it at the water refill stations supplied around the venue.

 Tip #4 – Keep your eyes open and watch your surroundings especially if you don’t want to find yourself falling into a mosh pit or even have crowd surfers falling on top of you. Sometimes you find yourself getting lost in the music. I’m guilty of this… regardless you don’t want to end up getting hurt because you aren’t paying attention. Nobody wants to get accidentally punched in the face by someone moshing, kicked in the head by a crowd surfer, or even having a crowd surfer dropped on top you. Be aware of your surroundings, you don’t want to take a trip to the hospital or lose something of value.

 Tip #5 – Don’t get upset when both your favorite bands are playing at the same time. Figure out which one you want to see more because eventually they will go on another tour at a later date. I have sacrificed seeing my favorite artist’s full set just to go watch another band I just started listening to and also really enjoy. It happens!

 Tip #6 – If you are lucky enough to be a photographer for the day at your Warped Tour date, do not forget to pack extra batteries, SD cards (that actually work)! I'm guilty, when I was taking photos last summer, I had borrowed an SD card from a family member and I lost a lot of photos because they got corrupted. If you know it's going to rain make sure you have lots of plastic bags! You definitely don't want to ruin your camera for one small thing.

Tip #7 - If you plan on going by yourself, try to meet up with some friends that might end up going! You will have more fun jamming out to your favorite artists as a group than just by yourself. If you have friends that have never been to Warped Tour also bring them along, even if there is only one artist that they like, they will still have fun!

The Vans Warped Tour is a tour everyone should experience at least once in their life time no matter how old or young you are. Get out there this summer! It's going to be the final full cross country run. If you haven't attended before make sure this is the time to do it! This tour really brings people together no matter what artist you are there to see. The tour starts on June 21st and runs through August 5th. I can’t wait to see what the Vans Warped Tour has in store for us this summer especially since its going to be the final full cross country run. Good luck out there! Make plenty of friends this summer!

Dying Fetus 3/16/2018

Dying Fetus is an American death metal band originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Formed in 1991, the current lineup consists of John Gallagher,Sean Beasley, & Trey Williams. The band got their name when they were teenagers and intended for their name to be offensive. The bands songs are consistently hook-laden song structures, characterized by blast beats, complex riffing, heavy breakdowns, and slam riffs. The band is currently on tour with Thy Art Is Murder, Earth Enterprise, Rivers Of Nihil, and Sanction.

Dying Fetus Setlist 2018:

  1. Praise the Lord (Opium of the Masses)
  2. Induce Terror
  3. Your Treachery Will Die With You
  4. Fixated on Devastation
  5. From Womb to Waste
  6. Grotesque Impalement
  7. Raped on the Altar
  8. Justifiable Homicide
  9. Subjected to a Beating
  10. In Times of War
  11. Panic Amongst the Herd
  12. In the Trenches
  13. Wrong One to Fuck With

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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The Devil Wears Prada 3/14/2018

The Devil Wears Prada is an American metal-core band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. Since forming the band, they have released six full length albums & two EP's. The band consists of members: Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Kyle Sipress, & Andy Trick. Before The Devil Wears Prada went on stage, many local bands, such as Allegiant, Snapmare, Reformer & Destroy // Create, performed to get the fans excited for The Devil Wears Prada to take over the show.

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.

 

‘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: Talib Kweli: Radio Silence Tour (2018), EyeHateGod, Cro-Mags, & Buzzoven: Live from the Earl, SweetWater 420 FestivalTy Segall & the Freedom Band: Live at the Variety PlayhouseRhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Primus + Mastodon with All Them Witches: Live at the Fox TheatreShaky KneesShaky BeatsPapa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music Festival, Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Slayer: The Farewell Tour (w/ Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, & Napalm Death), & Muddy 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.

Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!

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.

‘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: Hippie Sabotage: Path of Righteousness Tour, Talib Kweli: Radio Silence Tour (2018), EyeHateGod, Cro-Mags, & Buzzoven: Live from the Earl, SweetWater 420 FestivalTy Segall & the Freedom Band: Live at the Variety PlayhouseRhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Primus + Mastodon with All Them Witches: Live at the Fox TheatreShaky KneesShaky BeatsPapa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music Festival, Sloss Music & Arts Festival, & Muddy 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.

Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!

Get Involved with Make Music Chattanooga!

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https://www.facebook.com/MakeMusicCHA/videos/1878764355490912/ Join the celebration of Summer and music during Make Music Chattanooga Day on Thursday, June 21st.

Want to perform? Host performances in your space? Registration is now open. Create or renew your profile at matchcha.makemusicday.org.

RSVP via Facebook or Eventbrite to make sure you don't miss the free concerts, music lessons, contests, workshops, community jams and more happening that day!

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.

500 MILES FROM HOME: A BONNA-LOVE STORY

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I have always enjoyed live music. Whether it was your small local show, a touring festival, or my brother just jamming out with his guitar late at night. In high school, my go to “festival” was Warped Tour. While I had a ton of fun at one-off shows, Warped was something completely different. The energy was way higher, the people were way more “in-sync” with each-other, and in general, it was just more fun to enjoy a whole day of shows. It was more of an experience than just a concert. I had no idea what was about to come into my life… About 5 years later I had graduated from college and was seeking a new adventure, as many of us do during that time period. Enter Bonnaroo. My brother and I decided to go to our first Roo in 2011. We were not prepared. We didn’t bring enough food, cash, or endurance for such an experience. (sound familiar?) But by day two, despite the hardships, I began to fall in love with the place. The people were beautiful. The setting was beautiful. The entire experience was beautiful! …(minus the smells). We decided quickly after the fest that we would go again in 2012. And we did. And that one was even better than the first. So good in fact I decided to make a Facebook page you may know of called Forever Bonnaroo. Yes. Forever. We weren’t missing another.

As I began to meet and connect with more and more Roovians I began to hope to meet someone special at the place. The potential was so high! Everyone in the community was just so damn cool… Why not try to find me some Roo-love? Well, it was hit and miss for a while. I met some cool girls… Dated some festival chicks… It was good, it was bad, it was hit and miss, as is dating anywhere you go.. But I didn’t give up. I KNEW my person was going to this festival. I just had to keep trying.

Fast forward to 2015. My brother and I were now 4 year vets and my quest for the perfect Roo-mance was still ongoing. I decided this year to put myself out there in a different way and promote my personal page and Snapchat on my Roo page to see who I could meet. Now, you may not believe me, but this was to make more friends too. I always add new Roo friends during the months before Bonnaroo hits! At first it was just that. Met some cool people, connected, talked music and who we were seeing that year. Enter Katie. She was one of the first to actually add me on Snapchat that year. Katie and I had actually gone to two previous Bonnaroos at the same time (2013 & 2014). There were many shows we were were actually both at. So we had a lot to talk about right off the bat… We instantly hit it off. After those first few weeks of snapping, we traded numbers. Now, I must add here that I was talking to someone else too. But I told her that and she was cool with being friends until I figured out where things were going. Well, it wasn’t more than a month after those first few initial conversations that I had decided I wanted to talk to her exclusively. Thankfully, she was waiting patiently for me to figure my crap out and was all about continuing our friendship full time.

Let me back up for a second though: The weirdest part about the beginnings of our relationship was that the first Snap she ever sent me was when she was heading back from New Orleans… Mardi Gras had just ended and while she was there, she had received a Voodoo love charm… Apparently blessed by the creator of it. She still keeps it in her purse to this day. With Bonnaroo having its roots in New Orleans and that entire culture (Bonnaroo is supposedly Cajun for “great time”) We aren’t particularly superstitious people but that charm isn’t leaving anytime soon…

Anyways, back to our budding roo-mance. As we talked more and more and got to really know each-other, we began to talk about meeting each-other. Katie lived 500 miles south of me: Southern Tennessee, way down in Roo land. I was in northern Indiana at the time. At first the talks were all about meeting at Roo. But as we got closer over the phone, we really wanted to meet before so we could enjoy the festival together without the awkwardness of first-time hellos. About a month before the festival, Katie pulled the trigger. She decided that she would drive those 500 long miles to go meet someone whom she’d only seen through her phone and on Facebook. She hid this from her parents and only told one person where she was going… Just in case I wasn’t who I said I was. (Because I had to work I wasn’t able to pull off a trip to TN even though I wanted to do the same… She was a teacher and summer break had hit!)

We had the best weekend ever! Not only was I extremely impressed by how awesome it was that she was willing to drive up to me out of nowhere, but we just plain hit it off. We complimented each-other in so many ways and we would soon learn that this connection went far deeper. I had to go to work the day she left, and she had left me the sweetest letter, which I still have to this day. A couple long weeks later Roo 2015 rolled around. My brother’s last year, Katie and I’s first. It was definitely a transition year for my crew. Nothing was better than holding hands with someone you are falling for at the greatest place on Earth. We had a blast. Deadmau5 was quite a moment for us that year. You know those timeless moments, whether you’re with someone or not.. Bonnaroo has given me many of those over the years.

After that amazing weekend, we cried and said our goodbyes Monday morning. 500 miles still separated us. But we were closer than ever. Letters were sent monthly at least, along with daily facetime calls. We powered through. I made my first trip down to Tennessee to see her shortly after that June. We took turns, always trying to see each other at least once every month or two. When Bonnaroo 2016 came, we were beginning to plan for one of us to move so we could be together every day… But right before Roo 16′ hit, Katie became numb on half of her body. We had no idea what had caused it and what it even was. Thankfully I was already down there and was able to help her recover from it… Even though we probably shouldn’t have, Katie was dead-set on still going so off we went. She was fine at the time, but halfway through the weekend she suffered a few smaller episodes, which we soon learned were strokes.. I took care of her for all of that Bonnaroo, nearly carrying her back to camp Saturday night. We bonded more that weekend than we ever had up to that point. The goodbyes that Monday were heart-wrenching. She had to go to the hospital to figure out what was causing these events and I had to go home because I had to work. Thankfully her parents took care of her while I was gone. It went from an awesome summer to a very heavy one quickly.

Katie was diagnosed with a vascular disease called Moya-Moya. I won’t go into details (you can google it) but it was what was causing the strokes. She consequently had to go through two brain surgeries: One that summer, and the second in December of 2016. I came down for the first one and there was some good news mixed in with all of this: In November of that year I finally got a transfer with my work and moved down to her! We got a place together shortly before her second surgery. In the end, the surgeries worked and she has been symptom free for over a year now. Our experiences at Roo that year and going through her health issues together bonded us more than anyone will know. Through all of that chaos, we managed to start a life down here in Tennessee together. That saga ended well and we’re so thankful that she got through it alright.

As our lives together began to take shape down in the hills of Tennessee, I began to think of our next step: Proposing! We’d conquered a long distance relationship, a life-threatening illness and had already had some of the happiest moments of our lives together at… Bonnaroo, of course. Where else would I do it? Well, nowhere. Paris, dinner, a baseball game? Nah. Roo was home. It was why we were together in the first place. So I set my plans in motion. In January of 2017, I started shopping for rings. By February I had bought it. Then the planning began. I assembled an A-Team of Roovians I had met from years past. Enter Bonnaroo 2017: I had a team of flower holders. My music player. The bubble girl. The cheerleaders. The organizers. The picture takers. Plans were set in motion and during a beautiful Friday afternoon on the farm, I took Katie on a ferris wheel ride. She didn’t know that my A-Team was already waiting for us when we got off. When we did, I began to walk her towards planet Roo and at that moment I got on my knees, Katie got two dozen sunflowers handed to her (1 for every month we’d known each-other), and Coldplay’s “Yellow” began to play. We were now engaged! That entire Bonnaroo was a blur as you could imagine, although after it happened, it was much more relaxing for myself as you could imagine.

Fast forward to today. As I write this, we are sitting here together preparing for our third Valentine’s Day together. Dinner and flowers are in order and most likely a romantic movie. Our wedding will be later this year in the hills of Tennessee, surrounded by our family and closest friends. To sum up this story: I found the love of my life at a music festival. If you are still looking for yours, wherever you are… Whether it’s Bonnaroo or even Warped Tour, they may be at the same show as you.

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.

‘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: Okeechobee Music + Arts FestivalSweetWater 420 Festival, Emancipator Ensemble: Baralku Tour- Variety Playhouse, Ty Segall & the Freedom Band: Live at the Variety Playhouse, Lotus with Marvel Years: Live at the Georgia TheatreHippie Sabotage: Path of Righteousness Tour, Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Primus + Mastodon with All Them Witches: Live at the Fox TheatreShaky KneesShaky BeatsSloss Music & Arts Festival, & Muddy 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.

Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!

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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Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!