Pitchfork Announces The First Wave of Performers for 2018 Chicago Festival


Pitchfork Music Festival released its first wave of performers for its lineup for the 2018 Chicago festival. As they did last year, Pitchfork painted the lineup on a mural in Chicago. So far, only one of the headliners has been announced, Tame Impala on Friday. Other performers include DRAM and Chicago’s Ravyn Lenae.

You can see the lineup so far below, and also the live video of the painting of the video.

Friday, July 20:

Tame Impala
Julien Baker
Lucy Dacus
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

Saturday, July 21:

Raphael Saadiq
This Is Not This Heat

Sunday, July 22:

Kelly Lee Owens
Irreversible Entanglements
(Sandy) Alex G
Ravyn Lenae



Acts To Make Sure To Check Out At Rolling Loud Miami 2018


The very anticipated line-up for Rolling Loud Miami was just released, and I have to say it was not overhyped at all. Every act I am willing to see, even acts that I haven’t heard before because hip-hop is definitely my wheel house. I also feel like I would discover a lot of new music here.

Acts that I for sure would want to check out each day are:

Friday: J. Cole, N.E.R.D., Young Thug, Jaden Smith, Juvenile, Smino

Saturday: Travis Scott, Migos, Wiz Khalifa, Cardi B, Gucci Mane, Metro Boomin, Fetty Wap,

Sunday: Future, Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, Juicy J, Machine Gun Kelly

Friday is the best night in my opinion. I’ve said several times I’m a fan of Smino and he puts on a great show. I’m very curious on a Jaden Smith show and what Juvenile will bring to the stage.

Tickets go on sale February 2 here. Prices have yet to be announced.


My Picks For Acts To See At The Panorama 2018 Festival


Festival line up announcement season continues with New York’s Panorama throwing themselves into the mix.  Here are the acts that I would like to see:

Friday: The Weeknd, Migos, Jhene Aiko, Daniel Caesar

Saturday: Janet Jackson, SZA, Cardi B, Gucci Mane

Sunday: The XX

There aren’t a lot of acts that I want to see at this festival, but the ones I want to see, I would be really excited to see.  The Weeknd headlining yet another festival makes me think he is definitely releasing new music soon. Janet Jackson is an interesting pick, but I enjoy the fact that the festival is taking a risk.

Tickets are discounted until February 3, but then they will be $125 for a one day, $215 for a two day, and $295 for a three day. You can get them here.




Have your own version of “Girls Trip”: Top picks for 2018 Essence Festival Lineup


Essence just announced its 2018 lineup for its annual festival in New Orleans, and I can’t help but think it is finally the chance to have my own version of “Girls Trip,” minus the cringeworthy moments.

You can see the full line up for the event here but my must-sees are: Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, Miguel, Snoop Dogg, Xscape, Blackstreet, Fantasia, DVSN, Daniel Caesar, 112, The Read.

I’ve seen Mary and Miguel live before and they are great. Mary definitely still has her power vocals and who wouldn’t want to hear “Family Affair” live? Miguel always brings his album to life in this crazy, sonic musical journey way so seeing him do that with War and Leisure and older hits would be great.

For great throwbacks, Janet, Snoop, 112, Blackstreet and Xscape are all excellent options.  They all have a vast catalog that I would love to see live and I hope it means that all of them will be releasing new music soon, or at least touring.

DVSN and Daniel Caesar are two new acts that I would love to see live. Both of their versions of R&B are so unique it would be great to experience it in concert.

The Read is a podcast that I’m obsessed with and have been wanting to see a live show, so I think its amazing that the festival is adding this in this year.

A free event that I think is definitely worth checking out is the Entertainment All Access Daytime Experience. With the interviews and the meet-and-greets, I think it would a cool way to see celebrities that you love.

You can get tickets here now and check out a playlist for the festival below.


TDE announces “The Championship Tour” with Kendrick Lamar, SZA and more


TDE just announced a summer tour featuring most of the artists of TDE.  This is a pretty incredible line up; most music collaborators don’t go on tour together, so this will be a pretty unique concert opportunity.

Below are the tour dates and locations.  As you notice, the Chicago date in in June, and since Lollapalooza has a clause that artists can’t have other concerts in the area for a couple months around that time Lollapalooza is happening, its seems like Kendrick, SZA and other TDE will not be apart of the lineup.

Are you going to any of the shows?



Fri-May 04 Vancouver, BC* Rogers Arena
Sat-May 05 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
Sun-May 06 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Tue-May 08 Oakland, CA* Oracle Arena
Thu-May 10 Los Angeles, CA* The Forum
Sun-May 13 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Mon-May 14 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Tue-May 15 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Thu-May 17 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
Fri-May 18 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Sat-May 19 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Tue-May 22 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed-May 23 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Fri-May 25 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sat-May 26 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sun-May 27 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Tue-May 29 New York, NY* Madison Square Garden
Wed-May 30 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Fri-Jun 01 Bristow, VA (DC) Jiffy Lube Live
Sat-Jun 02 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
Sun-Jun 03 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Tue-Jun 05 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Thu-Jun 07 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
Fri-Jun 08 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion
Sat-Jun 09 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Tue-Jun 12 Toronto, ON* Budweiser Stage
Wed-Jun 13 Detroit, MI* DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri-Jun 15 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat-Jun 16 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion

What Acts To See At Bonnaroo 2018


Acts to go see: Eminem, Future, Bob Iver, Paramore, Anderson .Paak, Khalid, Playboi Carti, T-Pain, Snakehips, Knox Fortune.

Another day, another festival line up. I guess this is what Januarys are made of.  Eminem is making another appearance, so at this point, expect to see him at the majority of festivals.  I’m actually most excited to see Anderson. Paak make a festival apperance and I hope he will be at more.  I saw him at Pitchfork back in 2016 and he was incredible. I have only heard about him in passing, but after seeing him live I became a huge fan.

We are also seeing a lot of repeat acts, including Eminem (obviously), Snakehips, Khalid and Knox Fortune.

Check out a playlist for Boonaroo below.


What Acts I Would See at Boston Calling 2018


Acts I want to see: Eminem, Khalid, Bryson Tiller, Brockhampton, Daniel Caesar, Belly, Noname, Taylor Bennett

A smaller festival, but still some pretty good R&B options. I’ve seen Bryson live three times and each time he’s even better. Always a good set list full of hits and deep cuts. Daniel Caesar has been growing on me and I’ve been wanting to see Khalid. It is interesting that Taylor Bennett is playing Boston Calling this year when his brother played last year. I’ve seen Bennett live before and he was okay, but I’m hoping he has grown as a live performer.

Check out a playlist of my picks below.


What Acts You Should See At The Governors Ball 2018


Acts I want to see:

Eminem, Travis Scott, Halsey, Khalid, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, 6lack, Dram, 2 Chainz, Vic Mensa, Brockhampton, Aminé, Goldlink

Honestly not anyone I’m super excited about, but I’ve been wanting to see Khalid live. I’ve seen Vic Mensa, Post Malone and 2 Chainz live before. 2 Chainz is always super energetic and fun and its such a rowdy good time.  I also think seeing Goldlink’s “Crew” live would be super hype.

This new lineup shows that Eminem, 6lack, Brockhampton, and Aminé are definitely doing multiple festivals, as they are already doing Coachella.

Here are photos I’ve taken of acts that I have already seen:

Post Malone

2 Chainz

Vic Mena

Check out a playlist of the acts I would like to see below.


Running List of Festival Line-Ups and Prices in 2018

Below is a list of festivals line ups and prices for 2018 that will be constantly updated. Compare and have fun!

Coachella: April 13-15, 20-22



$429 for a GA 3-Day

Click here for my picks for Coachella.

Rolling Loud Miami: May 11-13



3-Day: From $299+fees

Click here for my picks for Rolling Loud.

Boston Calling: May 25-27



Early Bird GA Tickets: $279 + $20 fees

Click here for my picks for Boston Calling.

Governors Ball: June 1st-3rd



$305 + fees

Click here for my picks for Governors Ball.

Bonnaroo: June 7-10




Click here for my picks for Governors Ball.

Essence Festival: July 5-8


3-Days $159

Click here for my picks for Essence Festival.

Pitchfork: July 20-22


3-Days $175 | 1-Day $75 each

Panorama: July 27-29



1-Day $125, 2-Day $215, 3-Day $295

Click here for my picks for Panorama.


What Acts To See At Coachella 2018


Coachella just announced its lineup so you know what that means…festival season has officially kicked off! If going to a music festival is a part of your 2018 music goals, now is the time to start measuring up the line up and the prices. Here are the acts I would check out each day:

Friday: The Weeknd, SZA, Jamiroquai, Vince Staples, Daniel Caesar

I’ve already seen The Weeknd, SZA and Vince Staples live.  All very amazing live and their music comes alive in a way you don’t expect. Also, I have a feeling if The Weeknd is a headliner than he will probably have new music out. I keep hearing good things about Daniel Caesar so I would love to check him out live.

Saturday: Beyoncé, Post Malone, Snakehips, Marian Hill, Jorja Smith

Honestly I’m only very familiar with Beyonce, and people have been waiting over a year to see her at Coachella since she had to cancel last year because of the twins. I saw Post Malone live a few years ago, and “rockstar” isn’t a horrible song so I would swing by his set. I like Snakehips remix of Banks “Warm Water” and they were cool at Lolla back in 2016 so I would see them again. I heard of few Marian Hill songs in passing and I like Jorja Smith on “Get It Together” so I would love to see more from both acts.

Sunday: Eminem, Migos, Cardi B, Miguel, French Montana, 6lack, Aminé, DeJ Loaf, Noname, LION BABE, They.

I’ve never seen Eminem live and being from Detroit I feel like I need to do this eventually. I hope he focuses on the hits; I really don’t know his deep cuts. I saw Migos a few times before and it is pretty turnt, and I hope Cardi B has some more songs to justify a full set because I do like “Bodak Yellow.” French, Amine, DeJ Loaf, LION BABE all at least have one song I like so I would be willing to check out their sets.  I saw Noname at Lolla last year and its a nice low key time.  They. was amazing live and one of the best concerts I saw last year so I’m probably most excited about them. I saw Miguel at Pitchfork back in 2016 and it was such this psychedelic (minus the drugs) cool journey and put a twist on his work that I would so do it again.

Here are some concert photos from some of the acts that I shot before:

The Weeknd


Vince Staples

Post Malone



Check out the playlist below of all the acts I want to see.