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

Meet the Indian Women Founders of the Two Apps That Made It to This Year’s Apple Entrepreneur Camp

first_img– Advertisement – When Aashika Chittiappa looked to get back to work in 2016 after the birth of her first child, her mother advised her to do something that would continue to engage her, and also allow her to be in the moment with her child. Four years later, she’s been doing this successfully as one of the founders of Mamma-Miya— an app that does something similar for the women who use it. It’s an app that helps busy moms prioritise themselves, keep track of their schedules, and happens to be one of the two Indian teams selected for the latest session of Apple Entrepreneur Camp, which ended this week.Apple Entrepreneur Camp started last year, and it offers one-on-one code-level guidance from Apple experts and engineers on their app, mentorship, and insights from Apple’s top leaders. The Female Founders chapter (for female founders and developers) helps women like Chittiappa grow their apps, build networks, and make use of Apple’s experts. This year’s (virtual) session went on from October 22 to November 3. After the lab concludes, participants get ongoing support and become part of a community of alumni. In the first year, the camp saw a 100 participants from 13 countries representing female-led app companies.- Advertisement – Chittiappa, on the other hand, spent two and a half years interviewing dozens of moms before Mamma-Miya went live in 2018. They’d sit around her dining table and discuss, over cakes and coffees, the struggles of being a mother. The summaries of these meetings still find a place on Chittiappa’s office wall, she tells me, in the form of post-its. “Everyone is struggling so much as mums, but we haven’t articulated what the struggle is,” Chittiappa said.Mamma MiyaTransplant Care selected apps for Apple Entrepreneur CampMamma-Miya and Transplant Care were two of this year’s selected apps for Apple Entrepreneur Camp.- Advertisement – Chittiappa’s partner Namrate Mayanil joined the team a year ago and keeps telling her partner that everything is possible with technology. Their journey with Apple started when the received an email from Apple representatives around a year ago, who soon recommended them to apply for the Apple Camp. “There’s so much magic in this journey,” says Chittiappa, who doesn’t have a background in tech but believes that the struggle to keep something going forward can be deeply rewarding.Speaking about Mamma-Miya, she said, “There’s nothing about the idea of being a supermum –it’s about being a deeply fulfilled mum who is living her life as authentically and intentionally as possible. It started with a WhatApp group, which grew into a Facebook group – a safe space for mothers to discuss struggles.”While there definitely is a bit of disappointment in the participants on missing out on face-to-face sessions in Apple Park, the tech giant’s efficiency and determination to make things happen made up for it, the entrepreneurs say.For both the teams, the biggest takeaway from the sessions with Apple has been its emphasis on making things simple. Apple’s philosophy of saying a hundred ‘Nos’ before saying ‘Yes’ has stuck with Mayanil, who understood, through the sessions, the importance of constantly improvising. The Transplant Care team also believe that simplicity is the achievable goal that every app strives for.Apple Watch is another area Puranik and her team worked hard on. While it was something they wanted to work on eventually, the workshops made them realise how well it could be leveraged immediately.anita puranik transplantcare anita_puranik_transplantcareAnita Puranik, the co-founder of Transplant Care app from MetamagicsPhoto Credit: MetamagicsEsther Hare, a senior executive at Apple, started the sessions by telling the women that if they thought they were here solely because they were women or because there were fewer applications, they were wrong. She told them they were here because of what they brought to the table. Chittiappa and Mayanil praise the way Apple emphasised that their gender isn’t a disability, but in fact a strength. “It’s the way they go about it – without making you feel like you’re underrepresented.”The Mamma-Miya founders believe that women-led organisations tend to work in areas where they believe they can create an impact that will lift people up, often using empathy and well-being as a tool. When a woman rises, it’s not just herself she lifts up; the journey is to lift how many ever possible, on the way.“The main obstacle with being a women entrepreneur is the attitude of investors,” said Puranik. “If you’re a woman, they tend to hold back the funding as they’re unsure you can withstand the pressure,” she added.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. The other team from India in the camp was founded by Anita Puranik. Transplant Care app from Metamagics is focused on patient education and empowerment to reduce complications and improve long-term, post-transplant outcomes.When Puranik’s husband was scheduled to get a transplant five years ago, they were overwhelmed with the excel sheets, information required, and the lack of a single, inclusive digital platform. The first few years went in heavy research and working on the webpage, which went live as an app in 2018 on the App Store and Google Play.There are typically three to four sessions that the entrepreneurs attended every day, after which they worked – sometimes through the night, like Transplant Care’s co-founder Atul Saraf did– on making changes in the app. One of key learnings of the sessions was how to make insightful widgets. For an app like Transplant Care, this is important as it helps flag things such as an increase or decrease in health parameters in a manner that’s not an annoying reminder.- Advertisement –last_img read more