Hopping club to club mainly throughout Lower Manhattan, N.Y., save for a handful of shows in Brooklyn, is the only way to absorb the CMJ Music Marathon's seemingly endless array of music. And if not taken in stride, one might easily fade before the finish line.
The CMJ Music Marathon has been exposing emerging artists since the early '80s; more recently acts like Mumford and Sons, MGMT and Savages have gained mainstream exposure through the festival. Dispersed throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, the CMJathon offers five days of performances from new artists and dozens of music industry-based panels.
Several years back I was lucky enough to head to Columbia for the Roots N Blues Festival with fellow KDHX photographer Nate Burrell.
Fans of live music and tasty barbecue flocked to Columbia, Mo.'s Stephens Lake Park last weekend for the seventh annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival.
With members from all over the United States, raised on record collections of all different genres, it is no wonder that the bluegrass music of the HillBenders bridges a wide variety of styles.
Despite early morning rain, day two of LouFest proved to be a beautiful day to see live music in Forest Park.
LouFest returned to Forest Park's Central Field for its fourth year on September 7 and 8.
Rain splattered St. Louis Sunday morning. The sight recalled last year, when LouFest was temporarily halted prior to Son Volt's set as a colossal storm pounded Central Field into a muddy pulp.
The walk up to the LouFest's gates -- austere and reminiscent of the devices used to bottle up manic thoroughbreds before the race -- was dotted with satellite festival-goers with salt and pepper manes and swollen coolers.
Seattle, thank you. You were sunlight and summer for three straight days, saving your typically relentless rain for the personalized autograph of a goodbye drizzle -- a little reassurance found with just a closer look.