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Bonnaroo Tickets on Sale Feb. 23 - Plus Golden Ticket Contest

February 22, 2007

Tickets for Bonnaroo 2007 (June 14-17 in Manchester, TN) go on sale to the public Feb. 23 at Noon. Four-day passes will start out at $185 and get more expensive the longer you wait (so if you're going, you should decide now). If you buy tix in the first 48 hours, you will be entered into a contest for a "Golden Ticket" prize pack that includes a lifetime Bonnaroo pass, backstage access and a Coleman camping set-up with a 6-8 person tent, a 50 quart cooler, a propane stove, an airbed with pump, 2 sleeping bags, a lantern and two chairs with built-in coolers.

Along with the music (The Police, The Black Keys, The String Cheese Incident, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Gillian Welch, Hot Tuna, Keller Williams, Ralph Stanley, Richard Thompson, T-Bone Burnett, Martha Wainwright, Charlie Louvin, Uncle Earl, Sonya Kitchell, tons more), the event will also feature David Cross and Lewis Black in the comedy tent and a Silent Disco where, according to my sources, people wear wireless headsets set to different music and dance silently together. I'm up for that!

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 2:31 PM | Comments (1)

Anastasio Indicted on Drug Charges

February 20, 2007

Trey Anastasio, former lead singer of Phish, has been indicted on charges of felony drug possession after it was revealed that he had hydrcodone in his car when he was pulled over in Vermont in December for allegedly weaving down the road. At the time, he was charged with driving under the influence and misdemeanor drug possession after the discovery of heroin, oxycodone and alprazolam. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, Anastasio could face a 14-year prison sentence.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:49 PM | Comments (20)

Dermot O'Reilly Dies in Newfoundland

Dermot O'Reilly, the voice behind the traditional Newfoundland band Ryan's Fancy, died 2/17 of a heart attack. Ryan's Fancy, a band made up of three Irish men living in Canada, released 12 albums before breaking up in 1983. O'Reilly continued to perform and began his own production company in the early '90s.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:03 PM | Comments (0)

East Coast Music Awards Presented

In a ceremony telecast live on CBC television, the East Coast Music Awards were handed out on Sunday in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Singer/songwriter Jill Barber won Recording of the Year and Female Solo Recording of the Year for For All Time while Ron Hynes picked up the prize for Male Solo Recording of the Year for his self-titled release. Joel Plaskett Emergency scored three statues, including Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and DVD of the Year.

Other ECM Awards went to: JP Cormier (Bluegrass Recording of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year for Looking Back), BLOU (Francophone Recording of the Year for Pied-a-terre), El Viento Flamenco (Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year for El Viento Flamenco in Concert), and Natalie MacMaster (Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year for Yours Truly).

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:03 PM | Comments (0)

Bonnaroo Group Puts Down Roots

February 12, 2007

The group behind the hugely successful Bonnaroo music festivals has purchased more than 500 acres of the event's traditional site in Tennessee. With Bonnaroo becoming more popular every year (last year they capped sales to keep the crowds more manageable), Superfly Productions has put down the groundwork that will allow them to build permanent infrastructure and investigate developing additional concert festivals. This year's festival takes place on June 14 - 17 with initial performers being announced this Wednesday (2/14). An early, pre-announcement, block of tickets has already sold-out.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:08 PM | Comments (3)

Joan Baez Added to Grammy Presenters

February 8, 2007

In all of the hoopla over The Police reunion, the news that Joan Baez will be presenting an award at the big ceremony this Sunday (Feb. 11). Baez will also be honored as a recipient of a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Although the Grammy folks will not confirm which awards will be presented live during the telecast (there are a lot to get through), this news gives me hope that they will include the Folk awards. Bob Dylan is nominated for three awards - two in Rock categories as well as for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for Modern Times. He's up against Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, and Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 4:17 PM | Comments (3)

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