Festival Noize: Jam In The Trees, MUTEK, Fort Rock, Disruption

Jerry Douglas, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Shooter Jennings top North Carolina’s Jam In Trees lineup … Looking to make a splash in the U.S., MUTEK establishes San Francisco beachhead … Fort Rock promotes solidarity with

Jerry Douglas
John Davisson
– Jerry Douglas
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS students … David Lynch’s Festival Of Disruption set for May in NYC.

Bluegrass, Americana and roots rock rule the August 24-25 weekend when Jam In The Trees returns for a third year to   Along with Jerry Douglas, The Travelin’ McCourys and Shooter Jennings, the lineup includes Elizabeth Cook, Jane Kramer, Gangstagrass, The Stray Birds, Jim Lauderdale, The Steel Wheels, Fireside Collective, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys,

You’ll never miss a performance at Jam In The Trees.  Utilizing an indoor and outdoor stage, organizers have worked out a non-overlapping schedule giving fans plenty of time to enjoy each act.

Of course, there will be plenty of Pisgah beer to make sure fans get their minimum daily requirements of hops. Other attractions include food trucks, vendors and local artisans.

While all the action takes place at Black Mountain, Jam In The Trees does provide complimentary shuttle service between the Pisgah Brewing Co. and downtown Ashevllle, nearby hotels and campgrounds.

Tickets are on sale now.

Monster Energy Fort Rock producers Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents are standing firm with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Students and others supporting initiatives for safety.

Happening at its new home at Markham Park in Sunrise, Fla., April 28-29, Fort Rock will host Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin and others.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was the where 17 people were shot and killed Feb. 14.  Former student Nikolas Jacob Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Not only did the mass shooting shock the nation, but it spurred a movement led by the massacre’s survivors to implement stronger gun laws.

But it wasn’t just Fort Rock organizers backing the students.  Artists like Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Halestorm are also siding with the movement as is Woodstock co-producer/co-founder Michael Lang.

To show solidarity with students speaking out in favor of safer schools, Fort Rock producers are offering 50 percent discounts on all-weekend general admission tickets for those who sign the “Students Fighting Guns SinceAdults Won’t” petition created by high school student Julia Kemple of Kalamazoo, Mich., and posted on Change.org.

“The wording of Julia’s petition is profound.  We should all be ashamed that our nation’s youth feels unprotected by those in charge,” Danny Wimmer Presents CEO Danny Hayes said in a statement.

“As a Broward County, Florida native, the Stoneman Douglas tragedy really hit home for me.  We are so deeply touched and moved by the courage and fortitude of the students at Stoneman Douglas High School.  They have turned trauma into strength.  As a society we must act quickly to give them the protection they deserve.  Like the Woodstock generation that used music festivals to amplify their voice, these kids should be an inspiration to us all.  It is incumbent on those with access to the microphone to ensure that their message is heard and acted upon.”

“I am so inspired by the students of Parkland and others around the country for speaking up and not allowing the same old NRA political rhetoric and lack of action to dampen their commitment,” said Lang.  “It is this kind of long-term determination and engagement that leads to a real movement.  It gives me great hope for the future of our country, to know that there is this generation of young people ready to take up the fight for positive change, much as my generation did in the ’60s.”

Birthed in Montreal in 2000 and spreading out across the globe to Mexico City, Barcelona, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Dubai, the electronic music fest known as MUTEK is ready for its first ever U.S. event, scheduled for San Francisco May 3-6.

With a lineup that includes Tim Hecker, Equiknoxx, Francesco Tristano & Derrick May, and Underground Resistance’s Galaxy 2 Galaxy, the MUTEK.SF plan calls for shows at nine San Francisco venues, including Bimbo’s Gray Area Grand Theatre, Herbst Theatre, Heron Arts, San Francisco Mint, Mezzanine and The Midway.  The performances will be spread out over four tracks: Digi Lab, A/Visions, Nocturne and Experience.

Along with three days of electronic music, MUTEK.SF will also present art installations, audiovisual works, panel discussions, food vendors and other attractions.

MUTEK’s San Francisco / USA debut is headed up by Miroslav Wiesner, founder of Surefire Agency, and Gabrielle de Villoutreys, founder of Les Plages Electroniques, Moga Festival and other events.

Tickets are on sale now.

Animal Collective
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– Animal Collective
Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Mich.

A solo performance by singer/songwriter Angel Olsen, sets by Animal Collective and Au Revoir Simone, a DJ set by Flying Lotus, Jim James performing solo, plus Jon Hopkins and Rebekah Del Rio make up the music lineup for the Festival of Disruption, curated by filmmaker David Lynch and happening May 18-20 at New York City’s Brooklyn Steel.

The film side of Disruption includes “talks and screenings” such as Isabella Rossellini & “Blue Velvet” and Gregory Crewdson & “There But Not There.” The same category also lists David Lynch & “Rare Short Films.”

But wait, there’s more.  The festival will feature exhibits by William Eggleston, Sandro Miller, David OReilly and (wait for it)… David Lynch.  Meanwhile, a “Meditation” category lists Bob Roth and “Brian Eno’s Reflection.”

The Festival Of Disruption will also host the New York City premiere of Sandro Miller’s Psychogenic Fugue featuring actor John Malkovich “photographed as iconic David Lynch characters.”

Tickets go on sale March 8 at 10 a.m. Eastern VIP choices include an “intimate cocktail party” hosted by David Lynch on May 18.  Click here for more of what you need to know.