FestPop 2017 Summer Festival and Concert Guide
Summer 2017 is quickly approaching! Whether you are looking for a new festival or concert to check out, or just curious as to which artists will be coming to your town– old or new– FestPop has you covered! Check out our 2017 Summer Festival and Concert Guide and make this summer one to remember.
Summer of 2017 is going to be one to remember for multi-platinum rock band 311. The band is set to return with their 12th studio album titled Mosaic and will also launch a 40-show North American summer tour beginning June 22nd in Cleveland. Over the course of their career, 311 has sold over 9 million albums/DVD’s in the U.S. alone. 311’s last 9 consecutive albums reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and they’ve had 9 Top 10 radio hits, including three Number 1’s. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Love Song,” “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Hey You,” and “Sunset In July.” Their newest album Mosiac definitely won’t disappoint!
Mosiac has 17 songs and was produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At The Disco, etc.) and Scotch Ralston (who produced 311’s iconic Transistor, Soundsystem and Stereolithicalbums). With MOSAIC, 311 are approaching their 10th consecutive Top 10 album debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. The first single “To Much To Think” premiered at Alternative radio on Friday, March 10th. You can preorder Mosaic Here.
311’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. 311’s annual summer headlining run the Unity Tour has become one of the most anticipated concerts of the summer. 311 have headlined the U.S. summer tour for the past 18 consecutive years. Special guests New Politics and The Skints/Passafire (on select shows). 311 will also make headline appearances at several festivals and radio events. See the full tour details below.
For more information on their tour, click Here
ANN WILSON OF HEART
Ann Wilson has extended her acclaimed Ann Wilson Of Heart Tour! The iconic vocalist will make tour stops in Chicago, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta, among other cities. “Expect to see some Heart songs, amazing covers, and new songs that I’ve written,” Ann recently stated in an interview with WHAT’S UP? MAGAZINE (Maryland). “They’ll see things that really influenced me and they’ll see me stretching out as a singer and improving, hopefully.” She went on to explain her song selections for the tour to Offbeat (Louisiana): “I just stretch out, try stuff…Cool lyrics. Tender, human lyrics. Meaningful for the times…It’s cool to find some things that really represent how I feel now.”
Musicians joining the Ann Wilson Of Heart tour are Craig Bartock on guitar (Heart member for a dozen years, who also performed in the Ann Wilson Thing for two years) from San Francisco; Andy Stoller on bass (the Ann Wilson Thing member for two years) from Seattle; Denny Fongheiser on drums and percussion (Heart member in the 1990’s for two years) from Los Angeles; and Dan Walker on keys.
Throughout her career, Ann has created a truly impressive body of work, including “Crazy On You,” “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On,” “Even It Up,” “Mistral Wind,” and many more. However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing. Her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power and sheer musicality. It has inspired legions of great singers, across every genre of music. Don’t miss her this summer!
ANN WILSON OF HEART Tour Dates
5/28–St. Louis, MO
6/1–San Antonio, TX
6/3–Corpus Christi, TX
6/8–Fort Lauderdale, FL
6/11–Fort Pierce, FL
6/14–Huber Heights, OH
6/19–Kansas City, MO
6/21–Cedar Falls, IA
6/26 –Layton, UT
6/30–San Rafael, CA
7/3–Las Vegas, NV
7/25–Prior Lake, MN
7/28–West Bend, WI
8/8–Mt. Pleasant, MI
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Backup Planet are on the move for their 2017 tour. The Nashville, TN quartet, Ben Cooper [keys, vocals], Chris Potocik [drums, vocals], Gavin Donati [guitar, vocals], and Blake Gallant [bass, vocals] are having an extremely exciting year with their recently released sophomore album titled Reactions.
To fully grasp Reactions, listeners need to hear the story leading up to it’s creation. Just a few weeks following a huge milestone in their career, tragedy struck Backup Planet.
“I had a weird sense of premonition,” admits Ben. “We had just left a show, and within 30 seconds, our van was flipped over on the interstate sliding. There were sparks, glass, and metal flying everywhere and people screaming. Fortunately, we were all alive, but we lost our van, gear, and trailer. It flipped a lot of stuff figuratively and literally on its side.”
Rather than engage audiences via crowd-funding, the band quietly saved throughout the rest of the year by performing local headline gigs to re-build their infrastructure. Bruised but not broken, they entered Syncromesh Studios in Birmingham, AL with producer Jason Elgin [Collective Soul, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster,] to record Reactions during 2016. In just three weeks, they tracked everything analog the old-fashioned way.
Don’t miss Backup Planet! See their tour dates below.
BACKUP PLANET Summer Tour
6/8-6/11- Bonnaroo Music Festival—Manchester, TN
6/16—Bowling Greenm KY
7/13—Virginia Beach, VA
For more information on Backup Planet’s Tour Dates, Click Here
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer will launch his “Rockabilly Riot!” tour, June 7 in San Diego, CA. Armed with Stray Cats gems like “Rock This Town,‘” “Rumble In Brighton” and “Stray Cat Strut” plus other electrifying songs like “Let’s Shake” from his latest solo studio album Rockabilly Riot!: All Original, Setzer will also make stops in Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlantic City, among other cities throughout the U.S., before heading overseas in July.
Setzer will be joined by Noah Levy on drums, Kevin McKendree on piano/guitar and Mark Winchester on bass. “When you look up rockabilly in the dictionary there is a picture of Mark Winchester,” notes Setzer. “He grew up slapping the bass and is in a class of his own. The relationship with the drummer and the bass player in rockabilly is very unique. The slap bass is a rhythmic sounding instrument, so the drummer has to be very in time with him in order not to sound sloppy. Noah Levy is a very on-the-beat solid drummer, whereas me, as a guitar player, I push everything while they hold it all in place. And when you’re talking about the great rockabilly piano players, it’s a very short list, and Kevin McKendree is on it. And he also plays guitar incredibly well. We all just complement each other.”
Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! US Tour
June 7th- June 29th
6/7—San Diego, CA
6/9—Las Vegas, NV
6/14—Clear Lake, IA
6/18—Grand Rapids, MI
6/24—Atlantic City, NJ
BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL
When: September 2nd & 3rd, 2017
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway- Philadelphia, PA
The “Budweiser Made in America” Festival will once again bring thousands of visitors and festival-goers to the City of Brotherly Love on Labor Day weekend 2017. This summer event is featuring huge names, with headliners Jay Z., J. Cole, and The Chain Smokers. You can also look forward to what will surely be amazing performances from Kaskade, Marshmello, Marian Hill, and many more!
After the inaugural two-day music festival in 2012, the event generated at least $10 million in economic impact for the city’s economy. Additionally, the “Budweiser Made in America” Festival benefits local United Way organizations with the goal of having a positive impact on the host community. The City of Philadelphia is well-positioned to host the festival once again in 2016: as the two-time recipient of the International Festival & Events Association Award, the city, strategically located on the east coast, boasts world-class transportation and amenities, and local officials have considerable experience producing and accommodating big events like the annual Philadelphia Marathon, Wawa Welcome America Festival for the 4th of July, Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, the World Meeting of Families 2015. Additionally, Philadelphia will serve as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention this July.
Tickets are now on sale for just $162. Get your tickets while they last!
THE CRYSTAL METHOD
Grammy Award®-nominated, platinum-certified electronic dance music innovator The Crystal Method (Scott Kirkland) will join Tool as special guest on a two-week North American summer tour. Performing select headline shows in between the arena and amphitheater dates, Kirkland will hit the road on June 9 to kick off The Crystal Method’s first tour in over two years
Known for enigmatic, enthralling and engaging live shows, The Crystal Method has cooked up a distinct DJ set for the tour supporting Tool. Kirkland will offer an unparalleled and immersive interpretation of TCM’s celebrated catalog-spanning “Trip Like I Do,“ “Busy Child,” “Name of the Game” and many more-in real-time. Following this summer run, The Crystal Method will commence recording a new album, the follow-up to 2014’s self-titled The Crystal Method.
“I am excited about the music I’m making at my LA studio Crystalwerks and the people I’m working with,” says Kirkland. “The new album is sounding amazing and this summer tour with Tool is going to be epic!”
THE CRYSTAL METHOD Tour Dates
6/9 Chicago, IL #Afterlife – Annex Nightclub*
6/10 Denver, CO Beta*
6/12 Calgary, Alberta Canada Scotiabank Saddledome+
6/13 Edmonton, Alberta Canada Rogers Place+
6/15 Vancouver, BC Canada Rogers Arena+
6/15 Vancouver, BC Canada Venue
6/17 George, WA Gorge Ampitheatre+
6/18 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center+
6/20 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theatre*
6/21 San Jose, CA SAP Center At San Jose+
6/22 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst*
6/23 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center+
6/24 San Bernardino, CA Glen Helen Amphitheater+
7/28 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
+ indicates dates with TOOL, * indicates TCM headlining shows
Dada Life, the headlining Swedish dance DJ-duo of Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom just finished up their trademark live experience through North America on their “The Compound: Evolved” Tour. From the words of Dada Life, “This is Dada Land. Get ready to arrive beautiful and leave ugly. There are no rules but the rules of Dada. Don’t look back in the past. Always go forward. And whatever you do: don’t trust us.” They are heading back across the ocean to Germany on 6/6, but they will return for Electric Zoo Festival in September!
Dada Life‘s popularity has exploded across the globe, inciting riots in Los Angeles, Austin and Miami. People took to the streets when the clubs couldn’t contain the massive crowds inciting the arrival of riot squads and police helicopters. Dada Life‘s live successes also include show-stealing sets at the biggest festivals in the world including Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and Coachella. Their last album The Rules Of Dada reached #1 on the iTunes Dance chart and Top 10 on the iTunes overall chart.
9/1—New York, NY—Electric Zoo Festival
DEE JAY SILVER
RCA Nashville recording artist, Dee Jay Silver has been a top touring DJ/remixer/producer for the past 15 years, having played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The groundbreaking open-format DJ/performer has thrilled millions with his unique ability to blend all types of music from hip hop and rock to house and country for crowds of all sizes as well as on mash-ups and remixes. Silver has been traveling the world playing every kind of event and venue from the largest nightclubs, high-profile celebrity parties and exclusive private events to massive sporting events, award shows, major music festivals and arena tours and all that’s in between.
When not on tour or at one of his many appearances, the current Nashville resident is also hosting three residencies in Las Vegas this year: at the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, LAX Nightclub inside the Luxor Hotel & Casino and the Rehab Beach Club at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, following a successful 2015 poolside run. Dee Jay Silver recently released “Made To Do,” featuring vocals from Golden (aka Tyrone Carreker, singer/songwriter/producer/guitarist for Sam Hunt) and was co-produced with Jared Sciullo from PhiveStarr Productions. The song marks Silver‘s first independent release and first song for the dance/Top 40 charts. Look for more original music from Dee Jay Silver to come out this year.
Upcoming Tour Dates
June 1- Mt Pleasant, MI
June 2—Toronto, Canada
June 3—Darien Center, NY
June 4—Wantagh, NY
June 6 & 7—Nashville, TN
June 8 & 9—Myrtle Beach, SC
+ Many More
Click Here for more 2017 tour dates
West-coast, G-house DJ/producer (and HARD Events CEO/founder aka Gary Richards), Destructo will be wrapping up his Renegade 2.0 Tour in June. His tour kicked off March 31 at the Flash Factory in New York City and has hit cities such as San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and Denver before wrapping Saturday, June 10 in Austin. Between shows, Destructo will be stopping by various festivals such as Summer Camp Music Festival, Dreamscape, and the Ever After Music Festival. In March, he released his latest EP Renegade. The final track listing for Renegade EP is:
1. Destructo- Freak
2. Destructo featuring E40 & Too $hort- All Nite
3. Destructo and Wax Motif featuring Pusha T & Starrah – Catching Plays
4. Destructo featuring Ty Dolla $ign & iLoveMakonnen- 4 Real
5. Destructo featuring Freddie Gibbs – Renegade
6. Destructo Featuring Problem – Winning
Since 2011, Destructo has dominated the dance floor on his own terms. He went from the acclaimed Technology EP (2012) and Higher EP (2013) to high profile remixes for artists as diverse as Depeche Mode, Giorgio Moroder, Major Lazer, Rob Zombie, Digitalism and more. 2014 saw the precision-guided producer in the realm of g-house (where rap melds with house music) introduce his singular solo style with the West Coast EP, boasting collaborations with YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Problem, Too $hort, Warren G and Kurupt. Along the way, he has performed shows everywhere from Australia and Fiji to Tokyo and Ibiza in addition to crisscrossing the country on this past fall’s “The Renegade Tour” alongside the likes of D.R.A.M., E-40, iLoveMakonnen, Felix Da Housecat and more and performing at Southern California’s major music fest HARD Summer 2016 to a sold-out crowd of 150,000 people, he assembled what would become Renegade.
Upcoming Tour Dates
June 2—Darlington, ML
June 3—Denver, CO
June 4—Kitchener, ON
June 9—Boston, MA
June 10—Austin, TX
ELECTRIC ZOO: THE 6TH BORO
When: September 1-3, 2017
Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City
Internationally renowned Electric Zoo Festival will be returning for another amazing year September 1-3 at Randall’s Island Park. Electric Zoo is one of New York City’s largest music festivals and features the top names in electronic music, bringing a wide variety of acts from around the world and across the spectrum. This year’s theme, The 6th Boro, is a homage to the festival’s hometown that will sparkle with the surreal, dazzle with imagination and envision New York City in a way never thought possible. Many of the world’s heralded and cutting-edge DJ acts will be featured among all-new stage designs, interactive performers, unique installations and more.
This Labor Day Weekend some of the biggest names in Electronic Music will take the stage at Electric Zoo, including headliners Above & Beyond, deadmau5 & Eric Prydz, DJ Snake, Galantis, Zedd, and Armin Van Buuren. Other artists that you can’t miss are Ghastly, Illenium, Jauz, Jaykode, Ookay, and Rezz. You can listen to Spotify’s special playlist for Electric Zoo Here.
International editions of Electric Zoo have taken place in Mexico City, Tokyo and Shanghai, with Electric Zoo: São Paulo scheduled for April and further expansion underway. This year’s 9th annual New York edition, themed ‘The 6th Boro,’ will take place September 1-3 at Randall’s Island Park.
When: August 5-6, 2017
Where: The Speedway in Fontana, Southern California
HARD Summer Music Festival (HSMF) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer. HSMF will bring thousands together to celebrate the end of festival season at The Speedway in Fontana, Southern California on August 5-6. Boasting an amazing lineup and many new surprises, you know HARD will be bringing the heat for its 10 edition.This year’s lineup features some of the most sought after electronic music acts, as well as some of the hottest rap artists in the game. Headlining this year is DJ Snake, Justice, Rae Sremmurd, Zeds Dead, Snoop Dogg, Dog Blood, Bassnectar, and Migos! In addition to this years headliners, I am looking forward to sets from Doctor P, Vincent, Jai Wolf, What So Not, Baauer, Brillz, Ekali, and Lookas.
An easy drive from downtown Los Angeles, The Speedway in Fontana boasts an expanded foot print reaching over 500 acres and convenient parking. Enhancements to this year’s festival experience include more shaded areas, doubling entry and exit points, expanded camping and increased mobility overall around the festival grounds.
Reggae-influenced alternative rock band, Iration, will hit the road this summer with their friends Slightly Stoopid as the main support on the “Sounds of Summer 2017” tour. The cross-country tour will also feature J Boog and The Movement, and is set to commence Thursday, June 8 in Glen Allen, VA.
“We are very excited to announce that we will be joining our brothers from Slightly Stoopid, J Boog and The Movement this summer on the Sounds of Summer 2017 Tour,” shares Iration. “We have toured with The Movement before but this is our first tour! with both Stoopid and Boog, which makes it very special. Plus, we love the Hot Rain band, so vibes are soaring at the moment. We look forward to seeing you this summer!”
Iration released their all-acoustic album, Double Up, digitally December 2, 2016 via their own Three Prong Records. The 10-track album features a mix of the band’s hits from their previous releases, including “Reelin” off their most recent full-length Hotting Up (2015); “One Way Track” and “Back Around” from 2013’s Automatic; “Summer Nights” from their Fresh Grounds EP (2011); and “Time Bomb” and “Falling” off 2010’s Time Bomb. Both Hotting Up and Automatic peaked at #1 on Billboard‘s Reggae Albums Chart with Time Bomb reaching #2 on the chart. Iration is currently in the studio working on new music.
^Indicates an Iration headlining show
May 26 – June 10
Belgian hit machine, Lost Frequencies re-enters the U.S. this May with a hot new remix of his track “All Or Nothing” by Afrojack & Ravitez and as support on select dates of The Chainsmokers #MemoriesTour 2017 arena trek. Additionally, he’ll be appearing on the bill of two major festivals, Hangout Festival & EDC Las Vegas.
Felix de Laet a.k.a. Lost Frequencies, is quickly gaining recognition for producing a new and intuitive style of quality music. It’s hard to believe that he began producing in earnest just 3 years ago, after getting his very first MacBook Pro. Growing up in a musical family, Felix played piano alongside his brothers from a young age. Never one to settle in place, de Laet takes his inspiration from hip-hop, to jazz, to drum and bass. He listens to everything and lets his broad taste inform his musical decisions.
He loves to incorporate the old (Lost Frequencies) into exciting remixes, and this love quickly turned into the need to produce original compositions. With several upcoming tracks on Armada and strong YouTube support, the breakthrough of Lost Frequencies is at hand. So make sure to check him out this summer!
For more touring & ticketing information, click here
THE MAGPIE SALUTE
July 26 – September 22
The Magpie Salute, a new band bringing together Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien of The Black Crowes have announced additional dates for their national headlining tour starting July 26 in Indianapolis on the heels of overseas shows and festival appearances. The new tour stops include Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Tempe, Tucson, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle and Philadelphia, among others. For more information and to purchase tickets visit their site, here.
Driven by the magic of the reunited Robinson and Ford guitar team as celebrated with Guitar Player magazine’s June 2017 issue cover story, The Magpie Salute are now making waves through the radio with “Omission,” the lead single off the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album (out worldwide June 9 via Eagle Rock Entertainment).
The deeply soulful rock song was written by Robinson and lead vocalist John Hogg, and was recently premiered at RollingStone.com which hailed it as “explosive”. Elsewhere, TeamRock.com raves, “The younger Robinson brother/ex Black Crowes man has struck gold with the Magpie Salute, and their proverbial star continues to grow with this bluesy rock’n’roll belter ‘Omission’. Fuelled by rugged, hearty guitars, and stellar vocals from rock n’ soul wonderman John Hogg, it’s all good kinds of heavy.”
The Magpie Salute features musicians who’ve played together for decades throughout various projects and share a truly deep musical bond. Joining Robinson, Ford and Pipien in the bandare drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The group also boasts a fine cast of vocalists, including Robinson, Ford, lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), former Crowes singer Charity White and background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen. The band first surfaced this past January with four back-to-back sold-out shows at the Gramercy Theatre in New York. Then came the announcement of their debut in London where the group performed four enthusiastically received concerts at Under The Bridge (April 12-15), with the first show selling out shortly within an hour of the tickets going on pre-sale.
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
May 25 – September 19
Onstage is where Michael Franti & Spearhead truly take flight; they embrace the power of music knowing how it can inspire, uplift, and make people want to dance or cry. The “Love Out Loud” tour will also include festival stops at Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, CA on Sunday, June 4, Mountain Jam Festival in Hunter, NY on Sunday, June 18 California World Fest in Grass Valley, CA on Sunday, June 16, and Floydfest in Floyd, VA on Friday, July 8 among others, before wrapping at Tour De Fat in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, October 7. For a list of upcoming North American tour dates, click here.
About Michael Franti & Spearhead
Formed in 1994, Spearhead was born as the latest in a series of musical projects that also included Franti‘s industrial/hardcore act the Beatnigs and his groundbreaking hip-hop duo Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. The band released their debut album in September 1994, and over the next two decades gained a massive following across the globe, bolstered by the smash success of “Say Hey (I Love You”) (a 2009 single that hit #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and appeared on Spearhead’s sixth studio album All Rebel Rockers). In 2016 Michael Franti & Spearhead released their ninth studio album, Soulrocker, via Fantasy/Concord records. Through the years, Franti has also dedicated himself to activism and filmmaking, with his 2005 documentary I Know I’m Not Alone chronicling his journey to Iraq, Palestine, and Israel and offering a seldom-seen look at war’s toll on everyday people.
MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS
Singer-songwriter-musician, Miranda Lee Richards will showcase her new album, Existential Beast, with a summer tour, throughout the west coast. A political album, Existential Beast’s psychological nuance and cultural exploration covers timely and important new ground; her bohemian background bred her and led her to this current musical moment, inspiring her eclectic and expressive art just when the music world–and the world in general–needs it the most.
Beautifully constructed with her signature 70’s-influenced, country-tinged psychedelia, Existential Beast was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dandy Warhols) and will be released June 16 on Invisible Hands Music on Here and Here.
OHANA DANA POINT
When: September 8-10, 2017
Where: Orange County, CA
After a successful launch in 2016 with more than 22,000 attendees, an array of impromptu pairings from the festival’s artists and perfect beachside weather, Ohana Dana Point will return to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA September 8-10. The line-up for the expanded three-day second annual event will include performances from Social Distortion, Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Pixies, Haim, Ray LaMontagne, Fiona Apple, Glen Hansard, The Naked And Famous, TV On The Radio and more than 25 acts (full 2017 line-up is below).
Eddie Vedder captured the essence of the event, saying from the stage: “Being able to hear music (maybe even live music) while you’re on a wave…we did that today…To invent something, that the people who had the very last row have the best seat in the house, ’cause they can see the ocean and see the music…I hope you like it as much as we hoped and thought you would.” And initial media response to the inaugural Ohana applauded the creation of a festival with strong support from the acts on the bill, many of whom spent the day at the festival and joined their contemporaries onstage:
The Doheny Dana Point 2017 line-up is as follows: Social Distortion, Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Pixies, Ray Lamontagne, Haim, Fiona Apple, Glen Hansard, The Naked and Famous, TV On The Radio, Dr. Dog, The Orwells, The Frights, Vérité, Cameron Avery, Conner Youngblood, Simon Townshend, Missio, Ella Vos, The Mattson 2, Liam Finn, Timmy Curran, Jade Jackson and Corey Harper.
Tickets for Ohana are on sale now on the Ohana website here. GA single day tickets start at $99.50 and weekend passes are $275.00. VIP passes are $499 for single day and a weekend pass is $1200. A portion of the proceeds from Ohana will benefit the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks.
June 29 – September 23
To reach a 20th anniversary is a major accomplishment for any band–and in 2017, STS9 will officially hit that milestone. To mark the occasion, the acclaimed and adventurous electronic rock band has announced their celebrations will kick off with a three-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO September 8-10 featuring a slew of support acts including some of the band’s longtime friends.
STS9 will begin the festivities on Friday, September 8 by performing their highly regarded album Artifact live in its entirety for the first time ever since its 2005 release and they’ll wrap the weekend with an acoustic Axe The Cables set during their full show on Sunday, September 10. Supporting STS9 on this run will be Nightmares on Wax (DJ set), El Ten Eleven and Moon Boots (in the round) on September 8, Michal Menert, Sub-ID and Richard Devine (in the round) on September 9, and Troyboi, LTJ Bukem featuring Armanni Reign and Soul Clap (in the round) on September 10. The band’s annual run at Red Rocks will mark their 15th consecutive year at the famed Colorado venue and bring their overall tally there to 23 shows. Tickets are on sale now and available here.
“We are so excited and truly honored to play Red Rocks to kick off the celebration of STS9’s first 20 years,” shares the band. “Red Rocks is a very special place to us and one of the most incredible stages on the planet. Every year leading up to RRX we take stock of where we are musically and the path we want to blaze going forward. This year, we wanted to give thanks and share the stage with some of the artists who have inspired us along the way. Thank you for the love and support; we’ve become quite a big family over the years 🙂 Looking forward to the next 20!”
STS9 will also be making festival appearances at High Sierra Music Festival, Pretty Lights Live Season 2 Premiere, Symbiosis: Oregon Eclipse, and Resonance Festival. For a full list of dates and information visit the STS9 website, here.
May 26 – August 2
Give a listen to “Old Photographs,” the closing track on Tommy Emmanuel’s, It’s Never Too Late, and you’ll hear the distinctive squeak of finger noise as he runs his hands across the frets of his Maton Signature TE guitar. Many musicians would edit those imperfections out, but to Emmanuel, those imperfections are perfect. A master technician, Emmanuel started professionally at age 6, rising through the ranks as a studio player and member of several Australian rock bands before he set off on a solo career. One of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP), he’s piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy) and repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll. A noted fingerstyle guitarist, Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once.
His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far corners of the globe, but Emmanuel never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date. That leaves him open to those technical imperfections, though they also provide some of the humanity to an other-worldly talent. Tommy Emmanuel is currently touring and you can find the ticketing information and list of tour dates, here.
May 26 – September 24
One of South East London’s most closely guarded secrets has recently emerged from the shadows and is set to take the music industry by storm. Known only as TroyBoi, this multi-talented musician recently signed to Timbaland’s right-hand man and US Super Producer, Jim Beanz, things are heating up faster than ever! Producing a wide variety of genres, but specializing in extraordinarily unique, versatile, and highly musical trap beats, TroyBoi is without a doubt one of the top up-and-coming producers in the game right now and it’s quite clear from his composition that his influences are vast indeed. He is also one half of the Producer/DJ duo SoundSnobz with one of his best friends, icekream and together they craft the most creative and daring audio paintings you’ll ever listen to. Buckle up and get ready to be taken into the world of TroyBoi because once you are in, you will never want to get out.
After concluding his Mantra Tour in March, you won’t want to miss out as Troyboi this summer, who LA WEEKLY called one of the “best” at EDC 2016–will be making appearances at various festivals across the U.S. including Lightning In A Bottle, Buku Music & Art Project, Electric Forest and Middlelands. For a list of festival appearances and ticketing information, click here.
YES / YESTIVAL
August 4- September 3
Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Yes, have announced the 2017 outing of Yestival, their annual summer tour! This year will feature a set list of the greatest hits from all of the band’s studio albums up to 1980, showcasing the storied history of one of the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands.
On this summer’s annual trek, Yes, Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboard), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (the late Chris Squire’s chosen successor on bass)–will treat fans to such hits as “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper,” performing gems off every album from 1969’s Yes to 1980’s Drama.
“We are looking forward to presenting songs from each of the first nine studio albums, including some surprises,” says YES guitarist Steve Howe.
Yestival will feature special guest Todd Rundgren and an opening set from Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy honoring the magic of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. The tour kicks off August 4 in Greensboro, NC and will travel across the U.S. through early September, stopping in such markets as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Brooklyn (August 11 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk), Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles (August 29 at the Microsoft Theater), with more to be announced soon. Click the link for a full list of initial tour dates and for ticketing information Here.