TOUR MANAGER - Rock your Travel Logistics

Posted by Dawn Lidwell on Jul 8, 2016 1:33:05 PM

Rock Your Traveling Experience with These 6 Apps

As a tour manager, you’re on the road or in the air on a seemingly constant basis. If you’re not booking gigs for your band, you’re flying across the country or around the world with your awesome group of musicians.

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Topics: Concert Logistics, Nashville

7 Family Friendly Music Festivals You Should Know

Posted by Dawn Lidwell on May 2, 2016 10:30:00 AM
We are huge fans of the music industry here at Champion Logistics. While our concert logistics department gets to have all the fun working with tour trucking and festival logistics, every staff member has their own personal favorite style of music. From country to hip hop, contemporary Christian to alternative, just walk from department to department or office to office and you'll be sure to hear a wide range of tunes. This love of music has inspired us to share with you some of the top Family Friendly Music Festivals across the country that we are going to, have gone to, are moving freight into and out of or are hoping someone invites us to!
Here’s a list of 7 of our Favorite Family Friendly Music Festivals happening this Spring through Fall.

7. LockN' Music Festival in Arrington, VA

August is the perfect time to get the family together for some live music entertainment, fun outdoor activities, and sitting around the campfire laughing and telling stories – and no one understands this better than the great folks at LockN’ Music Festival. Held in the captivatingly beautiful mountains of the Blue Ridge Mountains, LockN’ shares their passion for the music industry with the people of the community. The festival draws audiences from the Arrington region, as well as those living in Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Virginia. If you have the opportunity to check out the LockN’ Music Festival this August, you can expect to hear performances by artists like Brandi Carlile, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Keller’s Grateful Gospel and headlining this year's event, Phish. The family-friendly event is set to take place August 25 through 28. Tickets to the event are available online and by the way, children 12 and under are FREE!
Camping, parking, hotel, and shuttle passes are also available.

6. Joshua Tree Music Festival in Joshua Tree, CA

Located near the beautifully scenic Copper Mountains of Joshua Tree, California, on the Joshua Tree Lake Campground, thousands of music lovers across the country flock to this little niche of Heaven to enjoy unique, live music performances and outdoor activities. The Joshua Tree Music Festival is unlike any festival we’ve ever seen – incorporating the rejuvenating effects of Yoga instruction and classes with
the new styles of music performances you’ve likely never heard before.
Joshua Tree Music Festival hosts two unique festivals every year: one in the Spring and another in Fall. Each event features different musical artists to appeal to the varying musical tastes of their audience. Their 2016 Spring festival event is set to take place from May 12 through 15, with line-ups like The Main Squeeze, Hamsa Lila and Little Hurricane. If you can’t make it to their Spring event, rest assured. Their Fall event is set to take place October 6th through the 9th at the same scenic location. Tickets are reasonably priced and children are always welcome (the 10 and unders are free).

5. A Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, NY 

If you're in New York this June and love country music (and who doesn't!), be sure to grab tickets to the Taste of Country Music Festival. This amazing event is held annually with a full lineup of well-known country music artists. This year’s festival, scheduled to take place between June 10th and 12th will feature big name artists like Kid Rock,  Big & Rich, Logan Brill and as part of his summer music tour, Kenny Chesney. A Taste of Country Music Festival draws an impressive crowd. Fans often drive hundreds of miles to see their favorite country music artists perform live at this event. Tickets to the Taste of Country Music
Festival tickets can be purchased online; camping and lodging access is also available. 
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Topics: Concert Logistics, Music Industry, Tour Trucking, Music Festival

Tour Manager Toolbox: 5 Must-Have Resources for the Road

Posted by Champion Logistics on Apr 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

You know more than anyone else that being a tour manager isn't all glitz and glam. Long days and sometimes weeks on the road can be tough and stressful. Luckily, there are plenty of tools out there that you can utilize to make your job easier.

Check out these top five must-have resources:

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Topics: Concert Logistics, Music Festival

New England's Largest Christian Music Festival... Soul behind Soulfest

Posted by Dawn Lidwell on Apr 1, 2016 1:00:00 PM

An Interview with Vanessa Ayerman & Joel Strycharz of SoulFest

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Topics: Events, People You Need to Know, Music Festival, Christianity

4 Social Tips for Tour Managers: How to Document Life on the Road

Posted by Champion Logistics on Mar 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In order to maintain a competitive edge in the music scene, it’s necessary to embrace social media. Make the most of your time on tour by connecting with fans near and far, never missing an opprtunity to connect with them and showcase your band's unique personality. Being on the road provides you with plenty of great content, and used properly, social media can grow your fan base and turn followers into promoters.

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Topics: Concert Logistics

Top Live Events in Nashville: 2016 Edition

Posted by Champion Logistics on Mar 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM


Nashville is a mecca for music and live entertainment. Known as 'Music City,' the capitol is a popular place to visit and to call home. Every year, there are hundreds of exciting live shows and events. From music and comedy to food and sports, Music City, U.S.A. has tons of live events throughout the year. 

We pulled a few of the most talked about, most attended, and most loved live events coming up in 2016. Enjoy!

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Topics: Nashville, Events

Roadside Attractions USA: Musical Stops for Tour Managers

Posted by Champion Logistics on Feb 19, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Worth the Stop

Tour managers often have to endure long road trips across the country. It can be tough to be on the road for long stretches of time away from close family and friends, but it can also be exciting to explore the different states. Make the most of your road trips by checking out the thousands of different roadside attractions.

Let's explore the top music-themed roadside attractions in America!

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Topics: Concert Logistics, Logistics

8 Songs Tour Managers NEVER WANT to Sing on the Road

Posted by Champion Logistics on Dec 16, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Avoid the Low Notes

There seems to be a playlist that's suitable for every situation in life -- even life on tour. What comes over the speakers when the unexpected happens and you're hit with a worst-case scenario? Here's our list of songs we hope you never find yourself singing while on tour. A tour manager isn't supposed to sing anyway, right?

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Topics: Concert Logistics

10 of the Most Unique Music Venues in New England

Posted by Champion Logistics on Nov 10, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Music to Your Ears

New England is known for many things -- beautiful coastline, vibrant autumns, American history and clam chowder, just to name a few -- but the six states making up the region are also home to some of the most unique music venues out there. There's at least one venue from each of the 6 New England states represented, which speaks volumes to the importance of the region to burgeoning and established artists alike.

Whether you're looking for the next place to rock out with your friends or planning concert logistics, the following venues have a lot to offer artistically, asthetically, and acoustically.  

Here's the list:

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Topics: Concert Logistics

Top 5 Reasons to Use A Day Sheet on Tour

Posted by Champion Logistics on Oct 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

On the Road, In Need of A Plan

Life on the road can be chaotic. There are many moving pieces to consider and even the brightest minds in the industry have a hard time doing it. The worst thing you could do while on tour is to start out unprepared, but where do you begin?

In order to keep things simple, the answer is this: One show at a time. Using a day sheet will make all the difference as you prepare to roll into each venue, answering many of the questions that come up before those make-or-break moments just before your set. We've put together the top 5 reasons to use a day sheet, and even included a template for you to use over and over again!

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Topics: Concert Logistics