LIVE SHOW REVIEW: DISPATCH

Recently, Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater was treated to a double bill from Nahko and Medicine for the People and Dispatch. The two groups are environmentally conscious activists that moonlight as headlining folk/reggae-leaning musicians who have performed internationally for years and accumulated a loyal and well-traveled fanbase. After a mind-altering set filled with love energy and good…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: SLOSS FEST, DAY 2

Following Arcade Fire’s epic ending to the first day of the Sloss Music and Arts Festival, I came to the festival grounds with a renewed energy and optimistic mindset.  While the Sunday Sloss schedule carried several country and Americana names, there were also plenty of rock acts, some of which inspired us to make the…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: SLOSS FEST, DAY 1

Following the 2017 Sloss Music and Arts Festival, I kept hearing from friends that I had missed out on an amazing weekend.  I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice, so this year I made the short trek from Nashville to the Magic City–Birmingham, Alabama–to see what all the fuss was about.  Based in…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: BONNAROO 2018, DAY 4

Sunday at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was already upon us. After a year’s anticipation, the preparation, the packing (and unpacking) of camping supplies, the three prior days of music, and all of the new friends and memories made in such a short time, Sunday always has a bittersweet feeling. You know that there…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: BONNAROO 2018, DAY 3

Bonnaroo has a special healing power that somehow allows you to stay up into the early morning hours to squeeze in every possible show and then jump out of your cot with only a few hours of sleep, hungry for more music.  After celebrating the music of Tom Petty until well past 3:30 in the…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: BONNAROO 2018 SUPERJAM!

No matter what brings you to Bonnaroo, no matter what your favorite genre of music, everyone awaits the announcement of the theme and lineup of the festival’s legendary SuperJam!  The Festival has always been known for its collaborative spirit amongst the performing artists, and the SuperJam! has become a semi-organized showcase of collective talent that…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: BONNAROO 2018, DAY 2

Weeks ahead of time, I had eagerly awaited my Friday schedule at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  With the day containing a mix of rising artists I had somehow missed throughout the winter concert season, as well as a few artists that I could not wait to see again, I had assembled the…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: BONNAROO 2018, DAY 1

Whether it’s from the awe-inducing first year at the festival when the true magic and spirit of the experience washes over you for the first time, the memory of a one-of-a-kind show, the gathering of friends old and new, the head-clearing moments of pure musical joy, or the wild combination of all the above, every…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE REVIVALISTS

With the skyline behind the stage and a shimmering oak tree mural backdrop, downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater creates a perfect setting for a night of music. The Revivalists, who headlined the venue recently, had the crowd grooving from the very first guitar riff.  This band from New Orleans continues to grow, and with their…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: CALEXICO

It’s a family thing y’all–that was the takeaway message from Calexico’s recent performance at Portland’s Revolution Hall. The show was sold out, a formula for some high-level energy. And as Calexico, on tour supporting their latest (and ninth) studio record, played their hearts out, they delivered in spades. Their eclectic style of American pop, mariachi,…