Progress Festival Kicks Off the Season at Pinky's Farm

The second in a series of reports on this year's events at Pinky's Farm

Painted Progress Fest sign
Heaton Johnson V Photography
Progress Festival was the first event to bring excited music lovers to Pinky's Farm in Rock Camp, W.V., this year. Performances by musical acts — including M.H. and His Orchestra, Toy Soldiers, and Blacksburg, Va.'s own Boogieburg Soundsystem — made for a melodious weekend of song and dance.

Artistic display was the theme of the festival, both on and off stage. According to festival organizer John Clockwood, "The goal of the festival was to generate an avenue where artists [could] express themselves." 

The Progress Fest sign, which began the weekend as a blank canvas, was soon painted by enthusiastic attendees. "It was so amazing seeing people help out  being responsible for their avenue of expression," Clockwood wrote.

Celebrate Earth Day with a SweetWater at 420 Fest

SweetWater 420 Fest Flyer

Next weekend, April 18-20, Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Ga., will host SweetWater Brewing Company's 420 Fest, a festival that plans to have a positive impact on the way people affect the earth.

This event has a lot to offer (and won't hurt your budget), with prices ranging from $10 for a single day ticket to $135 for a 3-day VIP pass. The 10 year anniversary lineup is the best yet, with appearances by Sublime with Rome, Galactic, EOTO, Conspirator, Two Fresh, Paul Basic, Supervision, and many others.

Additional activities include a 5K race, comedy tent, kidzone, and a charity cornhole challenge. The artist village will feature merchandise crafted by 50 different vendors, with an emphasis on sustainable, eco-friendly designs.

Earn a Free Ticket To Pink Moon Festival 6

Pink Moon Festival Flyer

Starting this Saturday, April 5, Pinky's Farm in Rock Camp, W.V., will be hosting its first work weekend in preparation for this year's events. For just 10 hours of volunteer work, you can earn a free ticket to Rock Camp Productions' Pink Moon Festival 6.

A grassroots event that operates without the support or influence of corporate sponsors, Pink Moon Festival thrives on the involvement of its attendees, creating a deep sense of community and purposeful interaction.

Watch: Burning Man Co-Founder on Charlie Rose

The burning man effigy
Burning Man 2013, Photo: Julia Wolf 
A week-long festival celebrating "radical self expression and self-reliance," Burning Man started in 1986 and has grown each year, with close to 70,000 attending last year alone.

In his interview with Charlie Rose, Larry Harvey talks about what draws people to Burning Man, how it began, the rules of engagement, and the philosophy behind the event.

Early Bird Tickets Available for SunFest feat. Pretty Lights

SunFest Lineup

For five days, April 30 - May 4, SunFest will transform downtown West Palm Beach's waterfront into a music festival stacked with memorable performers and culminating in a 20 minute fireworks show. Passes are currently available for $61 for a weekend of Pretty Lights, Ellie Goulding, Sublime with Rome, The Doobie Brothers, Rebelution, Cake, Orlando's own Ancient Sun, and many, many more.

If you didn't already love the beach, SunFest is giving you plenty of reasons to enjoy some fun in the sun this May. A fine arts and crafts show, juried by BB&T, will feature the work of over 140 national artists. The "Floating Oasis," comprised of three floating barges, will offer specialty Captain Morgan drinks until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Sunday night's fireworks show will be one of the largest on the East Coast.

The Lee Boys Play 8th Annual Orlando Blues B-Q

The Lee Boys

On Saturday evening, the City of Orlando hosted its 8th Annual Blues B-Q at the corner of Garland and Central in downtown Orlando. Musical acts The Lee Boys, Denise LaSalle, and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes brought the blues, while food vendors Bubbalou's BBQ, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, Serena's BBQ, Cave Inn BBQ, and Smokey Jay's BBQ brought the delicious and savory fare.

The Lee Boys, funk and Gospel out of Miami, took the stage around 6 p.m., and brought the crowd to life with their sacred steel stylings, driven by blues-based beats and led by Roosevelt Collier on the pedal steel guitar.

Performances of "So Much to Live For" and "I'll Take You There" got the energy moving as the sun set over those who'd gathered to eat, drink, and dance their blues away. And then came a Lee Boys rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" that had some shaking in the Spirit like it was Sunday morning (watch the video below).

Rootwire Announces New Location, Split with Papadosio

Main Stage
Live painters at the main stage of Rootwire 2K13
Last night, Rootwire Music and Arts Festival made the announcement that it will return for 2K14, but in a new location and without the participation of past headliner and production partner Papadosio. Disagreements over Rootwire's evolution in the coming year appear to be the reason for the split. This statement was released on Rootwire's Facebook page on behalf of EQEndeavors, LLC, and Papadosio:
"The Rootwire Festival was a joint venture between EQEndeavors, LLC, and Papadosio, INC. While both parties wish each other the best of success, they have decided to part ways. Papadosio and EQEndeavors were not able to agree on some key points regarding the Rootwire Festival, and Papadosio is pursuing other ventures. EQEndeavors plans to move forward with the planning and production of Rootwire."

Little Econ Love Fest Brings Funk to Central Florida

Little Econ Love Fest Flyer 2014

On March 28-30, Little Econ Love Fest is coming back to Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, Fla., for three days of music, visual art, and wellness education. Early bird tickets are available now for $30 at I Hate Radio.

Be prepared for a heavy dose of funk, with local and regional acts like ArtOfficial, Green Sunshine, Holey Miss Moley, Buster Keaton Music, and many more on two stages. Visual support will be provided by Frank Asaurus Fresh, as well as a silent disco.

Art installations and an onsite gallery curated by CouchFlower Collective will display the work of artists from around Florida. Vendors will also be on site displaying their unique creations. Limited vendor spots are still available for the weekend.

STS9: Thoughts on Murphy’s Departure and NYE ‘14

Written and photographed by Eileen Mellon


STS9 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga.

Still living off the high that followed Sound Tribe Sector Nine’s New Year’s Eve show, I was speechless when I found out that the bassist, frontman, and heart of STS9, David Murphy, was parting ways with the band after more than 15 years. I was crushed and filled with a strange nostalgia that New Year’s Eve had probably been the last time I would ever see Murphy jam with STS9.

The specific reason Murphy is leaving Sound Tribe is unclear. He released this statement regarding his departure via Facebook:
"It is with a very sad and heavy heart that I announce I am parting ways with STS9. While we have had an amazing experience together, our paths are taking us in different directions creatively and personally. My deepest apologies go out to all of our fans who have supported us through thick and thin. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude for everything y’all have given me. I wish STS9 the best and hope to see y’all down the road…I LOVE Y’all"

AURA Music Festival 2014 Preview

2014 Flyer

Back for its fifth year, AURA Music and Arts Festival will return to the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla., for three days of rhythmic celebration and creative flow. On February 14-16, AURA Music Group will captivate the minds of music lovers with performances by some of the top names on the festival circuit, as well as a few lesser known acts that pack a powerful punch.

Heavy-hitters include Lotus, Papadosio (both scheduled for two sets), and Conspirator, backed by favorites Zoogma, Particle, and Marco Benevento. The Werks, Kung Fu, and Dopapod will also be clocking in two sets each over the weekend.