Chicago's first major country music festival, "Windy City LakeShake" will take place at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21. Country music heavyweights Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley will headline the festival set against the iconic backdrop of Chicago's city skyline. With the festival's scenic setting of Northerly Island offering a weekend retreat for fans, additional artists slated to play include Frankie Ballard, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Mickey Guyton, Randy Houser, Maddie and Tae, Ashley Monroe, Kip Moore, Justin Moore, David Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Thomas Rhett and Canaan Smith with more to be revealed over the coming weeks. Windy City LakeShake will join Live Nation’s country music festival family that includes Watershed, Faster Horses, Route 91 Harvest, FarmBorough, the recently announced Delaware Junction and will host two stages including the festival group's trademark “Next From Nashville” stage, showcasing emerging country music acts. Three day passes start at $199.50 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale Mon., Feb 2nd at 10am CT. For more information visit: www.lakeshakefestival.com.
One of North Carolina's musical treasures, Ryan Adams, will appear in a live performance on Austin City Limits on Saturday, January 24. His self-titled record Ryan Adams (Pax-AM/Blue Note) is nominated for a best rock album Grammy while the song “Gimme Something Good," is nominated for best rock song and best rock performance.
Here are his upcoming tour dates:
04/12/15 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/19/15 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/25/15 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
04/27/15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
04/28/15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
04/29/15 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater **
05/03/15 – Charlottesville, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion **
05/05/15 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center **
05/07/15 – Miami, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre **
05/08-09/15 – Tampa, FL – Big Guava Music Festival
05/08-10/15 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival
06/05-07/15 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
Organizers of Charlotte hard rock fest Carolina Rebellion have announced that Slipknot and Korn will headline the 2015 edition at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 2 and 3. The fest features up-and-coming bands as well as veterans including Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Marilyn Manson, Slash, and Slayer. General admission tickets for the two-day festival on sale now for $99 with hotel and camping packages also available. Here is the line-up:
Performing on Saturday, May 2
Korn, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Bush, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Of Mice & Men, Live, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, Jackyl, Motionless in White, Periphery, Young Guns, Beartooth, Marmozets, and Islander
Performing on Sunday, May 3
Slipknot, Godsmack, Slayer, Slash, Breaking Benjamin, HalestormSlaye, The Pretty Reckless, Queensryche, In This Moment, In Flames, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed
Tremonti, Testament, Exodus, Butcher Babies, Starset, and We Are Harlot
For more details visit www.carolinarebellion.com
Jack White’s Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia) is the #1 selling vinyl release of 2014. With 86,707 copies of its ULTRA LP sole vinyl configuration sold in the U.S. since its June 10 release, and a worldwide total exceeding 150,000, Lazaretto not only took the top spot in the 2014 vinyl sales chart—it posted the highest vinyl sales year of the Soundscan era. The 40,000 copies the ULTRA LP moved in the seven days following its June 10 release made for the highest first-week vinyl numbers since Soundscan began tracking sales data in 1991. Lazaretto has garnered three Grammy award nominations including Best Alternative Music Album, as well as Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for its title track. The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air Sunday, February 8, 2015 on CBS.
Manika Kaur has a comforting voice that she unfurls when singing Sikh kirtans (spirituals and prayers). The music is gently flowing, layered, and touched with drone and chants that are hallmarks of kirtans. The album features contributions from tabla and electronica pioneer Talvin Singh, as well as Western and Indian classical performers including Rakhesh Chaurasia on bansuri/flute and Jyostna Srikanth on violin. “When I discovered kirtan as a girl, it was a different feeling from any other music I had known,” reflects Kaur in her press release. “Kirtan brings a sense of peace. You’re singing the most beautiful love letters to God. It’s so deep and beautiful.” She is a devout Sikh, and her music flows from the songs and sacred stories her family shared as she was growing up in Australia. She currently makes her home in Dubai. “We’d sit after dinner, and my brothers and sisters and I would sing and play tabla and harmonium. It was very informal,” recalls Kaur. “My parents would tell us stories that would keep us strong and motivated. When we had these jam sessions, it was like CPR for soul.” She made home recordings of the melodies and music that she heard in her mind while doing prayers. “The tunes pop into my head in the prayer room,” says Kaur, explaining her process. “I start singing the prayer instead of speaking it.” This spirituality led to recording of this album. She takes the simplicity of kirtans and expands them into complex and moody arrangements. The flow of sound is imbued by violin in “Aukhee Gauree,” flute in “Gur Ram Das Rakho Sarnaee” (a song dedicated to the fourth Sikh guru), and the Indian zither called swarmandal in the chant “I Bow to You.” These instruments add a warm texture to each kirtan. The meditative music retains the calm even when Talvin Singh’s tabla or Bernhard Schimpelsberger’s percussion check in. Kaur is committed to using all proceeds from her music to further charitable causes. This album will support S.O.S., an education initiative for Sikh children. For more details visit www.manikamusic.com.