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Jam Central Station 12.29.12: 2013 Preview

December 29, 2012 | Posted by Knight-of-God

Hey everyone. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Santa brought you everything you wanted. I’m writing this on my new Chromebook that my wife got me. Very simple laptop that does everything I need it to do. Kind of like a tablet minus the touch screen with a keyboard.

Anyways, with the new year coming, I decided to take a look at a few things in 2013 that I’m excited or hopeful for. Planning on having a normal column for next week. Until then, check this out!

Now that we’ve hit the end of 2012, it’s time to look ahead. 2013 has potential to be a great year in music, both for myself and on a much wider scale. There’s reason to be optimistic, and I’ve put together a list of things I’m looking forward to or hoping for in 2013. Obviously these are my personal thoughts, but I figured they might be of interest to some folks.

A better music delivery system
I’ll admit that this is just me being picky here. I love my satellite radio. I love Spotify. I love being able to stream music through my phone. I love my iPod. But still I whine. I probably shouldn’t, but oh well. I just want an easy way to play all of my music without using my cell phone data. I probably could carry my iPod with me everywhere, but I often leave it on its dock in my bedroom. I could limit myself to Spotify radio on the go, but I like having access to what I want when I want. I have a Google Music account, but using that on my iPhone isn’t seamless. And frankly I’m getting sick of the way my satellite radio is constantly repeating itself, particularly on the Jam On station. That one really bothers me since they have access to millions of live recordings. I don’t need to hear the same versions of Phish songs over and over again. Despite all of the options, there is still massive room for improvement. I’ll be waiting for that.

Playing bigger events with The MuckleBuck
Honestly, leading up to joining The MuckleBuck, I hadn’t seriously considered playing music in years. I was (and I continue to be) quite content with my involvement in the music industry through my writing. But the past year has been pretty eye opening for me, and I think we’ve done some great things as a band. I absolutely expect us to get the opportunity to play events outside of the Cleveland area this coming year. We already have festivals that draw 3-5,000 people on our radar, and, honestly, I expect that we’ll be on a couple of those. We’ll also be making trips to bars and small venues around Ohio and potentially into Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan. There’s a vibrant music scene in this region, and we want to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to making that happen.

A better year for Umphrey’s
I was unimpressed with Umphrey’s this year. I saw them at Summer Camp and then here in Cleveland, and none of the sets were top notch as far as I’m concerned. The other stuff I’ve downloaded was good, but, again, nothing epic. Maybe I just didn’t see their best work this year, but I expect a lot from Umphrey’s and I was let down. Their most recent album was choppy at best, so maybe they’d benefit from a better studio album. Another Mantis would probably breath some more life into the band. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I believe that Umphrey’s McGee is the best positioned band to take a huge jump in the jam band scene. They’re the band that could hit the level of touring arenas and amphitheatres, a level that only Phish has been able to maintain over the long haul. If Umphrey’s wants a chance to hit that level they need to come up with a big 2013.

Seeing Phish
Speaking of Phish, I’m hoping that 2013 is the year that I finally get a chance to see these guys in concert. I should’ve gone this year, but i made a poor decision in planning my musical intake over parts of the summer, and Phish got left out. Big mistake. I’m not the biggest Phish fan in the world, but I’ve been enjoying them more and more recently. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m familiar enough with the band’s work that my enjoyment of the show wouldn’t be entirely dependent on the setlist. I’m really out of excuses for not seeing these guys live, and I need to fix that. So 2013 will be that year.

New festivals
I already know that there will be new festivals in my future. My Memorial Day weekend is already booked with family events, so both Summer Camp and Dark Star Jubilee are unfortunately not in the cards for me this year. It’s highly unlikely I’ll be back at Bonnaroo. So there should be at least one opening for a festival this year. All Good is a frontrunner due to the fact that it’s in Ohio, but there are plenty of other great options. The lineup for Floyd Fest has me very interested. Catskill Chill looks like it would be a great time. And, honestly, who knows what else will pop up on the radar including smaller regional festivals like Summerdance at Nelsons Ledges, Hookah in the Hills, and Rootwire. I’ll be looking forward to exploring new venues and meetings some great new people

An improved Rothbury/Electric Forest lineup
I’ve been to all 4 festivals at the Rothbury/Electric Forest site, and I can’t see myself missing a year. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement, though. 2012 was an amazing festival, but it was a series of very fortunate events that assured that the festival was on par with the previous 3 years. A couple of minor changes here and there would’ve had a dramatic affect on me and my enjoyment of the festival. I desperately want to see some major improvements. The festival needs more diversity. It doesn’t need an increase in electronic acts. I know that electronic music is very popular, and frankly I enjoyed getting to see some acts last year that I normally wouldn’t have. But there has to be limits. There have to be multiple schedule options for fans whose first love isn’t EDM. I don’t want another year of hesitancy going into the forest. I want to know that I have options and that I’m going to see some great bands that I love mixed in with stuff that will be new to me. I’m not asking for perfection, just improvement.

No “end of the world” speculation
This isn’t music related, but it’s getting old. The world isn’t ending. It didn’t end with Y2K, there was no Rapture in May (or October) 2011, and the Mayans just ran out of room on their calendar. There will be no world ending catastrophe. The zombies are not coming. So, please, just stop. I love “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” by REM, but I don’t need to hear it every 6 months as a lead in to the apocalypse. So can we please let this one go?

Telluride Bluegrass Festival announces lineup
The initial lineup for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival was released this week. Plenty of regulars will be back this year. The festival will include the Sam Bush Band, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris 7 Rodney Crowell, Telluride House Band featuring Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton, and Stuart Duncan, Feist, pucnh Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled by Turtles, Infamous Stringdusters, Steep Canyon Rangers, Elephant Revival, and many many more. This is a spectacular lineup for a spectacular bluegrass festival.

Pitchfork 2013
Next year’s Pitchfork Music Festival will take place at Chicago’s Union Park from July 19-21. The lineup will be announced in coming weeks.

Allman Brothers Beacon Run
The Allman Brothers will once again return to the Beacon for an extended run of shows. The band is scheduled to perform at the venue on March 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, and 16.

Black Crowes announce dates
The Black Crowes have announced the end of their hiatus that began in 2010 as well as a run of U.S. dates. The band will lead off with a handful of dates in the UK before heading over to the U.S. for a lengthy tour.

March 24 Manchester, UK—Manchester Academy
March 25 Birmingham, UK—02 Academy
March 27 Glasgow, UK—02 Academy
March 29 London, UK—HMV Forum
March 30 London, UK—UK HMV
April 2 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theatre
April 3 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theatre
April 5 New York, NY—Terminal 5
April 6 New York, NY—Terminal 5
April 8 Washington, DC—9:30 Club
April 9 Washington, DC—9:30 Club
April 11 Boston, MA—House of Blues
April 12 Philadelphia, PA—Electric Factory
April 14 Detroit, MI—Fillmore
April 16 Chicago, IL—The Vic
April 17 Chicago, IL—The Vic
April 19 St. Louis—The Pageant
April 20 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
April 21 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
April 23 Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle
April 25 Dallas, TX—House of Blues
April 27 Austin, TX—Stubb’s BBQ
April 28 Houston, TX—House of Blues
April 30 St. Petersburg, FL—The Mahaffey
May 1 Lake Buena Vista, FL—House of Blues
May 4 New Orleans, LA—Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

S.S. Coachella
December 16-19, 2012 (Bahamas)
December 19-23, 2012 (Jamaica)
Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Performers include: Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, and many others.

Jam Cruise
January 7-12, 2013
Performers include: moe., Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, Funky Meters, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Univers, Big Gigantic, Lettuce, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum, and many others.

Island Exodus IV
January 16-20, 2013
Negril, Jamaica
Gov’t Mule will host the event and perform multiple sets. No word on other performers.

Panic En La Playa Dos
January 27-31, 2013
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This event will be the return of Widespread Panic to the stage after a year-long hiatus. Tickets go on sale August 24.

Jam in the Sand
March 1-5, 2013
Breezes Grand Resort
Negril, Jamaica
Dark Star Orchestra’s first Jamaican event. This event will feature multiple DSO shows as well as three Keller Williams sets and other activities

Buku Music Project
March 8-9, 2013
Mardi Gras World Warehouse
New Orleans, LA
Performers include: Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris, Primus, Passion Pit, STS9, Zedd, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Datsik, Lettuce, and many others

SnowBall Music Festival
March 8-10, 2012
Winter Park, CO
Performers include:Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Portugal. The Man, Rubblebucket, and many others.

Suwannee Springfest
March 21-24, 2012
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Peter Rowan, Keller and the Keels, Jerry Douglas, Cornmeal, Leftover Salmon, Donna the Buffalo, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Elephant Revival, and many others.

March 21-24, 2012
Killington Resort
Killington, VT

April 12-14, 2013
April 19-21, 2013

Wanee Festival
April 18-20, 2013
Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL

Hangout Music Festival
May 17-19, 2013
Gulf Shores, AL

Summer Camp Music Festival
May 23-36
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
Performers include: moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Thievery Corp., Big Gigantic, Lettuce, Cornmeal, Keller Williams, and many others.

May 23-26, 2013
Cumberland, MD

Mountain Jam
June 6-9, 2013
Hunter Mountain, NY

Governors Ball Music Festival
June 7-9, 2013
Randall’s Island
New York City, NY

Camp Railroad
June 10-14, 2012
Full Moon resort
Big Indian, NY
This 4-day music camp will feature members of Railroad Earth in an assortment of workshops, performances, discussions and other sessions to help aspiring musicians and those interested in the music industry to gain an insight into the inner workings of the band. A variety of accommodations are available, and musicians of all skill levels are accepted.
June 13-16
Manchester, TN

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 20-23
Telluride, Colorado
Performers include: Sam Bush Band, Jackson Brown, Emmylou Harris 7 Rodney Crowell, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas Band, Punch Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, and many others.

Solid Sound Festival
June 21-23, 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams, MA
Hosted by Wilco

High Sierra Music Festival
July 4-7, 2013
Quincy, CA

All Good Music Festival
July 18-21, 2013
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH

Northwest String Summit
July 18-21, 2013
Horning’s Hideout
North Plains, OR

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 19-21, 2013
Union Park
Chicago, IL

Floyd Fest
July 25-28, 2013
Floyd, VA
Performers include: The Lumineers, John Butler Trio, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Trampled by Turtles, Blitzen Trapper, and many others.

Gathering of the Vibes
July 25-28, 2013
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT

Newport Folk Festival
July 27-28, 2013
Newport, RI

Newport Jazz Festival
August 2-4, 2013
Newport, RI

August 9-11, 2013
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY

Outside Lands
August 9-11
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

Catskill Chill
September 6-8, 2013
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY

Austin City Limits
October 4-6, 2013
October 11-13, 2013

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