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Elvis is Back (as a Hologram), and Performing Again as Early as 2015

August 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

The King is back!

Sort of.

The other day, we wondered if virtual reality will ever make waves in the travel industry. For the music industry, the answer is yes. For those of you who remember when Tupac and Michael Jackson arose from the dead, the same kind of thing is in the works to revive Elvis’ career from the grave. Only this time, the idea is not to make a surprise appearance - the goal is to put the King back on tour.

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This Fall's Inaugural Global Music Festival in Phoenix Brings the World's Sounds to American Soil

Where: 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard [map], Phoenix, Arizona, United States, 85050
August 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this summer, we raved about our experience at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, impressed by how it aggregated so many of the world's musical styles in one place. A few weeks later, still inspired, we highlighted the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix for its collection of 15,000 instruments from 200 countries.

In October, these two experiences will clash head on, as the MIM will host its inaugural Global Music Festival here in the States. Set to take place the weekend of October 18th, the festival will include Celtic, Ethiopian, West African, Jazz, Appalachian string, folk, and Latin performances, each featuring the traditional music and instruments of the unique styles.

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Watch This Traveler Totally Rock an Airport Piano

August 11, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know how it goes at the airport. It’s noisy, it’s crowded, and you’re just trying to do your thing until it’s time to step aboard and head out of town. The live terminal entertainment is usually pretty limited, but thankfully Maan Hamadeh recently stepped up Prague's Václav Havel Airport to take things to the next level.

The pianist performed his take—and takes—on Beethoven's Fur Elise, and then he moved onto that Celine Dion song from Titanic. As wonderful as the performance was we could have gone without My Heart Will Go On—it will be in our head all day long.

Anyway, take a moment to watch the clip from the airport, as it will likely put a smile on your face—or at least make you want to take up the piano.

[Photo / Video: Maan Hamadeh via YouTube]

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Here's Why You Should Attend Next Year's Rainforest World Music Festival

July 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last month, when we previewed our attendance at the Rainforest World Music Festival, we anticipated that it would be one of the best events of the summer given its location on the island of Borneo and its lineup that brought in bands from all over the world. We’re happy to report that despite the “on-paper” promise and high hopes we had set for RMF - typically a travel no-no - the festival weekend exceeded absolutely every expectation.

Why? The first and foremost reason is because it is exactly as advertised in terms of its exotic setting and multi-cultural lineup. They call it the Rainforest World Music Festival for a reason. Located at the Sarawak Cultural Village about 45 minutes from Kuching, the festival takes place in the shadows of Mount Santubong, where the rainforest spills down to the coast. The rainforest serves as a backdrop for the two stages, and across the street is the beach and the calm waters of the South China Sea.

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The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is a Rocking Good Time

Where: 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard [map], Phoenix, Arizona, United States, 85050
June 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've been pretty vocal about our excitement for the season of live music, aka summer, and have dished on a number of opportunities to get into the spirit in the coming months. That, coupled with our upcoming trip to discover new realms at the Rainforest Music Festival in Kuching, it's time we pay homage to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, a place that sparked our appreciation of the world's musical offerings.

If you think the name - or the fact that it's a museum - makes it sound like a snooze, we've got an eye-opening wake up call for you: It is one of the most engaging displays of culture we've ever visited, and a must for any self-professed music lover.

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Video Interlude: A Lip-Synced Layover at Las Vegas Airport

June 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

A long layover at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is a common occurrence, but far less common is making a mini-film out of it. Traveler Richard Dunn recently found himself passing a night at LAS, and decided to have a little fun with his iPhone, shooting a lip-synced version of Celine Dion's "All By Myself."

The 5-minute, 20-second video is something of a de facto ode to Las Vegas, in that it features Celine Dion, McCarran Airport, and the thrill of entertainment in Sin City. Of course "anything," in this case, involves turning an average passenger into a music video superstar, which is what is happening on the internet as the video has been trending in popularity since yesterday.

Alas, frolicking in a nearly empty airport during the late hours isn't an original idea; a duo made a brief video (below) inside Dallas-Ft Worth Airport during a similarly boring stretch of pre-flight waiting.

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How Did the Music Playlist at JetBlue's JFK Terminal 5 Get So Darn Good?

May 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Chances are, as you're speed walking from security to your boarding gate, that the last thing on your mind is the music taste of the airline. Perhaps during a delay you'll tilt an ear to whatever muzak-remixed Katy Perry is softly playing, but you'll actually want to listen up at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK Airport, thanks to crowd-sourced playlists created by passengers just like you.

We always wondered if Terminal 5 was simply reading our mind, with its selections like Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" during a TSA screening, or Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" before an early morning flight to the Caribbean. The truth of the matter is that the recognition for such awesome mixing goes to whoever requests songs via the Terminal's partnership with Rockbot app.

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Why You'll Want to Pop into Seattle Airport's Newest Shop

May 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not everyday that a new record store opens up, and that’s especially the case over at the airport. Things are a little bit different over in Seattle—in a good way, of course—and the city’s airport just cut the ribbon on an outpost of the area’s famous Sub Pop Records right at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The independent label is bringing the sounds of Seattle right into the terminal and concourse, as the spot is now doing its thing within main terminal near the start of Concourse C. It debuted Thursday morning complete with a concert from singer songwriter Chad VanGaalen—signed to the Sun Pop Records label.

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What $100 Million Will Buy You at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

April 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

There’s all kinds of things that may come to mind when one thinks of Nashville, but one of the first that pops into one’s head has to be country music. At least that’s what the city is banking on, as they’re cashing in their savings and spending a whole bunch of money to update and improve one of their most visited attractions.

Over the last few years around $100 million has been spent to expand and upgrade the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and that means more room for exhibits, artifacts, and visitors. Just this week the final expansion opened up to the public, and museum officials are hoping this will bring even more to town and to the museum to check things out.

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Hear the Sounds of a Destination Before Seeing the Sights, Thanks to Spotify and British Airways

March 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last month, we opened up our own iTunes playlists to share favorite travel songs we listen to when on the road. Now, British Airways and Spotify have followed suit to deliver songs that make you dream of different destinations.

Creating the ultimate soundtrack for travel to a range of BA cities is now a snap for UK-based customers of the music streaming service, Spotify. For starters, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Naples, Edinburgh and Valletta, Malta now feature their own British Airways-curated playlists. Traditional and local tunes are served up directly to your device to jam along to on your journey.

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What Does Austin Offer When SXSW is Done and Dusted?

Where: Austin, Texas
March 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

In case you've been living in a cave (without WiFi, naturally), the South By Southwest festival is in full swing right now, with networking, screenings and, of course, partying. Austin, Texas is abuzz with people from all over the planet and, even though SXSW has plenty of things to keep visitors occupied for 10 days, not everyone is interested in visiting the city during this time of the year.

Thus, we've come up with a hearty list of things to do if you're headed to Austin when the city isn't packed with conference attendees.

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In the Spirit of SXSW, Austin's Airport Will Keep the Live Music Coming

March 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re right in the middle of SXSW, and if you’re lucky enough to be in attendance this year chances are that AUS will be in your plans. We discussed some of our favorite airport eats last year, and the same holds true in 2014—get some ice cream and barbeque before departing town. This year Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is rolling out the welcome mat for visitors yet again, as they’re bringing plenty of live music and other entertainment right into the terminal.

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