Many of my friends are in the music industry and are headed to the desert to enjoy the Coachella Music Festival this weekend. Most of them go every year and I like to hear which bands they are most excited to see. A list of 5 of the can’t miss shows for Coachella 2016 they could all agree on are below. If you can’t make it to Coachella or don’t want to be in the crowds you can still watch the majority of the shows on YouTube. You Tube will start streaming Coachella performances on April 15 at 6:30 pm, so if you aren’t able to get to Palm Springs you can have your own dance party in the comforts of your own home.
Do you like to go to music festivals or would you rather watch them at home?
Whether you are headed to Coachella or you want to feel like you are there it’s imperative you have music to get you pumped up for the weekend. There are so many great artists performing at Coachella and it is hard to see them all, so to help you prepare I put together a playlist with songs from 45 artists who are playing at Coachella this year.
Who is your favorite band playing Coachella weekend 1?
Music festival season is among us and although a few large festivals have already happened there are many more scheduled throughout the USA. Whatever your taste in music there is bound to be a festival you will enjoy. Below is a list of my top 10 music festivals to attend this year.
Are you going to a large music festival this year and if so which one?
Indio, California, April 10-12 and April 17-19
This three day festival consists of close to 200 bands and dj’s with AC/DC, Jack White and Drake as headliners. There are usually unexpected guests you won’t see anywhere else, so be prepared for anything.
Right after Coachella the biggest names in Country take over Indio. With close to 60 musical acts and Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton headlining this is a country fest you won’t want to miss.
New Orleans, Louisiana April 24-April 26 and April 30-May 3
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has something for everyone. It consists of 12 different stages with over 100 different musical acts including Elton John, The Who, No Doubt, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. If you get tired of the music you can attend one of the many, parades, pow wows, cultural activities or eat at one of food stations serving southern favorites.
What is better than wine tasting and listening to live music? At the Bottlerock music festival in Napa you can do both and eat amazing food while you are at it. Close to 72 bands are playing Bottlerock this year with Imagine Dragons, No Doubt and Robert Plant as headliners.
If you prefer the mountains over the desert Sasquatch is the festival for you. Music fans have been trekking up to the Gorge for the Sasquatch Music Festival since 2002. This year the festival has about 125 bands and dj’s including Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey and Kedrick Lamar.
Despite the heat festival goers continue to travel to the Tennessee countryside for Bonnaroo. This festival features a little over 100 musical and comedy acts including Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Chris Hardwick and Jeff Ross. When you are feeling a little hot and need a break from the music or comedy crowds Bonnaroo has got you covered. There is yoga, mediation, a water slide and many other experiences to keep you entertained.
At the CMA Music Festival you don’t have to buy tickets to see great bands. Along with ticketed nightly entertainment this festival has 7 stages for free concerts set up around downtown Nashville. With seven free stages, you’re certain to see a variety of artists from legends to the latest up-and-comers. Ticketed concerts include performances by Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes and Craig Morgan.
Electric dance music fans flock to Las Vegas for one of the biggest EDM festivals in the world. Because it is so hot during the day the Electric Daisy Carnival begins in the afternoon and the party goes all night long. If you can’t make it to Vegas there is an EDC in New York City May 23-24 and in England on July 11.
Essence celebrates the best in African American talent and culture with a variety of artists and speakers. Musical acts include Usher, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Common and others. The Essence festival also has a day party series with several dj’s, a comedy show featuring Kevin Hart, an Empower U event where Essence editors and will give workshops on a variety of topics and much, much more.
With over 100 music acts and Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence and the Machine headlining the Grant Park music festival sold out within 45 minutes. Along with live music, Lollapalooza also boasts 30 premier local food vendors and has select partners located around the park offering goods and giveaways.
Today is a great day to start something new! There is a New Moon Solar Eclipse, the Vernal Equinox and it’s International Happy Day. When the first day of Spring arrives I feel sense of relief because I know Winter is winding down. I don’t dislike Winter, but I am much happier when the weather is warm and the days are longer. The March equinox has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth and I am excited to start on a few new things this weekend. Music is always a must for me when I am working around the house, so I put together a playlist of happy songs you can listen to while you are creating something new this weekend.
Zodiac Empire is one of my favorite local bands and they came out with this awesome new video for their song “The Grandeur”. I first saw them perform during Sundance 2014 and continued to be a regular at their concerts throughout the year. In the last year they have been signed to a record label and released their album, “Population”. I had the opportunity to interview them during Sundance 2015 and the full interview is below. I hope you enjoy these videos and get a chance to find more of their music on I tunes.
Last year I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing person and musician, Spencer Ludwig. Spencer is a singer, trumpet player and philanthropist who has recently toured with Capital Cities. He has been working with his band mate, Ryan Merchant on a new side project called History and it came out today! He says “This song is about pushing yourself to be the best that you can be, to live up to your potential and to pursue your dreams. In my case, I used this message as a way to motivate myself to write and sing, which are two things I’ve always loved to do but have not seriously pursued until now.” I am sure this is just the beginning for Spencer and I can’t what to see what he does next.
It’s the last weekend of 2014, so I put together a list of 10 of my favorite songs of 2014 to listen to while dancing the year away. I love music and it’s amazing to me how a song can bring you back to a certain time of your life. This list is comprised of songs that remind me of particular things that happened in 2014. I would have to say “Happy” by Pharrell is my favorite because it’s Bella’s theme song.
I absolutely love it when Jimmy Fallon and The Roots cover songs with other musicians by using classroom instruments. Here is a fun video with Jimmy Fallon, One Direction and The Roots singing a classic Christmas carol to help you get into the festive spirit.