Wiz Khalifa is coming back into prime form. He’s been dropping tracks like crazy and this newest edition brings a very laid back vibe that is pretty much amazing. A must download.
This weekend, Dover, Delaware will host over 40 artists for the first annual Firefly Music Festival. The three day event includes headliners: Jack White, The Killers, and The Black Keys, along with such other notable acts as: John Legend, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, Lupe Fiasco, and Girl Talk.
Jack White will be headlining Friday night. With the 2011 break up of The White Stripes, and the seemingly ambiguous future direction of his two other bands The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, Jack White released his debut solo album Blunderbuss in late April of this year. He will be touring all summer through to October, but his appearance on the first night of Firefly will be the only place to see Jack on the East Coast.
Saturday night will feature The Killers, who are fresh off the release of their single “Runaways” from their much anticipated album “Battle Born”, scheduled for release September 18th. After a year-and-a-half hiatus and 4 years since their last album, The Killers should bring tons of energy to their eager fans at Firefly.
The Black Keys will end the Firefly experience with a bang Sunday night. After releasing their latest album in December 2011, they’ve been on the move and it rose to #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band’s career. It’s incredible to see where they came from and the tracks that put them on them map. The Black Keys will be sure to put on a show and they will be one of the main highlights of the entire festival.
The music festival will be the first of its kind for both the award-winning event production company, Red Frog Events, and the venue, Dover International Speedway. However, the festival is already looking like it could become an East Coast mega-event and staple of many summers to come with its stacked lineup, charming woodsy setting, unique food and drink options, and exciting attractions to keep concert-goers entertained between sets.
87 wooded acres make up the festival grounds, which will be adjacent to the race track complex and Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. The area has been characterized as having the “feel of a backyard party with all the amenities of [a] world-class event complex.” The food and drink options and many exciting attractions confirm this description. Rather than the fast-food and overpriced light beer options common to festivals of this nature, Red Frog Events has raised the bar for music festival menus. Eight original restaurants will be on site to fulfill the full spectrum of food cravings, with fare ranging from an “Asian bistro”, to “zesty mexican”, to fresh local options and southern comfort food. In a similar fashion, Firefly will feature “The Brewery”, an air-conditioned craft beer and sports lounge run by Delaware’s own Dogfish Head, as well as “The Vineyard”, a, “terrace featuring selections from top area wineries.” Dogfish Head will also be debuting “Firefly Ale”, a Pale Ale brewed exclusively for festival-goers. Besides the music, food, and drinks, the side attractions will really set the Firefly experience apart from other festivals. There will be hot air balloon rides, a hammock area, an outdoor arcade, interactive art galleries, and a Passion Pit after party Saturday night at the casino.
While regular 3-day passes are sold out, VIP weekend passes are still available, as are the more affordable single-day tickets. Accommodations include: camping, “glamping”, RV parking, hotels and casinos, and a “Rock&Bus” transport system running between major cities daily.
Finally, if you’ve got a smart phone, you should definitely check out the Official Firefly App. It’s free, and includes helpful features like a pinch-and-zoom festival map, a customizable lineup schedule with built in reminders, and social networking where you can see other users’ customized schedules and tweets about the event.
It should be a weekend to remember, so we hope to see you there!
-Grant (Guest Post)
Hot off the press, the long awaited release of Afrojack’s “Rock the House” is finally upon us and it was worth the wait. Many are already calling it his best production so far and I’m inclined to agree. This song is going to be hard to escape in the coming months and in no way is that disappointing.
Ground Up is right back at it with new music and gearing up for a new mixtape entitled Supernatural. Mike Jerz spins a beat that you can easily grind to and Azar & Malakai go in, as usual. Their fan base has been growing pretty quickly as of late and it’s amazing to see where they started and where they’re headed. Nothing better than seeing original artists on the rise and this group has some serious potential. I’m gonna keep saying it – get in on the ground floor with this group and be ready for their get up. Cop the download below.
Alive@Five Hot Chelle Rae Biography
Hot Chelle Rae first hit the charts with their 2011 pop rock hit, “Tonight Tonight.” The four band members hail from Nashville, TN. Ryan Follesé (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Nash Overstreet (lead guitar, backing vocals), Ian Keaggy (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Jamie Follese (drums) all have prominent fathers in the country music scene. Nash Overstreet’s brother, Chord, is also known for playing Sam Evans on the hit show Glee. Although these band members come from Nashville royalty, Hot Chelle Rae stands apart with their high-energy pop rock sound. Look out for their other hits, “I Like it Like That” and “Whatever” when they perform at Alive@Five on July 19th.