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Tom Silverman Interview

Monday, February 7th, 2011

TOM SILVERMAN INTERVIEW

Contributing Writer : Rashon A. Massey

Since TheRFW began, I have had the esteemed pleasure of being able to communicate, learn and grow from many of the key players from both the music and technology industries.

One crucial turning point in the structuring and building of TheRFW came when I attended the 2009 New Music Seminar in New York City, NY.  Co-founded by Tom Siverman, the New Music Seminar became the breeding ground and breaking point for bands and brands such as Nirvana, Dave Matthews Band, SXSW, CMJ and many more.  From 1982 – 1994, the New Music Seminar grew to become the largest intensive music conference in the world, and this all happened simultaneously as a little known community named hip-hop exploded and took over the world.  This is greatly attributed to both the seminar and Silverman’s Tommy Boy Records playing an active roll in discovering and launching the careers of Queen Latifah, Afrika Bambaataa, Naughty by Nature and several other well-known music influencers of today.

“So many great artists are out there that aren’t getting through for some reason.  I was […and been] racking my brain, why aren’t they getting through?  Is it because people are overwhelmed with choices? Has music become too active and not passive?  There isn’t a broadcast medium like radio driving traffic anymore,” spoke Silverman in an afternoon phone chat.  “So that’s what we [New Music Seminar] work on is to try to help artists break through and give tools to help that.”

The seminar took a hiatus from 1995 to 2009 simply because Silverman felt as if the gathering was becoming redundant.  The music industry had reached a leveling point, and there was not much of a reason to continue without being able to change the conversation that was occurring between industry experts and attendees.  Then, at the change of the century, the global community saw the rise of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing services such as Napster, Kazaa and LimeWire, and in the couple years following, we witnessed a decade that would usher in social networking.  With such tools surfacing, by the end of the 2000s, an undeniable impact and conversation needed to take place in music.

Today, iTunes has surpassed WalMart as the highest selling distributor of recorded music, and people are still blaming the fall of record labels on illegal downloading.

“Single sells out sold album sales 3.6 to 1 last year.  In the digital world, digital tracks are out selling album sales 15 to 1.  15 tracks that sell for every album that sales,” shared Silverman.  “The single business is a huge business that artists need to look at.  They need to find a way to break a single, a song that defines them and then try to cut an album.”

“If you can have a comfortable life supporting yourself playing your music, how great is that?  You may not be making 100k a year, but you are doing what you want, and that should be enough,” Silverman goes on to share, and that is the foundation of the modern New Music Seminar.

Taking place in Los Angeles from February 14 – 16, the New Music Seminar returns in 2011 stronger than before.  With five movements, intensive workshops, panel discussions, three artist showcases and a plethora of who’s-who of the music industry, this is the place to be whether you are a new artist or established act looking to take their career to the next level, utilizing tools by yourself without the backing of a record label.

“The New NMS has adapted the symphonic model to get across concepts, borrowing from the Ted Conference to teach intensive lectures.  We’ve added a songwriter workshop with Tom Jackson who will select a band, work with them and improve their show.  We’re doing the Artist On The Verge.  These are artists with a fan base with momentum and have some velocity, so they qualify to make a Top 3 to win 50k and all kinds of industry prizes.,” Silverman went on to exclaim with excitement about the 2011 L.A. conference.

“Now is a better time than any to be a musician, and personally, I am always looking for what’s the next thing?  How do we get there?  I get bored with stuff easily, and I get satisfaction in seeing stuff someone else might miss and showing people such as hip-hop or pioneering the new music seminar.  Seeing hundreds of the people come through the seminar and grow to be the leaders of the music business for the next twenty years gives me great joy.”

For more information on the New Music Seminar, visit NewMusicSeminar.biz

February 3, 2011 – New York, NY – New Music Seminar (NMS) announces the exclusive “After Grammy Jammy”, NMS Opening Night Party at The Music Box in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, February 14, 2011, the night following the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

NMS Opening Night Rock ‘n’ Roll red carpet celebration will kick off with a cocktail reception from 6:00-8:00pm featuring MTV America’s Best Dance Crew DJ, DJ MIA from 7:00-8:00pm. The night will feature all-star performances by Sean Garrett, The Little Death, Blaqstarr, Of Verona, Jessie and The Toy Boys and Ben Hunter from 8:00pm-midnight.

Producer, songwriter, and rapper, Sean Garrett has 17 #1 hits and has worked with today’s biggest stars including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Usher, Fergie, Ciara, Enrique Iglesias, Mario, Ludacris and recently announced he is working on Justin Bieber’s next album. Focusing on his own music, Garrett has recently release his single, “Feel Love” featuring J. Cole on Columbia Records.

Rock/soul/blues band, The Little Death, features Laura Dawn (lead vocals), Moby (bass, guitar), Daron Murphy (guitar, bass, & harmonica) and Aaron A. Brooks (drums.) The band recently released their self-titled debut album to rave reviews from critics: “…incomparably soulful debut album…The Little Death’s sound is unmistakably inspired by classic blues. Voluptuous melodies and evocative lyrics are laced with a robust rock-and-roll edge.” And “One of New York’s best-kept sultry secrets….top notch players and volcanic generosity…singer Laura Dawn’s staging and rocket-fuel is punk…and her powerhouse voice channels blues and gospel…she’s a riveting performer, her own blend of Tina Turner and Janis Joplin…”

Hip-hop artist and DJ Blaqstarr has worked with M.I.A., Diplo’s Made Decent family, and fellow Baltimore MC, Rye Rye whom he discovered. Blaqstarr is releasing Divine EP, his first release for Neet Records, M.I.A.’s label through Interscope.

Los Angeles based Of Verona have been named MSN Music & Clear Channel Online “One To Watch” Artists and Yahoo! Music has names them one of their “Who’s Next” Artists. The four-piece rock-pop-electronic band has garnered positive buzz for their live performances.

Dance/electronica sensation, Jessie and The Toy Boys, who’s recently release single, “Push It” — produced by Jimmy Harry (RuPaul‘s “Supermodel) and No Doubt‘s Tony Kanal is garnering favorable comparisons to Gwen Stefani and Kylie Minogue, among others.

New Orleans singer-songwriter, Ben Hunter, combines elements of jazz, folk, rock, Mardi Gras Indian chants and Caribbean rhythms to create a unique and unforgettable sound. Hunter is gearing up for the release of his new album, “Delta Dub,” recorded at the famed Jack Ruby studios in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

DJ MIA has worked with the Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.Ap, whose Jeepney Music release DJ MIA’s first mix tape, as well as appeared in videos for Eminem, Nelly, Blink 182, System of a Down, Hoobastank, Black Eyed Peas and JC Chasez. She was also a featured DJ on MTV’s Celebrity Rap Superstar and Nick Cannon’s MTV Wild’n Out.

The world’s first DJ/Guitarist/Producer Dan Morrell, has opened for acts such as Kanye West, Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO, Kelly Clarkson, Akon, T-Pain, Akon, Rhianna, Shakira, Run DMC, Sean Paul, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Elliott, and more. Dan Morrell will close the night out with a set starting at midnight.

Indie 103.1 on-air personalities, Wayne Jobson, Liz Warner and Tedd Roman will be the MCs throughout the evening.

For the full line-up and schedule go to www.newmusicseminar.com

The Music Box is located at 6126 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA.

Registration for the New Music Seminar will be open from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. **You must be registered to attend the NMS Conference for entrance to the NMS Opening Night Party.

NMS Conference Tickets are currently on sale for $295 and available at www.newmusicseminar.com.

See Final Schedule & Speakers here: http://www.newmusicseminar.com/blog/event-details/schedule/

About the New Music Seminar

From the co-founder and director of the original legendary New Music Seminar comes a conference with a mission; to create a just, sustainable and profitable music business and to help artists break through the growing glut of artists and releases to success. Artists have never had so much power to control their own careers and build their success. This affordable event gives music business executives, technologists, and artists the knowledge, tools and connections to step into the tomorrow’s music business today.

The two-day, three-night conference includes a symphony of five “movements” (focused discussions) over the course of two days, eighteen18-minute Intensives (presentations) from key industry leaders, 25 mentoring sessions, 3 nights of music showcases, High-Level Industry Summit Meetings as well as the NMS creative workshops focused on Live Performances, Vocal Performances, Producing and Songwriting, with ongoing networking opportunities throughout.

The New Music Seminar is the must-attend conference for the emerging new music industry.  The Seminar will address both the artists’ dilemma of breaking out from the ever-growing glut of music releases and the development of a new business model for a sustainable music business.

YOU GOT TO BE THERE… JOIN THE REVOLUTION!

GREENEROO

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Contributing Writer : Rashon A. Massey [TheRFW.com/blog/15secFAME]

Brandon Merritt, Christine Clark, Megan Magill and Anna Borofsky

Brandon Merritt, Christine Clark, Megan Magill and Anna Borofsky

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (Manchester, TN) just wrapped up the 9th year anniversary, and the event still stands as an American triumph of music festivals.  Bonnaroo is the only festival where the average person will lose ten pounds from sweat, dehydration and exhaustion throughout the course of the events duration; moreover, by the end, you can place a Las Vegas bet that someone will be dead.

Bonnaroo is no joke.

2009 marked my 5th go at the Roo Rodeo, and I must admit that seeing the beast each year with 10-hour waiting lines for vehicles, a never-changing layout, scorching sun and those handfuls of lackluster sanitation stations are something of nostalgia; on the flipside, even the rodeo clown gets old.  My complaint about Roo prior to arriving was that nothing EVER changes, which meant finding new joy and wonderment in the event would be a little harder.

This year, being an official GREEN AUDITOR on behalf of A Greener Festival (agreenerfestival.com), I was elated to explore Bonnaroo from a new perspective.  Assuming this role would allow me to investigate and interrogate those responsible for the greening initiatives and communities that not only orchestrate but blossom from the Roo.  This was my dream, momentous experience to branch out and begin finding new friends and exploring terra incognita within an experience I was developing a bad taste towards.

Alongside Derek Singleton, a suave, fedora-sporting young man who just completed an exciting, 82-page report taking a look into music festivals and their sustainability programs, we would examine the greening efforts together.  Both veterans of the event, I was excited to meet up with a new friend and discuss the potential and environmental impact a festival of this magnitude could produce.  The duty and jobs to be performed by Derek and I were to work with the Bonnaroo Sustainability Coordinator, Laura Sohn, and complete an overall, comprehensive walk-through while asking questions, exchanging information and documenting through photo and video the onsite highlights of the greening efforts.

The festival spans a full weekend, yet Derek and I didn’t meet with Laura until noon on the final day of the event.  With her brightly-humorous and enjoyable spirit, Laura greeted us in the backstage media compound on Sunday, and with cameras, pens and paper, Derek and I boarded her gas-powered golf cart (although they do have electric carts as well!) and began the onsite greening tour.

The first thing Laura explained were words that still resonate within me: “Although Bonnaroo takes steps every year to get better, our greening initiatives are far from perfect.  Each year is a lesson of success and failures.”  Well shared words from a woman who has assumed this part-time, year round position since 2007.

Talk numbers, shall we?  Good.

In 2009, 329-tons of landfill trash were collected, and 33 percent of all waste by weight was separated into recycling and compost.  30-tons of organic waste was composted which totaled three times as much as 2008, and Laura attributes the improvement of numbers to the implementation of the onsite “Trash Talker” program.  A work exchange system, “Trash Talker” rewards those attendees that can commit three, six-hour shifts next to waste stations (while wearing blue-gloves) in aim to aid the festival patrons with the disposing of trash, recyclables and compost in the proper receptacles.  For their tireless work and oftentimes on the spot sorting, they receive a free pass to the four-day festival.  A fair deal since ticket prices were about $240 or $275 at the gate/box office.

The first stop on our greening tour brought us to the onsite compost sorting area, which surprisingly did not STINK!  Welcomed by a mound of sorted and ready to go compost, a well-developed system of trash drop off, identification, sorting and separation takes place.  In a tented pavilion, more blue-gloved volunteers extensively do the work that most people would dread.  Like a well-oiled machine, the rotational groups of fifteen riffle through bags of trash, acting as the first line of defense to protecting our landfills and festival community ecosystem.

Something worth noting, vendors are rewarded for using compostable utensils and plates, and even if you brought enough food not to purchase goodies within Centeroo (the main area where music and activities take place), you are sure to use or see the biodegradable cups for lemonade, beer and assorted other beverages.  Produced by NatureWorks LLC, the cup is made of Ingeo biopolymer, a corn-based material, which allows the product to be sorted into the compost receptacles with other wasted food.  Although more expensive than your normal grocery store party cups, Bonnaroo continues to work with the company after six years because in just over a year, “the cups pretty much break down with the other stuff in the compost pile,” according to Sohn.  Beware – according to an article at Tonic.com, “the cups are not, however, officially “biodegradable” as designated by the United States Federal Trade Commission since Ingeo does not break down in nature in a “reasonably short time,” as per the FTC Green Guide’s specifications.”

Again – as Laura stated, Bonnaroo is not perfect, but it is trying to get there.

The next stop on our green adventure lead us to Anna Borofsky , owner of Clean Vibes (the company maintaining the recycling efforts at several major music festivals) at the mega recycling station.  A colorful, glittering heap of containers, bottles, cans and other recyclable products proudly congregate together and await delivery to nearby recycling facilities where further sorting will take place.  To crunch numbers again, in 2009 nearly 81-tons of plastic was delivered to Tennessee recycling plants by Clean Vibes, “…a fraction of the 130-tons of total gathered recyclable materials including scrap metal, corrugated cardboard, boxes and vendor cooking oil,” says Borofsky.  “By the looks of this pile, we already have more recyclables than last year.”

Laura took us past waste management, greening information stations and shared specific goals she would like to see addressed in the development and execution of Bonnaroo’s 2011 music festival.  Just like the budding projects for the desolate, rundown areas of Detroit, MI, Sohn hopes to begin community gardens around the town of Manchester to be tended and used by locals.  Not only a possible source that would provide fresh produce and fruit, but a cultivated idea which also opens the door for employment opportunities to stimulate economic revenue.   The Bonnaroo team would then be able to access and use these foods during the festival, guaranteeing organic food and residual profits for the locals.

At the end of the tour, I also was able to take my duties as a GREEN AUDITOR to a special place in Centeroo themed “Planet Roo.”  Adorned with vendors, non-profits, organizations, café, a solar-powered stage and small lounge showcasing eco-conscious films and open discussion forums, Planet Roo is an area that Bonnaroo improves every year.  Whether you’re looking for more information from an organization aiding the cleanup efforts of BP’s latest oil catastrophe, or interested in reaching out to the worldwide OxFam cause to end poverty and hunger, resources abound are available to activate, encourage and bring awareness to giving back to not only our planet, but your home-based community.

While Derek and I hope to see the planning and execution of renewable energy sources (how much electricity did Jay-Z’s massive set use?), Bonnaroo is on the right path and strives for improvement.  Many do not receive the opportunity to interact and witness the 24/7 energy and persons it takes to keep the four-day festival moving, and for that, I am incredibly grateful I received the privilege.

I left Bonnaroo 2010 with a perspective and acquired experience that trumps any prior reservations I once felt towards the music festival.  Being able to elevate the experience beyond the headlining acts and my year after year complaints reminded me that sometimes new adventures are happening all around us.  Even the Bonnaroo experience changes, but it is up to each of us to allow our view and focus to be broadened and opened to our surrounding environment.

Just as Laura stated, nothing is perfect, but it is the quest to better ourselves and the land around us that matters, learning through each success and failure.

Rock ‘n Renew | True Offsets

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Contributing Author: Rashon A. Massey

Through the travels of Benjamin Landsman, Co-Creator of Roving Festival Writer, we have united with the fantastic, eco-wise efforts of Rock ‘n Renew – truly, one of the next big movements in the music and event industry. Founded by Jonny Dubowsky, an RFWtv featured artist, the non-profit organization is ‘committed to the practical pursuit of environmental health and sustainability.’ Citing core target areas of action as energy, ecology and society, Rock ‘n Renew wants us all to begin to take responsibility and ownership of our environment, while being able to filter the information and process through artistic outlets.

The organization has only been around since 2006, but already has found ways to work with musicians, students and communities by creating ‘custom-design eco-blueprints for concert tours, schools, businesses, and events.’ Imagine a society where everyone is being held accountable for their environmental actions, creating methods in which the use can be beneficial for the exposure of arts, education and community well being. This is possible – and Rock ‘n Renew is aiming to be a contributor to the movement.

Rising beyond bringing awareness to environmental change, Rock ‘n Renew has put together an aid – Green Consulting. With the use of a wonderful companion, your business can remain a competitive force in a marketplace by addressing issues surrounding their impact on the environmental world behind them. By allowing Rock ‘n Renew the relationship to audit your company’s harmful energy footprints, both organizations can work cohesively to restructure and design ways to offset those choices. First, by addressing the problem, businesses can reduce operations that might be of excess to the deterioration of the environment; moreover, once implementing change for the positive, organizations alike can begin incorporating new methods of offsetting any energy footprints – which proves to rebuild a better business, brand and community.

Rock ‘n Renew has even gone so far as to launch its own carbon offsetting and reforestation project. A partnership rooted with ecological experts and botanical researchers, True Offsets ‘contributes to global cooling and heals a damaged eco-system by planting fast-growth, native species trees every month.’ By choosing to continue the ascension towards better business practices via True Offsets, you then become part of the worldwide solution to the crisis our environment is in.

Roving Festival Writer, LLC is proud to be working alongside Jonny Dubowsky, Rock ‘n Renew and True Offsets towards a future that educates, uplifts and betters communities both in the music industry and your local neighborhood. Change is not mighty, but small if everyone takes part. Please visit Rock ‘n Renew and True Offsets to find out how your band, festival, event, household or community might better from positive environmental practices.

Rock ‘n Renew | True Offsets

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Jonny Dubowsky of Jonny Lives! – RFWtv

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Contributing Author : Rashon A. Massey

Having had positive encounters and feedback from major media outlets ranging from National Public Radio (NPR), BBC1 and FHM, Jonny Dubowsky is one musician you probably never heard of; however, within the music industry, the name stands as one of the most respected, innovative and important figures of environmental and social change.

The front face of the esteemed band Jonny Lives!, a group which released their debut album Get Steady in 2006, Jonny Dubowsky effortlessly blends signature NYC rock with British Pop & Punk. Prior to the debut release, the band released their EP for free download via exposure through MTVU – the brand division of the music branch that focuses and tailors content specifically for the college demographic. Influenced by the legendary sounds of The Kinks, New York Dolls and T-Rex, Dubowsky also claims to draw from fresh, contemporary artists of today such as The Artic Monkeys, Arcade Fire and The Killers. Over the course of the past years, Jonny has collaborated with fellow musicians Dave Grohl, Jody Porter from Fountains of Wayne, Sammy James Jr. from Mooney Suzuki, and Nick Valensi from The Strokes on everything from guitar to bar tabs; moreover, Jonny Lives! found themselves on the Van Wilder II motion-picture soundtrack and became a featured band with the South by Southwest tour (check out the Blender.com video feature on the travels of the band in 06 here: http://www.blender.com/video/629/JonnyLives!SXSW06.video)

Not until opening for Art Alexakis of the band Everclear did Jonny begin thinking outside the box about the environmental impact his extensive touring was beginning to do. Doing more than research and networking, Jonny eventually brought to fruition Rock N’ Renew – a non-profit organization that aids our communities with the sources of knowledge and assistance to help persons ranging from students to musicians live, act and produce in sustainable ways that better our environment. The organization connects the health consciousness of today’s greening efforts to art and music, eventually orchestrating a level of interest and overall excitement about green solutions to remedy our unhealthy habits. By creating custom-design eco-blueprints for concert tours, schools, businesses and events, Rock N Renew has become a future vehicle for the progressive actions individuals can take to better the environment.

Benjamin Landsman, Co-Creator of Roving Festival Writer, took a journey to Hawaii to spend time following the humble Founder and musician in the Fall of 2008. From documenting Jonny signing a new record contract to personal interviews and performances from around the islands, RFWtv presents to you our first video in an ongoing series devoted to Jonny Dubowsky and his rising influence in the world around us.

Jonny Lives!

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Rock N Renew

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Wakarusa Music Festival 2008 – Review

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

WAKARUSA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008

“WAKARUSA 2008”

Originally Published JUNE 11, 2008

YouTube Video URL : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTvvLTPQWQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_D4kBEzdg0

Contributing Author – Rashon Massey

BIG PICTURE – So with the downgrade of a stage, cancellation of several headlining acts, a relatively simple town square and great performances by the artist that did show, we were left feeling… satisfied. Not overly hyped, but with a feeling of content. As if the festival was … what it was. Which is not a bad thing. Not necessarily the greatest thing – but it makes the grade. Just an average time. 3/5

big picture the rain kicked every ones ass but the performance the performers did not flow with such a family oriented park plenty of kids and such high security did not flow with the high security of the fetivals b-3 (exact average of your ratings) / r-2.75 ( exact average of my ratings) – 2.875 average of our two ratings which rounded up is 3.

TOWN SQUARE – This Town Square we felt was nothing special at all. Relatively the same layout and probably likewise with returning vendors, the overall central meeting place for this festival did not live up to the potential the space permits; moreover, we noticed some cut backs. In 2006, when Roving Festival Writer last attended, there were TWO (2) main stages; however, this year we only got to see headlining artist on one main stage. The once similarly sized Sun Up stage in which we saw musicians like Buckethead, Les Claypool, Andrew Bird and Animal Liberation Orchestra on in 2006 had now been downsized to a tented pavilion. WHAT?!? Now what stands in the remaining space is an extended VIP area, but if you ventured or camped in the special area the only perk was maybe an easier entrance to the Town Square. Still, we ask, what is the point if you are still a HIKE from the other half of Wakarusa – an area that also features several more vendors, a rather large disc golfing course, another stage solely for hometown acts (appropriately deemed the Prairie stage) and a lake! Nothing was too VIP in that portion of the festival that would warrant the downsizing of a stage that doesn’t even fit more than 75% of the folk that can squeeze into the Revival tent.

For a festival like Wakarusa, it needs all the help it can get. Maybe that is why Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips, continually protested that everyone in attendance needed “to keep the festival alive.” For some reason, throughout his entire performance, and the … what we will nicely call ‘press conference’, he restated the idea that this was a special, unique gathering unlike other festivals. And we here at Roving Festival Writer agree that it has the potential to be an amazing time; however, when you have the Police Fest that was Wakarusa 2006 that really cut your numbers down for 07 attendance, and a weak lineup in 2008, you need all the good word of mouth you can get.

The festival resides in a state park that is absolutely beautiful. Of the many returning Festies, especially ones located at the BACK of the festival grounds, they did not mind skipping out on over half of the performances just to relax and see the headliners this year. BUT OH NO! Rain came and canned the day! On both the opening and closing days, the limits of the whimsy and flimsy Wakarusa became evident and many of the original, best and headlining acts were cancelled! The people preserved, but when three of seven headlining acts do not go down, and the late arrival of the CAKE frontman places their set not on the main stage but in that limited sized capacity Revival tent, you really have shorted the people over half the number of promised performances…whether they were your (the organizers) fault or not. It’s still is about the overall experience which makes it worth $169…we mean, worthwhile. 3/5

town square was ok nothing special the sponsors had fun games and flaming lips movie was also really sweet b-3.5/r- 2 – 3

PERFORMANCES – Artist like Bettye Lavette, Lotus, Donna the Buffalo, BUMP, That One Guy, Tilly and the Wall and headliners Mickey Hart Band, Zappa Plays Zappa and TheRFW.com’s Hometown Gem The Macpodz, were all cancelled due to weather. And the morning of the last day, a festival employee loosely made stops at campsites alerting a handful of festival attendees that Emmylou Harris had cancelled her performance due to ‘illness’. Not good for the performance tally on our Baseball Card report.

On the upside, for the acts that faught to win over the weathered audiences, many thumbs up come our way. From Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk to our good boys the Avett Brothers, the musicians that came to show did do a great showing with much passion as they could throw down in the sweltering heat. Notable collaborations between Buckethead and That One Guy, Cornmeal with Vince Herman and Drew Emmit, with Cornmeal violinist joining Tea Leaf Green and even a solid double showing from Keller Williams (solo and with The Transmitters), the acts that came to town came with purpose and reason. And at the end of the day, of you came for the music, overall the performances probably didn’t disappoint too much. 3/5

performances awesome cornmeal colaboration with vince herman and drew emmitt. also cornmeal violinist with tea leaf green plenty of other great performances but a few where cancelled or it would be a 5 so i gave it a b-4/r- 3 – 3

FESTIVAL SHOPPE – As previously stated, the shops were so few in numbers there were hardly any memorable products or goodies that stood out in our mind. A big shout out to our Dead Head who sets up his FREE table next to his tent just to be generous and FADELINEINCE.com. Decent food, but memorable tacos from TACO HEAVEN. 3/5

festival shoppe nothing special big shout out too www.fadelineinc.com also lots of great food some good bbq b-3.5/r- 3 – 3

GREEN MY SCENE – Nothing special here. Standard green scene. We did not see anything that really promoted helping your environment or other ways of keeping the festival scene clean. Big Ups for the handing out of garbage bags because the people will use them, and kudos to dynamite volunteers who cleaned the main stage field religiously after larger acts. We could use some extra attention of the cleaning of those potties though. 3/5

green scene very good facuilities very clean and portapotties very clean b-4 / r- 3 – 3

SECURITY – Security much better than 2006 and probably the best it is ever going to get. I think the common Festie needs to face the fact that this is a more family oriented gathering that is taking place on a state park. How much more lenient do you think the cops are going to get? The could remain a little less visible. The message is clear, but you can trust that people can remain good without you sitting posted in your four wheeler at every angle of the stage. 2/5

security better than 2006 but needs to be a lot more lenient none in centeroo b-1.5 / r- 2.5 – 2

LOGISTICS – Other than the rain, the movement of the festival was seemless. The large space allows everyone to comfortably camp next in there own area (but watch out for the shaded recesses. Ticks and chiggers are a bitch at this one), and the consistant No Waka Trolley is making runs to and from Main Entrance to almost the back of the camping grounds, which can help immensely for older folk, families and tired bodies overall. Wakarusa also provided a Waka Taxi which was $3 a ride we think. Not sure, but it is a wonderful means of getting expedited service to any corner of the festival grounds. Parking allowed everyone easy entrance and departure with their vehicles. He only downside is the lack of space usage. So much more (if promoted and really planned to it’s maximum design) could take place in the Town Square; moreover, if there was a way, maybe more performances could have taken place even in the aftermath of a storm in lieu of cancellations. 2/5

logistics very bad when it deals with rain too many cancelled performances due too the rain and not even that much rain which was really bad in terms of what happened b-2 / r-2 (2)

also write an email too britne about rogue wave and mason jennings and also add a request about jack johnson and put some the panda cd up on our website and some of the other cds we got also

thanks buddy

sI called the guy from connections if give him a proposal he will do some research and probably get us a sponsor so do some research and lets put together a proposal

PERFORMANCES – Artist like Bettye Lavette, Lotus, Donna the Buffalo, BUMP, That One Guy, Tilly and the Wall and headliners Mickey Hart Band, Zappa Plays Zappa and TheRFW.com’s Hometown Gem The Macpodz, were all canceled due to weather. And the morning of the last day, a festival employee loosely made stops at campsites alerting a handful of festival attendees that Emmylou Harris had canceled her performance due to ‘illness’. Not good for the performance tally on our Baseball Card report

On the upside, for the acts that fought to win over the weathered audiences, many thumbs up come our way. From Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk to our good boys the Avett Brothers, the musicians that came to show did do a great showing with as much passion as they could throw down in the sweltering heat. Notable collaborations between Buckethead and That One Guy, Cornmeal with Vince Herman and Drew Emmit, with Cornmeal violinist joining Tea Leaf Green and even a solid double showing from Keller Williams (solo and with The Transmitters), the acts that came to town came with purpose and reason. And at the end of the day if you came for the music, overall the performances probably didn’t disappoint too much. 3/5

TOWN SQUARE – This Town Square we felt was nothing special at all. Relatively the same layout and probably likewise with returning vendors, the overall central meeting place for this festival did not live up to the potential the space permits; moreover, we noticed some cut backs. In 2006, when Roving Festival Writer last attended, there were TWO (2) main stages; however, this year we only got to see headlining artist on one main stage. The once similarly sized Sun Up stage in which we saw musicians like Buckethead, Les Claypool, Andrew Bird and Animal Liberation Orchestra on in 2006 had now been downsized to a tented pavilion. WHAT?!? Now what stands in the remaining space is an extended VIP area, but if you ventured or camped in the special area the only perk was maybe an easier entrance to the Town Square. Still, we ask, what is the point if you are still a HIKE from the other half of Wakarusa – an area that also features several more vendors, a rather large disc golfing course, another stage solely for hometown acts (appropriately deemed the Prairie stage) and a lake! Nothing was too VIP in that portion of the festival that would warrant the downsizing of a stage that doesn’t even fit more than 75% of the folk that can squeeze into the Revival tent.


For a festival like Wakarusa, it needs all the help it can get. Maybe that is why Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips, continually protested that everyone in attendance needed “to keep the festival alive.” For some reason, throughout his entire performance, and the … what we will nicely call ‘press conference’, he restated the idea that this was a special, unique gathering unlike other festivals. And we here at Roving Festival Writer agree that it has the potential to be an amazing time; however, when you have the Police Fest that was Wakarusa 2006 that really cut your numbers down for 07 attendance, and a weak lineup in 2008, you need all the good word of mouth you can get.

The festival resides in a state park that is absolutely beautiful. Of the many returning Festies, especially ones located at the BACK of the festival grounds, they did not mind skipping out on over half of the performances just to relax and see the headliners this year. BUT OH NO! Rain came and canned the day! On both the opening and closing days, the limits of the whimsy and flimsy Wakarusa became evident and many of the original, best and headlining acts were canceled! The people persevered but when three of seven headlining acts do not go down, and the late arrival of the CAKE frontman places their set not on the main stage but in that limited sized capacity Revival tent, you really have shorted the people over half the number of promised performances…whether they were your (the organizers) fault or not. It’s still is about the overall experience which makes it worth $169…we mean, worthwhile. 3/5

FESTIVAL SHOPPE – As previously stated, the shops were so few in numbers there were hardly any memorable products or goodies that stood out in our mind. A big shout out to our Dead Head who sets up his FREE table next to his tent just to be generous and FADELINEINCE.com. Decent food and memorable tacos from TACO HEAVEN. 3/5

GREEN MY SCENE – Nothing special here. Standard green scene. We did not see anything that really promoted helping your environment or other ways of keeping the festival scene clean. Big Ups for the handing out of garbage bags because the people will use them, and kudos to dynamite volunteers who cleaned the main stage field religiously after larger acts. We could use some extra attention towards the cleaning of those potties though. 3/5

SECURITY – Security was much better than 2006 and probably the best it is ever going to get. I think the common Festie needs to face the fact that this is a more family oriented gathering that is taking place on a state park. How much more lenient do you think the cops are going to get? They could remain a little less visible. The message is clear, but you can trust that people can remain good without you sitting posted in your four wheeler at every angle of the stage. 2/5

POINT A – Z - Other than the rain the movement of the festival was seamless. The large space allows everyone to comfortably camp in there own area (but watch out for the shaded recesses. Ticks and chiggers are a bitch at this one), and the consistent No Waka Trolley wass making runs to and from the Main Entrance to almost the back of the camping grounds, which can help immensely for older folk, families and tired bodies. Wakarusa also provided a Waka Taxi which was $3 a ride (we think). It is a convenient means of getting expedited service to any corner of the festival ground. Parking allowed everyone easy entrance and departure with their vehicles. The only downside is the lack of space usage. So much more (if promoted and really planned to it’s maximum design) could take place in the Town Square; moreover, if there was a way, maybe more performances could have taken place even in the aftermath of a storm in lieu of cancellations. 2/5

BIG PICTURE – So with the downgrade of a stage, cancellation of several headlining acts, a relatively simple town square and great performances by the artist that did show, we were left feeling… satisfied. Not overly hyped, but with a feeling of content. As if the festival was … what it was. Which is not a bad thing. Not necessarily the greatest thing – but it makes the grade. Just an average time. 3/5