New year, new us (you peeped that fly new brand, right?), new partners. January isn’t even over, and we’ve already got so much to cheer for—like these new additions to our #FlyFam. We had the pleasure of welcoming some of these folks into the family in-person after spending a few days down in New Orleans for the 5th annual FlyCon, our annual partner and industry summit.
The first one’s a big one: The North by Northeast Music Festival. Canada’s answer to Austin’s South by Southwest, NXNE is one of the largest North American music festivals. Held each June in Toronto, NXNE brings together music, comedy, art, film, and technology for five days and draws more than 350,000 attendees. We’re stoked to celebrate NXNE’s 22nd anniversary with them this June.
We’re blessed with the opportunity to work with a range of partners who do awesome things in their communities. We’re honored to include New York City’s City Parks Foundation in the ‘fly family. The non-profit organization was founded in 1989 to unite the five boroughs while emphasizing arts, sports, education and community building in city parks. When it comes to the arts, the Foundation has made it easy for kids and adults to find positive activities and events. Their SummerStage theater and concert series has become an NYC staple and has featured more than 100 performances over the years.
Food and music go together like Jenny and Forrest, and ONCE Somerville in Somerville, MA dishes quality servings of both. Launched by Cuisine en Locale, a catering company known for its pop-up food events (ONCE = “One Night Culinary Event), ONCE Somerville features the ONCE Lounge, which doesn’t give a damn about alliteration—Monday is taco night and Tuesday is metal night—and the ONCE Ballroom, which hosts everything from weddings and proms to galas and musical performances.
Philadelphia’s Tin Angel is also part of a food and music pairing. Located above the swanky and exquisite Serrano in the Old City district, Tin Angel is known for its intimate acoustic sets and has welcomed a host of blues, rock, folk and country artists from around the world since opening in 1992.
Speaking of food and music, does rock ‘n’ roll have an official food? If not, we’re nominating ribs. It’s the dish of choice for music festivals across the country. For the Naperville Ribfest in Illinois, it’s been a highlight for nearly 30 years. The award-winning festival celebrates music, food and family fun, and serves as a fundraiser to help fight child and domestic abuse. Coinciding with Independence Day, the Ribfest returns this year from July 1-4.
Awesome bands, cheap booze and a quality sound system—we’re already wobbly thinking about Cleveland Heights, OH’s Grog Shop. It’s a go-to venue in the city for local and national acts, favored by many on TripAdvisor. It’s “the way live music should be consumed,” writes one reviewer.
We’re not in Kansas, but we wish we were. The state is home to not one but two of our new partners. The Bottleneck in Lawrence is one of the city’s famed venues. A former roller rink, it transformed into a live music club in the 80s and has been rockin’ ever since. Named for the varieties of beer sold there, the Bottleneck stage has been graced by everyone from Radiohead and Foo Fighters to Deftones and Jurassic 5. Over in Kansas City, outdoor venue Crossroads KC throws righteous parties of all genres with an emphasis on being a “fan-friendly” promoter. Oh, and it’s located in the backyard of Grinders Pizza. There goes that food and music pairing again…
The Grey Eagle Music Hall and Pub in Asheville, NC is the region’s music mecca. Bands, fans and journalists alike rave about it for its eclectic mix of indie-rock, jazz, folk and blues acts. And guess what? There’s a taqueria there too.
You don’t always want to bob your head while some shaggy-haired kid strums his guitar. Sometimes you just wanna shake a lil’ something. If you’re in L.A., the Union Nightclub is the place to be. The renovated space was previously known as Jewel’s Catch One, an underground disco club frequented by celebs from Madonna and Sandra Bernhard to Chaka Khan and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Famed Austin music venue Antone’s has a vibrant history of its own. Known as “Austin’s Home of the Blues,” the club first opened in 1975 and featured some of the genre’s greats: B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many others. After moving locations and spending a year shuttered, the venue is ready for its triumphant return to downtown Austin, thanks in part to new investors—including critically-acclaimed blues guitarist and singer Gary Clark Jr. Scheduled to open early November, the new Antone’s will occupy two levels, both 5,800 square feet. We’re excited to help continue the club’s legacy.
Don’t let the name fool you, Sam’s Burger Joint is known just as much for what’s on its grill as for what’s happening on stage. The San Antonio, TX food and music hall boasts nightly shows from local and touring acts…and those burgers look damn good, too.
Over in Corpus Christi, TX, we’re flying with Brewster Street Icehouse. The centerpiece of the city’s Sports, Entertainment and Art District, Brewster Street boasts four-star food in a casual setting and some of the best live music in the region. Quite a few celebrities have been spotted there, too, such as Billy Bob Thornton and Justin Timberlake. Stay alert!
But it ain’t just barbecue, burgers and guitars in Texas. CrowdSurf Concerts and Oh Bleep! Events are holding it down on the EDM front and bringing their Foam Wonderland: Force of Nature tour to Texas, hitting El Paso, Austin and Grand Prairie with acts GTA, Rain Man, 3LAU and more. And foam. Lots and lots of foam. Last year, CrowdSurf took their Trapfest parties to cities throughout the southwest via Ticketfly. We’re eagerly awaiting the next bass drop.
If you’ve ever been to a dope concert in Salt Lake City, you can thank Postfontaine Presents and Sartain & Saunders Productions. Postfontaine has stuck to its mission of bringing the best bands and the best concert experiences to customers for more than 15 years. Their upcoming lineup stays true to that mission—they’ve got Metric, The Used, Twenty One Pilots, and more on the way.
Likewise, S&S has brought hundreds of celebrated acts—from Tame Impala and Spoon to Atmosphere and Macklemore—to area venues since 2003. Among those serviced by S&S is new #FlyFam member Urban Lounge. The venue is one of two SLC joints owned by Will Sartain and Lance Saunders, who also own Kilby Court. Located within walking distance of both downtown and the University of Utah, Urban Lounge is one of the best spots in SLC for live music—local and international. In coming months, you can catch everyone from dance duo The Knocks to heavy metal mariachi band Metalachi to singer-songwriter Pete Yorn.