By: Mary Sorensen
It’s no surprise that Jamie Lynn Spears knew a thing or two about singing as older sister Britney has been in the industry since she was a teenager. Jamie Lynn is currently on tour as she breaks into the country music scene. Like most country stars, Jamie Lynn brought her talent to Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago on Thursday, April 10th.
Electric Daisy Carnival
Dates: March 15-July 13
Locations: Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, United Kingdom, Mexico
Why We Love It: The top acts in EDM, days worth of dancing, glow sticks, carnival rides, what is there not to love about EDC? By the end of the weekend, you are pretty much guaranteed to be dead to the world, at least for a little while, but it sure will be worth it.
Global Dance Festival
Dates: July 16-20
Location: Colorado, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City
Why We Love It: It’s a Midwest rave! This one lights up the mountains and shakes them to their core. It’s a smaller scale festival, so it’s definitely a great festival to go to if you don’t want to deal with a lot of the craziness that happens at Ultra or EDC but still want to enjoy the festival atmosphere and EDM music.
Rock the Bells
Genre: Hip Hop
Why We Love It: It is one of the only hip-hop centered music festivals in the country. It also has a good variety of different performers and styles of hip-hop. It’s a great festival to check out if you have the chance.
Vans Warped Tour
Genre: Pop, Rock, Alternative, Acoustic, Metal, Hardcore, Metalcore, Ska, Indie, Hip Hop, Electronic, Punk, Dance, Folk etc.
Dates: June 13 – August 3
Locations: Canada and United States
Why We Love It: Originally themed toward pop punk and harder music, Vans Warped Tour has been adding so many different genres of music to the festival there is literally something for everyone! The staff of this tour has its own television show Warped Roadies and it showcases some of the hardest working crew members out there.
Rockstar Energy Mayhem
Genres: Rock, Metal, Hardcore
Dates: July 5- August 10
Locations: United States
Why We Love it: Rockstar brings motocross and heavier music to the US on this two month tour. With incredible rockers and 4 stages of non-stop music this is one tour you don’t want to miss!
By: Lex Hervoix
Our next featured band to be nominated at the upcoming 2nd K-LOVE Fan Awards is South Carolina-based alternative rock band NEEDTOBREATHE. Composed of brothers Bear (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Bo Rinehart (backing vocals, guitar) and friends Seth Bolt (backing vocals, bass) and Joe Stillwell (drums), the band formed in 2002 and recorded several independent extended plays in Bolt’s own studios, Plantation Studios. Said EPs caught the attention of Lava Records owned by Universal Music Group, which signed the band in 2005. They then released four studio albums: Daylight (2006), The Heat (2007), The Outsiders (2009), and The Reckoning (2011) and toured a lot, thus growing quite a strong fanbase, reaching over 400,000 likes on their Facebook Page and almost 200,000 on their Twitter page.