Summer Festival Recaps…
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. Check out our report and photos from last year’s Coachella. Coachella’s official name is ‘The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’ as it comprises of both some of the world’s most famous artists and bands, as well as some pretty amazing art installations. Held across two weekends every April, the music fest is played out across five main stages; the Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent and the Sahara Tent.
Essence Music Festival, known as “the party with a purpose”, is an annual music festival which started in 1994 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. Held each year in New Orleans, Essence Fest celebrates the talents of the local and national African American community. During its 25-year tenure, Essence Fest has grown from a music festival to include speakers, authors and comedians, creating a more expansive creative experience. Featuring a main stage in the Louisiana Superdome, the festival also offers ongoing talks, workshops and performances in areas throughout the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Guests can enjoy non-stop music entertainment, attend motivational seminars or witness quirky comedic performances in the largest cultural event of its kind in the country.
NYC Popfest is a 4 day indiepop music festival in New York City! The 2016 festival will run from May 19-22. n 1996, what started out as a house show with friends bringing together bands that were influenced by music from Factory Records, Sarah Records, Labrador Records and the C86 era turned into one of the most popular indie pop events worldwide. Ten years after that house show, those friends reconvened with new friends bringing together some of the best jangling, fuzzy, twee and indie pop bands across four days in New York.
In 2007, the first official NYC Popfest event was established. Together the pop lovers brought in bands not only from the United States but from all over the world. Classic artists such as Pipas, Ballboy and Allen Clapp graced audiences with their nostalgic pop songs. Pelle Carlberg (former Edson ring leader) proved that Swedish Pop can never do wrong. Buzzing new artists such as Human Television, The Secret History and My Teenage Stride added a sense of continuity in the pop world. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, what was once an obscure indie pop fuzz crowd pleaser, is now one of the most well known bands to be projected into the indie rock world. The following year also delivered a mixture of old and new as well. Buzz bands Love Is All rocked a packed Cake Shop. Cats On Fire flamboyantly charmed audiences.
#Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Indiana Black Expo’s 46th annual Summer Celebration is July 7 -17. Celebrate with fun concerts, events and educational opportunities throughout Downtown Indy.
IBE holds its 46th annual fundraising cultural event from July 7-17. Twenty events over 10 days. There are opportunities to shop local businesses, take in a fashion show, have breakfast with the mayor, try out Microsoft’s latest gadgets and even see some of your favorite Pacers players.
This year’s Black Expo will offer several new exhibits including a Tech Zone, where you can get your game on, a conference where you can learn how to make it in the music industry and a teen forum on social media and politcs.
Another new addition this year is the IBE Pavilion, which will showcase the history and current activities of the Indiana Black Expo community.
“One of the things we need to do more of is to tell our own stories,” IBE communications manager Dian Foreman said. “We want people to be able to see that, yes, this is a fundraiser, but look at all of the things we’re doing all year round.”
Summer Celebration events will educate your mind, nourish your soul and get your body moving. Here’s a quick look at some of the events. For a complete list, visit indianablackexpo.com.