“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses, especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
Da Vinci eloquently stated what the Renaissance Era stood for, rebirth and cultural innovation between the arts and science. RENAISZANCE, an inspirational and uplifting electronic dance / pop group comprised of brother-sister duo, Ravé Mehta (producer) and Radha Mehta (lead singer) embodies that very spirit in their debut album RISE.
Fri July 3
12 PM - The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club
2 PM - Brontosaurus
2:45 PM - Renaiszence
4 PM - Blood Red Boots
7 - 11 - The Dreadman Show
The youngest band to win WGN’s Breakthrough Band contest (June 2012), Blood Red Boots was chosen over ninety other bands while making their first national TV appearance. Grabbing the attention of major producer Manny Sanchez (Smashing Pumpkins, Fall Out Boy . . .), Blood Red Boots recorded their debut EP and released tracks that have been featured on TV shows (“90210”) and have garnered critical acclaim.
The Fratellis' Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied is the sound of freedom. It is the sound of a band at the peak of their powers. An exhilarating trip; it's as much flying as it is falling with style. Listening to it; from the rush of album opener 'Me And The Devil' to the elegant landing of closing track 'Moonshine', it is obvious that The Fratellis are the embodiment of the maxim, "leap and the net will appear". This is an album that oozes confidence and verve.
le Percolateur: As the railyard bled into dark warehouses, the stranger found himself alone. Street after street he walked with night taking control of his senses until his ears perked at the music of sirens. The dulcet tones of violin, bass, and the female voice spiraled through the darkness from the sole source of warmth in sight. Helplessly drawn in, he found the last lit trailer in camp that seemed to have sprung forth from another time, and there--in the form of three women--was both the past and the future in one.
Jasmine Cain was born in the quaint little town of Sturgis, SD which becomes a motorcycle mecca once a year so it was a natural choice for her to become the star child of the motorcycle world. She was raised on horses with country music and had a love affair with the blues before graduating to rock & roll. Her gypsy style makes her a ghostly reminder of the queen, Janis Joplin and her motorcycle brothers and sisters feel and instant connection to her spirit. One listen to her raspy, soulful voice and you will be transformed. It's impossible to not be moved by the passion and emotion that is heard in every song.
First Year On Earth: What would you do with your last year on earth?
This young songwriter knows what he’d do with his. After witnessing a friend tragically lose his life, Ryan Murphy (FYOE frontman) sold what he had and hit the road with nothing but a backpack and a bucket list.
The first annual Mamby on the Beach will be a two-day music event hosted on Oakwood Beach. Event organizers will offer free shuttles for attendees from designated pickup areas including CTA Cermak-Chinatown Red line, Cermak-McCormick Place Green line stations and the McCormick Place marshaling lot.
The 39th street beach parking lot will be only accessible to CTA buses, taxis, and Uber vehicles to be used as a drop off. No parking will be available.
Wakarusa Music Festival took place on June 4th-7th on Mullberry Mountain in the Ozarks of Arkansas. As a first timer at the festival, my expectations were exceeded more then I could have ever anticipated. The festival is held on one of the most beautiful landscapes I have been to. Mountains in every direction, with a breath taking sunrise and sun set every single day. The lineup was one that could please all music tastes alike. From tropical house, to reggae, to folk, to jam bands- there was always an act to please your music needs. You can truly see the appreciation musicians have for the festival by the way they play their sets. Every artist, new and old to me, put on some of the best shows I have ever seen. The festival and musicians truly spread a message through their music while helping the crowd dance around all at once. One of the most amazing things Wakarusa has to offer is the specialty performances that go on throughout the weekend. Live painters are scattered throughout the fest as well as on stage during performances. There was a circle every evening filled with amazing fire spinners. People in costumes were running around the fest the whole weekend making sure everyone was having the best possible time. Take a look at my photos and interviews below to relive the magic that happened at Wakarusa Music Festival.
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Slightly Stoopid is a rock mixed with dub mixed with reggae artist who has been around just as long as I have! Slightly Stoopid is a band that truly knows how to get the crowd grooving to their beats no matter how long their set is. Their newest album "Meanwhile...Back At The Lab" will be released on June 30th, 2015. Listen to my interview below with their drummer Rymo to find out more.
Krooked Drivers is a duo made of Donnie Dalbora and Maddy O'Neal who produce hip-hop fused electronic beats. Wakarusa 2015 was the first time I had the privilige of seeing one of their sets. From the moment they hit the stage to the moment they left they had the crowd dancing and singing along with every beat. With great energy and stage presence Krooked Drivers is one to please. Check out my interview with the duo below.
Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe are the duo that make up the folk-american band that is HoneyHoney. When HoneyHoney first takes the stage, there is a magical energy that takes over the crowd connecting them with the duo on stage for the entirety of their set. If you are looking for feel good music topped off with beautiful lyrics, HoneyHoney is right for you. Check out my interview with the duo below.
Live violin infused with electronic beats and topped off with live dancers on stage is just the start of what you can expect when seeing a Govinda set. at Wakarusa 2015, Govinda played a sunrise set which was the perfect ending to a first day. Govinda's sets are made up of hypnotizing gypsy dubtronic beats that are sure to please the body and soul. Check out my interview with Govinda below.
When I found out I would be covering Summer Camp Music Festival for a second year in a row, I was absolutely esctastic. Taking place in Chillicothe, Il on May 22nd through the 24th, this is one festival that will never dissapoint. From Umphrey's Mcgee and Moe playing mulitple sets every year that will literally blow your mind, to amazing local acts like Probcause taking the stage, you are sure to find music that will speak to your soul. The Summer Camp crowd always seems to amaze me more and more each year. Free hugs and high fives in every direction from some colorful people is bound to put the biggest smile on your face the whole weekend.
Summer Camp offered many new and amazing features at the festival this year as well. First off, a giant shaded eno hammock section with lights and paintings to keep you cozy during your afternoon siesta. This year also featured mini-golf and a brand new soul shine tent which played the hawks game Saturday evening for all the die hard fans to keep up with the action! There is constantly non-stop action during the weekend with kick ball games, glass blowing lessons, and even a gong-meditation section to help you center yourself in all the chaos. You can find photos of many of these amazing activites plus photos from some live shows below! Enjoy my interviews with Filibusta, 28 North, and The Nth Power as well.
Filibusta had two performances during the weekend. As part of the Thursday pre-party show he played a late night set from 2-3am and on Friday afternoon from 3pm-4pm with his live band. Troy Probst is the man behind the music, starting Filibusta up around 2007. When accompanied with a live band, you will hear some amazing trumpet and guitar performed on stage with Troy during his sets. Filibusta is one of those artists who will keep the crowd dancing and grooving from start to finish. With amazing funky bass tunes influenced by artists such as Griz and Pretty Lights, Filibusta is a must see when he comes through your town.
28 North is a favorite of ours at the Fearless Radio studios. Made up of Michael Lindner on Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Piano, and Ukulele, Tyler Bond on Drums, Vocals, and Percussion, Mark Glinka on Bass and Vocals, and Jonathan Vallecorsa on Lead Guitar and Vocals. 28 North is a perfect example of the diverse music you can find at Summer Camp Music Festical every year. If you enjoy "new classic american blend with an ethereal rockternative crunch" you are sure to love 28 North.
The Nth Power is one of those live acts that truly speaks to your soul. The Nth Power is made of Nikki Glaspie, Nick Cassarino, Nate Edgar, Weedie Braimah and Courtney J'Mell Smith. It is hard to describe what a live set by The Nth Power is like until you have seen it for yourself. Their soul-funk tunes captivate the audience and for the short time you get to enjoy their set, it is like everyone is in unisio just dancing and smiling to the amazing tunes The Nth Power can only provide.
React Presents is thrilled to welcome ZHU to Mamby on the Beach for his debut Midwest performance. After conquering the internet with his Grammy-nominated breakout single “Faded,” the shadow-dwelling phenomenon prepares to take over the real world with his enigmatic live performances.