Friday, June 2
RAILROAD EARTH (9:15 PM)
Railroad Earth can jam with the best of them and they have some bluegrass influences, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). What kind of music is it then? Mandolin/vocalist John Skehan offers this semi-descriptive term: “I always describe it as a string band, but an amplified string band with drums.” Tim Carbone takes a swing: “We’re a Country & Eastern band! ” Todd Sheaffer offers “A souped-up string band? I don’t know. I’m not good at this.” Or, as a great drummer/singer/mandolin player with an appreciation for Americana once said: “Rock & roll!”
MATISYAHU (7:30 PM)
Matisyahu has formed a band that truly gives itself over to the music on par with his lyrical desire to connect to something beyond the self. The band features original Stubbs guitarist and longtime staple of the downtown New York improv scene Aaron Dugan, Dub Trio bassist and long-time Matisyahu collaborator Stu Brooks, percussionist and Cyro Baptista go-to-drummer Tim Keiper, and Addison Groove Project founder Rob Marscher. What also makes this music so engaging and unmatched, is that Matisyahu; a vocalist with no other instrument at his disposal, is an integral creative part in the improvisation.
RIPE (6:00 PM)
With a strong devotion to consistently creating an unforgettable live experience, Ripe has kept the groove going touring nationally from coast to coast. With a recently released sophomore EP, Hey Hello, and plans to start recording a full-length album in the coming year, Ripe is shifting into overdrive with every intention of taking this to the stratosphere. The Ripe family asks you to get loose, get down, and get ready. The party is just getting started.
CHELSEA SHAG (5:00 PM)
You can’t put Chelsea Shag in a box – she’s made up her own. It’s not just pop – it’s jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, and hip hop all in one – it’s everything that’s gone through her. An enamoring energy both on and offstage, this twenty-three year old’s music moves within you. Her words create stories and her voice and music bring life to them delivering a unique experience to each listener.
Saturday, June 3
JOE RUSSO’S ALMOST DEAD (8:45 PM)
Furthur drummer Joe Russo, along with keyboardist Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger on guitar and vocals, and American Babies’ Tom Hamilton on guitar and vocals make up Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, which formed in 2013. The band brings energy, rawness, and precision to some of the most complex Grateful Dead songs. Their jams are described by Dead Heads and new fans, alike as wild and adventurous! For this show the band will be joined by their dear friend Shakey Graves’ & Bob Weir Campfire Band’s bassist Jon Shaw, subbing for Dave Driewitz.
THE MOTET (7:00 PM)
You can’t fake the funk, and The Motet bring it on hard with a signature style that slaps you in the face with sounds that are fresh and unique. The future of funk is clear on The Motet’s brand new studio album, Totem. The recent addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who joined the band in early 2016, fans the flames of this already hot band.
LAKE STREET DIVE (5:15 PM)
Lake Street Dive are a fascinating blend of influences and complexity: jazz at heart, with and alternative D.I.Y. sensibility and a compassion for classic rock and garage aesthetics. The initial idea was to be kind of a free jazz country band, playing country songs in an avant-garde style, but the group’s natural pop instincts kicked in, and the final sound the band came up with was a bright, fresh, charming, and exploratory version of jazzy pop/rock – full of hooks and plenty of R&B and soul flavors.
THE MARCUS KING BAND (3:45 PM)
The Marcus King Band broadens his sound, touching upon everything from funky R&B to Southern soul and Americana in the process. His band gets in on the action too, stacking the songs with blasts of swampy brass, a lock-step rhythm section and swirling organ. Ever the multi-tasker, King bounces between several instruments, handling electric and acoustic guitar — as well as pedal and lap steel — while driving each track home with his soulful, incendiary voice.
PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG (2:15 PM)
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brings end-of-the-world enthusiasm to their high-energy psychedelic funk. Their infectious electro-funk grooves, undeniable live energy and contagious smiles have their rabid fanbase “the Flock” growing exponentially. Based out of Baltimore, MD, this animated quartet has been scorching up the country with their explosive performances and danceable peaks… and they’re loving every minute of it.
WEBSTER (12:45 PM)
Candler Park’s own Webster loves to jam! The 5-piece neighborhood favorite showcases a variety of rock, bluegrass, country, blues, reggae and R&B. Webster constantly explores new musical journeys and is proudly performing at their 9th consecutive Candler Park Music and Food Festival!