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Hot August Music Festival








Words by Tim Newby/ Images by Tim Newby & Russell Stoddard

Firmly established as one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier one-day music festivals, The Hot August Music Festival, returned for its 23rd installment with a diverse line-up that kept alive the deep tradition of musical greatness that first started 23 years ago in founder Brad Selko’s backyard.


The line-up this year tended towards a rootsy, bluegrassy sound with the Punch Brothers, Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Cabinet, and the Sligo Creek Stompers all making appearances throughout the day. But as with Hot August Music Fest’s past, the line-up reflected a wide-range of musical tastes, allowing one to bounce between the three stages and satisfy all their musical desires and needs.  Looking for some blustery-rock? Swing by the man stage for the guitar-thrash of Shakey Graves. Need some Electro-funk?  Head over to the side-stage for the high-octane explosion of Pigeons Playing Ping-Pong. Trying to find some swampy-New Orleans soul?  The Revivliasts are on right before the Stringdusters.  Looking for some smooth blues?  Find the stage in the woods and catch Jarekus Singleton’s scintillating set.






After all that the day ended with a nostalgic blast from The Counting Crows who showed that twenty-years on they still have it as they plowed through set that was chock-full of some of their greatest hits, “Rain King,” “Omaha,” “Long December,” and some choice covers, Bob Dylan’s “Ain’t Going Nowhere,” and The Velvet Underground’s “Elizabeth.”



With fourteen bands, spread over three stages at the picturesque setting of Oregon Park, Hot August Music Festival was quite simply a treat for the musical soul.


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Hot August Music Festival releases line-up


Hot August Music Festival has released its line-up for this years edition. Topped by the Counting Crows and the Punch Brothers the line-up also includes Railroad Earth, Shakey Graves, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Revivalists, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Cabinet, Sligo Creek Stompers, June Star, Marah, Jarekus Singleton, Dennis Jones Band.  The festival features three stages set in the lush confines of Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now.  Click here for more info: http://www.hotaugustmusicfestival.com/tickets 

Check out Honest Tune’s coverage of last year’s event: Hot August Music Festival: Short lines, long sets, stellar tunes

Counting Crows, 4/24/12

Counting Crows
Roseland Ballroom
New York City, NY
April 24, 2012



With a collection of covers — Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) — just released (March, 27), the Counting Crows  have hit the road, prepping for their annual summer traipse around the country.

On this night, the band was in New York, crashing in at the renowned Roseland Ballroom. Over the course of the evening (following a set from openers, Mean Creek), the Berkley, CA natives took the capacity crowd through a vast collection of tunes that only time can bring; and being that the Counting Crows have been at it since 1993, the catalog runs deep.

From “Mr. Jones” and “Round Here” to “Washington Square” and a several tracks from the new record, fans got a taste of it all from the sons of the day when vehicles like MTV’s Alternatve Nation could actually yield mainstream success for quality music that just so happened to be produced by a dude who had yet to make a wave in the production world, T-Bone Burnett.




Round Here, Untitled (Love Song) (The Romany Rye cover), High Life, St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream, Hospital (Coby Brown cover), Children in Bloom, Goodnight Elisabeth / Goin’ Down To New York Town, I Wish I Was a Girl, Return of the Grievous Angel(Gram Parsons cover), Colorblind, A Long December, Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby, Start Again (Teenage Fanclub cover), Meet on the Ledge (Fairport Convention cover), Rain King

Encore: Washington Square, Mr. Jones, Holiday in Spain


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PHOTO GALLERY: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, weekend 2

How do you even put New Orleans Jazz Fest into words? 

You can't.

There's just entirely too much music.

From Allen Touissant to ZZ Top, from the Allman Brothers to any number of Neville Brothers, and from John Legend to jazz legends, there's music in every nook and cranny of the city and in nearly every club.  

So, instead of trying to put the second weekend of Jazz Fest into words, Honest Tune is going to show you.  Here's a photo essay, as told through the lens of photographer Susan Weiand / www.susanjweiand.com


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