Future Islands hosted, not one night but four nights, in celebration of the release of “The Far Field” in their home city, Baltimore. I’m so proud to see this band get the recognition they have fought for. And I’m even more proud to see them represent and support artists from North Carolina and Baltimore (my two favorite places). Art is meant to be a community, it’s meant to be celebrated, and it’s meant to be shared. I’m so glad to witness successful artists living up to that standard. Here’s some pictures from the night. Baltimore’s own, 83cutlass and Drew Scott (my personal favorite beat maker ever), and Jenny Besetzt (the drums in this band are the dopedy dope thanks to Thomas McNeely) shared the stage with Future Islands. Give it up to all my favorites Purchase “The Far Field” and other Future Islands merch here!!
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (May 4th- May 7th) is right around the corner! With only 1 month away, you can still purchase discounted tickets HERE! This years lineup will be featuring North Carolina’s favorite, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, who you will also see at Shaky Knees, Hangout, and Bonnaroo! Go North Carolina! As usual, the festival will feature 4 stages, with another 50+ bands. Additionally, there will be children’s activities, yoga, vendors, amazing food, and of course MUD! We recommend bringing comfortable shoes and proper rain gear. Remember, Shakori is a family friendly festival, so please be sure to bring something to conceal your alcoholic beverages and drink responsibly. Children 12 and under must me accompanied by an adult. In order to get the full Shakori experience, we suggest camping. You are welcome to tent camp, RV camp, or car camp. Keep in mind, camping is first come first serve and space fills up fast. See details for camping HERE! Below you will see the schedule. Peace and Happy Shakori!
Blush + Brews is a free monthly dance party that takes place at the Crown (Red Room). Last night, Gusher, Ace Manual, Movakween, and Native Sun took the stage. What separates Blush + Brews from any other curated event is an awareness of community and a motivation to put together an interdisciplinary lineup of artists, bringing together a diverse crowd full of positivity and a thirst for art (and alcohol). Below is a photo gallery of last night shenanigans:
Pink Rage, hosted at The Crown (Red Room) last night, brought together artists from Atlanta and Baltimore. See the photo gallery of the evening below:
Mykki Blanco is making a mark in rap music on her Stunt Queer Tour. She is a voice for the LGBTQ community, gender fluidity, and HIV. Her presence is unapologetically radical. She breaks all the rules–she calls the community out, she climbs on rails, she dances on the bar, she moshes with the audience– during her performance. Mykki isn’t defined through the narrow confines of society. She defines herself. And she inspires us to do the same. Mikki’s lyrics flow from angry confrontational moments to dark introspective moments, reflecting the way our brains process strife. Her struggle is so evident through her artistry. She mentioned to the crowd that she’d had some of the lowest lows, but to see her channeling that energy to protest injustice is remarkable. We love Mykki and can’t wait to witness her presence again on the Protest Stage at Moogfest! Below are some remaining tour dates and some pictures from both the Raleigh and Baltimore shows. Raleigh pictures taken by Jules. Baltimore pictures taken by Missy. 3/24 – Cattivo – Pittsburgh PA …
Moogfest returns to Durham for another year of technology, innovation, and music! With an incredible lineup and artists and speakers, Moogfest is sure to inspire even more forward thought and discussion than last year. With headlining acts Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Suzanne Ciani, and Gotye this years performances will not disappoint. See the full lineup below: Moogfest is largely known for being a festival inspired by progressive thought (regarding the social, technological, and art spheres). With several themes this year–the future of creativity, black quantum futurism, hacking systems, instrument design, the joyful noise of STEAM, protest, sci-fi wishes and utopian dreams, spatial sound, transhumanism, and techno-shamanism–Moogfest is not just any music festival. Instead, it’s centered around critical discussion, making it stand out from the rest. These themes will be executed in the form of performances, workshops, conversations, a modular market place, films, and instillations. For lodging, you can check out this link for nearby discounted hotel and camping rates. Additionally, Durham is a foodie town, so be sure to checkout the local restaurants and food trucks …
Friends Records kicked off the month of March with a touring showcase, featuring amazing acts Blacksage, Wing Dam, Hotline, Bond St District, Natural Velvet, Bond St District, and Jenny Besetzt who performed varying lineups in Baltimore, Raleigh, NYC, the Outer Banks, and DC. I was lucky enough to check out the shows in Baltimore and Raleigh. Check out the photo evidence below: