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The Mid-Week Beat: Live Music in the Great Outdoors!

2012_keel_john_pickathon_sun_wood-brothers_woods-stage-1399Summer is here and music festivals are happening all over the planet. Just peruse the Brown Paper Tickets website and you’ll see that we have no shortage of music festivals to choose from, whether you’re into experimental jazz or death metal, there’s a festival for you.

While trying to decide what to write about for this week’s Mid-Week Beat, I looked out my office window at the gorgeous Seattle sunshine and thought that the best, and most memorable, music festival experiences that I’ve had have always been when I’ve escaped the city, headed into the woods and totally immersed myself in the rural music festival experience. There’s just something about hearing the music reverberate off of the tall trees surrounding you; creating a sense of freedom and escape that’s unattainable at urban music festivals.

So, this week, we’re highlighting some of the rural music festivals that are happening around the country this weekend. There was certainly plenty to choose from. Hopefully, one of our picks is in your neck of the woods (pun intended!) and you can get out into the great outdoors and enjoy your favorite bands under glorious blue summer skies.

What are you waiting for? Start packing the car and get ready for your musical road trip out to the woods. Tell ’em BPT sent you!
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Mid-Week Beat: Freedom Rock!

catalina-origSo, here in the States, it’s 4th of July weekend. That means fireworks, barbecues, parties and, of course, tons of live music. This week on the Mid-Week Beat, I thought I’d focus on music events that are happening around this great United States this weekend that represent the melting pot that is America.

We got cabaret, hip hop, electronic music, island music, avante garde, punk rock, indie rock and a tribute to the Rat Pack among other incredible events. This is just a sampling of what’s going on around the country this weekend.

Don’t see your town in the list? Well be sure to check out our site to see what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

Remember to celebrate responsibly and enjoy the long weekend!

Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day!

Sing! A Star-Spangled CelebrationSan Francisco, California   Award-winning performer and musical director, G. Scott Lacy, will open the club with an exciting new cabaret experience. SING! A STAR SPANGLED CELEBRATION is a musical journey of song in America – from Irving Berlin to Barry Manilow to Stephen Sondheim, this is the music of America. With riveting guest stars each night, Mr. Lacy will celebrate the music of our lives.  Join him in opening this new San Francisco cabaret room and raise a glass to toast our musical heritage. This performance will feature a special guest appearance by Jessica Fisher.

JULY 4th: Vote 4 Funk Festival w/ DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), Love and Light, The Gaff, Pleasuremaker and MORE!Tahoe City, California   Cast your ballot and vote for funk this 4th of July! 1 price, 1 wristband, 2 venues, 4 stages (including 2 outside decks), and 10 DJ’s make this the most ridiculous, biggest, and most fun party in the entire Lake Tahoe Basin. FUNK! HIP-HOP! SOUL! REGGAE! LATIN BEATS! BASS! BANGERZ! BALLOON DROP! LAKE VIEWS! LAZERS! PARTY! Lineup include: DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), Love and Light, The Gaff, Pleasuremaker, Zebuel, Tre Tuna, Chango, Multipleks, Ground$core and Dub Fyah. Music starts after the fireworks.

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