There are two types of concert-goers. There are the occasional ticket-buyers, who see music every once in a while, but otherwise have an excuse not to because they “can’t afford it” or “don’t have time,” and there’s the full-on music addict, who takes every chance they get to go see live music. Whether it’s an up-and-coming band or one that’s already established and well-favored, the avid music lover always chooses to go see live music over anything – and everything – else. There are several reasons as to why people are making this into a more conscious decision, but here are ten of them:10. If you go see live music, you have a completely organic experience that nothing else can compare to.By definition, live music presents an opportunity for both musicians and fans to engage in an intimate experience that is intrinsically different each time. The music itself is a direct result of the mutual environment between the artists and their crowd, the energy they share, and the various influences within the atmosphere. Every venue, every promoter, every band, every fanbase is completely different, and with every possible combination of these elements comes an inherently different outcome. The difference, though, with music, is that it holds an entertainment value that consumes you in a way that no other art can.9. Unlike drugs, music gives you a natural high.Music has a direct effect on our hormones; it can even be considered a natural antidepressant. This is because your reaction to certain songs can cause the release of serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters) in the brain that lead to increased feelings of happiness and well-being. It also releases norepinephrine, which is a hormone that invokes feelings of euphoria. Feelings of happiness and pleasure are intrinsically related to listening to music, as well as they are stimulated by physical exercise, mind-altering drugs, sex, among other activities. The only difference being that unlike the consumption of these other activities, music consumes you and has the ability to drastically change your current state in a shared experience.8. Music biologically changes the way you feel.This is why we choose to listen to certain types of music based on the emotion we want to manifest. Our emotions become direct results of rhythm and tone in the music of the present moment. With the heart synced to the rhythms pulsating through our eardrums, it is no wonder we become sad when listening to slower, more depressing songs; or the opposite, as we become overjoyed by feelings of excitement and energy when listening to more upbeat, positively stimulating songs. This is because our hearts and our brains are connected (though at times they may seem inappropriately disconnected!).How Music Can Be Used To Influence Different Mood Goals7. Music brings strangers from all corners of the map together.Music is the only universal language. On a cultural level, it captivates people unlike any other vocal or body languages. On a social level, it promotes bonding in an environment otherwise unattainable. It is less likely to walk into a random bar and meet a like-minded individual than it is to meet someone at a concert you both chose to attend. However, it is possible to meet a like-minded person in a musical environment anywhere across the world, so long as you both march to the beat of the same drum.6. Music brings friends and families together to create memories that are invaluable.Every night of music is another night of building history, so it’s best to have your crew there along with you. You can’t make every show, but you can make the best of the ones you do make. The chances of remembering the concert experience is much greater than spending these times together while staying at home, going about automatic existences, or engaging in monotonous activity. The memories created at a concert are there to last forever, as they are completely unique to the surrounding once-in-a-lifetime influences of which you chose to engage in.Dad, Please Never Stop Going To Music Festivals: An Open Letter5. Nothing else matters when you’re at a concert.Everyone has responsibilities at home. One of the best things about live music is that none of those responsibilities matter while you’re there. No one is thinking about paying bills or scheduling doctors appointments, or what to get their boss for the holidays when they are surrounded by hundreds or thousands of like-minded individuals gallivanting in the midst of a musical dream. Unlike most other activities on a day-to-day basis, attending a concert is something you choose to do, so it’s worth making the best of it and letting the distractions of your surroundings consume you for just those few hours.Why We Make More Friends And Feel Less Pain At Concerts4. By attending live music, you’re supporting local businesses.Venues don’t run unless people buy tickets to shows; talent-buyers don’t buy talent unless people buy tickets to shows; bands don’t play unless people buy tickets to shows. It’s a cycle, trickling all the way down to the bartender, where one can’t exist without the other. No matter what the case, you should always be willing to buy a ticket. The money trickles through the hands of many people who stick their heads out of their own zone to make sure things run smoothly for all involved. Every booking is a risk, so be sure to support all risk-takers in the game. Not only that, become a risk taker and go see more live music.3. By buying a ticket, you’re supporting future music.Things aren’t how they used to be. Record sales don’t mean anything anymore, not that people buy physical music anyway. Even download services are about to go extinct. Since streaming services don’t provide any real monetary value, live music is the only way for bands to survive. By performing concerts, bands are able to 1) earn money to support future tours and music-making, 2) get more fans who will pay to support future tours and music-making, and 3) satisfy talent-buyers who will choose to support future tours and music-making. It’s a symbiotic relationship; when one element goes down, everything goes down with it.2. Your money is better spent supporting live music than it is engaging in most other activities.Because of the above-mentioned reasons, it is only natural to believe that making the decision to go see live music is of the best decisions one can make. Despite the invariable assumptions some might have about the different types of behavior that goes on in these live music settings, it’s about how you choose to spend your time. Your choice, your experience. Make it right!1. You can always afford a new life experience.By attending a concert, you are accepting the reigns of opportunity that will ultimately lead to a new experience. Whether it is a song that strikes a chord, a lesson that you learn along the way, or a person that walks through the door, the atmospheric conditions of this concert experience will inevitably enhance the evolution of this matter to a place where no other experience is able to take you. You have a plot, a narrative, and a setting that’s completely unique to your passion; take advantage of all of that.Take Away Message: You will never regret any of it.Even when things go wrong, they go right. Every negative turns to a positive. Every moment becomes the best possible moment. The values of these clichés are indescribably important. Honestly, it is the acceptance of life and it’s disguising ways that will make it all clear. That $10-$100 you spent on a ticket will come right back to your pocket, and you won’t have even noticed it gone. It is never the music you will regret, but it is the music that you missed (and the reason you missed it) that’ll keep you tugging at the strings of your own past’s decision-making. Stay motivated, be uplifted, let the music take you to places you never knew before. Most importantly, though, please thee and have no regrets!
Beloved String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth recently revealed plans for his own Kyle’s Brew Fest to take place ahead of SCI’s run at Red Rocks, and, today, Hollingsworth has announced plans to bring his festival across the country. The first-ever Kyle’s Brew Fest in Asheville, NC is set to take place on July 2nd, serving as the official pre-party for the second night of SCI’s run in the musical city.Kyle’s Brew Fest Asheville will take place from 1-5 PM at New Mountain Asheville, and admission will get you in to see a Kyle Hollingsworth Band performance, a limited edition drinking vessel, craft beer tasting, and access to the Silent Auction. All proceeds will go to benefit Conscious Alliance.Tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 11th, at 10 AM, and can be found via Hollingsworth’s official website.
Music Is Coming! Arguably one of the best musical scores in all of cinematic history, Game Of Thrones has just released a brief video outlining what fans can expect at the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience featuring composer Ramin Djawadi, and all we can say is that it looks absolutely mind-blowing.Djawadi will be towing along a full orchestra and state-of-the-art technology to provide audiences with a fully immersive musical and visual experience. In conjunction with event producers Live Nation in partnership with HBO Global Licensing, various aspects of the series will be re-created using new audio and visual technology.The tour will commence on February 1st in Kansas City, MO at the Sprint Center and will make its way across North America, with a scheduled final performance on April 2nd at Portland, OR’s Moda Center.Check out a full itinerary of tour dates here. For now, check out the video below.
Last month, eleven-piece funk ensemble The Aquaducks shared some stellar footage of their performance of “Rewind,” captured from an early 2016 show at The Basement East in Nashville, TN. That single arrived just in time to get us excited for Live At The Beast, the band’s full-length live album due out tomorrow!Live At The Beast captures The Aquaducks at their prime, bringing nine fresh tracks to their fans everywhere. “Recording a live album was an easy choice for us, as we are a live band through and through,” said drummer Andrew Fleming. “We are very proud of the hours of work we put into this project and are excited to share this album with the world.”What was it about this particular night that made them decide to release it as a live album? For the band, it’s all about the energy, and that performance at The Beast was unparalleled. “The energy in the room was electric. It meant so much to us to have so many people lend their support to such an amazing night,” said lead vocalist/keyboardist Cavanaugh Mims. Guitarist Thomas Baxter added, “I am very thankful that we recorded the album live. There was a lot of positive energy in the room that night, which is something that simply cannot be reproduced in the studio.”That energy is readily apparent when you give the album a listen. We’re honored to have the opportunity to share an exclusive full stream of the album, which you can check out in the player below.You can find the new album on iTunes, where it will be available tomorrow, October 21st! For all things Aquaducks, be sure to head to their website.
Tomorrow evening, The Denver Innocence Project will be hosting their second annual fundraiser at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. Two bands are slated to play the event, a Grateful Dead tribute called Shakedown Street and an Allman Brothers tribute called My Blue Sky.All proceeds from the show are slated to go to the nonprofit, which provides legal services to free and exonerate the wrongfully convicted within the state of Colorado and advocates for criminal justice reform. Tickets are available via Cervantes’ website, and more information about The Denver Innocence Project can be found here.
Fans of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia can get behind a new video that’s recently gone viral. In the video, Irish drummer David Dockery plays the drums along to a clip from the show’s classic episode, “Sweet Dee Has A Heart Attack,” highlight the percussive nature of dialog in the show. In the tenth episode of season four, Charlie and Mac pose as mailroom workers at a company to get health insurance, and Charlie potentially stumbles into a conspiracy theory involving an individual named Pepe Silvia and Carol of HR. In Dockery’s video, the drummer perfectly punctuates Charlie’s ravings as he explains his theory to Mac, and the two argue about it. You can check out the video below of the percussive take on the It’s Always Sunny clip below, courtesy of the drummer. Plus for an added bonus, check out the video posted by Prince’s former bassist, MonoNeon, who added some bass to Dockery’s original video, below.(Side note: as a fun fact about the roots of Charlie’s conspiracy, some anonymous geniuses on the Internet have posited that Charlie, who’s known for his difficulties with reading comprehension, is misreading Pennsylvania as Pepe Silvia and the attention line, Care of HR, as Carol of HR, which makes a lot of sense but totally blew my mind.)
Yesterday, former president Barack Obama held a press conference in his hometown of Chicago, where he outlined his plans for the presidential library constructed in his honor. The presidential library has been an institution since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, proposed that following a president’s tenure, a space be created to archive papers and other historical documents for the future. Well, Barack has certainly outdone himself, going above and beyond with plans to make his presidential library a giant, state-of-the-art community center in Jackson Park within Chicago’s South Side—a project that will create over 1,500 jobs and bring millions of dollars of revenue into the area.The Barack Obama Presidential Center is meant to be “the world’s premiere institution for training young people and leadership to make a difference in their countries and in the world—that’s our goal,” said Obama during the press conference. Based on the building plans, it seems like the multi-building campus will be poised to do just that. With an abundance of classrooms, performance spaces, film and recording studios, a recreation and athletic center, a restaurant, and more, once completed in 2021, the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be a huge asset to the city of Chicago and beyond.Obama noted that his center will provide visitors “experiences that inspire and tools to make things happen in their own communities.” Appropriately, Obama already has begun thinking about inspiring experiences in addition to the bounty of tools within the space. During his conference, the former president mentioned the space could offer seminars by big names in the music and film industry, specifically namedropping Chance the Rapper, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Spielberg, and Spike Lee as potential teachers to offer classes there.You can check out this video from the Obama Foundation to get a first-hand look at the designs for The Barack Obama Presidential Center below. You can also check out this Spotify playlist that the foundation released yesterday ahead of Obama’s Presidential Center announcement below as well, for which the former president tapped guest contributors like Chance the Rapper, Mavis Staples, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Offerman, Dan Aykroyd, and former White House staff to choose songs for the compilation dubbed Hometown. [H/T Consequence of Sound]
Load remaining images Photo: Marc Millman Setlist: Soulive | Brooklyn Bowl | New York City | 6/9/17Drive My Car, Revolution, Eleanor Rigby, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), In My Life, Come Together, Something*, While My Guitar Gently Weeps*II: The Truth*, The Pit*, Keep You Dreamin’^, The Veil^, Mama Can’t Help You^, I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)^E: Povo#, Stone Free* w/ Ron Artis II^ w/ Doyle Bramhall II# w/ Kamasi WashingtonSee the photos below by Marc Millman and Lou Montesano.Bowlive | 6/9/17 | Photos by Marc Millman and Lou Montesano The seventh annual Bowlive is currently taking over New York City. Thursday night was the second of nine performances over the next two weeks, with special guests Doyle Bramhall II and Ron Artis II scheduled to collaborate. The first set served as a reincarnation of Rubber Soul, The Beatles‘ sixth studio album. Playing through all the hits like, “Eleanor Rigby,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy), “In My Life” and “Come Together,” the sensational trio that is Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans demanded the audience’s full attention from the get-go.The first guest of the evening was Ron Artis II from Hawaii, who sang a beautiful rendition of “Something” toward the end of the first set. His impressive guitar and vocal skills were especially prevalent in the set-closing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The young player stuck around to perform a few originals during set break, before returning with the band for a second set. Ron Artis II led Soulive through an original blues-rocker, “The Truth,” which again put his fast guitar work on full display.The next guests of the evening were Doyle Bramhall II and Adam Minkoff who performed a series of Doyle originals, “Keep You Dreamin’,” “The Veil,” “Mama Can’t Help You,” and a cover of Stevie Wonder‘s “I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever).” Doyle’s vocals brought Krasno to the microphone too, as the added guitarist and bassist amplified Soulive’s impressive musicianship throughout the room.For the encore, Kamasi Washington surprised fans with a guest appearance – as he had just finished up a show down the road at McCarren Park. The saxophonist performed a cover of Freddie Hubbard‘s “Povo,” then leaving the band on their own to close the show with Jimi Hendrix‘s “Stone Free.”Thanks to Jon Hammer, you can watch Kamasi Washington perform “Povo” with Soulive below:Thanks to Bob R, you can watch video highlights from last night below:
Photo: Rob Wallace A few stops into their Wheels of Soul Tour, Tedeschi Trucks Band brought another monstrous show to Vienna, Virginia at the Wolf Trap with support from Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers. For the first time this tour, the 12-piece ensemble welcomed their guests to share the stage for a number of songs. The Wheels of Soul Tour traditionally welcomes these exciting collaborations, as the husband and wife duo bring only their favorite acts to share the road with.The headlining set started extraordinarily strong with a “Do I Look Worried” and “Midnight In Harlem” emotional pair directly after the “I Want More” opener. The New Orleans-inspired “Don’t Know What It Means” came to follow, into “Get What You Deserve,” “How Blue Can You Get,” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” which was also performed at their previous show following an Allman Brothers’ cover of “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More.”“Bound For Glory” closed the streak of TTB purity, as they welcomed Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady for a cover of the blues classic “Key to the Highway.” After contributing their skills to the stage, the two departed, leaving the Tedeschi Trucks Band to close with an immaculate surprise. Starting with “I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free),” the band returned to its roots for “The Storm” which led into another Allman Brothers staple, “Whipping Post” to close the set.The band returned to the stage once again, as Susan Tedeschi performed a touching duet with Carey Frank, the keyboardist and vocalist filling in for original member Kofi Burbridge who is currently recovering from a major heart attack that he suffered from several weeks ago. “A Song For You” led into “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” with The Wood Brothers to close the show.Listen to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s guest-filled performance below, as uploaded by JamBuzz:Check out some video highlights below, or head to YouTube user Tom Libera‘s page for more. Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Wolf Trap | Vienna, Virgina | 7/5/17I Want More, Do I Look Worried, Midnight In Harlem, Don’t Know What It Means, Get What You Deserve, How Blue Can You Get, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Bound For Glory, Key To The Highway ^, I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free), The Storm > Whipping PostE: A Song For You*, You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere $Notes:– Wheels of Soul Tour: Hot Tuna played first, then Wood Brothers followed by TTB– Carey Frank played keys in place of Kofi Burbridge.– ^ with Hot Tuna– * Susan and Carey duet– $ with the Wood BrothersEnjoy the full gallery by Rob Wallace. Load remaining images
Last night, the Hand in Hand telethon aired to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, raising $44 million according to ABC News. The one-and-only Stevie Wonder opened the show with a touching version of “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. “Anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent,” Stevie Wonder said before he took to the piano, backed by a full gospel choir. Uplifting the energy of the song to a new dimension, “Lean On Me” served as the perfect tone-setter for the evening. Additionally, Dave Matthews performed “Mercy” on the telethon. The event also featured performances from Usher and Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, and more. Beyoncé, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Travis Scott, and Leonardo DiCaprio also appeared in support.Proceeds of the Hand In Hand benefit will go to: Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Best Friends, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Feeding Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and United Way. You can see performances from Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, and more below: