west coast – Rockcoast Festival http://rockcoastfestival.com/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 09:03:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rockcoastfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-11-120x120.png west coast – Rockcoast Festival http://rockcoastfestival.com/ 32 32 Kendrick Lamar is headlining another music festival this summer https://rockcoastfestival.com/kendrick-lamar-is-headlining-another-music-festival-this-summer/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 20:34:37 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/kendrick-lamar-is-headlining-another-music-festival-this-summer/ Kendrick Lamar could be in album mode as the rapper is set to perform at his third festival this year. Glastonbury, the legendary music festival that started in 1970, has announced its lineup of artists for the 2022 festival which will run from June 22-26, and among them is Lamar. Other notable performers who will […]]]>

Kendrick Lamar could be in album mode as the rapper is set to perform at his third festival this year.

Glastonbury, the legendary music festival that started in 1970, has announced its lineup of artists for the 2022 festival which will run from June 22-26, and among them is Lamar. Other notable performers who will grace the UK stage include Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, and more.

Lamar’s inclusion on the Glastonbury roster marks the third festival he is confirmed to be a part of this year. It was revealed earlier this week that K. Dot will headline Rolling Loud Miami 2022 alongside Kanye West and Future. The rapper is also set to perform at the Milan Summer Festival in Italy this summer, and promotional material for the show indicates that fans should also expect to hear new music from him.

Kendrick also recently changed his Spotify profile picture to a more up-to-date photo of himself, possibly indicating that new music is on the way.

It’s been five years since the West Coast giant released their last studio album, DAMN, and fans were eagerly awaiting any sort of update from him on new music coming. All of Kendrick’s recent moves could be a sign that new music is on the way. He recently headlined the Super Bowl alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige, and appeared on his cousin Baby Keem’s album. melodic blue to deliver some of the first bars we’ve heard from him in a while.

Glastonbury, Rolling Loud Miami and the Milan Summer Festival are all set to take place within a few months of each other this summer, so hopefully that’s when a new Kendrick album could arrive.

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FloydFest22 Heartbeat July 27-31 voted Best Overall Music Festival is a must for you and your family this summer https://rockcoastfestival.com/floydfest22-heartbeat-july-27-31-voted-best-overall-music-festival-is-a-must-for-you-and-your-family-this-summer/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 00:13:29 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/floydfest22-heartbeat-july-27-31-voted-best-overall-music-festival-is-a-must-for-you-and-your-family-this-summer/ One of the premier hard-rock singers of all time, Ann Wilson broke boundaries with her band Heart, eight times platinum and more than 35 million sales, pioneers of Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame. who formed in 1973 – and now they’re making their first trip to the mountains as part of the lineup for FloydFest 22~Heartbeat, the latest annual […]]]>

One of the premier hard-rock singers of all time, Ann Wilson broke boundaries with her band Heart, eight times platinum and more than 35 million sales, pioneers of Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame. who formed in 1973 – and now they’re making their first trip to the mountains as part of the lineup for FloydFest 22~Heartbeat, the latest annual offering from the Southeast’s premier award-winning summer outdoor music festival , which runs Wednesday through Sunday July 27-31, 2022, at Milepost 170.5 on Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, Va.

Over a decades-long career, Wilson rode the roller coaster of fame, fortune and madness, learning both joyful and difficult lessons along the way. Lately, she had managed to find a band on the West Coast to tour with, and as the pandemic began in March 2020, Wilson found herself with time to absorb both her life and her future. She comes to ‘Heartbeat’ following the release of her latest album, Fierce Bliss, which offers classic rock comfort food of the finest ingredients, carrying a richness and light that allows the listener to escape into timeless nostalgia.

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Railroad Earth, which has delivered a myriad of memorable performances on the mountain over the past two decades, was also announced as part of today’s seventh round of artist additions. The New Jersey quintet’s eloquent songs, bluegrass soul and rock ‘n’ roll spirit became a fan favorite at FloydFest, and Across-the-Way Productions is proud to call them family now. The unforgettable magic that started a cherished annual tradition on the mountain at FloydFest 16 ~ Dreamweavin’, the Buffalo Mountain Jam (v7) returns for FloydFest 22 ~ Heartbeat, led by Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon and The Infamous

Stringdusters, which will pay homage to “Old and in the Way” – along with many other surprises – for the *seventh annual Buff Jam installment. Known for impromptu artist collaborations, super jams and special guests, the Buffalo Mountain Jam lineup and surprises are shaping up to be a standout moment in musical history at FloydFest 2022 – not to be missed.

Joining the new additions is West Virginia native Charles Wesley Godwin, who crafts cinematic country-folk as beautiful and raw as his native Appalachian Americana, rooted in Godwin’s sharp songwriting and backwoods baritone. Also now on the lineup are The Wooks, an award-winning bluegrass band inspired by the traditional and the unconventional; and Bella’s Bartok, which draw on elements of vaudeville, centuries of street performance and an unwavering desire to promote camaraderie to deliver a passionate kaleidoscope of sound. If all that wasn’t enough to elevate the Valentine’s Day heartbeat, Across-the-Way Productions also unveiled their “Local Love” lineup for FloydFest 22 ~ Heartbeat, which shows their love and admiration for the brilliant music scene. local: Ambassador, Annalyse Marie, Black Mountain Revival, Blue Mule, The Blue Ridge Girls, Chupacabras, The Dead Reckoning,

Emmaline Hicks, Free Union, GoodFellers, GOTE, Jordan Harman Band, MC Broom and the Jam, mansgottaeat, Music Road Co, PumpHouse and The Ryan Greer Band. Customers can now experience the initial FloydFest 22~Heartbeat daily schedule by clicking to

https://floydfest.com/schedule-by-day/.

Floydfest 22 Schedule

Announced earlier this month, FloydFest was again named “Best Overall Music Festival” by thousands of readers in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s 2022 “Best of the Blue Ridge Awards,” the world’s most popular outdoor awards. most famous in the southeast. FloydFest also received second place honors for “Best Family Festival”.

Customers can now also visit FloydFest.com to enjoy the range of craft libations for “Heartbeat”, which will highlight special selections from Deschutes Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Three Notch’d Brewing Company and White Claw Hard Seltzer, as well as Blue Toad Hard Cider, the new “Official Hard Cider of FloydFest 22~Heartbeat”.

Today’s artist announcements follow the first six artist announcements from Across-the-Way Productions, which included the long-awaited return of pop, rock, R&B and jazz quintet Lake Street Dive; Turnpike Troubadours, who pressed the most anticipated reset button in American music, after being absent from the stage and in self-described “indefinite hiatus” since May 2019; two-time GRAMMY winners, Grand Ole Opry members, FloydFest veterans and million-selling Old Crow Medicine Show records; unconventional bluegrass, chart-topping stars Trampled by Turtles; one of rock music’s biggest female icons and multiple GRAMMY winner Melissa Etheridge; world-class soul guitar phenom and singer-songwriter Marcus King; Floyd, Virginia-raised singer-songwriter and now nationally touring artist Morgan Wade; synthy-modern-soul suppliers

Durand Jones & Directions; GRAMMY-nominated rising roots music star Amythyst Kiah; the legends of Colorado’s new grass, Leftover Salmon; and The Infamous Stringdusters, GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass rockers. Also on the line for “Heartbeat,” The California Honeydrops, who draw on a variety of musical influences ranging from Bay Area R&B, Southern funk and soul, to Delta blues and second line. from New Orleans; Yonder Mountain String Band, Colorado’s pioneer jam-weed band; and FloydFest mainstay Keller Williams, who will not only be performing solo, but also alongside his daughter Ella Williams and with his Grateful Gospel project. Also joining the bill are the all-star American Aquarium from the alternate country; R&B, blues,

the gospel and good old funk of Neal Francis; the haunting voice and temporal sensibilities of Sierra Ferrell; the fearless falsetto and mid-60s soul of Aaron Frazer; the virtuoso and energetic bluegrass wizards, Kitchen Dwellers; the blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, rock and punk fusion of Patrick Sweany; rockers from the new Acoustic Syndicate base; rowdy bluegrass rockers The Brothers Comatose; and the vocal power associated with the psychedelic soul of Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast.

Also anticipating their debut for the patrons of FloydFest, the psychedelia, jazz, fusion, funk and rock&roll of Dogs In A Pile, and the funk, jam, go-go, soul and electro of LITZ are on the bill . Young guitarist and singer Isaac Hadden, who grew up in the FloydFest family, and who will perform in three manifestations of his talent – as a soloist, and with his Isaac Hadden Project and Isaac Hadden Organ Trio – is set to perform. produce; as well as Big Daddy Love, winner of the 2010 FloydFest On-the-Rise and purveyors of “Appalachian Rock”; the jump blues, rock, swing and soul of The Judy Chops; and FloydFest On-the-Rise 2021 contest winner, 49 Winchester, and runner-up, Sexbruise?.

To learn more about and listen to the artists scheduled to perform at FloydFest 22 ~ Heartbeat, click to

https://floydfest.com/lineup/. To see the initial schedule by day for FloydFest 22~Heartbeat, click to

https://floydfest.com/schedule-by-day/. The artist’s next reveal is slated for March, with more to follow.

Tickets for FloydFest 22~Heartbeat are on sale now via www.floydfest.com. Click to https://aftontickets.com/floydfest22 for a direct link to tickets. Ticket prices increase on April 1, 2022, again on July 1, 2022 and for the last time when the festival doors open on July 27, 2022, if there are any left.

FloydFest is now offering brand new designs for the FloydFest 22 “Heartbeat” theme on their webstore: https://floydfest.presspressmerch.com/.

Debuting at FloydFest 19 ~ Voyage Home (2019), the FloydFest Bus Stop – a psychedelic-painted school bus that’s been converted into a professional recording studio – hosted an incredible assemblage of performers during FloydFest 21 ~ Odyssey , and these recording sessions are now hosted on a dedicated YouTube channel (“FloydFest Bus Stop:” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvv0PqKimhH1nfgJuq05RfQ), as well as will soon appear on a new website. The FloydFest Bus Stop will return in 2022, having received national press for its distinctive content and unique presentation. As always, FloydFest will also include vibrant and varied vendors, premium craft beers and chews, healing arts, workshops and fantasy, camping and kids’ activities, outdoor adventures, facilities on-site performances and a final lineup featuring 100 artists performing on nine stages over five days. FloydFest is located at Milepost 170.5 on Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, Virginia. Find detailed instructions, packing list and rules by visiting https://floydfest.com/packing-list-rules/. Complete, detailed and updated FAQs can be found by visiting https://floydfest.com/faqs/. Click to https://aftontickets.com/floydfest22 for a direct link to tickets.

Melissa Etheridge
Old Crow Medicine Show
Acoustic Syndicate

For more information, call (888) VA-FESTS or email [email protected] Stay informed via the FloydFest newsletter at http://floydfest.com/newsletter/, and find FloydFest on Twitter (twitter.com/floydfest), Instagram (instagram.com/floydfestva) and Facebook (facebook.com/FloydFestVa). Customers can also join the FloydFest Text Club by texting “FloydFest” to 540-215-2002 on their mobile device.

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The Cowichan Music Festival is back; lots of art to see – Cowichan Valley Citizen https://rockcoastfestival.com/the-cowichan-music-festival-is-back-lots-of-art-to-see-cowichan-valley-citizen/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/the-cowichan-music-festival-is-back-lots-of-art-to-see-cowichan-valley-citizen/ The Cowichan Music Festival is back! After being canceled due to COVID in 2021, the festival has already started its 2022 sessions for dance, piano, strings, vocals and choir, with audiences limited to family members only. These sessions run from February 14 to March 4. But the big event for art lovers in the Cowichan […]]]>

The Cowichan Music Festival is back!

After being canceled due to COVID in 2021, the festival has already started its 2022 sessions for dance, piano, strings, vocals and choir, with audiences limited to family members only. These sessions run from February 14 to March 4.

But the big event for art lovers in the Cowichan Valley is always the Highlights concert featuring winners from various disciplines, taking place on Sunday, March 6 at the Cowichan Performing Arts Center in Duncan.

The concert will feature provincial winners and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The public must wear a mask, present a vaccination passport if over 12 years old and photo ID if over 19 years old, in accordance with CPAC public health regulations.

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While the hit Cowichan Musical Society series The beauty and the Beast is entering its second weekend, there are still a few tickets left.

Too much COVID in the community has pushed the second weekend of production to February 18, 19 and 20 and the good news is that there are still a few tickets available on Friday February 18 for the 7:30 p.m. show at the Arts Center of the Cowichan scene. To get one, call the Ticket Center at 250-746-2722 or drop by in person.

Due to popular demand, the Cowichan Musical Society is also planning a second edition of the show for April, and while they don’t yet know what the dates will be, they are already reporting a waiting list for tickets.

If that doesn’t tell you this is one music fans won’t want to miss, we don’t know what will.

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Speaking of the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, you won’t want to miss the upcoming art exhibit in the theater’s lobby gallery.

From February 23 to March 29, Joane Moran and Catherine Taron will be featured in an exhibition of 50 paintings open for an hour before all theatrical performances, whether or not you have a ticket for the show. Private screenings can also be arranged by contacting the artists.

Called the Re-Start Art Show, it’s a celebration for the two artists to bring their work back to the public after two long years of COVID-19.

“We are excited to show our work locally after a long period of pandemic restriction! the two artists said in a statement.

Works include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings. Both artists are well established and have shown work locally for many years and have collectors from Vancouver Island internationally.

Moran is a Cobble Hill resident who is inspired by the natural West Coast setting.

“Strong touches of color and contrast are hallmarks of Joane’s work,” the press release reads. “She defines herself as a realistic painter, with a contemporary touch. But what sets Joane’s work apart is her capture of a moment, whether it’s vibrant light seen through an abundance of flowers, the crash of waves on the coast, a sunset sunshine over the Cowichan Valley or the likenesses obtained in his animal portraits. ”

Taron lives in Maple Bay and she “interprets the landscapes of Vancouver Island primarily in watercolor and acrylic, emphasizing the shifting moods and energies of the West Coast and island communities. Her intention is to explore painting with a light hand and a limited palette,” the press release describes.

“I try to capture the feeling of places I know, with a specific memory or story in mind,” Taron said.

To learn more about Moran, check out his website at http://joanemoran.caand Taron at http://catherinetaron.ca

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Don’t have enough art? There’s more to see at the Cowichan Community Center in Duncan.

Two local artists display their paintings at the Annex in an exhibition called En Attende du Printemps (Waiting for Spring).

Until February 26, the show features Dominique Eustace and Suzanne Dionne-Coster.

Eustace is a Maple Bay doctor who “paints with a vivid palette and a playful perspective.”

“Art is a celebration of life,” she said. “As a doctor, I witness pain and suffering, so my art is created to alleviate that.” An avid cyclist, she depicts impressionistic cycling scenes and bold abstracts.

Dionne-Coster is a French immersion teacher.

“The context of the pandemic has given me a slight boost to include artistic creation in my daily routine, as well as to spend a lot of time outdoors,” she said.

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Dominique Eustace exhibits her work at the Portals Gallery Annex of the Cowichan Community Center in Duncan. (Work by Dominique Eustache)

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Drakeo The Ruler died at 28, stabbed at LA Music Festival https://rockcoastfestival.com/drakeo-the-ruler-died-at-28-stabbed-at-la-music-festival/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/drakeo-the-ruler-died-at-28-stabbed-at-la-music-festival/ Drakeo. Photo: Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images) Update, Thursday January 27 at 11:00 p.m.: Deadline reported Thursday night that the family of the late Drakeo the Ruler (real name Darrell Caldwell) intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Live Nation, Bobby Dee Presents and C3 Presents. Caldwell was stabbed to death at the Once […]]]>

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Photo: Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Update, Thursday January 27 at 11:00 p.m.: Deadline reported Thursday night that the family of the late Drakeo the Ruler (real name Darrell Caldwell) intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Live Nation, Bobby Dee Presents and C3 Presents. Caldwell was stabbed to death at the Once Upon a Time festival in Los Angeles, where he was due to perform in December. Family attorney James Bryant told the Los Angeles Time that “Mr. Caldwell was basically lynched by over 40 to 60 people, and as you also saw, Mr. Caldwell had no security,” referring to a video of the mob attacking Caldwell. Bryant also said claimed the lawsuit would be filed next week, seeking more than $20 million from concert promoters.

The original story follows.

Update: Tuesday, December 21 at 9:15 a.m.: Drakeo’s mother, Darrylène Corniel, remembered her late son in a new interview with rolling stone. “Darrell, my son, had a good heart,” she said. “He cared about those around him because I taught him that, to be careful of everyone. People who really know my son knew he was a real individual. He had a genuine heart. Corniel added who she planned to sue for an alleged lack of security at Once Upon a Time in LA, which she claims contributed to Drakeo’s death after he was stabbed backstage. comes after Drakeo’s brother, rapper Ralfy the Plug, remembered him shortly after his death was announced on Sunday.”He just wanted to see everyone win and it seemed like everyone wanted to see him lose,” he wrote. on social networks. “Words can’t even explain what I’m about to throw.”

The original story follows.

Vulture can confirm that influential Los Angeles rapper Drakeo the Ruler (real name Darrell Caldwell) has died aged 28 following a reported backstage stabbing at Once Upon a Time in Los Angeles Festival, where he was scheduled to perform, Saturday night at Banc of California and Exposition Park. Writer Jeff Weiss reported for the first time the news on Twitter, writing of the passing of “the greatest West Coast artist of a generation, a legend who invented a new rap language of slick cadences, nervous beats and psychedelic slang, which has beat life twice to suffer the most tragic fate conceivable.” Just last year, on November 4, 2020, the rapper was released from prison after being found not guilty of murder and attempted murder in July 2019. Both TMZ and James Queally for the THE Time also reported the news earlier Sunday morning. After the reported stabbings, the rest of the festival – which included headliners Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, YG, Ice Cube, etc. – has been canceled, although no reason was given. Live Nation, the organizer of the festival, said in a statement at Variety, “There was an altercation on the pavement backstage. Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, the performers and organizers have decided not to move forward with the remaining sets, so the festival s ended an hour early.

While in LA County Men’s Central Jail, Drakeo the Ruler released his 2020 album Thanks for using GTL – fully registered on the telephone system of the prison of the same name – which reviews dubbed the “greatest prison rap album of all time”. Then, in February 2021, the rapper also collaborated with Drake on his song “Talk to Me,” a feat that Vulture writer Justin Curto called “practically intended from the start.” Drakeo the Ruler released four albums in 2021, The truth hurts, A cold day in hell, Isn’t that the truthand So cold that I make them 2 just earlier this month. Below are memories and tributes via Twitter to Drakeo the Ruler, from friends, industry collaborators, celebrities, and more.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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West Coast rapper fatally stabbed at Los Angeles music festival https://rockcoastfestival.com/west-coast-rapper-fatally-stabbed-at-los-angeles-music-festival/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 23:50:00 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/west-coast-rapper-fatally-stabbed-at-los-angeles-music-festival/ LOS ANGELES – West Coast rapper known as Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed in an altercation at a scheduled Los Angeles music festival, leaving fans of the young musician at heart broken. A publicist for the rapper, Scott Jawson, confirmed his death to the New York Times and The Rolling Stone on Sunday. The […]]]>


LOS ANGELES – West Coast rapper known as Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed in an altercation at a scheduled Los Angeles music festival, leaving fans of the young musician at heart broken.

A publicist for the rapper, Scott Jawson, confirmed his death to the New York Times and The Rolling Stone on Sunday. The artist’s real name was Darrell Caldwell.

Caldwell, 28, was assaulted on Saturday night at the Once Upon a Time in LA concert, which was set to feature multiple performers, including Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Ice Cube. Organizers canceled the festival after the stabbing.

A scuffle broke out behind the main stage shortly after 8:30 p.m., leaving a man seriously injured by a stabbing suspect, the California Highway Patrol said in a stripped-down press release that did not name Caldwell. The victim was taken to hospital, where he later died.

The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department also responded.

LAPD spokesman Luis Garcia told the Los Angeles Times that no arrests were made on Sunday.

Journalists and music fans alike have been delighted with Caldwell’s unique sound and limitless creativity. His death highlighted the violent disappearance of other talented young black musicians, including LA rapper Nipsey Hussle in 2019 and the very influential Tupac Shakur in 1996. Both men were shot dead.

Snoop Dogg posted his condolences to Caldwell’s family and his prayers to those affected by the tragedy on social media. “I pray for peace in hip hop,” he said.

Caldwell, who started releasing mixtapes in 2015 and last February released his debut album “The Truth Hurts”, has been called “the West Coast’s most original stylist” for his dark, comedic lyrics and unflappable delivery. . His mixtape “Thank You for Using GTL” features verses recorded at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

He grew up listening to bands like Hot Boyz, Boosie, Webbie, and Dipset, but said it was a fight rapper named Cocky who influenced him to rap.

“He was so sweet and calm rapping, despite the craziest things,” he told Billboard earlier this year. “It showed me that you don’t have to shout or be loud to get your point across. “

Caldwell pioneered a type of rap called “nervous music,” with cryptic, dark songs, the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2018: A luxury sports car he controls.

Caldwell was released from prison in November 2020 after reaching a plea deal with LA County prosecutors who wanted to try him on conspiracy in the 2016 murder of a 24-year-old man. Previously, he had been acquitted of murder charges and attempted murder in the man’s death.

On this March 2021, photo provided by West Coast rapper Scott Jawson known as Drakeo the Ruler poses for a photo outside of a recording studio in Los Angeles. Drakeo the Ruler, real name Darrell Caldwell, was fatally stabbed in an altercation at an Los Angeles music festival on Saturday, December 28, 2021 (Wyatt Winfrey via AP)PA

The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest confirmed in an Instagram post that the event was canceled earlier, and gave no reason.

The festival was hosted by Live Nation, the Beverly Hills-based live events company that was behind the Astroworld music festival last month in Houston, Texas.

Ten people were killed and hundreds injured when large crowds poured in during a performance by rapper Travis Scott.

In an email on Sunday, Live Nation declined to give details of the altercation or provide details on the security of the event.

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Rapper Drakeo the Ruler fatally stabbed at LA music festival https://rockcoastfestival.com/rapper-drakeo-the-ruler-fatally-stabbed-at-la-music-festival/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/rapper-drakeo-the-ruler-fatally-stabbed-at-la-music-festival/ LOS ANGELES –A West Coast rapper known as Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed in an altercation at a scheduled Los Angeles music festival, leaving fans of the young musician heartbroken. A publicist for the rapper, Scott Jawson, confirmed his death to the New York Times and The Rolling Stone on Sunday. The artist’s real […]]]>


LOS ANGELES –A West Coast rapper known as Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed in an altercation at a scheduled Los Angeles music festival, leaving fans of the young musician heartbroken.

A publicist for the rapper, Scott Jawson, confirmed his death to the New York Times and The Rolling Stone on Sunday. The artist’s real name was Darrell Caldwell.

Caldwell, 28, was assaulted on Saturday night at the Once Upon a Time in LA concert, which was set to feature multiple performers, including Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Ice Cube. Organizers canceled the festival after the stabbing.

A scuffle broke out behind the main stage shortly after 8:30 p.m., leaving a man seriously injured by a stabbing suspect, the California Highway Patrol said in a stripped-down press release that did not name Caldwell. The victim was taken to hospital, where he later died.

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The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department also responded.

LAPD spokesman Luis Garcia told the Los Angeles Times that no arrests were made on Sunday.

Journalists and music fans alike have been delighted with Caldwell’s unique sound and limitless creativity. His death highlighted the violent disappearance of other talented young black musicians, including LA rapper Nipsey Hussle in 2019 and the very influential Tupac Shakur in 1996. Both men were shot dead.

Snoop Dogg posted his condolences to Caldwell’s family and his prayers to those affected by the tragedy on social media. “I pray for peace in hip hop,” he said.

Caldwell, who started releasing mixtapes in 2015 and last February released his debut album “The Truth Hurts”, has been called “the West Coast’s most original stylist” for his dark, comedic lyrics and unflappable delivery. . His mixtape “Thank You for Using GTL” features verses recorded at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

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He grew up listening to bands like Hot Boyz, Boosie, Webbie, and Dipset, but said it was a fight rapper named Cocky who influenced him to rap.

“He was so sweet and calm rapping, despite the craziest things,” he told Billboard earlier this year. “It showed me that you don’t have to shout or be loud to get your point across. “

Caldwell pioneered a type of rap called “nervous music,” with cryptic, dark songs, the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2018: A luxury sports car he controls. ”

Caldwell was released from prison in November 2020 after reaching a plea deal with LA County prosecutors who wanted to try him on conspiracy in the 2016 murder of a 24-year-old man. Previously, he had been acquitted of murder charges and attempted murder in the man’s death.

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The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest confirmed in an Instagram post that the event was canceled earlier, and gave no reason.

The festival was hosted by Live Nation, the Beverly Hills-based live events company that was behind the Astroworld music festival last month in Houston, Texas.

Ten people were killed and hundreds injured when large crowds poured in during a performance by rapper Travis Scott.

In an email Sunday, Live Nation declined to give details of the altercation or provide details on the security of the event.

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Color of Music Graces Sacramento Festival spotlights classic black artists https://rockcoastfestival.com/color-of-music-graces-sacramento-festival-spotlights-classic-black-artists/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 15:22:50 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/color-of-music-graces-sacramento-festival-spotlights-classic-black-artists/ By Angelica Obioha | OBSERVER Editor-in-chief The world’s largest festival of black classical musicians made its first appearance on the West Coast, as Color of Music debuted in Sacramento, November 10-13. The four-night event consisted of vocal and orchestral performances by musicians from around the world presented in three venues: the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, the […]]]>


By Angelica Obioha | OBSERVER Editor-in-chief

The world’s largest festival of black classical musicians made its first appearance on the West Coast, as Color of Music debuted in Sacramento, November 10-13.

The four-night event consisted of vocal and orchestral performances by musicians from around the world presented in three venues: the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, the Guild Theater in Oak Park and the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Theater in UC Davis.

In preparation for two years, the festival was originally scheduled to take place in Sacramento in 2020, but has been postponed due to COVID-19 closures.

Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, the Color of Music Festival brings together classically trained black musicians to present and perform the works of composers of African descent, highlighting their impact and historical significance on American and global culture. Since its inception in 2013, it has taken place in several cities including Houston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Richmond, Virginia.

Speaking to The OBSERVER, festival founder and artistic director Lee Pringle said he is focused on enhancing and broadening appreciation for the contributions of classically trained black musicians to the genre.

“When these musical institutions were created, we were intentionally not included. I wanted to provide a platform for artists who wouldn’t have one otherwise, ”said Pringle.

Featuring a diverse repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th-century music, Sacramento festival attendees attended a virtuoso all-female chamber orchestra with director / soloist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, a chamber music spotlight with the Paris-based Grimbert-Barré Trio, a presentation by biographer Christopher Brooks honoring the career of acclaimed opera singer and California native Shirley Verrett, and morning piano recitals with vocal performances by sopranos Kimwana Doner and Laquita Mitchell, among others.

After a record turnout, Pringle said he has a great admiration for the black community in Sacramento.

“We’ve sold three shows and we’ve never done that in a city before. It is therefore a testimony to the fact that [Sacramento] and its black community understands that classical music is truly one of the last fountains of water for us as a people. “

And the opportunity to host a number of these performances at the Guild Theater is what Pringle described as “the icing on the cake”.

“Oak Park has become one of the rising and rising black enclaves. And although the community around the Guild Theater is becoming immensely gentrified, there is still so much history there. Just knowing that for decades it was recognized as one of the first suburbs in the growing region that the black community permeated, it meant a lot to us to showcase there, ”he said. declared.

Sacramento City Councilor Rick Jennings II, along with former City Councilors Larry Carr and Allen Warren, helped bring the festival to the Sacramento area. According to Pringle, the three black council members at the time wanted this to be part of the city’s unique cultural fabric.

“Sacramento loves the arts. We’ve proven it time and time again, ”Jennings said. “I thank Sacramento for being who they are and for showing us that we can bring art to the city and that we can support it.”

According to a League of American Orchestras study, less than 2% of professional classical musicians in American orchestras are black. The Color of Music ensemble was for many a one-of-a-kind experience, an invisible spectacle that Jennings says will spark a passion for generations to come.

“It’s something I’ve never seen before, and I’m 68 years old. I have never seen an entirely black orchestra. And in my lifetime, being able to see it and witness how it happened… it will leave a lasting impression on me for many, many years to come.

“It is my goal that one day the children who have come to the different sites will play for us because of what they have seen here. This is the vision I have for Sacramento, ”he continued.

Sonya Bradley, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Visit Sacramento, echoed Jennings’ sentiments, saying the uniqueness of the festival struck a chord and the feedback they received have been largely positive.

“It was so uplifting. Music is good for everyone, no matter what your race, but I think there’s just that special connection when you can see people like you on stage, ”Bradley said.

In recognition of what he called California’s role as a point guard to emulate, Pringle hopes their presence in Sacramento will in turn set the tone for the distance.

“California has the mantra of ‘the way California is, so is the rest of the country’,” he said. “And I hope that inspires other parts of the country to embrace the world’s greatest classic black organization.” There is no other entity that looks like the color of music.

Color of Music is already scheduled to return to Sacramento. Mayor Darrell Steinberg has pledged to bring the festival back next fall, and Pringle expects official dates to be announced soon.

“And we know it’s going to be even bigger next year,” Pringle said.


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Northern Nights Music Festival announces Claude VonStroke, TroyBoi and more for 2022 lineup https://rockcoastfestival.com/northern-nights-music-festival-announces-claude-vonstroke-troyboi-and-more-for-2022-lineup/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/northern-nights-music-festival-announces-claude-vonstroke-troyboi-and-more-for-2022-lineup/ Northern Nights Music Festival announced the lineup for Phase One and released tickets for their return to California’s iconic Redwood Forest from July 15-17, 2022. Taking place at Cook’s Valley Campground in Piercy, Calif., At the Humboldt / Mendocino border, the festival has built its name based on an eclectic mix of music, industry-leading cannabis […]]]>


Northern Nights Music Festival announced the lineup for Phase One and released tickets for their return to California’s iconic Redwood Forest from July 15-17, 2022. Taking place at Cook’s Valley Campground in Piercy, Calif., At the Humboldt / Mendocino border, the festival has built its name based on an eclectic mix of music, industry-leading cannabis lineup and serene natural landscapes.

Located behind the redwood curtain in the fertile crescent of the Emerald Triangle, the festival offers a new-age portal to the great American West. Established as one of North America’s most unique boutique festivals, Northern Nights brings together a dedicated community of music fans, cannabis enthusiasts and nature lovers on the scenic banks of the Eel River.

Participants can find themselves floating in the river and listening to their favorite performers on the River Stage while doing yoga by day, experiencing the future of electronics live on the main stage at sunset, or by exploring art installations and dancing the night away on the Bunker Stage. . It is an experience personified by the wild independence of the West Coast, organized with global sensibilities in mind.

The programming for the first phase of Northern Nights is led by Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke, genre mix producer TroyBoi, French live performance maestro CloZee, successful British phenomenon Elderbrook and illustrious house producer of Los Angeles SNBRN. Northern Night’s multi-style lineup continues with bass music pioneer David Starfire, Los Angeles house favorite J. Worra, English music producer Khushi, acclaimed Japanese-American upstart Qrion, global dance meets 808 bass music creator SOOHAN, the rise of tech-house star Westend, and more.

Known as a pioneer in the music meets cannabis space, Northern Nights was the first music festival to have legal cannabis sales and consumption on-site. As a result, the festival has become a hotbed for avant-garde cannabis culture and politics, acting as a forerunner for the live events industry and beyond. Their Tree Lounge cannabis consumption space remains the bedrock of the Northern Nights experience while showcasing a comprehensive showcase of the leading brands in the cannabis industry as well as drugged dining experiences, from yoga to cannabis and other programs. custom that will be announced.

The Tree Lounge in 2019 showcased powerhouses of the California cannabis industry like Cookies, Cannacraft, Jetty Extracts and Chemistry, while showcasing the best of the Emerald Triangle including Madrone California, Humboldt Farms, Redwood Roots and Emerald. Exchange. With their return in 2022, Northern Nights will leverage their experience and updated local and national regulations to expand the Tree Lounge across the festival and further standardize cannabis concessions at events.

In other exciting cannabis news, Northern Nights also announced that it will host a takeover of the Redwood stage at the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball, which will take place December 11-12, 2021 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, in California. This will include performances at the famous Cannabis event on their stage from Mr. Carmack, Random Rab, Dirtwire, SOOHAN, Sidecar Tommy (from Beats Antique), A Hundred Drums, and more.

As connoisseurs will tell you, experiential wonder lurks behind every corner of the festival. Stroll the Merchant Row to see Northern Nights’ art and fashion vendors, watch a bevy of live painters create throughout the weekend, have a drink at a specialty bar or just relax in your campsite or your glamping site under the canopy of the redwoods.

It is a place designed by nature waiting to be explored with best friends, new and old. Plan your trip to one of the most unique festival experiences of the year now. Those interested in attending Northern Nights can purchase tickets here.


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Engineering Conference partners with Milk and Cookies Music Festival for 2022 https://rockcoastfestival.com/engineering-conference-partners-with-milk-and-cookies-music-festival-for-2022/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 20:07:40 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/engineering-conference-partners-with-milk-and-cookies-music-festival-for-2022/ Pictured: Justin Samuels. (Photo credit: courtesy RenderATL) Render Atlanta is a black-owned software engineering conference and is the largest in the Southeast region. Its mission is to create a space for education, culture and inclusion in the engineering industry so that the talents of minorities have the opportunity to be recognized. The motto of the […]]]>


Pictured: Justin Samuels. (Photo credit: courtesy RenderATL)

Render Atlanta is a black-owned software engineering conference and is the largest in the Southeast region. Its mission is to create a space for education, culture and inclusion in the engineering industry so that the talents of minorities have the opportunity to be recognized.

The motto of the conference is to stay true to “Atlanta Southern Hospitality with all the food, sweet tea, and vibes you could possibly have ‘over the three day experience. The conference includes educational panels, guest speakers and interactive workshops.

CEO and founder Justin Samuels is an engineer by training. He is also a senior engineer at MailChimp. Before even starting to work there two years ago, he had the idea of ​​starting his own conference.

“I always had this idea of ​​doing this conference, because I’m sick of always having to go to the east coast, that is to say go to places like Boston or NYC or go to the west coast. , like Oakland, San Francisco, or even Seattle just to hear some great tech talk, ”Samuels said.

Samuels sees Atlanta as a neglected hub for aspiring engineers.

“We have a ton of HBCUS and a ton of talent here across town from all of our colleges such as Georgia Tech, Morehouse, Spelman, Clark, GSU,” Samuels said. “It makes perfect sense that companies can come here, tap into our untapped talent pool and also be truly welcomed from the south. “

In Samuel’s opinion, RenderATL is an engineering-focused technology conference. This allows people to come and discover the technology but also the engineering that makes it work.

Samuels began developing the conference in the spring of 2019. The coronavirus pandemic was an obstacle he had to overcome to bring his dream from concept to reality. At the first RenderATL conference in September, there was COVID-19[feminineprécautions pour assurer la sécurité du personnel et des participants.

Croyez-le ou non, l’autre obstacle était en fait de vendre Atlanta en tant que centre respectable de l’ingénierie », a déclaré Samuels. « Beaucoup de gens ne nous ont jamais vus qu’à la lumière du hip hop ou de la mode, mais mon objectif était en fait de faire en sorte que les gens respectent également nos prouesses d’ingénierie. »

La conférence de 2021 a réuni plus de 300 participants à The Gathering Spot, où l’événement a eu lieu. La conférence de 2022 en juin sera encore plus importante.

« Nous aurons plus de 1 000 ingénieurs ici », a déclaré Samuels. « Et nous nous sommes également associés au Milk and Cookies, un festival de musique ici, de sorte que les gens bénéficient désormais de trois jours de ces ateliers et conférences sur l’ingénierie, mais le quatrième jour, nous leur donnons désormais un accès gratuit au Milk and Cookies. Fête de la musique des biscuits. De cette façon maintenant pour obtenir le vrai aspect de la culture.

Samuels a été inspiré pour combiner RenderATL avec Milk and Cookies en raison de la relation étroite entre la musique et la technologie.

“Beaucoup de gens dans la musique souhaitent pouvoir faire des choses sympas qu’ils voient faire des gens de la technologie, comme créer des applications mobiles ou comprendre comment faire des ventes en ligne”, a déclaré Samuels. “Mais alors de notre côté, [engineers] really love musicians. I mean, I can’t name an engineer who doesn’t have Spotify or Apple Music open all day and code and everywhere.


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Rapper Fetty Wap arrested at Rolling Loud Music Festival in New York on federal drug charges https://rockcoastfestival.com/rapper-fetty-wap-arrested-at-rolling-loud-music-festival-in-new-york-on-federal-drug-charges/ https://rockcoastfestival.com/rapper-fetty-wap-arrested-at-rolling-loud-music-festival-in-new-york-on-federal-drug-charges/#respond Fri, 29 Oct 2021 20:44:31 +0000 https://rockcoastfestival.com/rapper-fetty-wap-arrested-at-rolling-loud-music-festival-in-new-york-on-federal-drug-charges/ Rapper Fetty Wrap was arrested Thursday at a music festival in New York City in what the federal government called a “multi-million dollar bi-coastal drug distribution organization” which brought in five more, including a New Jersey Corrections Officer. The FBI took the musician, real name William Junior Maxwell II, into custody at Citi Field on […]]]>


Rapper Fetty Wrap was arrested Thursday at a music festival in New York City in what the federal government called a “multi-million dollar bi-coastal drug distribution organization” which brought in five more, including a New Jersey Corrections Officer.

The FBI took the musician, real name William Junior Maxwell II, into custody at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, a police source confirmed to The Daily Beast.

It was scheduled to perform at 4:45 p.m. at the Rolling Loud music festival, but some spectators complained on Twitter that he never appeared. He is expected to be brought to justice in Federal Court in Central Islip on Friday.

An indictment unsealed Friday in Federal Court in Central Islip alleges Maxwell and five others conspired to sell more than 100 kilograms of narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack, through Long Island and New Jersey.

The group used the U.S. Postal Service and drivers with hidden vehicle compartments to transport drugs across the country to a storage base in Suffolk County, U.S. District Attorney Breon Peace said in a press release. is from New York. The group then reportedly used cutting agents to turn one kilogram of the drug into four kilograms before distributing it to lower-level dealers.

Four of the men: Anthony Leonardi, 47; her brother Robert Leonardi, 26; Brian Sullivan, 26; and Kavaughn Wiggins, 26, were reportedly responsible for purchasing and transporting the drugs to Suffolk County, where they were processed and stored.

Maxwell, 30, was a “kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization,” Peace said. Anthony Cyntje, a 23-year-old correctional officer from New Jersey, is also charged with transporting kilograms of cocaine from Long Island to New Jersey.

Five of the men have been arrested in recent days and weeks; Maxwell was the last of the group to be rounded up. During his arraignment on Friday, the government demanded that Maxwell be held pending trial, which Maxwell’s lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio did not dispute. However, prosecutors also said the two sides were discussing a possible plea deal.

Wiggins, 26, is an aspiring rapper from Long Island named KV Boss Baby and has recorded duets with Fetty Wap, including a track titled Crack Talk.

All of the men except Maxwell are also charged with carrying firearms during the trafficking operation.

Search warrants uncovered a large supply of drugs, $ 1.5 million in cash, two 9mm handguns, a rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a .40 caliber pistol and ammunition. , Peace said.

In a statement to the Daily Beast, Maxwell’s attorney Navarro Gray said: “We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding. He sees the judge today. Hope he gets released so we can clear things up quickly.

Its publicist and reservation agent did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday morning.

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini called the program a “multi-million dollar, two-sided drug distribution organization” which has injected “massive amounts of drugs into our communities.”

“The drug pipeline in this investigation has traveled thousands of miles from the West Coast to communities here in our region, contributing to the epidemic of drug addiction and overdose that we have seen time and time again tear people’s lives apart,” said the deputy director of the FBI. Michael Driscoll charge added.

“The fact that we arrested a chart-topping rapper and correctional officer in connection with the conspiracy illustrates just how despicable the drug trade has become. “

Fetty Wap has been in trouble with the law before. He was charged with drums in 2018 for allegedly hitting a Las Vegas hotel security guard, but a judge dismissed the case in exchange for Maxwell providing 75 hours of community service.

He was also caught doing a drag race on a New York City freeway in 2017 and then pleaded guilty to drunk driving and reckless endangerment.

—With additional reporting by Justin Rohrlich and Pilar Melendez



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