News on Country Thunder, Tibet House, Noise Pop

TimThe Country Thunder USA festival will sprout a fifth day as part of its 2005 edition, which will be held July 20-24 in Twin Lakes, Wis. Tim McGraw and Phil Vassar will headline the first day's festivities.

Other acts confirmed to appear throughout the festival are ZZ Top, Big & Rich, Charlie Daniels, Montgomery Gentry, Julie Roberts, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Little Texas.

Fans who purchase a four-day pass will receive a general admission ticket to the fifth day at no extra cost. VIP packages are also available from Country Thunder's official Web site.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







TreyFormer Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Nellie McKay and Chocolate Genius are the first acts confirmed for the 15th annual Tibet House benefit concert. The event will be held Feb. 9 at New York's Carnegie Hall and will be hosted by longtime artistic director/Tibet House VP Philip Glass. Additional performers will be added.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Dec. 14) via the Carnegie Hall box office. Tickets that include a VIP reception are available directly from the Tibet House at (212) 807-0563.

Tibet House is dedicated to the proposition that the wisdom and arts of all human civilizations vitally enrich the emerging global culture and its many cultural and educational programs. The organization's primary goal is to preserve and restore Tibet's unique cultural and spiritual heritage.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







PolyphonicPolyphonic Spree, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Nada Surf and Amon Tobin have signed on for the 13th annual Noise Pop festival, to be held Feb. 22-27 in San Francisco. Additional early confirmations are Rogue Wave, Joanna Newsom, Mates Of State, Nicolai Dunger, the F***ing Champs and Portastic, a side project of Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan.

"Its great to have so many local artists doing so well," says Noise Pop co-producer Jordan Kurland, "One of our goals with Noise Pop has always been to work with artists early on and help develop their fanbase. The fact that we have Joanna Newsom, Rogue Wave, and Mates Of State -- all of whom have opened shows at previous festivals - in a position to headline is really exciting."

Noise Pop will also offer a film festival and the Hastings Music Law Summit West. Festival badges and individual show tickets are on sale now via Noise Pop's official Web site.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

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