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12 Things Witnessed in Iggy Azalea's Lollapalooza Audience

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 12:18pm
Iggy Azalea's performance at Lollapalooza was one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend, and easily the most well-attended outside of the main...
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Concerts on Yahoo Make Best of Industry Struggles

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 12:18pm
Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens.Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert...
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Dayton Declares Saturday Sir Paul McCartney Day

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 12:18pm
Saturday is Sir Paul McCartney Day in Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton issued that proclamation as the ex-Beatle prepares to perform at Target Field in...
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New York Club Owner Manny Roth Dies at 94

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 12:18pm
Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan...
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Lorde Talks 'Mockingjay,' 'Weird Al' and New Music Backstage at Lollapalooza 2014

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 11:18am
Staring out into the sprawling sea of bodies — a crowd so dense that it spilled over into the neighboring stage’s real estate — Lorde took time out...
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Lollapalooza 2014 Friday Highlights: Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Lorde Rule Day 1

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:17am
There may have been a little rain on this year’s parade, but the afternoon drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of the thousands of young...
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Lollapalooza 2014: Watch Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Interpol & More Performances

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 3:17am
Couldn't make it to Lollapalooza this year? Watch clips of the performances -- from Iggy Azalea, to Lorde, Broken Bells, Interpol, Chvrches and more...
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Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 3:00am

It would seem that a trip somewhere as exotic as Thailand would require a pro camera and a heavy bag of lenses. Photographer Jan Ras took a lighter approach on a recent trip to Thailand, photographing some of the native inhabitants of a village (monkeys, to be precise) with a Nokia Lumia 1020. He captures their expressive, curious nature in a documentary style, all while forgoing traditional photographic equipment. See gallery

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Bluegrass Music to Invade Burning Man

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 1:03am

Burning Man BluegrassAndy Owens announced, "We are doing a Bluegrass mission to Burning Man, and I was wondering if any of you knew any pickers that were going to that event, we will have a camp dedicated to Bluegrass and BBQ and I need more pickers. If you or anyone you know might want to go, it might could be arranged, we have room and a possible ticket. It is an incredible event with NO Bluegrass so we are takin it to the MAN!!!"

Burning Man is a huge arts festival in the desert in Northern Nevada which happens every year the week before Labor Day. This year there will be over 70,000 people at Burning Man, and there are hundreds of camps playing all kinds of electronic music, but guess what’s missing? Bluegrass Music, I want to change that.

I’ve been involved in many bands and for twenty years and I have played Bluegrass in over fifty countries. I was once talking to Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass Music, and I told him that my main thing was taking Bluegrass to places it had never been. His comment was “Mister, Bluegrass music is the best music in the world, and I want you to take it to as many places as you can.” I took that to heart, you can’t really ignore Bill Monroe.

There are smaller regional “burn” events that happen all over the country. I enjoy burns and the burner community, but the typical music doesn’t appeal to me at all, it’s all DJ’s and electronic music, rarely any live music and no Bluegrass Music at all. Four years ago some of us put together a burn themecamp which brought Bluegrass to the burns. There are very few actual Bluegrass musicians in the burn world, but I was able to convert some great Bluegrass musicians to burners. This resulted in us forming Rootpile, the only Bluegrass Burner band in existence today. Our members are all tried and true burners and great pickers and singers.

In order to get our band to Burning Man we need to raise money. The costs are quite high, $400 just for a ticket, camp dues to cover camping for a week in the middle of the desert and of course travel, it’s 2500 miles from us. So that we have the highest impact I am building a portable stage that is a giant banjo pulled by an approved Burning Man Mutant Vehicle. We’ll have five musicians, two support persons and at a cost of about $1000 per person, you see why we are on kickstarter!

As far as budget, it will be about $1000 per person and we will have two vehicles going 5,000 miles round trip, fuel and travel expenses will be probably at least another $3000 to $5000 for the trip, and of course none of this covers five professional musicians losing nearly two weeks of work, but we aren’t asking for money for that. This is a mission to bring live Bluegrass somewhere it’s never been, and we are committed to that. So you can see that we are looking at over a $10,000 cost to our mission, but we’ll set the kickstarter goal at $3500, of course we can go over. If a guy can raise $60,000 to make potato salad then surely we can raise the money to take the “greatest music in the world” to Burning Man!!! Thanks for helping us out!

Help bring Bluegrass Music to the Man! Visit the Bluegrass Music to Burning Man Kickstarter page and make your pledge.

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Dry Branch Fire Squad to Make Rare Appearance at Station Inn

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 1:01am

Dry Branch Fire SquadNashville, TN -- Now celebrating their 40th year in bluegrass music, The Dry Branch Fire Squad is scheduled to make a rare appearance at The Station Inn on Friday, August 8, 2014. Their last appearances in Nashville were in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker sat in as special guests. Recording on Rounder records, The Dry Branch Fire Squad has been playing old-time, purebred traditional bluegrass music with conviction for almost a half-century. They are affectionately known as one of the most important and entertaining bands in bluegrass history.

In forty years of music making, Dry Branch Fire Squad has become an institution in American acoustic music. Inspired by an fierce and uncompromising loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass, old time and southern gospel music, Dry Branch Fire Squad is fueled by the musical vision and cultural commentary of Ron Thomason. Unlike most bluegrass groups, Dry Branch Fire Squad sells neither itself, its members, nor even particular bluegrass songs. What it markets are the emotions which stimulated the creation of bluegrass and mountain music as well as a taste of the culture in which this music evolved.

A native of southwest Virginia, Thomason founded the Dry Branch Fire Squad in 1976. To date, the band has recorded over twenty-three projects and performed at the most prestigious acoustic music venues and festivals in North America. Most bluegrass observers agree that Dry Branch's current line-up is one of its strongest ever: in addition to Ron Thomason on mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; other group members are Brian Aldridge on guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals; Tom Boyd on banjo, Dobro and harmony vocals; and Danny Russell on bass and harmony vocals.

Dry Branch Fire Squad has performed numerous times for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institution and has toured internationally for the U. S. Information Agency. The band¹s all-gospel release Golgotha was chosen by the Library of Congress for its Select List of significant recordings of American music.

This year, Dry Branch Fire Squad is once again touring from coast to coast, appearing at some of the most prestigious music events in North America including their 62nd consecutive appearance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; the Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, California and the Dixieland Bluegrass Festival in Waldo, Florida.

"There is no band in bluegrass or country music that captures the soul of American music better than the Fire Squad."
  - Keith Lawrence, Knight-Ridder Newspapers

The band's latest recording project, Echoes of the Mountains has been as well-received as their much-heralded two-disc set titled Live at the Newburyport Firehouse which received rave reviews and was followed up with the band's fifth cover article in Bluegrass Unlimited and a cover story on the band's leader in Bluegrass Now, the two leading publications in the bluegrass trade.

The band's earlier studio projects, Hand Hewn and Memories That Bless and Burn, an all-gospel compilation featuring six newly recorded tracks, let many more people in on a secret that the bluegrass community has already known for years: Dry Branch Fire Squad is one of most entertaining and emotionally moving performance groups in American music today.

The Station Inn, also celebrating its 40th year in bluegrass music, is located at 402 12th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203. The show starts at 9pm, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Nashville, TN -- Now celebrating their 40th year in bluegrass music, The Dry Branch Fire Squad is scheduled to make a rare appearance at The Station Inn on Friday, August 8, 2014. Their last appearances in Nashville were in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker sat in as special guests. Recording on Rounder records, The Dry Branch Fire Squad has been playing old-time, purebred traditional bluegrass music with conviction for almost a half-century. They are affectionately known as one of the most important and entertaining bands in bluegrass history.

Categories: Music Industry

Northern California Bluegrass Society Issues Call for Films

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 12:57am

Bluegrass on BroadwayThe Northern California Bluegrass Society has issued it’s annual Call For Films for the Eighth Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival to be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, CA. The film festival is part of the weekend’s NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. The deadline for film submissions for consideration by the festival is October 24, 2014.

Bluegrass on Broadway brings bluegrass music to downtown Redwood City. In addition to live performances, it also includes a bluegrass film festival, and the Northern California Bluegrass Awards. Admission is free to all Bluegrass on Broadway events!

The NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, and other Redwood City organizations and businesses. The film festival is part of the weekend’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Submissions may be sent to:

Michael Hall, Film Festival Director
610 Island Place
Redwood City, CA 94065

Principal financial support for Bluegrass On Broadway comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and other Redwood City organizations, agencies, and businesses. Admission is FREE.

The film festival director, Michael Hall, each year produces this outstanding program dedicated to the preservation of bluegrass music and its heritage. The Northern California Bluegrass Awards are also presented during Bluegrass on Broadway festival and celebration. Visit the Northern California bluegrass Society for more information.

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Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes: Lollapalooza Security Guards Assaulted Me

Billboard.com - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 12:17am
Dev Hynes, the singer-songwriter behind the critically acclaimed indie act Blood Orange, claims that he and girlfriend Samantha Urbani were assaulted...
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Eminem Welcomes Rihanna as Lollapalooza Surprise Guest

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:17pm
Six days before Eminem and Rihanna are set to combine for the first date on their co-headlining Monster duo, the superstar pair gave music fans a...
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Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: This Week's Emerging Picks Include Daley, Vance Joy

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:17pm
Billboard brings you yet another selection of emerging artists who have broke through to our real-time Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart....
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Remy Ma Released From Prison After Six Years

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:17pm
After serving six years of her eight-year prison sentence, Bronx rapper Remy Ma was released from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women...
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Ben Folds to Vacate RCA Studio A on Music Row

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:17pm
He put up a good fight, but singer-songwriter Ben Folds announced on Friday he'll be leaving his recording space at the historic Studio A in...
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Iggy Azalea Stays 'Fancy,' Entertains The Teens at Lollapalooza

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:17pm
Iggy Azalea may have only one album to her name and a number of hits that you can count on one hand, but that didn't matter to the throngs of teens...
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Eric Clapton, Shawn Mendes Aiming for Top Five Debuts on Billboard 200

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:17pm
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton is aiming for his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200, as The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, should...
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YouTube Product Management Head Shiva Rajaraman Leaves for Spotify

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:17pm
YouTube is losing another top employee. Product management head Shiva Rajaraman is leaving the streaming video service for Spotify. His departure...
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A Tribute to Country Crooner Jim Reeves on the 50th Anniversary of His Death

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:17pm
Jim Reeves was at the top of his game. He was moving up the charts with his latest RCA Victor single, ‘I Guess I’m Crazy,” and was returning from a...
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