Mark Your Calendars: Must Attend 2016 Festivals

March 7, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Whether you're interested in food, music or cultural celebrations, we've gathered an exciting list of festivals in the US for you to peruse. Book your hotel in advance and start exploring!

Make Music — A Road Warriors' Insider's Tip!
You can always count on us to bring you the most new and exciting travel information, and so we've scoured everywhere to bring you the hottest 2016 music festivals in the US. Avoid the heat, drama and cancellations of Coachella or Bonaroo, and try the up-and-coming KaaBoo Music Festival in San Diego instead. From September 16-18th of 2016 (the earlier you start planning and getting tickets, the better!) you and a group of friends can enjoy the music of Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, and even throw it back with the Goo Goo Dolls. Since its inception last year, KaaBoo has been celebrated for bringing a cleaner, more pleasant experience that has something for dancers, comedians and artists alike — so you can enjoy great music in a venue that touches all aspects of creativity. There are a variety of different festival passes available, so, whatever your budget, KaaBoo has something that will work for you.

Find a New Art Piece
Do you love fine art, but lack the budget for a Sotheby's estate sale? Great art doesn't have to cost as much as a down payment on a house — and it should be accessible to everyone. That's where New York City's Affordable Art Fair comes in. Taking place from March 30th to April 3rd of 2016, the art fair features works in a variety of lower price ranges from over 1,000 artists. So whatever your style is, which room of the apartment you're looking to improve or how much money you have, you're guaranteed to find something that works for you.


No matter what your interest, whether you're a social butterfly or a brooding solo traveler, hitting up a festival is the ideal way to celebrate yourself and your passions.

3 Must-see Summer Music Festivals

June 15, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Being outside is practically mandatory during the summer months, especially if you’ve been in hibernation after a long, cold winter. The only thing that brings the masses out more than the sunshine might be a great summer music festival. All around the country, music festivals fill summer calendars, offering line ups and venues that give road warriors a good enough reason to book a plane ticket or hop in the car and go. If you want to catch some of the best summer music festivals in the country, here are three that should be on your bucket list.

#1. Electric Daisy Carnival - Las Vegas, Nevada

Set up in none other than Las Vegas, the Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the premiere summer music events in the country. Held this year from June 19th through June 21st, the event presents the biggest celebration of its kind for electronic dance music lovers. Held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Electric Daisy Carnival brings in more than 300,000 people. The event isn’t just about music however. You can expect to find art, carnival rides, circus style performances and the top electric dance music DJs in the world.

#2. The Newport Folk Festival - Newport, Rhode Island

If electronic music isn’t your thing, think about heading to Newport, Rhode Island, where the town gears up each summer for the Newport Folk Festival. Located at the Fort Adams State Park in Newport, the music festival features food, music and four stages of music along with a number of displays. Set this year for July 24th through July 26th, the 2015 lineup includes Roger Waters, the Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine and Brandi Carlile, just to name a few. The festival has a rich history, starting in Newport back in 1959. The Newport Folk Festival is so esteemed, it’s become known for introducing the world to a number of performers that go on to the big stage. One of the greatest examples is Bob Dylan’s guest appearance in 1963. For folk music fans, this is the summer music festival to attend.

#3. Lollapalooza - Chicago, Illinois

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find the music festival in Chicago that draws the most hype and hubbub. Lollapalooza takes place each summer in the city in historic Grant Park. The three-day cultural experience sprawls across 115 acres between downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. Headliners for 2015 include Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Of Monsters and Men and Alabama Shakes, among others. Set to take place from July 31st through August 2nd, Lollapalooza is certainly one music festival where you get a lot of bang for your buck. And in the interest of saving, you can always take advantage of an Extended Stay America Chicago hotel night by paying in advance to score a better deal than the procrastinators. In addition to the main musical acts of Lollapalooza, the event also features a Kidzapalooza, a festival for kids within the event where little ones can create their own music, arts, crafts and more.

 

Summer is music to the ears of many of us, mostly as a result of the wealth of outdoor activities that it brings. Music festivals in particular fill the summer months, lending great tunes in the great outdoors. Before the summer passes you by, consider bringing your dance moves and groove to one of these esteemed music festivals.

Check out Two Festivals to Attend in May

May 11, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Music festivals go hand in hand with the start of summer. May in particular kicks up the volume to start the summer music festival season with several standout events. Traveling for a music festival can be a fun way to experience some of your favorite music and also see a new destination in the process. If you are considering traveling this May, these music festivals will be music to your ears.

Joshua Tree Music Festival - Joshua Tree, California

Not all festivals in the desert are family friendly. However, the Joshua Tree Music Festival prides itself on being a family oriented event where kids under the age of 10 get in for free. Located at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground in Joshua Tree National Park, the family friendly music festival draws around 4,000 people for a different kind of music festival. The festival presents a collection of performers that aren’t necessarily big names or well known. Independently produced, the art and music event is held in a place of nature that has inspired musicians, poets and artists throughout time. Taking place from May 15th through the 17th, the Joshua Tree Music Festival also sweetens the appeal for families with a Kid Zone for groups camping with children. Of course, if you would rather just come for the music, you can always snag a special offer at a not-too-far Extended Stay America in Palm Springs.

Sasquatch Festival - Quincy, Washington

Roughly three hours from Seattle, you’ll find the Sasquatch Festival. Located at the  Gorge Amphitheater, an outdoor venue near the Columbia River in Washington, the festival features quite the lineup for 2015. Held from May 22nd through May 25th, attendees can expect to hear major acts such as Lana del Rey, Ryan Adams, Modest Mouse, Of Monsters and Men and The Decemberists just to name a few. The Sasquatch Festival boasts a history in the Northwest since 2002.

All throughout the month of May, the country seems to get a little louder. While you can find a music festival in May in practically any city, these three are sure to be crowd pleasers. 

The Best Elvis America Has to Offer

January 6, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

In 2010, Time magazine published its list of the ten best Elvis impersonators ever. This is a lofty list indeed. It’s hard to make a true Elvis fan (someone who has listened to and watched the genuine article thousands of times) suspend disbelief and feel like they are seeing and hearing the real thing. The first three Elvis impersonators on the list have “left the building,” so to speak. Time gives the top honor to Johnny Cash. During a 1959 television appearance, Cash, who knew Elvis personally (they recorded for the same label), did an Elvis impersonation that lands somewhere between a parody and a tribute. Cash has always been about giving the people what they want. When he made this TV appearance, Elvis was in the Army, and the people were hungry for whatever Elvis they could get. So the first Elvis impersonator was born.

The second Elvis impersonator on the list is disgraced former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich. Look for him on the Elvis circuit when he gets out of prison in 2024. The third man to make the list is (much less surprisingly than Blagojevich) Andy Kaufman, the great conceptual comedian, who died in 1984. Though there have been rumors to the contrary lately, it’s still pretty fair to assume that Andy is unavailable for personal appearances. 

Shawn Klush: #1 Elvis Impersonator

The fourth name on the list is, however, very much alive and available. He is Pittston, Pennsylvania’s Shawn Klush. Klush took top honors on the BBC talent show World’s Greatest Elvis in 2007. And it’s not hard to see why. Apart from nailing the singing, he looks very much like the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. He’s got all the mannerisms down cold, and the famous Elvis suits fit him to a T. Klush is headlining the Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular early in the new year. You can catch him on January 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, or 17th across the country. You’re in for a rare treat if you can make it to this one. Elvis Presley Enterprises rightfully named Klush the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. He is simply the best. If you’re looking for a magical experience in the new year, this is your ticket.

Pete (“Big Elvis”) Vallee: Las Vegas Elvis

The only Las Vegas performer to make the list is Pete (“Big Elvis”) Vallee. It’s interesting to note that while the image people claim to prefer is the boyish, thin Elvis, it is the older, heavier Elvis who inspires impersonators. Is it because this Elvis had more of a shtick, more of a specific act that an emulator can latch onto? Or is the answer deeper than that? It’s hard to know. In any event, the city that the latter-day Elvis is most associated with is Las Vegas. His shows were a fixture on the Strip—along with the shows of other Vegas standbys, like Sinatra, Martin, and Rickles. Carrying on the Elvis Presley Las Vegas flame is Pete (“Big Elvis”) Vallee. Pete is quite a big man—a good deal bigger than Elvis ever was. Seeing him is rather like seeing an Elvis who never died and just kept on living life and satisfying his appetite to the fullest.  You can catch “Big Elvis” every weekday at 2 PM and Wednesdays at 6 PM at Harrah’s Las Vegas Piano Bar.

After a day or night of basking in the glow of Elvis Presley performances, you’ll be ready to head back to the hotel and take some time for relaxation. Extended Stay America hotels are the real deal—your only home-on-the-road destination. Accept no impersonators. 

Party Like It’s 1969 at Soul Music Dance Parties

December 31, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Question: What do the 2010s in San Francisco and New York City have in common with the late sixties/early seventies in northern England? Answer: A love of soul music and of the only sensible thing to do in reaction to soul music—have a dance party. In the late sixties in Manchester, England, a scene grew up (the Northern Soul scene) in which DJs were celebrated for playing the most obscure soul records they could get their hands on. Not content with the hits of big-time labels like Motown and Stax, the people wanted songs that were written and recorded to be hits but just didn’t make it (records like Carl Hall’s “Let Me Down Easy” and the Cavaliers’ “Hold on to My Baby”). For every Otis Redding and Smokey Robinson and the Temptations, there were many more singers and groups who didn’t break through. But that didn’t mean their work wasn’t up to snuff. Many of the singers and groups who didn’t have hits were doing work that was just as good as the singers and groups who did. What Northern Soul DJs realized (a lesson that today’s American soul-music DJs have picked up) is that the records that weren’t hits have a fresher sound. Because they haven’t been played to death on the radio and movie soundtracks, people have a more immediate reaction to them.

Saturday Night Soul Party at Elbo Room: San Francisco, California

You get into this dance party for half-price ($5) if you dress up. That should tell you something. These guys take their dance parties seriously—and rightly so. In your mind, compare the image of a bunch of people dancing in jeans and sweatshirts with the image of a bunch of people dancing in pressed suits, flashy dresses, and shined shoes. The first image looks like casual Friday at work—not somewhere you really want to be. The second image looks like a place where you want to see and be seen. People come to this party to really dance. You won’t find any wallflowers here. Once the beat drops, everybody’s out on the floor getting down. This party has three DJs (DJ Lucky, DJ Paul Paul, and DJ Phengren Oswald), so you don’t have to worry about hearing the same style of record spinning all night long. They mix it up to keep the people moving. 

New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off: Various Cities

DJ Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap and Dance-Off combines an excellent night of boogying down to the best soul records with a full-blown dance contest. After surviving the freakiest of accidents (he was run over by a taxicab while in bed in his hotel room two years ago), Toubin is back doing what he does best. When you see Jonathan Toubin spin records, you can sense his love for the music and for life itself; you totally understand how he pulled through after his accident and got back behind the turntables where he belongs.

After a night of dancing, you’ll be ready to for some rest and relaxation back at the hotel. While Elbo Room and New York Night Train bring the old-school jams, Extended Stay America brings the old-school comfort. You get the sort of comfy accommodations you thought you could only get at home.    

Two Museums That Rock

December 18, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Museums for rock music? What? How did that happen? Rock is supposed to be all about rebellion—living for today and not worrying about leaving a legacy. What about the famous line from The Who’s “My Generation,” “I hope I die before I get old”? Well, they’ve forgotten about that one. You tend to get kind of forgetful when you get old. The Who still perform “My Generation” (they played it during the closing ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London)—white hair and all. The first and the second waves of rock musicians and fans (those who came of age in the fifties and the sixties) are true geriatrics now. Jerry Lee Lewis is seventy-eight. Bob Dylan is seventy-two. As the musicians aged, they began getting honors commensurate with their experience. You will find many rock stars from days gone by honored in two of this country’s great rock music museums—The International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame Museum and The Grammy Museum.

The International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame Museum: Jackson, Tennessee

Rock-a-billy is the name for rock-’n’-roll played by “hillbillies.” It is a fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. One of Elvis Presley’s first hits, “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” is a great example of rock-a-billy. The song is Elvis’ rhythm-and-blues-fueled take on a bluegrass song—Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” “Hillbilly” was at one point a term of disparagement, but as with many such terms, the group who was saddled with it eventually embraced and transformed it.

The International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame Museum (located in the heart of hillbilly country—Jackson, Tennessee) continues to celebrate the term and the music. At the museum, you will come across the only library of rock-a-billy videos anywhere in the world. You will not find your standard YouTube fare here. Instead, you will see obscure rock-a-billy footage that they do not plan on ever letting out of the vault. Making rock-a-billy’s connection to country music evident, the museum hosts a line dancing class Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Rock-a-billy is one of the first “fusion” musical genres. And it is very much worth investigating.

The Grammy Museum: Los Angeles, California

Currently at the Grammy Museum is an exhibit called Ringo: Peace and Love. The exhibit is all about Ringo Starr, the man who provided the backbeat for the most beloved band of Brit-rockers ever—the Beatles. Ringo’s life in the Beatles (who, it must be said, were much influenced by rock-a-billy) is chronicled meticulously and entertainingly in this exhibit. The artifacts on display are truly stunning. You will see drum sets that Ringo played on three very important Beatles albums (is there a Beatles album that isn’t important?): The White Album, Let It Be, and Abbey Road. You will also see iconic clothing (like Ringo’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band outfit) and personal things like letters and photographs. Last but not least, you will be taught to play drums by the master himself. Through a totally interactive video, you will receive a lesson on how to play drums with that Ringo touch.

After having a good time at the nation’s two most rocking museums, you’ll be ready to relax like a rock star. At Extended Stay America hotels, you get rock star treatment at a very reasonable price.   

On the Road with the Country’s Best Tribute Bands

November 26, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Do you ever wish you could go see some of the all-time great rock bands—some of the ones that just aren’t coming back? Have you watched all the concert videos, listened to the albums hundreds of times, and found all the obscure footage on YouTube? There are definitely some bands I feel that way about. I wish I had seen the Beatles. Even with the din of shouting fans, it would have been great to see them rocking out together. I would have loved to see the Grateful Dead in their heyday—the Dead jamming for hours, sending thousands of Deadheads into a trance. And how about Frank Zappa? You knew you were going to get the whole package with Zappa: great music plus a great show. We can’t go see these rock and roll originals, but there are some great tribute bands out there recreating the experience of seeing them live. And they don’t just recreate seeing these great bands on any old night. They recreate the experience of going to see one of these bands’ best shows every time they play. While you’re out on the road this fall, treat yourself to an experience you won’t forget. Memories are what vacations are about, right?

The Fab Four: A Beatles Tribute Band

The Fab Four are capable of recreating every single Beatles era. They are the real deal in every way. Some Beatles cover bands sound pretty spot on musically, but look like regular run-of-the-mill dudes. The Fab Four both sound and look like the Beatles—down to the sharp era-specific outfits. Gavin Pring, who plays George Harrison, even mimics that insouciant look off to the side that Harrison gave when he was absorbed in playing guitar. The band did a show for PBS station KCPT for their June 2012 pledge drive that will transport you back to the heady days of Beatlemania. You’ll be up on your feet and dancing (and maybe even screaming like the Beatles fans in the mid-sixties did) in no time.

Dark Star Orchestra: A Grateful Dead Cover Band

Dark Star Orchestra (on the road October through December) is like the farm team for Furthur, the band fronted by the two living members of the Grateful Dead—guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh. Further plucks members of Dark Star Orchestra (such as lead guitarist John Kadlecik) to go out on the road with them. That close connection with Further is proof of the quality of Dark Star Orchestra. Dark Star Orchestra frequently recreates set lists from the best of the best Dead shows. If you want to hear a legendary Dead show in person (maybe one you’ve been listening to as a poor-quality bootleg for years), Dark Star Orchestra is your ticket.

Zappa Plays Zappa: A Frank Zappa Tribute Band

Frank Zappa was a great showman, not just a great songwriter and a great guitarist. You can see his love of entertaining in the names he gave his children. One of his children, Dweezil Zappa, is recreating his father’s music—even using some of the musicians who played in Frank’s legendary bands. Zappa Plays Zappa is on tour through March playing the entire Frank Zappa album Roxy and Elsewhere, as well as other crowd-pleasing Zappa songs.    

After a night checking out the sounds of yesteryear, you’ll be ready to kick back like a rock star. There’s only one hotel where you get the rock-star treatment at a reasonable price—Extended Stay America.     

Memphis, Tennessee: It Doesn’t Get Any More Rock-’n’-Roll than That

October 9, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Memphis gave the world Elvis, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, Big Star, and many, many more rocking musicians. It is the veritable Fertile Crescent of American rock, soul, blues, and country. Situated at a crossroads with Kentucky (home of bluegrass), Mississippi (home of the blues), and Nashville (home of country music), Memphis absorbed a wide assortment of influences and came up with the gumbo that has been the backbone of American popular music since the middle of the 20th century. There are not too many cities you can point to and say that if that town did not exist, world history would be drastically (or at least sound drastically) different. Memphis has had that sort of effect on world culture. If you visit Memphis, you can really see why it’s such a big deal.

Beale Street

James Baldwin wrote a novel called If Beale Street Could Talk, though that one was about New York City. If this Beale Street could talk, I don’t know if it would talk. It would probably sing and shout, though. Beale is one of the major streets in blues history. Every 20th century blues musician of note performed on Beale. B.B. King, before he left his regional roots and went on to national fame, was known as the Beale Street Blues Boy. “Blues Boy,” of course, has stuck (now it’s B.B. for short). These days, you can visit B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale. There are others in the country, but there are none as soulful as the original at Beale and 2nd in Memphis. If this street (and particularly this historic corner) could talk, and it wanted to, it would tell of all the great blues musicians who played for change here. The Memphis Jug Band loved to play its ramshackle blues tunes on this very spot for neighborhood folks to dance to. Robert Johnson would roll up and start playing right across the street from whatever bluesman was cocky enough to think he could hold the corner—a practice known as “cutting heads.” B.B. King’s Blues Club regularly features the local greats, such as blues singer and harmonica player Blind Mississippi Morris, rocking frontman and Elvis scholar Memphis Jones, and guitar god Will Tucker. They don’t cut heads anymore, but they will make you cut a rug.    

Sun Studio

You can still visit the actual Sun Studio, where Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and many others got their start. If Memphis is the birthplace of rock-’n’-roll, then Sun Studio is the maternity ward. Sun Studio is the room where Elvis recorded “Blue Moon of Kentucky”—his souped-up take on a Bill Monroe bluegrass song. When country music met rhythm and blues, you got rock-’n’-roll, and Elvis’ recording of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” is likely what introduced country music (which bluegrass is an offshoot of) to R&B. The world was never the same. You can visit this National Historic Landmark any day of the week. And make sure you grab the free Graceland shuttle from Sun Studio, so you can see how the King lived after creating rock-’n’-roll.   

After your day exploring the roots of American music and experiencing some of today’s best artists, you’ll be ready to experience the best of lodging. At Extended Stay America, you get all the comfort of home, and you don’t have to do any of the chores. It’s kind of like being a rock star.   

Banjo and Ukulele Festivals for the Whole Family

August 27, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The banjo and the ukulele, two musical instruments long considered just for novelty or just for old people, are lately making a resurgence. Riding on the fame of banjo-playing bands like The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons and ukulele-playing groups like Beirut and The Magnetic Fields, the banjo and ukulele are more popular now than they have been since their heyday in the 1920s. If banjos and ukuleles are more than hipster accouterments to you—if you’re really serious about these ascendant old-time instruments—then you’ll be interested in all the banjo and ukulele action taking place around the country. Just like in the early ‘60s, when kids discovered folk music, all sorts of festivals, conventions, and workshops are sprouting up dedicated to these wonderful instruments. 

49th Annual Midwest Banjo Jamboree: La Crosse, Wisconsin 

When you think banjo, you may think of bluegrass, or you may think of the weird banjo kid in Deliverance. The banjo pickers at the Midwest Banjo Jamboree (September 20th- 22nd) will change your mind about all of that. The banjo is a very versatile instrument. And these pickers, who play mostly jazz—from Dixieland to a Django Reinhardt-inflected modern jazz—will show you just how versatile it is. This is a venerable old festival, appropriate for such a venerable old instrument. The oldest banjo festival in the country, the Midwest Banjo Jamboree got started during the early ‘60s, when folk music and what was called “trad jazz” (ragtime and Dixieland) were enjoying popularity among the young people in America and Britain. Today, the Midwest Banjo Jamboree proudly represents the jazz branch of the banjo-pickers family tree.

The Midwest Banjo Jamboree takes place in the charming small town of La Crosse, and the festival has a real small-town community feel. This is no big-time, worship-the-stars-from-afar affair. This festival is all about getting to know the music and the players up close. And if you’re a banjo picker yourself, it’s all about getting into the action during one of the festival’s open jams—such as that on the La Crosse Queen riverboat. The paddleboat cruise up the Mississippi River is a real treat. Nothing feels more American than playing a banjo on a riverboat on the Mississippi. You expect to see Mark Twain walk down the deck chatting with the captain at any moment. La Crosse is a college town, so there is no shortage of spots to eat and drink. And there is a thriving microbrew scene in La Crosse. So prepare for some great tunes, great food, and great brews!

2013 Wine Country Ukulele Festival: St. Helena, California

Taking place in St. Helena, in northern California’s picture-perfect Napa Valley, the Wine Country Ukulele Festival (September 6th-8th) combines fine wine and ukuleles—both of which will supply you with beautiful notes. There is nothing more satisfying than sitting under the California stars listening to Hawaiian-influenced music and drinking the finest wine in the world only feet from where it was produced. If you play the uke, bring it along. You will have ample chances to play it with other ukulele aficionados. There will be an open mic, jam sessions, and workshops. This is a family-friendly event. Sunday, September 8th, is Kids’ Day at the festival—a day when kids can get ukulele-playing instructions and perform for their parents. This festival will make you fall in love with California and with the ukulele (if by some chance you’re not in love with them already).

After a day of enjoying the joyful music and maybe making some, too, you’ll be ready to head back to a hotel that keeps the fun going. What you need is a suite with a kitchen where you can hang out with your family like you do at home. 

Warm Summer Nights, Hot Summer Jams

July 31, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

While you’re out on the road this summer, why not spice up your nights with some awesome music? This is shaping up to be one of the best years to catch live shows. Since artists and bands can’t make their living just selling albums anymore (thank the Internet), touring is their bread and butter. They’ve got to get on the road and come into real contact with their fans in order to keep on living the rock-star dream. Now you can sing along in person with all your favorites. No musician can stay at a distance from his fans anymore if he wants to continue living the life.

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z: Legends of the Summer Tour

JT, America’s sweetheart crooner, and Jay-Z, the CEO of the hip-hop game, join forces this summer for a tour with the gravitational pull of a supernova. Timberlake is promoting The 20/20 Experience—an album that has made him the undisputed American king of blue-eyed soul. Jay-Z is promoting his new joint, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Jay, always the game changer, prompted the Recording Industry Association of America to alter the way it’s been charting album sales for the past fifty-plus years with his innovative, cross-marketing release of his new record. We can, of course, expect the stage show that Jay-Z and Timberlake put on to be just as innovative, charming, and classy (yes, classy—they wear tuxes when they perform together) as their records.   

Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket: Americanarama Tour

The Americanarama tour is all about classic American sounds and innovative songwriting. Bob Dylan pretty much created the folk-rock genre that made alt-country-rock outfits like Wilco and My Morning Jacket possible. This could be called the Fathers and Sons Tour—if that title wasn’t already taken by a Muddy Waters record. Dylan, whose voice has aged into a raspy, declarative instrument, has a new album out—Tempest—that shows he’s just as deft at writing great narrative, propulsive songs as ever. And Wilco continues to evolve, just like Bob. Jeff Tweedy, the heart of the group, just produced a record by the legendary Mavis Staples, which is guaranteed to add some soul to Wilco’s set. Wilco, gloriously showing off its folk-rock bona fides, has just released (with Billy Bragg) their third album of adaptations of Woody Guthrie lyrics he never set to music—Mermaid Avenue, Vol. III.

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James just released a solo album called Regions of Light and Sound of God—spiritual rock songs that are an indication of how seriously James takes his role as a rock musician. All three of these acts take their roles as bearers and innovators of the flame of classic American music quite seriously. That doesn’t mean they don’t have a good time doing it, though.

When the show is over, that doesn’t mean your night has to end. If you’ve got a deluxe hotel suite to return to, you can make dinner and have some quality time back at the hotel. If you’re looking for this sort of luxury for a very reasonable price (and, really, who isn’t?) I recommend Extended Stay Hotels