Big week for Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver). His latest, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, was yesterday awarded what I'm pretty sure is the highest Pitchfork rating of the year. Deservedly so -- it's a gorgeous record. And it looks like he's headed to the Uptown on Friday, September 9, with Kathleen Edwards. That's a don't-miss show. Tickets are on sale this Friday, June 24.
It's been a good year for Lawrence, Kansas' CVLTS and Hospital Ships. People outside the Midwest seem to have started to notice the great (though very different) work that both bands have been doing. And, hey! Look at this. Late last week, both bands got some more national dap.
Thanks to local jazz-jam band Mouth for reposting this entry from the Wakarusa Festival's website:
Please join us in aiding our neighbors in Joplin, Missouri, who have experienced a devastating tornado. We must help our Midwestern neighbor get back on its feet. All donations will benefit the American Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter).
Wakarusa will match all donations made between now and May 27. Together we can and should make a difference. Thank you!
Pretty generous deal, right? Here's a link to the donation page. Now, get to donatin'.
ABC's hit series "Private Practice", a spinoff of the medical romantic-dramedy "Grey's Anatomy," is one of a handful of shows on the air right now that typically features alternative, indie-based soundtracks. So it's no surprise (though it's certainly exciting!) that they picked up a track from local songstress Sara Swenson for the series' season finale, which will air tomorrow night at 9 p.m.
Lo, I published my first review of Rockfest yesterday and awoke to this fine e-mail from Wayward reader Matthew Blackman that sheds light on the strange phenomenon that is the Panty Tree. Check it out:
Congratulations on your first Rockfest experience. I am thrilled it was a good experience for you and your article was awesome. What drew me to it though, was that last picture. The one of the underwear in the tree. Let me explain that as it was myself and my friends that put them there.
I have been going to Rockfest for fifteen years straight. The current group I go with has been with me for the last four. We always want to landmark our location. Usually it's with a vendor, or a certain point, i.e. two screens back, main stage, right side. But we got the idea to stand out to put underwear in the tree to see from a distance.
And thus, my friend, the Panty Tree at Rockfest was born!!! It earned that name throughout the day by passers by who were actually using it as a landmark to meet up with their friends. I made a facebook page for it, and we are actually trying to do it bigger at next years festival!!! So, thank you for the inadvertent plug!!!
Willie Nelson spoke up about this year's August 13 Farm Aid concert at the Livestrong Sporting Park. Check it:
"I'm looking forward to bringing my friends together in Kansas for the first time to honor family farmers," said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson. "Farm Aid celebrates the independent family farmers and ranchers who make this country strong, and we know we can only fix the challenges our country faces with the know-how of family farmers."
More quotes from Farm Aid about this summer's concert:
"Willie, John, Neil and Dave stand up to say that our country needs family farmers," said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. "Farm Aid 2011 is an opportunity for everyone to stand up with them. There is a strong culture of agriculture here in Kansas -- rural and urban -- and a growing movement to bring good food to everyone. We're proud to bring Farm Aid 2011 to the Sunflower State and shine a spotlight on the family farmers and ranchers whose hard work and innovations are essential for all of us."
Check out more information about tickets here. There's also a members-only pre-sale on tickets for Farm Aid members. You can learn more on how to score tickets early at Farm Aid's website.
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 11, 2:10 p.m.: It's official. The Farm Aid concert -- featuring Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young -- will be at the Livestrong Sporting Park on August 13. Tickets for Farm Aid will go on sale Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. Tickets range from $29 to $99, with a limited number of $149 premium seats. Check out more information here.
Wyandotte County is already getting some sweet musical action this year from Kanrocksas -- and it might be about to get sweeter.
Farm Aid is set to make a "big announcement" at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at LiveStrong Sporting Park, the new soccer stadium in the Legends. Since 1985, Farm Aid, "with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year," has hosted concerts in different parts of the country to "support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture, and promote food from family farms."
Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and John Mellencamp are already confirmed to play 2011's Farm Aid concert. The chances that those four will be coming to good old KCK? Right now, it's looking pretty good.
We'll keep you updated as we hear more. Check out Farm Aid's website for more information.
As if you didn't already have enough reasons to love us: The Pitch
has an exclusive pre-sale for Kings of Leon tickets at Sandstone (with Band of Horses) on Monday, August 29. You can score tickets to the show beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, until 10 p.m. Friday, May 6 -- that's two days before the general public gets their sticky fingers on 'em.
Here's hoping that Sandstone is entirely bird-shit free.
Click here for a link. Go to the Radio/Print pre-sale link at the bottom; the password is PITCH.
Itching to get your hands on some new vinyl? Head out to Waldo on Sunday, May 15, to thumb through albums and singles at the Pop-Up Record Store (2011, at 432 East 73rd Terrace) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (or whenever everything sells).
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