10KLF: Wednesday

For years, my friends have been telling me of a magical place: a music festival at a permanent facility with shaded campgrounds, flushing toilets, manageably small but big enough to rope in major talent, populated with friendly people.  This year, I finally made it out to this legendary event as a correspondent for, and am happy to report that the rumors are true.  10,000 Lakes Music Festival r

Day 2 of Mile High | Big clouds, little crowds

On Sunday, the revelers at the second annual Mile High Music Festival were granted a temporary reprieve from the heat.  The sky was cloudy, and lo!  The grounds were clean!  The night before, as I waded through a sea of discarded plastic beer cups, it occurred to me that perhaps a better way to save the planet would have been to sell freely refillable beer cups, in the hopes that folks would use the same cup all day, rather than burning through five or six.  Now I’m all in favor of just about any recycling program you could think of, but refillable beer


Twiin Productions--the event producers of the WEST BEACH MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL, one of America’s only beach festivals--has confirmed several additions to its music line-up. BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, DONAVON FRANKENREITER, THE BRAVERY and BASSNECTAR are the new additions to the three-day event--Friday, September 18, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 2009 in Santa Barbara, CA.

Lotus Announce Huge Fall Tour

lotusLotus are about to break ground in a way that no other rock band has done prior - they are plotting a tour this fall that truly allows their legion of fans to pay-what-they-want for tickets. The Pay-What-You-Want-Tour featuring Lotus is an eight night run of shows in western U.S. states, sponsored by Ticketweb, that lets the fans decide how much their show ticket will cost. At the $15.00 Pay-What-You-Want level or higher, fans receive free digital downloads of the band's two new EPs Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass, both to be released on October 6, 2009.

The Pay-What-You-Want dates are part of Lotus' larger Fall Tour, running from early-October through the end of the year. Big stops include performances at Denver's Fillmore, NYC's Terminal 5, Baltimore's Sonar, Chicago's Vic Theatre, and others. Lotus brings out several must-see opening acts for many of these shows, including Break Science feat Adam Dietch, The Egg (from London, UK), Big in Japan, and Big Gigantic. Don't miss a few special small shows: here's the scoop - two shows at NYC's Mercury Lounge are being bundled with the T-5 ticket, and the same offer is available for the Denver shows (to get into Quixotes, you must buy the Fillmore ticket).

Downloads of both new EPs will be bundled with advance ticket purchases for select Fall Tour dates including the three New York City shows, two Denver shows, both Boston shows and a few other shows to be determined.  The material on both Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass can be directly traced back to Lotus' 2008 full-length release, Hammerstrike. A number of songs were recorded that didn't find their way onto Hammerstrike (either they hadn't been finished by deadlines or they weren't coalescing with the sound of that project), but after finishing the album, Lotus decided to revisit these tracks, and the results are extraordinary. Feather on Wood is sunnier with a laid-back vibe, yet not afraid of big rock beauty, while Oil on Glass is darker in character, with more head-nodding tempos.

LotusListing of forthcoming Lotus tour dates (and who will be opening each show):

September 4    Bottom Line    Nagoya, JP    
September 5    Metamorphose Festival    Tokyo, JP
September 6    Drunkard's Stadium    Kashiwa, JP
September 18   Mercury Lounge    New York, NY
September 19    Mercury Lounge    New York, NY
October 2    Aces Lounge    Austin, TX
October 3    Aces Lounge    Austin, TX

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT Dates (Oct 6-Oct 14)
October 6     The Roxy    Hollywood, CA          w/ Break Science ft  Adam Dietch                
October 7    The Independent    San Francisco, CA        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 8    McDonald Theatre    Eugene, OR        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 9    The Showbox    Seattle, WA        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 10    Crystal Ballroom    Portland, OR        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 11    The Nightlight    Bellingham, WA        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 13    Knitting Factory     Boise, ID        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
October 14    Murray Theater    Salt Lake City, UT        w/ Break Science ft Adam Dietch
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October 15    Belly Up    Aspen, CO                
October 16    Quixotes    Denver, CO
October 17    The Fillmore    Denver, CO
October 20    Granada Theatre    Lawrence, KS        
October 21    The Old Rock House    St. Louis, MO        w/ The Egg
October 22    Slowdown    Omaha, NE        w/ The Egg
October 23    First Avenue    Minneapolis, MN        w/ The Egg
October 24    Turner Hall Ballroom    Milwaukee, WI        w/ The Egg
October 26    Copper Dragon    Carbondale, IL        w/ The Egg
October 27    Bluebird Nightclub    Bloomington, IN        w/ The Egg
October 28    Bogart's    Cincinnati, OH        w/ The Egg
October 29    House of Blues    Cleveland, OH        w/ The Egg
October 30    The Town Ballroom    Buffalo, NY          w/ The Egg
October 31    Sonar    Baltimore, MD        w/ Big In Japan & The Egg
November 4    Higher Ground    Burlington, VT        w/ The Egg
November 5    Paradise Rock Club    Boston, MA        w/ The Egg
November 6    Paradise Rock Club    Boston, MA        w/ The Egg
November 7    Revolution Hall    Troy, NY        
November 10    Is Venue    Charlottesville, VA        w/ Big Gigantic
November 11    Cat's Cradle    Carrboro, NC        w/ Big Gigantic
November 12    Variety Playhouse    Atlanta, GA        w/ Big Gigantic
November 13    Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival    Live Oak, FL             
November 14    Orange Peel    Asheville, NC        w/ Big Gigantic
November 27    Vic Theatre    Chicago, IL        
November 28    Terminal 5    New York, NY      

Day 4 - 10KLF, Saturday July 25, 2009

As I went off to bed Friday night, the weather turned very chilly and was beginning to settle in my head, foreshadowing a good  head cold.  And later in the night, our fellow campers had a fire pit going, whose some for some reason just that night seemed to sweep underneath our tent fly and fill my sinuses. I woke up achy and feeling like crap. As I stumbled toward my morning coffee, the sky was cloudy and threatened to rain. I talked with one of the recycling people and he said that though rain wasn't forecast, it wouldn't get warm, just up to the late 60s by dinner time.

Day 3 10KLF, July 24, 2009

After last night's rain, it dawned sunny and warm with a few clouds. The humidity was greatly reduced, too, promising to be a great day for music.

Phish | Red Rocks Amphitheater | 8/2/09 | Review

I saw my first Phish show at the Hampton Coliseum in 1995 when I was 16 years old.  I had such a great time that I lied to my parents in order to go see them again at Hershey Park a few days later.  At the time, I knew nothing about Phish;  I didn’t know any of its songs, any of its members names, or that the drummer wore a dress and played a vacuum.  I just knew that when I saw that first show at the Spaceship in ‘95 it was filled with so much positive energy, I wanted to continue being a part of it.

Ra Ra Riot | The Rhumb Line | Review

There have been very few bands that have impressed me lately in the musical landscape. In an effort to avoid sounding like a music snob, I partly blame myself. My styles have changed and I am not as obsessed with music as I once was. Still, there is a side of me that blames the artists, media and record labels for stealing a little bit of thunder from something I once cherished.

Death Cab for Cutie, Andrew Bird, Ra Ra Riot | Red Rocks

Have you ever been to the Taste of Chicago? All in all it is a fantastic experience, one not to be missed but there are always headaches that go along with attending, ie the heat and humidity, long lines and traffic. Every year even if it is just for a moment you ponder how nice it would be not to have to deal with the headache. This is the best way I can describe the Death Cab for Cutie show at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO on July 14th 2009.

2009 10KLF Day 2

I started off my musical day with two exceptional bands that weren’t on the program. Enchanted Ape and Mountain Standard Time played acoustic sets in the VIP Chill Tent. Enchanted Ape had a guest guitarist join them, a performer who had played with frontman Chris Obrien years before and who added some really nice vocal backups. The regular guitarist will come in Friday just before Enchanted Ape’s slot that day. Chris also added a tenor sax player to this acoustic set.