Preview: Appaloosa Festival @ Skyline Ranch Resort, 8/13-8/15/21

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Scythian (Photo by Jason Eib)

Appaloosa Festival is back! And Appaloosa 2021 is bringing in rising stars in bluegrass, Americana and Celtic music on Aug. 13-15 at Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Va.

Headliners at this year’s festival include Scythian, Young Dubliners, Dustbowl Revival, Yarn, and Aztec Sun!

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Snapshots: Red Wing VIII Roots Music Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park (Mt. Solon, VA) — 7/9-7/11/21

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Sierra Ferrell performs at the Red Wing Roots Music Festival VIII last weekend. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

The Red Wing Roots Music Festival was held over three days, on July 9, 10, and 11, beneath the towering 500-million-year-old rock formations of Natural Chimneys Park and Campground located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

It was a breath of fresh air, to voyage out of our confined space for the first time to a music festival that’s near and dear to our hearts. COVID canceled all gatherings of this type last year, but gave us a new appreacation for what everyone had missed … sweet love of music.

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Around Town: Funk Parade to Go Virtual in 2021

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The Lady Raiders Step Squad perform at the DC Funk Parade on May 12, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

After being forced to cancel the 2020 Funk Parade, The MusicianShip announced it is bringing the festival back for 2021 with a hybrid experience.

With a timeline for widespread vaccine access still uncertain, Funk Parade will forego its traditional Parade, Day Festival, and Night Festival in favor of virtual and smaller, socially-distanced events.

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Preview: Save Our Stages Festival @ YouTube, 10/16-10/18/20

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Foo Fighters (Photo by Brantley Gutierrez)

YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) today announce Save Our Stages Festival, #SOSFEST, a three-day virtual music festival featuring all original content on Friday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 18, via NIVA’s YouTube channel.

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Livestream Preview: Cold Waves @ Twitch, 9/18-9/20/20

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Meat Beat Manifest (Photo courtesy Reybee Inc.)

Full programming details have now been revealed for the anticipated Cold Waves “The Lost Weekend” Virtual Event, to be streamed FREE via Twitch on Sept. 18-20.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the long-running and much-loved industrial music festival normally held in Chicago heads online this year, giving fans worldwide the chance to take in a variety of performances, screenings, greetings, DJ sets, and more.

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Livestream Preview: Knotfest Online @ Knotfest.com, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19

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Suicide Silence (Photo by Hristo Shindov)

Knotfest.com have announced the schedule for the next three weeks of their enormously popular concert streaming series.

Beginning this Friday, June 5, at 11am PST/ 2pm EST / 8pm CET, fans will be able to catch an exclusive livestream from Swedish metallers In Flames with their full headline set from Wacken Festival 2018.

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Around Town: DC Council Candidates Respond to DC Music Community Platform Checklist

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DC’s John A. Wilson Building (Photo by Ted Eytan)

A number of candidates running for DC Council have now responded to a new music platform checklist, making public their opinions on issues including noise restriction, live music zoning, and tax support for gigging musicians. The checklist and policy platform, drafted by a coalition of DC music community representatives, was released on May 19 as an effort to better understand which of the candidates support a thriving and talented DC music economy.

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Stream Preview: DelFest at Home @ Facebook, 5/21-5/24/20

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The Travelin’ McCourys (Photo courtesy IVPR)

DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family, has just announced DelFest at Home, a streaming event celebrating musical highlights from DelFests past.

Happening during the originally scheduled festival weekend, May 21 through May 24, the free online event will feature performances from the festival’s namesake and his family as well as bluegrass and jam band luminaries such as Trey Anastasio Band, Bela Fleck and Chris Thile, Greensky Bluegrass, and more.

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Livestream Preview: Can’t Be There Today: Billy Bragg and The City Winery All-Stars @ YouTube, 5/10/20

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Billy Bragg (Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

Inspired by Billy Bragg’s recent Mother’s Day video release for his song “Can’t Be There Today,” City Winery and Billy are co-producing a special multi-artist Mother’s Day concert that will be broadcast on YouTube on Sunday, May 10.

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