Watch String Cheese Debut ‘The Harder They Come’ With ALO’s Dan Lebowitz In Oakland Opener

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident rolled into Oakland for the second night of their March Madness tour, coming out firing for a great night of music. The first set featured mostly Cheese originals, starting with “BollyMunster” and “Got What He Wanted.” The group jammed out the transition into “MLT” and rolled right along, including a cover of “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance.”Easily one of the main highlights of the show was the second set opening version of “The Harder They Come.” The band welcomed guitarist Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz of ALO for the Jimmy Cliff cover, jamming out to the fans’ delights. What a celebration!Listen To String Cheese’s Cover-Heavy Tour Opener In Reno [Full Audio]Watch “The Harder They Come” here, courtesy of MrTopDogger:The set continued with “Let’s Go Outside,” also featuring ‘Lebo,’ and closed out with great versions of “Black Clouds,” “Way Back Home” and “Valley Of The Jig” – classics from the band’s deep catalog. The encore of “Outside and Inside” and U2’s “Mysterious Ways” brought the show to a close. Fear not Oakland, because Cheese is coming back for you tonight!Check out the setlist below, via Friends of Cheese:Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Fox Theater, Oakland, CA – 3/11/16SET 1: BollyMunster, Got What He Wanted > MLT, Black & White, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Sweet Spot, Looking Glass$ > Can’t Wait Another DaySET 2: The Harder They Come*, Let’s Go Outside*, Black Clouds, Way Back Home, Valley of the JigENCORE: Outside and Inside, Mysterious Ways* = w/ Dan ‘Lebo’ Lebowitz$ = Eleanor Rigby teaseslast_img read more

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Phil Lesh Confirmed To Play Two Nights At LOCKN’ Festival

first_imgWith an announcement this evening, LOCKN’ Festival confirmed what we already knew: Phil Lesh is coming. The festival added a new tidbit in their post, however, as Lesh will be playing with “Friends” on both Saturday and Sunday nights.The festival’s post showcases all of the Grateful Dead artists performing at the festival, and shows that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will hit Thursday and Friday to provide a counterbalance for Lesh. Check out the image below.What does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that Lesh can host two completely unique “Friends” lineups. Take a look at our top 10 picks for Lesh’s Friends!We’ll just to wait and see who Lesh chooses to perform with him, considering there are countless selections from this great lineup. LOCKN’ is set for August 25-28 in Arrington, VA, and more information can be found here.last_img read more

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Watch Dopapod Perform “Welcome To The Machine” At Resonance Music Festival [HD Video]

first_imgDopapod performed a set of Pink Floyd hits at the recent Resonance Music & Arts Festival at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH recently. The group has original drummer Neal ‘Fro’ Evans back behind the kit, driving the force behind the Wish You Were Here rocker. Watch incredible footage of their “Welcome To The Machine” performance courtesy of MK DEVO below!Check out guitarist Rob Compa and keyboardist Eli Winderman perform at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event on Saturday, October 22nd as part of Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down, alongside a massive lineup of ridiculous talent that spans the jam, funk, and livetronica scenes. All information about Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.last_img read more

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Suwannee Hulaween Sets The Bar High For Festival Perfection [Photos/Review]

first_imgTo close out the Meadow stage for the year, Big Gigantic welcomed The Motet to a collaborative set that saw both bands melding into something much more than the sum of their parts. It was a perfect encapsulation of the events of the festival itself. Joining their Colorado based hosts on the bill were jamtronica stalwarts STS9, who played one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend and helped to usher in the newly added second main stage, known simply as “The Patch.” Keeping them company near the park’s horse barns were some of the nation’s hottest acts, including Snarky Puppy, Gramatik, Marvel Years and Louis The Child. Mixing live acts with EDM artists provided not only a pleasing dichotomy of music experiences, but also facilitated a quick change over that had the stage running on time all weekend long. Culminating with confetti blasts and towering infernos, the band literally Burned down the house, Talking Heads style, with help from guest vocalists Rhonda Thomas and Tony White. Coming back out to survey the devastation, the band added one last set of mayhem before calling it a night and turning things over to the block rocking beats of Disclosure. Sunday saw Cheese in a much more mellow mood, rocking out with the aforementioned bluegrass set and a fun daytime set of sunshine drenched happy songs, including an always welcome sing-a-long rendition of “Way Back Home.” Taking their final bows of the weekend, the crowd begged for more, as sure a sign as any of success that after close to ten hours of music their fans still weren’t satiated. Luckily there is always next year. Whether it was Rebelution and their American reggae style or the dense psychedelic wall of sound by the Claypool Lennon Delirium, the music was some of the finest heard anywhere in the world. Out in The Meadow, the hosts with the most, String Cheese, saw their stage graced by some of music’s finest, including one of America’s true pioneer rock bands, My Morning Jacket. Larry Keel reunited with his old Natural Bridge bandmate Andy Thorn, who brought along the mandolin playing hero of his new band, Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, for a set of flat picking mountain music that featured an intricate reworking of the Janis Joplin hit “Piece Of My Heart.” Antibalas fit right in on a sweltering Saturday as the heat in the air barely matched the pure fire the afrobeat band was laying down. The all star duo of Joe Russo and his frequent collaborator Marco Benevento were joined by bass wunderkind Oteil Burbridge for an exploratory instrumental set that was clearly being sent to them from a higher mental plane of pure sonic madness. All of this wonderful music was just a precursor to the main event… seven big sets from the founders and the heart and soul of Hulaween, The String Cheese Incident.No band has managed to maintain a more positive spirit among themselves and the scene better than Cheese. Their “Incidents” are legendary, and this year’s Hulaween was no exception. Though the centerpiece was sure to be the Saturday night 80’s themed “Stringier Things” set, the band had more than enough time to explore all of their many facets. Friday saw them visiting “Dudley’s Kitchen” and feeling the “Lonesome Fiddle Blues,” while Saturday saw the band prime the pump with fan favorites like “Rhum ‘N’ Zouc” and “Joyful Sound” before disappearing off stage to don a series of comical 80’s era costumes. Another Halloween has come and gone, and once again The String Cheese Incident‘s famed Suwannee Hulaween has set the standard for how a music festival should work. While children are playing tricks and devouring treats, music hungry fans are dining on a smorgasbord of savory sonic confections at the beloved Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park. With a carefully curated lineup and art installations of the famed Spirit Lake, the attention to detail and crowd pleasing intent was evident in every facet of the experience. Visitors to the event were given a golden ticket to an art filled fantasy world of sights and sounds designed for the sole purpose of creating a moment in time like no other place on Earth. Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals had the packed, tree filled arena rocking front to back with their singular brand of high-energy love-infused rock and hip hop. Another hip hop hit machine, Logic, showed mad flow skills, dropping rhymes faster and more complex than could be believed. Once again, music that might not have made sense sharing the same bill on a conceptual level worked perfectly in practice, showing a deep understanding of a festival’s flow by the organizers. Jim James and company have moved into elder statesmen roles in the alt-rock world, and deservedly so. Having played career defining sets at festivals like Bonnaroo and this year’s rave reviewed Lockn’, MMJ is no stranger to the opportunities presented performing in front of a sea of faces, primed and ready to go. Building on the energy already in place, MMJ found a perfect simpatico wavelength with the crowd and used that connection to deliver a focused beam of dream-like rock and roll energy that mixed theatrical pining with thrashing jams. Mixing in band staples like “Evil Urges” and “Victory” with fun covers from The Commodores and Pink Floyd showed once again why MMJ has earned its place on modern rock’s Mt.Rushmore.center_img We named Hulaween the festival of the year in 2015, a feat they truly earned. With the spectacle they put on this year, they are a strong contender for that title again. The positive energy flowing between artist, fan and location was of such magnitude that the reverberations will last long beyond the festival itself. The love shared by all those in attendance was written on their very hearts and souls, and will be carried to each and every one of their final days. The sheer size of the crowd made the most iconic land mark of the Spirit Of The Suwannee, the Amphitheater stage, less of a focal point than usual, but it still had some of the heaviest hitters trod the boards. Festival faves Umphrey’s McGee played a pair of earth rattling shows, anchoring the Thursday pre-party and rocking out with singular style and aggression in Friday. From there, the Amphitheater fare took the sharpest turn towards the eclectic of any over the weekend. Even park veterans were dumbfounded by the art installations that filled seemingly every nook and cranny of the venerable venue this year. The famous Spirit Lake installation returned, bigger and better than ever. While some elements of previous years were evident, they served as a skeletal structure for the visual feast that was erected by an inspired but exhausted team under the watchful eye of art director Andy Carroll.Carroll, a long time partner in the visual art side of String Cheese productions, personally curated a collection of wonderful, fever dream inspired designs that bent light in incredible new ways, destroyed conventional concepts of form and function, and even brought great gusts of living flame to the heavens. In honor of the host band’s roots, the festival saw a plethora of top notch bluegrass entertainers, including the leading acts in the progressive string scene like Greensky Bluegrass, The Travelin’ McCourys, Fruition and Larry Keel. String Cheese continued their tradition of bringing out special guests for a slightly less destructive set of bluegrass tunes to help relax and rebuild the often drained Sunday crowd. This year saw the entirety of The Travelin’ McCourys join their hosts for a special three song jam that hit all the right notes and had fans from their earliest days smiling at memories of picks on the mountain side. With the Antibalas horns and a parade of guest vocalists, aerialists, giant inflatable Rubik’s Cubes, fire dancers and yes…the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the air was filled with more than incredible homages to the music of the MTV generation. Older music fans might even  have remembered all the selections the band chose from a mythic single day of programming from the mighty music giant. Songs like “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” from The Clash kept the Stranger Things connection alive and kicking, while tunes from The Eurthymics, The Talking Heads and Billy Idol kept the spandex dance party going in full swing. Not content to let the front line have all the fun, Jason Hann and Michael Travis took the opportunity to come out from behind their kits and play front man, including a hilarious turn by Travis on the Thomas Dolby hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” As patrons wandered the grounds of the Suwannee, wide-eyed at the visual splendor surrounding them, the soundtrack to their movements was just as carefully curated. There are many approaches to selecting bands for a weekend of music, but the care shown by Hulaween in creating a consistent, positive, yet decidedly off kilter sonic showcase is unmatched. The String Cheese Incident themselves were born through humble bluegrass roots, before evolving into the top tier jam/electronica/Americana band that they are today.last_img read more

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Phish, Black Sabbath & More Donate Thousands Of Meals Through Rock And Wrap It Up!

first_imgIt’s always heartwarming to discover your favorite musicians are also good people, and organizations like Rock And Wrap It Up! helps make that all possible. The award winning anti-poverty think tank has been working with touring bands, venues, and one music festival to facilitate the donation of prepared food to those in need, locally. The organization has worked with Phish, Black Sabbath, The Nikon At Jones Beach Theater, Madison Square Garden, The Meadows Festival and TobyMac in 2016 alone, recovering a total of 14,209 pounds of food! That’s over 11,000 meals donated, and over 7,000 pounds of Greenhouse gases diverted from landfills, according to RWU’s Whole Earth Calculator application.Jam scene fans will be happy to know that Phish donated over 4,000 pounds of food at their 37 tour dates in 2016. The organization’s Senior Project Analyst for music donations, Jocelyn Schreier, tells us more about the process of coordinating with these bands on the road. “We make this a seamless process for the donor and recipient. It takes a lot of organization to keep it that way. I speak to each caterer individually, and partner them with a volunteer from an anti-poverty agency nearby. Just a small effort from a caterer (by packaging up excess food and sometimes being a point of contact for volunteers) goes a long way and is so valuable and meaningful to the recipient agency. All of the recipients are local to where the band is playing, so the band gives back directly to the community they’re visiting.”She adds, “As a music lover myself, it’s always touching that these bands and their representatives are so eager to support this important cause.”The organization also recovers food from film shoots, sporting events, educational industries, and more. They also have other exciting anti-poverty campaigns, including Mardi Bra to recover  feminine hygiene products, Hotel Wrap to recover toiletries and other goods, Feed The Veterans to connect veterans with food agencies across the country, and policy advocacy initiatives to ensure that these types of programs are enacted into law.For more information about the organization, you can read this feature that we ran back in May, and head to the official Rock And Wrap It Up website to donate. You can also email Jocelyn if you represent a group that would like connect about this process. All donations are protected by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act.last_img read more

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Holly Bowling Joins Bob Weir & Friends at Christmas Pre-Jam [Videos]

first_imgJoining Bob Weir is a monumental point in Bowling’s career, coming just a month after performing with bassist Phil Lesh. There is officially no limit to the success that Bowling will reach in her career, as she continues to impress absolutely everyone she has the chance to play for. Be sure to check out her newest release Better Left Unsung, which you can order here.Setlist | Bob Weir & Friends | 12/9/16 | Asheville, NCSet: When I Paint My Masterpiece*, Only A River*, Loose Lucy*, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Ghost Towns, Friend Of The Devil, Tennessee Jed, Touch Of Grey*** Weir solo** With Warren Haynes[Photo via Ray Tucker on Facebook] Beloved pianist Holly Bowling cut her teeth creating solo piano renditions of Phish compositions and improvisations, and has continued to make a name for herself at shows across the country. Bowling took her piano interpretations to the next level when yesterday she released Better Left Unsung, a second album devoted to the music of the Grateful Dead. After celebrating two sets at Terrapin Crossroads earlier this week, she jetted over to Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC to jam with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies and then Grateful guitarist Bob Weir who also hosted guitarists and vocalists Tom Hamilton and Warren Haynes, bassist Don Was, and drummer Duane Trucks.Bowling went Facebook Live for the occasion:last_img read more

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Marco Benevento Strolls Through Sacramento For California Tour Opener

first_imgWith pride and perhaps a little deliriousness, Marco Benevento shared with the Sacramento crowd that Wednesday night’s show was the band’s 14th in as many days.The spring tour began in Colorado, powered through the Pacific Northwest and maintained its potency into the California leg and its final four shows as Benevento, along with new bassist Karina Rykman and drummer Andy Borger, put on an intimate rager at Harlow’s Nightclub.The trio opened with the seven-piece ballad “The Story of Fred Short,” firing off a psych rock dance party that roped in distant bodies from the lounge area along the wall and set the tone for the night. The organic personality shift from an edgy punk rock intro, to the joyous sounds of “Walking With Tyrone,” to the blustering craving of “Live a Certain Life,” are a testament to Benevento’s evolution over the years from solely instrumentals to, now, vocal-heavy indie rock ‘n roll.Dressed like a pianist in a Tim Burton flick and embracing every aspect of the frontman persona, Benevento kept the mood light and the sparse crowd engaged. He even made the short leap from stage to floor and danced with the rug-cutters in the front while Rykman and Borger flashed their ever-evolving tightness with rib-sticking grooves.After putting the Fred Short story to rest, the setlist bounced around Benevento’s canon with older staples like “Greenpoint” and an improv-filled “Limbs of a Pine” set closer that was elevated sonically with original lyrics and physically with Benevento jumping all over the small stage.A head-banging cover of “Heartbeats” by The Knife was a reprieve from some of the his newer staples like “Dropkick,” the single off The Story of Fred Short, and Swfit’s “At the Show,” which was sprinkled between a half-dozen bows as the double encore and finale.Rykman’s influence on the band and its punk-like atmosphere is easy to pick up. With usual bassist Dave Dreiwitz occupied with Ween’s return to the road, she’s brought in a youthful edge and intensified the aftertaste to a Benevento performance as he’s embraced the weird over the last few years.She even took the lead on an unexpected and refreshing take on “Pepper” by Butthole Surfers – the first of their two encores. As part of the band’s all-white ensemble, Borger and Rykman wore matching shirts that read “WE’RE USING TIME FOR FUN” in black letters. With Benevento continuing to test the limits of the keys and find his own as the performance personality skyrockets to new heights, it’s clear that they are.[cover photo by @_erin_colleen]last_img read more

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Portugal. The Man Performs “Feel It Still” On Ellen

first_imgPortugal. The Man are currently on an extensive U.S. tour in support of their recent Woodstock release. Following last month’s Conan appearance, the band stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show today to perform their hit single “Feel It Still.” For one of the more trippy performances on the daytime talkshow, Portugal. The Man captured the audience with their psychedelic sounds to match a backdrop of alernating visuals. You can watch the performance on Ellen’s website here.Portugal. The Man continues tour overseas for the next month before finally returning to North America in October. Their national tour will culminate at Suwanee Hulaween on 10/29 in Live Oak, Florida. Portugal. The Man will also join My Morning Jacket in Punta Cana, DR for One Big Holiday alongside Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Spoon, Broken Social Scene, Toots and the Maytals, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sylvan Esso, Moon Taxi, and more in March 2018. See below for a full list of dates.Portugal. The Man // Tour Dates:09/12 – Villeurbanne, FR @ Le Transbordeur09/13 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks09/14 – Winterthur, CH @ Salzhaus09/15 – Aarau, CH @ Kiff09/16 – Linz, AT @ Posthof09/17 – Wien, AT @ Ottakringer Brauerei09/18 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle09/20 – Ghent, BE @ Autumn Falls Festival09/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Insidestad Presents Festival – Paradiso09/22 – Berlin, DE @ Astra09/23 – Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival09/24 – Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage09/26 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla09/27 – London, UK @ Heaven09/28 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan09/29 – Lille, FR @ Le Splendid09/30 – Dortmund, DE @ Way Back When Festival10/02 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre &10/03 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall &10/05 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom %10/06 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall $10/08 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival10/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren10/13 – El Paso, TX @ Plaza Theatre10/14 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory10/15 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival10/17 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City %10/18 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine %10/20 – Guadalajara, MX @ C3 Stage10/21 – Monterrey, MX @ Parque Fundidora10/22 – Cuauhtémoc, MX @ Plaza Condesa10/24 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre +10/25 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom +10/26 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz10/27 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte &10/29 – Live Oak, FL @ Suwanee Hulaween 201703/02-06 – Punta Cana, DR @ My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday% = w/ Lido+ = w/ Maybird& = w/ Lido and Maybird$ = w/ Cut Copy and Lidolast_img read more

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Watch Members Of Umphrey’s & Aqueous Recreate Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ [Audio/Video]

first_imgTwo weeks ago, the third annual Brooklyn Comes Alive took over three Williamsburg venues (Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Schimanski) for two unforgettable days of music bringing with it a stacked lineup featuring once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, tribute sets, and all-star supergroups. The festival brought together over one hundred artists to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers, with more than thirty-five sets taking place across the festival’s two full days of music. For one of the event’s final sets, Ryan Stasik and Kris Myers from Umphrey’s McGee and Mike Gantzer from Aqueous hosted a festival-closing and highly anticipated tribute to the seminal Green Day album, Dookie, late-night on Sunday, 9/24.Relive The Magic Of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 With This Set-By-Set BreakdownThe three beloved musicians rocked Music Hall of Williamsburg to the core with their excitedly-received set, which saw the trio perform the entirety of the breakthrough Green Day album in addition to laying out energized covers of other greats from the time, including Nirvana, Ween, Weezer and The Ramones. Though both Umphrey’s and Aqueous are known for longer, exploratory pieces, bassist Ryan Stasik said it best during the set when he quipped, “Damn, it feels good playing three-minute songs!”Watch James Casey, Natalie Cressman, Felix Pastorius, & More Cover SBTRKT At Brooklyn Comes AliveThough the all-star Dookie set was among the final jams of the weekend, judging by the wild energy of the thrashing crowd, there was plenty of energy left to close down Brooklyn Comes Alive with a bang. Below, you can listen to full audio of the set below courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts (via Live For Live Music), or check out song-by-song videos via videographer Rex Thomson:“Burnout”“Having A Blast”“Chump” > “Longview”“Welcome To Paradise”“Basket Case”“She”“Sassafras Roots”“When I Come Around”“Coming Clean-Emenius Sleepus”“In The End-FOD”“All By Myself”“Its Gonna Be A Long Night”“I Wanna Be Sedated”“Undone (The Sweater Song)”“Geek Stink Breath”“The Grobe” “Brain Stew”last_img read more

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The Magic Of Bringing Your Kids To LOCKN’

first_img“Veteran” festival attendees still feel the magic surrounding festival season. The weeks leading up, the excitement, the planning—it doesn’t get old, you just learn a little more each year and hopefully pass that wisdom on to those coming up behind you. This year at LOCKN’, I decided to bring my six-year-old, Ryder. It was by no means his first show, but it was his first real festival and first time camping. For music-loving parents, bringing kids to their first festival is equivalent to others taking their child to Disney World for the first time. Parents experience the magic of the festival through their children’s eyes, sharing in the innocent and immense enthusiasm of a child.Dad, Please Never Stop Going To Music Festivals: An Open LetterDuring LOCKN’, Ryder couldn’t get enough. He loved every moment and wasn’t fazed by any of the bumps along the way. We drove from Florida to Virginia and made our home in the family camping area. He immediately met our neighbors and played safely under the eyes of multiple parents while I finished setting up camp. For the next four days, Ryder was dirty, stinky, covered in orange clay, and couldn’t have been happier.Ryder was able to experience music in a way that I believe bypasses most adults—he felt it and instantly became part of the community. To him, no one was a stranger. He wanted to hear stories about where people had come from and what bands they wanted to see. He spent a lot of time admiring and falling in love with every piece at Morning Dew Tie-Dye, and the owners were wonderful to him, answering his questions and embracing his curiosity. Later in the weekend, one of the owners (Sam) from Morning Dew Tie-Dyes tapped my shoulder and asked me to give Ryder a beautiful stone shaped like a pyramid, saying “I want him to have it.” Ryder was over the moon with delight, and the gift still sits safely on his dresser.When the tire on his wagon broke, we headed over to the Handlebar Café to see if they could repair it. They could not have been kinder and did everything in their power to fix Ryder’s wagon, letting him help and teaching him the process of what they were doing along the way. They spent almost two hours on his wagon—for free! Plus, someone there told him we had to go to Garcia’s Forest, and it ended up being one of the favorite things he saw at LOCKN’ this year.While all of this was an incredible experience to watch, it was very emotional for me as well because Ryder has special needs. He has global apraxia—a motor planning disorder that makes it difficult for children to use their fine and gross motor skills—and struggles to speak. Everyone took the time to meet him and understand him. Another major obstacle is that Ryder has (SPD) sensory processing disorder. I was internally terrified of how he would respond to the crowd, the music, the lights, the smells, the food—everything! The festival experience is a lot for most adults, to be honest, and I wasn’t sure how it would go. However, when Ryder wanted a smoothie before we headed to the main stage for the night, the staff at The Loving Cup were more than happy to accommodate his dietary restrictions even though they were slammed.10 Positive Benefits Of Listening To Music, According to ScienceSome people believe children don’t belong at shows or that it’s pointless to bring them because they won’t remember. However, even if kids don’t remember all the “ins and outs,” the experience helps shape them. My child who struggles every day to do basic tasks has never felt more loved and included. Complete strangers stopped to give him high-fives and dance with him. He played hopscotch with glow sticks in the dark, dug in the dirt, blew bubbles, and ran freely with new friends. He even traded a light-up balloon for a flashing lantern so that he and his new friends could continue to play once the sun was down. He may not remember every detail of the festival, but he’s already excited about LOCKN’ 2018 and asks me all of the time, “How much longer?”Why We Make More Friends And Feel Less Pain At ConcertsI had a friend question me about taking him out of school to attend a music festival. I explained that, to me, Ryder was in school. Festivals are a school of life and love, aiding in a fundamental part of growth, development, and connection. Ryder’s music teacher happens to play in JJ Grey and Mofro—by pure coincidence, Mofro was Ryder’s first show when he was an infant—and was kind enough to give us passes to watch from backstage on Sunday. My son was so excited to see Mr. Eric at his “real job,” as he calls it. When Mofro finished, Ryder went down and had his picture taken with “Mr.” Eric Brigmond (keyboardist) and Craig Barnette (drummer), who gave him his drumsticks and the set list.I’m sure that Ryder will not understand for quite a while what he was a part of at LOCKN’—seeing Bob Weir and Phil Lesh play Terrapin Station for its 40th anniversary, getting gifted drumsticks and meeting musicians backstage. However, he did understand when a woman gave him a gem and told him it was filled with positive energy for him to share with the world, and he did understand when a golf cart taxi driver wanted him to have an intact geode that he’d dug up in Indiana. All of these events may seem insignificant to cynical adults, but to Ryder, it was pure magic.Watch Phil Lesh & Warren Haynes’ Masterful “New Minglewood Blues” At LOCKN’ [Pro-Shot]I strongly believe in the energy that live music produces—there is an undercurrent that binds the community together. In a world filled with so much tension and negativity, it feels like a gift to be able to share with my son a community that I believe in and love. I hope that Ryder continues to feel the music and spread positive energy, just like he was asked to. At one point during the festival as we walked to the main stage, Ryder asked me, “Can we come back next weekend?” I had to explain that next week, the event would turn into a large empty field. In response, he asked, “Well, where do we find this?” I simply replied, “Tour, baby.”Cheers to you LOCKN’ for putting on one hell of a festival for kids of all ages to love and embrace. We will see you back on The Farm next summer.Michelle M. Leigh is a free-spirited Mother of two who vehemently believes in embracing each day and being the change in the world. She enjoys adventures with her children, husband and traveling to as many shows as she can fit into her schedule. As a self-professed lifelong music junkie, she enjoys a wide variety of music and sharing that passion with others, especially her kids. You can follow her at Grateful Momma Bear on social media.last_img read more

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