The Bamboozle Music Festival May 18-20, Asbury Park, New Jersey

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I still stand by my claim that 2012 will be the best summer for music festivals, ever! To add to the list I have written about and compiled, here’s another fantastic lineup, you’re not going to want to miss. It’s The Bamboozle Festival, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, this May 18-20.

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The 3-day festival will be beachfront, with 7 total stages. According to, “The Bamboozle Festival is an artist development resource that has launched the careers of so many of today’s top national recording artists and celebrities, while providing incredible entertainment to over 1 million fans over the past 9 years.” Sounds damn impressive to me, just wish I was closer to the east coast… any offers? ha.

Last Year

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As if the lineup for Lollapalooza wasn’t good enough, San Francisco’s Outside Lands lineup is absolutely, ridiculously, amazingly, historically, one of the best lineups EVER in the history of man (ok, maybe Woodstock, could top it)!!!

Some many different genres, so many huge names, so many bands that are quickly rising, I feel a panic attack coming on. From Foo Fighters, to Stevie Wonder, to Metallica, to Neil Young, to Beck, to Jack White, to Alabama Shakes, to Fun, to Big Boi… and on and on… This year, Outside Lands will be held August 10-12. Check out the complete lineup below… and get pumped!

Last year at Outside Lands

Next tier of tickets goes on sale this Thursday, April 19, @12 PST, 3-day pass $195.

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Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup Tease

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Lollapalooza has announce that the official lineup will be released and posted April 11. In the mean time, rumors have it that we may see Jack White, Santigold, M83, Justice, the Weeknd, Bloc Party, Sigur Rós, Twin Shadow, Kimbra, and Die Antwoord. Below is an absolutely amazing video from Lollapalooza Chile and the ridiculous lineup they were blessed with…
Lollapalooza will again take place in Grant Park, Chicago IL. August 3-5.

Felix the Hat,
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Grammy Winners 2012- Adele, Foo Fighters, and Kanye West steal the show

Adele (Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Last night, at the 2012 Grammy Awards, 3 incredible artists from 3 different genres took over the show. There were some great performances as well by the Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Adele, Chris Brown, Tony Bennett, Carrie Underwood, The Beach Boys reunion, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Lil Wayne, DEADMAU5, Bonnie Raitt, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Glen Campbell, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, and not to forget Sir Paul McCartney.
We know that the Grammys’s are notorious for dragging out and don’t blame you for hitting the pillow half way through or changed the channel to watch the Simpsons. If you missed the Grammys and are wondering who took home the gold, here you are:

Record Of The Year– “Rolling In The Deep”, Adele
Album Of The Year21, Adele
Song Of The Year– “Rolling In The Deep”, Adele
Best Pop Solo Performance– “Someone Like You”, Adele
Best Pop Vocal Album21, Adele
Best Short Form Music Video– “Rolling In The Deep”, Adele

Best Rock Performance– “Walk”, Foo Fighters
Best Rock Song– “Walk”, Foo Fighters
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance– “White Limo”, Foo Fighters
Best Rock AlbumWasting Light, Foo Fighters
Best Long Form Music VideoFoo Fighters: Back And Forth

Best Rap Performance– “Otis”, Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration– “All Of The Lights”, Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
Best Rap Song– “All Of The Lights”, Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
Best Rap AlbumMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

(Jay-Z and Kanye West did not attend the Grammys in protest that hip-hop isn’t recognized enough at this award show)
Best R&B Performance– “Is This Love”- Corinne Bailey Rae
Best Traditional R&B Performance– “Fool For You”, Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
Best R&B Song– “Fool For You”, Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, Jack Splash
Best R&B AlbumF.A.M.E., Chris Brown
Best Country Solo Performance– “Mean”, Taylor Swift
Best Country Song– “Mean”, Taylor Swift
Best Reggae AlbumRevelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life, Stephen Marley
Best World Music AlbumTassili, Tinariwen
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media, Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1
Best New Artist– Bon Iver
Best Alternative Music Album Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance– “Body And Soul”, Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
Best Pop Instrumental AlbumThe Road From Memphis, , Booker T. Jones
Best Dance Recording– “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”, Skrillex
Best Dance/Electronica AlbumScary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex
Best Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumDuets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists
(for awards not mentioned above, click here)

To great music in 2012,

Felix the Hat,
Live Music City, high hopes!

New Orleans Jazz&Heritage Festival- Possibly the most amazing lineup ever!

“Holy nuclear time-bomb!”, How could this lineup get any better?!? Just imagine starting your weekend hearing “Surfin’ USA”, by joining the Beach Boys for their 50th anniversary reunion… then you begin to feel the beats of reggae and head over to catch the irie sounds of Steel Pulse,…the next day you will wake and will be thinking to yourself right about now that “Its Good to Be King”, as you hear the familar voice of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers…the last day of the first weekend of events you will be able to see the soul legend himself, Al Green … while many people think of how they are “Waiting for the World to Change”, you will see this transformation before your eyes as John Mayer takes the stage…then remembering you were “Born in the USA”, while the “Boss” of all bosses, Bruce Springsteen and the E Streeet Band rocks out for you… WAIT! Its doesn’t stop their music lovers… during the week, the break from the big headliners gives you a chance to explore New Orleans and all it has to offer, Bourbon St., Creole dining, local jazz talent, and deep American history…

But hold on, because the festival is two weekends long… starting the second weekend, Eddie Veder (a favorite of mine), will take you out of your element with his distinct voice…

…if you’ve lost count of days, it is now Saturday, Cinco de Mayo, and its time drink up and put on My Morning Jacket, and get down to their sweet sounds… but could this week get any better?!? HELL YEAH! You’ve been patient all week, waiting “Everlong” just like me, and now what could be a better birthday present than… seeing the FOO FIGHTERS live!!!
Not sure if you can all tell, but I’m damn excited as all of you should be to…
See below for a complete lineup (many, many more bands than mentioned above) and dates for the 2012 New Orleans Jazz&Heritage Festival:
New Orleans Jazz&Heritage Festival, April 27- May 6:
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion, Zac Brown Band, Eddie Vedder, John Mayer, The Neville Brothers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Al Green, Herbie Hancock and his Band, Ne-Yo, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Paulina Rubio, Jill Scott, Florence + the Machine, Allen Toussaint, Feist, Bunny Wailer, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Dr. John & the Lower 911, Janelle Monae, Yolanda Adams, Iron & Wine, Pete Fountain, Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A., Steel Pulse, Rebirth Brass Band Grace Potter, The Nocturnals, Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society funky Meters, Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Aaron Neville’s Gospel Experience, Steve Earle and the Dukes (And Duchesses), Galactic Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th Anniversary Jam, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Ani DiFranco, GIVERS, Kermit Ruffins; the Barbecue Swingers, Dianne Reeves, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Better Than Ezra, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Koz, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gomez, The Pedrito Martinez Group, The Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black and DJ Poppa, Israel Houghton and New Breed, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Zebra, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, James Cotton “Superharp” Band, Cowboy Mouth, Asleep at the Wheel, Papa Grows Funk, David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Rush, Chuck Leavell & Friends with special guest Bonnie Bramlett, Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, John Boutté, Gary Clark Jr., The Texas Tornados feat. Flaco Jiménez, Augie Myers, and Shawn Sahm Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band feat. Terence Blanchard, Cheikh Lô of Senegal, Tab Benoit, Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread” Bombino of Niger, Glen Hansard, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Jeremy Davenport, Sarah Jarosz, Bonerama, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic, Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey, Wycliffe Gordon Quintet: Hello Pops Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Donald Harrison Lindigo of Reunion Island feat. Fixi of France, Sonny Landreth Buckwheat Zydeco, Soul Rebels, The Stars of Heaven, Heritage Hall Jazz Band feat. Jewel Brown, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Anders Osborne, Honey Island Swamp Band, Theresa Andersson, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Eric Lindell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Pine Leaf Boys, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Banu Gibson, Hot 8 Brass Band, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, and more are all among the artists scheduled to appear at Jazz Fest.
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