HOT METRO FINDS Riot Fest 2014 Review – TED CANTU

 

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Riot Fest 2014
You had to be there !!  If you have never seen this festival up close you need to be there in 2015. This is THE Alternative Music festival to hit. We covered three days of music with Weezer, The Cure, Janes Addiction, Black Joe Lewis, Title Fight, Circa Survive, Tegan and Sara, The Buzzcocks, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, Of Mice and Men, The Offspring, Rise Against, NOFX, The Pizza Underground and much much more…..
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Hot Metro Finds Creator Ted Cantu Featured On TV Show, “Self Talk” – in Metro Detroit, MI

DETROIT – Hey – its, “The Big Cantu” and we just taped an episode of, “Self Talk” the independently produced business television show out of West Bloomfield, Michigan. I was interviewed by Danco Sotirovski and Herb Martin. These two are unique personalities and work with entrepreneurs of all types in S.E. Michigan. Now the theme of the show is pretty interesting because it centers on how we talk to ourselves on a daily basis and how that – self talk – influences our outcomes.

Danco is an online marketer and a business entrepreneur based in Troy and Herb Martin is a college professor in psychology. I come along for the ride as an independent advertising entrepreneur and together we tackled 30 minutes on the air. I hoped my story comes across as believable and sincere but here is the thing. We got three personalities on the air from very different background trying to tell the – Ted Cantu story.

Hopefully, what comes across is this. I grew up in Muskegon early on and was inspired by the cities founder, Charles Hackley who was responsible for much of the towns early growth in the 1800’s. He was big into the lumber trade and put the town on the map. He also was responsible for creating some iconic buildings in the city including the Hackley Public Library. From there my family moved me to Bridgeport, CT where I encounted another larger than life figure – P.T. Barnum, (of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus fame).

Barnum was an interesting character from the 1800’s and in many ways was the great Godfather of Advertising. Around that same time I discovered Punk Rock  which was hugely influential on how I saw the world. I also grew up near New York so I was around lower Manhattan during the age of Warhol and post pop artists like Keith Harring. Saturday Night Live was a big influence too at the time because the cast was making a big noise in film and the show was challenging convention. MTV was another big influence too that came around the same time and what I walked away with was the thought that, “Anything was possible.”

During the show it was a bit of a balancing act to stay on course. We did 5 tapings that day and my hosts didn’t know my story very thoroughly and I wanted to stay on track. The influences that I mentioned have great brands behind them. I was trying to communicate that many businesses in Metro Detroit and lack any sense of branding strategy and in self talk.

I was trying to make an illustration of my colorful background and how it relates to today. It’s interesting that I took the route of advertising over fine art over the years but after going through my story on TV it was pretty obvious.

So, we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully my message will come through and I will come off in a linear approach in delivery.

I see a lot of disconnect too in my life and in my daily interactions with the Michigan audience. Where I say, “push the boundaries of convention” and “raise the roof” a lot of the businesses that I come into contact with are fine with their little pitiful 10% off coupons. I see a lot of these kinds of businesses go under.

This is a huge topic and I will be commenting on it more in detail.

The show will come out sometime next week and I will be posting links to it on here.

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HOT METRO FINDS Riot Fest 2014 Review – TED CANTU On The Scene

 

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Ted Cantu – Hot Metro Finds: RIOT FEST: The Greatest 3 Day Rock Festival In The World Comes To Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – Are you ready to say goodbye to the Summer? I’m not. I’m not even close to saying goodbye to these beautiful and pleasant days. In fact, I am in denial that the whole thing is coming to an end because I just got wind of this new polar vortex. I just got through last winter and I can tell you that I am not up for another one of those. So here’s what’s what…. If I have to go through another freakin’ polar vortex — in Michigan no less – then I am going to get my butt over to Chicago to rock out with some of the greatest bands in musical history.

I have every intention of wearing myself out and overdoing it. I am going to pack in about 50 acts in three days and maybe more. Hey, I might even go to some after hour parties once I get out of the festival. Oh yeah…. The festival, I got so carried away I didn’t even tell you were I was going.

I’m going to Riot Fest 2014 in Chicago. This year it is going to be in Humboldt Park and it is going to have some of the biggest names in Alternative Rock including The Cure, Janes Addiction, Weezer, Gwar, The Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, Television, The Flaming Lips, NOFX, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Gogol Bordello, The Murder City Devils, The Picture Books and the list just goes on and on. As sure as I’m standing here I am going to get as many acts in as I can.

This year’s Riot Fest is going to happen in three cities including Chicago, Toronto and Denver. The festival has been around since 2005 and it used to be held inside of selected venues but the number of people have grown over time. Now this festival is an outside event only and this year they even added carnival rides.

JANES ADDICTION
THE CURE
WEEZER
THE FLAMING LIPS
SOCIAL DISTORTION
TEGAN AND SARA
THE OFFSPRING
SAMHAIN
PAUL WELLER
CHEAP TRICK
GOGOL BORDELLO
OF MICE AND MEN
DROP KICK MURPHYS
TELEVISION
SUPERCHUNK
BLUE MEANIES
THE MURER CITY DEVILS
THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES
MUDHONEY
HOT SNAKES
THE DANDY WARHOLS
THE GET UP KIDS
CLUTCH
GWAR
BUZZCOCKS
WE CAME AS ROMANS
ALL
DESCENDANTS
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
ANDREW WK
THE PIZZA UNDERGROUND
7 SECONDS
TITLE FIGHT
THE AMERICAN SCENE
THE CROMBIES
BABY BABY
MY GOLD MASK
CHUMPED
NOFX
PUSSY RIOT
PRIMUS
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
THE NATIONAL
RISE AGAINST
BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEYBEARS
ANTI FLAG
THE PICTURE BOOKS

 

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