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A New Union Under Anthony Kiedis

11:07 AM Tuesday 5/20/08 | |

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis will host and curate a new two-day music festival in Pittsburgh this summer that combines well-known acts with college bands.

The New American Music Union festival will take place August 8-9 in Pittsburgh's historic SouthSide Works, home to glass factories and steel and iron mills during the 19th century.

The lineup includes Bob Dylan and his band, The Raconteurs, Gnarls Barkley, The Roots, Spoon, The Black Keys, Black Mountain, The Duke Spirit, NASA, Tiny Masters of Today and more.

College bands invited to participate include Bears (Kent State University), Flying Machines (The New School), Gospel Gossip (Carleton College), Magic Bullets (University of California at Berkley), Math the Band (University of Massachusetts Darthmouth), My Dear Disco (University of Michigan), The Black Fortys (University of Southern Illinois), The Delicious (Indiana University), The Steps (University of Texas at Austin) and others.

Tickets, priced at $25 for students and $49.50 for general admission, are available at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com.

Festival organizers American Eagle Outfitters and Live Nation created the event to provide a national platform for college bands and give them a chance to share the stage with the artists who inspired them.

College band performances will be judged by a panel of musicians, journalists and music industry personalities. The winning band will receive a full-day recording session in a Los Angeles studio valued at $10,000, as well as promotion from American Eagle.

Kiedis said when he was tapped to help pick the acts for the festival, he asked himself, "If you could go to any concert in the world, what would it be?

"My experience tells me that concerts can be life changing. That's how I approached putting this lineup together. Music is still the most inspiring creative force that I know of and this seemed like a prime opportunity to let it shine."

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