One of my favorite things to do at the festival is, while watching a band on stage, taking a moment to watch all of you watching and listening. Joy is contagious. Music can fascinate, soothe, make us reflect, learn, and make us bust a move. I LOVE watching people experience all of these feelings while standing in front of our stages. Here are some bands I can’t wait for you to hear…
Everyone needs some New Orleans spirit in their lives! In that city, they know how to dance, they know how to eat, they know how to party, they even know how to have funerals better than anyone else! Last spring we had the Dirty Dozen Brass Band who were so much fun and definitely brought us to New Orleans. The Soul Rebels continue in the DDBB’s traditions while adding a newer, younger approach. The Village Voice claims they are “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong.” A bridge between present day New Orleans and always New Orleans. Try not to move your feet in front of the Meadow for this one on Saturday night at 10:30pm!
The Soul Rebels Play “Let It Roll” a the New Orleans hotspot, The Blue Nile
These guys are an up-and-coming band out of Brooklyn, NY. They are sweet and mellow and man, she has great hair! She (Kari Spieler) also has a powerful and captivating voice. They’re young, but they’ve got a mature and reflection-filled weight to them. These guys met in college and have been touring all over since then. They have that indie-folk vibe that everyone’s looking for these days (think Lumineers), but there’s something new and pure about them too. Their harmonies are infectious, and their live show is sure to be a treat! See ’em on Saturday in the Meadow at 2:45.
Swear & Shake “Hum Our Tune”
This folk duo from Greensboro calls themselves a “multisensory artistic collaboration,” using visual art, print, and even smells in their performances, allowing the audience to be a part of their show; “reducing the space between artist and listener.” With just percussion (toe tapping included) and a guitar, they bring their sweet harmonic songs to life and tell us tales of travel and turmoil. They bring a message of peace through music and art, and their love for the craft and for each other is visceral. You’ll get two chances to experience them, Friday in the Meadow at 4:30 and Saturday in the Cabaret Tent at 3:45, so don’t miss out!
Lowland Hum, “Twine” from their living room
Based in LA, 7-member Las Cafeteras uses Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado flair, and a good amount of fun to convey thier community-focused political message. They have a unique and engaging mix of punk, hip-hop, and rock, but you can still hear their traditional immigrant folk roots. As their bio expresses, they “tell stories of a community who is looking for love & fights for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.” This is the type of band Shakori Hills is known for, you haven’t heard of them, but you will leave glad you found them! See them on Saturday in the Cabaret Tent at 11:45pm.
I can’t help but share their version of one of my favorite songs!
Las Cafeteras, “This Land Is Your Land”
Don’t just stick with the ones you know…we promise you’ll find a new favorite!
Love & Peace,