Stu Kelly currently resides in Washington, D.C. and works for the Washington City Paper, as well as being a freelance music journalist. Stu started his career in music journalism in college while conducting his undergraduate studies at the University of Mississippi. Stu found his passion for journalism by contributing to The Daily Mississippian and The Oxford Eagle as well as hosting his own radio show, Riverbed Radio. After college Stu began freelancing for Relix Magazine and eventually started contributing to JamBase. Stu Kelly started contributing to and editing NYSMusic in 2014 and works diligently to unify a diverse fan base of music lovers with the other team of editors.
Some of his favorite indoor music venues are the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Brooklyn Bowl in New York City and the Pageant Theater in St. Louis. Some of Stu’s favorite outdoor venues are Deer Creek in Indiana and Blossom in Ohio. Stu hopes to one day see a show at the Gorge, the Greek Theater and Red Rocks. When Stu’s not working or chasing live music he can be found cheering on the Washington, D.C. sports teams or the Ole Miss Rebels. Stu’s favorite album of all time is Dark Side of the Moon and one of his aspirations is to interview David Gilmour. Stu’s favorite concert he attended is Eric Clapton at the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis, Tennessee in March 2009. With a strong passion for the jam band community, Stu has spent his efforts chasing Phish, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee as well as many other similar acts in his free time. Stu’s “super band” would consist of Carter Beauford on drums, Flea on bass, Trey Anastasio on guitar/vocals and Grace Potter on keys/vocals because according to him the “possibilities are limitless.”
Stu’s musical bucket list includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roger Waters, Robert Plant, Prince, Daft Punk and Oysterhead (should they reunite). Along with a strong sense of unity and the intrinsic value of the jam band community, Stu also has a passion for spreading journalism and helping other people find their passion through music.