Phil Lesh & Bob Weir Will Perform A Special Duo Set At LOCKN’, And You Probably Won’t See It

first_imgToday, LOCKN’ Festival announced their “Super VIP” lineup and, as usual, it’s pretty damn exciting. The Super VIP sets are extremely intimate, exclusive performances held during the festival that are open only to those with Super VIP passes (which also get you access to special viewing areas for Main Stage shows, a separate campground, air-conditioned bathrooms and showers, catered meals, and more). LOCKN’s Super VIP program offers a fortunate few the opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime experiences–the chance to see huge artists up-close-and-personal, on a small stage, in a small crowd, tucked away alongside tens of thousands of GA attendees.The announcement press release describes the LOCKN’ Super VIP sets as “a culmination of creativity, inspiration, and imaginative collaboration.” This is no exaggeration. On Friday, August 25th, Keller Williams & Friends will play the Super VIP stage. Sunday will see Jorma Kaukonen play a solo performance, and Friday and Saturday late-night, Super VIPs will be able to enjoy dance parties with DJ Logic. But the clear highlight of the LOCKN’ Super VIP schedule is “A Very Special Hour w/ Phil Lesh & Bob Weir on Saturday, August 26th.The two founding Grateful Dead members will also be performing an exciting set for the main festival crowd with the Terrapin Family Band (a one-time tribute to the Dead’s seminal 1977 album Terrapin Station), so the LOCKN’ masses will surely get their fair share of Phil and Bobby. And, of course, LOCKN’ is one of the year’s biggest festivals for a reason: With a ridiculous schedule of some of the best artists in the scene (that Thursday String Cheese > Umphrey’s > String Cheese > Umphrey’s > Biscuits lineup is almost too good to be true) and a host of other exciting artists and collaborations on the docket (Gov’t Mule, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Widespread Panic, John Butler Trio, Greensky Bluegrass, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, moe., The Marcus King Band, etc.), nobody is getting shorted on incredible music at this event. It’s a slam dunk.But the fact remains that on LOCKN’ Saturday, Phil Lesh & Bob Weir will play together on a piece of land that’s simultaneously occupied with thousands upon thousands of people who gladly would travel halfway across the world–let alone hike across Infinity Downs Farm–to see these two guys play together, and that majority won’t see the performance. It’s a topic on which people tend to have strong and differing opinions.That’s an inherent part of the increasingly prevalent market for high-end, super VIP, exclusive perks at music festivals. To provide an incredible, singular experience for some you have to, by definition, exclude the many. And that makes sense. Exclusive access is a marketable commodity. We’ve started to see it everywhere to varying degrees, and a few new events have even popped up that cater exclusively to the exclusive crowd charging outrageous sums to “party like rock stars.”They’ve been decidedly hit-or-miss. Last year’s inaugural Desert Trip capitalized successfully on the high-end live music market, selling tickets that ranged from roughly $450 – upwards of $1700 for 3-day tickets. Fans shelled out, and the event was a success, because the event lived up to the high-end experience it offered, with a ridiculous lineup of a generation’s greatest artists, amenities, and curated experiences that matched the ticket prices.But we’ve also seen the pay-to-play model backfire in disastrous fashion. Last weekend’s royally botched Fyre Festival sold extravagantly priced tickets to a purportedly extravagant event, but when attendees arrived at the event’s island locale they were met with no accommodations, lack of water and sewage systems, partially built infrastructure, feral dogs, and other general chaos. All flights to and from the island were cancelled. The event was cancelled before it started, and the organizers had been promptly hit with a $100M class action suit by Monday morning.Whether or not you like it, we live in a free economy, and any business in any industry in this country is driven by the golden rule: supply and demand. As long as the market for exclusive experiences exists, there will always be a vast majority that gets excluded–the proverbial “Phil-and-Bobby-are-playing-right-behind-that-fence-right-there-and-you’re-not-allowed-in,” if you will. And people will always have strong and differing opinions on the matter: “Pay-to-play” vs. “Equality for all.” Just watch…Whatever your thoughts on the high-end live music market, we’ll be in Arrington, VA from August 24th – 27th to join in one of the best parties of the summer. And if you’re heading to LOCKN’ but you’re not Super VIP–don’t fret, friend. We guarantee you’ll see more great music than you know what to do with that weekend. Enjoy it!For more information on LOCKN’, or to purchase tickets, head to the festival’s website. [Cover photo via Getty Images]last_img read more

Munster U25 hurling championship confirmed

first_imgThe Premier county will take on Cork in the opening game on May 21st with the winner to play Waterford in the provincial semi-final.However the competition has thrown the future of the Intermediate championship into doubt.Munster Council chairman Jerry O’Sullivan says a decision has yet to be made on a similar competition in football at this grade.last_img

Nets Better Than Bobcats & Teletović Had a Good Game

first_imgThe Brooklyn Nets basketball team beat the Charlotte Bobcats with 105:89, and Mirza Teletović had another good game.The captain of the B&H basketball team made 13 points, with 8 rebounds and 1 assist. The most efficient player from the Nets was Paul Pierce with 25 points, while Andray Blatche and Deron Williams also made 13 points.Video: Fena)last_img

The £100 million match: Manchester United faces date with Champions League destiny

first_img stakes are certainly high for United, and that’s just purely in terms of revenue. In reality, while an extra £100 million would undoubtedly be a boost to the balance sheets, the club’s bank accounts are still in a healthy condition, despite the pandemic.However, missing out on the Champions League would negatively impact its summer transfer business.While executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has already warned that it won’t be a case of “business as usual” this summer because of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus, United finds itself in a stronger financial position than many other clubs and is expected to be active when the window opens. But it will be more difficult to land their top transfer targets without the lure of Champions League football.Jadon Sancho, who remains one of the Red Devils’ top priorities, wants to continue competing in the world’s premier club competition. Trying to persuade the 20-year-old winger to move to Old Trafford to play in the Europa League would not be easy.A midfielder, center back and striker are also on Solskjaer’s summer wish list and qualification would make it easier to attract the top talent the club needs to go on a title charge next season.Of course, even if it fails to finish in the top four, United could still qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. His players’ expletive-filled outbursts had become increasingly audible in the final quarter of the game at Old Trafford, as they failed to find a winner against a resilient West Ham side that looked the more likely to score.MORE: France Football turns award into Ballon de FarceThat sense of frustration will increase tenfold if United produces a similar performance against Leicester City on Sunday.The season finale at King Power Stadium (11 a.m. ET, NBC) is set to be a tense and titanic affair, with a top-four finish dangling like a golden carrot in front of both sides. The Champions League spot on offer makes this “The £100 million ($128 million) match.”The equation for Solskjaer’s side is simple. One point and it will be back where it believes it belongs, among Europe’s elite – something that didn’t seem remotely possible after United’s worst start to a top-flight campaign for 30 years left it 13th in the Premier League table after nine games.Leicester needs to win to guarantee itself a place in next season’s Champions League, but United is currently unbeaten in the league since the restart.”It is a really important game for two reasons,” football finance expert Kieran Maguire told Goal.  “First of all, approximately 80 percent of the TV money for UEFA competitions goes to those clubs who qualify for the Champions League. The Europa League is the poor relation as far as European competitions are concerned.”United had an income of £627 million ($800 million) when they qualified for the Champions League last season. They said before COVID-19 hit that they were expecting a drop somewhere between £50 (million) to £60 million due to lack of Champions League participation and then you can add a bit more because of the effects of the pandemic.”There is also the clause in their Adidas contract which means that their earnings will be reduced by 25 percent should they fail to qualify, which is worth another £20 million ($26 million).” However, this year’s final isn’t until Aug. 21, just three weeks before the start of the new Premier League season, which has been confirmed for Sept. 12. Failure to beat Leicester on Sunday would thus hold United back in its attempts to recruit players as quickly as possible.Solskjaer is confident his team has enough in the tank to go to Leicester and get the result it’s desperately seeking but its performances in the last four games suggest it will be a tight affair, particularly as his favored starting XI are feeling the effects of a long season.They’ve lacked penetration, pace and precision in recent weeks and, despite Leicester’s poor form since the restart (just two wins in eight matches), United knows it will have to raise its game if it is going to secure that lucrative £100 million prize. As Manchester United’s clash against West Ham stuttered into the final few minutes last week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stood in his technical box scratching his head.The Norwegian was right to be wondering how to extract another high-level performance out of a team clearly suffering from fatigue. Goallast_img read more

Free counseling available to help you deal with COVID-19 concerns

first_imgDES MOINES — As Iowans continue grappling with the effects of the pandemic, many are taking advantage of free remote counseling made available through the state.Teresa Zilk is a media specialist for the COVID Recovery grant. She says counselors can help Iowans build coping skills as coronavirus-related disruptions continue.“There’s just a lot of anxiety about what’s gonna happen next,” Zilk says. “So many people have been impacted in terms of no longer having employment. Even farmers are having difficulties. You have parents who are home with children more than they were before.”Zilk says they want to reach Iowans from all walks of life — those who lost their jobs, are now constantly home with their families, people with disabilities, and Iowans struggling with anxiety surrounding the uncertainty.  “It’s requiring a different set of coping skills for everybody,” she says. “So we’re there to give them different types of coping skills and strategies to help reduce the sense of loss and stress that they’ve experienced.”Spanish language services are available and counselors can also refer people to other services. Any Iowan can seek free confidential counseling at the website:, or by calling 844-775-WARM.last_img read more