Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Forecastle Festival Announces 2017 Daily Lineups

The Forecastle Festival, led by LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, Odesza, Sturgill Simpson and Cage the Elephant, will offer General Admission, General Admission Plus and VIP single day tickets beginning Friday, March 31 at 10:00am EDT
The three-day music celebration, celebrating its 15th year at sea, will take place July 14–16, 2017, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville.  
A limited number of single day General Admission tickets will be available starting at only $59.50 plus fees. Single day VIP tickets will also be available, offering special entry lanes into the festival, premium viewing areas, exclusive bar and restrooms, free access to the Bourbon Lodge and more. The newly introduced General Admission Plus option will be available for purchase each day as well, including access to air conditioned tents with exclusive bars and special entry into the festival.
Highlighted in Rolling Stone as “one of the coolest festivals in America” and acclaimed by American Songwriter as “a rock and roll paradise,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved from a small community event into one of the country’s premier festival destinations. 
VIP, General Admission Plus and General Admission weekend passes are currently available starting as low as $169.50 plus fees. All festival tickets are available at ForecastleFest.com, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
The full breakdown of the lineup by day can be found below. Details on late-night shows and other Forecastle events and activities will be announced in the coming weeks. For the latest news and updates from Forecastle Festival, fans can visit ForecastleFest.com, Facebook and Twitter and sign up for the Forecastle newsletter.
Cage the Elephant
Run the Jewels
Capital Cities
Teddy Abrams & Friends
Real Estate
Waka Flocka Flame
Twin Limb
John Moreland
Chicano Batman
Mondo Cozmo
The Shelters
Quiet Hollers
Jaye Jayle

LCD Soundsystem
Sturgill Simpson
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Vince Staples
Cashmere Cat
Judah & the Lion
JD McPherson
Lucy Dacus
Beach Slang
Mandolin Orange
Jack Harlow
Ages and Ages
Jeffrey James
*repeat repeat

PJ Harvey
X Ambassadors
Conor Oberst
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
What So Not
Rayland Baxter
Adia Victoria
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Big Thief


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cookie Monsta Takes Over The Ritz

From a very early age Cookie Monsta was always into music.  From around 11 years old a PlayStation game called "Music 200" caught his eye and that's where it all began.  He would play on this game making loops, playing on it for ages. Then around 17 he had as many music games as he could find, but he wanted more.

Cookie Monsta never really knew about music production and came from a group of friends that were not into that sort of thing.  When he applied at college he was frowned upon for doing this simply because people thought music was pointless to study.  However, Cookie Monsta's point of view is, "If you're passionate about making music and you know you want to make music then knuckle down and stay on it.  If people doubt you carry on, no matter how bad things get. Music isn't my hobby, it's my life."

Seeing Cookie Monsta live for Excision's Paradox Tour at the Ritz Raleigh makes all of this evident.  The Circus Records artist takes songs that start out slightly dirty and works his magic until they are filthy, causing that face-melt-feeling that every dubstep fan loves.  He took the crowd through an intense journey of bass -hitting high, low and everywhere in between.

Making his music even more powerful is the energy Cookie Monsta possesses on stage. During his performance, there was no doubt he was 100% in the moment - singing along and dancing to each beat, captivating the crowd with every new climb and drop. If you haven't caught him yet, add Cookie Monsta to your must-see list for 2017, you won't regret it.  If you need further convincing, check out one of his latest tracks, 'Eliminate Target.'