Ten years after celebrating Bob Dylan’s 60th birthday by jamming with a few friends in a tiny Lower East side bar, The Best Fests—Dylan Fest, Petty Fest and Stones Fest—has become a New York tradition with sold-out celebrations at Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Webster Hall and Irving Plaza. The New York Times described The Fest as “one the most jubilant events of the year,” and Rolling Stone touted it as “an experience that is equal parts concert and celebration.”
Who We Are
Alex Levy is a fifteen-year music industry veteran. He has served as V.P. of Promotion for Epic Records and, subsequently, as Artist Relations Director for Rolling Stone magazine. He lives in the heart of New York’s East Village.
Austin Scaggs is a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where he has served as a writer for fourteen years. He travels the world to cover rock & roll, and has written more than a dozen cover stories on artists including Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Coldplay and Kings of Leon.
Filling in on drums for The Strokes on their first ever European Tour after band member Fabrizio Moretti broke his hand, Matt Romano has remained a key member of The Strokes team and family. He co-produced two albums and toured the world playing drums with The Albert Hammond Jr. Band and Little Joy. He is a partner and founder of the legendary East Village Rock & Roll bar The Cabin Down Below.
We have been putting on events for years, but most recently, we have produced Dylan Fest and Petty Fest and just recently announced a Stones Fest. We have welcomed guests like Norah Jones, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Jason Isbell, Butch Walker, Delta Spirit, Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae, Johnny T, Adam Green, Jesse Malin, Ruby Amanfu, Petter of Alberta Cross, Nicole Atkins, Justin Long, Jack Dishel of Only Son, Seth Herzog, Sammy James Jr. of The Mooney Suzuki, Danny Clinch & The Tangiers Blues Band, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Har Mar Superstar, Josh Lattanzi of The Candles, The Uptown Horns, Jamie Burke & Mikki James, and many, many more.
Thanks to Jameson’s support and involvement, we are able to take these shows to new markets and ensure that all proceeds go directly to The Jameson Neighborhood Fund. To find out more, visit us at TheBestFest.com.
Jameson Neighborhood Fund
100% of ticket proceeds go to Sweet Relief via The Jameson Neighborhood Fund. We here at The Best Fest are musicians ourselves and simply love and respect the craft. Because The Jameson Neighborhood Fund supports the local music, craft & bartending communities in order to keep the spirit of the neighborhood alive and well, it is a natural fit for our events. Visit JamesonFund.org to learn more.
George Fest- Los Angeles, CA. September 28, 2014
Petty Fest- Chicago, IL. April 23, 2014
Damon Ranger Interview here
Petty Fest- Seattle, WA. April 9, 2014
Petty Fest- Los Angeles, CA. April 3, 2014
Dylan Fest- San Francisco, November 20, 2013
Dylan Fest- New York City, NY. November 11 & 12
Petty Fest- Austin, TX. September 25, 2013
Stones Fest- New York City, NY. May 22 & 23, 2013
Stones Fest- Los Angeles, CA. May 30, 2013
Petty Fest- San Francisco, CA. February 27, 2013
Petty Fest-Los Angeles, CA. November 14 & 15, 2013
Petty Fest- New York City, NY. October 24,2012
Dylan Fest-New York City, NY. May 24 & 25, 2012