Just Announced! Fruition has invited their friends The Lil Smokies to open for them for their upcoming Pacific Northwest New Year’s Eve run. The two bands will be playing three shows together in Seattle and Portland. December 29th will be an intimate show at The Crocodile in Seattle, and December 30th and 31st will be held at Portland’s Crystal Balllroom.
Twiddle’s Tumble Down festival is returning to Burlington Vermont’s Waterfront Park for its second year and has officially announced its lineup. The band’s hometown festival, promoted by Higher Ground Presents, will feature two days of music including four sets by Twiddle, and sets by Fruition, Madaila, Aqueous and Midnight North as well as day sets from Lucid, Strange Machines, Holly Bowling, Teddy Midnight, Navytrain, and The Mangroves. The two-day music festival will take place on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29.
The stars seem to be aligning for John Craigie, a Portland-based songwriter whose stripped down and relatable songs are a refreshing dose of Americana in our saturated musical landscape. Craigie was recently picked by Jack Johnson to open for the West Coast leg of his Summer 2017 tour. This announcement comes after Johnson sat in during one of Craigie’s shows in Hawaii, and the two hit it off famously.
Penn’s Peak, perched just above the picturesque town of Jim Thorpe, PA is a gem of a venue; one that should become a pilgrimage for East Coast music lovers. Located an hour and a half from Philly and two hours from New York, it’s “just far enough out here to chase off the riff raff” one rail-rider grinned to me last night during the second night of Greensky Bluegrass’s and Fruition’s run of 14 mid-winter date
The felt moment of immediate experience has been lost. Perhaps we have given it away by not accessing it. Perhaps it was robbed by this mainstream media/cereal box religion/consumer culture. Music festivals help us drop out of the noisy centralized confines of the Matrix and fall into the magic of experience; to revel in the full richness of the moment. It is a domain of feeling, and at best it is a vector of love, light, good vibrations and community.