From The Grateful Dead
“Come one, come all! Join us as we boogie down the aisles of your local moving picture house for the 6th Annual Meet-Up At The Movies. This year’s special cinema event is a bona fide classic – the previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 2, 1989. Catch the Dead in fine form, kicking off their summer tour to a sold-out crowd of more than 60,000 fans, and pulling out surprises at every turn – from the rare show-opener “Playing In The Band” to the only time they ever started a second set with “Friend Of The Devil.”
The concert also includes a spectacular performance of “Wang Dang Doodle,” one of the band’s finest sing-along versions of “Tennessee Jed,” two Bob Dylan covers (“Queen Jane Approximately” and “Quinn The Eskimo”) along with a medley of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” segued into the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” Not to mention a sequence that will bring you back to the Dead circa 1973: “Truckin'”> “He’s Gone”> “Eyes Of The World.”
And if that’s not enough, we’ve got an exclusive interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux on the making of the upcoming 12-disc July 1978: The Complete Recordings boxed set as well as previously unseen performance footage from Dead & Company.
“Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies: Sullivan Stadium 7/2/89” will only be playing on the silver screen for one night! Come out and connect with Dead Heads in your neighborhood on Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm local time.
Tickets are now available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.”
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 Umphrey’s McGee
“Ah….Summer. It is just around the corner, and Umphrey’s Summer Tour rolls through a town near you as we traverse the East Coast, Midwest, Colorado, and the South. In addition to a smattering of festival appearances and solo Umphrey’s shows, we’ll be joined by a diverse supporting cast, including The Werks, The Main Squeeze and Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath along the way. So, where will we see you?
Pre-sale and umVIP package on-sale begins Monday, March 28th at 11 am ET. Public on-sale begins Friday April 1st at 11 am ET. Check our Tour Dates page for full details.”
Announced Tour Dates
06.02 – Mountain Jam – Hunter Mountain, NY
06.03 – Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
06.04 – Bunbury Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
06.16 – Riverbend Festival – Chattanooga, TN
06.29 – Brenton Skating Plaza – Des Moines, IA
06.30 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
07.02 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO %
07.03 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO $
07.07 – Avondale Brewing Company – Birmingham, AL *
07.08 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC *
07.09 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC *
07.15 – Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD **
07.17 – The Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ **
08.03 – CrossroadsKC – Kansas City, MO **
08.05 – The Lawn at White River State Park – Indianapolis, IN
08.06 – Iroquois Amphitheater – Louisville, KY **
08.11 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
08.12 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA ***
08.13 – The Peach Music Festival – Scranton, PA
08.14 – F Shed at the Market – Syracuse, NY ***
08.18 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
08.19 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN
08.25 – Lockn’ Music Festival – Arrington, VA
% with special guests Sinkane and Zappa Plays Zappa
$ with special guests The Main Squeeze and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
* with special guest The Werks
** with special guest The Main Squeeze
*** with special guest Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath
From Arise 2016
“Featuring over 200 scheduled performances across 7 stages, ARISE highlights a diverse musical lineup that spans hip-hop, reggae, bluegrass, electronic, rock, jam and improvisational acts from around the country. With three more headliners to be announced in May — plus Yoga Zone, Workshops, Children’s Village and more — the 2016 ARISE Festival will be the very best yet!
3 Day GA Super Early Bird Tickets are available now at only $149.00. Walk-in camping included. This tier will sell out soon!”
After much thought and consideration, it is with heavy hearts that we announce that we will not be producing Magnolia Fest at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in 2016. Instead we will host a Magnolia Fest 20th Anniversary Celebration in St Augustine at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. It will be a one day event on Saturday, October 15 with a pre-party on Friday, October 14. St Augustine is a beautiful city with wonderful beaches, there are a lot of hotels and also camping right next to the venue, with easy access to the Jacksonville Airport. Details will be released in the next couple of weeks.
Rising costs for talent, production and the inability to negotiate a deal with the Spirit of Suwannee make it impossible to do this event in Live Oak without a substantial increase in ticket prices or a reduction in the quality of the show.
Magnolia Fest has been a magical experience for years and a place for family and friends to come together every fall to enjoy some of the best music in the country. Always cherish those memories.
If you have already purchased camping from the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, you may get refunds by calling
The Purple Hatter’s Ball 2016 is a Celebration of life for Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. The festival will return to Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL – June 17th thru 19th, 2016. The 2016 Lineup includes: Dubconscious, Earphunk, Melvin Seals & JGB, Papadosio, The Floozies, The Malah, The Mantras, The Polish Ambassador, and More.
From Umphrey’s McGee
“Couch Tour returns this week with four nights of live Umphrey’s McGee from Texas & Oklahoma. Things kick off tonight on 4/20 from Houston and the live HD webcasts continue through Tulsa, Austin & Dallas. Each night is $12.99 but we know you really want ’em all, so if you buy three, we’re giving you one for free! They say everything is bigger in Texas; you’ll have to tune in to see if that’s true.”
From The Disco Biscuits
“The Disco Biscuits are coming back to NYC! August 18 & 19 at Irving Plaza, and August 20 at the all new Coney Island Amphitheater! Our BiscoTix presale begins tomorrow, April 8 at 12noon ET at discobiscuits.com/shows. All presale tickets are 3-day GA tickets. The ONLY way in to Irving Plaza is with a 3-day GA ticket. After the presale, the venue will put the remaining 3-day tickets, and single days for Coney Island, on sale Friday, April 15 at 10am ET.”
Websites & Links: DiscoBiscuits.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
“New Orleans natives Dumpstaphunk return to 2016’s New Orleans Jazz Festival for their 2th consecutive year. Starting it off at The Howlin Wolf New Orleans on Friday, April 22, the band will feature special guests on their set with Chali 2na, Cyril Neville, Naughty Professor Horns, as special guests Rebirth Brass Band and The Nth Power. On Sunday 5/1, they will perform at the Fairgrounds with Art “Poppa Funk” Neville and Steeltown Horns at 1:25pm on the Acura stage. After their set, they will close out Jazz Fest at Tipitina’s featuring Steeltown Horns and special guests Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentleman and DJ Soul Sister. In addition, each band member can be found playing nightly with different musicians around town during JazzFest.”
From Qello Concerts
“Slightly Stoopid is lighting up Bob Weir’s Tri Studio with a handful of very special guests and we’re streaming it all LIVE for FREE on April 21st at 7pm PT/ 10pm ET.
That’s right, not only do you get Slightly Stoopid and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, but also joining them is Karl Denson, Angelo Moore (Fishbone, Dr. Madd Vibe), Marlon Asher (Ganja Farmer), and Roger Rivas (Aggrolites).”
The Werk Out Festival 2016 returns to Legend Valley in Ohio. Dates have been announced for August 4th-6th, 2016 and tickets are available now.
The Werk Out 2016 Lineup: The Werks (Three Nights), STS9 (Two Sets), Lettuce, Greensky Bluegrass, Dopapod (Two Nights), Twiddle (Two Nights), The Motet, Twerkapod: A Tribute to the 90’s (featuring members of The Werks, Dopapod, & Twiddle), Zoogma, Kung Fu, The Mantras, Broccoli Samurai, Everyone Orchestra and More.
From Umphrey’s McGee
“Southern Tour kicks off tomorrow night and we’ll be streaming the action live for your viewing pleasure. That’s right. Spring has sprung and couch tour is ON, with four more live streams from Oxford, Augusta, and two nights in Raleigh this weekend. Individual nights of the tour can be watched a la carte for $12.99, or grab all four and save some dough. Anyone who purchases any show (Event Pass or Bundle) gets access to the replay as well as On Demand viewing. Full details on the show page.”
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA for two weekends. The festival will run April 15th, April 16th and April 17th and April 22nd, April 23rd and April 24th and host LCD Soundsystem, Ice Cube, Calvin Harris, Guns N’ Roses, Zedd, Disclosure, Major Lazer and many more. Experience Coachella 2016 live through your own eyes on youtube.com/coachella and sponsored by T-Mobile.
From Coachella 2016
“Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is streaming LIVE on YouTube April 15th, April 16th and April 17th. Join us on April 15th and experience Coachella live through your own eyes. Un-leashed by T-Mobile #MusicFreedom.
Watch @ youtube.com/coachella.”
From Enchanted Forest2016
“The sixth annual installment of Enchanted Forest Gathering,Northern California’s celebrated music, yoga, flow-arts and conscious movement festival, has just announced its most heavy-hitting music lineup to date. Taking place July 22-24, 2016, the Gathering’s headliners include England’s forefather of psychedelic electronica Shpongle,the festival circuit’s unofficial Funkiest Diplomat The Polish Ambassador, plus MartyParty and Ooah (of The Glitch Mob) who combine forces as the melodic bass duo PANTyRAiD making a highly-anticipated return after a three year hiatus. Rounding out the electronic list of headliners is West Coast bass movement champion Minnesota and soulful Chicago trio Autograf.
Included among the much-hyped live acts headlining in 2016 is a three-hour, otherworldly trance set from groovy world-hip-hop fusion group Hamsa Lila, a vivid harmonic storytelling experience by ethereal melody-weaver Ayla Nereo, and two passionately devotional music sets from Fanna Fi Allah – a leading representation of ancient Sufi Qawwali music. Grammy-nominated, drum and bass Reggae stylist Youssoupha Sidibe, indie-rock electronica band Lila Rose and ecstatic vocalist and innovative composer Suzanne Sterling will also deliver spirited live performances over the course of the weekend.
Joining the musical headliners for the three-day festival at the musically historical Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, Northern California are KRNE, Stélouse, Thirftworks, Bluetech, Morillo, Clozee, Love and Light, Matthew Human and Friends, Cello Joe plus many more! With over 50 acts playing across four alluring stages – the River Stage, the Hearth Stage, the Mighty Oak Stage and the Shower Party Stage – Enchanted Forest Gathering combines the close knit community vibes of a small festival with the upscale caliber of production and talent of a larger festival. The result is a unique, holistic, transformational experience that the festival’s founders have light-heartedly dubbed as “Sacred, sexy, silly and saucy.”
By day, Enchanted Forest Gathering provides attendees with a myriad of intellectual and body motivational activities including educational talks, forums, dance and flow classes, yoga, workshops and music at the River Stage. At sunset and continuing under the moonlight; the Hearth, Mighty Oak and Shower Party stages will play bassy-deliciousness for participants to feast their ears on until the wee hours of the morning. And for the night owls, the Nectar Temple healing area and the amalgamation of healing stones at the Crystal Dome will always be available for exploring. Continue on with a journey to the late night comedy stage or visionary art studio and splash around in the river, which will play host to its very own River Stage, a non-alcoholic elixir bar and lounge area for water immersion and fun whether you’re planning to relax or rage in its depths.
Throughout the weekend, Enchanted Forest Gathering will be both teaching and promoting healthy lifestyles. In addition to the stages for performances and music, the grounds will have a vendor area, home to organic food, craft and clothing vendors from local sources. All merchants will be encouraged to use biodegradable items and a “green team” will be working with the festival to help compost food waste and recycle. As always, the Gathering will be an alcohol-free event, allowing guests to focus solely on the experience and surrounding energy.
Tickets for the festival are available via the Enchanted Forest Gathering website: EnchantedForestMendo.com. Following a very successful “Hurry-Up Homie Hookup” ticket pre-sale, passes for the 6th annual Enchanted Forest Gathering are on track to sell out. “The Time is Meow” General Admission 3-day tickets are on sale now with prices set to increase on April 1st and again each month until the day before the festival.”