Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Avett Brothers and Robin Thicke will be among the groups topping the bill at this year’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest.
Just like it says on the tin, the event is free, and is used to raise money for efforts to end youth homelessness. This year’s incarnation takes place September 21 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.
Other acts on the bill include City and Colour, Pretty Lights, Washed Out, Kaskade, Icona Pop, Little Green Cars and Black Joe Lewis. The gates at the event open at 11 a.m., and music will last until 10 p.m.
Just because the event is free, don’t think you don’t have to get tickets. Tickets will be distributed free on ticketfly.com starting August 9, though Virgin Mobile customers will have the chance to get early tickets the day before that. Billboard reports that “tens of thousands” of free tickets will be available on the website. Still, you’ll want to get them as soon as they go on sale, as last year’s event had a total of 50,000 attendees, and the free tickets were gone in minutes.
The event has been held for the past four years, and in that time has raised almost $800,000 for efforts to end youth poverty. Organizers say the event has always been free to help music lovers in trouble economic times, and encourage concertgoers to give donate $10 to the cause.
In addition to the music, those that attend the festival also can expect a wide array of food options, including burgers, sushi, chicken fingers, falafel, veggie wraps, fruit smoothies, fries and more. Of course, there will also be beer, wine and cocktails available, and I like the festival’s attitude toward beer gardens:
“You won’t find pesky beer gardens here because our idea of a good time does not include sitting in a cage while drinking a cocktail,” says the event’s website. If only all festivals felt that way…
This year’s incarnation of the long-running Newport Folk Festival will be headlined by Beck, the Avett Brothers and Feist.
This year’s version will take place July 26-28 in, of course, Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to being around since 1959, the festival also is famous for it’s unique setting. With the venue situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor, the festival can be viewed by land or by sea, and tons of boats anchor just off the land to watch the performances.
The headliners are certainly impressive this year, but there’s a ton of great artists also appearing. These include Old Crow Medicine Show, the Mountain Goats, Father John Misty, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy, Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, Colin Meloy (of the Decemberists), Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Andrew Bird, Shovels & Rope, Beth Orton, Amanda Palmer and Phosphorescent.
Whew. And that’s not even half the full lineup.
Admittedly I’m biased, as many of these artists are right in my wheelhouse (Father John Misty had my favorite record of last year and Phosphorescent is currently in the lead for my favorite album this year), but this is one of the better festival lineups I’ve seen from a coming summer of great festival lineups. Too bad two- and three- day passes are already sold out, as are single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday. Not to mention I live a long, long way from Rhode Island.
In their write-up about the festival, Rolling Stone links to a story about the most famous performance ever at Newport Folk Festival back in 1965 when Dylan went electric, but then lost the guitar he was playing. Experts say they found the guitar after 47 years at a home in New Jersey, though Dylan himself said it wasn’t the one he played. But the experts just kept on disputing him and said the guitar may be worth around a million bucks. I wonder whatever happened with that.
The Black Keys, Flaming Lips and Avett Brothers will headline the 11th Annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky this year.
This festival, which highlights music, arts and activism, will take place July 12-14 this year. Other notable performers include Animal Collective, Big Boi, Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Bob Mould, Killer Mike, Matt & Kim, Tift Merritt, String Cheese Incident and Kentucky native Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
The festival will be held at Waterfront Park in Louisville, with late night shows taking place on the Belle of Louisville steamboat, as well as venues around downtown Louisville. The String Cheese Incident will play at the Palace Theater (July 13), but tickets must be purchased in addition to the regular festival price.
Depending on when you buy, three-day passes for the event will cost between $125 and $180, with the latter being the full price for general admission, and also will be the price at the gate if tickets are still available. Additionally, a VIP pass is available for $475, which includes special entrances and viewing areas as well as an air conditioned lounge, exclusive bar and bathrooms and a poster.
The festival will once again welcome the Bourbon Lounge, which celebrates Kentucky’s great bourbon legacy – the official site reports that 95 percent of all the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky. The Bourbon Lounge will be expanded this year, with further details to come.
In addition to the notable music headliners, the event’s website notes that, “Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well as focusing on environmental activism and outdoor recreation. Past Forecastles have featured prominent organizations, industry leaders, and distinguished speakers, such as Christopher Sands and Robert Kennedy Jr.”
Held once again in the Catskill Mountains in Hunter Mountain, New York, this year’s event will take place June 6-June 9.
The Avett Brothers return to the festival after appearing in 2010 and 2011, while Primus and Widespread Panic will be making their debut appearances at the festival. Primus will headline the first night of the festival, marking an expanded Thursday night lineup new for this year.
Other artists that will perform are Gov’t Mule, who have played every year of Mountain Jam. They will perform two sets that will feature “classic and deep cuts from the band’s arsenal of rock ‘n’ roll tunes, as well as astounding covers,” according to a press release. Phil Lesh, founding member of the Grateful Dead, also will perform with his group Phil Lesh & Friends. The revolving group of “Friends” this year includes Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Joe Russo and Jeff Chimenti.
Additionally, Garry Clark, Jr., Dispatch, Jackie Greene, Soulive featuring The Shady Horns, Deer Tick, Rubblebucket, The Gramblers, the Revivalists, David Wax Museum, SIMO and Amy Helm will appear at the festival. The latter is the daughter of Levon Helm, the late drummer for the Band.
For the first time, organizers will offer car camping this year, which allows visitors to camp with their car rather than “hauling gear up the Mountain.” Also new is a Super VIP ticket package.
“Mountain Jam’s Super VIP package will offer an experience unlike any other, providing fully catered meals in the artist hospitality hall, a meet and greet with Mountain Jam artists, free massages and skyrides, special Super VIP up-close and personal viewing for the main stages, exclusive festival merchandise, and discounted rates on lodging, Premium Camping, or Premium RV Passes,” read the statement.
The Avett Brothers have announced a handful of additional U.S. tour dates for the spring and summer of this year.
The first new concert will be held at the Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina, and the final dates will be a two-night stand at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. In between, the band will play a handful of shows in May (Knoxville, Tennessee; Alpharetta, Georgia; Nashville; Lewiston, New York and Columbus, Ohio) and one in June at the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
These dates join the bands previously announced appearances at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 13-14 and Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina on April 28. Supporting acts for most of the new dates have yet to be announced, but Old Crow Medicine Show will open the Alpharetta date as well as the second Red Rocks show. Portugal. The Man will open the first show at Red Rocks.
The Avett Brothers have a few U.S. dates in the middle of next month and then they will head to Europe for a tour that will last the majority of March. There’s been no official word yet if the band will add tour dates to its itinerary for the remainder of the year, but if the group’s previous busy tour schedule serve as a precedent, it is highly likely that more concerts will be added.
On tour, the group will continue to support its most recent album, The Carpenter, which was released in September and is the group’s seventh album. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album is the seventh full-length studio record by the band, and is the first to crack the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, peaking at number 4. The album has been nominated for the Best Americana Album award at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards that will be held next month.
The event will be held on the beach Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on April 13-14, 2013, and the extensive festival lineup also includes Eli Young Band, Gary Allan, G. Love and Special Sauce, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gary Clark Jr., Kip Moore and Sister Hazel, among many others.
“This is not your average music festival,” festival producer A.J. Niland told TheBoot.com. “This festival will showcase world class talent, with world class amenities on a world class beachfront setting. More importantly, it is a festival with a purpose.
The organizers of the festival have partnered with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Ocean Conservancy to provide a Conservation Village that will be set up at the festival. The Village will provide information and tools to help preserve the oceans of the world.
“We get to use our voices to draw attention to some of the problems affecting our beaches and our oceans,” Mike Eli, frontman of the Eli Young band, told TheBoot.com. “For example, overfishing and shark finning. Did you know 200,000 sharks are killed everyday just for their fins to make shark fin soup? Someday, I want my grandchildren to be able to experience what I’ve experienced. I want them to see the beauty of the ocean. It’s great to be a part of a festival that’s trying to spread the word, making sure the ocean is preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Eli Young bassist Jon Jones also spoke about how important it is for their fans to get involved.
“We hope by speaking up, we can help to impact the choices our fans make and encourage them to get involved,” he said. “There are so many issues impacting our oceans and coastlines – overfishing and pollution are just a start… It’s important for us to call attention to these issues and chip in where we can.”
The 13th annual incarnation of the festival will be held May 24-26, 2013 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, which just north of Peoria, Illinois.
Other acts that will appear at the festival include moe. (performing all three days), Umphrey’s McGee (performing two days), STS9, Yonder Mountain String Band, Taj Mahal Trio, Zeds Dead, Keller Williams and More Than Little, and many more that will be announced at a later date. In all, 75 artists will perform at the festival on seven stages.
“The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois,” said a statement on the official website of the festival. “About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 6 stages over 4 days. And while our numbers have grown, Summer Camp still maintains the same energy and family feel we had when we started over a decade ago.”
The website also points out that the festival nearly triples the population of Chillicothe during the weekend it takes place. Artists that have performed at the festival in the past including Willie Nelson, the Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, Les Claypool, Skrillex, the Roots and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.
A three-day ticket purchase includes a camping pass for the festival, however, if festival goers want to camp the Thursday night before the festival, they much purchase a Thursday Pre-Party pass. Festival organizers will be releasing further information about VIP Packages and RV Passes in the coming weeks.
While Atlanta’s mid-day heat slowly faded into a lovely autumn evening at the Meadow at Piedmont Park, the Friday afternoon crowd that had gathered to hear Grammy-winning R&B artist Van Hunt, eighties rocker Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and hometown hip-hop extraordinaire T.I. easily doubled in size, just in time for the 90-minute set of North Carolina rockers, The Avett Brothers.
Fresh off of the September 11th release of their 6th full length album, The Carpenter, the brothers, their banjos, and their bassist were welcomed by the large crowd, and as often as they have played Atlanta over the last decade, its safe to assume that plenty of long-time fans were packed into the front rows. The crowd cheered as they took to the stage and began the set with a rowdy, rock rendition of the bluegrass favorite, “The Fall.”
The band has unbelievable stage presence. Scott Avett has a searing intensity whether he is ripping into the banjo, or schooling the harmonica. Joe Kwon was a mad man on the cello as his strings lit up the stage. Seth Avett bounced around as if on a pogo stick, and couldn’t shake the smile off his face if he wanted to. It was cool to watch the band dynamic unfold. The band members would play off one another, finding the rhythm and pushing the beat. The subtle interactions were a lot of fun to watch.
While I mistakenly expected a slower paced, introspective, bluegrass show, on pace with the Civil Wars performance at Beale Street, we were treated to a full on rock performance, closer to Zac Brown Band’s BamaJam show. Sure, The Avett Brothers brought us plenty of sweet, quiet moments with “Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise” and “January Wedding,” but the majority of the set list was composed of higher energy choices, perfect for keeping the attention of a festival crowd.
The band played five tracks from their new album, The Carpenter, including “Live and Die,” “Paul Newman Vs. The Demons, “Down With The Shine,” and Winter In My Heart,” as well as “February Seven.” The new material was well received, and the band seemed eager to share their latest achievement. As the minute hands moved closer to 9 pm, the band ended on “Winter In My Heart” before coming back for an encore performance of punky “Kick Drum Heart” and fan favorite “Talk On Indolence.” The crowd seemed to expect a third song in “I and Love and You,” but the band didn’t deliver. Instead of a mad pilgrimage to the Electric Ballroom Stage to snag a good spot for the Foo Fighters, the crowd mulled about for a firm “no,” on arguably The Avett Brothers most well known hit.
Throughout the set, it was deeply apparent that how much Atlanta loves the Avetts, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Scott even joked that they have spent so much time here over the last decade that they sometimes tell people that Atlanta is home. With 6 full-length albums, a couple of AMA’s, and several singles under their belt, it’s safe to say The Avett Brothers have cemented a place in the mainstream music industry.
Avett Brothers Music Midtown Setlist in Atlanta : September 21, 2012
Will You Return
Paul Newman Vs. The Demons
At The Beach
Head Full Of Doubt, Road Full Of Promise
The Prettiest Thing (David Childers cover)
Down With The Shine
Live and Die
Go To Sleep
Winter In My Heart
Kick Drum Heart
Talk On Indolence
Both Van Morrison and the Avett Brothers have announced that they will release new albums before the end of the year.
The legendary Morrison will release Born to Sing: No Plan B on October 2, via Blue Note Records. Since the early 1990s, Morrison has released records on various record labels, and released his 2003 work What’s Wrong With This Picture? on Blue Note, as well. In a press release announcing the new album, Morrison speaks highly of the label that has traditionally focused on jazz releases.
“With most record companies being so corporate I am happy to be working with Don Was and the team at Blue Note,” he said in the statement. “To have such a creative music person as the head of my recording label assures me that all the effort taken to write and record this new album will be rewarded with a music-based focus and marketing approach.
The Avett Brothers have once again teamed up with Rick Rubin for their next album, The Carpenter, which is set to be released on September 11. The album will be the group’s first since 2009’s I and Love and You. That album and the subsequent tours to support it broke the North Carolina artist to a more widespread audience that it had previously known. The group had spent the previous decade building a dedicated following through nearly constant touring.
Rick Rubin speaks highly of the two brothers that give the Avett Brothers their name.
“It is always inspiring to be around Seth and Scott,” he said in a press release for the album. “They may well be the most sincere and genuine people I’ve ever met, and that quality shines through in their writing. Particularly on this new album, the continued to surprise me with how deep they would go during the writing process, how personal their songwriting was. They are both amazing people.”
The band recently kicked off a tour that is currently scheduled to run through October of this year.
New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience Festival was already set host one of the best festival lineups this year when it announced headliners Green Day and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, but organizers have now announced that Jack White and the Avett Brothers also will appear at the event.
Held annually for the past 13 years, the festival is held during Halloween weekend in downtown New Orleans. This year, the three-day festival will take place October 26-28.
A slew of other notable artists appearing at the festival include Skrillex, Say Anything, Tomahawk, Justice, Gary Clark, Jr., Bootsy Collins and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In all, 150 artists will play at the festival and will represent a mix of national and international talent along with plenty of artists from the New Orleans area.
Green Day’s appearance is set to be the only U.S. concert date this year for the group as they are preparing to release three albums in the near future. The trilogy will follow the group’s most recent two records, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. ¡Uno!, the first album in the series, is scheduled to be released on September 25, so fans will likely hear some new Green Day tunes at the festival. ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! will follow shortly thereafter in November and January, respectively.
Sephen Rehage, founder of the Voodoo fest, says that the appearance of Neil Young is “epic,” and “what you dream of when you create something like Voodoo.”
This year’s Voodoo fest will mark the first time the event will offer on-site camping for concertgoers. Campgrounds will be set up under 200-year-old oak trees in New Orleans’ City Park. Camping passes much be purchased in addition to the regular price of the festival. For those that want a special camping experience, VIP camping passes will be sold that provide guests with a tent, complimentary breakfast and backstage passes.