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Picture it: The most beautiful outdoor festival grounds at Planet Bluegrass in stunning Lyons, Colorado. Three days full of world-class musicians from around the globe. 5,000 of your new best friends. For music lovers, this is a dream come true.

The epic music extravaganza this past weekend was beyond stellar. I loved all the music, and the following were my favorites:

Arise Music Festival’s eighth year was nothing short of passionate, creative and completely unified. There was no service on Sunrise Ranch, but a way deeper connection was found throughout attendees.

The fields began filling early Friday morning with a line of anticipated festival goers waiting to Arise to their fullest potential not only as music fans, but to thrive as a collective throughout the grounds.

Due to the severe flooding that occurred in Schuyler County over the past week, the local water treatment plant that services water to the Village of Watkins Glen, including the Curveball site has been contaminated and the water supply is not safe for human consumption. The New York State Department of Health has issued a statement here.

Sadly, Curveball has been cancelled.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band have announced their summer tour dates, including over a dozen festival appearances. The multi Grammy-nominated collective will make their way across the United States, headlining shows in cities like San Diego, CA and Fort Collins, CO, and playing at festivals such as Levitate Music Festival, The White Mountain Boogie N' Blues Festival and Vail Hot Summer Nights. See below for a full list of dates. For more information, please visit: http://www.robertrandolph.net.

THE BIG WEEKEND will take place over three nights across five music venues in Chicago from Oct 4 – 6. Following the model of a city takeover, the inaugural festival will feature performances from Umphrey's McGee, Lettuce, Emancipator Ensemble, Leftover Salmon, Papadosio and more. Read more about The Big Weekend in Pollstar, who spoke to Paradigm's Lee Anderson about the festival.

The California Roots Music and Arts Festival is thrilled to announce their “Forever Redwoods Contest” launching today, August 15, 2018. The contest will run forone-month and the grand prize winners will receive two (2) Redwood Passes for life! The Redwood Passes are Cali Roots unique take on a VIP experience and was introduced in 2017 to much fanfare.

Following a packed summer featuring the band’s debut at Red Rocks Amphitheater and their seventh annual Dark Star Jubilee festival, Dark Star Orchestra announces today their plans to end 2018 with a four-date Cosmic New Year’s tour, ringing in 2019 at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. These dates announced today pair with the band’s 16-date, second-leg of their Fall Tour.

Classic rock music fans turned out on a beautiful summer night, Sunday, August 12th, to see legendary rock singer Roger Daltrey of The Who perform with his solo project band. Warm, dry winds buffeted the small amphitheater adjacent to the Vina Robles winery, perhaps the most beautiful outdoor venue in all of California.

Today, as advance tickets go on sale for the 8th annual New Year’s music and mountain festival, SnowGlobe (SG18) reveals an expanded partnership with

“Brandi Carlile in Concert: A BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND Special” is now streaming in full for a limited time at PBS.org and can also be viewed on demand at Apple TV, RoKu and Amazon Prime. Watch HERE. Filmed at The Caverns, an underground venue located at the foot of Monteagle Mountain in Pelham, TN, the live performance special features songs from throughout Carlile’s extensive career as well as her critically acclaimed new album, By The Way, I Forgive You.

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