From Jam Cruise 2017
“Jam Cruise is a one-of-a-kind music and vacation experience featuring 5 days of music aboard a luxurious cruise ship, the Norwegian Pearl. Now in it’s 15th sailing, Jam Cruise has grown into a coveted destination and yearly retreat for both music lovers and artists alike. With multiple venues on the ship, around-the-clock onboard music, port stops in beautiful and tropical locales, and some the coolest fans on the planet, it’s easy to see what makes Jam Cruise so unique and special. Every year is a new adventure. Jam Cruise cabins are SOLD OUT, so join the waitlist.”
Jam Cruise 2017 Lineup: The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lettuce, The Motet, Benevento Russo Duo, Break Science, Beats Antique (Live), The Revivalists, Dopapod, Earphunk, and More.
“The International Incident is back! Join The String Cheese Incident on the beautiful beaches of Mexico’s Riviera Maya! Enjoy three nights of SCI, plus three nights of the newly formed “Los Muertos”, featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Dave Schools, Jeff Chimenti & Tom Hamilton. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will also be performing. Additional artists, more amigos and unique collaborations will be announced soon, rounding out four nights of beach side concerts.”
At Los Muertos con Queso in Riviera Maya, Mexico:
• Four nights of beachfront concerts: January 25-28, 2017
• Shuttle service to and from Cancun International Airport
• Premium accommodations at one of five tropical resorts
• Unlimited food and drink
• One (1) copy of Bob Weir’s new album, Blue Mountain
• 24-hour concierge service• Daily on-site activities and off-site adventures like deep-sea fishing, zip-lining, ATV tours and day trips to Tulum
From Trey Anastasio Band
“Trey Anastasio has announced a run of 2017 tour dates. Tickets will be available through a real time pre-sale beginning Thursday, December 1st at Noon ET and ending Wednesday, December 7th at 5:00pm ET at treytickets.shop.ticketstoday.com. For details, visit trey.com.”
Trey Anastasio Band 2017 Tour Dates:
4/14-15 – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
4/20 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
4/21 – Sweetwater 420 Festival – Atlanta, GA
4/29 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX
4/30 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
5/2 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
5/3 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
5/5 – Egyptian Room – Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
5/6 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
5/7 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
5/25 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
5/31- Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO (w/Vulfpeck)
6/3 – Big Sky Brewery – Missoula, MT
From One Big Holiday 2017
“One Big Holiday is the ultimate vacation for My Morning Jacket fans, combining all-inclusive luxury with 4 nights of music in paradise. In addition to the nightly concerts, guests will also be able to enjoy pools, lagoons, activities with artists, excursion opportunities and more. We’ll also be hosting One Big Football Party, featuring massive projection screens, full sound, and a custom menu by Bobby Benjamin & Chad Welch of Butchertown Grocery in Louisville, KY!”
“With a stage backing up to the Caribbean Sea inside of the acoustically pristine Concert Courtyard, fans will enjoy 4 nights of music including three shows from My Morning Jacket! Additional shows will be performed by Gary Clark Jr., The Head and the Heart, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Preservation Hall Jazz Band (two shows), Deer Tick (two shows), Lucius, Carl Broemel and Tune-Yards (DJ Set).
The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is conveniently located less than an hour ride from the Cancun International Airport, and is close to many area attractions including Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Caribbean beaches, cenotes, several Mayan ruins and more. With various pools, lagoons, diverse restaurants, and bars located all around the property, everything you need is right at your fingertips! Get ready for an intimate concert adventure with your favorite band and best friends!”
“Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits, and STS9: Each Performing 2 FULL, 2 SET SHOWS plus an additional sunset show. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lotus, Lettuce, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set), and The Floozies: Each performing 1 SHOW on the beach. Daily Poolside and late night sets (Artists to be announced soon).
Dominican Holidaze 2016 is taking over neighboring resorts in Punta Cana. We’ll be returning to our home at Breathless, and expanding to it’s brand new next door neighbor, Now Onyx. Guests will be able to roam freely between the resorts, maintaining that intimacy and community that makes Holidaze so special!
Pre-sale: All guests who have attended a previous Holidaze event will be eligible for an exclusive Pre-sale on May 19th. Find more details about the Pre-sale here.
General On-Sale: Any remaining rooms after the Pre-sale will go on sale to the general public on May 20th at 12pm EDT.”
Photos by Eric Allen and video by Ari Fararooy
“Glistening beaches, resplendent jungles, and the “pura vida” mantra served as the backdrop for the sixth annual, sold-out Envision Festival as 4,700 international attendees descended upon Rancho La Merced in Uvita, Costa Rica this past February 25 – 28, 2016. Uniquely distinguished from any other festival on the planet, Envisionaries united to partake in the festival’s Utopian permaculture community, which inspires self-expression and conscious living through its regenerative infrastructure. World-class curation of music, art, live performance abound as yoga/movement classes and innovative workshops maintain an inclusive harmony within the sold-out event.
Hailed as one of the most fascinating festival experiences this planet has to offer, Envision exploded to life as nature collided with art in the form of incredible stages, driftwood sculptures, bamboo jungle gyms, and scores of smiling faces lounging in hammocks and tree pods. Sun-kissed days filled with mind-expanding workshops, philosophical discussions, yoga classes, short walks to the ocean, or a drive to a local waterfall transformed into celebratory tropical nights with an intoxicating musical lineup performing on one of four dazzling stages – Luna, Sol, Lapa, and The Village Stage.
2016 welcomed expansions to the festival including Casa de Yoga, a new zone that included two permanently installed bamboo yoga temples, the Gaia fresh juice bar, the Kula Lounge offering cacao ceremonies, and a substance-free campground. Internationally known movement and yoga teachers included author and founder of 109world.com Rachel Brathen, founder of the Goddess Yoga Project Sianna Sherman, celebrated 5Rhythms facilitator Amber Ryan, pioneer of the One Yoga movement in Trinidad and Tobago Troy Hadeed, co-founder of The Avahana School of Yoga Ashleigh Sergeant, and Mexico City’s Classic Hatha Yoga master Marcos Jassan. Kids activities were enjoyed in the Family Dream Oasis to entertain and educate Envision’s adventurous families. Envision also offered both pre and post festival educational retreats, under its new division ‘Envision Education’, which showcased everything from tours of Costa Rica to permaculture immersion, an herbal clinic intensive, and a post event yoga/detox/surfing Reboot Camp — more of these boutique-Envision experiences to come in 2017.
Festival expansions also included an upgraded medical tent employing both Western and Eastern medical practices with a free herbal clinic offering herbal remedies and tonics alongside conventional treatments. For those wanting an upgrade to their camping experience, the La Sombra VIP Camping zone offered decked out tree house suites and canvas-wrapped bungalows in addition to 24hr concierge service, a salon boutique, and private bathrooms/showers. The newly erected Templo de la Tierra offered sacred fire ceremonies at sunrise and sunset or a quiet area to sit in meditation within the temple dome.
A pioneer in green festival design, Envision set forth environmentally sound initiatives throughout all aspects of the festival. Most Envision structure were built from bamboo and other locally-sourced materials (not a single metal framed vinyl tent could be found). A long-term lease on the property has allowed the festival to plant fresh banana, papaya, and other local ornamental flora to line pathways and provide natural fencing, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Throughout the festival, all “single-use” cups and tableware were banned and replaced with reusable items and a festival-wide dish washing program, drastically reducing the amount of waste at the festival. Additionally, all generators were powered by bio-diesel, a virtually unprecedented practice in Costa Rica.
Bass-heavy artists such as Shpongle, The Human Experience, Dimond Saints, Spoonbill, and CloZee, performed on an imported Funktion1 soundsystem on the impressive Luna Stage.Designed by visionary artist Carey Thompson, Luna bellowed in the form of a towering mariposa (butterfly), incorporating 3D projection mapping by the famed Mexico City artist, Golem. Performances were viewable across the expansive field, where attendees could climb a massive, multi-level bamboo jungle gym or witness visionary live paintings by global muralists Ernest Doty, Hazul, Mario Belem,and Anderson Deberardi on the walkways leading to the Envision Art Gallery. Alongside the howler monkeys in the treetops, day-chasers welcomed the sun as they danced to Random Rab during his fabled, ethereal sunrise set.
The equally impressive Sol Stage featured complex psychedelic 3D mapping projected onto its sun centerpiece by Zebbler Studios. Sol hosted live music from California’s experimental, world-fusion band Beats Antique (Live), Saint Croix reggae legends Akae Beka (formerly Midnite), Costa Rica’s 80s synth-pop band Patterns (noted as a top band to see at SXSW 2016), Colorado-based folk musicians Elephant Revival, and Costa Rica’s stand out electro-fusion rock band (and surprise festival favorite) Santos y Zurdo offering one of the most unique sets of the weekend complete with electric sitar.House and techno music came alive on the more intimate Lapa stage, where legends such as Desert Hearts’ Lee Reynolds, tribal house leaders Bedouin, Berlin-based DJ and production duo, M.A.N.D.Y., progressive trance dub DJ Grouch, and Los Angeles-based deep house selector Tara Brooks, drew dancing revelers into its feathered domain.
In the heart of the festival grounds stood The Village, a bustling caravan of educational workshops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and the fresh produce Vida Market complete with the live music Village Stage, Tea House Lounge,and a women’s only Red Tent pavilion. The Village Stage hosted insightful and speakers such as nutritional expert David Wolfe, astrologer Kaypacha, City Repair Project’s Executive Director Marc Tobin, and sustainable living educator and Envision Co-Founder Stephen Brooks, plus live musical performances by Vir, Camilo, and Incus. The Witches Healing Sanctuary provided a unique communal healing and ceremony space for herbalists, body workers and educators to share therapeutic practices. Craft vendors boasted unconventional souvenirs with beautiful handcrafted jewelry, art, and clothing from across the Americas. Food vendors offered a selection of mouthwatering world cuisine and local dishes made from unprocessed, fresh food sourced from local farms.
Having successfully set itself apart from other music-driven festivals through its emphasis on soul empowerment and holistic living, Envision seeks to fulfill an inherent human desire to connect with like-minded individuals and feed the innate human need to be and live interconnected with nature. Don’t miss out on the chance to cross Envision Festival – Costa Rica off your bucket list. Tickets for the 2017 gathering taking place from Feb 23-26 are already on sale and are destined to sell out! Visit the Envision website to grab your Envision 2017 ticket and start planning the trip of a lifetime to experience the wonder of Envision on the tropical pacific coasts of Costa Rica.”
From Phish Riviera Maya
“Phish are going back to Mexico! The return of Phish: Riviera Maya, a 4-night all-inclusive concert vacation, will take place on January 13-15, 2017. The band will perform three nights on the beach in one of the world’s most beautiful spots – Mexico’s Caribbean coastline. The concerts will take place at Barcelo Maya Beach, which sits on a mile-long stretch of white sandy beach.
Fans can stay at the host resort or at one of the other six selected hotel-resorts (including three additional properties for this year). For those not staying at the Barcelo Maya Beach, shuttle service will be provided. A variety of off-site adventures will also be available.
Packages for Phish: Riviera Maya will go on sale April 19 at 1PM ET. For complete details, including payment plans, visit http://www.phishrivieramaya.com.”
As with the New Year’s Run, we’re offering full 1080p HD as well as standard definition. A multi-night pass is available for pre-order now at http://livephi.sh/MayaWebcasts.
If you’ve got alternate plans this weekend, you can still purchase the webcasts now and watch them within a few days from your Stash. Order today http://livephi.sh/MayaWebcasts.”
From Phish: Riviera Maya
“Phish has announced Phish: Riviera Maya 2015, the band’s first-ever resort concert event set to hit Mexico’s Riviera Maya on January 15-17, 2016. The four-day, all-inclusive event will see the band performing for three nights on the beach in one of the world’s most beautiful locations – Mexico’s Caribbean coastline. The shows will take place at Barcelo Maya Beach Resort, an all-inclusive resort sitting on a mile-long stretch of white sandy beaches with breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout.
Fans can stay at the host resort or three other specially selected hotel-resorts, with shuttle service provided to those not staying at the Barcelo Maya Beach. A variety of off-site adventures will also be available.
Packages for Phish: Riviera Maya will go on sale September 10 at 11AM ET. For complete details, including payment plans, please visit www.phishrivieramaya.com.”
From Envision 2016
“Envision Festival – Costa Rica announces a world-class music, yoga, and speaker lineup for their sixth annual gathering, taking place on the majestic shores of Uvita, Costa Rica from February 25th to 28th, 2016. With the goal of creating a festival that represents the harmonious blending of many different cultures, the musical acts come from nine different countries, span three continents, and represent a wide array of musical genres.
Headlining acts include a rare Central American performance from England’s forefather of psychedelic electronica Shpongle and California’s experimental world fusion favorites Beats Antique Live. Showcasing the lineup’s musical diversity, Envision rounds out headline billing with Berlin’s deep house favorite M.A.N.D.Y., the heart melting vocals of Colorado’s Elephant Revival, and a late night reggae set from St. Croix roots legend Midnite (under their current touring name Akae Beka).
Adding to the list of headlining musical acts are the sultry bass sounds of Grouch, Spoonbill, Dimond Saints, The Human Experience, Beat Fatigue and Envision six year alumni, Random Rab, who returns to deliver another world-renowned sunrise set in the jungle. Additionally, Envision is bringing a strong representation of the underground house world with Bedouin, Lee Reynolds from Desert Hearts, Tara Brooks, Atish, and Costa Rican locals Melissa O and Ivan Cespedes. Live band local favorites include Patterns and Sonambulo. See the flyer for the full lineup with more to be announced.
Envision’s emphasis on creating a platform for different cultures to coexist in a sustainable community resonates throughout the entire event as is evident in the new yoga and movement village, which features an inspiring lineup of top yoga instructors, speakers, and educators including the globally renowned and leading wellness expert David Wolfe, as well as international yoga teacher and motivational speaker to millions Rachel Brathen.
Leading yoga teachers also include the founder of the Goddess Yoga Project and renowned instructor Sianna Sherman, pioneer of the One Yoga movement in Trinidad and Tobago Troy Hadeed, and Classic Hatha Yoga master Marcos Jassan. Workshops include accomplished herbalist 7 Song, architect of the New Paradigm Astrology Cooperative Kaypacha, and Envision festival co-founder and resident permaculture expert Stephen Brooks. Additional classes range from bilingual language classes and African dance to Tai Chi and biomechanical alignment. See below for the full list of workshops and speakers released in this Phase 1 announcement.
Envision is a true festival of the future, encompassing a cultural movement, a sustainable permaculture movement, a spiritual gathering, and an appreciation of humanity and the planet. “I believe that by gathering in community out in nature, we create a rare opportunity for individuals to observe their value systems and inherent human motivations from a new or alternative perspective that is free of social conditioning. At a successful event, participants capture this moment and create from it a forever lasting positive impression.” – says Matt Siegel, co-founder of Envision.
If you haven’t seen it already, the Envision 2016 teaser video by Pure Souls Media, showcases the beautiful environment and enchanting wonderment from the 2015 gathering. The unique Costa Rican backdrop of Envision provides a plethora of other opportunities for the adventurous traveler. Enjoy surfing at sunset, trek to magnificent waterfalls, and camp in the lush jungles of the tropical landscape.
As part of extended efforts to spread Envision’s Core Values, Envision is launching a series of Education Retreats where those who wish to expand their experience beyond the festival may continue to learn and heal. The first event, Embody, takes place February 19th – 24th in Uvita, just ahead of Envision. Details online at Envision Education.
Stay tuned for further lineup announcements and click here to get your 4-day Envision Festival pass! A limited number of tier 3 tickets are still available at $277 and the price will continue to increase as tiers 1 & 2 have already sold out.”
“With the success of the 2015 gathering just barely sinking below the horizon, take a trip back to the love, the music, and the endless dance of the Shambhala Music Festival in our Official 2015 Aftermovie. Shot by Sweetgrass Productions and featuring music from 2015 Shambhala artists Coyote Kisses and Tantrum Desire with Solah, feel the beauty and diversity, where smiles flourish in pristine forest, and the vibe is just so good. Featuring appearances from 2015 festival favorites Skrillex, Ill.Gates, Justin Martin, and J. Phlip, join us as we dance to the delight, movement and bass drops of 2015’s sold out event.
To celebrate the launch of the video, Shambhala has announced its return to British Columbia’s Salmo River Ranch homestead for its 19th year, August 5th – 8th, 2016. Early bird tickets are available as of November 2, 2015. Secure a ticket before they sell out! Visit ShambhalaMusicFestival.com for more.”
“Kyle Hollingsworth, along with Michael Kang and Jason Hann would like to invite the SCI Family to join them aboard The Lebrewski Cruise, sailing out of Miami, FL to the Bahamas on March 1-5, 2016. Be one of the first to book and you will receive an invitation to a private beer tasting party with Kyle and the guys! Space is extremely limited, so be sure to book quickly to claim your spot… when they are gone, they are gone!
In addition to the complimentary party, The Lebrewski Cruise is offering SCI fans a limited time, introductory price, starting at only $129 per person! Use promotional code CHEESE2016 when booking at www.LebrewskiCruise.com to receive your complimentary invitation to the beer tasting party. We want to fill the ship with our String Cheese family, so grab your spot aboard today!”
– Roundtrip, 4-night, cruise from Miami, FL on the fabulous NCL PEARL!
– Daily Complimentary Craft Beer Tastings
– Complimentary Meals in Multiple Dining Rooms
– Access to Fitness Center, Pools, Jacuzzis, Casino, Disco/Night Club & More!
– Concerts in different venues throughout the ship… truly a music festival at sea!
– Exclusive Food & Beer Pairing
– Food/Beer Cooking Event with Artists/Cruisers
– Brewmasters Q&A + Home Brewing Workshop
– Brewers Round Table (beer panel with moderator)
– Artist Meet & Greets and Photo Ops
– Celebrity Brewers Workshop (featuring Kyle Hollingsworth and more)
– Beer Olympics featuring Beer Pong, Pretzel Flaring, Tricycle Races and more!
– St. Patrick’s Day comes early to the Caribbean with a Green Beer Garden!
– Mardi Gras Fantasy Costume Night – Heroes, Villains, Vampires… the choice is yours!
– Special Events Honoring The Big Lebowski including “The Dude” Bowling Competition!
Dominican Holidaze 2015 is heading back to Punta Cana this December 3-7 for another four night adventure at Breathless Resort & Spa. Join The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee, and STS9 along with Lettuce, Papadosio, Break Science, Gigamesh, Lee Foss and Nightmares on Wax for an all-inclusive concert vacation experience.
“Strings and Sol 2015 is pleased to announce it’s return to Mexico this December 10-14 at the beautiful Now Sapphire Resort! We invite you to join Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, and special guest Larry Keel for another four night fiesta on the beach. Room packages (inclusive of all food, drinks, music, and other amenities around the resort) go on sale to returning guests on 4/28 and to the general public on 4/29 at 12pm ET.”
“Strings & Sol is a whole lot more than a series of concerts on the beach in Mexico. It is the ultimate fan experience where like-minded folks like you come together for a vacation in paradise while enjoying wintertime sunshine, artist-hosted activities, interactive workshops, all-inclusive amenities, and so much more. For those who want to take their adventure further, you can opt to add water sports, spa services, extra nights and other options to explore the beautiful Mayan Riviera. Some additional costs may apply to these add ons, but there is enough fun to be had just by booking a regular package for the event. Choose your adventure, make it your own, and see what Strings & Sol is all about! ”
“Jam Cruise 14 cabins are now on sale! Join an all-star lineup of musicians along with some of the coolest music fans on the planet for another 5-day adventure at sea. Almost all artists will be performing two scheduled shows (artists marked with a * will be performing one show), not to mention the seemingly endless collaborations that will take place as we cruise to Belize and Cozumel. Jam Cruise features seven diverse venues throughout the ship, including the legendary Jam Room and improvisational Jazz Lounge with rotating hosts every night. In addition to the around-the-clock-music, Jam Cruise is full of interactive experiences and programs such as Masters Camp at Sea, Brews at Sea, guest chefs, autograph signings, theme nights, yoga, artist hosted activities, workshops, panel discussions, impromptu acoustic sets, intimate piano sets, and so much more!”
“Slightly Stoopid and Cloud 9 Adventures have announced the second edition of CLOSER TO THE SUN 2015, a tropical concert vacation held over four nights at an all-inclusive resort surrounded by a beautiful Mayan landscape. After blowing away fans with an amazing first year experience (view the 2014 recap video here), the event returns for a second year with a new round of artists to round out the bill. The 2015 lineup again features three performances by host band Slightly Stoopid, this time joined by SOJA, Iration, Pepper, and Ozomatli, playing two shows each. In addition, special guests G. Love, Don Carlos, Karl Denson, and Ian Neville will be featured throughout the event with exclusive sit-ins and collaborations. Main performances will be held on a stage built on the beach, while late night parties will be held in an open-air palapa.
Slightly Stoopid Miles Doughty said, “Closer to the sun is the ultimate pre-holiday get away for fans and the bands. From the beach to the cenotes and ruins, the Mayan Riviera is truly a special place. We wanted to create an intimate vibes holiday adventure for our fans that is different than any other fan experience. There is nothing better than being able to jam with your friends in paradise on the beach and share those experiences with a close group of fans and friends.”
More than a series of concerts, this intimate event brings fans and performers together on a luxurious vacation where the nights are filled with performances held on the beach stage just steps away from guests’ accommodations, while the days consist of artist-hosted activities, excursions, beach games, and poolside performances. The unique setting allows casual artist interaction, artist-hosted workshops, activities and contests, as well as an autograph signing and impromptu jam sessions.
Situated on pristine beaches and tropical grounds, the Now Sapphire Resort offers all-inclusive, luxurious accommodations with an intimate vibe. The resort features finely appointed guest suites, a world-class spa and fitness center, eclectic dining, and beachfront palapas, all within a short walk of your own private accommodations and the main stage. Located just north of fishing village Puerto Morelos and 25 minutes south of the Cancun Airport, the resort is conveniently located making it easy to explore the surrounding Mayan region from Cancun to Tulum. Off-site excursions to explore the beautiful Mayan region can be booked separately through the Closer to the Sun website CloserToTheSun.com.”