J. Cole Celebrates His Beloved Catalog During Intimate L.A. SiriusXM & Pandora Show

“One time for my L.A. sisters, one time for my L.A. h–s,” J. Cole’s voice rumbled during his performance of “No Role Modelz” in the intimate 500-capacity Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, Calif., on Saturday night. But the Fayetteville, N.C., rapper did it two times for his L.A. fans last week, as Saturday’s performance, which was part of SiriusXM and Pandora’s Small Stage Series, came two nights after his The Off-Season Tour stop at Inglewood’s Forum arena.

The coziness of Cole’s concert was all-too palpable for the artist himself, sweating through his orange tee but breezing through his decade-long discography and assuring concertgoers not to sweat it if they didn’t know his tracks bar-for-bar (while warning them not to fake it by mouthing his lyrics). The 36-year-old rhapsodist then broke down the significance of having a catalog before reliving his own, which includes six Billboard 200 No. 1 albums.

He powered through the highlights from his latest album The Off-Season during the hourlong set, such as “9 5 . s o u t h,” “m y . l i f e,” and “p r i d e . i s . t h e . d e v i l.” Then Cole amped up the crowd with fan favorites, including “Work Out” and “Nobody’s Perfect” from his 2011 debut studio album Cole World: The Sideline Story, “Power Trip” from 2013’s Born Sinner and “Wet Dreamz” and “G.O.M.D.” from 2014 Forest Hills Drive. 

While his Dreamville labelmates Bas, Ari Lennox, Earthgang, J.I.D, Cozz and Lute & Omen reunited for the first time since the 2019 inaugural Dreamville Festival at Colorado’s Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, their label boss brought the house down on his own, proving that even without his home team, his pen game would carry him to victory.

For Cole fans unable to attend his exclusive SiriusXM and Pandora’s Small Stages set, they can catch the action on SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation (channel 44) and on the SXM app Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. ET.

Sonny Osborne, Bluegrass Banjoist Behind ‘Rocky Top,’ Dies at 84

Bluegrass musician and singer Sonny Osborne, whose fast banjo licks turned “Rocky Top” into a hit with The Osborne Brothers, has died. He was 84.

Alison Brown, a Grammy-winning banjo player, told The Tennessean that Osborne died on Sunday. His death was first announced on the website Bluegrass Today, where Osborne was a columnist.

With his older brother Bobby, who sang and played the mandolin, the bluegrass legends were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, won a CMA Award and helped popularize and modernize the genre.

“Rocky Top,” written by songwriting couple Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, was released in 1967, but they had no idea how big the song would become. It became an anthem for the University of Tennessee-Knoxville football team and became one of the official state songs of Tennessee.

“At one time we would open the show with it and then play it again at the end,” Osborne told The Tennessean in 2017. “It was phenomenal, that song. We went to Japan, Sweden, Germany — you’d go anywhere and they’d know ‘Rocky Top.’ It put our name out in front. And it stayed there a long time.”

Osborne has also been credited as an innovator in the genre, using double banjos and six-string banjos onstage and in recordings. The Osborne Brothers also pushed boundaries, using electric guitars and drums, playing on college campuses and even the White House. They also changed up the normal harmony sound by having Bobby Osborne sing high lead in his tenor voice, with Sonny singing baritone and a third interchangeable singer on low tenor, creating a signature stacked vocal style.

Other songs they were known for include “Ruby Are You Mad” and “Tennessee Hound Dog.”

All Day I Dream Announces Inaugural Festival

After hosting hundreds of parties in 38 locations around the world over the last 11 years, Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream party is expanding into festivals.

The inaugural All Day I Dream Festival will happen May 12-15, 2022, at the Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, California — located approximately two hours east of San Francisco. The location for this weekend-long camping event was selected for its proximity to both San Francisco and Los Angeles, both core hubs for the ADID community.

A representative for the event notes that, “Lee loves this venue specifically, and of course California’s weather makes it an ideal place for outdoor events.” The lineup for All Day I Dream Festival is forthcoming.

After a pandemic-forced hiatus, All Day I Dream parties returned this year with residencies in Mykonos and Ibiza and events in New York, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and San Francisco. Burridge’s label of the same name also scored recent successes with 2021 releases from Sébastien Léger, Amonita, Fulltone, Lost Desert, Tim Green and Burridge himself.

Lil Nas X, Alison Wonderland, Cooler Temps & Less Sunlight: 10 Key Moments From EDC Las Vegas 2021

As Kaskade began his set just after midnight on the final night of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, fans gathered as far as the eye could see for the festival’s big moment: the headliner, on the main stage, on the last night of an event commemorating both 10 years of EDC in Las Vegas, 25 years since the festival first launched in Los Angeles, and the return of mass dance events in the U.S. amid the lingering pandemic.

It was a big moment at a show that has long prioritized size. This year, the dance mega-festival’s expanded footprint hosted 150,000 fans per day at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from Oct. 22-24. Throughout the weekend, a sea of totems, flags and signs added to the cacophony of sights and sounds that made up the scene at Las Vegas’ biggest music event of the year. These fan-made elements were added to the drone shows and fireworks displays that set the night sky on fire each evening during the event.

Indeed, after a 17-month hiatus due to the pandemic, EDC roared back into town with its thumping bass, groovy trance and many other varieties of dance and electronic music. The festival has come a long way since it first moved to the desert from Los Angeles in 2011 — with classic moments like the 2012 evacuation of the festival due to a windstorm, or the Red Bull Sky Dive team floating into the fest, or when Bryan Cranston appeared during Above & Beyond’s 2015 set as his infamous character Walter White — commemorated throughout the weekend.

Of course, many new memories were made as well. Here are 10 standout moments from the weekend.

A Zenner EDC 

The theme for 2021 was kineticZEN, a great idea considering the kind of year many of us had in 2020. This theme played out in a big way at EDC’s always massive kineticFIELD stage, the reveal of which is a highlight of the event each year. For kineticZEN, the Insomniac owl on the stage was nestled in a lotus blossom guarded by two statuesque deities. The Marquee nightclub Sky Deck — a partnership with the Strip’s Marquee nightclub that hosts many EDC VIPs — riffed on the theme with a Balinese design and a grotto for photo opps. Meanwhile, a nightly drone show highlighted some of kineticFIELD’s stage designs from over the years.

Big-Name Sponsors Were Back

While major brands may have shied away in the early days of EDC, now everyone is competing for naming rights. Allegiant Travel — the same company that bought the naming rights to Vegas’ recently opened Allegiant Stadium — had its name all over the the “Rave Terminal.” Meanwhile cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase claimed the “Pixel Forest” and Verizon had its own viewing decks.

The Reign of Alison Wonderland

In 2016, Alison Wonderland made history as one of the first two women to play a solo set on the EDC mainstage. (Anna Lunoe also played solo on this same stage in 2016.) Five years later, Alison Wonderland persisted as a major force at EDC with a set that was one of the weekend’s most talked about. Her Friday night performance on the Circuit Grounds stage was everything EDC is known for, with a writhing mass of humanity moving to the huge sounds while fireworks lit the sky above them. Wonderland’s visuals featured feature film style clips with fan commentary, and when the Australian producer’s mixer broke during the set, she fixed it herself and then kept right on playing. That night around 3 a.m., she also jumped on the Parliament art car for a house-only pop-up set.

Loads of Celebs 

In addition to the more than 200 DJs playing the show, EDC hosted a bevy of celebs, including Mike Tyson, who hung out with Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella. Pauly Shore showed up at the Marquee Sky Deck, as did Drew Carey, while Brody Jenner arrived by helicopter and played guest bartender, serving his hard seltzer line Mamitas. And only in Las Vegas: Tao Group, which owns Marquee, bused in 200 models to pass out Tao restaurant bento boxes to hungry ravers.

October Weather

While EDC hours are typically billed as “dusk ’til dawn,” that tagline was slightly less accurate this year, given the event’s postponement from May to October. This time, EDC’s standard hours — 6 p.m.-6 a.m. — meant that the event started just after sunset and that the sun didn’t fully rise until about an hour after the show ended each morning. The calendar shift also meant cooler temperatures, with the event’s typically warm May nights being traded for early morning temperatures that dipped into the high 50s. This fall weather meant that the typically scantily clad EDC crowd (think pasties, tutus and not a whole lot else) instead opted for faux fur coats and, in more DIY sartorial choices, emergency mylar thermal blankets worn as capes.

EDC in the COVID Era

With EDC having been postponed from May to October due to shifting protocols around the pandemic, safety was top of mind given the massive crowd. Attendees were advised to bring either a copy of their vaccination card, a digital vaccine record or negative test results, although one report from the general admission area noted that no one on the security staff asked to see any of this information upon entry. (Limited onsite testing was available for attendees not fully vaccinated.) A test result was, however, requested upon entering the VIP Skydeck area. We also witnessed very little masking, perhaps an irony given that masks are a typical fashion staple at any given EDC.

Ten Years of Tiësto

Billed as the only artist to have played all 10 years of EDC Las Vegas, the dance scene veteran took the kineticFIELD stage on Saturday night to play hits including “Split” and “The Business.”

Camp EDC Rises Again — With a Few Complaints

Camp EDC is the festival’s camping area located in the parking lot of the Motor Speedway, and it’s grown in popularity since its 2018 debut, offering amenities like goat yoga, kandi making, a pool and daytime parties. Divided into tents and an RV area, there were some complaints over the weekend as this year tents were not outfitted with air conditioning units, as they have been in years past. Those that filed a complaint with Insomniac were notified that air conditioning wasn’t offered due to the fact that cooler October temperatures did not necessitate it. On Thursday, a broken water pipe also caused some issues at Camp EDC, although water services were restored before the end of the day.

Surprises Galore

This year, Lil Nas X appeared onstage with Diplo to perform “Industry Baby,” “Montero” and “Old Town Road,” while The Kid LAROI popped up during DJ Snake’s set to do “Stay.” Diplo in fact played three times over the weekend, including an unannounced set appearance on the Forest House art car. Illenium, who wasn’t on the lineup at all, also turned up for a surprise set on this same art car.

Legal Weed, or at Least Advertisements for It

While it’s legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use in Las Vegas, the law dictates that use of cannabis is only legal on private property. But while cannabis wasn’t legally allowed at EDC, that didn’t stop the consumption or promotion of it, with a giant blunt art installation advertising Insomniac’s recently launched cannabis strain, RNBW.

Hailey Bieber Extends Condolences to Halyna Hutchins’ Family After ‘Rust’ Shooting

Hailey Bieber is sharing her condolences in light of the tragic accident on the set of Alec Baldwin’s upcoming movie, Rust, which saw cinematographer Halyna Hutchins fatally shot and director Joel Souza injured after the actor misfired a prop gun on set. Bieber is Baldwin’s niece, the daughter of Alec’s brother Stephen.

Over the weekend, the model and wife of Justin Bieber wrote a message to Hutchins’ family via her Instagram Story.

“Sending all my love to the family of Halyna Hutchins,” the 24-year-old wrote. “This is a truly unimaginable and devastating tragedy. My thoughts are also with Joel Souza as he recovers. I am absolutely heartbroken for everyone involved.”

Following the incident — which took place Thursday on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico — Baldwin explained that he was working with police in Santa Fe to piece together the events that led up to the accident and told his followers that he was left stunned by the incident.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he tweeted Friday. “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Souza, the director for Rust, was injured during the gun misfire but was released from the hospital the next day. The investigation of the incident is continuing. Production for Rust is on hiatus until further notice.