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Charles Bradley Announces Festival Shows, Thanks Fans For Support During Cancer Treatment & Recovery


Soul Great Charles Bradley Returns to the Road with Festival Appearances Across The Globe


Thanks Fans for Support During Cancer Treatment & Recovery 


Photo by Austin Nelson (@theaustinnelson), taken at High Water Festival



Charles Bradley will return to the road with His Extraordinaires for festival appearances this summer and fall including Sasquatch and Bottle Rock Festivals this weekend. The soul great is also set for NYC-area performances at Governors Ball and Governors Ball pre-party at Brooklyn Bowl, the inaugural Arroyo Seco Festival in Southern California, and more. See full tour routing below.


The dynamic live performer has successfully completed treatment and has been given the go-ahead by his doctors to return do the stage following a stomach cancer diagnosis last fall. The 68-year old singer made his first live appearance post-treatment last month at the High Water Festival in Charleston, SC and is excited to be back. He is grateful to his doctors for the excellent care he received and to his family, friends and fans for rallying around him. Bradley notes:


“I am so grateful to my beautiful fans and touched by all the love and support they showed me through my crisis and time of sickness. They truly lifted me up and kept me going. I am honored and glad to be back and am going to give you all of my love.”


While “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” took time off from the road over the last few months, he was still very much present in pop culture. Three of his songs were used in the HBO hit series Big Little Lies with additional high profile placements coming soon. He also appeared in last year’s Netflix series Luke Cage and in a spot during CBS Sports’ March Madness coverage. Bradley’s 2016 appearance on CBS This Morning: Saturday (interview, “Changes” // “Ain’t It A Sin“) was nominated for a 2017 Daytime Emmy award for “Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program” earlier this year, and he has been nominated for several A2IM Awards including Best Live Act and Best Blues/Jazz/R&B Album (Changes).


Charles Bradley released his critically lauded third album Changes on Daptone Records in April 2016. He performed shows across the globe and made a number of national television appearances including Conan andThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He also returned to Austin, TX for SXSW where he delivered a show stopping set for NPR Music; had a touching conversation with NPR Morning Edition’s David Greene; and Pitchfork ran a politically-charged feature on the singer, and named his cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes” “Best New Track, to name just a few things.




May 26 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival

May 28 Sonoma, CA – Bottle Rock Festival

Jun 01 Brooklyn, NY – Governors Ball Pre-Party @ Brooklyn Bowl

Jun 02 New York, NY – Governors Ball

Jun 03 State College, PA – Happy Valley Music Festival

Jun 10 Asbury Park, NJ – Punk Rock Bowling @ Stone Pony

Jun 16 Monterey, CA – Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary

Jun 22 Detroit, MI - Chene Park Amphitheater (with Joss Stone)

Jun 24 Pasadena, CA – Arroyo Seco Music Festival

Jun 30 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jul 01 Waitsfield, VT – Friendly Gathering Festival

Jul 04 Montreal, QC – Montreal Jazz Festival @ The Metropolis

Jul 07 Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Music Festival

Jul 13 Chicago, IL – House Of Vans

Jul 15 Birmingham, AL - Sloss Music & Arts Festival

Jul 16 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival

Jul 29 Philadelphia, PA - Xponential Festival

Jul 30 Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival

Aug 03 – 04 Portland, OR - Pickathon Festival

Aug 05 Whister, BC – Wanderlust Festival

Aug 06 Kaslo, BC - Kaslo Jazz Festival

Aug 12 Missoula, MT – Travelers’ Rest Festival @ Big Sky Brewing Co

Aug 19 Wellston, MI - Hoxeyville Music Festival

Aug 26 Pine Plains, NY - Huichica East Festival

Aug 31 Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series (with The Roots)

Sep 04 Montauk, LI, NY – The Surf Lodge

Sep 16 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Rock In Rio 2017

Sep 29 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling

Oct 01 Long Beach, CA – Music Tastes Good Festival

Oct 07 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival

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Cameron Graves “Planetary Prince” vinyl release on Mack Avenue Records

Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

Planetary Prince, the debut album from West Coast Get Down founding member and cosmic pianist Cameron Graves, is to be released as a 2-LP 120-gram vinyl set on May 26 via Mack Avenue Records available on Amazon


The album, originally released via CD and online formats on February 24, received widespread critical acclaim from the media including The New York TimesLA WeeklyRolling StonePitchforkVICE Noisey, and many others.


Catch Cameron Graves touring in support of Miles Mosley with the West Coast Get Down in a market near you.


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Rolling Stone “10 New Artists You need to Know “The house pianist for the party at the end of the universe, pulling in signals from John Coltrane, J Dilla, Meshuggah and points beyond.” – Rolling Stone

All About Jazz Review




“With no shortage of infectious energy, superior playing and captivating melodies, the album also strives to be consciousness-broadening…” - Vice Noisey

Vice Noisey interview

Downbeat article 4 1/2 Stars – DownBeat

“Cameron Graves is a musical genius. He has an innovative approach to the piano that is completely unique. Cameron’s new album ‘Planetary Prince’ is an amazing and almost unbelievable combination of modal jazz, romantic era European classical music, and mathematical death metal. A style so cool that it deserves its own genre…” - Kamasi Washington

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“…an insurgent funk odyssey(‘Planetary Prince’)…” - The New York Times

“The house pianist for the party at the end of the universe, pulling in signals from John Coltrane, J Dilla, Meshuggah and points beyond.” – Rolling Stone

“Cameron Graves…makes his own searing mark with an enrapturing and assured solo album.” – Pitchfork




“Cameron is not only a wonderful musician but also an innovative composer, bringing elements of classical music, prog rock and the aesthetics and phrasing of hip-hop and L.A. beat music into his own jazz compositions. All of this can be heard on his excellent new album, Planetary Prince, which sounds like the best elements of Weather Report, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Austin Peralta and Flying Lotus.” - LA Weekly


“In all aspects of his being, Graves embodies intense seeking and absurd skill.” - LA Weekly


“It comes off somewhere between McCoy Tyner and The Time, Chopin and J Dilla — with an extra layer of mystic clashes between celestial princes of good and evil. It’s the score that Urantia always deserved.” - LA Weekly



Cameron Graves, visionary pianist, composer and founding member of the Los Angeles West Coast Get Down collective, ushers in a seismic shift of the jazz landscape with his genre-blurring debut album Planetary Prince.
Upon signing with Mack Avenue Records, Graves’ nearly released four song EP of the same name was expanded to an eight track full length album, all packed with the same mind-expanding invention that marked all of the work previously generated by the WCGD – including Kamasi Washington’s universally acclaimed debut The Epic (which prominently featured Graves throughout its three discs). 
The core of the players on Planetrary Prince are made up of fellow West Coast Get Down members, whose musical and personal relationships with Graves stretch back to their high school days: tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, trombonist Ryan Porter, bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. To their ranks are added trumpeter Philip Dizack and bassist Hadrien Feraud, both key members of the groundbreaking modern L.A. jazz scene. 

Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

Graves has also carved out a notable career apart from the WCGD. With his brother Taylor he formed the R&B/fusion duo The Graves Brothers, releasing their debut, Look to the Stars, in 2013. That project grew out of a British/American pop group called The Score with which the brothers found enormous success in England.
Graves was also a key member of actress/musician Jada Pinkett Smith’s nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom, providing entrée into the world of film and television scoring through the Pinkett Smith-directed film The Human Contract and TV series Hawthorne. Through his soundtrack work Graves connected with legendary bassist and fellow Mack Avenue Records recording artist Stanley Clarke, and is now a member of his latest band, touring internationally.
Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

Review: Revitalizing New Kannaway Energy Chews – CBD Hemp Oil, Caffeine & B Vitamins


Kannaway LLC, the first hemp lifestyle network to offer cannabidiol (CBD) hemp botanical products has released their newest product, Kannaway Energy Chews – and we at Fusicology LOVE them!  A healthy, low calorie, low sugar and convenient way to gain an immediate natural caffeine boost while also providing the health benefits of organic CBD Hemp oil.

This bite sized hemp-based energy supplement is a new product that has 5mg of CBD derived from sustainable hemp oil and vitamin B to support cognitive function, mood and energy levels. Energy drinks have too much sugar and also contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and other harmful ingredients.

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This chocolate flavored edible is sold at the affordable price of no more than $1.32 per chew with 30 chews in one jar. This new product is a natural and healthy alternative to junk food, energy drinks and pricey coffee all while providing the same boost one would likely get from one cup of coffee.

The Kannaway Energy Chews provide 100 mg of slow-released caffeine that is supplied to the body at a gradual but regular rate containing about half the caffeine of the average cup of coffee, the effects are longer lasting and slower-burning, providing a healthier and more effective solution.


Sean Jones ‘Live From Jazz at the Bistro’ on Mack Avenue Records


Available May 26th on Mack Avenue Records via Amazon: The young jazz veteran trumpeter Sean Jones believes passionately in championing the creative arc of artists who are committed to their life journey. “I think the progression of the art form [jazz] comes with people being allowed to be themselves in their rawest form with no compromise,” he has noted and added, “My body of work is going to show a progression of who Sean Jones is in the most honest form.”

While he spoke these words a few years ago, they serve as a vivid manifesto for his new Mack Avenue Records album, Live from Jazz at the Bistro, his eighth for the label and arguably the most dynamic, playful and loose-limbed excursion of his career. Indeed, the 38-year-old Jones brings to the sessions a stalwart poise, the fire of ecstasy and a whimsy in motion. “In a nutshell, I’ve been wanting to do a live album for a while,” he says. “I wanted to capture the band’s energy live and record what it’s like to go to one of my gigs. Granted, recording in a studio creates a polished sound where the music is all tied up. But this album, it’s real raw.”

Recorded at the St. Louis club Jazz at the Bistro, the seven-song album, produced by Al Pryor, features Jones presenting two versions of his band, as quartet and quintet, as they “hover on the bandstand between sobriety and intoxication,” he says. The longstanding quartet, comprising pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Obed Calvaire has been together for eleven years.

“Having a band this long is really rare in jazz these days,” Jones says. “It’s really hard to do, but we have managed to keep playing together. When we play, it’s become like a conversation, like second nature.” The exception here is bringing in drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. on four tunes as a replacement for Calvaire, due to a scheduling conflict. On the four quintet tracks, Jones showcases another old friend and collaborator, alto and soprano saxophonist Brian Hogans.


Live from Jazz at the Bistro opens with combustion on “Art’s Variable,” a Jones composition that begins with his playful trumpet line and the telegraphic rhythm team fire, with Evans imaginatively rushing on the keys. “I wrote this tune to imagine what it would have sounded like at a gig that Art Blakey might have done with John Coltrane,” Jones says.

The lyrical “Lost, Then Found” is highlighted by Jones and Hogans playing unison soprano sax-trumpet lines that develop into an echo of what each is playing. “We’ve been playing together for so long that we know where to go,” he says. “And I wanted to start the piece with Luques where he swings but also puts the Latin element into the heart of his playing.” The humorous backstory of the Jones composition is that he was walking around his house humming a bass line that then developed into a melody. But right before he started writing the tune out, he sifted through his stash of compositions and found the piece that he had written six years before but forgotten. Hence, the title.

The exhilarating “Piscean Dichotomy” was composed by Hogans. It starts with intensity but then, in the middle, gets spacey and dreamy and features Jones and the alto again playing killer harmony lines. The swinging-with-brio “Doc’s Holiday” is a rhythmically boozy tune written by Evans for a friend who was fond of “lapping up the juice,” Jones says. It features local color supplied by Jones and Hogans and a tasty solo by the composer. In the song there are hip rhythmic hits throughout that represent Doc’s attempts at sobriety.

The blazing-to-soothing “The Ungentrified Blues” features Jones delivering a variety of trumpeting voicings from screaming solos to staccato lines to a one-note hold that gets a rise from the crowd. It’s a tune Jones wrote when he was in St. Louis at a friend’s house right on the border of a gentrification housing project. “I wrote this as an 8-bar blues to get that raw blues form,” he says. “Sometimes we can play so fancy that we lose our grit. This is my way of not letting that happen.”

The uptempo “Prof” with raucous verve from both Hogans and Jones and scalding drums by Calvaire is a tribute to one of his college teachers, the late William Fielder, who also taught such future trumpet stars as Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Terell Stafford, among many others. Nicknamed “Prof,” he was highly influential as a teacher, but he wasn’t a pushover. “Prof would mess with us,” says Jones. “He’d keep telling us, you’re not hip enough, your lives are boring. So this is my response: another blues with 15 bars and a wacky melody with fourths. He loved fourths.”

The final piece on the recording, “BJ’s Tune,” opens as a lyrical beauty with Jones’ slow and alluring trumpet line, then builds about halfway through with rhythmic dynamics that ignite the piece into an R&B spirit. Jones soars with high-range solos before bringing the epic journey to an end with a sublime take on “Amazing Grace.” Jones wrote the piece in New Orleans in 2004 at the city’s festival, pre-Katrina. “It’s a tribute to my nephew BJ, who is the son of my wild child brother who became a minister,” Jones says. “He sent me a picture of BJ and I got emotional thinking of the services that my brother and I attended growing up. It was a coming together in a spiritual community. The piece starts soft ands then builds to a whole room of people crying out. I wrote the tune to fuse jazz and gospel.”

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About Sean Jones:

Live from Jazz at the Bistro represents one more triumph in a career that has been impressive in its expanse of accomplishments. A gospel-bred drummer who switched to trumpet when he was ten after hearing Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Amandla, Jones found his jazz epiphany basking in John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, which summed up the youngster’s desire to explore the spirituality of the music. He received his master’s at Rutgers University, and then quickly began his ascent into the upper echelons of the jazz world.

He served for six years as the first-chair trumpeter for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, toured Europe with Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, and Wayne Shorter with a Miles Davis project, and is now in his fifth year as a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. Heavily involved in education, Jones has taught at Duquesne University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is now chair of the brass department at Berklee College of Music.

Live from Jazz at the Bistro represents one more triumph in a career that has been impressive in its expanse of accomplishments. A gospel-bred drummer who switched to trumpet when he was ten after hearing Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Amandla, Jones found his jazz epiphany basking in John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, which summed up the youngster’s desire to explore the spirituality of the music. He received his master’s at Rutgers University, and then quickly began his ascent into the upper echelons of the jazz world.

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Sean Jones Spring/Summer 2017 Performances::

May 27 | Scullers Jazz Club | Boston, MA

June 1 | Jazz Standard | New York, NY

June 2 | Jazz Standard | New York, NY

June 3 | Jazz Standard | New York, NY

June 4 | Jazz Standard | New York, NY

June 16 | Pittsburgh, PA

July 14 | New York, NY


“His sound can be bright, buttery or bold at different times, or even all at once, and his gaze can move from steely to sweet in a heartbeat.” – All About Jazz 

“He can marry pure beauty and power like few others and he makes it clear that a post-modern focus and a fondness for the traditions of this music aren’t mutually exclusive.” – All About Jazz 

“Mr. Jones is maturing into a leading voice on the instrument and has developed as a talented leader and composer in the genre.” – Huffington Post

“The man just naturally makes large-scale statements, and he has convened a band that shares his ferocity of approach.” – The Chicago Tribune

“Impeccably paced…with a genial sort of poise.” – The New York Times


Hear the Roses: Music Edition


Hear the Roses presents a series of music-focused features. The podcast about passion, perseverance and the pursuit of dreams, includes an intimate conversation with Asya Shein, founder and curator for FUSICOLOGY, a Hub for Progressive Culture and Lifestyle events that has worked with artists including Anderson .PaakAloe Blacc and Robert Glasper, along with an in-depth interview with veteran music journalist Billy Johnson Jr., a former senior editor for Yahoo! Music who has interviewed musical icons such as Beyoncé and Janet Jackson, and the series features Grammy Award-winning producer Shafiq Husayn (SA-RA Creative Partners) and his The Dove Society label mates, who open up about their creative process, working with Anderson .Paak and “being a vessel.”


HEAR THE ROSES is also available on partner sites The Museum of LightFusicology, and RESPECT. Magazine




NEW RELEASE: Niva the Soul Diva’s ‘Life, Love & Music’

Fans of Authentic R&B Soul Music must check out Niva the Soul Diva’s ‘Life, Love & Music’

New York-based Niva the Soul Diva is a singer, songwriter and performer known for her crowd-pleasing, unique, blend of R&B, rock, hip-hop, dance and soul. A Houston, TX native, Niva grew up in the rough part of Houston – The Third Ward.

At an early age, she went on to leave her humble beginnings and follow the quintessential American Dream of moving to New York to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Growing up poor and lonely Niva withdrew into her own private world and found an escape and self-expression though writing and singing music. She discovered new friends through her music and, for a short time, was part of a local female R&B singing group.

At the same time, Niva realized Houston was a city more focused on rap music and – as an R&B singer – she needed to head to The Big Apple. So, in 2008 she took the fabled greyhound bus journey.  With no friends, no place to stay and very little money, what she did have was her talent and determination to make it. In early 2008, Niva responded to an ad for a singer from a production company called New Black Music.

After a successful audition, she began working with the production team on new material that had an old-school soul flavor. Niva immediately fell further in love with soul music as well as classic rock songs.  Niva studied artists such as Tina Turner and Bettye Wright and modeled her new style on their impressive skills and presence. She also found a new love of good ole rock n’ roll and became a big fan of Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones. With this new musical direction fully in swing, Niva took on the stage name of ‘Niva the Soul Diva’

In 2010, Niva debuted her single ‘I Will Make It’. Around the same time, she teamed up with Spoken Word artist Kamal Supreme, and began channeling some of the pain and suffering she experienced growing up in Houston and poured it into the project.  Niva has since gone on to mentor with various established professional musicians and blossomed as an entertainer and singer, perfecting her skills and receiving industry acclaim from colleagues and professional critics, alike.

She has been invited to perform in several well-known venues and on New York morning television programs. She has had been the focus of various print articles in prestigious music and fashion magazines.  Check out her latest release “Niva the Soul Diva’s ‘Life, Love & Music”






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Digital Hollywood, May 23-25, 2017 – View Full Schedule


Digital Hollywood, May 23-25, 2017 is one of the leading trade conferences in its field with top executives in the film, television, music, home video, cable, telecommunications and computer industries participating.

The focus this year expands into Virtual and Augmented Reality, Binge Watching as well as full tracks on finance and production sessions for artists and creators of television, film and the internet

@ Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Highlights of the Conference include:

Working in the Industry: An In-Depth Discussion with Executives and Creatives from TV, Film and Technology

Shannon Flynn, Television Director, Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President of Cinema Programming, Pacific Theatres Entertainment Corporation, Heather Marion, Writer, “Better Call Saul”, Gregg Katano, VR Ambassador, MaiTaiGlobal & Partner/Chief Business Strategist, Unofficial Cardboard, Inc, Evette Vargas, Writer, Director, Producer, Multiplatform and Virtual Reality Creator, Darlene Hunt, Actor/Writer Producer (“Good Girls Revolt,” “The Big C,” “I Heart Huckabees”), Simone Nelson, Managing Director, The CSU Entertainment Alliance, Moderator

The DealMaking Process: From Feature Film, Reality TV & Specials to Web Series and Indie Film Making

Justin Hochberg, CEO, Just Entertainment, Vinay Singh, Partner, Archer Gray (producers of indie movies – 20th Century Comen, Mr. Holmes etc., Amber Mazzola, President, Machete Productions (Producer, Pretty Wild, WAGS,The Profit, The Partner, Millionaire Matchmaker), Robert (Leo) Rodgers, MBA, Sr. VP & Label Liaison, Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group, Hannah Pillemer, SVP, of Development & Production, MarVista, Melisse Lewis, Entertainment Attorney, Moderator<


Culture in Crisis: Docs, Nightly TV, Comedy, Drama, Social Media – Content in a 24/7 World

Ashley Hasz, Sr. Director Film & Integrated Marketing, Participant Media, Ted Richane, Director of Engagement and Impact, Vulcan Productions, Dylan Byers, Senior Media Reporter for CNN Media and CNN Politics, Nicole Carrico, VP Content Collaborations, Upworthy, Carter Covington, Creator and Executive Producer, Faking It, MTV, Jeff Melvoin, Executive Producer, Designated Survivor, ABC TV


Moderators: Kerry Edelstein, President, Research Narrative, Inc. and Lynn Gutstadt, Managing Partner, LG Communications Consulting

The VR-AR ThinkTank Fredrik Frizell, COO and EP, HERE BE DRAGONS, Niko Chauls, Director of Emerging Technology, USA Today & Gannett Network, Scot Barbour, VP:Production Technology, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Rich Flier, Managing Director, Business Development, Digital Domain, Csilla Kozma Andersen, Head of Content Relations, Nokia, Andrew Shulkind, Cinematographer and Co-Founder, HeadcaseVR, Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, Headwaters MB, Moderator 


The China – Entertainment Industry Roundtable

Schuyler M. Moore, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank, Matthew Knowles, Actor, Model, Singer, and bilingual Television Show Host, Fan Wang, Director, Producer and scholar with Sarft, Gary Kho, Chief Marketing and Technology Officer, Wanda Studios Qingdao, David U. Lee, Founder and CEO, Leeding Media, Lora Y. Chen, CEO, China Media Consulting, Moderator 


Women in the Industry: Developing Film, Television & OTT About Women – A Golden Age in Hollywood and Indie Production

Sophia Dilley, Vice President of Production and Development, Route One (Tallulah, Colossal, Landline), Laverne McKinnon, Head of Television, Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Films (GirlBoss), Jaime Burke, co-founder and President, Lifeboat Productions, Rachel Feldman, Director/Writer – Film/TV/Digital. FAIR FIGHT, KINKS, Alicia Malone, Film Reporter, TV Host, Producer, Writer, Editor, Denise Muyco, co-founder and CEO, StratusCore, Moderator 


Women in Virtual Reality and Immersive Entertainment: Experiencing New Dimensions and Creative Experience

Ryan Pullliam, CMO, Speaker and Co-Founder of Specular Theory, Christina Heller, CEO & Co-founder, VR Playhouse, Jenni Ogden, President & Executive Producer, Eye Q Productions, LLC, Evelyne Ouellet, Chief Marketing Consultant, SAFIRA Entertainment Marketing, Kymber Lim, CCO + Head of Studio, Holor, Rachel Skidmore, ‎Director of Media Development, ‎Skybound Entertainment, Louisa Spring, Chief Operating Officer, Prologue Immersive, Moderator

Larry Wilmore: ‘Black on Air’ on The Ringer Podcast Network


Larry Wilmore will bring his unique mix of humor and wit as he launches Larry Wilmore: Black on Air on The Ringer Podcast Network. Wilmore is an Emmy Award winning producer, writer, and comedian who most recently co-created Issa Rae’s HBO series InsecureLarry Wilmore: Black on Air features guests Norman Lear, Bernie Sanders and Neil deGrasse Tyson.


“Larry is one of a kind – not just one of the best thinkers and fearless voices we have, but someone who can talk to anyone about anything,” said Bill Simmons. “He will land a steady flow of fascinating guests, too. I think it makes perfect sense for Larry to become the 22,354,919th human being with a podcast.”


On joining The Ringer Podcast Network, Wilmore said, “I’m very excited to be working with Bill Simmons and The Ringer for my new podcast. Even as a kid, casting pods was something I could only dream of and now it’s here.”


Wilmore previously served as host of Comedy Central’s critically praised The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and helped to launch ABC’s Black-ish as an executive producer. He also made memorable appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and hosted his own Showtime “town hall”-style comedy specials, Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex. Off-screen, Wilmore wrote for In Living ColorThe PJ’s (which he co-created), The Office, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He also served as creator, writer, and executive producer of The Bernie Mac Show, which earned him a 2002 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” and a 2001 Peabody Award.


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Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival Announces 2017 Daily Lineup ft. Chance the Rapper, Odesza, John Legend & The Roots




Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival announces daily lineup ffor the first annual Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival{pronounced ka-roon-din-ha} to take place on Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, 2017, with a kick-off party on Thursday, July 20th at Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park, America’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park in Centre Hall, PA. Set on 1,600 unspoiled acres of rolling hills and rich farmland, the festival site, the largest in the northeast, boasts acres of sunflowers, world-class trout fishing, off-road tours, native North American wildlife, including mountain lions, wolves, bison, bears, longhorn cattle, bighorn sheep and more.


Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of urban America, festival-goers will enjoy an incomparable experience where they can take part in various amenities, including daily yoga sessions, dance workshops, art installations, gourmet food vendors, multiple levels of camping options and all-water tour caves.


The Seneca Tribe aptly dubbed this land, Karoondinha, meaning The Land of Shining Waters. The three-day, multi-stage, camping festival will highlight over 80 artists, including Chance the Rapper, Odesza, John Legend, Paramore, Sturgill Simpson, The Roots, Porter Robinson, Dillon Francis, Young the Giant, Chromeo, Alessia Cara, Leon Bridges, X Ambassadors, The Revivalists, Daya, Maren Morris, Needtobreathe, MisterWives, Jon Bellion, AlunaGeorge, Marian Hill, Broods, DNCE, St. Lucia, Coin, PVRIS, Grace VanderWaal, and Jacob Collier. 


Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival was conceived by young entrepreneurs and brother-sister duo, Kaleena and Paul Rallis, who grew up in Central Pennsylvania working at their family’s business, Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park.  With a musical background and working in the entertainment industry for the past decade, the Rallis siblings want to bring their passion for music and the arts back home to create a major destination event, which the region lacked.  Karoondinha is set to take the festival experience to an elevated level of uniqueness and quality.


“We have assembled a team of experienced ‘festival’ professionals to help bring our vision to life,” said Kaleena and Paul Rallis. They continued, “Collectively, the team of 60+ full-time and hundreds more part-time has worked on some of the most successful and well-established music festivals in the country. They are all extremely dedicated to Karoondinha and are working together seamlessly to take the necessary steps to ensure every aspect, including logistics, staging, production, security, medical, traffic, guest services, food and beverage, are handled in the best ways possible.”


Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival has partnered with the following local non-profit organizations:


Wildlife for Everyone Foundation                                                          

Wildlife for Everyone Foundation celebrates the rich heritage of Pennsylvania wildlife as their funding aids wildlife habitats, scientific wildlife research and education, youth education and land preservation.


The Bestwick Foundation

The Bestwick Foundation is a local non-profit organization nestled in the heart of State College, PA.  Money raised is distributed to local families and individuals who are struggling to fight cancer and other hardships.


Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes more than 48 million pounds of food and grocery products, equivalent to more than 40 million meals, every year to more than 900 soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in 27 central Pennsylvania counties.  The agencies directly feed thousands of hungry families throughout Central Pennsylvania.


For complete details and regular news updates, please visit and follow along on social media @Karoondinhafest.


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Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival ft. Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak, The Prodigy, Chaka Khan, Kerri Chandler, Big Sean & Pharoahe Monch


Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival has just dropped their third and final lineup announcement for their fourth edition with 35 new names including legendary American hip hop recording artist Ab-Soul. Set over the summer solstice weekend June 15-18, 2017, in the center of Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik, festival guests will experience four full days of never-ending daylight due to the close proximity to the Arctic Circle, which has wowed foreign festival guests for the past three years.

With a massive range of international and Icelandic artists announced for 2017 including the Foo Fighters, The Prodigy, Richard Ashcroft, Chaka Khan, Kerri Chandler, and Dubfire, plus a heavy hitting international hip hop presence with Rick Ross, Big Sean, Anderson .Paak, Young M.A, and Pharoahe Monch, this is one of Secret Solstice’s most exciting lineups to date. The Icelandic hip hop scene is also not far behind with the announcement of unforgettable innovators XXX Rottweiler, youngster Herra Hnetusmjör, and female rap duo Cyber, which have been stirring the Reykjavík rap scene since their debut EP, ‘Crap’ was released last year.

Also announced is the Icelandic punk band Tappi Tíkarrass, formed in 1980 and is widely considered the first serious music project of now world renowned singer Björk. With their last public performance dated in 1987, their appearance at Secret Solstice 2017 will be a highly anticipated performance. Adding to the punk side are newcomers Hórmónar who have been on the rise since claiming first place at the Icelandic Music Experiments in 2016. Another band of that same competition, Agent Fresco who are the only Icelandic band to combine pop, alternative, art, metal, and math-rock, are also announced.

For lovers of dance music, The Warehouse Project, an illustrious series of British club nights specializing in house, techno, trance and electro music, will be going to Hel on Saturday, June 17 from 9pm with special guests: Exos, Kiasmos, Krysko & Greg Lord,Nitin back-to-back Droog, and Thugfucker.
For international ravers, stepping into Hel, the specialized night-time venue of Secret Solstice is an experience not to be missed with additional stage takeovers from Anjunadeep, Art’s House, ATG, Circoloco, Crew Love, and SCI+TEC.

Secret Solstice 2017 festival passes plus lava tunnel and Into The Glacier side event tickets are on sale now while supplies last!


Midnight Sun in Reykjavik, Iceland