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The Forecastle Festival will return this summer led by Louisville hometown heroes My Morning Jacket; soulful breakout star, Sam Smith; southern rock heavyweights, Widespread Panic; and indie veterans, Modest Mouse. The three-day music celebration, now in its 13th year, will take place July 17–19, 2015, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville.

Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana, respectively, Cage the Elephant and Houndmouth add to the stellar regional talent atop this year’s Forecastle bill, the former currently working on their follow-up to the Grammy-nominated Melophobia and the latter eyeing a March 17 release of the highly-anticipated Little Neon Limelight via Rough Trade Records.

The family duo of Wilco frontman Jeff and his son Spencer Tweedy will showcase their recent collaboration as TWEEDY, while The Word, featuring pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph, B3 maestro John Medeski and the incomparable North Mississippi Allstars will bring the gospel stylings of Soul Food, their first album in 14 years, coming out May 5. Others notable acts include Tallest Man On Earth, Portugal. The Man, RL Grime, First Aid Kit, Desaparecidos, Shovels & Rope, Big K.R.I.T. and more. A full list of confirmed artists from the initial lineup can be found below. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Weekend passes go on sale this Friday, January 30, 2015, at noon EST at ForecastleFest.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. A limited number of weekend passes start at $144.50 plus fees. VIP experiences, travel packages and payment plan options will also be available. Full details can be found at ForecastleFest.com.

Posted in Concert Announcements, Music News  
Jan 2015

“Black Sun” is first single from Album Due March 31st


Kintsugi is expected to drop at the end of March. The band also announced their initial tour dates, with the closest being Fox Theatre Atlanta on April 27th.

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Jan 2015

Festival Scheduled for May 16th in Suffolk in Tidewater Virginia


We’re not sure how LavaFest snuck up on us. Perhaps it is the distance. It’s in Tidewater, Virginia which is not easy or quick to get to from the Capital City. In fact, if you want to stay on Interstates for most of the trip, it’s basically I-95 to Richmond and then I-64 way back on down through Norfolk. Despite the around the ass and elbows routing, judging by this year’s lineup, LavaFest should be on our radar from now on.

Get this: Fitz and the Tantrums, Athens Ga.’s Of Montreal, Mutemath, Tokyo Police Club, Robert DeLong, Kishi Bashi, Cloud Nothings, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Major and the Monbacks and Wyte Shayos. So half of the festival is like reading our mind and our playlist.

It takes place on the grounds of the private-plane Suffolk Executive Airport. Get tickets and more info here.

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Jan 2015

Five Points announced the line-up for St. Pats 2015 yesterday evening. We’ve chosen some highlights from selected acts scheduled to appear on the bill. Listen to them on Spotify and feel free to share the playlist.

Posted in Music News, St Pats 2013  
Jan 2015

Annual Event Seems to Include Almost Everybody – Including Billy Joel



Tickets and more information about the Tennessee festival here.

Artists Scheduled to Perform:

Billy Joel
Mumford & Sons
Kendrick Lamar
Florence + The Machine
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
My Morning Jacket
Alabama Shakes
Childish Gambino
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Belle & Sebastian
The War on Drugs
Ben Folds
SuperJam !
Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor?
Tears for Fears
Brandi Carlile
twenty | one | pilots
The Bluegrass Situation SuperJam featuring Ed Helms and Special Guests
Flying Lotus
Earth Wind & Fire
Gary Clark Jr.
Punch Brothers
Medeski, Scofield, Martin, & Wood
Tove Lo
Run The Jewels
Trampled By Turtles
Sturgill Simpson
Moon Taxi
Sylvan Esso
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Jamie XX
Against Me!

Posted in Concert Announcements, Music News  
Jan 2015

Online Presale For Warehouse Fan Association Begins Thursday, January 15

Tickets Go On Sale To The Public On Friday, February 13

Just like last year’s summer tour, Dave Matthews Band will be performing two full sets each evening on its 2015 summer tour. The move to a two-set format last year drew praise from fans and reviewers alike. Rolling Stone named Dave Matthews Band’s 2014 run as one of the hottest summer tours, observing how the change “resulted in plenty of surprises,” and The Atlanta Journal noted, “the stage is where DMB built its empire and where the band remains master of its domain…DMB deserves kudos for always bringing their A-game to the stage.”

The 2015 North American tour will kick off on May 13 at Austin 360 Amphitheatre in Austin, TX .

Dave Matthews Band will play Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh on May 22 and PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte on July 10. An online ticket presale will begin on Thursday, January 15, at 10:00 AM ET at www.warehouse.davematthewsband.com for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association. Citi is the official credit card of Dave Matthews Band 2015 tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program beginning February 9. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 13, at 10:00 AM local time. For further details, see below or visit http://davematthewsband.com.

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Jan 2015

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Dec 2014

Proceeds to benefit Hearing Aid Charity

360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. Many of whom cannot reach or afford help. For his new music video, Matt Nathanson decided to join Starkey Hearing Foundation in Peru to help raise awareness and funds for people struggling with hearing loss. Over a span of 48 hours, they gave away 1000+ hearing aids and after-care to those in need. 100% of artist and label proceeds from this video are being donated to Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Posted in Lunchtime Music Discovery, Music News  
Dec 2014

204-15 Ushers in Lots of Choices to Celebrate the New Year – Have Fun and Be Safe!


#FHNY events and celebration on New Year’s Eve:

· 12 p.m. –
a.m.: Main Street Ice open

· 3 – 5:30 p.m.: Main Street Crit

· 6 – 11 p.m.: WOW New Year’s Eve Carnival

· 6:30 p.m.: Street party gates open

· 7:30 p.m.: VIP Absolut Crescent Lounge opens

· 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Lefty at the Washout performs

· 9 – 10 p.m.: MisterWives

· 10:30 – 11:55 p.m.: The O’Jays

· 11:55 p.m. – 12:10 a.m.: Midnight festivities and fireworks

· 12:10 – 12:30 a.m.: The O’Jays finale

· 12:30 p.m.: Beer, wine and champagne sales end

· 1 a.m.: Event ends


· Dec. 31:

o 8 a.m.: westbound lanes of 1100 & 1200 blocks of Gervais Street closed. 1200 block of Main Street closed south of parking garage entrance and 1300 blocks of Main closed.

o 4 p.m.: Remainder of 1200 block of Main Street and 1100 and 1200 blocks of Lady Street closed.

· Jan. 1:

o 8 a.m.: All streets reopen.


The FHNY event map details vendor, entrance, stage and restroom locations, as well as information about parking, The COMET drop-off and pick-up and more.


In its fourth year, Famously Hot New Year 2015’s free street party will feature live music on stage by major national acts, framed by the South Carolina State House. This year, the #FHNY celebration will be headlined by American treasures The O’Jays. With 24 top-10 hits spanning their 50-year career, including the popular, danceable “Love Train,” the O’Jays will keep the crowd moving through midnight.

This year’s opening act includes the upbeat, indie-pop band MisterWives, who recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform their hit single, “Reflections.” Local reggae/rock favorites Lefty at the Washout will kick off the concert at 7:30 p.m.

After the crowd of tens of thousands counts down to 2015 at midnight, Famously Hot New Year will again feature the most colossal New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the Carolinas, which will light up the night with the picturesque South Carolina State Capitol in the backdrop.

Famously Hot New Year has expanded event happenings and details that will make the celebration an unforgettable experience in the days surrounding the New Year, including:

The Famously Hot Main Street Crit: This spectator-friendly, successful race is teaming up with FHNY 2015 on Dec. 31, 2014 with a Kids Fun Run at 3 p.m., a 5K at 3:30 p.m. and an Elite 8K (with an $8,000 purse) with professional runners at 4:45 p.m.

City of Columbia Parks & Recreation’s WOW New Year’s Eve Carnival: Free admission to games and rides for kids of all ages from 6 – 11 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Comfort Zone: Take a break from dancing in the streets with regional food and drink vendors and plenty of seating at Lady and Main Streets, as well as easy access to Budweiser’s Alert Cab service.

VIP Crescent Lounge: Guests may opt to purchase tickets to the VIP Crescent Lounge for open bar, catering, indoor amenities and exclusive parking.

Famously Hot New Year and The COMET: FHNY is working with The COMET, which will become “The Love Train,” for one night only. Named in honor of The O’Jays hit song, the shuttle service, which has extended its operating hours and will transport Famously Hot New Year attendees, will operate 12 routes and pick up and drop off at park-and-ride lots throughout the Midlands.

More ways to enjoy Columbia and the Midlands: City of Columbia’s hospitality districts and their members and businesses will create special menus and offers in the days surrounding Dec. 31.

For more information, visit FamouslyHotNewYear.com.

Follow Famously Hot New Year:

Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/FamouslyHotNYE
Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/FamouslyHotNYE
Pinterest: http://www.Pinterest.com/FamouslyHotNYE
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/FamouslyHotNewYear
YouTube: http://www.YouTube.com/FamouslyHotNewYear
Google+: http://plus.google.com/+FamouslyHotNewYear
Official event hashtag: #FHNY

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