Thursday, March 31, 2016

MerleFest Spotlight: The Barefoot Movement

Combining ornate harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and enticing melodies, The Barefoot Movement is a must-see at MerleFest 2016.  In the last seven years, this Nashville-based three-piece has traveled cross-country, developed two full-length albums, and an EP.  This has gained them fans and recognition from across the world, including earning the Momentum Award in 2014, being named the "Band of the Year" by The International Bluegrass Association.  

The Barefoot Movement's music can be both heart-felt and energetic with emotional ballads, foot stomping melodies, and everything in between.  As Noah Wall, Tommy Norris, and Alex Conerly gather around one single mic with their fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, the music takes the audience back to a simpler time - one before cell phones and social media.  The quaint harmonies summon listeners to sit back, relax, and forget all worries. 

Join the movement at MerleFest on Saturday.  The Barefoot Movement will be playing the Americana Stage at 9:45 and the Walker Center Stage at 2.  Haven't purchased your MerleFest tickets yet?  Now's the time!  Visit the MerleFest website to purchase single and multi-day tickets.  The fun begins April 28 and continues until May 1.  Let the good times roll!

*Photo Credit: Catherine Truman

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Moogfest Spotlight: Made of Oak

Moogfest is set to take over Durham on May 19-22 with a notable lineup of talent. After calling Asheville home since 2010, this celebration of Bob Moog's innovation is spending its first year in Durham.  This is an international festival that focuses highly on both technology and the music created by it.  Festival passes start at $249 and can be purchased at Moogfest's website. 

There will be a variety of talent at Moogfest this year.  We'll be spotlighting some of the acts that can be seen throughout the weekend, starting with Durham's own Made of Oak.  Nick Sanborn is one half of the indie electronic pop duo, Sylvan Esso and the unconventional producer of Made of Oak.

Sanborn's debut EP, Penumbra, brings catchy, striking, and intensely refreshing beats.  The melodies are clearly darker than those heard with Sylvan Esso, yet they flow flawlessly into one another, mixing elements of tranquility with moments of disarray. 

To experience Sanborn's genius, check out his video for one of Penumbra's standout tracks, "Pinebender" with its complicated set of thumping instrumental pieces.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to see Made of Oak live at Moogfest

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Moogfest 2016 Announces Future Thought Sessions

Moogfest 2016 unveiled an ambitious daytime lineup of events that features many musical artists, including Laurie Anderson, GZA, and Daniel Lanois, leading master classes, workshops, and conversations that explore the technologies, innovations, and ideas that make the festival’s cutting-edge evening performances possible.
To celebrate the legacy of Bob Moog, an engineer who worked in partnership with artists to invent new creative tools, Moogfest reimagines the tech conference and music festival by taking the best of both formats to create a completely new type of experience. Hailed as a sci-fi dance party with a Ph.D. in STEMby The New York Times, Moogfest 2016 will gather more than 250 technologists, musicians, and artists -- from Grimes and Gary Numan to Jaron Lanier and Dr. Martine Rothblatt -- to explore new technologies that are pushing the boundaries of creative expression. For the first time, Moogfest will take place in Durham, North Carolina, named one the hottest cities for tech in 2016 by Business Insider, and just a few hours from the employee-owned Moog Music factory in Asheville.

Reflecting its role as an incubator for experimentation across technology, art, and music, Moogfest enlisted The Haxan Cloak and Smashing Boxes, a Durham-based digital design firm, to collaborate on turning the Moogfest website into instrument. Dubbed “_substrate”, it allows fans to manipulate individual audio tracks by swiping, tapping, and clicking the screen, resulting in a totally unique audio and 3D visual experience for each user. The experience launches with a remix by The Haxan Cloak (Moses Sumney’s cover of Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman”), and will expand in the coming months to feature other Moogfest artists.

Tickets for Moogfest 2016 are available for $249 (Festival Pass) and $499 (VIP Pass) at Exact times, dates, and locations of all daytime events will be announced on March 31st.

Check out the tutorial for using _substrate below:  


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

MerleFest Adds John Oates to Lineup and Announces Midnight Jam Host

The countdown to MerleFest continues and we are only 36 short days away. Don't miss this four day celebration of American roots music, head over to the official MerleFest website and purchase your tickets today. 

MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is pleased to announce that John Oates, a legend of American music, will be joining the official 2016 festival lineup as the final addition. With over 100 artists featured, including John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Dave Rawlings Machine, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O’Brien, Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Doug Seegers and more, MerleFest 2016 is living up to its reputation as the nation’s annual homecoming of music lovers! Also announced, Donna the Buffalo will host the much-anticipated Midnight Jam at the Walker Center, and the Jam will be sponsored by The Bluegrass Situation.

John Oates is one-half of pop music’s legendary group Hall & Oates. Since the formation of their partnership in the early 70’s, Hall & Oates have gone on to record 21 albums which have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 top 40 hits and have toured the world for decades. In addition to their numerous American Music and MTV awards, in 2005 they were inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and in May of 2008 were presented the prestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in song writing. Since 1999, John has recorded five solo albums: “Phunk Shui,” “1000 Miles of Life,” “Mississippi Mile” and a live album called “The Bluesville Sessions.” His latest project is called: “A Good Road to Follow,” which began as a series of digital singles featuring collaborations with legendary as well as new rising stars. 

MerleFest is also pleased to announce that renowned Americana band Donna the Buffalo will host the Midnight Jam, sponsored by The Bluegrass Situation. This popular Saturday after-hours hootenanny gathers together many performers from the festival for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history. 

The Midnight Jam takes place at the Walker Center; a separate ticket is required and available for purchase by four-day ticket holders and Saturday-only ticket holders. Artists confirmed to play the Midnight Jam include Donna the Buffalo, Tommy Emmanuel, Peter Rowan, Mipso, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Wood & Wire, Billy Strings, Becky Buller, South Carolina Broadcasters, Jim Lauderdale, Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys and Joe Smothers. Additional artists may be added. Stay tuned for MerleFest updates!

Spring 2016 - Big Wild Style

 Spring has sprung and Big Wild has given us the perfect soundtrack to celebrate.  In his Spring 2016 Mix, Big Wild has meshed together some of his greatest remixes from GRiZ, to Hundred Waters, to Sylvan Esso.  Do yourself a favor and listen to this 20 minutes of pure bliss on repeat.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MerleFest Spotlight: Kacy & Clayton

As of today we are just 43 quick days away from MerleFest!  Visit the MerleFest website now to grab your tickets to see over 100 bands and artists that all celebrate the roots of bluegrass, folk, and Americana music. 

Leading up to this family-friendly event, we will be spotlighting some of the must-see acts.  One of those acts, Kacy & Clayton, will be performing at the highly notable festival, SXSW before hitting MerleFest. Kacy & Clayton is Kacy Anderson (vocals, violin) and Clayton Linthicum (guitar, melodeon, vocals). The duo interprets and composes music inspired by traditional music from Southern Appalachia and the British Isles.

As children they were surrounded by rural musicality, absorbing the knowledge of Kacy’s grandfather (Clayton’s great-uncle) Carl Anderson. Although the second cousins are young in age, they have been playing music together for over a decade and have created a distinct and cohesive sound. Kacy’s completely unforced vocals are always in her own distinct and natural timbre. Clayton’s instrumental talents serve every song with modesty; he reserves his virtuosity for only those few transitions that require elaborate expression. The production values of their recordings are consistent and simple.

Kacy & Clayton shun studio trickery and gimmicks, pursuing mixes that recall the natural warmth of 1970s British folk LPs. In fact, much of their repertoire could easily be mistaken for hidden gems of decades past. Their return to form is no mere retro affectation; it is a respectful bearing of the torch passed on from their deep and studied musical heritage.

MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachia. The 2016 lineup will feature over 100 artists, including John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Dave Rawlings Machine, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O’Brien, Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Doug Seegers, Jim Lauderdale and more!

The four-day event, the largest roots and Americana music festival in the nation, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachia. MerleFest continues the legacy of Doc Watson and is a benefit for the college. This homecoming of roots music artists and fans draws nearly 80,000 participants every year.

*Details courtesy of Hearth Music PR 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Gone to Okeechobee!

Today's the day!  The portal finally opens for Okeechobee Music Fest.  Get pumped for the weekend with these beats from the Aquachobee Beach Stage. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?  Don't miss hot acts playing this stage like Hermitude, Big Wild, and Manic Focus. Enter the Portal and we'll see you there!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

MerleFest Continues Popular Acoustic Kids Showcases

MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2016 festival.

Young pickers and singers are encouraged to apply before the March 21 deadline in order to perform during the showcases. The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers and singers and other traditional-style performers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival.

These showcases, which played to standing-room-only crowds in 2015, reflect an elevation and encouragement of talented young performers that have been part of the festival from its early days. Hosted by performer and beloved MerleFest veteran Andy May, these showcases will provide an opportunity for young performers through age 16 to perform in a supportive environment.

Participants selected will be notified by April 11. Selection is not based on how advanced a child’s performance might be, but rather it is based on a child's confidence in performing at his or her level. In fact, beginners are encouraged to apply.

Additional instructions and details about the Acoustic Kids Showcases, may be found at
You may apply online or download a printable application at

Andy May is well known to MerleFest fans as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, producer, educator and visual artist. His Acoustic Kids Showcases have given many hundreds of young performers supportive performance opportunities for over 25 years.

The current MerleFest 2016 lineup and stage schedules are available online at Tickets for MerleFest 2016 may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An Early Bird discount is available through April 27, 2016.

The Acoustic Kids Showcases are held on Friday and Saturday on the Austin Stage, Dance Stage and Mayes Pit. (Program pocket schedule has specific times.) Additionally, from among this year’s pool of applicants, several performers will be chosen for a special “Acoustic Kids Ambassadors” performance hosted by Andy May on the Cabin Stage Saturday evening.

Euphoria Music Festival Announces Artists by Day Schedule

One of the Spring’s most highly anticipated festivals, Euphoria, has announced the artists-by-day lineup  for the annual Austin event this April 7-10, 2016. Kicking off the things a day early this year, campers are invited to enter the grounds beginning at Noon on Thursday, April 7th. With the added day comes the Thursday night New Moon Pre-Party in celebration of the first phase of the Euphoria family’s return back to Carson Creek Ranch. The New Moon Pre-Party will be exclusive to all four-day campers and will feature performances by Bass Physics, who recently released the aptly named track “Euphoria”; Austin livetronica act, Blunt Force; and a special set by The Polish Ambassador. The New Moon celebration will include a communal bonfire, fire dancers, drum circles and more.
With Euphoria's first full day of music and festivities beginning on Friday, April 8th, festival goers will be hard pressed to tag which day is biggest and best; however, for fans looking to come out for just the day, single day passes are now available for $54, plus fees. The 2016 artist-by-day lineup is as follows: 
FRIDAY:  Dillon Francis; STS9; Juicy J; Tycho; G Jones; Goldfish; Jai Wolf; SNBRN; Wave Racer; Andrew Luce; Future Rock; Marvel Years; Space Jesus; Broccoli Samurai; Daily Bread; Digital Tape Machine; Waek; Brede; Jay Fresh & Willgood; Slice Gang and Toddy B.

SATURDAY:  Bassnectar; Eric Prydz; GRiZ; Lettuce; Shiba San; Autograf; Branchez; Break Science; Com Truise; Twiddle; Aziz Gibson; Luca Lush; Skydyed; Spafford; Deadeye; Dreamchild; Harris Cole; Medasin; MPH and Realistic Fiction.

SUNDAY:  Above & Beyond; Cherub; Crizzly; Klingande; Lil Dicky; Loudpvck; Nahko & Medicine for the People; The Motet; Waka Flocka Flame; Mashd N Kutcher; Big Wild; Lance Herbstrong; Motion Potion; Pigeons Playing Ping Pong; Sabo; Alex Cruz; Bonefur; Cream Cheese Accident; Crias; Flying Turns; Left/Right; Prismo; Speechless and Zander.

In conjunction with the 5th anniversary of the festival, Euphoria has broadened its efforts to give back and build a community that goes beyond the music including a partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful. Formed to provide resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities, the two-year alliance will kick off in April and will include the adoption of Carson Creek that runs along the Ranch, five river cleanups to be held throughout the year, and additional participation and support for Keep Austin Beautiful events. The first of these events will be held April 2nd, when Euphoria will call upon its local family to join in a pre-festival river cleanup at Carson Creek Ranch. Additionally, Euphoria will be active in the organization's Clean Sweep event on the morning of April 9th, inviting campers to take part in leaving Austin in better shape than when they first arrived. Held every April, Clean Sweep is a city-wide service day spanning 130+ sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin, resulting in over 29 tons of trash removed by more than 4,000 volunteers who contribute 8,700 combined service hours. More information, from how to get involved to river cleanup details, will be announced in the coming weeks. 
“The partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful is an incredible opportunity to show how involved the Euphoria Family can be," says festival producer Mitch Morales. “This amazing organization will allow Euphoria to give back throughout the year."

General Admission passes are available now for $159, plus fees. Camping options, which includes a new Thursday night New Moon Pre-Party, are available starting at $229, plus fees. The Euphoria Campgrounds are nearly at capacity so patrons should act quickly if they want to stay on site. Multiple VIP packages with preferred viewing areas, private bars, VIP restrooms and showers, concierge service, luggage drop off and bell-hop services, and express entrance are available starting at $249 (without camping) and $349 (with camping). Early bird ticket purchasers can upgrade to VIP for $120 or include a camping add-on for $65. Tickets are available online at Euphoria Music Festival is an 18 and over event.