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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: TRUCKING HAZARDS, CROWDS, AIRBNB GIVEAWAY & FESTIVALS

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Today's the last day to enter Airbnb's Total Eclipse Giveaway!

THURSDAY // AUGUST 10, 2017

What is it?

According to NASA, on August 21, 2017, North America will see an eclipse of the sun. Anyone lucky enough to fall within the Path of Totality will see a total solar eclipse, where the moon completely covers the sun for approximately two minutes and forty seconds.

The Path of Totality covers the following 14 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The last time a total eclipse has occurred in the United States was in 1979.

Traffic Hazard Concerns

Freightwaves.com reported that the eclipse may cause potential dangers for all Americans on the road involving distracted drivers and a total eclipse of the road, causing people to pull over on dangerous shoulders.

In fact, the Federal Highway Administration released a fact sheet that says 200 million people, or a little less than ⅔ of the country, live within the Path of Totality. They also advise that August 21 is not the day to schedule work zones and detours. Click here for a list of driving safety tips during the eclipse.

Crowds & Festivals

According to KGW, more than 100 festivals and events will take place in several cities across the country before and after the day of the eclipse. Keep in mind, the eclipse will only last two minutes and forty seconds. That doesn’t stop these towns from throwing some serious parties.

Oregon is the very first state to view the total eclipse. The Oregon SolarFest in Madres is a four-day festival to celebrate. The small town’s 325 hotel rooms and 5,000 campsites have been fully booked for over two years. Oregon’s Willamette University will hold a viewing party with American Astronomical Society scientists who are willing to answer one-on-one questions.

Jefferson, Missouri is holding a three-day festival including pub crawls, fun runs, street parties and BBQs. SolFest 2017 in Nebraska will celebrate with food, drinks and various forms of entertainment.

The Amelia Earhart Airport in Kansas even offers plane rides at their Eclipse Air Fest. First Tennessee Park will boast science demonstrations and performances by the Nashville Symphony. South Carolina, is the last state to view the eclipse, with viewing parties in Charleston museums, and wrapping it up with a DJ beach blowout on the Isle of Palms.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous, Krispy Kreme is offering a first-time-ever chocolate glazed eclipse-themed donut. This tasty treat is available from August 19 to August 21.

Airbnb Total Solar Eclipse Experience Giveaway

Hurry up and enter before 11:59pm tonight (8/10), for a chance to win the ultimate experience for two in a geodesic dome situated in the Oregon wilderness. The trip includes boarding a private jet to view the eclipse above the clouds.

One day prior to the eclipse, two lucky winners will dwell in a geodesic dome near Smith Rock. The dome will be furnished with several telescopes on the observation deck.

Hosted by Dr. Jedidah Isler, a National Geographic Explorer and international scholar, you will spend dinner under the stars and ask her any questions about outer space. You will also have a chance to meet Babak Tafreshi, a National Geographic photographer and science journalist, who will teach proper skills on photographing the sky.

The next morning, you’ll launch into the sky on a private jet and fly along the Path of Totality, being one of the very first people to view the eclipse of a lifetime.


Enter here: https://www.airbnb.com/night-at/solareclipse

 

HEY, CHICAGOANS! CAN'T MAKE IT TO LOLLAPALOOZA?

(Photo by Dimitry B.)

(Photo by Dimitry B.)

Attend these August Events in Chicago

THURSDAY // AUGUST 3, 2017

Whether your festival tolerance is no more or you want to save a dime, there are plenty of August events in Chicago away from the festival scene. Here are our picks from TimeOut Chicago.

1. Chicago Air & Water Show

It is not everyday you get to see combat jets perform air and watercraft demonstrations right above your hometown at zero cost. The U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are coming to Chicago for two days to put on a show above North Beach. Don’t miss out on these amazing aerial stunts - did we mention it’s free?

  • Where: North Beach Chicago - 1551 N Sheffield Ave.
  • When: Saturday 8/19 & Sunday 8/20, both at 10am
  • Price: FREE

2. Wizard World Comic Con - Chicago

Calling all comic con lovers! Wizard World is unlike any other comic con event; this convention celebrates the “best of” North American pop culture. Main attractions include a solo performance from KISS frontman Gene Simmons, one-of-a-kind merchandise, industry professional led workshops, celebrity guests including Doctor Who’s David Tennant, ER’s Alex Kingston, Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, and so many more! Fans across the board gather for movies, television, music, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys collectibles, original art and world-class programming. Visit wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago for more information. 

3. Tuesdays on the Terrace

If you’re really trying to stay away from festival chaos and weekend crowds, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Tuesdays on the Terrace might be the perfect evening for you. The free concert takes place in the Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden, featuring Chicago’s world renowned jazz community musicians. Sip on seasonal cocktails or dine from the outdoor grill, MCA Cafe, while enjoying the music on the lawn or upper terrace. The event will continue through Tuesday, September 26. We hear the buffet is pretty tasty, too.

  • Where: Museum of Contemporary Art - 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago
  • When: Every Tuesday through 9/26, 5:30-8pm
  • Price: Free concert; $27 optional buffet

4. Lady Gaga Live @ Wrigley Field

This may be near the Lollapalooza price range, but perhaps a concert sounds more appealing than a festival - especially a Lady Gaga concert. Gaga will perform at Wrigley Field following her 2016 album Joanne. According to TimeOut Chicago, Gaga will be the very first woman to headline at Wrigley Field. The “Bad Romance” singer and choreographer never disappoints with performances you will never forget. Standard-priced tickets may be sold out, but you may check out ticketmaster.com resale tickets at ticketsnow.com.  

  • Where: Wrigley Field - 1060 W Addison St., Chicago
  • When: Friday 8/25, 7pm
  • Price: Resale ticket prices vary on ticketsnow.com

5. The Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Certainly not your average music festival, but rather a historical, over 100-year old event. In fact, according to the city of Chicago’s website, five years ago The three-day Chicago Hot Dog Fest became the largest festival year in the world to celebrate the frankfurter. No, you won’t have to watch contestants stuff as many hot dogs down their throats in record time, but rather enjoy some of the best hot dog vendors throughout Chicago. In addition, live bands will perform Friday through Sunday, including headliners Sixteen Candles, Prince Tribute by Robert Cornelius & Friends, and Mike & Joe. For more information, click here.

  • Where: Stockton & LaSalle Dr., Chicago
  • When: Friday 8/11 - Sunday 8/13, 11am
  • Price: Suggested $5 donation, suggested $20 family donation
    • Hot dogs: $4-$8
    • Visit eventbrite.com for discounted dog dollar packages

6. Northalsted Market Days

Celebrating its 36th anniversary, the Northalsted Market Days returns to Chicago Boystown for two days in August. The largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest features over 40 live entertainment acts, food, arts and crafts, food and drinks and several vendors. Join hundreds of others for this year’s event stretching across six blocks on Halsted Street. For more information, click here.

  • Where: North Halsted Street between Belmont & Addison in Boystown
  • When: Saturday 8/12 - Sunday 8/13, 11am - 10pm
  • Price: Suggested $10 donation







 

 

MENTAL HEALTH & THE EVENTS INDUSTRY

 (Photo credit: Patient Care Technician)

 (Photo credit: Patient Care Technician)

Is there a major issue? 

TUESDAY // AUGUST 1, 2017

“I work best under pressure," or “if it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done."

Events industry workers may familiarize with these statements, or statements along the same idea.

According to the CareerCast.com study of the top ten most stressful jobs in 2016, an Event Coordinator ranked number five.

The study analyzes the various factors gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, other government sources, trade associations and private survey firms. These include emotional factors, such as the level of competitiveness and the level of public contact; physical demands on one’s body; stress factors such as the amount of travel required, deadlines and physical risks.

EventIndustryNews.com released a podcast titled “Health & Wellbeing in the events industry: do we need help?” The podcast revolves around the topic of stress management within the events industry and several methods industry leaders provide adequate resources for those who may benefit, including the launch of a brand new resource, EventWell.org.

According to the President of the  International Live Events Association (ILEA) UK Chapter Alistair Turner, major implications for event industry workers include:

  • Amount of sleep
  • Nutrition before, during, and after events
  • Heavy workload with few individuals involved
  • Time spent recovering after an event
  • Access to support, advice and education

Podcast Host James Dickson, Managing Director of Eventprofs Who Lunch (EWL) Club UK Helen Moon, and Turner all encourage individuals to realize the difference between good and bad stress. For instance, good stress is associated with positive outcomes, such as seeing your event come together.

Moon describes this "good" adrenaline buzz people experience after planning a large event for months and months. Of course, people stay in the industry for that very reason.

However, Moon explains, “what goes up must come down,” referring to the dramatic adrenaline drop after 16-18 hours of incessant work without thinking to rest, eat, or drink, taking a huge toll on the individual that goes unnoticed by the industry.  

So, why has it taken this long for ILEA to realize this issue when approximately 25 percent of event industry workers may experience a mental health issue? Allister explains the guilt he feels over the lagged response to health and wellbeing in the industry.

Allister put together a program two months prior to this podcast, and found a genuine concern, frustration and fear event industry workers feel regarding their own personal well being. Allister explains how the industry leaves workers to handle issues on their own, which may result in people leaving altogether, potentially losing talented individuals.  

Of course people are aware of what the job entails. Sometimes one cannot avoid receiving four hours of sleep. However, Moon describes how the industry can help make sure they receive the best four hours of sleep.

Moon launched Eventwell.org as a resource for events industry workers to access education, support, and confidentially share personal challenges with others without feeling stigma or prejudice from their fellow colleagues.

Allister believes EventWell.org will start a conversation to better help understand unique pressures within the industry, despite the events experienced in their personal lives. If industry leaders cannot understand these pressures, Allister contests that the challenges outside of the job feel ten times worse.

The biggest takeaway from the website launch, Moon explains, is that stress is normal and does not mean one will develop mental health issues. Rather, “it is all about taking care of ourselves and knowing where to go for that help and assistance,” Moon says.

When individuals complete projects within the last minute, the industry must realize huge workloads do not provide any other option. Industry leaders must understand these effects and better educate these individuals in the field on the help and support available to their team.  

You may listen to the entire podcast below.

FREE MOVIE MONDAYS

(Photo by Joesan Diche)

(Photo by Joesan Diche)

Kick the Monday Blues at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

FRIDAY // JULY 21, 2017

Returning to work after a weekend of fun is always tough, especially during the summertime. Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA, has you covered with easing the Monday blues by opening their lawn to the public for free Movie Mondays through August 7.

There are only three Movie Monday events left for the remainder of the Summer. Movies include: 

  • July 24: Stand and Deliver (1988)
  • July 31: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • August 7: School of Rock (2003)

The public may set up their chairs and blankets on the lawn at 5:30 p.m. before the movie begins around 8 p.m. You can locate the center’s map here. You may bring snacks, or pick from various food trucks on-site. This Monday’s trucks include Richeeze Grilled Cheese Truck, Ninjas with Appetite, and Chunk-n-Chip.

Segerstrom Center of the Arts is a 14-acre campus that both enlightens and unites the community with inspiring performances and artistic education. The center offers various theatre camps and classes, including Summer at the Center’s camp to empower high-risk high school students, and even a new dance and music school for children with disabilities. Segerstrom Center for the Arts has a reputation for giving back to the community, and Movie Mondays is only a fraction of its selfless actions.

For more information, visit https://www.scfta.org/MovieMondays .

AFFORDABLE AUGUST FESTIVALS

Attend These August Music Festivals Without Breaking the Bank

MONDAY // JULY 24, 2017

Summer may be approaching its last month, but that doesn’t mean the concerts have to end. Well, maybe not according to your wallet.

While festivals make us think of Coachella, Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, or Outsidelands, there are several other unique events that fit the end-of-Summer budget. What better way is there to end summer than taking a festival road trip? 

1. Project Pabst (21+)

A two-day festival at Portland’s Waterfront Park that combines art, food and music at a “non-festival” price. Another fun quirk includes an old school PBRcade, a hands on PBR Vandalism van art canvas, & PBR Wax, a recording studio that allows festival goers to record demos and take home a vinyl 45.

  • Where: Portland, OR
  • When: August 26-27
  • Lineup: Iggy Pop, Beck, Die Antwoord, Nas, Father John Misty, Spoon & more!
  • General Admission: 2-Day: $99; Saturday: $99; Sunday: $65

2.  Arise Music Festival

Arise Music Festival is located on a beautiful 100-acre mount valley on Sunrise Ranch that incorporates music, yoga, camping, workshops, theme camps, art galleries, activism & more.

  • Where: Loveland, Colorado
  • When: August 4-6
  • Lineup: Atmosphere, Tipper, Lettuce, Beats Antique, Ani, DiFranco, Rising Appalachia, The Expendables, Brother Ali, & more!
  • General Admission: 3-Day (includes walk-in camping): $229; 1-Day (Friday/Saturday/Sunday): $99

3.  MAHA Music Festival

This Midwest one-day festival is a nonprofit organization that has since drawn participants from 46 states. The festival celebrates other local nonprofits on festival grounds and on stage, providing attendees with a hands-on experience to fight for various causes such as mental health awareness. This festival is unique with its free parking, free water stations, only two smoking sections, and the ability to leave and return to the venue before 6:30 p.m.

  • Where: Omaha, Nebraska
  • When: August 19
  • Lineup: Run the Jewels, The Faint, Sleigh Bells, Belle and Sebastian, Built to Spill, The New Pornographers, Priests, Torres, High Up, Downtown Boys & The Hottman Sisters
  • General Admission: $55

4.  Das Energy Festival

 For electronic music lovers, this festival returns for its fifth year at The Great Saltair. The festival promotes high energy and dancing, featuring V2 Performers sure to inspire the crowd with dance.

  • Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • When: August 18-19
  • Lineup: Zedd, Knife Party, Diplo, Adventure Club, Claude Vonstroke, Getter & more!
  • General Admission: 2-Day: $115; 1-Day (Friday/Saturday): $70

6.  WE Fest

WE Fest has since become one of the biggest country music festivals in the country after its 1983 debut. WE Fest outshines other typical festival conditions with its venue development, including running water and on-site permanent restrooms. Perched on Soo Pass Ranch, WE Fest also offers 9,000 campsites on the shores of Lake Sallie.

  • Where: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • When: August 4-6
  • Lineup: Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson and more!
  • General Admission Price: 3-Day: $175; Single Day: $105

And if you’re still in festival mode this September…

7. Ohana Fest

 The Ohana Festival takes place where the grass meets the sand of Doheny State Beach with a killer view of the Pacific Ocean. This 3-day beach event offers craft beer, wine, cocktails, local restaurants and food trucks. To preserve our beaches, the festival actually donates part of its profits to the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.

  • Where: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, California
  • When: September 8-10
  • Lineup: Social Distortion, Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Pixies, Haim, The Naked and Famous, and more!
  • General Admission Price: 3-Day: $275; 1-Day (Friday/Saturday/Sunday): $99.50

 

TOP ANTICIPATED TOURS OF 2017

TOP ANTICIPATED TOURS OF 2017

Summer is officially here and what better way to fill up your social calendar than with the top anticipated concerts and tours of the season. Some big names are getting back on the road after being on a hiatus, while other artists are dropping new music with a scheduled tour on the way. Regardless of what your music tastes are, there’s a live show for everyone.

E3. BIGGER AND BETTER.

E3. BIGGER AND BETTER.

Calling all gamers! It’s that time of year again, and the E3 Expo (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is bigger and better than ever before. For those of you that have been living under a rock for the last 22 years, E3 is the world’s biggest conference event for computer, video, and mobile games. Companies from around the world showcase their groundbreaking products and technologies to the public on even bigger stages.

MEET THE CREW BEHIND THE 2016 GRAMMYS

MEET THE CREW BEHIND THE 2016 GRAMMYS

The Grammys celebrate the year’s best in music and the industry’s brightest stars. However, the 2016 Grammy Awards hit the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday evening and now the only thing people are talking about are the subtle audio glitches and no-shows. Though the majority of performances throughout the evening weren’t terribly exciting, a few performers actually had defining moments - Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga.

But with the technical problems overshadowing all else on social media, we wanted to highlight all of the hard work that goes into making The Grammys happen. It’s unfortunate that in this industry more congratulations aren’t communicated when everything goes perfectly, but you are called out when shit hits the fan.

CONCERT TICKET SALES A 'FIXED GAME'

CONCERT TICKET SALES A 'FIXED GAME'

You want to see Coldplay or the Foo Fighters. Maybe your kids want to see Justin Bieber and you’re being a fantastic parent. Picture yourself, credit card in hand, waiting for the minute a concert ticket goes on sale. Exactly on time, you hit that BUY button but guess what? You’re shut out. The show is already sold out.

Ever wonder how entire arenas sell out so quickly?

YOUR GUIDE TO COACHELLA 2016

YOUR GUIDE TO COACHELLA 2016

So you’re finally going to Coachella this year? Welcome to the not-so-exclusive club! Now comes the hard part – planning your trip. You’ll have to figure out where to stay, what to pack, how to get there, and who to see.  That’s why we put together this little cheat sheet to make the most out of your Coachella experience. You’re welcome!

#TONYCANYOUHEARME - Bring Back the Sound Design Awards

#TONYCANYOUHEARME - Bring Back the Sound Design Awards

Imagine going to a show expecting a full production, only to be met by silence. No voices, no music, no sound effects – just silence. Of course the acting, costumes, lights, and stage design would all be amazing, but would the full experience be as enjoyable? I would think not – Sound design is an integral part of a show’s experience and artistry.

So this begs the question – why would sound design not be recognized for its excellence in the same way as scenery and lighting design?

 

FINISH YOUR PROFILE AND WIN A 1-YEAR ROADIE SUBSCRIPTION

FINISH YOUR PROFILE AND WIN A 1-YEAR ROADIE SUBSCRIPTION

The holidays are over and it is time to get back on the road! Forget making New Years resolutions this year - It’s time to make get a game plan together and get hired.  Employers are gearing up to staff for the 2016 season, and it’s important that you stand out from the crowd. Do you really think employers want to contact crew with blank profiles? We didn’t think so either...

THE MOST ANTICIPATED TOURS & FESTIVALS OF 2016

THE MOST ANTICIPATED TOURS & FESTIVALS OF 2016

While 2015 was filled with amazing shows, it is time to say hello to bigger and better things in 2016! From Adele’s sold out tour to a Guns N’ Roses reunion to Rihanna’s long-delayed album Anti, we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store. So we’ve put together a list of the most anticipated Tours and Festivals of 2016 to help you jump on a gig and get on the road....

THE LOWDOWN ON THE MYSTERIOUS GRAMMY VOTING PROCESS

THE LOWDOWN ON THE MYSTERIOUS GRAMMY VOTING PROCESS

It’s that time of year again – the time to celebrate, discuss, and critique the artists that are chosen to represent the best in music of the year. The nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards have been revealed, and though it’s accompanied by the usual snub accusations, the nominees this year have critics saying “This Is Not the Year to Complain About the Grammys”. 

This year’s nominations cater to both mass appeal and current tastes in music, without completely succumbing to Top 40 radio...

TAYLOR SWIFT RAISES THE BAR ON HOW CREW SHOULD BE TREATED

TAYLOR SWIFT RAISES THE BAR ON HOW CREW SHOULD BE TREATED

It isn’t common to hear praise for the crew silently working in the background. The better the crew are at their jobs, the less anyone notices them.  But they aren’t invisible just because they always wear black and stick to the shadows backstage. That’s why we were ecstatic this morning to hear that Taylor Swift is taking her 125-person crew on a vacation to celebrate the end of her 1989 World Tour...

2015 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS RECAP

Did you tune in to witness this year’s American Music Awards? If not, we suggest you stream it ASAP. 

The 2015 AMAs set out to break the Internet with vine-worthy clips, surprise performances, and unexpected presenters (Harrison Ford??). With its all-star lineup, the festivities on Sunday night kept fans on their toes from JLo’s music mashup opener to the Bieb’s rainshower to Meghan Trainor’s awkard makeout sesh. 

But the AMAs wouldn't have been possible without all the hard working crew working silently behind the scenes. This recap goes out to all of you...

WILL THE PARIS ATTACKS CHANGE CONCERT SECURITY?

WILL THE PARIS ATTACKS CHANGE CONCERT SECURITY?

The horrific attacks in Paris on November 13th reverberated through the live music industry this week as many concert promoters, venues, and concertgoers began questioning the current safety measures in place in the US.

"It's a scary time that we live in," says a prominent artist manager, who requested anonymity for a Rolling Stones article... 

TOURREADY ON THE GO - DOWNLOAD THE NEW IOS APP TODAY

TOURREADY ON THE GO - DOWNLOAD THE NEW IOS APP TODAY

TourReady, Inc. today announced the much-anticipated release of the first iPhone app to help freelancers find work on tours and at concerts and festivals. The TourReady app enables freelance crew with a paid “Get Hired” subscription to have full access to TourReady’s most important features while on the go.  

FIND WORK YOUR WAY

FIND WORK YOUR WAY

30 days ago TourReady ended its beta and officially launched their online database that simplifies the way employers find and hire crew in the concert, event, and touring industry. With our official launch, we wanted Crew to be able to have more choices when it came to how they find work. So we’ve been working hard on creating different account options to give crew more control over how much access to TourReady they want, and ultimately how much work they’re looking to find. Read on for the new plan breakdown:

THE GIG ECONOMY MOVEMENT

THE GIG ECONOMY MOVEMENT

Not too long ago, the only people working gigs were in the music industry. Today, more and more people are picking up freelance work and joining the newly phrased “Gig Economy” movement - where people are hired for a particular task or a defined period of time.  Though this has been the norm in the live music industry for years, on-demand employment is shaking up the labor market and changing how freelancers are viewed across different industries.