Highlights from Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Riot Fest Chicago’s opening day was full of once in a lifetime moments. The most impressive was the early afternoon trifecta of sets by Death, Fishbone and Living Colour on adjacent stages. The sonic threads tying the three African-American rock bands together were loud and clear. Detroit’s protopunk pioneers Death played most of its 1974 debut record and tracks from the latest effort N.E.W., both released on Drag City Records.

Keeping the Spirit Alive: The Mirro story

When you receive news of someone passing away, emotions take hold.  Depending on how well you knew the person, the duration of those emotions can vary.  When the person is your best friend and brother, you relive the loss every day.  As I have learned this year from my time spent with members of Michael Mirro’s family, you also relive the joys.


The Portal pre-party with Desert Dwellers & Kayla Scintilla

This was a very special night for me, and Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom was packed for one of the most anticipated and creative artistic creation pre-celebrations in a while. It was an official pre-party for the new rock opera called the Portal being performed at the Glitter Dome in Denver. The earth heart tour featured Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Eve Olution, Sixis and Yuyu.

SEVA Benefit | Sweetwater | Review

“What we have in mind, is the gift of site, for 36 million,” said event emcee and clown-nosed Seva patriarch and advocate Wavy Gravy on October 10, creating a play on words from his famous “breakfast in bed” announcement at Woodstock.


Widespread Panic | Street Dogs | Review

When a band can joyfully experience first-time approaches to their craft even after 30 years and 11 albums together, it is no surprise that the result will be something sweet.

For southeastern jam band legends and pioneers Widespread Panic, coming together for a live, full band studio recording was something they had never done, until now.

Brothers Comatose will play Lost Lake Lounge Thursday

Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. “It's just one, big, extended Morrison music party,” they say.  Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band that has become a West coast headliner and national touring act in a mere four years.

Sun-Dried Vibes & Roots of a Rebellion Tour Starts Tomorrow

Fresh off their Road to California Roots tour, Sun-Dried Vibes has now paired up with Nashville’s reggae pioneers, Roots of a Rebellion to conquer Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado in October 2015.  Playing hundreds of shows a year, Sun-Dried and Roots each have developed die-hard fan bases throughout the country. Together, they aim to reach further and grow stronger!

Highlights from North Coast Festival Chicago 2015

North Coast Music Festival (NCMF), held in Chicago’s Union Park over Labor Day weekend, provided the perfect soundtrack for taking “summer’s last stand.” The diverse, multi-stage showcase was a well-balanced mix of performances by established and emerging EDM, neo-soul, jam band, hip-hop, indie, and house music artists. The music lineup, art installations, food booths, and overall enthusiastic vibe captured the pulse of what moves the Windy City. 

Gipsy Moon will play Denver & Fort Collins

Gipsy Moon is a four-piece group of artists on an endless musical journey, sharing songs with the hopes of planting inspiration into the soul, starting a fire in the heart, and building community that invokes love in its wildest manifestations.

Rythmatronix | 1Up-Colfax | Review

The String Cheese Incident Percussionist Jason Hann brought his world-fusion group Rythmatronix to The 1Up Colfax in Denver, CO for an intimate and wild night of music. Comprised of Jason Hann, Fareed Haque, Andre Manga, Raul Pineda, Todd Stoops and featuring Michael Kang expectations of Rythmatronix were set high… and met with flying colors.


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