As Covid-19 ravaged the globe, the concert industry was hit harder than most. Touring musicians, their crews, music venues…few were spared the hardship of a world that just shut down. A vaccines became readily available, though, there was a glimmer of hope, and as the industry has adapted, music fans have once again been able to stand in front of the bands they love. 2021 Mempho Music Fest – headlined by Widespread Panic and the Avett Brothers – returned the first weekend of October, and provided a cathartic release for bands and fans alike.
Marcus King has announced a four-night livestream series, Four of a Kind, Live From Nashville, benefitting MusiCares and airing every Monday from July 13 through August 3. The event will be filmed in Nashville and each will have its own concept and roster of unique guests.
Del McCoury’s DelFest has added Leftover Salmon, The Jerry Douglas Band, Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene, and others to its 2020 lineup. This year’s installment of the festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend (May 21 to 24) in Cumberland, MD at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.
The lineup for Bonnaroo 2020, taking place June 11-14, has been announced, and it’s a heavy one. Tool headlines the first night, with Lizzo up on the second, and finally Tame Impala on the third. But, the goodies are further down the lineup.
DelFest, the festival held by Del McCoury and his family, has announced the intial lineup for 2020. Taking place in Cumberland, Maryland at the Allegany County Fairgrounds from May 21-24, the first batch of artists includes the Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Strings, and more.
Photos: Brad Kuntz There aren’t many names out there right now that are hotter than Billy Strings. The Lansing, Michigan-born William Apostle brought his band to The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC for a Clockwork Orange-themed Halloween show, and we had Brad Kuntz on the scene to capture the magic.
Hot August Music Festival takes place every year in Cockeysville, Maryland. The 2019 edition had a solid lineup, headlined by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The lineup was diverse; the top of it was rounded out by Billy Strings, Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Samantha Fish, and Turkuaz.
What The Night Brings – a tribute to Jeff Austin – will be held on November 4 in Denver, Colorado at the Mission Ballroom. All proceeds will go to the Jeff Austin Family fund. The event will feature performances by Austin’s former bandmates, contemporaries and collaborators.