The Meadows Music and Arts Festival Sunday Only with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, Bassnectar and more


Sep 17, 2017 – 1:00 PM

123-01 Roosevelt Ave
Queens Village, NY Map

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Bassnectar
  • NAS

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Due to their contributions in fusing alternative rock with funk since the 1980s, there are not many music fans that do not know the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band's numerous appearances on MTV and frenzied tour dates over the years having given rock an energy that it hadn't seen in a predominantly pop music scene. With the recent replacement of guitarist John Frusciante with his friend Josh Kinghoffer, fans are eagerly waiting to hear the Red Hot Chili Peppers' new lineup on their upcoming album, I'm with You. The band is excited about the new lineup too, as they've scheduled months worth of 2011 tour dates in South America, Europe, and Asia.

Initially formed for a singular performance, the Red Hot Chili Peppers was formed by high school friends Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, Flea, and Jack Irons. Slovak and Irons often rotated in and out of the group in its early years, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers releasing the funk-inspired, George Clinton-produced Freaky Styley in 1985. Following tour dates in promotion of The Uplift Mofo Party Plan in 1987, Slovak died of a heroin overdose and Irons left the band distraught. Slovak was replaced by John Frusciante and, despite the success of the 1989 album Mother's Milk still struggled to find a funk-influenced mainstream sound. Producer Rick Rubin would help them find this elusive style on their hit 1991album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, which rose to the top of the charts and won a grammy for "Give It Away." The album launched the Red Hot Chili Peppers into superstardom, which eventually gave way to numerous international tour dates and led to Frusciante temporarily leaving the band.

Frusciante would return to the fold upon the release of Californication in 1999. The album won yet another Grammy for "Scar Tissue" and cemented the Red Hot Chili Peppers' labels as rock stars. The band toured for nearly two years after the album's release, including an infamously disastrous tour date at Woodstock 1999. The Red Hot Chili Peppers continued to release the hit albums By the Way and Stadium Arcadium before going on hiatus in 2008. Frusciante didn't make it out the other side of the hiatus and left to focus on his solo career.

Despite the loss of the beloved member, fans are still excited about the release of I'm with You on August 30. Fans in Europe and South America are excited about upcoming tour dates in 2011 on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm With You Tour. Beginning on August 9, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will play a few concert dates in Hong Kong and Japan before heading to South America on September 11. South American tour dates will end on September 24, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will travel to Europe on October 7. After extensive concert dates in Europe, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will conclude their 2011 tour dates on December 17 in Madrid. With their latest album bound to be a hit, don't miss this opportunity to visit the Red Hot Chili Peppers tour dates in 2011.

Bassnectar: Hardcore dubstep and breakbeat fans probably already know the name of Bassnectar, as he's been blazing a trail in electronica since the 90s. As a pioneer of the electronic sub-genres, Bassnectar has built a huge following with what he calls "omni-tempo maximalism," which he displays on notorious tour dates. He stands apart from most dubstep artists by employing layers of varying speeds into his music, giving it a sometimes ethereal and sometimes hip hop feel. Bassnectar is keeping busy this year, with a new EP, Divergent Spectrum, set to release soon and a slew of summer tour dates in 2011.

Bassnectar (aka Lorin Ashton) grew up in San Jose a fan of heavy metal music. He began playing drums at the age of twelve and became a huge fan of the underground metal scene. When he was eighteen, Ashton attended a dance party and instantly became attracted to electronic music. He began promoting for dance music and soon came to run his own record store where he threw large dance parties. In 1996, Ashton headed to college in Santa Cruz and received a minor in Electronic Music. Shortly after, Ashton began producing records for DJs and creating original beats on the side.

In 2000, Ashton met Perry Farrell (of Jane's Addiction), who asked Ashton about remixing a song by Michael Franti & Spearhead. Ashton remixed "Rock the Nation" on the single album in 2001 and it became his stepping stone into the world of mainstream music. That same year, Bassnectar released his debut album, Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks, which became well known for its simple, numeric track titles. The album was released on Ashton's own Amorphous Music label, as were his next three albums. Beginning after the release of his sixth album, Underground Communication, in 2007, Bassnectar began releasing EPs to please fans in between his full album releases and tour dates. His mainstream success reached an all-time high after the release of Cozza Frenzy in 2009, which took two years to compile and record. Bassnectar is putting the finishing touches on his latest EP, Divergent Spectrum, which will be released on August 2 amid massive tour dates in 2011.

Fans excited for the EP's release can catch Bassnectar on his ever-rigorous tour dates in 2011 at a number of music festivals. Bassnectar will perform tour dates around the east coast of the US until July 7, when the artist will head to play at festivals in Europe including the Dour Festival in Belgium. Bassnectar will return to North America on July 29 to perform tour dates in Canada and the eastern US until September 4, including a tour date at Bass Island on August 13. On September 7, Bassnectar begins 2011 tour dates for his Divergent Spectrum Tour, which consists of a handful of concert dates on the west coast. Bassnectar's tour dates in 2011 will culminate with a tour date at Bass Center III in San Francisco on September 17. Check Eventful regularly for all of Bassnectar's tour date action in 2011.

NAS: Nas changed the rap game when he released his debut album, Illmatic, in 1994. The prodigal rapper offered his take on society, African culture, and life on the streets, proving that rap was more than hot beats. The oft-politically charged rapper has managed to produce socially relevant and conscious material for nearly two decades and continues to produce some of the most inspiring and cognizant lyrics in Hip-Hop today. Nas tour dates have been scheduled nationally and the Brooklyn MC will be bringing his message and his rhymes to a venue near you. Don't miss a date on the Nas concert schedule 2011; Use Eventful as your source for Nas tour dates and venue information.

The Brooklyn native was born to jazz musician, Olu Dara, and began writing raps at age nine. Hip-Hop and Rap were exploding on the Brooklyn scene in the '80s and had a heavy influence on the budding MC. By 1992, Nas had secured a recording deal with Columbia Records who released his debut album in 1994. The album is one of a handful to receive all "Five Mics" from The Source magazine and is considered a Hip-Hop classic. It was a throwback to the socially conscious rhymes of rap music a decade earlier and solidified Nas as not only a rap star but a lyricist-poet. He followed up with It Was Written in 1996 and he recorded an album with the rap supergroup - The Firm; both of which have been certified Platinum. Nas tour dates and concerts were scheduled periodically throughout the nation during his rise to fame.

Nas closed out the '90s with two critically panned albums, I Am and Nastradamus, before returning to the graces of the critics and the public alike. Stillmatic was released in 2002, signaling Nas' return to the clever lyrics that made him famous. The album featured the Grammy nominated single, "One Mic". He continued the trend with God's Son in 2002, which was hailed by Time magazine as the best hip-hop album of the year. Nas followed up with the praiseworthy double-album, Street Disciple, and reconciled with former rival, Jay-Z. Nas then signed to Def Jam and released Hip Hop Is Dead in 2006, which gave the rapper his largest first sales-week ever. The album debuted at #1 selling 355,000 copies in its maiden week. A Nas concert benefitting the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting was scheduled in 2007 and Nas also contributed a track to the Academy Award winning film, Blood Diamond.

Nas released his most recent untitled album in 2008, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2009. At the ceremonies, Nas confirmed that he will be working on a collabo album with Reggae star Damien Marley. Since releasing his last album in 2008, Nas toured Europe and North America while writing rhymes for his latest album, Life Is Good, which is due out later this year. In the meantime, the critically acclaimed artist still manages to find time to perform throughout the year. Currently, Nas tour dates and concert performances are scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Nas concert schedule 2011. Check Eventful for the latest updates on Nas tour dates and performances as they are updated regularly.

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