Archive for April, 2009

The AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT – RFWtv

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

RFWtv caught up with the members of the Airborne Toxic Event at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI. Just shy of a two year anniversary, the band is emerging alongside Vampire Weekend, My Morning Jacket, Chester French and Electric Touch as a fresh group to listen for.

The Mahavishnu Project – Trinumeral 08 – RFWtv

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

One of the most definitive sounds of jazz, forboding through a crash of innovative percussion and string is exactly what the Mahavishnu Orchestra created in 1971.  A short lived vision of progressive music, John McLaughlin saw the ebb and flow over the years the ensemble would restructure itself with new members;  even still, the dream was over in the chill of the eighties.

In 2008, at the Trinumeral Music Festival held in Ashville, NC, RFWtv met up with today’s tribute band that keeps the groove and spirit of the original jazz supergroup alive.    Enjoy the songs and  discover  a vinyl of the original arts – you will not regret it.

STS9 | SOUND TRIBE SECTOR 9 | STS9

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Contributing Writer: Rashon A. Massey

With the dawning of a greener perspective, many musicians are joining the bandwagon surrounding creating environmentally conscious communities on and off the concert circuit. One of the leading bands of the generation, steadily rising to the top of the Pollstar.com chart for touring acts, Sound Tribe Sector 9 (aka Sound Tribe | STS9) is sounding as a voice, vocalizing with the trumpets of awareness in the movement.

Originating in 1998, the instrumental, drum n bass analog-generated sound of the group effortlessly creates organic compositions that pop with the rock, funk and jazz dubbed influences that put audiences in trance. Releasing a combined five albums on their own label, 1320 Records, STS9 has risen to become the go to specialist in late night performances at music festivals – a shared understanding that reaches beyond the jagged coastlines of the U.S. Never a one-man production, the band is five members deep but includes a sixth man worthy of honorable mention, the designer of performance lighting and live experience aesthetic extraordinaire, Saxton.

As the band has grown, their sound has taken a risky choice in consistently challenging an expanding audience to find and redefine genres or arrangements that once may have been classified as hip hop and ‘electronic’ rock; moreover, beyond what marginalized category of sales any of their music can be placed, the band has chosen to discover ways of allowing any listener to bask in their own experience. With the release of their 2005 album Artifact, the band found themselves ascending to the crest of pioneers in both live music and sole responsibility, ownership and shared distribution of recordings via their own independent digital download website. Visit and access the growing archive dedicated to the preservation of the bands releases and soundboard saved recordings from concert sets.

The same breakthrough year that Artifact was released, the band held a benefit concert that is said to have raised somewhere between $20-$22,000 for Louisiana based victims of Hurricane Katrina. Now joining with other mounting forces on the music channel for change, STS9 often creates a tour partnership with Conscious Alliance (CA) – a mobile canned food movement aimed at motivating concert attendees to donate in exchange for limited edition event posters, custom designed by an always revolving and growing ensemble of artists; oftentimes, STS9 will have their artists J. Garcia or Kris Davidson pen the work to completion for CA.

Deciding that by 2006 their extensive touring was probably not in line with their natural, Mayan rooted mentality or earth friendly attitudes, Sound Tribe chose to travel in a carbon neutral bus for their Live as Time Changes tour; moreover, by using renewable energy such as sunlight, wind, rain and other geothermal heat, STS9 was able to power concerts and make efforts to offset 100% of the carbon dioxide emissions from the tour via contributions and donations of renewable energy credits.

Now working cohesively with music festivals that have forged to create a waste free, green community, STS9 sits as the affirmative band on esteemed press panels of discussions, participating in a movement that needs to continue the onward thrust to setting an example in the music industry. As TheRFW.com documents from festival to festival, we will be keeping an ongoing series open to the influence and domination the band finds itself, as they comfortably sit at the top of the billings for many of the gatherings this 2009 season.

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A Greener Festival | aiding festivals adopt environmentally efficient practices

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Contributing Author: Rashon A. Massey

In the years of festivals past, an era rang loud where tickets were only $25 and a promise for a brighter future was just a sugar cube away. These days, the gatherings are far more expensive and the outlets to expand your mind are probably filtered through the same methods; however, the experience might be growing into something far more rich.

In today’s market in order to thrive as a successful music festival, your alliance needs to have a star-studded lineup of musicians hooked by a fantastic relationship with booking agencies, a publicity firm who works and knows the best and a direct working with the space and local community in which the experience (festival) takes place – And that big detail of location has become the platform for the growth and change that is beginning to occur at the gatherings.

Festivals are on a rise of interest not only as a source of music enjoyment but a hub for knowledge. Season after season, promoters, marketers and sponsors are finding the benefits of directly working with the demographic spread of attendees, as well as latching their brand and name with structural matters of importance with each festival. With an environment that is suffering a great deal from our harmful behaviors, no surprise is found that many festivals are now turning a new green leaf.

Finding strength in numbers, festival organizers have begun to look past the responsibility of providing a safe and fruitful location for music and interaction; moreover, many have begun to take seriously the power of the cohesiveness that can result in bringing such a large number of people together. Taking notice of numerous successful music festival events in the UK, Americans are finding that in order for the festival to stay of interest in the hearts of fans and financial backers, they must rise above music billings and create an eco-friendly, conscious agenda at whatever location they claim home. This way, by creating a cycle where not only are we sharing but giving back, festivals can grow to become the go-to spot for finding your inner human being – in the best way possible.

A Greener Festival is just one of several emerging figures in the music industry that are part of the rewarded efforts to those festivals who rise above and beyond. A not-for-profit company that remains ‘committed to helping music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices through providing information, by providing education resources and by swapping ideas.’ A mighty ambition for just a couple of dedicated persons, A Greener Festival is gaining much attention and working alongside many of the successful festivals to date including Glastonbury, Rothbury, Bonnaroo and Boom. Understanding that not every festival can adopt ideas of change and implement them as quickly, A Greener Festival is merely providing an open forum for the event organizers to begin working together. To make a worldwide interest of music gatherings evolve to a place of shared growth that is rooted within the development of positive environmental practices is a place to start – and with the combined core of three that is Ben, Luke and Claire, A Greener Festival hopes to be that catalyst.

For more information on the expansion of A Greener Festival or to find out how your festival can get involved, visit A Greener Festivals newly designed website.

A Greener Festival

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