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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams

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Denver based Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are soaring high with the release of the band’s second album on Friday. “Tearing at the Seams” epitomizes the soulful rhythm and blues sound with its collection of roadhouse retro tunes. For years, the American singer-songwriter was on his own trying to make it as a solo artist. Rateliff’s career took off when he moved away from his traditional folksy sound and began a collaboration with local Colorado artists to form the breakthrough music now known as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

The surprise hit of the debut self-titled album featured catchy songs and a unique sound that launched the band into the booming indie music scene and they haven’t looked back since. With “Tearing the Seams”, the band begins to explore a more upbeat sound with tunes like “Shoe Boot”. “You Worry Me” solidifies its place as the album’s standout song using a unique guitar rhythm to lead into Rateliff’s vocals building into an unyielding anthem crescendo. Rateliff backs off the big sounds with the breezy piano sounds featured in the melodic “Say It Louder”.

Rateliff’s love and respect for artist Leonard Cohen are evident throughout the album as he is able to seamlessly interject lyrics reminiscent of Cohen’s artistic vibe. The band explores a bit of a country sound with the melancholy pedal steel guitar and horns prominently featured on “Hey Mama.” Those familiar with Rateliff’s upbringing will certainly see the parallels in this song about a mother and son relationship.

In addition to the husky soulfulness of Rateliff’s voice, The Night Sweats also feature Joseph Pope III on bass, Patrick Meese on drums, and Mark Shusterman on keyboards.

Bon Iver and The National to Headline Mo Pop Festival

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Detroit is one of the most important music cities in the United States. The city is the birthplace of Motown and techno music, and it also play a big role in the popularization of hip-hop and rap. Despite its importance in music history, Detroit lacked an extremely successful music festival for many years. That is all about to change thanks to the maturation of Mo Pop Festival.

Mo Pop Festival started as a small one-day event in 2013, but it is quickly growing into one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. The creators of the festival just announced the lineup for this year’s event, and it is going to make a lot of music fans very happy.

Indie rock icons Bon Iver and The National are set to headline Mo Pop this year. Bon Iver rarely plays festivals, so it is major news every time he shows up on a lineup. In addition these great headliners, there are also several other high-profile acts on the lineup. These top artists include St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man, Vince Staples, Highly Suspect and Brockhampton.

The 2018 Mo Pop Festival will be held in Detroit’s West Waterfront Park on July 28 and 29. This beautiful 20-acre park is the perfect place to see some of the hottest acts in music. There will also be a lot to do at Mo Pop besides enjoying the great music. The festival grounds will have a Nerf gun course, craft bazaar, arcade and a large selection of Detroit’s best food trucks.

Tickets for Mo Pop Festival go on sale on Friday, March 9, at 10 AM CST. Single-day tickets will be available for $75. Weekend passes are only $99.50. Ticket prices will go up closer to the event, so you may want to buy your tickets early.

Creative Idea for Fans Helps Bon Jovi Reach Number One on the Charts

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It’s been fifteen months since Bon Jovi released “This House Is Not for Sale”. The album, which now includes two new songs with its re-release, reached number one on the top Billboard 200 chart after just eight weeks. The band’s previous album “What about Now” also debuted at number one. The number two album on Billboard this week was the soundtrack from the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” after just three weeks on the chart.

The latest album marks the first recording without lead guitarist Richie Sambora. Phil X (Philip Eric Xenidis) is now the lead guitarist and Hugh McDonald moved to the bass guitar spot, and he is now being given official band member entitlements even though he has been with the band since it was formed in 1983.

With 129,000 equivalent units sold and 99 percent being complete album sales, “This House Is Not for Sale” makes it the band’s sixth number-one album in the United States. When asked about the meaning of the album, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi stated, “The [album] is about our integrity. Integrity matters and we’re at a place in our career where we don’t have anything left to prove.” At age 56, Jon Bon Jovi has still remained as the lead singer-songwriter despite his attempts at being a solo artist. He previously released 2 solo albums, and the band has released 12 including the latest album.

Sales from the new album that helped the band reach the top Billboard 200 are the result of a special package deal which allowed fans who purchased concert tickets, for the “This House Is Not for Sale” tour, to also receive a free digital download or actual physical copy. According to ticket sales to date, there were 120,000 purchasers who actually redeemed their free copy. Bon Jovi has sold 375,000 concert tickets.

Clayton Hutson, live performance equipment expert

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Professional audio engineer and budding actor knows quite a lot about the music industry. He owns a music production company that offers a variety of services including production design, rigging, stage management, production management, show producer, logistics management, and monitor engineer. Clayton is also a event manager and music producer. Mr. Hutson has worked with big bands such as Garbage, Kid Rock, Pink, and Guns N’ Roses.

 

The decision to start his business came during the recession when he was working for another company. Of course with any career decision there is a considerable amount of risk, but he was ready to take the leap. Clayton was also able to utilize his previous skills and experience in his business to make it successful. His ideas of how to create amazing set design is from using technology like computers, using previous experience, and making sure the dimensions are correct. This is key. The live sound engineer puts in hard work to attract new clients. Impressing them with his knowledge, experience, and also working long hours is what it takes win over clients. Also paying attention to detail is crucial. Certain habits make Clayton a good choice like the fact that he checks stuff repeatedly to make sure everything is running correctly. Any big issue or malfunctions can cost him his career, so he has to take a massive amount of care in everything he does. When being hired by Kid Rock recently, he gets to the venue first, before 7 in the morning. Clayton goes through the motions of checking everything, doing a walk through, looking at the schedule, and figuring out how to store the equipment. Everything is strategic, but also takes a lot of flexibility on everyone’s part. Learn more:  http://www.livedesignonline.com/concerts?page=18

 

Although there is a lot of preparation and planning that goes into pre show time, but also getting everything figured out after the show. You have to pack things up all the equipment involved so it functions properly. One another note, one purchase made his business more successful and organized. Purchasing an iPhone has made things and business so much easier with a touch of a button.

 

 

Clayton Hutson has always loved and had a passion for music, acting, and the production surrounding the two. He studied theater design in college, which was an informative and fun experience. Mr. Hutson grew up in Glendale, California. Clayton has his own entertainment production company and is a live sound engineer and production manager.