Friday, September 16, 2016

It Takes Two: Ten of The Best Duets of All Time



We’re not surprised when we hear that a songwriting endeavor was collaborative. With creating art, as with many other things, two heads can be far better than one – but when it comes time to perform, the spotlight tends to shine on one pair of pipes, even when a lead singer is accompanied by other members of a band. So when a great duet comes out, we take notice.

Over the past few decades, we’ve seen (and heard) quite a few incredible pairs, who prove that a song can become exponentially more powerful when sung as a duet. Here are just ten of the most powerful and successful duets of all time.

Don’t Know Much (1989) by Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville
Play this emotional duet at the end of the night in any local dive bar, and you’re sure to have a roomful of people passionately singing along. What they might not remember, though, is that this song marked somewhat of a comeback for Linda Ronstadt; while she racked up a number of hits in the late 70’s, she didn’t reappear on the charts until 1987 (with another duet, “Somewhere Out There” with James Ingram.) “Don’t Know Much” reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 and won a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group.

(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life (1987) by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
If you’ve seen the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing” – and even if you haven’t – you know the significance of this song. It’s the one that closes out the box office hit, and it was memorized by pretty much every girl who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. The song won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and has been used in DJ club remixes across the country.

Dilemma (2002) by Nelly & Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland’s first hit after leaving Destiny’s Child, “Dilemma” proved that she was a force to be reckoned with on her own – or, rather, with Nelly. The single enjoyed a whopping 10-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was probably stuck in the heads of radio listeners everywhere for just as long.

Islands In The Stream (1983) by Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
At a time when both Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were wildly famous, with a combined 22 No. 1 hit country songs between them, the two decided to kick things up a notch and release a duet written by the Bee Gees. Unsurprisingly, “Islands In The Stream” was a massive success. It topped the Hot 100 chart for two weeks, and also soared to the top of Country Songs and Adult Contemporary.

Reunited (1979) by Peaches & Herb
A sweet, melodic ballad that speaks to the hopeless romantic in all of us, “Reunited” tells a tale of making up. Upon its release, the song quickly became a crossover hit, topping both the R&B Singles and Hot 100 charts. It’s also been covered numerous times over the years, most famously by David Hasselhoff, who sang the song at the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

Ebony And Ivory (1982) by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
A timely, political song that is still relevant today, “Ebony And Ivory” was recorded for Paul McCartney’s “Tug Of War” album. It’s “Can’t we all just get along?” message struck a chord with listeners everywhere, and became the longest-running solo No. 1 for both McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

Say Say Say (1983) by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Just a year after “Ebony And Ivory” was released, Paul McCartney struck duet gold again – this time with pop music icon Michael Jackson. The song stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, and was followed up by “The Girl Is Mine” by the same duo. While the pair eventually drifted apart, it’s safe to say that their brief songwriting partnership produced some pretty incredible music.

Up Where We Belong (1982) by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
While it may have been written for the 1982 film “An Officer and a Gentleman,” this song’s influence reaches much further. Not only did it stay at the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 for three weeks in 1982, but it also took home both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1983.

The Boy Is Mine (1998) by Brandy & Monica
Released at a time when both Brandy’s and Monica’s stars were on the rise, and when the two pop singers were rumored to be in the midst of a feud, this song had all the makings of a smash hit – and it was. The R&B hit stayed at the No. 1 spot for a stunning 13 weeks; at the time, it was one of only seven singles to ever achieve such a feat.

Endless Love (1981) by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
The biggest hit for both Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, “Endless Love” stayed on the charts for an incredible 27 weeks. It was written by Richie for the Brooke Shields movie of the same name, and it was his brilliant idea for Diana Ross to accompany him on the track. Years later, in 1994, Luther Vandross and Mariah Cary covered the famous love song; their version reached the No. 2 spot, allowing the original to reign supreme.


Want more news, fun facts and important updates from the American music industry? Keep checking back with us here at HillTop Records!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Great Summer Send-Off: September’s Best Music Festivals



We’re in the final stretch of longer days and warmer nights, and many of us only have about a month left to enjoy the outdoor festival season – so let’s go out in style!

Chicago Jazz Festival (9/1/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Chicago, Illinois
Widely loved for its originality and artistry, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a popular way to spend Labor Day Weekend in the Windy City. To get festival-goers in the holiday spirit this year, the event’s official website has a Festival Playlist featuring hits like Charlie Haden’s “Not In Our Name” and “Broken Shadows” by The Bad Plus.

Tri-State Bluegrass Festival (9/1/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Kendallville, Indiana
As the largest parking lot picking festival in the Midwest, the Tri-State Bluegrass Festival is excited to present over 30 hours of live music in a unique setting. Attendees may also enjoy a square dance on Friday night, a band scramble on Saturday, and educational workshops.

Moab Music Festival (9/1/2016 – 9/12/2016) in Moab, Utah
Famous for being home to two spectacular national parks, Moab makes an incredible venue for a music festival. Amid stunning acres of desert landscape, festival attendees will enjoy hours upon hours of live jazz, traditional folk, chamber, Latin, and contemporary music.

Smoky Mountain Folk Festival (9/2/2016 – 9/3/2016) in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Now in its 46th year, this beloved annual tradition just keeps getting better. Enjoy two nights of the southern Appalachian region’s finest traditional music and dancing on the scenic shores of Lake Junaluska. From string bands to ballad singers, square dance teams to banjo players, the array of performers offers something for everyone.

Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience (9/2/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Louisville, Kentucky
If any place knows how to host a “Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience,” it’s Louisville, Kentucky. The lineup this year features Hickory Vaught, Volume Five, The Bluegrass Sweethearts, The Wayfarers, and Packway Handle Band – and the “bourbon” portion of the event will be perfectly paired with all the barbecue and fair food you can eat.

Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival (9/17/2016) in Greenville, Mississippi
Supposedly the world’s oldest continuously running festival, this annual event is always held on the third Saturday of September. It began in 1977, and is now the largest blues festival in the Delta. This year’s performers include Bobby Rush, Eden Brent, Karen Wolffe, Dexter Allen, and other renowned acts.

Monterey Jazz Festival (9/16/2016 – 9/18/2016) in Monterey, California
With over 500 top artists performing on eight stages spread throughout the Monterey Fairgrounds, this impressive music festival is not to be missed. Make the most of the event by buying a Full Weekend Arena Package, which includes reserved seats for all five shows on the Jimmy Lyons Stage, access to all seven Grounds Stages, and entry to the nightly Arena concerts.

Latin Music & Food Festival (9/17/2016 – 9/18/2016) in West Palm Beach, Florida
Hosted in part to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, this lively music festival (held indoors, and air-conditioned!) promises to be the best of its kind in South Florida. It combines delicious food, folkloric dances and unique activities (including soccer and domino tournaments) with plenty of live music sure to make you want to join in the Latin-themed fun.

Savannah Jazz Festival (9/18/2016 – 9/24/2016) in Savannah, Georgia
All types of jazz are well represented here, from Dixiland to traditional swing to straight-ahead to bop. Local, regional, national and international acts will also play a great mix of melodic standards as well as funky down-home blues at this free festival held in picturesque Forsyth Park.

Americanafest (9/20/2016 – 9/25/2016) in Nashville, Tennessee
Part music festival, part industry conference, Americanafest serves to bring together seasoned artists, rising stars, music industry professionals and the general public for a fun and educational weekend. The lineup this year features an impressive variety of artists, from the Indigo Girls to Johnny Appleseed to The Lonely Heartstring Band.

Bay Area Blues Festival (9/24/2016 – 9/25/2016) in Martinez, California
What happens when you combine the Downtown Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival with San Francisco’s Polk Street Blues Festival? A success, apparently. Now in its fifth year, the annual Bay Area Blues Festival is definitely finding its footing – and locals love its variety of vendors, music, artists, and other attractions.

Austin City Limits Music Festival (9/30/2016 – 10/9/2016) in Austin, Texas
While most of Austin City Limits takes place in October, it technically begins this month – and we just couldn’t bear to keep it off the list. Featuring over 130 bands on eight stages over three days, this long weekend of live music is one of the best in the country. And, of course, this year’s lineup is incredible; it’s got Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Willie Nelson, Miike Snow, and so many other top performers sure to draw a crowd.

Looking for more music festivals near you? You got it:

Back Forty Bluegrass Festival (9/1/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Curryville, Missouri
County Bluegrass Festival (9/1/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Fort Fairfield, Maine
Blues in the Bay (9/1/2016 – 9/5/2016) in Alexandria Bay, New York
Stanley-Sawtooth Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering (9/2/2016 – 9/3/2016) in Stanley, Idaho
Oak Harbor Music Festival (9/2/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Oak Harbor, Washington
American Music Festival (9/2/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Rhythm & Roots Festival (9/2/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Charlestown, Rhode Island
Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival (9/2/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Woodstown, New Jersey
Detroit Jazz Festival (9/2/2016 – 9/5/2016) in Detroit, Michigan
Memphis Music and Heritage Festival (9/3/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Memphis, Tennessee
Hot Springs Blues Festival (9/3/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Chicago World Music Festival (9/9/2016 – 9/25/2016) in Chicago, Illinois
Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival (9/10/2016 – 9/11/2016) in Guerneville, California
Bluegrass by the Bay (9/15/2016 – 9/18/2016) in Gloucester, Virginia
Indy Jazz Fest (9/15/2016 – 9/24/2016) in Indianapolis, Indiana
Michigan Bluesfest (9/16/2016 – 9/17/2016) in Lansing, Michigan
Davis County Bluegrass & Old Time Country Festival (9/16/2016 – 9/18/2016) in Bloomfield, Iowa
Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival (9/22/2016 – 9/24/2016) in Buena Vista, Virginia
Delmarva Folk Festival (9/23/2016 – 9/24/2016) in Hartly, Delaware
Country In The Pines Bluegrass Fest (9/23/2016 – 9/24/2016) in Perry, Florida
American Music Festival For the Lake (9/24/2016 – 9/25/2016) in Lake George, New York
International Folk Festival (9/24/2016 – 9/25/2016) in Fayetteville, North Carolina


For more information on festivals and events happening near you, visit FestivalNet.com – and for more fun updates and news from the American music industry, keep checking back with us here at HillTop Records. Happy September!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Silicon Valley’s Influence on the Music Industry



If you read the news today, you might think that the industries of music and technology are at war with one another. But while the two may have a few differences of opinion, music and tech intersect in many ways – and Silicon Valley loves music just like the rest of the world.

Home to companies like Dolby Laboratories, Pandora and Smule, Silicon Valley is constantly turning out new ways to discover, make and listen to music. They’re even home to a non-profit organization specially designed to help technology professionals (and those who want to be) lend their efforts and expertise to the music industry. Real Industry offers informative courses that teach students how to create new music apps, produce music, and even design new instruments. It and similar programs serve to combat the opinion that Silicon Valley’s corporations are at odds with music and art.

If you live in Silicon Valley, you know that good music isn’t hard to find. The area is home to fantastic live music venues like the TrianonTheatre in downtown San Jose, the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, and Stanford’s Frost Amphitheatre. San Francisco is, meanwhile, a short drive away.

However, what really makes the music scene in Silicon Valley – and, for that matter, around the country – special these days is how it is affected (and even molded) by the area’s main export – and while naysayers may insist that music and tech can’t get along, a new generation of startups is out to prove them wrong.

Here are just a few of the newest, most exciting companies blurring the lines between music, tech, and things in between:

In an industry known for cloud-based innovation and intangible products, Heard Well does the unthinkable: It makes physical products. The company sells compilation albums hand-picked by the company founders and popular YouTubers on iTunes as well as actual things like CDs, vinyl and T-shirts – and it’s doing well, proving that nostalgia still plays a large role in how we buy, listen to and love music.

Headed by a former designer at Nokia, The Sync Project has a lofty mission “to develop music as medicine”. Its website offers “a million songs to unlock the health benefits of music” and its plans are backed by extensive research on the profound cognitive effects that music has on the brain. From pain to fatigue to anxiety, music has been shown to help treat a variety of ailments – but this should come as no surprise to any music lover.

Virtual reality has been getting a lot of press lately (Pokemon Go, anyone?) and this well-funded startup brilliantly sets the technology to music. Its main offering is the unique ability to “experience” a live concert from the comfort of your own home (or, well, anywhere.) Paul McCartney, Jack White and other world-renowned artists have already come on board to produce virtual versions of performances.

In the same vein as WhatsApp and Snapchat, La-La looks to change the way we communicate with one another. Instead of sending written words, however, users message snippets of songs that they like to their friends (and they have the option to include a photo as well.) Consider it a fun, new way to discover fun, new songs.

For more updates and news from the American music industry, be sure to keep checking back with us at HillTop Records

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Endless Summer: Best Music Festivals of August 2016



Of course, the season will have to end at some point – but until then, we’re enjoying it the only way we know how! Here are our picks for the best music festivals happening this August:

Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival (8/4/2016 – 8/6/2016) in Mobile, Alabama
An interesting musical event that offers more than music, this festival combines Jazz and spoken word poetry (the actual slam takes place the first day.) Other notable highlights include Bicycle Jazz on August 5, and Jazz in the Temple August 6.

Reggae on the River (8/4/2016 – 8/7/2016) in Garberville, California
Now in its 32nd year, this event keeps getting bigger and better as it continues to bring the world’s best reggae artists to California. Along with live shows by world-renowned artists, the festival will offer over 60 food and crafts booths as well as an outrageous Kid-Landia center for the little ones.

Telluride Jazz Festival (8/5/2016 – 8/7/2016) in Telluride, Colorado
While Telluride may be more famous for its ski runs, August brings an entirely different (but equally fantastic) reason to visit. Since 1977, the jazz festival in Telluride has been one of the world’s most celebrated – and it gets better with each year. Come for the breathtaking scenery; stay for the incredible music.

Sunflower River Blues and Gospel (8/12/2016 – 8/14/2016) in Clarksdale, Mississippi
The 29th anniversary of this legendary event promises to be a special celebration for all. The lineup includes Lonnie Shields, Super Chikan Johnson, Vasti Jackson, Toni Green and many other wonderful acts joined together by their love of this country’s rich blues and gospel heritage.

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (8/12/2016 – 8/14/2016) in San Jose, California
Heralded by The New York Times as “the greatest jazz mélange in Silicon Valley,” San Jose’s premier jazz festival is one to look forward to. This year will feature 10 stages showcasing back-to-back shows, showcasing the best in jazz, blues, Latin, funk, R&B, salsa, and world music.

Long Beach Jazz Festival (8/12/2016 – 8/14/2016) in Long Beach, California
… Meanwhile, in Southern California, jazz lovers will be flocking to Long Beach to enjoy the musical stylings of local, regional, national and international artists. The 2016 lineup for this annual event includes Michael Franks, Jeffrey Osborne, Mindless Groove, Stanley Jordan and other well-known artists from across the globe.

Hawaiian Slack Key Festival – Oahu Style (8/14/2016) in Honolulu, Hawaii
The Oahu stop on the annual Slack Key Festival tour will take place in Kapiolani Park and feature the best in the genre. Visit the festival’s official website to learn all about the genre of slack key guitar, and attend the festival to hear the best in the business.

American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront (8/26/2016 – 8/28/2016) in Bangor, Maine
While the name of this festival hints at its beautiful location, it doesn’t tell us how much live music is really involved. This free three-day festival features four performance stages and over 20 performing groups, ranging from local up-and-comers to national headliners. There will also be a children’s area, craft demonstrations, a unique marketplace and dozens of food vendors.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for yet? Check out one of these great music festivals:

Soulfest (8/4/2016 – 8/6/2016) in Gilford, New Hampshire
Fort Armstrong Folk Festival (8/4/2016 – 8/7/2016) in Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Lansing Jazzfest (8/5/2016 – 8/6/2016) in Lansing, Michigan
Sioux River Folk Festival (8/5/2016 – 8/7/2016) in Canton, South Dakota
Pickathon Roots Music Festival (8/5/2016 – 8/7/2016) in Boring, Oregon
Arise Music Festival (8/5/2016 – 8/7/2016) in Loveland, Colorado
Riverfront Blues Fest (8/5/2016 – 8/7/2016) in Wilmington, Delaware
Petaluma Music Festival (8/6/2016) in Petaluma, California
Litchfield Jazz Festival (8/6/2016 – 6/7/2016) Goshen, Connecticut
Bluegrass and Beer Festival (8/6/2016 – 8/7/2016) Keystone, Colorado
Richmond Jazz Festival (8/11/2016 – 8/14/2016) in Richmond, Virginia
Cincy Blues Fest (8/12/2016 – 8/13/2016) in Cincinnati, Ohio
Bayfront Blues Festival (8/12/2016 – 8/14/2016) in Duluth, Minnesota
San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival (8/14/2016) in San Clemente, California
Lake George Music Festival (8/15/2016 – 8/25/2016) in Lake George, New York
Philadelphia Folk Festival (8/18/2016 – 8/21/2016) in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (8/19/2016 – 8/21/2016) in Lyons, Colorado
Hot August Music Festival (8/20/2016) in Cockeysville, Maryland
Eastern Bayside Blues and Wine Festival (8/20/2016) in Essex, Maryland
River Roots Live Music Fest & Ribfest (8/26/2016 – 8/27/2016) in Davenport, Iowa
Porcupine Mountains Music Festival (8/26/2016 – 8/28/2016) in Ontonagon, Michigan
Hot August Blues Festival (8/26/2016 – 8/27/2016) in Hardin, Kentucky
Hot Springs Jazzfest (8/31/2016 – 9/4/2016) in Hot Springs, Arkansas


For more information on events near you, check out FestivalNet.com – and keep following us here at HillTop Records as we continue to bring you the latest news and updates from the world of American music.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Freedom, Fireworks and Fun: The Best Music Festivals in July 2016



Summer’s heating up, and so is the national live music scene! We highly recommend making the most of your July by heading outdoors and enjoying one of these wonderful festivals.

Fillmore Jazz Festival (7/2/2016 – 7/3/2016) in San Francisco, California
Looking for a fun way to spend the long weekend? The theme of this year’s Fillmore Jazz Festival is (re) discovery, and it’s sure to make you look at jazz – and the City By The Bay – with fresh eyes. As always, it will welcome more than 100,000 music lovers to the famously curved street for outdoor entertainment.

Bar Harbor Music Festival (7/3/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Bar Harbor, Maine
Founded by violinist Francis Fortier in 1967, the Bar Harbor Music Festival remains a popular summer pastime to this day. Hailed as “A Beacon of Hope for Young Artists,” the month-long celebration serves to connect emerging musicians with potential mentors and patrons. Attendees, meanwhile, delight in a variety of musical genres as performed by both up-and-comers and international icons.

Rocky Mountain Old Time Music Festival (7/6/2016 – 7/10/2016) in Berthoud, Colorado
The annual festival presented by the Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association (CROMA) is a beloved summer tradition now in its sixth year. It’s also the only old-time music festival in the Central Rockies – and it’s become so popular that the Association added a full day of music to the line-up in order to satisfy demand. If that doesn't pique your interest, we don’t know what will.

New Bedford Folk Festival (7/9/2016 – 7/10/2016) in New Bedford, Massachusetts
Now in its 21st year, the New Bedford Folk Festival continues to grow – and yet, it remains true to its mission to feature the best in contemporary, traditional and Celtic folk music. This year’s headliners include Rory Block, Livingston Taylor, Spuyten Duyvil, Melissa Ferrick and Kate Taylor, with about 70 other performers rounding up the lineup. The event will also have juried arts and crafts vendors throughout the historic district.

Mendocino Music Festival (7/9/2016 – 7/23/2016) in Mendocino, California
This festival features too much “Music on the Edge of the World” to fit into just a couple of days. In a 16,000-square-foot tent that seats 850 overlooking the Pacific Ocean, attendees will enjoy the finest classical, Latin, dance, bluegrass and chamber music along with breathtaking views and delicious picnic-style feasts.

Pitchfork Music Festival (7/15/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Chicago, Illinois
This year’s lineup for the annual Pitchfork Music Festival is a study in today’s hottest independent artists; it features Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Carly Rae Jepsen, Brian Wilson, Digable Planets, Miguel, Neon Indian, and many more. The celebrated event will also have 50 individual vendors selling a wide range of items as well as specialty fairs that work to support local businesses and promote Chicago’s arts community.

Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival (7/21/2016 – 7/24/2016) in Stevenson, Washington
Bringing some of the biggest stars in bluegrass to a famous stage, this annual event is always one to remember. Along with nightly dances, instrument contests, a guitar raffle, workshops for all ages and fantastic vendors, the festival will feature a lineup including Peter Rowan, Kathy Kallick, The Special Consensus, and other renowned acts.

W.C. Handy Music Festival (7/22/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Florence, Alabama
A weeklong celebration of Northwest Alabama’s rich musical heritage, this annual event serves as iconic tribute to an iconic figure: W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues.” Come see some of the greatest performers of the Tri-State area as you take in the sights, sounds and culture of the world-famous Muscle Shoals.

Wicker Park Festival (7/23/2016 – 7/24/2016) in Chicago, Illinois
Dubbed “Chicago’s Best Street Festival of the Summer,” this is one fun-filled event the whole family can enjoy. It’s a vibrant celebration of one neighborhood’s rich musical heritage, nightlife and cuisine – and all attendees will be able to sample all three. Of course, we consider the music to be the main highlight – and after seeing over 30 bands perform on three stages, you might just agree.

Underground Music Showcase (7/28/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Denver, Colorado
One of Denver’s biggest summer music events, this festival packs over 400 performance sin 20 venues into just three days. This year’s lineup features Poliça, Thee Oh Sees, Allah Las and other emerging artists from around Denver and the country. There will also be drink specials, food vendors, and other reasons to join in the weekend of fun.

Haven't seen what you’re looking for yet? Well, keep reading…

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival (7/1/2016 – 7/2/2016) in Davenport, Iowa
High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival (7/7/2016 – 7/10/2016) in Westcliffe, Colorado
80/35 Music Festival (7/8/2016 – 7/9/2016) in Des Moines, Iowa
Master Musicians Festival (7/8/2016 – 7/9/2016) in Somerset, Kentucky
Rhythm on the River (7/8/2016 – 7/9/2016) in Longmont, Colorado
Newport Music Festival (7/8/2016 – 7/24/2016) in Newport, Rhode Island
Woody Guthrie Folk Music Festival (7/13/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Okemah, Oklahoma
California Worldfest (7/14/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Grass Valley, California
Pickin’ on the Plains Bluegrass Festival (7/15/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Colby, Kansas
Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Chicago (7/16/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Chicago, Illinois
Moondance Jam Rock Festival (7/21/2016 – 7/23/2016) in Walker, Minnesota
Oregon Coast Music Festival (7/21/2016 – 7/30/2016) in Coos Bay, Oregon
Bear Valley Music Festival (7/22/2016 – 8/7/2016) in Bear Valley, California
Sounds & Sights Summer Festival (7/28/2016 – 7/30/2016) in Chelsea, Michigan
GuitarFish Music Festival (7/28/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Cisco Grove, California
RockyGrass Festival (7/29/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Lyons, Colorado
Evergreen Jazz Festival (7/29/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Evergreen, Colorado
Music in the Vineyards (7/29/2016 – 8/21/2016) in Napa Valley, California


For information on events near you, check out FestivalNet.com – and for more news and updates from the American music industry, be sure to keep following us here at HillTop Records.