Tuning into the Sounds Of Hawaii at the Mele Mei Music Festival

For writer Eliza Escaño-Vasquez, a recent trip to Oah’u uncovers a treasure trove of Hawaiian music For lovers of Hawaiian music, there’s no better time to be Oahu-bound than in May when the month-long Mele Mei music festival occurs. Mele means ‘song’ in the Hawaiian language and Mei simply refers to the month. This year, Honolulu buzzed with events—a concert series at the Hilton Hawaiian … [Read more...]

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Coachella

It's been a couple of weeks since Coachella, the epic musical fest in the California desert, attracted thousands of fans from around the world to celebrate top talents like Moby and the Red Hot Chili Peppers plus a long list of emerging artists. But we're still feeling just a hint of nostalgia, so we thought we'd share this image  captured during the festival. If you want to keep up to date on … [Read more...]

Todos Santos Music Festival To Rock BAJA CALIFORNIA

R.E.M.’s Peter Buck hosts second-annual fest where everyone has a great time for a good cause. So what do you do if you spent the past three decades in one of the world’s biggest rock bands, and it suddenly (but amicably) dissolves?  If you’re Peter Buck – and a rocker who just wants to jam – you gather a bunch of your like-minded alt-rock buddies and head south for three weeks of … [Read more...]

Roc On! At CANADA’S Festival d’été de Québec

This year, Canada’s largest music festival turns 45, and Quebec City is pulling out all the stops with a brilliantly eclectic line-up ranging from Aerosmith to The Wailers. It’s a pretty tough act to follow: Take a 400 year-old walled city with a historic core that’s an architectural marvel, mix it with 11 days of city-wide concerts, more than 1,000 artists, over one million festival-goers … [Read more...]

Catalpa Music Festival Rocks New York

New York’s Randall's Island will host the two-day Catalpa Music Festival headlined by the Black Keys and Snoop Dogg on July 28th and 29th. From Coachella in the Indio Desert to Outside Lands Fest in San Francisco, music festivals have become modern pilgrimages. Now New York offers the inaugural Catalpa NYC Music Festival, a two-day event starting on July 28. Located on Randall's Island in … [Read more...]

San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival A Feast For The Senses

Get your culinary and concert groove on this August in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It’s one thing to be able to hang out in Golden Gate Park and see bands like Sigur Ros, Skrillex, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Beck and The Foo fighters. It’s another to be able to nibble on wood-fired flatbreads, artisan sandwiches, and sample a bounty of fine wines while rockin’ out.  Yes, it’s the … [Read more...]

R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Friends to Rock Baja’s Todos Santos

The Hotel California to play host to high-profile rockers including Buck, Robyn Hitchcock and others during the first ever Todos Santos Music Festival this January. As if there weren’t enough reasons – warm sun, pristine beaches, great art galleries, gourmet restaurants, whales breaching just offshore – to head to Southern Baja’s Pueblo Magico of Todos Santos this January, here’s another … [Read more...]

Third Annual Taos Mountain Music Festival Tunes-Up For Summer

This year's festival promises a weekend of live funk, bluegrass, rock, Latin, and world beat music in spectacular Taos. Tickets on Sale May 18. What's quickly become Northern New Mexico's music event of the summer is getting ready to take the stage for another tune-filled August weekend, with musical acts including Ozomatli, Matisyahu, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Afroman, and … [Read more...]

Summoned By Music, Mesmerized By Mali

A journey to Timbuktu and beyond for Festival au Desert, the world’s most remote music festival, reveals the people, music and magic of Mali. Beyond our camp, I could just make out a lightning-fast flurry of motion against flickering orange firelight – hands upon a drum, composing an insistent rhythm that froze me in my tracks to listen.  I twisted my feet into the Saharan sand beneath and … [Read more...]

New Mexico’s Taos Mountain Music Fest

Set against the backdrop of the mystical Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the first annual Taos Mountain Music Festival brings world beat and regional down-home  flavor to the magical ski town on Saturday, August 15.  The day-long festival features Los Angeles culture mashers and funk fusion wonders Ozomatli whose music celebrates hip hop, meringue, dancehall, salsa and samba to name a few.  The … [Read more...]