Bo Diddley Dies - Vans Warped Tour - Big Easy Summer Shows - Bumbershoot 

Death of a Rock 'N' Rroll Legend

Music pioneer Bo Diddley died Monday at the age of 79 due to heart failure. Diddley was often accompanied by a square-bodied guitar of his own invention and is recognized alongside the likes of Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis as one of the founding fathers of rock music.

Don Your Slip-ons

Tickets for the Vans Warped Tour '08 are currently on sale. Acts scheduled to appear at the 8/8/08 event include (but are by no means limited to) Angels And Airwaves, The Briggs, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Motion City Soundtrack, Norma Jean, Reel Big Fish, The Vandals and mucho more. For more information, visit warpedtour.com.

Living up to the "Big"

The Big Easy—which will soon go by the name Knitting Factory Concert House—has several heavy hitters headed to our small burb this summer.

A few to watch for include the Dark Lotus show on July 15. Dark Lotus is an amalgamation of members of bands Twiztid, Insane Clown Posse and Blaze Ya Dead Homie, all Psychopathic Records labelmates. Josh Ritter plays the venue on July 21; Ani DiFranco makes a highly anticipated appearance on July 23; Matisyahu is scheduled for July 29; OTEP's rescheduled show (they cancelled their mid-May show) is set for July 30; The Faint play on July 31; Scary Kids Scaring Kids play August 1; Cute Is What We Aim For perform August 2; Jonny Lang strums in August 4; Puddle of Mudd plays August 5; and L.A. Guns rock the house on August 18. Until the venue is added to the official Knitting Factory Web site family, visit bravobsp.com for more information and updates.

Shoot up to Seattle

Hitting festivals doesn't sound like much fun this summer when you have to add gas prices to the cost of tickets and carbon footprints. But the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle looks like so much fun, and tickets are so cheap, you'll be begging your friends to pile into the car to share expenses.

Bumbershoot happens August 30 through September 1 and includes live music, stand-up comedy, film, dance, theater and performance arts, visual arts and more. Right now, tickets are only $80 for a three-day pass, and for just $2 more, you can buy a little carbon offset. According to the Bumbershoot Web site, "your contribution will help offset 333 lbs. of CO2." For more information, visit bumbershoot.org.

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