Amigos

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  • Catching Up with Jim Tews during Quarantine

    We’re into May. Quarantine is still happening. Mike checks in with amigos alum Jim Tews (@jimtews) to discuss life during quartimeThe two friends talk snacks, where they get fat, cats vs dogs, and music doodyshame. Follow @mikefinoia @amigospod and @jimtews on socials. Stay safe and thank you to all of the healthcare workers.  See acast.com/privacy…

  • Amigos: Live from Lockdown w The Dude of Life & Steve Lacy

    Steve’s abound on this weeks Amigos! Phish Lyricist and Musician Steve Pollack (the Dude of Life) and FoxNY’s Steve Lacy join Mike via Zoom to reminisce on fun hangs, the stories behind some lyrics, delivering the News in a bare bones studio, and the power of positivity during this shitty situation.Mike also finally learns the…

  • Covid Facts & Corona Myth busting w/ Dr. Jaime Friedman

    Live from Lockdown! Mike is joined virtually by Dr. Jaime Friedman to discuss the current Covid-19 catastrophe. Mike & the good doctor discuss how to support your spouse who works in healthcare, dispel some myths that are floating around about Corona, and why Dr. Jaime loves the music of Phish & The Grateful Dead as…

  • Amigos Live! The Sigma Oasis Review w/ Tom Marshall & Mike Shields

    One day after Phish released their 14th studio album Sigma Oasis, Mike virtually sat down with Phish Lyricist Tom Marshall & Podcast host Michael Shields about the dynamic, powerful lyrics to this amazing album.  The trio also discuss Trey Anastasio’s Quarantine Recordings, the messages behind the songs, and much more.  Enjoy, Be Safe, and PLEASE…

  • This Pod is for you…

    Let’s get our mind off of things. Mike discusses recent gigs, working with the photographer Limor Garfinkle, the beauty of Denver & Burlington, recommendations for long stays home, and a scary ass story from last week. Also some love for the Impractical Jokers peppered throughout.  Be safe, stay positive, and try to chill. Amigos &…

  • The Still Chasing Interviews Vol 5: Rebecca Adams

    Vol. 5 of the Still Chasing Interviews; Rebecca Adams.  Rebecca Adams is the coolest professor in the history of academia. She brought a class of students on Dead tour to study the community surrounding the scene. Her work as Ph.D within the Gerontology Program at UNCG has led to amazing findings about the healing power…

  • The Still Chasing Interviews Vol. 4: Paul Glace

    Volume 4 of the Still Chasing Interviews: Paul Glace. Paul is the founder & developer of PhantasyTour.com, or “PT”. When Paul created the site over 20 years ago, he anticipated rabid fans would use the site to place their picks for upcoming tours. Little did he know, he’d create a community forum for fans of…

  • The Still Chasing Interviews Vol. 3: Andy Bernstein

    Vol 3 of the Still Chasing Interviews: Andy Bernstein. Andy is the curator of the Pharmer’s Almanac & co-founder of Headcount.org; an organization dedicated to registering music fans to vote! Andy & Mike discuss the importance of each endeavor, the love of the music, and many fun moments along the way. Visit headcount.org and get…

  • The Still Chasing Interviews Vol. 2: Tom Marshall

    Mike Finoia’s Podcast Series “Still Chasing” chronicles a life dedicated to chasing moments provided by improvisational musicians, particularly the Grateful Dead & Phish. In setting out to tell his own story, Mike reached out to friends, community members, and forefathers of the Jam music scene to discuss what keeps us coming back for more. The…

  • The Still Chasing Interviews Vol. 1: David Gans

    Mike Finoia’s Podcast Series “Still Chasing” chronicles a life dedicated to chasing moments provided by improvisational musicians, particularly the Grateful Dead & Phish. In setting out to tell his own story, Mike reached out to friends, community members, and forefathers of the Jam music scene to discuss what keeps us coming back for more. The…

  • The Chase Continues…

    FIRST EP of 2020.  Mike introduces us to his project Still Chasing; a look back on a quarter century of fanaticism for the band Phish and the moments they provide. Through one on one convos with Mike & Co-Host Michael Shields, never before heard interviews with pivotal members of the community and truthful anecdotes about…

  • The Heroes Journey – Getting to know David Welker

    Mike sits down for another visit with American Badass Artist, David Welker. This time the guys don’t talk Phish…instead they talk competitive drinking, crucifixions, questioning reality,  questionable decisions that end in physical wreck, their favorite movies, and stinky prints.  Visit welkerstudios.com for info on David’s exhibition happening on  12/29 at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn. 

  • Wizards and Witches: A Fall Tour Recap

    Mike is joined by Jenn Kessler (@Phishchicks) to recap Phish’s Fall Tour, including the unique small show at The Met. The two discuss the energy at shows, the lights, the fun of seeing the band in small rooms, the Community, tension & release, and much more.  Check it out, and check out Jenn’s page @phishchicks…

  • The Thanksgiving Amigos Episode

    Let’s all give thanks for our Amigos!!! It’s Thanksgiving Eve and MIke is giving thanks, and sharing his favorite November traditional listen, passed down by his Uncle Bill.  Mike reviews Tool at Barclay’s, gets pumped for PHiSH’s impending fall run, and talks turkey. Enjoy!!

  • Radical Acceptance: Oteil Burbridge Part 2 of 2

    The second part of a 2 piece interview with Oteil. The guys discuss the loss of Kofi, Oteil’s spiritual awakening and how it prepared him for this rough year filled with unnecessary loss. The power of Jerry Garcia’s music and the Oteil’s approach to playing it to grateful fans is a must hear for any…

  • Radical Acceptance: Oteil Burbridge Part 1 of 2

    In between Dead & Co gigs, Oteil took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Mike. In a deep 2 hour conversation, the two discussed the power of comedy, music, friendship, life, death, and acknowledging the critic within. Through dealing with the death of family and friends & gaining a daughter, this year…

  • David Welker 2015 Interview

    Mike shares an archival chat with the amazingly talented artist David Welker. In this interview from 2015, Welker shares his story of collaborating with Phish on the Rift album cover & the iconic Mike Gordon image, as well as his love for the band and their sense of humor.  Check out David’s work, and keep…

  • Live from Presbyterian Hall w/ Michael Shields

    Mike is joined by friend and fellow music freak Michael Shields. The Mikes discuss catching 2 amazing events in one NYC night, their shared obsession with WILCO, and an upcoming collaborative project that looks back at a quarter-century of obsessive music consumption.  Follow Mike at @acrossthemargin and @mikeshza Subscribe and Follow at @amigospod

  • #53 – Selective Keeper of Magic – Ryan Stasik round 2

    Ryan Stasik returns to Amigos for another round. The bassist of Umphrey’s McGee, Doom Flamingo, & Omega Moo chats with Mike about hoarding, ghosts, comedy specials, writing new material with his brothers in UM, and much much more.  Ryan’s many musical projects are charging ahead at full steam, so check out everything Ryan at Umphrey’s.com…

  • Mike Solo: Summertime done come and gone, my oh my!

    Fall is here, a nip is in the air, and Mike is busy. In this episode we catch up on touring with Dave Attell, magic moments on stage, working on the Impractical Jokers, the many projects in the works, and the loss of Robert Hunter. Lots of great things in store for the Amigo’s, so…

  • Westward Bound w/ Brent Gill

    Mike is joined by Brent Gill, LA comedian by way of Colorado. Brent and Mike have been buddies for years, and they catch up on Brent’s visit to NYC.  The two discuss avoiding comfort, fear of doing Improv, moving, and service animals. Follow Brent, subscribe to the pod, share & enjoy! 

  • Homeward Bound w/ Karl Denson

    After a long summer on the road, Mike is back in NYC, ready to hunker  down for a fall full of standup and live music.  In this episode, Mike recaps his itinerant summer, eating like a piece of garbage in casinos, VRBO disasters, doing standup at a legendary Hollywood club, and much more. Mike also…

  • The Microdose Method w/ Ari Shaffir & Dr. Will Siu

    This week Mike talks Psychedelic Therapy with comedian Ari Shaffir and Dr. Will Siu, founder of Kura NYC. Ari & Mike, veteran mAcrodosers talk with the good doctor about the benefits of MDMA & Ketamine assisted psychotherapy, Big Pharma, and setting intentions for a life in the present moment.  Check out Ari’s podcast Skeptic Tank,…

  • Ryan Stasik; Lover of Comedy & Maker of Music

    Mike is joined by Bass player / comedy junkie Ryan Stasik (Umphrey’s McGee, Doom Flamingo, Omega Moo’s) on an instant classic episode. Raised by a standup comedian mom, Ryan’s love of comedy runs deep, and the two discuss bocce, injuries, bachelorette parties, Dave Attell, Improv, their amazing wives, and so much more.  Check out Ryan,…

  • Always Trust a Prankster w/ Ken Babbs

    While in Portland Oregon doing standup, Mike took a trip down memory lane (Route 5 South) to visit with Author / Merry Prankster Ken Babbs. This was a special trip for Finoia, as it’s been 18 years since Mike visited and interviewed Ken Kesey. Mike and Babbs discuss Mike’s first visit, performing on stage with…

  • CLAWmoney w/ Claudia Gold

    This week, Mike is visited by iconic NYC graffiti artists Claudia “Claw Money” Gold. Claw grew up in Queens, made her mark (literally) on the Lower East Side of NYC in the 90’s and without trying became an icon.  Now, Claw is a mentor, entrepreneur, and stylist to the stars. Check out @CLAWmoney on Twitter…

  • Deeeeeean’s Nuts w/ Jeremy Dean

    Mike sits down with T-shirt designer Jeremy Dean (DeansNuts on Instagram) to discuss leaving his day gig to work for himself as a designer. He’s created official tour merch for Dead & Co, Phish, and now the official Grateful Dead store! They talk punk, dead, work, and much more. Give a listen and support Jeremy…

  • Werkin the HotBox

    The bulk of Phish Summer Tour has wrapped, and real life is setting in. Mike recaps highlights, shares chunks of the live Mohegan Sun podcast (with Guests Tom Marshall, Benjy Eisen, and ZZYZX (David Steinberg & Dawn from Phemale Centrics) which includes some gems from Tom about the very beginnings of Phish lore.  Mike also…

  • Fun from the Vault – Artie Lange

    While Mike is neck deep in Phish Summer Tour, we are proud to bring you a gem from the early days of Amigos; an intimate chat with Artie Lange (HBO’s Crashing, Howard Stern Show, etc.) Artie and Mike get deep into music, growing up influenced by cool people, and standup comedy.  This is a must…

  • Brandon Wenerd of Bro Bible

    Mike and new Amigo, Bro Bible’s Brandon Wenerd, catch up in Columbia Maryland while on Phish Summer Tour.  These two clowns discuss comedy, LA vs NYC, Phish, mental health awareness, and so much more.  Give it a listen and check out Brandon on social media at @brandonwenerd & @brobible     

  • Dented Cans; The Greg Giraldo Episode w/ Matt Balaker

    Recorded the day before Mike’s departure on Phish Summer Tour, Mike discusses an amazing night at the Cellar, the miracle that is Skankfest, and Greg Giraldo.  Greg Giraldo is a standup comedian that is an inspiration to camp Amigos. From his guts to his jokes to his self-doubt, his life (and death) is all too…

  • #FOSO (Fear of Selling Out) w/ Brando from Cash or Trade

    Brando returns to the program to chat with Mike about an exciting advance in the world of Cash or Trade, the current landscape of the primary & after-market ticket world, and so much more.  Also, Mike recaps the first two shows of Phish summer tour and perhaps there’s a little special something within this episode?…

  • Slave to the Traffic w/ Scott Rogowsky

    Mike is joined by fellow comedian / head / baseball fan Scott Rogowsky. (@scottrogowski) The two discuss minor league baseball, Mike’s heartbreak caused by the NY Mets, sobriety at shows, turning on to Phish, hiatus’ & traffic galore.  Scott is a great dude, and we’re happy to have him on Amigos.  Mike discusses post show…

  • Mugged at syringe point w/ Karina Rykman

    Mike is joined by NYC’s own Karina Rykman. Karina is the best. She is touring with her own band, she is holding down the rhythm for Marco Benevento, and she is NEVER living outside of NYC. The two discuss her upbringing in the music scene, Dave Drewitz, switching from guitar to bass, her first 5…

  • the Jessica Kirson episode

    Mike & his friend, the hysterical Jessica Kirson (HBO’s Crashing, Comedy Central, & more) catch up while doing gigs at the casino. The two talk farts, shitting, orgasms, sadness, comedy, drugs, and so much more. Jessica is one of the strongest, most respected comics working today. Google her, follow her, and support live comedy!

  • Salad Days w/ Amoramora

    While in Denver, Mike caught up with the dudes from Amoramora, a Jamband based out of colorful Colorado. Although they’re only 3 years old, they’ve performed over 250 live shows, trucked around the country, and had their camper catch on fire. Mike & the band talk road struggles, getting pulled dover by the fuzz, and…

  • Brindle Bros w/ Oddline Design

    Mike talks to Nic Bodgal, the extremely talented concert poster artist and creative mastermind behind Oddline Design. The two nerd out on concert posters, the creative process, tripping and drawing, & much more. Mike talks about tour sneaker anxiety & his love of Wilco. Check out the episode and thanks for hanging!

  • Frank is a Good Thing w Tim Palmieri

    Mike catches up with his old pal, guitar gunslinger Tim Palmieri ( Kung Fu / The Breakfast / Z3 ). The two discuss growing up, Jamming, Chris Farley, Frank Zappa, and work ethic. Tim is a powerhouse. His bands The Breakfast, Kung Fu, & Z3 are always playing live so be sure to check them…

  • Do geese see goD w/ Kyle Hollingsworth

    While in Denver, Mike had the pleasure of sitting down with String Cheese Incident’s Keyboard Guru Kyle Hollingsworth. The two get deep quick. Kyle shares the secrets of his cat phase, writing with Robert Hunter, & the comedy albums that changed his life. The guys talk Horning’s Hideout, the similarities & differences of live music…

  • Mike Solo – We’ve got a lot of catching up to do

    In this week’s solo episode, Mike catches up with the Amigos about the Impractical Jokers Tour, Ghosts of the Forest, meeting Trey Anastasio’s dad, Italian Bread, maturity in writing, Neil Young, Mike’s stony experience at Claypool Lennon Delirium with a Cartoon icon, an amazing moment at DC Improv, What make’s a comedy club a great…

  • Beasties in Brooklyn w/ Jim Tews

    Mike & comedian Jim Tews discuss the Beastie Boys Story, directed by Spike Jones, at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn NY. The two discuss accepting gifts, music, weird gigs, & more. Check out Jim Tews, and enjoy the pod!

  • Smarch Madness w/ the Weekend Wook

    Mike & the Weekend Wook discuss the #PhishBracket that took Phish Twitter by storm, causing families to separate and parents to disown their 3.0 children. During the last hour of voting, Mike and the Wook talk about the creation of the bracket, mind blowing bracket busters, & much more nerdy Phish talk. #PhishBracket was sponsored…

  • Kickstart my Fart -the Atlantic City Hang

    Mike and 2/4th’s of the Fear of a Craft Beer crew record a hang at Tennessee Beer Hall in Atlantic City to discuss Netflix Docs, The Grateful Dead, Food & Booze. In the intro, Mike talks about the Motley Crue movie “The Dirt”, upcoming festivals, the Impractical Jokers bus tour, and the Gary Clark Jr.…

  • If you don’t Kill, Die! w/ Ron Bennington

    Mike visits with the coolest mofo alive, Mr. Ron Bennington (Bennington, Ron & Fez, Unmasked) to discuss that dirty mistress known as Manhattan, the power of music, being a grandfather, and David Bowie. Ron is the best and we at Amigos are so grateful for his time! Enjoy, Amigos!

  • Choose your Torture w/ Shane Mauss

    Mike sits down with comedian / documentarian / psychedelic explorer Shane Mauss. The two discuss trips, comedy, Shane’s epic DMT / Ketamine / Psilocybin journey which landed him in a facility, and his new documentary “Psychonautics: A Comic’s Exploration of Psychedelics”. The two agree that saying “I Don’t Know” is a sign of intelligence. Mike…

  • Satan in the Toolshed w/ Nathan Macintosh

    Mike is joined by comedian Nathan Macintosh (Conan, Late Show, Fallon). These two handsome bastards discuss drugs, drinking, Jesus, the Devil, guilt, parents, and they even listen to Led Zeppelin & Lil’ Wayne backwards for hidden messages. Enjoy!

  • BIG BOAT – The Impractical Jokers Cruise & Tour Review Episode w/ JF Harris

    Fresh off the Impractical Joker Cruise, Mike and fellow comedian / IJ tour opener JF Harris reminisce about working with the Impractical Jokers on tour, highlights from the cruise, and having the privilege to perform in front of the best fans in the world. Check out JF on tour at www.JFHarris.com and follow him @theJFHarris…

  • Now THAT’s a Cupcake w/ Jenn Kessler

    Mike is joined by Jenn Kessler. Jenn is an artist, and she paints quite a lot. She is also a baker, Phish nut, and founder of the PhishChicks page on Instagram. The two talk riding the rail, PhishChicks, Jenn’s meeting with her spirit guide, crystals, Big Cypress, Ticketmaster, and much more. Check out her page…

  • The Music of Comedy w/ Noam Dworman

    Mike sits down with Noam Dworman, musician, guitarist, & owner of the Comedy Cellar. The two discuss Noam’s childhood around the booming west village art scene in the 60’s, the New York City music scene, and playing guitar. Almost every weekend you can catch Noam & his band playing above the Cellar at the Olive…

  • One Man’s Trash w/ Tom Marshall

    Mike is joined by Tom Marshall on this weeks episode to discuss motivation, literature, Sherlock Holmes, Jack Kerouac, life changing events, Phish Nuggets, and how words can somehow lead us in weird directions (maybe?). Enjoy!!

  • Layering Knowledge with Jim Tews

    Mike is joined by standup comedian / musician / artist Jim Tews (@jimtews) to discuss Jim’s intro to music, his time in the Coast Guard, his affinity for graphic design & Weezer. Jim is a great dude and funny mofo so check him out. Mike also discusses his plans for Phish Summer Tour & shares…

  • Gettin the Scoop w/ Steve Lacy of Fox 5 New York

    Mike is joined by Fox 5 New York’s Steve Lacy. Steve’s a massive Phish & Guns n Roses fans, and the two sit down for an in depth chat about music, being on the news, and the most recent YEMSG run. Enjoy!

  • Fear & Floating in Philadelphia w/ Russ Stewart of Flotation Philly

    Back from Burlington, Mike discusses his trip with his crazy dog, Phish at MSG, and doing standup in VT. Then, while in Philly doing stand-up back in November, Mike took a trip to the moon via Flotation Philly. It was his first float, and anxiety had her teeth in his guts. But the trip was…

  • FACEPLANT INTO POD! w/ Andy Fiori

    Mike & Andy Fiori (@andyfiori) talk Phish MSG, predict the NYE Gag, Ween at the Capitol Theater, take listener questions, recap the year of concerts, comedy & more! Thanks for a great year Amigos! See you in 2019!!

  • That’s the Boss – Artie Lange

    Mike is joined by Artie Lange (Crashing, Howard Stern, MadTV) to discuss Bruce Springsteen, comedy, The Grateful Dead, addiction, his years on Howard, his first time doing standup, growing up with a cool older cousin, and much more. Enjoy the episode, rate, review, and subscribe!

  • A Day in Astoria with Ted Alexandro

    Mike sits down with comedian & friend Ted Alexandro to discuss love, relationships, stages of comedy, touring with Jim Gaffigan, recording his new special “Senior Class of Earth” which is available through All Things Comedy, and much more. Ted is a great comic and a great dude and you guys will love his comedy so…

  • Grateful Grahame w/ Grahame Lesh

    While performing at San Francisco’s legendary Punchline Comedy Club, Mike took a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge to Terrapin Crossroads to chat with guitarist Grahame Lesh. In between soundcheck and a gig with the Terrapin Family Band, Grahame sat down to discuss playing with his father Phil, discovering the Grateful Dead through newer renditions,…

  • The Duchess of Dank – Jen Bernstein of High Times & More

    Mike Visits @NYCJamGal Jen Bernstein, High Times contributing writer, mother, cannabis connoisseur, and good friend. The two buddies discuss the growth of cannabis acceptance in society, it’s many uses, discovery of music, and much more. Enjoy! Like, Share, Rate, Review!!

  • PHiSH 101 with Andy P. Smith set 2

    An Amigos listener named Adam spoke and we listened. He said, “can you explain Phish for beginners?” What a great idea!! Mike & his guest, Andy P. Smith, author of “100 Things Phish Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” & “The Last American Gypsy” break down their syllabus for Freshman Phish. Part 2…

  • PHiSH 101 with Andy P. Smith set 1

    An Amigos listener named Adam spoke and we listened. He said, “can you explain Phish for beginners?” What a great idea!! Mike & his guest, Andy P. Smith, author of “100 Things Phish Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” & “The Last American Gypsy” break down their syllabus for Freshman Phish. Part 1…

  • Feeling the Feeling

    Mike & Shawn catch up in NYC to discuss big venues vs. small venues, their favorite elements of the live concert experience, & bands that set out to create a singular experience for their fans.

  • Viva Vaxt Kasvot! Phish & Comedy in the Desert

    Mike reviews the first 2 nights of performing at the Comedy Cellar in Las Vegas, Phish’s first 2 nights of Halloween weirdness, and his new admiration for Marc Brownstein of Headcount & the Disco Biscuits. Head to iTunes, rate, review, and share. Stay Tuned for more from Vegas!

  • Ron Smallbany – The Mike Finoia Solo Phish Nerd out Episode

    I reminisce about Albany shows past, I discuss a weekend opening for the Impractical Jokers at Foxwoods Casino, I share my plan about my upcoming week at the Comedy Cellar in Vegas & Phish at MGM, and I narrow my Halloween Phish Wishlist down to 5 potential choices. If you are having fun, go to…

  • Grateful Gans; an interview with David Gans

    Today Mike is joined by the multi-talented David Gans. David is an author, musician, historian, and host of Tales from The Golden Road on Sirius XM’s Grateful Dead channel 23. Mike and Dave talk politics, the importance of voting, the new Grateful Dead Pac-NW box set, touring, performing to both large and small crowds, and…

  • VERMONT AF!!! w/ Brando from CashorTrade.org

    Mike is joined by Brando, Co-Founder of CashorTrade.org. Brando & his brother Dusty developed an idea into a digital game changer in the world of fair ticket trading & selling. The guys talk the Curveball debacle, Ticketbastards & their grifty ways, the advent of CashorTrade, and getting on the bus.

  • Uncle Sam; An interview w/ Sam Cutler

    Days before Phish’s Curveball Festival was cancelled, Mike had the opportunity to talk to one of the most important characters in the long, strange story of the Grateful Dead, the one & only Sam Cutler. Sam brought the Dead to a whole other level of touring, success, and fame. Utilizing the tools he picked up…

  • BONUS EP w/ Brendan Sagalow -One’ll tease ya, Two’ll please ya! Mac Miller, Eminem, Hell Gigs, & Homework

    Mike & Shawn invite stand-up comedian, podcaster, & pal Brendan Sagalow to the show. The guys discuss Mike’s hell gig, Mac Miller’s untimely passing, eminem, edibles, psychedelics & more. Mike & Shawn go over their music homework. Check out the episode & check out Brendan.

  • “I just don’t know” w. Mike & Shawn

    Mike & Shawn discuss New York City and Louis C.K’s return to the Comedy Cellar. Shawn & Mike give each other music homework (Shawn assigns Hell Hath No Fury from Clipse & Mike assigns Rift from Phish). Mike talks about opening for the Impractical Jokers on the road & the ego check of standup comedy.

  • The Alchemist w/ Cipha Sounds

    While on board the Impractical Jokers Cruise, Mike & Cipha take a break from performing to talk music, perseverance, reading a room, and taking advantage of every opportunity to learn. Cipha is an NYC legend, whether you know him from his days on Hot 97.1 or as the host of TruTV’s Laff Mob’s Laff Tracks,…

  • Counting Heads w/ Andy Bernstein

    In late 2017, Mike was joined by Headcount.org Co-Founder and author of the Pharmer’s Almanac Andy Bernstein to talk about the advent of the grassroots mission to register music fans to vote, which has now grown to immeasurable success and is transcending genres. They also wax poetic about Andy’s legendary work on The Pharmer’s Almanac…

  • The first hang

    In the first episode, host Mike Finoia hangs out with Dan Kalwhite & Shawn Murray to discuss the new pod, getting their start in stand-up, and Phish cancelling their festival.