Big names, beautiful music

By Christopher Muther
Globe Staff / March 13, 2011

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Sound on Screen Festival: There comes a point when every music fan starts getting a bit too long in the tooth to stand two hours at a concert, no matter the band. (You have hit this point when you complain that the people in front of you are blocking your view because they’re dancing, or that the music is too loud.) Despite your advancing years, you are still (hypothetically) interested in rocking. The solution is the Sound on Screen festival in South Africa, a collection of rock-related documentaries that will satisfy your thirst for rock while allowing you to stay seated with endless buckets of popcorn at arm’s length. This year’s Sound on Screen festival features “It Might Get Loud,’’ a documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of the Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White. Labia Theatre, 68 Orange St., Gardens,



Beale Street Music Festival: When one thinks Memphis, they often think of the blues, and not Ke$ha, but this year’s Beale Street Music Festival not only features the “Tik Tok’’ pop tart, it also includes other un-Memphis acts such as MGMT, Ludacris, and Ziggy Marley. Also performing are Mumford & Sons, Cee Lo Green, the Flaming Lips, John Mellencamp, Stone Temple Pilots, and Jason Mraz. A limited number of three-day passes are available for $69, but tickets have been selling quickly. Tom Lee Park,

APRIL 14-17


Rokolectiv Festival for Electronic Music and Related Arts: Most festivals that brazenly call themselves electronic are simply an excuse for big-name DJs to get free airfare to Brazil or Miami. You will find none of those jetsetters here. Any festival that uses terms such as “fuzzy,’’ “digi-pop-prog,’’ or “dizzying’’ to describe the entertainment is serious about presenting acts on the cutting edge. This year’s Rokolectiv includes Zombie-Zombie’s John Carpenter-inspired show, and Spanish singer Hyperpotamus performing an a cappella set on four microphones and a loop station pedal. It doesn’t get more electro-experimental than that. Bucharest National Museum of Contemporary Art, 2-4 Izvor St.,



Tribeca Film Festival: The festival opens in a flurry of feathers and sequins with a free screening of Cameron Crowe’s new Elton John documentary, “The Union,’’ on April 20. After the outdoor screening of the film, which chronicles the recent musical pairing of John and Leon Russell, John will perform live for the audience. The movie shows at the World Financial Plaza. The festival will also debut new films starring celebs such as Zach Braff, Vincent Gallo, and Zoe Kravitz. Stay tuned to the festival website for more movie announcements. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning tomorrow.


JUNE 9-11


Bonnaroo: Tickets are now on sale for this Southern festival that continues to grow into one of the country’s most important music gatherings. This year’s lineup features jaw-dropping star wattage, including Eminem, Arcade Fire, the Strokes, Florence and the Machine, Robyn, My Morning Jacket, the Black Keys, and Gogol Bordello. Organizers are also giving a nod to the festival’s roots-driven beginnings with classic acts such as Buffalo Springfield, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Gregg Allman. Most packages are already sold out, but there are tickets remaining for $249.50. CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; check online. Christopher Muther can be reached at