Live Fix Radio: Camplified and Teaching The Kids How To Rock Live

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camplified summer tours

Payton Rae performing at Camp Blue Ridge


As we’ve seen (and heard) before, kids can rock the stage and get lost in the awe of live music at any age.

And during this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re continuing our why kids rock and amaze us exploration and talking with Camplified founder Aimee Berger about how she’s playing a pivotal role in raising up the next generation of artists and creating a new type of live music experience for young concert fans through the Camplified summer camp tours. She also shares what amazes here about seeing Adele and Eminem live, and why she loves going to shows with her parents.

And since this episode is all about the kids, we’re excited to have another special guest, our son Calvin,  join us during the show too.

Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff we talked about:

Segment two (10:53): Interview with Aimee Berger.

Segment three (35:09): Should kids strive to be great musicians or great performers?

Music featured during the show
  • Payton Rae – “Stomp Out The Fire” Live during the Camplified Summer Tour
  • Adele – “Someone Like You” Live at Royal Albert Hall
  • Eminem – “Lose Yourself” Live at Yankee Stadium
  • Brandon and Savanah – covering Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”  live during Camplified Summer Tour 2012

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Bruce Springsteen And His “Sunny Day” Sing-a-long Tour With Tweens



Our Bruce Springsteen exploration continues as we take you through a series of concert videos showing how The Boss is connecting with a new generation of fans one tween at a time.

I first heard about Springsteen bringing a tween on stage to sing “Waiting on Sunny Day” during his show at Wrigely Field in September. Then I took a stroll through the interwebs and discovered Chicago wasn’t the only city that Springsteen was pulling young fans from the front row to help lead the crowd in a moving Sunny Day sing-a-long.

Here’s a collection of videos from around the world this year and some of the back stories that surfaced after concerts in Chicago and Toronto.

First up is the 10-year-old fan Brianna who joined Bruce on stage at Wrigley Field in Chicago (video above). shared the story and then shortly after Brianna’s mom Mary posted a comment.  I wonder what it was like for both Brianna and Mary to experience such a moment. Maybe it was similiar to Rich’s story or these mom’s stories?

Halle in Toronto

Next up is Halle from the Toronto show. Now this story was interesting because of all the kids in these videos Halle’s performance sounded the most polished and surprisingly beyond her years. And it wasn’t a fluke because, as Kat Langdon, explains on her blog, Halle has already begun to develop her live performance chops.

Let’s back up a bit. Halle has been a vocal student of mine for just under a year. She’s a smart, modest 10-year old girl with a strong voice and a kind heart. We met during the production of Joseph in November, she was a member of the youth ensemble.


Neveah in LA

Then in LA it was Neveah and her grandparents who had this to say in the comments on the YouTube video.

Our darling little grandaughter Nevaeh at her first Bruce concert. After the song Bruce came back over and asked how old she was and after hearing she was 4 he stated “youngest member of the E Street Band ever.”



From Philly to Paris and Beyond

Here are the rest of the vidoes from the other cities.  If your the parent of any of these kids, we invite you to tells us more about your story and drop a comment below and we’ll share it on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

The other reason I am excited to share these videos is because it’s got me thinking about a few other things.

1) For the tweens that were girls, how will that moment impact the psychological and emotional development knowing how women experience live music.

2) For the moms who were there to witness the concert in person with their kids, how this moment rank in their favorite concert experiences? Will it be like the live music memories of these moms?

3) What will become of the kids? Will they turned out to be just as amazing and rockin’ as these kids performers?

4) And now that Colleen and I are proud parents of Calvin, I wonder what it will be like to take our son Calvin to his first concert.  What will unfold during his first live music experience? And how will that moment change his  and our lives forever?




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A New Concert Fan Is Born: What Will Baby Calvin Experience?




I’m beyond excited to share the news that this week we welcomed a new concert fan in to the world!

While many of you were rocking out at your favorite shows on Tuesday night our first child Calvin Christopher made his grand entrance onto the world’s stage.

Over the last nine months I’ve thought a lot about how this little amazing dude would change our lives forever. And even before that, as you can see below, my curiousity has taken me down some very interesting paths as I wondered about how live music influences, impacts and inspires the growth of babies and children, and how parents and families evolve through the process too.

Here are some of the thoughts that have been running through my mind. It’s a mix of posts and Live Fix Radio episodes that feature chats about the relationship between babies, kids, families and live music.

We’ll be sharing more about our concert experiences with Calvin, and until then, go ahead and dive into these explorations and post your responses to the questions in the comments below.

What About These Thoughts?

  • What show should be Calvin’s first?
  • How will the shows, like this one and this one, that we went to while Calvin was still cooking in the oven influence his love for live music?
  • How do parents who are concert fans introduce live music to their kids?
  • What was the first show that you experienced with your kids?
  • What type of live music experiences did you have while you were pregnant?

Check out these explorations:



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Live Fix Radio: What Kind Of Concert Character Are You?


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During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re talking with Steve Weinberger author of No Air Guitar Allowed. Listen in as he shares how his comical book of concert characters came to life, what he’s never done at a show before and how he’s teaching his daughter the fine art of concertgoing.

Plus, we’ll explore our electromusical mood discoveries at Pitchfork Festival, The Who’s 1979 redeeming ticket opportunity, Lolla fans getting punched in the stomach, and why Jack White is apparently requesting fans not use social media during his shows.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff we talked about:

Segment two (30:00): Interview with Steve Weinberger.

Music played during the show

What’s Your Concert Persona?

Which of Steve’s characters do you identify with?

What are some of your favorite people-watching moments at concerts?

What new concert characters do you see emerging in today’s ever-evolving live music culture?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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The Bieber Tops Beatle With Free Mexico City Concert

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Our Bieber fever and Beatles explorations continue with this news about Justin Bieber’s recent free concert in Mexico City that drew 300,000 bielebers topping Paul McCarntecy’s show that drew 250,000 fans just a few weeks earlier.

Here’s how Bieber responded to and reflected on the experience according to

While his fans displayed their devotion for the singer by braving the crowd to see him perform, in a press conference earlier that day, Bieber admitted there’s only one guy he would camp out to see perform. “There is no one I admire so much to do something crazy, but if Michael Jackson were here,” he said, “I would do it for him. So, I do understand the emotion that the girls feel, and that makes me feel very honored.”

Before taking the stage, Bieber opened up about the performance in a video he shot backstage. “I can’t say how thankful I am … This show here in Mexico City, it’s going to be incredible. I just wanted to make this video and tell you guys you inspire me just as much as I inspire you. God has really blessed me,” he says amid the shouts of his fans in the background. He added, “I hope to have this journey for a long time.”

Interesting that Bieber would mention Jackson in that way during the interview. The MJ shoutout and the craziness of the Mexico City show reminds me these previous Live Fix experiments.

Check ’em out, post your thoughts below and we’ll share your experiences on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Are These Kids Superstitious About Live Music and Life?



It’s Friday the 13th and we know all about the strange and superstitious fears of live music.

But what about the development of our fears?

I ask this because I’ve noticed that many fears and superstitions  we have when we’re younger no longer have the same power over us as they once did.

And, as we get older, we develop and learn new fears that we didn’t have when we were younger.

That said, I’ve been pondering the possibility of whether or not these young and rockin’ concert fans (at the 4:10 minute mark) on the set of Sesame Street grew up to be superstitious about live music or life. How did  this intimate VIP set with Mr. Wonder impact their thoughts and beliefs about being afraid or being lucky?

And speaking of kids, you gotta wonder how superstitious these kids are too.

How ‘Bout You?

What are your most superstitious concert experiences? What’s your luckiest or unluckiest live music moment?

Share your fears and superstitions in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Support the Future of Live Music at the Rock For Kids Benefit Auction

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rock for kids benefit auction


As we told you before, we’re big fans of non-profit organization Rock for Kids because they do a fantastic job of helping kids learn how to play music and experience the life-changing thrill of performing live.

That said, RFK is a great cause and we wanted to pass along info about their 23rd Annual Rock N Roll Benefit Auction so you can help support their mission and get some sweet swag and concert tickets in the process.

Benefit tickets include: 

  • Admission to Live and Silent Auction
  • Reception and Buffet from 6PM – 7PM
  • Musical Performance by Rock For Kids students

When: Friday, December 02, 2011 6:00 PM

Where: Park West – 322 W Armitage

Ticket info: Your last chance to purchase $50 discounted early bird tickets ends on Monday, November 28th. After Monday the tickets go up to $75.

Here’s that very impressive list of auction items I mentioned:

Rock For Kids:

  • Two Tickets to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles
  • Two Round Trip Southwest Tickets
  • One night at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles
  • Two official After-Party Tickets
  • Two passes to an exclusive CBS Radio Pre-Party (last year Mumford & Sons played this party)


Two Tickets to each of Wilco’s very sold out December Chicago concerts. Note: These tickets are non-transferable – this package is meant for a true fan!

Dates and Venues:
12/12 : Civic Opera 7:30pm w/ guest Nick Lowe
12/13 : The Riviera 8:00pm w/ guest Eleventh Dream Day
12/15 : The Vic 8:00pm w/ guest Jon Langford and Skull Orchard
12/16 : The Metro 8:00pm w/ guest The Paulina Hollers
12/18 : Lincoln Hall 8:00 pm w/ guest Fred Armisen


  • Tickets for you and a guest to one show a month at the Metro in 2012
  • VIP Seating for each of these shows
  • This package isn’t available anywhere but through the Rock For Kids auction
  • The Metro’s 30th anniversary – starting in July 2012 – is bound to mean a ton of amazing bands! You don’t want to miss this.


  • 2 Guest Passes to all four days of Bonnaroo 2012, June 7-10 in Manchester, TN
  • 4 Nights of Prime Camping accommodations at Bonnaroo
  • Access to premium seating and viewing areas at each stage
  • Discounted Food and Drinks in the Backstage Guest Lounge and Restaurant
  • Please note: ground transportation not included.


  • 2 hard-to-get tickets to Dark Lord Day – exact date TBD. (In 2011 it was in April)
  • 2 guaranteed large bottles of Dark Lord Stout (only available at the brewery one day per year, legendary status amongst beer connoisseurs)
  • 2 Dark Lord Day t-shirts
  • Limo ride for two to and from brewery in Munster, IN

What more is there to say? This laminate will grant access to you and a guest for any concert at Lincoln Hall that your heart desires for the rest of your life! Never miss a Lincoln Hall concert again!

As well as great VIP experiences from:

The Autobahn Country Club
The Chicago Cubs
FEW Spirits
Million Dollar Quartet
Pitchfork Music Festival
and more…


These are fantastic items that any live music fan living in Chicago would love to have. And you can get more info on how to get tickets to the benefit event or bid online here.

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Why Do These Kids Rock, Jam and Amaze Us So Much?


During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we explore the topic of teenage performers and how the live music experience impacts their creativity, inspiration and psychological development.

We’re excited to dive into this topic and share with you the music of 14 year-old singer-songwriter Kate Diaz and soul-blues-jazz-hip hop octet Kids These Days.


Ever since we first saw Kate amaze us at the Metro we knew she was well beyond her years. And we had the chance talk with her before a recent show at the Abbey Pub and ask her about her favorite live performers and how she got started as a musician.

Even though they’re all under the age of twenty, Kids These Days is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in Chicago. And it was a blast talking to them at Lollapalooza about why they embrace making mistakes during their live show and how the WWF and James Brown influence what they do on stage. You’ll here why their debut EP Hard Times is one of my favorite of 2011. Note: A couple f-bombs do get dropped during the interview, but it’s for a good cause. It’s nothing to fear. I just wanted to let you know ahead of time, okay? 

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Show Notes:

Music from the podcast

DJ Mehdi – “I am Somebody”   (A musical tribute to the late French DJ who died last week and a continuation of our RIP grief experiment.)

Kate Diaz – “Kill the Question Mark”

Kids These Days – “Hard Times”

Links and info mentioned during show: 

Concert News and Experiments:

Step Up To The Mic

What do you think about teenage performers? Got a question about a topic we talked about during the show? We invite you to share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Wicker Park Fest Gives Birth to Pregnant Rock?


Frank from Windy City Rock posted a review from Wicker Park Fest in Chicago this weekend. And this review included a comment about Grand Duchy‘s pregnant keyboardist. And as you can imagine it got me thinking about many things.

Even so, husband and wife duo Black Francis and Violet Clark, along with Jason Carter on drums and a very pregnant keyboardist named Silver Sorensen (you don’t see a lot of pregnant women on stage at rock and roll shows, it was pretty awesome), delivered a very enjoyable set of their new wave-inspired rock.

Here’s a few random related thoughts that may or may not have any scientific rationality or grounding. They simply popped into my head as I read his review. And I couldn’t help but share them with you in hopes of discussing them with you. 

1.  What would the review read like if the baby was to write it from the inside?

2. If we were to ask the baby twenty years from now to recall the show would he or she be able to do so?

3. How much did seeing a pregnant lady on stage influence the show from the fan point of view?

4. Would we consider the baby as part of the band?

5. Would be consider the baby as another instrument in the band?

6.  After her exciting baby bearing performance at the Grammy’s, what would MIA have to say about this performance?

7.  Do fans enjoy seeing pregnant women on stage as much as Frank did?

8. Would you like to see more pregnant women on stage during rock shows?

9.  Will this baby be more inclined to enjoy rock music over any other genre?

10. How many performances have there been in rock history involving pregnant women?

11.  Have you ever seen pregnant performers during a rock concert?

12. Are there stigmas associated with pregnant performers?

13. [ Insert Your Question here] ?

That’s all for now. But I’m sure I’ll have more the second I post this.  So we’ll explore them later, too.

What are some of your questions?

Photo credit:  Windy City Rock

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What Will Rock the Family System?



NOAIRpicfamilysystemWelcome to Part 3 as we revisit my conversation with No Air Guitar Allowed author Steve Weinberger. In Part One, we questioned Why Mosh Pits exist, in Part Two we crowd surfed through the mind of Foo Fighter Frontman Dave Grohl,  and in this final post we’re going to explore the impact of concert culture on the family system. If you’re just joining us, I suggest taking a trip through Part One and Two to get an idea of the purpose here because I’m going to jump right into our final topic.


What Will Rock the Family System?

Ever since their dawn and during their proliferation and commercialization over the last fifty years, rock concerts have had an age stigma attached to them making fans who pass a certain age feel left out, or like their passport to rock has expired.  And on the other end of the age stigma spectrum, becoming a part of  live concert culture has also evolved into a rite of passage for kids coming of age. 

So what happens when these polar opposite age stigmas and rites of passages occur within the same family? What do you do with kids trying to earn their rite of passage by separating from their parents who love going to concerts? What’s a family to do when both the kids and the parents love live music? Do the parents back off and let the kids have their space and earn their rite to rock?  Do the kids let the parents tag along and pretend like they’re not in the venue?  Or do both the parents and the kids find a way to meet in the middle and throw the age and rites of passage rules and stigmas out the door?

I started wondering about these questions when I read  how families are using summer music festival as a new kind of summer vacation. And I began forming questions when I read how Steve had created characters in his book who deal illustrate and poke fun at the stigma and rites of passage that live within the family system. I was curious to get his take on things.  

LF: As the concert culture evolves, do you think concerts will ever become an event that will truly unite the family system?

Steve: In the current economy, I think there are so many things that are ahead of it on the list. But it could happen.

It was a short economically based answer from Steve, but nonetheless it made me wonder even more.

I’ve seen festivals make the concert environment more family friendly notably Lollapalooza’s  and their Kidzapalooza section. And I always see a handful of parents pushing strollers or with their babies slung over their shoulders at festivals, too.  When I come across those situations I look at the infant (who usually has some kind of large ear protecting headphones) and wonder what would need to change about concert culture to make it a more accepted event within the family system when the kid gets older?

But am I just being naive and foolish in thinking that concerts will ever be a place where  the “cool” barrier doesn’t exist and parents and kids and co-exist and enjoy live music together at any age?

Of course, the crux of this co-existing and concerts influencing the family system depends on what band is playing and if both the parents and kids are getting the same amount of pleasure from the music.

Well, what do you think?

Do you have kids?  Do you take them to concerts? 

Would you go to a concert with your parents?

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Live Music & Infants: Sacred Mirrors of Reflection


Hey there, I’d like to follow up with you about something.

A couple weeks ago, I posted a video about Chicago rock band The Sea and Cake. Well, sure enough, as I was a bit behind on my blog reading, over that same weekend I read Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot’s November 12th interview with the band. And I gained the insight I was looking for.

Turns out that singer-guitarist Sam Prekop was expecting twins as the band was recording their new album Car Alarm. Though Prekop doesn’t elaborate on how having twins specifically impacted the music, I still was able to understand how the impending twins influenced the freshness and youthfulness of “Weekend” and the rest of the album.

When I read that the twins were born four months ago, I connected a thought about youngsters and live music from a few weeks back. I wondered how Prekop would introduce his twins to music. Would he play his songs for them first, or would he let them discover music on their own? Would their first live concert experience be at a The Sea and Cake show as infants, or would Prekop let them find their way to the show of their choice when they’re older?

This brings up one last thought for the moment. I’ve seen infants and toddlers at concerts with protective headphones on and wondered about the effects of the loud music on their ears and body.

Here’s an excerpt about how children develop their ear from music from Robert Jordan’s book Music the Brain and Ecstasy:

“Even a newborn has a musical life of sorts. The infants initial response to musical sound is to turn toward it defensively. But by one month a baby can distinguish between tones of different frequency. (This and other facts of infant psychology are deduced by monitoring subtle changes of heartbeat as a child is aroused by changes in its surroundings). By six months, the infant responds to changes in melodic contour. But interestingly, there’s no reaction when a melody is transposed up or down in pitch. This fact makes it clear that, rather than just memorizing a particular sequence of tones, even a baby brain perceives a melody as a system of relations between notes.

“…As any parent can wearily testify, musical life is well under way by six months. Many of a baby’s gurgles and squeals are obvious experiments in tone production. Recent research has shown that, even at two months of age, some infants can replicate the pitch and melodic contour of their mother’s songs. When infants begin to babble during the middle of their first year, a kind of spontaneous singing arises. Of course, it’s hard to sort out which parts of babbling are music and which parts are nascent language. …..But between twelve and eighteen months, just as babbling turns to discrete words, infants start to elongate vowels in a way that is clearly musical. Gradually, something quite unlike language arises, something the infant is likely to belt out using random syllables instead of words. It is song. ”

That’s pretty amazing stuff.

Reading this really helps me to understand what is going on in the head of my nephew as we all stare at him as he stares at all of us trying to make sense of his surroundings.

That sense of wonderment of staring at a child as he develops, for me, is very similar to the wonderment of a highly euphoric moment during a concert when you seem to be lifted off the ground, and for a brief moment, all your troubles that you brought with you to the concert seem really insignificantly simple, just like they probably seem to a child.

It’s amazing how two seemingly unrelated topics like infant psychology and live music connect.

I never really saw the connection between trying to understand live music and trying to understand what’s going on inside the mind of infant. These past two weeks have really shown me that the two are very similar; in that they both possess the power to mirror or reflect an important part of ourselves back to us in ways other things in life can’t.

This has to be one of the reasons why we spend so much money and time going to concerts or seeking out moments to escape into those simplistic moments of watching babies crawl around or getting lost in a live music moment.

But, of course, there’s a fine line between healthy escape and hiding from what we must face. Either way live music plays a pivotal role.

I’m starting to think more and more that there’s a bit of myth about live music. And the myth goes something like this. Live music is only a juvenile experience and once you get to a certain age a live concert no longer becomes beneficial or meaningful for an adult.

But in these last few weeks as I’ve re-read Jourdain’s book and interacted with infants of friends and relatives I’m seeing that this type of thinking is just that: a myth.

Yes, it’s true, that for an adult to get past the infantile aspect of live music, he or she must take an active role and step out of the role of passively entertained consumer.

But if adults actually do choose to engage beyond consumerism, what happens is that an amazing(sometimes sacred) opportunity opens up to really see a live concert as a chance to see inside yourself and understand who you are.

Sure, I know that most people are not going to take that step for myriad reasons.

But for the brave few that do, the reward is discovering a new dimension to the live concert experience that wasn’t there before.

Having certain truths revealed to me about my life during a concert might be unwanted or unpleasant at times, but I haven’t ever been so disappointed when I see truth revealed via live music that I never want to do it again.

I’ve had some truly life-changing moments at live concerts because over time I became open to having them. That’s why I believe with the right frame of mind, live concerts can be scared moments unlike any other life experience.

Both babies and live music are mirrors that reflect who we are as individuals.

And lately, going to live concerts and hanging with family and friends, I’ve started to see the sacred connection between the two, and how that the opportunity to have that sacred connention is always right around the corner–whether I’m headed to my .next show or watching innocence crawl around in front of me

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Better Than Disney World? The Kids Are All Write!


When I read this Press-Enterprise story by Vanessa Frank about 6 year old Eavan Gilhuly attending last year’s Coachella festival with her mom and then covering this year’s Coachella music festival for a print publication, I was excited to think about all the experimenting possibilities a story like this presents when looking for and testing out ways to get fresh perspectives on documenting the live music experience, especially the saturated summer music festival scene.

I’ve seen parents with their kids several times at festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella and I always do a little inner right-on fist pump, as a grin crawls across my face because I’m amazed at how cool it is to see parents introducing their kids to their favortie music in a live setting, making it just like a regular family event. I’m sure it has to cost a lot to bring the whole family to festivals like Lollapalooza or Coachella (though some festivals do admit kids under a certain age in for free) but can you really put a price on the experience a kid has at a live show? Not if you ask Eavan Gilhuly and have the opportunity to read her account of what it was like to be at Coachella for a family trip, instead of Disney World.

You can also ask Tom Gierasimczuk, editor of Up! Magazine, which will feature Gilhuly’s coverage, who said in Frank’s story, “When you see something through the eyes of the child it’s quite illuminating,” I completely agree and I think current music journalism could use a fresh perspective and younger-er competition to keep the current rock scribes honest and progressive. And in the current state of struggling print media, it also looks like print publications are doing experiments of their own, trying to loop in the youngsters to get their view and interpretation of live music and ultimately reach a new, younger audience.

So what does this mean for Live Exhaust?

Well, first off, it’s great to see the next crop of music journalists beginning to earn their rock-crit chops, and what I plan to do is see if there are other kids, like Gilhuly, who would like to contribute to a Live Exhaust experiment similar to Gilhuly’s adventure at Coachella but with some added twists and different direction.

This is where you can help. If you know a budding young journalist who loves music and would like to attend a rock concert and do a side by side review, drop me an email and we’ll see what we can work out and what the kid can do. I know I could learn a lot from watching a 6 year old like Eavan Gilhuly cover a rock show and it would be very interesting to see what our reviews of the same show would be like.

Join the Experiment and drop me an email or a comment!

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