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Budweiser’s Made In America Festival 2014 coming to Los Angeles, CA

Budweiser Made in America

The Philly festival hosted by Budweiser is officially going bi-coastal with simultaneous festivals in Philadelphia and Los Angeles for the Labor Day weekend.

Tickets run from $185 for a 2-day package to $599 for the VIP 2-day package, and the festival is being held at L.A. Grand Park.

The lineup (which is curated by Jay Z) for the Made in America Philadelphia will feature Kanye West, Kings of Leon, The National, Pharrell Williams, Spoon, Grimes, Chromeo, Girl Talk, and De La Soul, among others.

Unfortunately, these artist will not be playing at the L.A festival since it will be held at the same time and days, so the west coasters will be entertained by artists such as John Mayer, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Kendrick Lamar, Cypress Hill, Wolfgang Gartner, and many more. Ain’t so bad, is it?

Budweiser Made in America Lineup 2014

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or LiveNation.com. These are the only approved ticket outlets for “Budweiser Made In America.” It is not recommended to buy from any other outlet as Budweiser cannot verify ticket authenticity.

Ticket purchase limits are Eight (8) Early Bird 2 Day passes per person.

“Budweiser Made In America” is an all-ages event. However, to enter the festival beer garden areas, you must be 21+ and have valid photo ID.

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Budweiser Made in America 2014 Lineup

Imagine Dragons
John Mayer
Steve Aoki
Juanes
AfroJack
Kendrick Lamar
Rise Against
Weezer
Sublime With Rome
Metric
Capital Cities
Chance The Rapper
Cypress Hill
Gareth Emery
R3hab
ScHoolboy Q
Wolfgang Gartner
Borgore
DVBBS
12th Planet
YG
Mute Math
Rita Ora
Nipsey Hussle
Dr. Dog
Terraplane Sun
ZZ Ward
Classixx
Hit-Boy
DJ Mustard
Ab-Soul
Isaiah Rashad
Jay Rock
SZA
Yellowclaw
Grits & Biscuits
Will Sparks
Cut Snake
Scavenger Hunt
A Tribe Called Red

Chicago House legend and DJ Frankie Knuckles, dies at 59

Frankie Knuckles - Rest in PeaceIt has been reported that one of the absolute biggest pioneers in House music, Frankie Knuckles, has died due to ‘complications relating to Type II diabetes’ on March 31, 2014.

Knuckles developed diabetes in the mid-2000s having already contracted the bone disease osteomyelitis after breaking several metatarsals in his right foot while snowboarding in Switzerland, in 2003.
Against doctors orders, he continued to DJ and in July 2008, he had his foot amputated.
‘When I saw it was gone I had a good cry, but when I woke up the next morning I felt 1,000% better,’ he told the Guardian in 2011, ‘I didn’t realize how much pain I’d been in until it was gone. It was like all of a sudden the sun came out.’

Frankie, which was known as “The Godfather of House Music“, was born in the Bronx, NY but later relocated to Chicago where he played an important role in the development of house music during the 1980’s. He was active in the music scene for the past 40+ years and has contributed immensely to the electronic music scene. He remained active up until his death.

Frankie Knuckles performs during day 2 of the 2009 Electric Zoo Festival on Randall’s Island on September 6, 2009 in New York City.

Starting in the disco era of the 70’s, Frankie became a resident DJ at Chicago’s Warehouse Club and later launched his own music venue, known as the Power Plant. As the disco music declined in popularity, he soon started experimenting with various musical styles such as soul, disco and electronic music which later became “house music”.

His musical career consisted of several noteworthy collaborations, including Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Toni Braxton as well as a long list of remixes for Chaka Khan, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and many more.

One of Frankie Knuckles latest DJ sets was in 2013 at the Boiler Room in New York.

Rest in Peace, Frankie.

Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer World’ at Disney Hall, bringing technopop to LA

Kraftwerk pre-showThe excitement and joy among Kraftwerk fans could be felt hours before the show. People were tweeting about the show, and street performers took the opportunity to express their love for Kraftwerk and Electronica. Below, a video of two guys outside Walt Disney Concert Hall playing electronica prior to the show.

The show started just a few minutes after 7:30 p.m with the 1981 album Computer World. Prior to the show, everyone in the audience were given a pair of 3-D glasses that had been nicely tucked in a yellow envelope. The cover of the envelope displayed the retro computer with the faces of the (original) band members on the computer screen.
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Kraftwerk’s debut performance in LA: opens Disney Hall gig with Autobahn & Radioactivity

Kraftwerk LiveIt has been nearly 4 months since I announced that Kraftwerk will be taking the center stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. And last night was their debut performance, which included ‘Autobahn’, followed by ‘Radioactivity’.

The first set started at 7:30 p.m. and offered the 1974 release of ‘Autobahn’ which was Kraftwerk’s debut album.

At 10:30 p.m., the quartet took the stage again to perform its second album ‘Radioactivity’ from 1975.

And I am glad to have tickets for the Thursday performance, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday’s first performance will be ‘Computer World’, which is one of my absolute favorite albums that Kraftwerk has released. I have been impatient about this concert, and can’t wait to experience the surround-sound setup with the 3-D graphics interchanged with glimpses of retro art. The excruciating wait is ending soon.
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Kraftwerk in Los Angeles, CA for 2014 Tour, 8 shows

Kraftwerk LiveThe perception of music and its unification with our senses is a well-studied area. I remember being 8 years old, using a pair of (vintage) Technics headphones as a microphone to record all kinds of random noises. “Headphones as a microphone?” you may ask yourself. Well, by using the left side of the membrane as a microphone, it is actually possible. In some way, I figured this out and started recording my own beatboxing sessions and voice-overs.

Spontaneously, along with my daily karaoke sessions sitting on the floor next to my family’s rack-mounted Technics HiFi setup, I soon found tapes (Compact Cassette) with music. Kraftwerk, Yanni, Depeche Mode. Mind was blown. Away. “Sweet music”, I thought. And that was it.

Kraftwerk started my musical journey which led me into the depths of electronic music, experimental music and sound modulation. So it would be a bit of an understatement to say that I’m an avid EDM fan. I dedicated my entire youth to electronic music and soundscaping. And all of it is thanks to one single band. A band that influenced me so much. And my admiration is far and beyond what words can explain.

I’ve recorded a bunch of covers on various Kraftwerk songs. This track is a remix of “The Robots” played on a Yamaha PSR-2000. “We’re the Robots” (Oriental Downbeat remix).

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Kraftwerk is back!

The band will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA on March 18-21, 2014.

Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 is a chronological exploration of their sonic and visual experiments, showcasing eight classic master works from across their celebrated repertoire with spectacular 3D visualizations and effects.

Kraftwerk’s technological innovation and minimalism resonates deeply throughout modern music. Their albums have had a worldwide influence across a wide range of music genres.

Kraftwerk’s technological innovation and minimalism resonates deeply throughout modern music. Their albums have had a worldwide influence across a wide range of music genres. With their visions of the future, Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century.

Combining sound and images, the performances showcase 40 years of musical and technical innovation, including new improvisations, 3-D projections and animation. Commencing with Autobahn, each performance covers one of Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking studio albums in full and appear in order of their release — Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour de France (2003) — alongside additional compositions from their back catalog.

  • 1 Autobahn (1974), Tuesday, March 18, 7:30 PM
  • 2 Radio-Activity (1975), Tuesday, March 18, 10:30 PM
  • 3 Trans Europe Express (1977), Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 PM
  • 4 The Man-Machine (1978), Wednesday, March 19, at 10:30 PM
  • 5 Computer World (1981), Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 PM
  • 6 Techno Pop (1986), Thursday, March 20, 10:30 PM
  • 7 The Mix (1991), Friday, March 21, 7:30 PM
  • 8 Tour de France (2003), March 21, 10:30 PM

The tickets are not for sale, but you can register for the chance to get access to the tickets on December 11 when they start selling them.

It is possible to buy up to four (4) tickets in total, across the eight shows.

This show will be my second time attending a live concert with Kraftwerk. My previous concert was in Malmoe, Sweden (on Saturday 19 May, 2001) when Karl Bartos was on his tour. His single “15 Minutes of Fame” came out the previous year, in 2000, and he was promoted his new music. The 2014 Los Angeles concerts will be Kraftwerk’s first L.A. dates since 2005.