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Four days gone by too fast

Bonnaroo is over and as I unpacked my bags, swept out the tent and caught up on my sleep I can only think about how incredible my time in Tennessee was.

Before I even start to attempt to convey my time there I have to thank Triple M for sending me there and for setting me up with guest passes. To have those extra perks that come with guest passes made Bonnaroo that much more special. What special perks? Well, there was the camping area that’s not even on the map and is filled with lots of shade and free showers. Plus, a guest hospitality tent set up with a big screen live streaming the headliners; special entrances into Centeroo, Which Stage and What Stage; bleachers at the What Stage; and a back entry so we didn’t have to wait in a long line of cars waiting to enter the camping area.

I did get to see my top four acts and was not disappointed. I had a great spot for Jake Bugg’s set, where the only time he spoke was to say ‘thank you.’ Otherwise, he just performed and I swear he looked a bit unsure of how to react to all the attention from the crowd. He didn’t need to make his hour about anything other than his music.

Jack White was mesmerizing, bringing music from the White Stripes through his solo work on Lazaretto to the audience. I used the bleacher seating to my advantage and didn’t leave until the last final notes of his encore. I think he ended up going two and a half hours and kept saying if we wanted him to keep going, he’d keep playing.

Avett Brothers were as great as I expected them to be. I did spend a bit of their slot making my way through the crowd of who-knows-how-many-thousands of people to find some friends but it was hard to not dance along with everyone else as I wove around the sea of swaying bodies.

But, the best performance I saw at Bonnaroo goes to Sir Elton John who was joined on stage by Ben Folds for one song and had Two Cellos perform with him. When I saw Two Cellos on stage I’m pretty sure I squealed just a bit. Things just fit together too well, from the visuals on the screen to the fact he didn’t spend much time talking to the audience to the Buzz Lightyear balloon launch during Rocket Man.  The only downside was that when Elton’s two hours were up, he didn’t play any encores. So after his performance, the few fireworks that were lit seemed awful lackluster.

Since Bonnaroo is filled with so much, I missed out on a lot of great music due to checking out other acts. I heard Arctic Monkeys put on a great show and that a group of people almost took out the Miller Stage after climbing on top of it. But, each day I saw four full sets from different bands that I’d never seen perform before or had even heard prior to the festival. Suggestions had me checking out St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Valerie June and the Glitch Mob.

What made Bonnaroo special was more than just the great music – it was the people I met. First, there were the camp neighbors. We had a couple who worked with a video production company that was interviewing artists (I offered to help with the Damon Albarn interview), the couple with Crazy Mountain Brewing Company who freely gave out six pack samplers, the pair who were also recipients of radio station contest, and the guys from California whose roommate worked with the company that produces the festival. They all had suggestions on what band to see and understood the pain of there never being any toilet paper in the port-a-potties. And those were just the people next to us. Others I saw in guest camping included musicians and the guys responsible for the Terminator and Point Break movie events. I can say there is nothing quite like walking past The Unlikely Candidates on your way to the shower.

Then there were the staff I saw every day as I walked to Centeroo. The security staff worked 12-hour shifts so there was plenty to time to chat. One kid who stood out was posted at the main venue entrance. He was super excited to report seeing Skrillex walking around backstage a few hours before his set. After standing in the sun for 12 hours and occasionally having to deal with angry people I would probably have wanted to call it a day. This kid instead headed to the main stage to watch shows before getting a couple hours of sleep. He and I exchanged a lot of high-fives, the unofficial greeting of Bonnaroo.

I also had the chance to spend time with some friends and get to know them a bit better.

I could probably go on about all the conversations I had with friendly strangers I encountered, but I won’t. The word friendly though barely covers what I encountered at Bonnaroo. Maybe it was something in the water, but people seemed to be a bit nicer to each other at the festival; they looked out for each other. If someone was sleeping under a tree, you merely walked around them and let them be. You could always start a conversation with anyone by asking what performance they enjoyed the most, who they were most looking forward to seeing, what their opinion of Kanye was, or if they could hear Skrillex’s performance from their campsite.

So as I adjust back to regular life where you don’t randomly high-five strangers or run into musicians hanging out near the artist hospitality area I can only think that this won’t be my last Bonnaroo. Because I too hope to one day where a shirt with #Bonnagrannies  printed on the front.


 
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It's all happening - I'm going to Bonnaroo

Me and Jamestown Revival, who will be in Madison Tuesday night. They��
You know how sometimes something seems too good to be true? A few weeks ago I learned that yes- sometimes it can be true. I entered the Triple M Bonnaroo Backstage Blogger contest and never thought I would win. I mean, there must be thousands of people who would enter.

Luck must have been on my side because Wednesday morning my friend Jason and I are headed to Tennessee for four days of music and camping.

You may be wondering why I signed up for the contest. First of all, I like music. I try to get to a show at least once a month. It can be a local band, regional group or a national touring act. Basically, the joy of seeing live music keeps me going to shows. I can have fun whether I am there with a friend or alone, although let’s face it; you’re never really alone when you’re at a concert.

I also wanted to take a vacation. I’ll be taking off five days from work for Bonnaroo. Everyone needs a vacation and the last time I took a trip was last year and that was a day-trip to Chicago.

But mostly, it’s about the music.

Since May 22, when I learned I won the contest, I have been researching who was performing. Let’s just say, the list was a bit overwhelming. Thankfully I made a decision that I was going pick four can’t miss acts – Jake Bugg, The Avett Brothers, Elton John and Jack White. If you haven’t listened to Jake Bugg I highly recommend it. He’s from across the pond and puts out some great music.

And Elton John – I mean what can be said that already hasn’t been? Personally, I hope for a giant Tiny Dancer sing-along among the crowd.

There are a few other events I would like to check out while there like Craig Robinson at the Comedy Tent and the 2 a.m. showing of the original Friday the 13th.

People say Bonnaroo is a marathon so I hope I can avoid my desire to see everything the fest offers. I want to remain laid back and just go with the flow. And get some amazing pictures to share with as many people as possible.

Since we’re camping I’ve gone into over-prepared mode. Some people might just grab a tent, some essentials and be done with it. I’m more like ‘hey, I better pack this because I just might need it.’  Thankfully, my parents had most of the camping supplies. When I was  a teenager my family started going camping in tents. In the last 15 years we changed from tents to a pop-up camper. I’m guessing I’ll probably be a bit uncomfortable but who needs a mattress when you’re going to be too tired from a day of fun to worry about comfort.

Even as a write this, I can’t believe it’s actually happening. I’ve been counting down the days but I’m still not convinced this is real. Is it possible for one person to be this lucky?

So big thanx to Triple M for sending me to Tennessee. Now, time to finish packing (and double checking) and trying to get through two days of work before I leave on my adventure.

Photo: Me and Jamestown Revival, who will be in Madison Tuesday night. They’re also going to Bonnaroo to perform.
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Summerfest announces more headliners

Summerfest has announced a new batch of headliners, in additon to previously announced acts that will be playing the big stage at the Marcus Amphitheatre.

They haven't announced dates or times for any of these side stage shows, so you'll have to stay tuned to get all the particulars.

A lot of artists we love here at Triple M will be playing--including Bonnie Raitt, the Head and the Heart, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jake Bugg, O.A.R., Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lonely Boys, Melissa Etheridge, Cheap Trick, ZZ Ward, Neon Trees, Saints of Valory, Wild Feathers, Ziggy Marley, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and the Taj Mahal Trio.

Summerfest is also a great place to see your favorite "flashback" artists. Those include R.E.O. Speedwagon, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Kool & The Gang, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Michael McDonald, George Thorogood, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Check out the line-up here.
 
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Make Music Madison Gets Incredible Response

If the first-ever Make Music Madison signup is any indication, June 21st will be quite a lively day in Madison's history. Over 100 artists have signed up to give over 250 free performances at over dozens of venues. It's been an amazing response from our entire community and will lead to a very memorable day of music.
 
Of the 300-some cities that offer this event on June 21st, only New York and Vancouver had more performances its first year. Yes, Madison has greater first-year participation than Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles.
 
Virtually all genres of music will be performed by musicians of all ages and experience levels in this worldwide event celebrating the summer solstice. Over 450 cities have this annual event, and this will be Madison's first year of participation.
 
A few notables include: the disco band VO-5 at Bear Mound Park. The Gomers at the top of State Street. Ritt Deitz in front of Madison Children's Museum. MadCAP School of the Arts at Capital Kids. Mama Digdown's Brass band at Monona Terrace. Forward Marching Band, sailing down the Yahara River. Shadow Strings Irish trio at Hilldale Shopping Center. Beltline Street Band New Orleans music at Old Sugar Distillery. Bernie's Bernie's Beach will have continuous Celtic and old-time music most of the day. Library Mall will feature continuous South Asian music in the afternoon and evening from 4 til 8. And Emmy award-winning classical guitarist Jaime Guiscafre will be performing at the Alicia Ashman library.
 
Most libraries, Dane County Airport, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Children's Museum and many other public, private, and park spaces will feature music throughout the day. The Hohner harmonica company has donated 100 harmonicas for a massive lesson and concert, with DeWayne Keyes, aka the Harmonica Man. And four fire stations will have pianos out front donated by Grant Billings, available for anyone to stop by and play for a while.
 
Throughout the evening, musicians will offer paid performances at many Madison clubs and bars.
 
Volunteers are still needed for the big day, and in preparation leading up to it. Contact info@makemusicmadison.org to find out how.
 
And check the website as June 21 nears. Some great map-based technology is being created by the volunteer web team, designed to allow people to find every musician and venue throughout the city during the day and evening.
 
On June 22nd, Madison will have a big smile on its face.
 
 
 
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Rolling Stones announce American tour

WIth Keith Richards saying "this is the life blood of us," the Rolling Stones have announced details of a U.S. tour to kick off in Los Angeles this spring. The closest it will get to Madison is the United Center in Chicago May 28. Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 8  for the Chicago show.

According to a press release, Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.

The band will treat their generations of fans to an evening of classic Stones hits like "Gimme Shelter," "Paint It Black," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Tumbling Dice," and "It's Only Rock and Roll," curated with lesser known gems, and a cover or two.

The stage design for the tour is based on the band's ubiquitous tongue and lips logo, which extends out into the crowd, allowing the Stones to interact directly with their audience. Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones' set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones' show.



"50 AND COUNTING" TOUR DATES

TBA Los Angeles STAPLES Center TBA

May 5 Oakland Oracle Arena On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 8 San Jose HP Pavilion On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 11 Las Vegas MGM Grand TBA
Garden Arena

May 15 Anaheim Honda Center TBA

May 25 Toronto Air Canada Centre On sale April 8 @ 10AM EST

May 28 Chicago United Center On sale April 8 @ 10AM CST

June 12 Boston TD Garden TBA

June 18 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center TBA
 
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The 2013 Lollapalooza lineup is here!

The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers and Nine Inch Nails are set to headline the 2013 edition of Lollapalooza in Chicago.

The three day festival happens August 3rd-5th at Grant Park in Chicago. Three-day passes are already sold out, but one day tickets go on sale Wednesday April 3rd for $95 excluding fees.

Other acts include Phoenix, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend, Tegan & Sara and Matt & Kim.

See the full lineup here.
 
While the music at Lollapalooza is not exactly kid stuff, children 10 and under get in free--and there's a whole Kidzapalooza going on each day with lots of kid-friendly music and activities.

Lollapalooza started in 1991, and has called Chicago's Grant Park home since 2005. Now spanning 115 acres, Lolla promises to rock responsibly.Fans can find a place to park their bicycle, hit the farmers market, grab some gourmet grub, peruse handmade arts and crafts, get rewarded for recycling and  rock out to some of the best music in the world.
 
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Madison's Music Matchmaker wants you!

MAKE MUSIC MADISON WILL FILL THE CITY WITH MUSIC
 
If you go to cities like Paris, New York City, and Los Angeles on June 21st, the Summer Solstice, you’ll notice live music performed in public places like street corners as far as the ear can hear. Amateurs and professionals alike play and sing in groups of every conceivable size and configuration. This global happening began in Paris as Fete de la Musique in 1982, and now over 450 communities offer their own versions of the event. This summer, it will debut in Madison.
 
It’s called Make Music Madison, and it will offer opportunities for Madisonians from all walks of life to perform and enjoy a celebration of free live music, creating a citywide smorgasbord buffet of musical merriment. Virtually any way in which citizens can imagine to make music can and will happen. The music performances will transform parks, front yards and more into impromptu musical stages, dance floors, and community gathering places. The new organization’s theme line is “Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.”
 
Make Music Madison will take place on Friday, June 21, 2013 with dozens and dozens of performances taking place primarily from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in public spaces throughout the city, and at random other times throughout the day as well. Later that evening, professional musicians will offer special concerts in traditional music venues.
 
Longtime University of Wisconsin-Madison marketing Professor Michael Rothschild, who first experienced the event live in New York City, brought the idea to Madison. Rothschild said, “Madison is incredibly suited for this event. Imagine all the creativity and ideas and passion for music in this city, unleashed in amazing ways. This should be nothing short of spectacular.”
 
Make Music Madison has launched a new website to allow musicians and venues to sign up to participate. The software was developed voluntarily with input from numerous members of Madison's tech community, and as part of an initiative to enable the city's growth through providing free, high-quality technology. Michael Fenchel (of hoos.in), leader of the technology effort along with Mike Schuette, feels that this is a great example of many projects to come in which local programmers band together to build powerful solutions for community- and city-building initiatives.
 
Rothschild explains, “Musicians of any age or ability can go to the website, and sign up to perform. And venues, from businesses to people who want to share their front yards, can sign up to find or request musicians. The site guides both musicians and venues through the matchmaking process, and we’d love them to start signing up now.”
 
The address for matchmaking is www.makemusicmadison.org.
 
Musicians can organize their own event, and get as creative as they’d like. An accordion symphony? A disco tuba quartet? A hip-hop tribute to jazz? Yes, yes, and yes. Musicians can execute virtually any vision they have. Any musician or band can organize a creative framework for the concert, and will work with their venue on logistics: timing, using electricity if necessary, and using other equipment and other details that the artist and venue care to pursue. Musicians can even “recruit” a venue that they’d love to perform outside of.
 
On the day of the big event, musicians and citizens alike are encouraged to capture and share photos and videos of the event at themakemusicmadison.org website.
 
Like other cities that provide Summer Solstice events, Make Music Madison does not provide funding to musicians or venues. It has created the web-based hub for signing up, will coordinate and promote the event, provide concert listings, will coordinate a volunteer street team, and has worked closely with the city to secure permits. Performers will be volunteering their time and talents, but both venues and musicians are welcome to seek outside sponsorship and support where appropriate.
 
For more information, visit www.makemusicmadison.org, or contact Make Music Madison at info@makemusicmadison.org.
 
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DMB still loves Alpine Valley

It's time start thinking about summer!

The Dave Matthews Band has released its summer tour schedule, and probably to no one's surprise, that includes a trip to the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy in July.

They'll be there Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6th, with tickets going on sale March 22nd.

See the full tour schedule here.

Here's a video some one made last  year as the gates opened at Alpine. Some one compared it to the running of the bulls in Spain! Amusing choice of song being played in the background as well.


 
 
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Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement

Bonnaroo 2013 has announced the lineup.  Get the full details on The Triple M Concert Page.

 

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Pearl Jam at Wrigley

Pearl Jam is coming to Wrigley Field July 19th. The band made the announcement this morning. Tickets go on sale February 9th.

They're also playing a show in London, Ontario on the 16h of July and three shows in South America this spring.

Will there be a major tour in the fall as well? We'll have to wait and see. According to Rolling Stone, the band's around half-way finished with an album to follow up 2009's Backspacer.
Tour info here.
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Green Day postpones concerts

Green Day has announced it's canceling a club tour that was scheduled for the end of this year, and is postponing concerts scheduled for January and February, 2013.
That includes the show originally scheduled for February 2nd in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center.

According to a press release on the band's website, the show in Madison and the others in January and February will be rescheduled, and tickets purchased for those shows will be honored at the future dates. They say those dates should be announced soon.

The band acknowledges that the timing of this isn't ideal, but say the well being of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is the most important thing. Armstrong entered rehab after freaking otu at a concert in Las Vegas in September.

Meanwhile the band says it has moved up the release of it's album Tre! to December 11th.

According to Green Day drummer Tre Cool, "We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned."

Read the full press release here.

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Rolling Stones Announce Tour

The Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years as a band this year, so there's been a ton of speculation about whether or not they'd do some kind of anniversary tour.

Just announced: the Stones will do a tour, sort of.  They're doing two shows in London at the O2 (November 25 and 29) and two shows in, of all places, Newark New Jersey at the Prudential Center December 13 and 15.

Tickets for the New Jersey shows will range from $95 to $750, and that's Ticketmaster prices....before the scalpers get their hands on them.

Here's hoping the band is in good spirits and good health, and has so much fun they decide to do a bigger tour next year.

Watch the Stones make the big announcement:

 
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MadCity Sessions

10.5.5 Triple M is proud to team up with Madison's Overture Center for a FREE series of concerts in Overture's gorgeous lobby.
Not only will this series give added exposure to some of the area's greatest musicians, local non-profit organizations will be highlighted at each event as well.

The series kicks off this Thursday, October 4, at 6pm with Madison's own Corey Hart. 

What a fun way to enjoy time with friends after work and support local music at the same time! 

Beverages and tasty treats are available.

MADCITY SESSIONS 2012-2013 SCHEDULE

THU, OCT 4, 2012 | Corey Hart

THU, NOV 29, 2012 | 80s Rockstar Gomeroke

THU, DEC 13, 2012 | Lucas Cates Band

 THU, JAN 10, 2013 | Natty Nation

THU, FEB 7, 2013 | The Dang-Its

THU, MAR 28, 2013 | Kyle Henderson

THU, APR 25, 2013 | Harmonious Wail

THU, MAY 16, 2013 | Katie Powderly
 
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It's Willy Street Fair time!

WILLY STREET FAIR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY  SEPTEMBER 15 & 16

It's time for all hippies young and old to gather on Willy Street, for the annual Willy Street Fair.

It's much more than a sea of tie dye and the soft aroma of patchouli and port-a-potties.

It's a cultural stew, made up of musicians of all kinds, bubbles and clowns and chicken satay. Expect to see a few politicians wandering around, and maybe even an anarchist or two.

The event happens on Willy Street, with a warm-up on Saturday, and and a veritable extravaganza on Sunday. Enjoy music on five stages, with every one from Lou and Peter Berryman to Truly Remarkable Loon and the Reptile Palace Orchestra providing the entertainment. The mainstage headline is Lyrics Born, a Japanese American rapper from San Francisco. (Click here to see the full lineup.)

Be sure to get there early on Sunday for the parade. It's a parade like no other, and every one's invited to join in! Look for Triple M's very own Hippie Diva Gabby Parsons riding in style and throwing out candy!  The parade starts at 11am.
 
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Live from Lollapalooza

Heading to Lollapalooza this weekend? Lucky you!

The festival's organizers have put out a list of info to make sure you have a great time, including what to bring, and what not to bring. You CAN bring soft-sided coolers and umbrellas, and up to two factory sealed water bottles. Leave the weapons, aerosol cans (even for sunscreen), and tents at home. 

Get the full list of FAQ's here.

Can't make it to Chicago for the festival?

You can pretend you're there and enjoy many of the performances from the comfort of your easy chair.
 
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Atwood Summerfest: bigger & better

It's time once again for Atwood Summerfest, and this year it's bigger and better than ever!

It's now a two-day festival, with entertainment on Saturday and Sunday, July 28th and 29th.

The fest is a benefit for the Goodman Community Center (formerly known as the Atwood Community Center).

Most of the musical entertainment still happens on Saturday, with music on two stages. New this year: an Eclectic Stage with performances on Sunday.

The event happens on Atwood Avenue..from the Barrymore to Schenck's Corners, with icy cold beverages, ethnic food, cool stuff for sale, and more.

MUSIC LINEUP

Saturday, July 28
Harmony Bar & Capital Brewery Present

BLUES STAGE
2:00 pm Count this Penny (Appalachian Pop)
3:10 pm Josh Harty (Country Blues)
4:20 pm The Midwesterners (Roots Rock, Americana)
5:30 pm Cashbox Kings (Classic Chicago Blues)
6:40 pm The People Brothers Band (Dance-able Rhythm and Soul)
7:50 pm The Rousers (Americana, Roots Rock)
Saturday, July 28
Maximum Ink & Ale Asylum Present

ROCK STAGE
2:00 pm The Mighty Groove Masheen (Funky, Bluesy, Jazzy, Fun)
3:05 pm Phox (Like Adele meets the Beatles)
4:10 pm Altered Five (Classic songs put to funky jazz/blues)
5:30 pm Anna Wang and the Oh Boys (Fun, Sassy, Sexy, Rock N'Roll)
7:00 pm V05 (Classic 70's 9-piece disco band)
Sunday, July 29
Maximum Ink / Ale Asylum Present

ECLECTIC STAGE
2:00 pm Reptile Palace Orchestra (Balkan Lounge Music)
3:20 pm Mad Polecats (Alternative Bluegrass Rock)
4:40 pm God's Outlaw (Old-fashioned alt-country, Johnny Cash & more)
6:00 pm Hewn (Alternative Roots, Americana with a rock feel)



 

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Vive La Fete!

Another year..and another great lineup of entertainment at La Fete De Marquette!

The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Association is putting on a great party (and fundraiser) this weekend in Madison. The free entertainment is almost mind-boggling, with Sonny Landreth and Marcia Ball on Friday, eclectic French music and the Iguanas on Saturday, and more free music Sunday,  with Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk wrapping it all up on Sunday night.

Le Fete is truly a great neighborhood festival, with excellent craft beer and wine, delicious ethnic foods, and top notch live music. Here's a great insentive for you to get there early on Friday...it's happy hour with all beer, wine and soda just $2, plus free hors d’oeuvres, prepared by Fete de Marquette food vendors. Happy  Hour goes from 4:30 to 6:30, and it's hosted by Triple M's very own Jonathan & Kitty!

Click here to see the complete entertainment lineup. 

La Fete De Marquette
Where:
Corner of East Washington at Dickinson
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
What: Music, food and fun with w French/Cajun Theme
What to bring: Some sunscreen and your dancing shoes; no food or beverage carry-ins


Pictured above: Sonny Landreth at La Fete De Marquette, 2010. Photo by Kitty Dunn.
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Bonnaroo is here!

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Do you Bonnaroo?
 
We do! Join 105.5 Triple M and the winner of our Backstage Blogger Contest, Kevin, as we join the musical masses in Manchester, TN, for Bonnaroo 2012! Sad to be missing the action? Live vicariously through our photos – just head to the Triple M Facebook page for updates on the action, all weekend long.
 
While you’ve got ‘roo on the brain, check out Paste’s Guide to Bonnaroo, including a list of 20 smaller, up-and-coming acts that’ll be performing at the festival. I spy some Triple M staff favorites, including Gary Clark Jr., Grouplove, and Minnesota’s own Trampled By Turtles.

If you're missing Bonnaroo, don't fret! There are plenty of other great music festivals this summer. Find them all in Triple M's Music Festival Guide here.
 

 
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Austin City Limits Lineup Annouced

Looking for a reason to head down to Texas? Well now you definitely have one! The lineup for this year's Austin City Limits has been announced, and boy is it a doozy! Headlining acts include The Black Keys, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The machine, Jack White, and The Avett Brothers. Rock, blues, and folk. What more could you want?

Well how about this: The Shins, Gotye, Weezer, Punch Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Iggy & The Stooges, Andrew Bird, Metric, and The Lumineers! And that's only the starts of a long list of awesome artist only too good to be true.

So strap on your cowboy boots and hat and saunter on down to Texas for some musical delight.

Check out the rest of the lineup here.

PS: Between Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits, if you don't see the Red Hot Chili Peppers sometime this summer, you're doing something wrong.
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Springsteen adds stadium dates

Good news for those of you jonesing to see Bruce Springsteen on his Wrecking Ball tour.

Bruce and The E Street Band will be hitting stadiums starting August 18th in Boston. The tour includes a stop at Wrigley Field September 7th. Tickets go on sale April 21st at www.tickets.com.

Here's the complete list of dates:

August 18 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium
August 24 – Toronto, ON , Canada– Rogers Centre
August 26 – Moncton, NB, Canada – Magnetic Hill
August 29 – Vernon, NY – Vernon Downs Raceway
September 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
September 7 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
September 14 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park
September 19 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
September 21 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
September 22 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium  

Check out this new video of "Death To My Hometown," from a recent show. They're joined on stage by the Nightwatchman and workers' rights advocate Tom Morello.


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Like WifeSwap, only different
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Are the new Beatles mono remasters on vinyl worth it?
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World's Worst iPod: John Denver "Fly Away"
John Denver's "Fly Away" was released in 1975, and made it all the way to #13 on the charts. It wasn't one of his biggest hits, but a lot of folks who were listening this morning sure wanted to hear it. It brought back horrific...
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5 Things You Probably DIdn't Know about Bruce Springsteen on his 65th birthday
Bruce!!!  If you've seen pictures of Bruce Springsteen with his shirt off lately, you might find it hard to believe that he's a senior citizen. He turns 65 today! Here are a few things you may or may not have known about that guy who...
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World's Worst iPod: Helen Reddy "You and Me Against the World"
We found a perfect song on the iPod for Meteorologist Brian Olson's birthday.  Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World" was a heartfelt song that was out at the time of his birthday, 40 years ago today. Despite its...
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Last week, the Beatles re-released their catalog on vinyl, in mono, the way the Beatles wanted you to hear their music. Is it worth spending 400 dollars or so on the box set, or would it be better to just pick up some of your favorites--for around 22...
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World's Worst iPod: John Denver "Fly Away"
John Denver's "Fly Away" was released in 1975, and made it all the way to #13 on the charts. It wasn't one of his biggest hits, but a lot of folks who were listening this morning sure wanted to hear it. It brought back horrific...
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