Life is good Festival 2010
September 11 – 12, 2010
Prowse Farm – Canton MA
Photos by: Dave Barnum
Featuring: Jason Mraz, Ben Harper, Guster, OK Go, Brett Dennen, Mavis Staples, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Ziggy Marley, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Galactic, Ozomatli, Dr. Dog, Donavon Frankenreiter, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, Toubab Krewe, Eli Paperboy Reed, Will Dailey & The Rivals, The Laurie Berkner Band, The Sippy Cups, & They Might Be Giants
Do it for the kids! The music world has festivals for every walk of life from hipsters to metalheads so…why not the kids? The fine folks at Life is good decided to give it a try and gave Boston a brand new festival to hopefully look forward to for years to come. The two day event kicked off on September 11-12 and raised over $600,00 for the Life is good Kids Foundation while offering up the most eclectic two day gathering of bands, performers and artists alike to deliver positive vibes all around. The good karma runneth over!
Proving that mixing family and fun doesn’t have to be a recipe for bland the festival brought out some of the best from the music world while keeping the kids fully involved with their own tent and kid oriented entertainment. From a musical perspective, the festival brought out the best of the best from all genres – from the headliners – Jason Mraz and Ben Harper, to the local favorite Will Dailey & The Rivals and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals to one of our personal favorites here at TWRY –OK Go, as cliché as it sounds, there really was a little something for everyone.
Taking place on the grounds of Prowse Farm in Canton, MA, it seemed to be a perfect and picturesque locale for the event giving the 30,00 people who attended a chance to check out everything Life is good had to offer. Proving that truly Life is good we’re already looking forward to next year!
TWRY photographer Dave Barnum was onsite to catch the sights and sounds of the festival. Check out his galleries to get your own dose of the warm fuzzy feeling that Life is good induces!
Farm Aid 25 will take place at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on October 2nd. The annual event will host the usual suspects as headliners: Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and John Mellencamp. Many additional acts have now been announced including: Kenny Chesney, Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) and Jason Mraz. Making their Farm Aid debut will be Norah Jones, Band of Horses, Amos Lee, Robert Francis and Milwaukee natives The BoDeans.
Farm Aid 25 tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 14, at 9 am CDT and will be available at the Brewers box office, by phone at (414) 902-4000 or online at www.tickets.com.
Jason Mraz has announced details of his upcoming North American tour. The tour kicks off on September 11th at Bangor, Maine’s Bangor Waterfront and then continues through early October. You can see the full list of dates below and for up-to-the-minute ticket on-sale, pre-sale and tour information, please visit www.jasonmraz.com. Joining Mraz on separate legs of the tour will be Robert Francis and Christina Perri.
Jason Mraz Tour Dates:
11 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
12 Canton, MA Life is Good Festival *
13 Utica, NY Stanley Performing Arts Center
15 Buffalo, NY SUNY Buffalo Baird Point Amphitheater
16 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Convocation Center
17 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field (w/Dave Matthews Band) *
18 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field (w/Dave Matthews Band) *
20 Charleston, WV Clay Center For The Arts & Sciences
21 Greenville, SC Peace Center
22 Charleston, SC Carolina First Arena
24 Starkville, MS Mississippi State University Bulldog Bash
25 Searcy, AR Benson Auditorium/Harding University
26 Murray, KY Regional Special Events Center
28 Newark, DE Bob Carpenter Center
29 Columbus, OH The LC Outdoor Pavilion
30 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
4 London, ONT John Labatt Center
5 Ottawa, ONT Scotiabank Place
6 Quebec City, QUE Colisee Pepsi Arena
8 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara County Bowl
The Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings has released a new downloadable track. The new song is Jason Mraz Covering “Spirit In The Sky” by Norman Greenbaum. You can download the track here.
From now through the first of July, The “Levi’s® Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings” series will feature the release of two singles each week by an exciting score of bands that includes:
ARTIST – SONG
Nas – “Hey Young World” by Slick Rick
The Swell Season – “Young Hearts Run Free” by Candi Staton
She & Him – “Fools Rush In” by Rick Nelson
Dirty Projectors – “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” by Bob Dylan
Colbie – “Maria” by Blondie
The Shins – “Goodbye Girl” by Squeeze
Bomba Estereo – “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic
Raphael Saadiq – “It’s A Shame” by The Spinners
Jason Mraz – “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
John Legend and the Roots – “Our Generation” by Ernie Hines
Jason Mraz has announced the second leg of his “Gratitude Café Tour.” The first leg of the tour, which kicks off July 25th in Columbia, MD, runs through August 30. The second leg kicks off September 14 in Dallas, TX, after a special appearance at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival on September 6, and runs through October 10, where Mraz will close the tour with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets will go on sale July 11th, for purchasing details visit www.jasonmraz.com.
Mraz has partnered with The VH1 Save The Music Foundation to donate a portion of every ticket sold to the organization, which is dedicated to the restoration of instrumental music programs and raising awareness about the importance of music in a child’s education.
Also in the spirit of the “Gratitude Café Tour,” Mraz will offer his fans a free download of the video for “Make It Mine” through his website (www.jasonmraz.com) for seven days starting today.
JASON MRAZ – On Tour 2009
All Dates Part Of The “Gratitude Café Tour” Except *
24 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Arena * w/Dave Matthews Band
25 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
27 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
28 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
29 Cary, NC Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre
31 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
1 Montreal, QUE Osheaga Music and Arts Festival *
2 Canandaigua, NY CMAC
4 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
5 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
7 Wantagh, NY Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
8 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
9 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing
11 Pittsburgh, PA Amphitheatre at Station Square
13 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavillion
14 Detroit, MI Freedom Hill
15 Toronto, ONT Molson Amphitheater
17 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amp at Tower City
18 Indianapolis, IN Indiana State Fair|
20 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Arena
28 Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheatre
29 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival *
30 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center * w/Dave Matthews Band
6 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival *
14 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre Prairie
15 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
16 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
18 Phoenix, AZ Fall Frenzy Festival @ Tempe Beach Park *
19 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
22 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
23 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Field House
25 Spokane, WA Riverfront Park
26 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater
27 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
30 Vancouver, BC GM Place – Pontiac Theatre Bowl
2 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
3 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
On June 18, 2009, I celebrated my birthday doing what I love most in this world – enjoying music. The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame holds a gala to honor their inductees every year, and this year was no different. The 40th Annual induction ceremony was held in New York City, and I was lucky enough to be in attendance. The 2009 inductees included Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway; Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati of The Young Rascals; Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni and Stephen Schwartz. There were also going to be several special awards presented to Sir Tom Jones (Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award), Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (Johnny Mercer Award), Jason Mraz (Hal David Starlight Award), and the Towering Song this year was “Moon River” to be performed by Andy Williams. The evening started off just right with famed disc jockey – Cousin Brucie! Believe it or not, he’s still playing his records over on satellite radio. The amount of historic music moments Brucie must have witnessed over the years, from introducing The Beatles at Shea Stadium to helping to introduce the world to Elvis Presley, the good ole cuz is definitely a legend in his own right.
Ryan Tedder was the first to take to the stage, with his rendition of “It’s a Beautiful Morning” the classic The Young Rascals tune. He then presented the induction to Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere who performed, “People Got to Be Free” – it was such a fantastic performance. It’s unbelievable how those lyrics really hit home even now. I never realized the
power of that song. I think it was recorded in the late 60s, and you can certainly still feel the anguish of those times, but there’s also hope too.
John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting presented to inductee Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz was the man behind the music for notable Broadway shows like Godspell and Pippen, but I think he is most known for the musical Wicked. What a treat it was to hear Schwartz singing, “For Good” – of course, I couldn’t help but picture Elphaba and Glinda singing together.
It was Clint Black who presented to inductees Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. Cook and Greenway had a great performance of their song, “You’ve Got Your Troubles”, originally recorded by The Fortunes.
Crosby, Stills and Nash were inducted by James Taylor. Taylor performed a classic acoustic medley of the Crosby, Stills and Nash tunes, “Love The One You’re With,” “Long Time Gone” and “Teach Your Children.”
The presentation of the Hal David Starlight Award was given by former Starlight Award winner, Rob Thomas. Thomas had a very tongue and cheek message for the award recipient, Jason Mraz. Thomas remarked, “Jason, you’re too good! You’re throwing off the curve for the rest of us!” Mraz delighted the shoulder dancers in the crowd (me being one of them!) with his hit, “I’m Yours”.
American Idol’s Kara DioGuardi presented Sir Tom Jones with his Hitmaker Award. Jones thanked Burt Bacharach for convincing him to record the song, “What’s New Pussycat?” He told the story of how when he was first approached to do the song, he thought it was the most ridiculous thing he ever heard. Thankfully for this fan, he decided to record the song! Sir Tom belted out one of his greatest hits, “It’s Not Unusual” which was revived in the 1900s by Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I was ready to jump up and do the Carlton dance, but alas, I didn’t think it would be socially acceptable, so I settled for some finger snapping and (more) shoulder dancing.
The highlight of the night for me was the presentation of the induction award to Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Chris Daughtry gave a tribute performance of the Bon Jovi hit, “I’ll Be There for You” that left the crowd stunned. An absolutely amazing rendition of the song. Chris then presented the induction award to Jon and Richie. All the recipient speeches were very touching, but there was something about Richie’s speech that was so moving, it brought me to tears. The way he spoke about music, and how important songwriting is – but it was also the way he spoke about Jon, and how he considered them to be more than brother’s. – I think everyone in the room felt that raw emotion during Richie’s speech. Jon and Richie performed “Wanted Dead or Alive”, a song I’ve heard live more times than I can count, but there was something very special about this performance. I think everyone else felt it too, as they received a standing ovation at the end of the song.
Motown founder Berry Gordy presented the Johnny Mercer Award to Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, Jr. of Holland-Dozier-Holland, or HDH. HDH wrote songs for tons of Motown acts – from The Supremes, and the 4 Tops, to Marvin Gaye.
Hair composers Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Erick Ragni (the son of inductee Gerome Ragni) were presented their induction by Cousin Brucie, but the big finale came when my favorite Solid Gold host Marilyn McCoo and her husband Billy Davis Jr. took to the stage. Together they sang, “Aquarius” and “Let The Sunshine In”. At this point, I was standing at the back of the ballroom, there was no one that would
stop me from Solid Gold dancing to my Marilyn! While I was cutting a rug, suddenly there was a mass invasion of people on the stage. It was the cast of the latest Broadway revival of Hair. They danced on the stage, and then made their way into the audience – lots of fun, and a great way to close the show!
It was an incredible night for me. I was able to meet so many of great musicians, from so many different genres of music. My appreciation for the importance of songwriting has grown significantly. It’s such a rare talent, yet without it – our songs have no meaning. Cheers to the inductees and award winners – they TRULY deserve it!
It’s been close to three years since we’ve had a new Jason Mraz album, and that break was just what he needed to refuel and rediscover himself. After taking some time off to enjoy the little things in life Mraz is back with We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things.
The album, which hits record stores on May 20th, delivers the clever lyrics and pop melodies that we’ve come to know and love and then some. According to Mraz the songs are inspired “by these moments of self realization, self empowerment and self improvement. I was happy to be able to write an album at the same time I was coming back to earth.”
Earth, Mars, Pluto..wherever he is, his passionate following is sure to follow, even if it means booking a trip on the space shuttle. After a recent show in Pennsylvania TWRY Staffer Lexi sat down with the chosen one and a few of his friends to pick his brain about his new album and lessons learned.
Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro | May 2008