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7 Rock & Roll Festivals that Changed History (For Better or Worse)

7 Rock & Roll Festivals, - or Hooligans causing a ruckus. That’s modern music in a nutshell, right? Don’t be so quick to judge! After all, you may have been one of those hooligans. Today we are reviewing 7 Rock & Roll festivals that altered public perception figuratively and literally. But first, we need to look at Rock’s roots. Beatles or Stones notwithstanding, Rock & Roll has a uniquely American flavor. March 21st, 1952: The Moondog Coronation Ball Where: Cleveland, Ohio What went right: Walk down a music store aisle 65 years earlier and you’d notice records sorted by ethnicity. One man decided music was colorblind. Sportscaster Sportscaster Alan Freed liked this Rhythm & Blues thing. And, despite being marketed towards African-Americans, young Americans did too. Record store owner, Leo Mintz, exclaimed to Freed, “Kids are rockin’ and rollin’ in the aisles to these records, but they won’t buy them!” Freed would bring R&B to the masses. Freed changed gears and became “King of Moondoggers” for WJW radio. His late-night program broadcast artists of all backgrounds to all Americans. Having cornered the market, Freed’s next move would be to host “the most terrible ball of them all.”  The Moondog Coronation Ball at 3717 Euclid Avenue is America’s first Rock & Roll concert. Though pre-Civil Rights Movement, Freed’s audience was multi-racial. African-American patrons were elated to discover that their champion was white. What went wrong: Moondog’s Coronation Ball promised an eclectic lineup. It never made it past the first song. No one could have anticipated the turnout. 20,000 attendees spilled in to the 10,000 capacity Cleveland Arena. Unbeknownst to ticket holders, Freed arranged follow-up dates. A printing error omitted this detail. Counterfeiting contributed to the exaggerated attendance. Irate attendees broke the central glass panel. A riot erupted and law officials broke up the concert.   July 25th, 1965: Newport Folk Festival Where: Newport, Rhode Island What went right: Bob Dylan owes his career to the Newport Folk Festival. It was the first venue he achieved national recognition. His second performance marked a public transition from acoustic to electric. What went wrong: It’s understandable that Dylan’s audience felt they held stake in his career and image. The organizer, according to roadie Jonathon Taplin, discouraged electric sound. Dylan opened with electric version of Maggie’s Farm. Boos immediately erupted from the crowd. Dylan and company left the stage after the booing made their sound inaudible. He would not play at the festival for 37 years.   January 21st, [...]

By |2019-03-15T02:18:20+00:00June 30th, 2016|Festivals, Music, Rock|0 Comments

9 Steps to the PERFECT Music Festival

32 million people attend music festivals each year.  Are you interested in hosting the PERFECT Music Festival? Is yours on their radar? Hosting the perfect music festival is not easy. Talent aside, there are monetary, zoning, and scheduling considerations. County Fair USA breaks down what makes the best festivals tick. Follow each step for an event that can't be beat! Step 1) Fund your music festival Firefly Music Festival in Delaware is nothing less than an underdog success story. Their festival raised $1 million within 24 hours of launch. Yes, 24 hours plus 5 years of planning. You've got an idea, but what's your pitch? A music festival is a pipe dream without money. A sad fact is that profit is the only reason suits would take a shot on an eager upstart. Bootstrapping will be your primary option until the festival inevitably scales up (Am I being presumptuous? Of course!). Firefly built expertise hosting smaller, niche events. Investors won't take a shot on festivals that aim too high. If you're more an 'ideas kind of guy/gal', hire someone that has been down this road. Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe let amateurs test the waters. Hell, even experienced planners use crowdfunding to quickly build capital. The premise is simple: Pitch your festival online. People from all over the world can back your project. If there is demand, it will reach appropriate funding before a deadline. Combine crowdfunding with social media for maximum exposure. Facebook Pages are mandatory! Younger attendees prefer to keep friends in the loop on Facebook and Twitter. Proposition other event managers in your niche. Most local establishments are keen to help entrepreneurs because this opens a cross-promotional avenue. Don't be discouraged if your project fails to garner adequate backing. Even festivals boasting world-famous headliners flop. Rock band 'My Bloody Valentine' agreed to headline Hop Farm Music Festival in Kent, England. A hostile economic climate killed its momentum. There could be a number of reasons for an initial failure. Pinpoint costs down to the last toilet paper roll and be prepared to recalculate your budget several times. Don't be surprised to break even your first time 'round. Potential backers desire some semblance of structure. Work through the remaining steps on our list before making your pitch.   Step 2) Insure your music festival You name it, someone's insured it. So why not music festivals? Festivals are a profit-making enterprise like any brick-and-mortar business. City/town officials will regard it as such. Suppose an errant cigarette [...]

By |2019-03-15T02:22:04+00:00May 9th, 2016|Festivals, Food, Music, Rock|0 Comments

George Jones, Funeral at Grand Ole Opry House

The Grand Ole Opry will honor George Jones on May 2nd with a public funeral. CMT will televise the service Thursday (May 2) at 10 a.m. CT. Was George Jones the greatest living country singer ever? George was born on September 12, 1931, in Saratoga, Texas. His family was quite poor. He was one of eight siblings. His father was an alcoholic. Many do not know he taught himself to play guitar. George has had amazing longevity in a business famous for 'here today gone tomorrow' country singers. In 1955 he made the country charts with "Why Baby Why". He sang under the name of Thumper Jones in 1956. He had a chart hit every decade since he began recording. There wer 14 total hits from 1959 to 1983. In 1980 he recorded a song called 'He Stopped Loving Her 'Today'. George was also famous for his drinking and drug habits in the 1970s through the 1990s. As we all know it takes something serious for a drinker to stop entirely drinking and that happened to George in a car crash in 1999. How many albums did George Jones make? Good question? 140 singles and 25 collaborated albums He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957 and wrote songs in the 1980s. If you are into country music you have to honor George Jones for his contributions. He will be very missed.

By |2019-05-24T00:28:48+00:00May 1st, 2013|George Jones, Grand Ole Opry, Nashville|1 Comment

Rick Adam – Junk Band and Silly Stuff

Rick Adam/A.K.A. Professor Paddy-Whack has toured everywhere, from Maine to China. for over 30 years he's been featured on stage, television, radio, and film. He has shared venues with Garth Brooks, Livingston Taylor and Phish... to name a few. He has appeared on the PBS series “The Lonesome Pine Specials” in 1993, a video of the program was added to the Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian Institute. Also, in 1998 and 2000 he performed for Bruce Springsteen at his home in New Jersey. The video is a Mini-documentary on Rick Adam /A.K.A. Professor Paddy-Whack One Man Junk Band. The Professor's rig on wheels is a "Rube Goldburg musical contraption with a Spike Jones style wackiness." With footage shot at the Fryeburg Fair in Maine where Rick has been a featured performer for the last 25 years, he performs a "Musical Mechanical Melody of the Most Melodic Melodies Know to Modern Man!" You have to, see it to believe it! Check out his Websire

By |2017-09-11T00:21:37+00:00December 31st, 2010|Christmas, Entertainer of the Month, Entertainment, Music, Singer|1 Comment

Cindy Lou Harrington, Country Music & Atlanta

Interview - the end of June 2010 Cindy is a recording artist with Southern Tracks Records (STR). -- famous for the Atlanta Rhythm Section. STR just released her album and an additional album by with her and her daughters. Cindy started singing at age 15. Countyfairgrounds.net caught up with her singing the national anthem at one of the Braves games. On the side Cindy is a special education teacher for disabled students. She has a great sound. Solo, Harrington has kicked off the Atlanta Braves games four times with her performance of the National Anthem and has opened for internationally acclaimed motivational speakers and authors such as Wayne Dyer and Melody Beattie. She is a resident of Stone Mountain, Georgia and also spends time in Western, New York on the family property in Cherry Creek. FAVORITE MOTTO: “Dream, Plan, Act, Believe”

Katie Tuck – a Young Country Singer

Katie Tuck's rich and powerful voice captivates listeners and can only be described as a gift from God. At only 14 years old, Ms. Tuck has already recorded in the notorious “Sound Kitchen” of Nashville, Tennessee. Tuck's powerful ballad "I Just Wanna Be a Girl" is garnering much attention and young Tuck is already finding herself being circled by some of the industry’s most prestigious producers, songwriters, and managers. Catch her on her Website A Virginia native, Katie grew up listening to mixture of country, pop, and rock music. Her idol is country superstar, Carrie Underwood. “She is so amazing and a great role model,” says Tuck. Being a good person and setting a good example is at the very core of who Katie Tuck is as a person and as an artist. Tuck devotes her time and talent to numerous charity fundraisers including the National Children’s Advocacy Center to help fight child abuse and neglect. “I believe that God has given me the talent, passion, and desire to do this. I believe that my music will be used to bring smiles, tears, and healing to people. I want to make a difference.” Tuck's passion for music is ingrained in her being. “Music means everything to me. It portrays the emotions and lives of people.” It’s only natural that Tuck would feel right at home in country music. “It’s just who I am. It’s music that people can relate to in everyday life.” What makes Katie stand apart from others her age in the business is the undeniable fact her passion for music is genuine, grounded, and faithful. Tuck pursued her passion by entering talent competitions and industry insiders were quick to take an interest. In a speedy trajectory, Katie made her way from her first talent show in 4th grade singing Hillary Duff’s “What Dreams Are Made Of” all the way to Nashville’s famed 'Sound Kitchen.' “Recording at the ‘Sound Kitchen’ was amazing. To record in a studio where so many professional artistrecord is such a huge honor. The thing I remember most about the experience is the love and support I received from everybody there.” “I Wanna Be That Girl” is a powerful ballad showcasing the strength of Tuck's voice which is far more mature than her 14 years. “It’s about being strong,” Katie says of the song. Katie sings ‘I wanna be that girl, I wanna be that strong. Don’t wanna care. Don’t wanna cry when it’s time to carry on.” In “Forget”, Katie [...]

By |2016-10-23T11:34:45+00:00June 26th, 2010|Country Music, Music, Singer, Virgina|0 Comments

Corey Koehler, Country Musician from Minnesota

Let me start by saying I love country music. There is country music and then there is country music. Some of it doesn't sound so great. Personally, I like the stuff that makes me feel good. The is is what Corey does. He has a great voice and composes great songs . Corey is in his  40s - a family man with three small children. He holds a tradition job. Corey didn't start performing until he was in his late 30s - He plays and performs what he calls Beer Music. Corey has only performed in Minnesota and in Wisconsin. He has a great sound. He is also a very talented composer. He would like to perform at festivals in some other states. Website [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JfUm45TKxQ Learn More about Corey The Round Up 74: Corey Koehler and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - In the 74th edition of the Round Up, Greg plays the new song by Corey Koehler called Change The World, from his new album that you can check out at PlanetCorey.com. Later, Andy takes a look at the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. ... Indie CD Release From New Acoustic Artist Corey Koehler - I am very excited to announce the release of my very first cd album “Never Too Late.” And I am equally excited to hear what you think. Go hear all the songs and get your copy by clicking on the image to the right or by visiting my Music ...

By |2016-10-23T11:34:45+00:00June 17th, 2010|Country Music, Minnesota, Singer|0 Comments

Meet…. Jubal Lee Young, songwriter, artist and musician

article by -John Nova Lomax You wouldn't need to know anything about JUBAL LEE YOUNGs background to hear that THIS IS A CAT WHO HAS THE PROVERBIAL “IT.” But heritage he has indeed!  On his third album “The Last Free Place in America”, the only son of outlaw country-rock/Americana royals Steve Young (“Seven Bridges Road,” “Lonesome On’ry and Mean”) and Terrye Newkirk (“My Oklahoma”, “Come Home, Daddy”) comes ever more into his own. Young’s smoky molasses-rasp of a baritone sounds both familiar and new at the same time on this collection of eleven originals and one cover (Richard Dobson’s “Piece of Wood and Steel.”).  Along the way, Young conjures the spirits of everyone from John Lee Hooker on drone-y blues like “Boom, Boom, Boom” and “Dead Miners” to the classic rock of Bob Seger (“Piece of Wood and Steel”) to the sort of snakey-fiddle, cracked shot-glass outlaw country-rock Hank Jr. made back when he was still cool. (“Justice or Death.”) Young has survived some dark times – when not working in radio (for Nashville’s once-ubercool WKDF), he spent his 20s drinking, drugging, and wrestling with his legacy by rocking way harder than was entirely necessary, and you can hear that era distilled to its purest essence in the midnight malevolence of “Animal Farm.” And on the jaunty, hilarious “I Refuse,” you can hear him exult in his relatively new found comfort in his own skin. Nowhere is Young’s soaring voice or sharp songwriting skills displayed in bolder relief than on the title track, which was inspired by a passage in the Woody Guthrie biography _Ramblin’ Man_. Late in his life, the disease-wracked and bottle-wrecked Guthrie had been institutionalized in a Brooklyn nuthouse, where at last he found relief from J. Edgar Hoover’s black-suited Red Scare inquisitors. “They decided he was probably harmless if he was in the nuthouse, so they kinda wrote him off,” says Young. “A couple of his Communist friends came by and were expressing concern for his well-being, and Woody said, ‘Y’all don’t worry about me. I’m okay. In here, I can stand up and say “I’m a Communist,” and they just look at me and say “Aw, he’s crazy.”  This is the last free place in America.’ That whole book was a good read but that one story just jumped out at me – I thought ‘_that’s_ a song.’ “It’s kinda still true,” Young continues. “We claim this is a free country and it’s not in a lot of ways. Whether the Constitution [...]

By |2016-10-23T11:34:45+00:00June 14th, 2010|Country Music, Jubal Lee Young, Music, Nashville, Singer|0 Comments