Festival season is upon us

May 13, 2010

This is a very important time of year for huge music and jam band fans. Spring and summertime  in Baltimore always means Natty Boh’s, Oriole games, Ocean City and music festivals and outdoor concerts.

Summer festivals are a great time because there are always great acts ranging from a variety of genres, and there is nothing but music and happiness in the air for however many days a festival lasts.  All of the members in our band have each been to several music festivals over the past couple of years, including Bonnaroo, All Good Festival and Lollapalooza, culminating to some of the best times of our lives.

Now that we are in a serious local jam band, the possibility of someday playing a major music festival would be a major point in all of our lives. Vespertine Movement has to work our way up to the big dogs, and a great way to start doing that is by playing local festivals wherever we can.  VM has started to do that and we plan on playing a few local festivals this summer in Catonsville, Frederick, and other areas.

What is so great about playing local music festivals is the fact that you can get your music out to so many people who have never seen or heard about you before. On top of that, there is not as much stress on selling a lot of pre-sale tickets to fans, friends, and family because a lot of people are there for the festival to see some great live acts.

Two years ago, VM got a last minute chance to play at Federal Hill’s biggest music festival, the Federal Hill Street Beat Festival.  We shared the stage with some of Baltimore’s best local bands and also had the chance to meet other bands that are not from the area.  We played a 45-minute set, and when we first hit the stage there were not too many people by our stage, but by the end of our set there were a couple hundred of people grooving and dancing to our music.  It was the best show and day the band has had to date, because we heard so many compliments about our music, got to see some great bands, and we got to meet so many new people that love music just as much as we do.

This summer should be a great time and the band is hoping to play some big shows and local festivals so we can spread the word on our music.  We will be playing all throughout Maryland, and we hope to get out to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Delaware, and possibly New York.  We are always looking to get new fans who love our music, and music festivals only help the process, so look out for VM to be doing just that this summer.


Domefest

April 29, 2010

If you want to enjoy a day of hanging out with friends, camping and some great local music, there is a local festival that is just for you going down this weekend.

Domefest is a local College Park based music festival that has been planned to bring together the local music- loving community.   The first annual Domefest will be taking place this Saturday, May 1 at The Domes of Beltsville, a beautiful location that is located just 15 minutes away from College Park and 30 minutes from Baltimore and D.C. 

Domefest is sponsored by NORML Terps, Maryland Music Business Society, Terrapin Sound and other groups and radio stations based out of the University of Maryland College Park.  The festival was planned in a collective effort by Jeremy Schon, guitarist for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Ben Curwin, keyboardist for Fivestock.  Schon and Curwin have been planning the event for a few months and are real excited about the event and the location.

“The idea for Domefest came together when our two bands were booked for a Hungry For Music (a local music-oriented non-profit) Halloween concert at the festival site,” Schon said.  “As soon as we saw the property we knew something had to be done there and immediately began talking with the property owner about setting up our own festival for the spring. The site is called ‘The Domes of Beltsville’ so our obvious initial reaction was DOMEFEST.”

Domefest will feature the music and jams from a group of talented local bands and DJs including: Basshound, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Fivestock, The Flying Eyes, Lion Turf, Vasudeva, The Rez, Soohan and DJ Iggz. People in the College Park area have been hyping up the festival, and Schon is very hopeful that the first Domefest will be a success.

“We’re expecting an excellent turnout for the festival. There has been a lot of buzz going around the local music community, and people seem really excited about the event,” Schon said.  “However, due to the limited capacity and the more intimate nature of our festival, we strongly encourage people to buy their tickets in advance.We are very excited for this Saturday, and we hope to make Domefest an annual or semi-annual event.”

Domesfest will open its gates at 2p.m. and music will start soon after at 3.  Tickets are only $16, and you can order them through the event’s website. Domefest will be a day of clean friendly vibes backed by some of the best local bands in the area.


Festival late night sets announced

April 26, 2010

 Who’s counting down for music festival season? 

The season is fastly approaching all of us music fans and festivals around the country are putting their final touches on set lists and other features.  The whole music festival experience is indeed a unique and eye opening one, and any music fan should try and experience at least one music festival.  Or maybe ten.

Music festivals give fans a chance to see a wide variety of bands and musicians with people that share the same passion and love for music as you do.  There is nothing but good vibes and happiness at the festivals, and everyone in attendance is just thrilled to be alive listening to incredible music in a gorgeous location. 

For the bands, playing a major music festival is a huge accomplishment for them and it could probably be the biggest show the band has ever played.  This results in some of the best sets of live music you will ever see which alone will make you want to come back again and again.  Some of the craziest sets at music festivals are the late night sets.  By this point, everybody is really pumped after seeing the headlining band play and the late night sets always seem to result in the biggest parties and raves.

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Check out Federal Hill’s Spring Block Party

April 15, 2010

Music. Art. Good food. Beer. Federal Hill. What more could you want in a day?

If you haven’t heard of Federal Hill’s Spring Block Party, you should be sure to head down there and check it out.

The Federal Hill Spring Block Party is a day filled with good local and regional bands, art, and of course food and beer vendors.  The Spring Block Party is spread out throughout historic Federal Hill and features three tents for live music and comedy.

With warm weather finally settled in, the festival gives music fans and Baltimoreans a chance to hear some music from awesome local bands in one of the nicest parts of our beautiful city.

The Spring Block Party kicks off the festival season for the Federal Hill Main Street committee and is followed by the Jazz and Blues Festival and the Street Beat Festival later in the summer.  This is a big day for both local bands and the committee and I can only hope that there will be much success with the festivals this year.

The Federal Hill Spring Block Party is scheduled for Sunday April 25, from 11-7.  Tickets are just $5.

The Federal Hill Spring Block Party lineup:

The Psycho Killers

Pasadena

Nelly’s Echo

Blue Miracle

The Reserves

Stones Throw

The Lombards

Rock Bottom

The Mooks

Willies Light

School of Rock Allstars

Here is a video of my band Vespertine Movement playing at the Federal Hill Street Beat Festival in Fall 2008.


Keller Williams, Bassnectar added to All Good lineup

March 10, 2010

All Good has added more bands to play this summer’s popular music festival.

Walther Productions announced last week that fan favorites Keller Williams and Bassnectar (pictured) will be joining the jam packed linuep among others.  Keller Williams and Bassnectar are no strangers to All Good and other music festivals, and they can definitely keep a crowd dancing and entertained.

All Good Music Festival will be taking place in Masontown, WV, July 8-11.

Here are the rest of the All Good Music Festival artist additions:

Keller Williams

Bassnectar

Garage a Trois

The Travelin’ McCourys

Dr. Didg

Lee Boys


Disco Biscuits, Lotus and New Deal to headline Baltimore’s Starscape Festival

February 25, 2010

The 12th annual Starscape Festival will feature electronica powerhouses Disco Biscuits (pictured), Lotus, Pretty Lights and the New Deal along with plenty of of other impressive acts.

The festival, sponsored by Ultraworld, will take place at Baltimore’s Fort Armistead Park and will host four performance areas, including stages and DJ tents.  Along with the music, Starscape will also feature an extensive art gallery for all to check out.

Starscape Festival will take place on June 5 and into the early morning hours of June 6 from 2 p.m.- 6 a.m.

Tickets are already on sale, and you can buy them online or at a select retail store.

Here is the rest of the current lineup, with more bands/acts to be announced soon:

Main Stage:

The Disco Biscuits
Pretty Lights
Lotus
The New Deal
Future Rock

Beach Stage:
Rusko
Excision
Trouble & Bass Live
Orchard Lounge
Borgore

Dance Tent:
DJ Dan
Wolfgang Gartner
Craze & Klever
Reid Speed
Hot Pink Delorean
Computer Club

Drum n Bass Arena:
Subfocus
Dieselboy
Dirtyphonics
Sigma


All Good Music Festival releases 2010 summer lineup

February 17, 2010

The All Good Music Festival has released its 2010 summer lineup earlier today and it is filled with a variety of great bands.

All Good, hosted by Baltimore-based Walther Productions, stuck to their jam band roots, and the festival will feature Furthur (featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir),Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s Mcgee, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and much more.

As always, there will be no overlapping sets throughout the festival, which makes for a better listening experience for music fans.

All Good Music Festival will come back to the great environment on Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia.  This will be the seventh year “the mountaintop” will host one of the biggest music festival in the mid-Atlantic region.

All Good Music Festival will be taking place from July 8-11, 2010.  Click here to see the rest of the lineup.

What do you think? I hope you like it as much as I do.