Shadow Spotlight: Black Music Month

Shadow Spotlight: Black Music Month

6. 18. 18

Hello all…hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, even though it was short…for some of us. I did say that this month’s Shadow Spotlight will be different. I just discovered that this month is Black Music Month or African-American Music Appreciation Month and I have some good music that needs to have a spotlight put on. Some of you may remember the music growing up and those who are just discovering it for the first time. I’ve created a small video playlist of past, present, and future…













You can find the rest of the playlist on Spotify, yep Shadowboxerinc has a Spotify account. Already have a playlist titled June is Black Music M0nth. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed!



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Music Festival / June 2018

Music Festival / June 2018

6. 2. 18

Hello again! Lots of music festivals for June 2018, thanks to Music Festival Wizard. When I say lots, I mean lots!

Credit source: Music Festival Wizard

Mountain Music Festival 2018  New River Gorge, WV May 31-June 2, 2018

Roots Picnic 2018  Philadelphia, PA  June 2, 2018

Bunbury Music Festival 2018  Cincinnati, OH  June 1-3, 2018

Governors Ball Music Festival 2018  New York City, NY  June 1-3, 2018

Nelsonville Music Festival 2018  Nelsonville, OH  May 31-June 3, 2018

The Untz Festival 2018  Mariposa, CA  June 1-3, 2018

Upstream Music Fest 2018  Seattle, WA  June 1-3, 2018

Huichica Festival 2018  Sonoma, CA  June 8-9, 2018

Northside Festival Brooklyn 2018  Brooklyn, NY  June 6-10, 2018

CMA Music Festival 2018  Nashville, TN  June 6-10, 2018

Bonnaroo Music Festival 2018  Manchester, TN  June 7-10, 2018

Taste of Country 2018  Hunter Mountain, NY  June 8-10, 2018

Carolina Country Music Festival 2018  Myrtle Beach, SC  June 7-10, 2018

Spring Awakening 2018  Chicago, IL  June 8-10, 2018

LaureLive 2018  Russel Township, OH  June 9-10, 2018



Hot 97 Summer Jam 2018  East Rutherford, NJ  June 10, 2018

Riverbend Festival 2018  Chattanooga, TN  June 8-16, 2018

Blue Ox Music Festival 2018  Eau Claire, WI  June 14-16, 2018

Firefly Music Festival 2018  Dover, DE  June 15-18, 2017

Country Summer Music Festival 2018  Santa Rosa, CA  June 15-17, 2018

Mountain Jam 2018  Hunter Mountain, NY  June 15-17, 2018

Clearwater Festival 2018  Croton-On-Hudson, NY  June 16-17, 2018

Sonic Bloom 2018  Rye, CO  June 14-17, 2018

Country Jam Colorado 2018  Grand Junction, CO  June 14-17, 2018

Mad Tea Party Jam 2018  Artemas, PA  June 14-17, 2018

Paradiso Festival 2018  George, WA June 15-16, 2018

Country Fest 2018  Cadott, WI June 21-23, 2018

Moondance Jammin Country 2018  Walker, MN  June 21-23, 2018

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2018  Telluride, CO  June 21-24, 2018

Country LakeShake 2018  Chicago, IL  June 22-24, 2018



Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2018  Boonville, CA  June 22-24, 2018

4 Peaks Music Festival 2018  Bend, OR  June 21-24, 2018

Bonanza Campout 2018  Heber, Utah  June 22-24, 2018

Mamby on the Beach 2018  Chicago, IL  June 23-24, 2018

Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018  Pasadena, CA  June 23-24, 2018

ROMP Fest 2018  Owensboro, KY  June 27-30, 2018

Middle of the Map Fest 2018  Kansas City, MO  June 29-30, 2018

Electric Forest 2018  Rothbury, MI  June 21-July 1, 2018

Summerfest 2018  Milwaukee, WI  June 27-July 8, 2018

Warped Tour 2018  US Tour  June 21-August 5, 2018



If you live in or near these areas, click on the links above to find all the information you need. If I’m not mistaken, one of these festivals may have sold out, but again please be sure to click on the links to find out.


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New Music / June 2018

New Music / June 2018

6. 1. 18

Hello and Happy Weekend…New music for the month of June has arrived. Thanks to Metacritic we can see what artists are getting ready for their album releases…

Credit source: Metacritic

1 JUNE 2018

American Aquarium

Things Change

Ben Howard

Noonday Dream

Black Thought x 9th Wonder & The Soul Council

Streams of Thought Vol. 1.

Father John Misty

God’s Favorite Customer



Joan of Arc


Kanye West

[Title TBA]



[Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay]

mazzy star


Constant Image

Natalie Prass

The Future And The Past

Neko Case


Oneohtrix Point Never

Age of

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson



Richard Edwards


[Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s]

Roger Daltrey

As Long As I Have You

Sons Of An Illustrious Father

Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla

[Josh Aubin, Lilah Larson, and Ezra Miller]

8 JUNE 2018

Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Adrian Younge

The Midnight Hour

Dave Matthews Band

Come Tomorrow

Dierks Bentley

The Mountain


Constant Image

Gruff Rhys


Jorja Smith

Lost & Found

Kids See Ghosts

[Title TBA]

[Kanye West & Kid Cudi]

Lily Allen

No Shame

Lykke Li

So Sad So Sexy

Snail Mail




The Get Up Kids



15 JUNE 2018

5 Seconds of Summer


Arthur Buck

Arthur Buck

[Joseph Arthur & R.E.M.’s Peter Buck]

Ben Caplan

Old Stock

Buddy Guy

The Blues Is Alive And Well

Christina Aguilera



Head Over Heels

Chuck Auerbach

Remember Me

[father of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach]

Jay Rock


John Parish

Bird Dog Dante

Johnny Marr

Call The Comet

Leon Vynehall

Nothing Is Still

Mayday Parade


Melody’s Echo Chamber

Bon Voyage

Mike Shinoda

Post Traumatic

[Solo EP for Linkin Park member]

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Hope Downs

Stuart A. Staples


[of Tindersticks]

The English Beat

Here We Go Love

Yumi Zouma


22 JUNE 2018



Gang Gang Dance



Chapel Perilous

[UK release May 4]

Jack River

Sugar Mountain

Jill Barber


Kamasi Washington

Heaven And Earth

Nine Inch Nails

Bad Witch

Panic! At the Disco

Pray For The Wicked

Project Pablo

Come To Canada You Will Like It

The Record Company

All Of This Life

29 JUNE 2018

Florence + the Machine

High As Hope


The Now Now

Jim James

Uniform Distortion

Let’s Eat Grandma

I’m All Ears

Ray Davies

Our Country: Americana Act II

The Essex Green

Hardly Electronic

As always check the release dates cause they can change.


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Wednz Scene: Music Workshops for the Adults

Wednz Scene: Music Workshops for the Adults

May 16 / 18

Hello! Have you ever decided that you were going to attend a workshop? Any type of workshop, but for adults? Well here’s your opportunity. Found a few here, courtesy of Interlochen Center of the Arts. Located in Interlochen Michigan, the center provides art education programs for children and adults.

Credit source: Interlochen Center for the Arts

Lecture: The Life and Music of Leonard Bernstein

Join Interlochen Public Radio’s classical music host Amanda Sewell for a look the career of Leonard Bernstein.

Friday, June 15, 2018, and Sunday, July 15, 2018

Registration Fee: $20

Join Interlochen Public Radio’s classical music host Amanda Sewell for a look at the career of Leonard Bernstein. Composer, conductor, pianist, and educator, Bernstein was one of the most prominent figures in classical music during the 20th century. This course will survey Bernstein’s life and career, including the Young People’s Concerts, his Charles Elliot Norton lectures at Harvard, his long tenure with the New York Philharmonic, his professional and personal relationships, and some of his most-loved music, including Candide and West Side Story.

Register for June 15 / Register for July 15




Techniques in Fingerstyle Guitar

Join Interlochen College of Creative Arts’ faculty members Matthew Schroeder and Thomas Clippert for this exciting one-day workshop!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Registration Fee: $95

*K-12 Educators: Earn 3 State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending this workshop.

Join Interlochen College of Creative Arts’ faculty members Matthew Schroeder and Thomas Clippert for this exciting workshop focused on fingerstyle guitar technique, groove, and musicianship! Participants in this course will enjoy two 90-minute sessions led by the instructors, the opportunity to practice with peers, enjoy dinner together, and network. The day will conclude with a performance by the faculty on Interlochen’s campus. This program is perfect for those seeking to brush up or improve their skills in fingerstyle technique or those seeking a refresher on technique in preparation for the four-day Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop. Participants in this course should have at least one year of serious study on the guitar, including a basic understanding of general chord shapes, and familiarity with standard notation or tablature. Students must supply their own steel-string acoustic guitar.

Register Here for the Fingerstyle Guitar Package
Extend your experience and sign up for both Techniques in Fingerstyle Guitar and the Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop and receive a price break on your registration. Enjoy five days for only $555!

Students must supply their own steel-string acoustic guitar, clip-on tuner, and extra strings.

Additional Optional supplies: capo, notebook.

To register click here.

Adult Chamber Music Camp

For more than 60 years, adult musicians have come to Interlochen to read, play and polish great works of chamber music together.

Monday, August 13, 2018, to Saturday, August 18, 2018

(See note below regarding optional Sunday morning opportunity.)

Registration Fee: $545

*K-12 Educators: Earn State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending this workshop.

Chamber musicians from around the world immerse themselves in instruction and performances with a faculty of leading string, keyboard, and woodwind musicians. A variety of class options provide an enriching and flexible experience to all participants, including daily reading pairings or intensive study. Pedagogy workshops, master classes, participant performances, largely conducted reading ensembles, and the Chamber Concert Series, featuring daily performances with our professional artist quartet-in-residence, and notable faculty members from leading university musical instrument performance programs, round out this remarkable Camp.

The theme for 2018 is “Fearless Pioneering.” Please click on the Repertoire tab above for more information about the theme and the repertoire that will be studied in the Large Conducted Ensembles.

For information about the structure of the camp, types of ensembles, including the date and time for check-in, times for workshops, master classes, and specific campus information related to Chamber Camp, please see the Schedule tab above and click on the schedule link. The schedule and information are subject to change as we get closer to August.

**While Adult Chamber Music Camp officially ends Saturday evening after the quartet performance, some rehearsal spaces remain open Sunday morning (Aug 19) for optional coaching sessions. Participants electing this option must form their own groups and must make scheduling and payment arrangements on their own with faculty members for coaching. NOTE: Coaching fee is $100/hour and is paid directly to the coach.

To register click here.

You can check their website, to check out their programs for music, visual arts, creative writing and more. Once there, click on Adults Art Programs and you’ll see these three programs that are listed. If you live in the area and you would like to try something creatively new, this may be just for you.


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Music Festivals / May 2018

Music Festivals / May 2018

May 7 / 18

It’s time…Thanks to Music Festival Wizard, there are many festivals for the month of May.

Credit source: Music Festival Wizard


Rolling Loud Festival 2018  ♦ Miami, FL ♦ May 11-13, 2018

Northern Invasion 2018 ♦ Somerset, WI ♦ May 12-13, 2018

FORM Arcosanti Festival 2018 ♦ Arcosanti, AZ ♦ May 11-13, 2018

Shaky Beats Festival 2018 ♦ Atlanta, GA ♦ May 11-13, 2018

Hangout Fest 2018 ♦ Gulf Shores, AL ♦ May 18-20, 2018

Rock on the Range 2018 ♦ Columbus, OH ♦ May 18-20, 2018

Moogfest 2018 ♦ Durham, NC ♦ May 17-20, 2018

Joshua Tree Festival Spring 2018 ♦ Joshua Tree, CA ♦ May 17-20, 2018

Electric Daisy Carnival Vegas 2018 ♦ Las Vegas, NV ♦ May 18-21, 2018

HoagieNation 2018 ♦ Philadelphia, PA ♦ May 26, 2018

Bottlerock Napa Valley 2018 ♦ Napa, CA ♦ May 25-27, 2018

Maryland Deathfest 2018 ♦ Baltimore, MD ♦ May 24-27, 2018

DelFest 2018 ♦ Cumberland, MD ♦ May 24-27, 2018

Rocklahoma 2018 ♦ Pryor, OK ♦ May 25-27, 2018

Sunset Music Festival 2018 ♦ Tampa, FL ♦ May 27-28, 2017



Soundset 2018 ♦ St Paul, MN ♦ May 27, 2018

Boston Calling 2018 ♦ Allston, MA ♦ May 25-27, 2018

Dark Star Jubilee 2018 ♦ Thornville, OH ♦ May 25-27, 2018

Country 500 2018 ♦ Daytona, FL ♦ May 25-27, 2018

Rooster Walk 2018 ♦ Axton, VA ♦ May 24-27, 2018

Neon Desert 2018 ♦ El Paso, TX ♦ May 26-27, 2018

Elements Lakewood Festival 2018 ♦ Lakewood, PA ♦ May 25-27, 2018

Lightning in a Bottle 2018 ♦ Bradley, CA ♦ May 24-28, 2018

Summer Camp 2018 ♦ Chillicothe, IL ♦ May 25-27, 2018

California Roots 2018 ♦ Monterey, CA ♦ May 25-27, 2018

Movement Detroit 2018 ♦ Detroit, MI ♦ May 26-28, 2018

Sasquatch Festival 2018 ♦ George, WA ♦ May 25-28, 2018



If you live anywhere near or just visiting have a go at these events. You know you want to. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed!


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New Music May 2018

May 6 / 18

It’s good to be back! Got some new releases from some of your favorites…new and familiar. Thanks to Metacritic.

Credit source: Metacritic

11 MAY 2018

Arctic Monkeys

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Bad Wolves


Beach House


Charlie Puth


Jess Williamson

Cosmic Wink

Loreena McKennitt

Lost Souls

Luke Winslow-King

Blue Mesa

Ry Cooder

The Prodigal Son


All I See Is War

Simian Mobile Disco




The Body

I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer

The Sea and Cake

Any Day


Casual High Technology

[John Tejada and Reggie Watts]

18 MAY 2018



Brad Mehldau Trio

Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Burn The Priest

Legion: XX

[Lamb Of God’s covers album]

Charles Watson

Now That I’m A River

[Of Slow Club]

Clarence Bucaro

Passionate Kind

Five Finger Death Punch

And Justice For None

Frog Eyes

Violet Psalms

[Final album]



James Bay

Electric Light

Kelly Willis

Back Being Blue

Matthew Sweet

Tomorrow’s Daughter

Michael Rault

It’s A New Day Tonight

Parquet Courts

Wide Awake!


Let’s Be Wilderness

[Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy]

Quiet Slang

Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

[Beach Slang’s James Alex]

Ray LaMontagne

Part Of The Light

Ryley Walker

Deafman Glance

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks

Sparkle Hard

The Sidekicks

Happiness Hours



[Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman]

Courtney Barnett

Tell Me How You Really Feel

25 MAY 2018

Chad Valley

Imaginary Music


Love Is Dead

Dear Nora

Skull Example

Hilary Williams

My Lucky Scars


Push Pull

Jenny Hval

The Long Sleep


Jo Passed

Their Prime

Jonathan Davis

Black Labyrinth

[of Korn]

Snow Patrol


Tracyanne & Danny

Tracyanne & Danny

[Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell & Crybaby’s Danny Coughlan]

Wooden Shjips


Pretty short list, but there is a lot of good music though. Just click on the links above for more information. Of course, as you know these dates can change.



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Shadow Spotlight: Lion Babe

April 16 / 18

Hello! I wasn’t sure who I wanted to shine the spotlight on, but I lightning bolt hit my brain: Lion Babe.

Lion Babe is an alternative r&b/neo-soul group from New York City. The duo comprises of Jillian Hervey, daughter of actress, singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams and Lucas Goodman.

The duo met through a mutual friend at a party, after that, they didn’t stay connected. That changed when they followed each other on MySpace. Hervey moved to New York to attend New York College. She was doing a dance piece for the school and that’s when she contacted Goodman. Hervey was in school to take up dance, but she wanted to be a singer, Goodman encouraged her to do so. Soon the duo became Lion Babe, due to the fact that Goodman is a Leo and Hervey’s big hairstyle.

In December 2012, they released “Treat Me Like Fire“. In 2013 they were the opening act for Childish Gambino at the SXSW Festival. He would later be featured on their second single, “Jump Hi“. After the festival, the duo got a US record deal with Interscope and a UK deal with Polydor. After their single “Jump Hi” was released from their self-titled debut extended play which was digitally released on December 15, 2014. The album received positive reviews. The duo was featured on Disclosure‘s single “Hourglass” in 2015. The same year the group began recording their debut album, Begin, which was released on February 5, 2016. The songs released on the album, “Treat Me Like Fire”, “Jump Hi” featuring Childish Gambino, “Wonder Woman”, “Impossible” and “Where Do We Go”.

By 2017, they released non-album songs such as “Endless Summer”, “She’s a Lady”, and “Rockets” featuring Moe Moks. Just recently, the duo released their new single, “Honeydew”. With their infectious beats, Ms. Hervey’s vocals, reminiscent of Erykah Badu, and performance, it’s no wonder that this group is flying high.

Now they have just performed at this years Coachella, I have a feeling Lion Babe will be around for a good long while.

You find them on iTunes, Spotify, and probably Soundcloud. Enjoy your Monday, be blessed!



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Weeknd Scene: Coachella 2018

April 14 / 18

Hello all! The weekend is here and Coachella has returned. The music and arts festival just started yesterday and you have until April 22. If you live in the area and want to hear some great music, Coachella is the place. Beyonce, Lion Babe, Eminem, and more are performing. Below are just some small details…

Credit source: Coachella


If you’re not able to attend, you can follow up on their live YouTube channel. You can also follow up on their Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat account also on their site. There is also an app, yes an app.

Location is Indio, California. The dates are April 13-15, 2018 and April 20-22, 2018. To get even more information about passes and other great stuff, go to For those who are going, be safe and have a great time!


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