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JJ Grey & Mofro: Florida Roots in the Rocky Mountains

Frequently I am asked what kind of music JJ Grey & Mofro is. I always find myself fumbling for words but end up with something like “bluesy, jazzy, Florida Swamp funk.” I am usually met with a perplexed look, and I always add, “You…

Sitting Next to My Past: The Fated Seat with Suicide

Katie’s eyes became sad. She said, “My boyfriend killed himself.” My heart sank, my eyes filled with tears, and I told her, “So did mine. I was 16, and it was devastating.” Katie and I sat there in disbelief for a few moments and then she said, “I am 16.” Her father, slightly stunned, said, “I think you were meant to sit next to us.” I nodded and struggled to maintain my composure.

Phish Fans Are Friendly—Until the Tarps Come Out to Save Seats Tempers flare when concert-goers claim whole rows of choice space by throwing giant plastic covers over them. ‘I could not stop thinking—who are “we?”’

**reposted from the Wall Street Journal because I highly doubt I will ever be in the WSJ again** Nathan Tobey went to a Phish concert hoping to enjoy the medley of song improvisations and laid-back vibes that have drawn followers to the band for…

The Ultimate Curveball

As a Florida native growing up in the ‘90’s I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by all types of music. I spent my teenage years hopping from clubs, festivals, Lollapalooza, and music in the middle of fields I had seen it all, or…

The Wonder of the Wanee Music Festival

There’s something magical about the Wanee Music Festival. It always feels like the start of festival season, the official kickoff if you will. Wanee began as a two-day festival with only 11 bands; it is now a three-day festival with as many as 44…

An Evening with Bella Anastasio: An Inside Look at Phish and Her Life

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Bella, the youngest of Trey and Sue Anastasio’s two children. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions and genuine beyond measure; our meeting turned into six hours of hanging out and a…

Festival 101 with Little Ragers

People love to debate on if children belong at festivals or not. Personally, I have taken both of my kids and never regretted it. I have however learned MANY handy things along the way. Below are a series of tips, some of which I utilize at all shows, not just festivals.

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