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Brooklyn Comes Alive: A Weekend of Musical Collaboration In Williamsburg

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 11:30 PM (EDT)

New York, NY


Today, the upcoming musical marathon known as Brooklyn Comes Alive is excited to announce their latest collaborative set in conjunction with BrooklynVegan. Kris Meyers, drummer of Umphrey's McGee, and Ryan Stasik, the famed UM bassist, will join Mike Gantzer, frontman of Aqueous, for a set dedicated to Green Day's Dookie & Other Rock Music.

At this past year's Summer Camp Music Festival, the trio debuted their Green Day tribute as a special late-night set. The inaugural performance was a highly attended success, packing the Soulshine Tent to the brims after-dark. During the coming Brooklyn Comes Alive, Myers, Stasik and Gantzer will similarly work through the entire catalog from Green Day's 1994 classic record Dookie, such as “When I Come Around,” “Basket Case,” and “Welcome To Paradise," in addition to performing a handful of other classics from bands like Ween, Weezer, and The Ramones.

Myers and Stasik spend the majority of their time in the powerhouse rhythm section of progressive jam titans Umphrey’s McGee. Myers joined Umphrey’s McGee in 2003 after the departure of the band’s original drummer — Mike Mirro — and has spent the past fourteen years solidifying himself as one of the best drummers on today's in live music circuit. Trained as a jazz drummer, his versatility is unmatched, weaving his way through the syncopated stew of metal, prog, funk and alternative grooves that the band specializes in.

Stasik, a founding member of UM, holds down the low end of the rhythm section with skill and precision. Stasik formerly toured with the 80’s-themed supergroup side project The Omega Moos and has played a handful of shows with his Umphrey’s bandmate (and fellow Brooklyn Comes Alive performer) Joel Cummins and members of TAUK as TAUKing McGee. Outside of these infrequent collaborations, Stasik is rarely seen performing independent of Umphrey's McGee, making this performance a special treat. The bassist elaborated on this tribute set, remarking, “it’s nice to rock out to some three-minute punk tunes with these badass players."

Gantzer is the frontman of up-and-coming band Aqueous. Although the guitarist is young, he exhibits an absurdly high level of musicianship frequently floating between genres with ease. Gantzer serves as the Aqueous' frontman on vocals, and he can play both lead and rhythm parts with precision. Gantzer is excited to bring Dookie to Brooklyn, explaining that, “Stasik and Kris both know how to really harness that raw ROCK energy, and performing with them as a balls-out trio is the stuff Rock n’ Roll dreams are made of. Loud, fast, and in your face! We’re ready to re-summon the rock gods and really go all out for Brooklyn Comes Alive.”

So far, Brooklyn Comes Alive has shared lineup for their sets: “The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers Band”, A Tribute To Jamiroquai. Eric Krasno & Friends, moe.queous and supergroup George Porter Jr., Henry Butler & Johnny Vidacovich with more to come. Tickets and additional information are now available via the festival's website.

More Info on Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017:

After two successfully sold out years, the annual Brooklyn Comes Alive festival will return for two full days of unique supergroups, special tribute sets, and once in a lifetime collaborations. This year, the event expands to two days, taking place September 23 - 24, at three of Brooklyn’s premier venues—Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg—all within a 10-minute walking radius.

Two days means twice as many special sets, with a massive roster of talent drawing from funk, jam, electronic, afrobeat, bluegrass, jazz, reggae, drum and bass, pop, rock and roll and more. Iconic legends such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich and Henry Butler join members of nationally-touring bands such as Grammy-award-winning Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, The String Cheese Incident, The Russ Liquid Test, Sunsquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more, making this the most eclectic Brooklyn Comes Alive to date. The full lineup can be viewed here and can be found below.

Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, this unique event puts the focus on the artists, bringing over 100 musicians together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers. The event pushes the boundaries of a traditional music festival model and creates an unprecedented experience for fans.

Purchasing a ticket to Brooklyn Comes Alive grants you access to all three venues: Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and The Hall at MP. Wristband-holders may come and go amongst the venues throughout the event, creating an indoor music festival feeling all within the heart of Williamsburg.

To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.

Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 Artist Lineup (supergroup formations TBA):

John Scofield (Miles Davis, Uberjam Band)

Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce)

Joel Cummins (Umphrey's McGee)

Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee)

Ryan Stasik (Umphrey's McGee)

Vinnie Amico (moe.)

Al Schnier (moe.)

Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)

Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)

Jesse Miller (Lotus)

Mike Greenfield (Lotus)

Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident)

George Porter Jr. (The Meters)

Henry Butler

Jon Cleary

Cyril Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers)

Johnny Vidacovich

Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe)

Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds)

Jay Lane (Primus, RatDog)

Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy)

Michael League (Snarky Puppy)

Robert "Sput" Searight (Snarky Puppy)

Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy)

Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)

Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven)

Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys, Bokanté)

Skerik

Mike Dillon (Les Claypool)

Todd Stoops (RAQ)

KJ Sawka (Pendulum, Destroid)

MonoNeon (Prince)

Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters)

Jake Joliff (Yonder Mountain String Band)

Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth)

Wil Blades (Dr. Lonnie Smith)

Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)

Joey Porter (The Motet)

Garrett Sayers (The Motet)

Ryan Jalbert (The Motet)

Lyle Divinsky (The Motet)

Dave Watts (The Motet)

Eli Winderman (Dopapod)

Rob Compa (Dopapod)

Chuck Jones (Dopapod)

DJ Logic

Dave Harrington (Darkside)

Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)

Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band)

James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)

Louis Cato (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)

Russ Liquid (The Russ Liquid Test)

Andrew Block (Gramatik, The Russ Liquid Test)

Deven Trusclair (The Russ Liquid Test)

Kevin Donohue (Sunsquabi)

Chris Anderson (Sunsquabi)

Joshua Fairman (Sunsquabi)

THESPVCEAGE (DJ Green Lantern)

Muzzy Bear (GRiZ)

Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)

Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)

Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty)

Daru Jones (Jack White)

Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates)

Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu)

Brandon "Taz" Niederauer (School of Rock)

Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band)

Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band)

Leslie Mendelson (Steve Kimock)

Mike Gantzer (Aqueous)

David Loss (Aqueous)

Rob Houk (Aqueous)

Evan McPhaden (Aqueous)

Grahame Lesh (Midnight North, Terrapin Family Band)

Elliott Peck (Midnight North)

Alex Jordan (Midnight North)

Connor O'Sullivan (Midnight North)

Chris Loftlin

Patrick Falco (The Falco Brothers)

Ryan Cavanaugh (Bill Evans)

Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band)

Dezron Douglas (Ravi Coltrane Quartet)

Akie Bermiss (Lake Street Dive)

Mike 'Maz' Maher (Snarky Puppy)

Charlie Patierno (Octave Cat)

Marcus Machado

Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto)

Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band)

Luke Quaranta (Toubab Krewe)

Sam Dickey (Tank & The Bangas)

Raja Kassis (Antibalas)

Themba Mkhatshwa (Christian Scott)

Yacouba Sissoko (Regina Carter)

Abdoulaye Diabate

Andy Hess (John Scofield Uberjam Band)

Chris Spies

Kevin Scott

Magatte Fall (Angelique Kidjo)

Christian Almiron (Lupe Fiasco)

Reuben Cainer

Randy Runyon

Justin Tyson (Mos Def)

Featuring Special Sets From:

DJ Premier & The Badder Band

KJ Sawka (Live)

The Crystal Method


Pretty Lights At The Gorge w/ Atmosphere, Tipper, STS9, Lettuce, Cherub & More

Pretty Lights has announced the sixth episode of his Episodic Festivals series, which brings special two-day camping festivals around the country. Since the first Episodic Festival last year, which was inspired by Telluride 2015, Pretty Lights has produced four other successful festivals in the series. This summer, on August 4th and 5th, his sixth Episodic Festival will go down at the legendary venue that is The Gorge.

Along with Pretty Lights Live, Episodic Festival 6 will bring Atmosphere, STS9, Tipper, Lettuce, Cherub, Manic Focus, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, Kasbo, Marvel Years, and Maddy O’neal to George, Washington. The location is hard to beat, as it is considered one of the most gorgeous and iconic venues on the West Coast.


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REGGAE SUMFEST….PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Reggae Sumfest was started in 1993 by Robert Russell and Johnny Gourzong, along with a dedicated group of Montego Bay business and cultural interests after Reggae Sunsplash left Montego Bay on its journey into unfortunate demise. Reggae Sumfest then thrived and adapted through decades, incorporating performances during the coming years of some of the biggest stars in music, including Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher, Christopher Brown, Alicia Keys, Nicky Minaj, 50 Cent, Lionel Ritchie, and numerous other international stars. Faithfully, it also presented the greatest and most authentic lineups of the Jamaican and International stars of Reggae and Dancehall artists such as Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Dennis Brown, Toots & The Maytals, Beres Hammond, Burning Spear, The Mighty Diamonds, Sugar Minott, Gregory Issacs, Frankie Paul, Jimmy Cliff, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Chronixx, Buju Banton, Luciano, Shaggy, Shabba Ranks, Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killer, Ninja Man, Elephant man, Beenie Man, Capleton, Lady Saw, Spice, Popcaan, Tommy Lee Sparta, and virtually every artist of merit in the world of Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall music. Besides being the largest music festival in Jamaica, Reggae Sumfest is truly the most authentic Reggae and Dancehall Festival in the world.

In 2016, DownSound Entertainment, headed by Jamaican based music and media entrepreneur, Joseph Bogdanovich, purchased Reggae Sumfest from Summerfest Productions. The mission of Bogdanovich and his DownSound Entertainment Team was to turn Reggae Sumfest into a global media and festival property, taking authentic Jamaican music and culture to the world…and promoting what many term, “Brand Jamaica” to the world. Many predicted the 2016 edition of Reggae Sumfest would not do well under the new stewardship…but the exact opposite occurred…It set attendance and global streaming records. Bogdanovich and his DownSound Jamaica Team also brought in skilled global veterans in the media, festival, and concert business to help upgrade and modernize the festival into a top tier global property. They also sought to preserve the Jamaica roots and authenticity, and gave the festival renewed focus on Jamaican artists and culture with the mantra “Our Music Our Festival”. Also added, were cutting edge Video Live Streams in both HD Broadcast format and 360° Surround Video that were highly promoted for months globally, and streamed to the world on multiple media platforms. Viewership of the Live Streams ran into the hundreds of thousands of views from all over the world. Archival videos from Reggae Sumfest now number around 100,000 videos on Youtube, with views in the hundreds of millions. The festival itself was promoted months on end through well managed global digital campaigns that had huge global penetration in the tens of millions, hitting web traffic, searches, youtube, facebook, Reggae /Dancehall / Music / Lifestyle websites, and other platforms on a massive global scale. The mission….enhance and establish Reggae Sumfest as a truly global festival and media property presenting a world class authentic Jamaican musical and cultural experience.

For 2017, Bogdanovich and DownSound have made a presenting sponsorship partnership with Heineken / Red Stripe. Downsound Entertainment and Red Stripe have a global marketing program taking the Reggae Sumfest and Red Sripe brands to the world with true Jamaican authenticity and character. 2017 will also again feature cutting edge HD Broadcast and 360° live streaming highly promoted and distributed on multiple platforms all over the world. Bogdanovich and DownSound also partnered up with the Jamaica Tourist Board to take Reggae Sumfest to the world, and promote attendance and travel from all over the world. Soft drink giant Pepsi is also on board with a marketing partnership as well. 2017 is the first year of Reggae Sumfest launching a custom cutting edge international online ticketing platform with global ticketing. Initial response to this new ticketing platform was phenomenal, with fans from North America, Latin America, UK, Europe, Africa, Asia immediately buying tickets. The mission of making Reggae Sumfest a high value International Property providing an authentic Jamaican musical and cultural experience to the world seems to be well on its way around the world.

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 The Peach Music Festival lineup has arrived! Check out the 2017 artists below. Early Bird Passes on sale tomorrow (March 1) at 12pm ET. The Peach Music Festival lineup has arrived! Check out the 2017 artists below. Early Bird Passes on sale tomorrow (March 1) at 12pm ET. 

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