The Lumineers Take Their Music to the Fans at Lollapalooza

The Lumineers at LollapaloozaPlaying in front of a large audience from the Lake Shore Stage at Lollapalooza on Saturday night, the Lumineers made every attempt to bring fans closer to the action.

Tactics like playing toy pianos, acoustic guitars, or using a single kick drum helped keep things intimate without feeling small.

But frontman Wesley Schultz went several steps further — several steps into the crowd.   In the middle of the Lumineers’ set, Schultz parted the seas and marched several yards into the mass of humanity and stood on a chair with a microphone stand to perform two bonus tracks that will come off the upcoming deluxe release of their self-titled debut album (Aug. 20).The Lumineers at Lollapalooza

After he strummed through “Darlene,” which actually featured percussionist Jeremiah Fraites on a xylophone solo, and “Eloise,” Schultz made his way back up to the stage seemingly unscathed.

Those were hardly the only high spots of the show, however.

The Lumineers came out of the gates strong, playing the ubiquitous “Hey Ho” a few moments into their setlist.  Aided by the vocals of multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek, “Hey Ho” had the entire crowd singing along, as did the summer anthem “Stubborn Love.”

Schultz also tabbed his inner Bob Dylan when he played the troubadour’s classic “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

As the sun went down in Chicago, the Lumineers verbally expressed their gratitude for those who gathered to watch them play.  But it was really obvious by the way they went about pulling everyone they could into their performance.


Brian Marquis Goes Acoustic at Vans Warped Tour

One oft-overlooked gem of the Vans Warped Tour is the “Acoustic Basement,” an area where artists can unplug and fans can unwind.

In its second year of existence, the Acoustic Basement is produced by Brian Marquis, the former frontman of Boston post-hardcore band Therefore I Am.

During Sunday’s event in Ventura, Calif., Marquis pulled double duty, stepping up to play songs from his new solo EP Snow Damage. Continue reading

Guild Guitars Abound at MerleFest

The 2013 MerleFest in Wilkesboro, N.C., took place on April 25-28 and featured a lineup that brought out the stars of Americana and roots music.

Performers included the Avett Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leon Russell, The Charlie Daniels Band, Gov’t Mule, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, American Legacies: The Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Patrick Sweany, who is featured in the image above.

Guild guitars were also on site at Wilkes Community College, where the Guild Airstream provided a spot for attendees to try out some acoustic models.

View the full gallery of Guild at MerleFest here and click here for more information about the event.

Wisconsin’s Justin Phillips Wins Doyle Dykes Giveaway

Congratulations to Justin Phillips of Platteville, Wisc., for winning last year’s giveaway that ran in support of Doyle Dykes’ nationwide series of Guild clinics.

Phillips is now the proud owner of a Guild F30RCE.

This is such a fortunate event,” Phillips said.  ”I am in great need of an acoustic for my high school band and I could only dream of owning such a guitar! Thanks so much again for this amazing gift… I will treasure it for life!”

Guild Clinics with Doyle Dykes

Join Guild for a series of in-store performance clinics featuring fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Doyle Dykes.

Don’t miss this engagingly entertaining and informative opportunity to experience Doyle’s acoustic mastery up close as he performs live, discusses how he uses Guild guitars onstage and in the studio, and answers all your questions.

Plus, you’ll have a chance to win some cool Guild SWAG and a Guild F30RCE.

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
7:00 PM
Jim’s Music Center
14061 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780

If you would like to be notified about future clinics with Doyle Dykes, please make sure to sign up for Guild E-News and to receive event updates.

Doyle Dykes Holds An Impromptu Jubilee At Austin Bazaar

During a recent Guild Clinic at Austin Bazaar in Austin, Texas, acoustic guitar wizard Doyle Dykes talked about why he loves Guild guitars and took out his F47-MC for an impromptu jubilee with audience member Rick McRae, who was a long-time guitarist for George Strait.

Watch footage of the proceedings in the videos below.

Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Channels Inner Adam Sandler

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo recently stopped by the MLB Fan Cave to pay homage to his favorite piece of gear – a Reds hooded sweatshirt.

Actually, Arroyo was channeling his inner Adam Sandler, who put out the song “Red Hooded Sweatshirt” back in the mid-1990s.

In the Fan Cave clip, Arroyo shows some solid chops on the guitar, while fellow pitcher Aroldis Chapman makes a hilarious cameo.

Watch the Reds duo below.

Watch: Flogging Molly At Bonnaroo

Flogging Molly brought their version of Celtic punk to Manchester, Tenn., over the weekend, rocking the Bonnaroo crowd with two shows on Saturday.

Even though the sun was beating down, the fans didn’t seem to stop bouncing along with the high-energy music.

Want proof?

Watch Flogging Molly perform “Saints and Sinners” in the video below:

For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit Flogging Molly’s official website.