Trish’s Highlights and Top Memories of 2017!

2017 was a year loaded with lots of hard work, unbelievable experiences, and of course, music. I got to meet, and spend time with some amazingly talented people. I got to listen to live music from my favourite artists and bands, new and old, and I had the pleasure of being able to share it with all of you. Below are my five live performance highlights for the year.

Every day I’m aware of how privileged I am to do this job, to bring together my love of music, writing and photography and to live a life where music is everywhere.

Were you at any of these shows? Let me know in the comments.

Hip Hop Set of the Year

Oddisee at Lee’s Palace, Toronto (May 27, 2017)

It’s not very often I take a pass on free music and photo access but in this case, I didn’t even apply to shoot and review the Oddisee show.

I’d been listening to The Iceberg since it’s release in February and was so looking forward to just being a fan. It was a beautifully warm May day and I met up with people I knew in line who were just as excited as I was. It was a sold out show and Lee’s Palace was packed to the back with fans of 24-year-old Amir Mohamed el Khalifa. Opening for Oddisee was Good Compny, his band, and they were brilliant. Showing off their amazing musical skills the band got the crowd ready for Oddisee to take the stage, and take over the crowd.

From the second he took the stage, Oddisee connected with us and he didn’t let go until he walked off the stage. Going into the show, I was pretty comfortable with the songs and thought I knew all the words, but there were people in the audience, singing every single word and he noticed. If this is a new name for you, and you have any interest in rap, hip-hop, jazz or even pop, you need to give his music a listen. I promise you won’t regret it.

Note: This is my only club show set highlight.

Oddisee performance taken from Facebook

Rock and Roll Set of the Year

Cage the Elephant at WayHome, Oro-Medonte (July 28, 2017)

I’ve been a fan of Cage the Elephant since their debut release in 2008 but they’d kinda fallen off my radar.

That completely changed this July when I saw them live for the first time. Wow! This show gets my Rock and Roll set of the year highlight for all the right reasons. It was full of hits, it delivered the new music from Unpeeled, it was loud, it was vibrant and it was the most energetic set of 2017. There was running and jumping and there was confetti, all perfectly timed and amazing.

As a photographer, this set gave me everything I could have hoped for and it also gave me my favourite image of the year. I smile every time I think about this set, that’s a win in my book.

Whole Wide World: Cage The Elephant at WayHome 2017

Emotional Moment Set of the Year

Imagine Dragons at WayHome, Oro-Medonte (July 29, 2017)

Right smack in the middle of WayHome, I had the most emotional moment I’ve ever experienced at a live show.  That encounter was delivered by Day 2 headliner, Imagine Dragons. And I wasn’t alone.

While in the photo pit, amongst 25+ other photographers, Dan Reyolds reached out and touched my heart. It was electric. It was the music and it was the message, “Spread peace, spread love.”. It was real and it was heartfelt.

If there was a masterclass on how to deliver three opening songs for photographers, while not taking away from the crowd, Imagine Dragons could lead this class. They gave us everything including smiles, jumps, close-ups, add in Dan leaving the stage and getting behind us to lean on the barricades, so that he could get as close as possible to the crowd, all the while singing his ass off. It was spectacular showmanship and we ate it up.

As we left the pit, there was chatter between photogs exclaiming, that they gave us everything we could have hoped for. Full disclosure here – I cried twice during the first three songs. This isn’t a normal thing, normally I’m working, I’m in work mode and while I enjoy the music and experience, it doesn’t normally affect me like this. Kudos to Imagine Dragons for connecting on a level I’d never experienced before.

Whatever It Takes: Imagine Dragons at WayHome 2017

Country Set of the Year

Keith Urban at Boots and Hearts, Oro-Medonte (August 11, 2017)

After a super hot steamy early August Friday, the weather took a little turn, and by little, I mean from cloudy threatening skies to a full out tornado warning.

Tens of thousands of people, who’d been waiting all day for headliner Keith Urban to take the stage, were surprised to be told that they had to leave the stage area and return to their tents. After quite a delay, the thunder and lightning passed and everyone was allowed to return to the stage area. Fans ran for the front and Keith opened the set with Long Hot Summer and proceeded to put on a show like nobody’s business. We were not surprised when his name appeared on the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year nominee list, this was easily one of my top five highlights of the year.

Urban played a full set, in spite of the delay, and thanked us all for coming back, like we wouldn’t. During his set, two more showers made their way through the area but he carried on like it was business as usual even giving us a sassy, “Rain ain’t nothing but a thang”.

Keith Urban is an amazing guitar player, fantastic singer and I’d stand in the rain all day for another performance like this one.

Ripcord: Keith Urban at Boots & Hearts 2017

Classic Set of the Year

Midnight Oil at Budweiser Stage, Toronto (August 25, 2017)

In the category of bands, I forgot how much I loved, I give you Midnight Oil.

Following two amazing opening bands (The Living End and Matthew Good), Midnight Oil turned up at the Budweiser Stage on a warm August night, and blew it up!

The energy level was intense, the messages were genuine and the music brought it all together. They played all of their hits and everyone sang along, including me. Peter Garrett moves and sings like a man in his 20’s and the band’s lyrics are just as relevant today as the day they were written. In addition to being my classic set of the year, they’re also my Aussie set of the year.

Midnight Oil, Matthew Good and The Living End at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage

Thank you to the artists, the teams that help bring us together, and thank you to our readers. Thank you all for supporting us and thank you for filling my life with music. I’m looking forward to 2018 and more highlights.

WayHome is Pressing Pause

If you’re like us, you were already thinking about next year’s WayHome Music & Arts Festival. Did we wonder what was up when a “Save The Date” wasn’t displayed at the end of the festival? We did.

Today we received a press release that read “Republic Live will push pause on the 2018 edition of WayHome Music & Arts – Republic Live, producers of WayHome Music & Arts have announced that the 2018 edition will be put on hold.

However, it seems clear that this won’t be the end for the 3 year old festival, because also included in the release were the comforting words, “this isn’t goodbye, just see you later.
WayHome - Light Sculptures WayHome Stage Night

The most intriguing thing about the release for us, was the indication of more things to come –  “a series of concerts and events throughout the summer of 2018, and [we] will continue to expand on the functionality of the privately owned Burl’s Creek Event Grounds venue.”

Republic Live’s CFO, David Cuddy added “The custom-designed 600+ acre site is beyond comparison to others in this area. We have a huge opportunity to develop music and other events at Burl’s Creek and will focus on these prospects over the next year and into the future.”

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While we’re sad that we won’t have a 2018 WayHome Festival, we’re excited to see what fun things Republic Live has in store for us.

The first three years of WayHome included headlining performances by Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Kendrick Lamar and Sam Smith,The Killers, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Flume, Imagine Dragons and the rare appearance of Frank Ocean. We also saw stand out performances by Arkells, Hozier, Vance Joy, Cage The ElephantSt. Vincent and more.

See all of our 2015, 2016, and 2017 WayHome coverage here.

thereviewsarein.com WayHome 2016 Playlist

WayHome 2016, it’s coming and we thought with the May 24 weekend upon us now was as good a time as any to put together our WayHome 2016 Playlist.

There are  so many artists to choose from, so we’ve given you a single taste of each artist.

With 73 tracks, did we miss your favourite track? Let us know!

2 years ago

WayHome 2016 Daily Lineup Announcement!

If you’re like us, you’ve been waiting for this… the WayHome daily lineups are here!

The day-by-day breakdowns should help get your planning started, and the stage assignments and set times should be coming soon!

The countdown is on, WayHome is coming!

Thursday, July 21, 2016
ARTWALK – 2016

WayHome ArtWalkCamping starts on Thursday and we’re suggesting you take advantage of it!

Thursday night’s Artwalk goes from 8pm to 10pm and will offer a look at all of the awesome installations that will be on the grounds during the WayHome festival in 2016.

Changing things up a little this year, there will be an added musical component to the Artwalk with Toronto’s very own Darcy’s performing on the WayAway stage at 9pm.

Festival-goers can check out the amazing installations by DoLaB, Angus Watt, OCAD contest winners Team Cloud, Aaron Li-Hill, Charles Bierk, Trevor Wheatley and Cosmo Dean, Nathan Whitford, Puncture, Balloon Chain and in the VIP  you’ll see artists curated by The Drake that include; ‪Lady AIKO, BirdO, ‪Jimmy Chiale, ‪Diana Lynn VanderMeulen,‪ Videomancy, ‪Peter Rahul and Alex McLeod.

For more details… follow this link!

Friday, July 22, 2016

WayHome 2016 Friday Lineup★ LCD Soundsystem
★ Metric
★ Chvrches
★ Gary Clark Jr.
★ Mac Demarco
★ Rae Sremmurd
★ Wolf Parade
★ Foals
★ Nathaniel Ratcliffe & The Night Sweats
★ Matt And Kim
★ Tory Lanez
★ Keys N Krates
★ Alunageorge
★ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
★ The Struts
★ Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
★ Shad
★ Fidlar
★ Tourist
★ Marian Hill
★ Bombino
★ Lany
★ White Lung
★ Braids
★ River Tiber
★ Tennyson

This is a ridiculous lineup and I’m not sure how we’re going to choose. We’ll have to wait until the set times are posted to make our final decisions!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

WayHome 2016 Saturday Lineup★ Arcade Fire
★ Major Lazer
★ M83
★ Fka Twigs
★ Chet Faker
★ Arkells
★ The Last Shadow Puppets
★ Kurt Vile & The Violators
★ Third Eye Blind
★ X Ambassadors
★ Bahamas
★ A Tribe Called Red
★ Half Moon Run
★ Phosphorescent
★ Badbadnotgood
★ Patrick Watson
★ Vince Staples
★ Savages
★ Goldlink
★ Lindsey Stirling
★ Noah Gundersen
★ Banners
★ Young Empires
★ Mothers
★ Little Scream
★ Boom Forest

We’ll definitely be making Arcade Fire a top priority but there are other acts on this list that we’ve seen before and can’t wait to see again. A Tribe Called Red put on a great set recently at The Mod Club, Young Empires are always full of energy and we’re working on our Q&A with Third Eye Blind, we kinda really like them.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

WayHome 2016 Sunday Lineup★ The Killers
★ Haim
★ Ray Lamontagne
★ Beirut
★ Stars
★ The Arcs
★ Glass Animals
★ Borns
★ Mø
★ Lucius
★ Oh Wonder
★ Robert Delong
★ Coleman Hell
★ White Denim
★ Black Mountain
★ Dilly Dally
★ All Them Witches
★ Bishop Briggs
★ The Paper Kites
★ Allie X

The final day of the festival will offer some great acts that we’re super excited about. Coleman Hell is having a hell of a year and we’ll be front and centre for that set. All Them Witches, out of Nashville are on our radar and we’d be lying if we didn’t tell you we have been waiting to see The Killers for what seems like forever!

If you haven’t got your ticket yet, you’re in luck there are still tickets available! Get all your ticket info here!

2 years ago

CMW 2016: WayHome x CMW Showcase

Heartstreets, Lucas DiPasqualie, Kiki Rowe, Amir Obe, HUMANS

On Saturday night, our CMW journey found us checking out the amazing talent at The Mod Club. WayHome Music and Arts Festival knows a few things about putting together a great group of talent and Saturday was no exception.

Heartstreets - The Mod Club WayHome x CMW 2016Up first were Emma Beko and Gabrielle Godon, better known as Heartstreets. As soon as the music started the crowd surged towards the stage. The pair exuded power and energy and had the audience eating out of their hands.

The Montreal-based girls brought a blend of electronic influenced Hip Hop and RnB and delivered a fully committed performance.

Finishing up the set with “Under My Skin” they delivered a message that we should all heed, “I don’t care if you don’t like me, cause… I love myself !”. They did a fantastic job warming up the crowd and we really liked them! They’ve got a brand new EP out, “You & I” and you can get it here!

Lucas DiPasquale - The Mod Club WayHome x CMW 2016Up next was Lucas DiPasquale who arrived armed with an acoustic guitar, and he was joined by drums and bass. Lucas is not your typical singer/songwriter and, we were treated to some pretty sweet rap sequences through his performances.

The Markham born singer has a sweet voice and we felt like there was almost an innocence about the performance. He’s got a new EP out, “Post Secondary” and there are a few collaborators you’ll recognize.

We loved watching and the audience seemed to really like it too. We’ll be trying to catch his set when he hits the WayHome stage.

Kiki Rowe - The Mod Club WayHome x CMW 2016Taking the middle spot on the bill was Kiki Rowe, aka Keandra Shan Lal. The young singer/songwriter from Mississauga sang a combination of originals and covers and she connected well with the audience.

Kiki’s blend of pop and R&B were delivered with her sweet voice and we look forward to whatever’s coming next from this artist. You can sample her debut album here and we’re pretty sure you’ll be picking up your very own copy.

Amir Obe - The Mod Club WayHome x CMW 2016At this point in the evening, you could feel the energy change. The audience moved in and people continued to stream in until the floor was jammed. The lights
went down and the music came up. It was dark, very dark and smoky and Austin Millz got things started.

And then Amir Obé appeared. This was the moment the crowd was waiting for. There was no doubt that Amir was in complete control of this room. To say the crowd was into it is a serious understatement. There was singing, dancing, jumping up and down and we think this will play perfectly on a late night WayHome stage.

Amir’s bio says he’s from Detrooklyn, USA, I love this!

HUMANS - The Mod Club WayHome x CMW 2016Closing out the night were HUMANS. Robbie Slade & Peter Ricq were bathed in light, backed by a cool white blow-up cloud-like feature, and had the crowd dancing immediately. They were up at the front of the stage and the combination of DJing and singing were engaging.

They fuse experimental electronic elements with catchy indie-pop hooks and it really works. The Vancouver-based duo will be a welcome addition to the WayHome festival this year.

The WayHome team put together a great sampling of talent for their WayHome X CMW Showcase and we’re very glad we were there to see it.


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2 years ago

WayHome Preview 2016: Third Eye Blind Top 5

Formed in San Francisco in 1993 Third Eye Blind became the background of our lives. The one remaining original member is Stephan Jenkins, lead vocalist. The debut self-titled album spent 104 weeks on the Billboard music chart and gave the band three charting singles. Those three are on this list and they cemented a place in our subconscious for this band.

The latest album, Dopamine, was released mid 2015 and was a project that took 5 years to complete. Writers block, lawsuits and changes in the band lineup all played a part in the delay of this album. Dopamine gives us some great hooks, fun metaphors and a fun poppy/dance beat to move to.

I didn’t get a chance to see the band live in the ’90’s and I’m looking forward to this opportunity. Third Eye Blind is currently on tour in the United States.

How’s It Going To Be

Semi-Charmed Life

Never Let You Go


Something In You

2 years ago

5 Tips for Finding More New Music

We wish you guys could hear it all…

Laptop and Headphones New MusicThere is so much music being made right now. We’re lucky enough to be sent links and streams from local artists in Toronto, the rest of Canada, across the United States, and Europe. There’s just not enough time in the day to write about it all or see all of the shows or tell you about the great new stuff we’ve discovered.

But trust this, there is no shortage of talent or passion or dedication when it comes to the music scene right now.

For every record or single released by an artist/band you already know and love, there are dozens of others that you may never hear. And while that’s sucky, it’s the reality.

So how can we all discover more music to love?

Keep your eyes out for links…

All of these hungry new acts are using social media to get the word out about their music. If you see a band name you don’t recognize in your Twitter stream or on Facebook, click through and see if you like it.

Go to more local live shows…

CMW 2015 Aussie BBQ The HorseshoeI know I just said at the top that there isn’t enough time to go to every show, and there isn’t. But if you can get to 1 show a week or 1 show a month or every 2 months, whatever, you will see new acts you just might fall in love with. Pay the $10 cover and see 3 or 4 new bands plus the 1 you already know in the lineup. Have a drink or three and enjoy the night.

Note: if you have a chance to hit a festival like Boots & Hearts or WayHome or TURF, etc. hit the side stages to see new music. Even the main stage is a great place to check out early in the day before the headliners start to put on their bigger sets.

Spotify and Apple Music…

Yes there are more options for streaming music, but right now we’re using both Spotify and Apple Music to listen to music from artists we know and love, as well as new acts that we’re auditioning for future playlists. Take a chance and listen to a new releases playlist. It could be very worth it.

Share with friends…

If you start sharing new music that you find with your friends you may just find that they have all kinds of recommendations for you as well. It’s just as impossible for you as it is for us to know every new band… but if we pool our resources and experiences and new favourites, we can all be winners and have new music to love!

Follow thereviewsarein.com…

When The Lights Go Down Toronto Jess-8076We will continue to try and balance our coverage between established acts and new and emerging artists. We love watching artists like Jess Moskaluke and Dylan Scott blow up after we’ve already fallen in love with them. And we know that some of the other new acts we love are going to find love in the world of listeners as well.

Keep your ears open for Trinity Bradshaw, The Reklaws, Johnson Crook, Mieke, Birds of Bellwoods, Lindsay Broughton, Whitney Rose, Tim Chaisson, Runaway Angel, Livy Jeanne, Cory Marquardt, The Luke Austin Band, Meghan Patrick, and more and more and more – the talent is out there. And they aren’t going away, they’re only getting stronger.

We love music. That’s why we do this. And discovering new music is a huge part of the whole experience. Don’t miss out on that part.
You’ll regret it.

2 years ago

The 10 Best Things I Saw at WayHome 2015

The WayHome Arts and Music Festival featured seventy two artists, tons of food trucks and some amazing headlining acts including Neil Young + The Promise of the Real, Kendrick Lamar and Sam Smith. It was a ground breaking, memorable weekend and I’m not sure how far I walked but it was worth every step. Back and forth between the WayHome, WayBright, WayBold and WayAway stages to cover many of the amazing acts, my only regret was that I couldn’t see them all. Here are a list of the best things I saw at WayHome 2015.

Best Alternative Performance: St. Vincent

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St. Vincent, the mysterious, multi-talented, 2015 Grammy winner for “Best Alternative Music”, won me over. Her hypnotic style, energy and that smile, all winners for me. Opening with Birth in Reverse, she put herself into character with the blinking and movements recreating the video for us. She played 16 songs in all including a Beatles cover Dig a Pony, finishing her set with Krokodil.

Surpassed My Wildest Dreams Performance: Vance Joy

Vance Joy WayHome Art and Music Festival

I’ve been listening to Vance Joy since September of 2014 and he was in my top five list of bands to see at WayHome. What can I say, he gave me everything I was hoping for and more. He played everything I wanted to hear, threw in a brand new song, Fire in the Flood, and smiled his way into our hearts. Nicely played Vance Joy. Nicely played.

Best Metal Performance: Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot Krutch WayHome Art and Music Festival

My first stop at the big WayHome stage was rewarded with a performance by TFK that was loud and spectacular. They started with a cover of Iron Maiden’s Powerslave and finished with a Rage Against the Machine cover. Originals included Light Up the Sky, Untravelled Road and Born This Way. Lead singer Trevor McNevan sported a Born This Way t-shirt and I for one, believe him.

Best Electro-Organic Dream Pop Show: For Esmé

For Esmé WayHome Arts and Music
Thanks to Nathan Crook for the heads up that For Esmé’s set time had been changed, we were happy to not miss their set and we love a little hometown Toronto music. They put on a fun, high energy show with great crowd interaction.

Best Indie Show: Hozier

Hozier WayHome Arts and Music Festival

Hozier, I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said this was my favourite act on Friday. He opened with Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene, threw in an Ariana Grande cover of Problem, for funsies, and finished with Take Me To Church. Great energy, fantastic guitar playing and the Irish singer/songwriter sure knows how to work a crowd.

Youngest Crowd: Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon WayHome Art and Music Festival

With by far, the youngest overall crowd, Walk The Moon and their nearly impossible to fathom energy level, and non-stop motion had us from the first note. But they didn’t take this for granted and kept the level up to 10 for the entire set and then to finish us off, they turned it up to 11 for Shut Up And Dance. Shirts off, jumping up and down, beach balls, cheering, could you really ask for more?

Best Rap Show: Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels WayHome Art and Music Festival
It was hot and people were chilling. These guys showed up and stirred things up in a “get up off your ass” kinda way. I 100% regret not making into the pit for these guys. El-P and Killer Mike were all about attitude and emotion. They opened with Queen’s, We Are the Champions and we were all in.

Best Emotional Response: Sam Smith

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I didn’t make it into the photo pit for Sam Smith but I did have a pretty great point and shoot. I loved this set. It was full of fun, happy moments. It also touched us with sad, make you cry moments. Sam’s infectious smile and soulful sound had everyone on their feet dancing, clapping and singing along. He also had us unabashedly tearing up over the very personal lyrics, that we too felt. I stayed until the end and I wasn’t alone. Closing the show with Stay With Me, Sam knows how to hold an audience until the very last note.

Best of the Festival: Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar WayHome Arts and Music Festival

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Kendrick’s performance changed me. I was unprepared for what was coming and I’m so grateful that I was there to see this show. The energy, the connection, the emotion, this show had it all.

Best WayHomies: I Can’t Choose!

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You were all fantastic! By far the friendliest festival crowd I’ve encountered. You helped make the festival a giant win for me.

2 years ago

St. Vincent at WayHome 2015 [Photo Review]

WayHome Day 2 St. Vincent

I’d never heard of St. Vincent before the WayHome artist line up was released and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t do a lot of research even though she was playing the main WayHome stage. There were so many things to do to prepare. Shame on me. Let’s say, if hindsight is 20/20, I’d have been listening the whole time leading up.

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I was blown away by this act. There was something about her energy, something about her lyrics, something about her. So apparently I like “Noise Pop”. This is a new genre and yep, I really do. She was magnetic. Love this band and I can’t wait to hear more.

St. Vincent is an American singer songwriter who’s been in the business since 2006 and there have been some changes to her sound. The current self titled release is getting accolades for it’s distinct style. I like where the 32 year old singer has gone with this album. She’s opened for The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, and collaborated with so many other writers. She’s already going places and I’m happy I got to see her perform live.

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Instagram:  @st_vincent
twitter: @st_vincent
Facebook: St.Vincent

2 years ago

5 Reasons We’re Excited to See Sam Smith at WayHome 2015

We’re in the final count down now with WayHome less than a week away! Can you believe it? The line ups are complete, the day to day schedules have been set and I’m counting down the minutes until the first day of the festival. I think the inaugural line up is stellar and I’ll be staying to the very last minute to see the wonderful, Sam Smith. I’ve been a fan since the first time I heard Sam.

Sam’s star trajectory has appeared to be short, it’s hasn’t been. He’s been involved in the music industry long before his appearance on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”. A graduate of Youth Music Theatre UK, Sam started his path in music studying and singing Jazz.

The Stories

Sam tells stories that speak to our hearts. He writes and sings about hard times we’re sometimes faced with. He does it with grace and he does it in a way that can bring tears to your eyes. Genuine,  accurate and heart wrenching .

In 2013 Sam uploaded an acoustic video for Lay Me Down, to YouTube. Just Sam, a piano and a cello, it’s magic. The last track on the standard album “In The Lonely Hour”, this song is heartbreaking.  If you haven’t heard it, here it is.

Sam’s Return to Canada

We’re very excited that WayHome will be Sam’s return to Canada. Sam’s touring schedule has been crazy and there have been some cancelled shows. Not to worry #WayHomies Sam’s just been checked out and he’s A-OK!

Sam Smith

Awkward Charm

Sam SmithWe’ve read about it and seen it on video. But I can’t wait to see it person.

We, like Sam, would like to thank that man for breaking Sam’s heart. We wouldn’t have the songs that we do without him. Having said that, we’d love to see Sam in love and writing about the other side too.


Sam SmithHave you heard him? Strong and steady in both the upper and lower registers. He hits the bottom and the top of his range in “I’m Not The Only One”.

I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing this in person. Technically a baritenor  with a range from C3 to G5, that’s 2 octaves and 4 notes, impressive stuff.


We Need a Diva
Sam Smith

Yeah, I said it. Sam is a Diva, but I mean that in the best possible way. I’m not talking about being difficult and asking for crazy stuff in his rider. I’m talking about the diva attitude. He’s got it in spades. Sam lists his influencers as Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Adele, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston. Those are some pretty amazing Diva coaches. Go Sam!

Huge props to the festival organizers for booking Sam Smith before he won his Grammys, another example of Republic Live identifying emerging talent.

3 years ago

WayHome Announces Neil Young + Promise Of The Real and more…

It’s been a long time since the initial WayHome artist announcement. We knew there’d be additions but today’s announcement certainly surprised me, in the best possible way with Neil Young + Promise Of The Real. Quoting Shannon McNevan, Executive Director of Republic Live, “It’s a true honor to welcome a legend like Neil Young to the WayHome Music and Arts Festival”.Neil Young + Promise Of The Real

Neil Young invited Promise of The Real to join him for his latest project and WayHome is thrilled to have been added as a tour stop.

In case you didn’t know, Promise of The Real is fronted by Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson and they’ve been playing together since 2008 and Lukas is a Neil Young fan. Pulling a quote from the Band’s website earlier this year…

“We have an incredible announcement to make. Neil Young has honored us by asking us to accompany him on his next recording project! Unfortunately, this means we have to reschedule all of our shows in January except the 17th, but we promise we will make it up to you and in the meantime we will be creating some beautiful music for you all to enjoy. Just as a fun fact, the band actually started when Anthony Logerfo and I met at a Neil Young concert…and the name “Promise of the Real” comes from the lines of a Neil Young song called “Walk On”

“Some get stoned, some get strange…
Sooner or later, it all gets real..
Walk on..”

Talk about full circle”

If the goal of the festival is to offer a wide range of music, to include emerging artists, as well as artists who have reached a legendary status, WayHome has succeeded.

Additional artists added today include:

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Brandon Flowers, Theophilus London, Manchester Orchestra, The Lone Bellow, Django Django, The Growlers, Rhiannon Giddens, Dwayne Gretzky, Tobias Jesso Jr., Chad YanGaalen, Broncho, Slow Magic, Highs, Brave Shores, Kevin Garrett, Weaves, The Ascot Royals, The Beaches, Tomi Swick, Zorch, Amos The Transparent, Teen Violence, The Huaraches, Cross Dog.

Will there be an Artist Announcement Round 3? Maybe! Stay Tuned.

Weekend passes for WayHome went on sale in early February and include camping and parking for the festival. They are currently priced at $229.99 exclusively at www.wayhome.com.

Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks about the WayHome Music and Art Experience, including details about late night spectacles and experiences, original art installations, special international and local food offerings, an on site farmers market and much, much more.

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