10 Must-See Summer Music Festivals

By Jessica Klinner

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1. Beale Street Music Festival

If you’re looking to attend a music festival that caters to all types of music genres both new and old, look no further than the Beale Street Music Festival. Based out of Memphis, Tennessee, this diverse festival attracts people from all over the country every year. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the festival. Located on the famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tn., this music festival will be an experience you’ll never forget.

When? May 2-4
Where? Memphis, Tdnn
Lineup: Kid Rock, Alabama Shakes, Foster the People, Pretty Lights, Avenged Sevenfold, Snoop Dogg, Fitz & the Tantrums, Third Eye Blind, Juicy J, Grouplove, Blues Traveler, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Twenty One Pilots any many more!

2. Bonnaroo

The Tennessee based music festival Bonnaroo is maybe the closest thing we have to a modern day Woodstock. At Bonnaroo, festivalgoers can choose to stay on site and camp out for the entire four-day festival. This seems to be the way to go if you want to get the full experience of this festival. Not only does the lineup include incredible musicians every year, but also many comedians. This year Ed Helms and SNL’s Taran Killam are among the dozens of comedians who will make appearances over the duration of the weekend.

When? June 12-15
Where? Manchester, Tenn
Lineup: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Phoenix, Skrillex, The Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, Wiz Khalifa, Neutral Milk Hotel, Cage the Elephant, Capital Cities, City and Colour, and many more!

3. Vans Warped Tour

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the Vans Warped Tour, and founder Kevin Lyman and his crew are pulling out all the stops to make sure this summer is the best Warped Tour to date! Since the lineup is being revealed week by week, there are still many more bands to be announced, and the tour already holds some of the biggest names in alternative rock music. Before long, the traveling festival will have scooped up every great alternative band out there to bring along for the summer.

When? June 14- August 3
Where? All over North America
Lineup: Of Mice & Men, The Maine, Anberlin, Bowling for Soup, Every Time I Die, Four Year Strong, Mayday Parade, Saves the Day, The Devil Wears Prada, Yellowcard, and many more!

4. Firefly Music Festival

The Firefly Music Festival is a very different festival experience. Not only does the festival offer the best in popular and upcoming music acts, but also amazing attractions such as the Hammock Hangout, TOMS Style Your Own Sole and the Coffee House. These attractions, an on-site farmers market and a variety of delicious food vendors make for an incredible festival experience you’ll never forget.

When? June 19-22
Where? Dover, Del.
Lineup: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Beck, Young the Giant, Weezer, Arctic Monkeys, Tegan and Sara, Band of Horses, Cash Cash, A Great Big World, Sleeper Agent, John & Jacob and many more!

5. Lollapalooza

Featuring artists and bands from an array of genres, Lollapalooza might have the most diverse lineup of the summer. By doing this, Lollapalooza appeals to all types of music fans. The festival features great music, local food vendors, pop-up shops and a farmers market. If you want to bring along kids, Lollapalooza features a unique experience for parents and children called Kidzapalooza, which is held in a separate part of Grant Park in Chicago.

When? August 1-3
Where? Chicago, Ill.
Lineup: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lorde, Foster the People, Krewella, The Avett Brothers, Zedd, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Grouplove, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cage the Elephant, The 1975 and more!

6. Hangout Music Fest

Every year the lineup of the Hangout Music Fest gets bigger and better. This year is no different. With bands like Outkast, The Black Keys and new break out artists The 1975 and Bastille on the list, this year’s lineup might go down as the greatest yet. Ten stages placed around the beach make for a unique and fun festival experience. What’s better than hanging at the beach for three days listening to great music?

When? May 16-18
Where? Gulf Shores, Ala
Lineup: The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Zedd, Conor Oberst, Matt and Kim, Needtobreathe, Bastille, The 1975, Modest Mouse and more!

7. Toadlick Music Festival

The Toadlick Music Festival is a fairly new music festival held on the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. In past years, it has attracted thousands of people and featured some of the biggest names in country music. This 3-day festival is one of the most reasonably priced at a flat rate of $99. With the festival only being two hours away, it’s a great way to spend a weekend away from responsibilities.

When? April 24-26
Where? Dothan, Ala
Lineup: The Band Perry, Merle Haggard, Billy Currington, REO Speedwagon, Joe Nichols, Gary Allan, Colt Ford, Gloriana and many more!

8. Counterpoint Music Festival

Counterpoint Music Festival is an outdoor music festival held in Kingston Downs, Ga. This 3-day festival has the best to offer in music, food and activities. Between watching your favorite bands play, there are carnival rides, an arcade and art displays to enjoy. This festival has something for everyone. If you aren’t one for camping, try Counterpoint’s unique style of camping called glamping. This luxurious camping experience is like being in an outdoor hotel room.

When? April 25-27
Where? Kingston Downs, Ga.
Lineup: Outkast, Pretty Lights, Foster the People, Krewella, Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Phantogram, Major Lazer, Chance the Rapper, Moon Taxi and many more!

9. Shaky Knees Festival

The 2nd annual Shaky Knees Festival will be held at Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta. Unlike other festivals, Shaky Knees features late night performances from several bands on the lineup that take place at music venues throughout the city. It is a unique festival experience because it takes place in the heart of the city of Atlanta. If you’re looking for a new kind of festival experience that doesn’t involve camping and wide-open fields, Shaky Knees is perfect for you!

When? May 9-11
Where? Atlanta, Ga.
Lineup: The National, Modest Mouse, Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dropkick Murphys, Portugal the Man, Jason Isbell, Cage the Elephant, The Gaslight Anthem and many more!

10. CMA Fest

Starting in 1972, CMA Fest began as a way for artists and fans to interact in a new way. CMA Fest brings the biggest names in country music both new and old in to one huge festival in Nashville, Tennessee. All proceeds from the festival go to support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools and other programs through the CMA Foundation’s Keep The Music Playing program. If you’re a big country music fan, this festival needs to be at the top of your list this year and every other year to come!

When? June 5-8
Where? Nashville, Tenn.
Lineup: Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Rascall Flatts, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band and more!

SGA Elections: A Look at the Three Candidates


By Caleb Conner

[Please note that the AUMnibus has two staff members running for positions. Sethany Hagel is running for president, and Caleb Conner, the writer of this article, is running for a senate seat.]

This Tuesday, March 25 at 9:00 a.m. until Wednesday, March 26 at 9 a.m. the Student Government Associations is holding elections. While there are different positions that are obtainable such as vice-president, secretary, chief of justice, and senate seats, the highest and highly coveted position is the SGA President. The three candidates are Sethany Hagel, Marie Reuter, and Jay Bradford. Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: if elected what is your vision and goals as AUM’s SGA President?

Marie Reuter is currently serving on the SGA as a cabinet member. Her vision is simple. She wants to promote a more reflective representation for all AUM students and everything that is going on within the SGA so people will know what is happening with the organization.  Reuter said, “I’m putting the U in AUM,” meaning she wants to get the focus on all students. Some goals she has listed is extending hours of operation for the library during finals, providing a Warhawk Access keychain option and creating additional senate seats for non-traditional students.

Another candidate for SGA President is Jay Bradford. He is also the current SGA Treasurer. His vision for President is to provide a “new AUM experience”. He wants to focus on improving campus activities, creating initiatives to improve campus communications, and strengthening and creating campus traditions. Bradford’s goals are the restructuring of the SGA, rebranding SGA by offering a monthly SGA event for the entire campus and improving accountability of SGA elected officials so students know what they are doing.

Sethany Hagel, the final candidate, currently serves on the SGA as a Senator for the School of Education. She is also a staff member of the AUMnibus. Hagel’s vision is to have what is ethically best for AUM. Her goals are to restore ethics to SGA, as well as to serve the student body and faculty to the best of her ability.

We have three diverse candidates running for President that want to make positive changes to our Student Government Association and Auburn University at Montgomery. Your participation is needed – so vote!  You can cast your vote for one of these candidates and others on your My AUM account.

The Pearly Gates of Auburn


By Darrell Puckett

There’s a new attitude in Auburn athletics brewing.  It’s been circulating in the atmosphere ever since athletic director Jay Jacobs hired Gus Malzahn.  Sunny Golloway was hired next to coach baseball, and then came Bruce Pearl for basketball.  Jacobs has potentially established himself with the ranks of Louisville athletic director, Tom Jurich, as colleges’ top AD.

Auburn basketball has been nothing short of terrible for years and facilitates one of the worse football-basketball college programs.  Of course, Coach Malzahn brought Auburn football back to dominance, but how about basketball?  Obviously, Tony Barbee wasn’t the answer and was fired after AU’s loss in the SEC Tournament.

Who’s going to bring Auburn back?  That answer was simple.  Bruce Pearl.

Pearl’s resume speaks for itself.  His record as Southern Indiana basketball coach was 231-36 with a NCAA D-II Championship in the ’94-95 seasons.  He then took the Milwaukee job from 2001-2005, where Pearl lead them to an 86-38 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances.  Afterwards, Pearl accepted the Tennessee coaching job where he excelled and brought together a struggling athletic college.  His record at UT was 145-61 with six straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

Pearl isn’t all shiny and glamorous, but no one ever said he was perfect.  His past is talked about as if he committed a murder, but in reality, it was just one bad mistake.  Pearl’s knowledge of the NCAA recruiting handbook is strong, but he just ignored it for one grill out.  Yes, he hosted a cookout and acknowledged to the recruit that he shouldn’t be there because of NCAA rules.  Aaron Craft and his family was the invited family, and they were encouraged to not speak of this party to anyone.

This obvious and ridiculous rule-break wasn’t what did Pearl in at Tennessee, but his consistency to lie about it all.  Honesty is always the best approach to any problem, especially with the NCAA.   So with all that being said, what does Pearl bring to Auburn and how can he bring this dying program back?  Again, the answer is simple.

Pearl’s ability to engage a fan base and bring people together is exactly what Auburn needs.  The Auburn Arena has been waiting for a coach to bring it to life and exemplify how college basketball should look like.  His energy and enthusiasm will help promote Auburn in every avenue possible.  Basically, Pearl’s a marketing machine who will sell AU basketball everywhere.

It’s a great time to be an Auburn Tiger with so many great coaches.  There’s a lot of promise that sits at the pearly gates of Auburn, Ala.  Malzahn, Golloway, and Pearl will bring Auburn to a national powerhouse in the big three sports.  Congrats if you’re an AU fan, because it’s going to be a long fun ride to the top.

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

Holidays: Why Do We Do What We Do?


By Nikki Headley

You wake up and realize that it’s Easter. This can only mean one thing: the Easter bunny came to visit. You walk to the living room to see your youngest brother bouncing up and down with anticipation. You see a large basket in his little hands. You look at him and ask, “Where does the Easter bunny come from?”

Holidays and folklores, we all have them. Whether it’s Christmas, The Fourth of July or Easter, we all have traditions. Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, and some people were asked why they wore green.

Katelyn Turner said that she wanted “to participate with tradition.”

Kelsie Miller said “you wear green so you won’t be pinched by annoying people.”

Traditions are fine, but the real question is where the tradition of wearing green came from? Avoiding be pinched is understandable, but where does this come from?

So many Americans celebrates July Fourth. Have you ever wondered why we shoot fireworks?

I asked Brittany Williams this question, and she said “It’s culture to shoot fireworks during July Fourth.”

Everything is coming back to words like “tradition” and “culture.” It seems as if both of these words lack meaning. A tradition is something you do with your family. As Americans we do so many things during our holidays. We wear green, put up Christmas trees and shoot fireworks. Do we really understand what started these practices?

Unfortunately we do not. What’s the point of doing all of these things if we don’t understand their origins? Are we just doing them to seek entertainment? Has the sacredness of a holiday been exchanged for a good time?

Most people do not know where pinching each other for not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day comes from. During our big holidays movies will come out in theatre for us to go and watch. We entertain ourselves with the ideas that we have about a certain holiday. During winter break most college students are looking forward to the long break. This means we will get more time with the people that matter. While family-time is crucial, would one go so far to say that all of these distractions take away from the importance of what the holiday signifies?

When we forget the source, we forget the holiday. We have customs that are acted upon every year, but they no longer show us why we celebrate our holidays. We all seem to be more than willing to participate in these things without even knowing why we are participating. Do you really want to wear green and not know why you’re doing it?

What type of person do you want to be? Go out there and learn about why we celebrate. Stop asking other people and find out on your own.

Spring Break Playlists


By Jessica Klinner

Spring break is finally here! After spending half of the semester freaking out about papers, deadlines and tests, it’s time to relax and unwind for a whole week. For many people, spring break is a week spent taking road trips with friends, beach days and fun nights out. Music is always a huge part of any of those activities. From tan lines to conga lines, here are a few playlists to keep your spring break moving. Enjoy!

Road Trip

  1. Best Day of My Life- American Authors
  2. I Feel Alive- We The Kings
  3. Pompeii- Bastille
  4. Radioactive- Imagine Dragons ft. Kendrick Lamar
  5. Treasure- Bruno Mars
  6. The City- The 1975
  7. Young Volcanoes- Fall Out Boy
  8. Tightrope- Walk The Moon
  9. Ain’t It Fun- Paramore
  10. It’s About Time- Young the Giant

Beach Day

  1. Waves- Sleeper Agent
  2. The Wind- Zac Brown Band
  3. Little Black Submarines- The Black Keys
  4. Happy- Pharrell Williams
  5. Good Times- Cassadee Pope
  6. Kangaroo Court- Capital Cities
  7. Chillin’ It- Cole Swindell
  8. 19 You and Me- Dan + Shay
  9. Give Me Hope- New Politics
  10. Diane Young- Vampire Weekend

Night Life

  1. Wild For The Night- A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Birdy Nam Nam
  2. Neon Lights-Demi Lovato
  3. Hesher- Wallpaper
  4. m.A.A.d city- Kendrick Lamar
  5. Talk Dirty ft. 2 Chainz- Jason DeRulo
  6. Drunk In Love- Beyonce, Jay Z
  7. Take Back The Night- Justin Timberlake
  8. This Is How We Do- Katy Perry
  9. Holy Grail- Jay Z, Justin Timberlake
  10. Stay The Night- Zedd, Hayley Williams

Smartphone Robots


By Nikki Headley

You pull into the school parking lot and trudge to the main building. You pull out you phone and begin scrolling down your news feed. You trip on a rock and glance up to realize you are only halfway through the parking lot. You continue to walk when you suddenly see an overly dramatic status update. You stop and begin to read all of it. Suddenly you hear a loud honk. You look up to realize a line of cars are being held up by you standing in the middle of the parking lot.

We spend hours and hours looking at boxes. Those boxes being televisions, computer screens, smartphone screens, and many more electronics. It’s disturbing to see millions of my class mates with their heads buried in their phone. When I try to talk to them about something most people give generic answers to my questions. This proves my point. We are forgetting how to socialize with people in person. People would much rather be behind a screen, protected from the real world. How will my generation be able to work in social settings? How will they do well in interviews? How will they make new friends?

Your life is so much more than a smart phone in your hand. You are missing out on real life while you are scrolling through Twitter. What does reading a Twitter update really do for you? Do you feel personally fulfilled that you just used an hour of your life doing this? You could have done something far more constructive, like working on a paper or cleaning your house.

I will sometimes go out to lunch with some of my friends. Where will their attention will be? It won’t be on me or their other friends. They will be focused on the digital world. Just walk around and watch. You will see people not talking with their heads downs ignoring everyone around them. What is the point of having friends if you are going to do this? You should just eat alone with your phone instead of eating with friends.

In the beginning when smartphones were released they seemed like a real blessing. You can look up movie times,  important information, and keep up with your bank account. When did all of these helpful benefits in turn into a curse?

We are being brainwashed. We cannot hold a meaningful conversation without checking our phones. We can’t even walk down the hallway without almost bumping into someone who is also not paying attention. So what do we do? How do stop ourselves from becoming smartphone robots?

The answer to that question is complicated. I suggest you try to stay off of social media for a week if it isn’t part of your job. Try putting your phone away when you’re with friends or family. Give them your full attention. When you are walking to your car or to your next class enjoy the view and say hello to people.

Enjoy your life like you did before you or your parents bought that phone. Show the people in your life how important they really are. Put your phone away and get out there and live.