Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
September 28th 2018
Koko Booth Amphitheatre
Cary, North Carolina
Writer/Photographer: Brandon Amos
On the day of the Brett Kavanaugh ruling, Jason Isbell rolled into Cary, North Carolina with a very strong message “Just Vote.” At the registration booth a sign that read “Registration Day,” a play on The Drive-by Truckers’s song “Decoration Day”.
Continue reading Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit at the Koko Booth
September 20, 2018
Photos by Michael Saba
Continue reading On the Scene at Lucero in Atlanta
The Avett Brothers
Bowling Green, Kentucky
September 29, 2018
Words/photos by Josh Mintz
As bands grow in popularity, the venues they perform at grow in size. For better or worse, it’s how the concert industry works – you’re always looking to play a bigger venue until you can’t any longer, which is how cities get skipped on tours and nostalgia acts end up playing state fairs.
It’s special being able seeing a band still capable of playing arenas in a smaller venue. When the Avett Brothers took the stage on September 29 at SKyPac in front of a capacity crowd of 1,800, no one yet realized how special of a night it would turn out to be. Continue reading Back to basics with the Avett Brothers in Kentucky
Outlaw Music Festival
Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
September 8, 2019
Photos by Brandon Amos Continue reading On the scene at Outlaw Music Festival
Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers, and Magpie Salute
August 25, 2018
Clarkston, MI @ DTE Engery Music Theatre
Words/photos by Josh Mintz
Live music fans chase the “moment” – a song, or a guitar lick, or a drum solo that lives on in your memory forever. A lot of times, you don’t see it coming, and that’s what makes it special.
Sometimes, though – it’s the one you DO see coming that blows you away. For me, I had that moment this past Saturday night. Sure, I had to travel to the Detroit suburbs from Memphis just to catch it, but that’s part of the story. Continue reading Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute show their Dark Side in Michigan
Jul 25 – Jul 29, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek
The 18th version of Floyd Fest was held at their bucolic location on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. It’s hard to imagine a prettier place. The five-day festival holds around 15,000 fans and has developed a unique vibe. As with many festivals, the fans feel free to let themselves go and become one with their inner hippie more than they usually can during their “normal” life, but Floyd Fest brings out another level of fan. The festival isn’t very easy to get to (although the festival directors bend over backwards to try and accommodate). Most folks must park off-site, which is a lot several miles away, and then take busses fixed with trailers to get their gear in. Once on the festival grounds, there is a ready supply of volunteers driving golf carts waiting to help you get to your campsite of choice, but perfectly flat camping is a difficult find also. So why are so many folks dedicated to returning year after year? It’s the amazing vibe of true hard-core music fans, gathering to share their love of music and each other and this very beautiful place. Continue reading 2018 Floyd Fest
Words & Photos: Tim Newby & Stephen Varanko
The Hot August Music Festival returns for on August 18, 2018, to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland with a lineup that runs the full musical gamut roots to blues to funk to reggae to rock ‘n’ roll and is headlined by The Revivalists and Trampled by Turtles.
Continue reading Preview: Hot August Music Festival 2018
Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers
Writer/Photographer: Jake Cudek
Nestled in the north country of Colorado, lies yet another hidden gem of The Centennial State’s musical legacy, The Mishawaka Amphitheater. Set amongst towering canyon walls and located on the edge of The Poudre River, patrons are greeted from the road by a non-descript store front and privacy fencing, neither of which denotes the unexpected lying inside. Upon entering the restaurant, visitors are presented with their first inkling of the location’s long ties to music, as autographed, framed promotional pictures of performers past line the floor-to-ceiling wood interior in Fillmore fashion. Passing deeper into the heart of the century-old building, the room opens up into a dance hall, equipped with a small stage and high ceilings, able to accommodate about 150, and utilized in the winter months for performances when the weather is far too cold to host events outdoors.
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Tedeschi Trucks Band
Wheels of Soul Tour
July 25, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Josh Mintz
There’s a certain art to putting a multi-band tour together. You need to put a diverse group of artists on the bill, but there has to be a certain cohesion. The Tedeschi Trucks Band succeeded in a major way with the 2018 edition of their Wheels of Soul tour.
They had the young gunslinger with Marcus King.
They had the gritty, grimy, road-worn (in a positive way) Drive-By Truckers.
Continue reading Wheels of Soul Tour rolls into Mississippi