Stay tuned for our 2014 Festival lineup, but here's who we had in 2013:
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
Since the release of their Grammy-nominated 2010 debut album, Backatown, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans performing nonstop on five continents. Fresh off six Super Bowl performances, Trombone Shorty will bring his signature mix of funk, soul and hip-hop beats that will get you on your feet. Catch New Orleans' brightest young star as part of our Folk Festival for what promises to be an electrifying night.
Best Female Vocals at the 2013 Austin Music Awards. Two-time Grammy Award nominee. Highest honor at the 2013 Blues Music Awards. The list goes on. From a family of gospel singers, those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Often compared to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin, get ready for this full-on blast of soul and blues.
Being the son of folk-rock icons James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor's life was always centered on music. Ben Taylor's memorable melodies, immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics have been captivating fans since the moment he embarked on this journey. His wit and skill as a singer-songwriter showcases an artist who is comfortable in both his own skin and with his impressive musical legacy. Don't miss this emerging singer/songwriter who has appeared in the pages of People Magazine, Vogue and even on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
Named second best band at SXSW in 2011 by Mojo Magazine, this cutting-edge American Country/Folk band is centered around Alynda lee Segarra, a 25 year old Puerto Rican from the Bronx, and her longtime gunslinger on fiddle, Yosi Perlstein. Get ready for some pure, honest music meant to be heard by everyone. Alynda will pummel your heart with her raw, beautiful voice while Yosi makes his fiddle weep. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes), their latest album, Look Out Mama, is an exploration of classic American music, with every song unified by Alynda's soulful vocals and expert songwriting.
RYAN FLAHERTY AND THE BURNERS
Ryan Flaherty and The Burners music can best be described by their name - The Burners. Lead by Flaherty, a poetic songwriter and break-neck rhythm guitarist, The Burners also consist of bassist Duane Edwards, accordionist Laura Balladur and violinist Phil Bloch. This eloquently rowdy ensemble of modern-day gypsy, americana, french cafe, rock and jazz pioneers are lighting up every stage they play with relentless energy and stage presence. The Wire of Portsmouth, NH describes the Burner's music as "a blend of gypsy americana played with fire and sweat." This is the perfect way to kick off our Folk Festival!