Lake Street Dive returns to Prescott Park to kick off our 43rd season!
A multi-genre band founded in 2004 in Boston, Lake Street Dive consists of Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Make Calabrese (drums).
Kurt Vile is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer – best known for both his solo work and as the former lead guitarist of The War on Drugs. Bewitched by lo-fi figureheads like Pavement, Beck, and Smog, along with a love for classics like Petty, Creedence, and Neil Young, Vile possesses a warm grasp of both classic rock sounds and modern form. His lo-fi roots are reflected in his studio recordings that somehow feel both primitive and polished.
For nearly 20 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation.
As a musician, Aimee Mann has long indulged her bleaker side, dating all the way back to her mid-‘80s debut as the lead singer of ‘Til Tuesday. In the quarter-century since she launched her solo career, Mann has released nine solo albums – not counting her classic film work in 1999’s Magnolia – and formed a duo called The Both with Ted Leo.
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have recorded 7 studio albums and have lent their talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of their remarkable career, Welch and Rawlings were honored with the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2015 and the Berklee American Masters Award in 2016.
Old-time revivalist Pokey LaFarge returns to Prescott Park! Always energetic and, above all else, fun – this is a band everyone should see and experience. Touring with a 6-piece band, Pokey’s well-rounded arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music.
Foy Vance is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter hailing from Northern Ireland, and deeply rooted in the rich musical history and aesthetic of the Southern United States. After his debut album gathered critical acclaim of both fans and fellow musicians, Foy was invited to tour worldwide with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John.
Voted most wanted to return after dazzling our audiences last summer, Darlingside are a Massachusetts-based ensemble whose sound is an eclectic blend of 60s folk, clever wry wit, classical arrangements, soaring harmonies, and a modern indie-rock sensibility.
Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two plus decades, he’s released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup.
Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change.
As part of our Up, Down & Away Canadian Festival, we are proud to present The New Pornographers this summer – the Canadian indie rock band offering a rotating musical collective of singer-songwriters and musicians from multiple projects, including Neko Case.
Nikki Lane turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ear, crafting songs that crucify ex-boyfriends and have no problem with one-night stands as long as she can bolt town right after. Her cooling-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar. Her tales of misbehaving, wanton desires, heartache, love and lust, sung in her distinct Southern drawl, have won over fans and critics alike and have propelled her into the spotlight.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Prescott Park to sing both timeless hits and her always prolific and growing catalog of songs. Mary Chapin Carpenter has an impressive career that has spanned more than three decades, and includes five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA Awards, and two Academy of Country Music Awards, along with countless compositions that have been covered by countless artists in as many diverse forms.
The red-haired, California-based singer-songwriter Brett Dennen has come a long way since 2005, when he gave shy, barefoot solo performances around the release of his first album. Now on his sixth, Por Favor, this folk-pop singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed “Wild Child” has taken the music scene by storm.
One of the most distinctive voices in music today, Aaron Neville is the master of many styles. During his career, which stretches across more than 50 years, he has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards. His nominations have come in the soul, gospel, jazz, country/western, R&B, and pop categories; winning four times.
Joe Purdy, a celebrated singer/songwriter from Arkansas, put in his time working at a loading dock, and as a counselor at a private high school, before his song Wash Away became synonymous with the 2004 season of ABC’s Lost.
If you didn’t know better, the music of Valerie June could make you believe you stepped out of a time machine on the hills of Appalachia 150 years ago. Or at Robert Johnson’s crossroads 90 years ago. Or maybe on the gospel-and-soul-driven streets of Harlem 60 years ago. Valerie June channels the voice of deep roots, effortlessly shifting between eras and genres – and sings it like it’s hers alone.
Stylistically, Boston-based Ballroom Thieves journey through a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with rich harmonies, exploring the basic constructions of pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time.