As the clock inched closer to noon in New York, the line of fans entering Flushing Meadows stretched as far as the eye could see. The second day of Gov Ball proved to have something for everyone as the staggered set times allowed the fans to see a little bit of everything with a lineup catering to fans of Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and everything in between.

The crown Jewel of East Coast music festivals and overall barometer for relevance in popular culture, Governors Ball once again proved an incredible experience as it drew the eyes of all in the New York area. A festival that catered so heavily to the tastes of the newest generation of festivalgoers, the lineup proved to be an all-around masterclass in displaying the tastes of an era as it packed the grounds at its newest home of Flushing Meadows.

As spring pushes into summer and bands fire up the sound machine in outdoor venues across the land, the jam world tour de force Goose settled into Colorado once again to give the music community two solid nights of improvisation at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre outside of Denver in early June.

Jessica Malone has been honing her singing and songwriting craft for the past decade, hewing close to her Northern California home in both body and musical spirit. On Gold Flowers of the West, her second full-length studio album, Malone farms her California foothill roots (notwithstanding occasional lyrical calls to sisterly locales like Montana and Carolina) and serves up a variety of tasty fruits that have sprung from her labor.

About 200 or so smiling faces gathered in the Berkeley Hills (officially the community of Kensington, Calif.) on a beautiful June 15 afternoon for a musical benefit featuring the acoustic David Nelson Band, Steve Poltz, and Ragged Charms (a one-time ensemble featuring Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, three fellows from Hot Buttered Rum, Stephanie Salva, and Wally Ingram).

The third rendition of the Future City Lounge landed at the perfect venue, the edm friendly Brooklyn Made in Brooklyn, NY on June 1, 2024. The line up included Baba G (Disco Biscuits) with Ben Atkind (ElefantProof), Cloudchord with Rory O'Connor (Tycho), BkellZ w Rob Madore (px3), and the Future City Resident, Horizon Wireless.

The Allman Betts Band is an American rock group that burst onto the scene in 2018. This ensemble is a family affair, featuring the sons of two founding members of the legendary Allman Brothers Band: Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman) and Duane Betts (son of Dickey Betts). Their lineup is further enriched by slide guitarist Johnny Stachela, bassist Justin Corgan, keyboardist John Ginty, and drummers John Lum and Alex Orbison (son of the iconic Roy Orbison).

I didn’t plan on going to the Sphere to see Dead and Company (a.k.a. “Dead & Co.”) during their months-long “Dead Forever” residency. But after missing U2 and Phish during the inaugural year of the high-tech Las Vegas arena, it was high time I went to check out the uber-visual experience. It doesn’t hurt that Dead & Co.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is unique: a 12-member ensemble of extraordinary musicians, playing the music they want to play, sustaining a productive schedule of recording and live performance, and thrilling ever-growing audiences all along the way.

Have you ever had one of those cocktails known as the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, a drink so overwhelming that it’s like "having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick”?


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