Post by BonnarooPaul on Mar 30, 2004 10:41:06 GMT -5
Ok, many such as myself, don't know alot of the bands there so it would be cool if any of you who can describe the nature of each band with a quick sentence or two. It may generate some interest in the lesser known bands or create new fans of known bands that maybe they just never listened to(such as myself and ani defranco).
I ask that if you only know one or two bands not to post so as not to generate too many responses to this. But if you can take care of a good chunk, that would be much appreciated.
Post by BonnarooPaul on Mar 30, 2004 13:08:28 GMT -5
actually looking it over, there's quite a few bands i'm not familiar with so this may be impossible...i'll continue to look at the band bios and try to get a feel for some i'm not sure about. plus i'll download a few songs... but if there's any there that any of you think could be considered a smaller lesser-known group that you think is awesome and want to share some characteristics about it, that would be real cool..
Here are two bands I'm excited about that might have a lower profile in the mainstream/ jam scene:
Femi Kuti - I've never heard his stuff, but his father (Fela Kuti) is an African music legend. Probably THE African music legend for many people. A huge influence on the Talking Heads/David Byrne African-tinged stuff and also on Trey's solo band. Antibalas, who played at last year's Bonnaroo and are the first act on the DVD if you've seen it, remind me a lot of Fela Kuti's music. I'm not very experienced with this stuff, but I love my Fela Kuti CD's, I loved Antibalas last year and I will definitly check Femi out.
The Bad Plus - I was actually introduced to these guys at last years Bonnaroo when someone I was with brought a CD. Electric, relatively minimalist jazz stuff with some really interesting covers that I think have gotten them some good exposure (instramental jazz take on Smells Like Teen Spirit). Again, I'm not too experienced with these guys, but I will definitely make an effort to check them out.
Edited: I removed the reference to The Bad Plus as guitar jazz since I looked it up and realized they don't have a guitar player! Keys Drums Bass trio. Just goes to show how much I know what I'm talking about here, but I'll still be checking them out at Bonnaroo!
Post by BonnarooPaul on Mar 31, 2004 12:12:25 GMT -5
femi kuti sounds really interesting...i'm always open to anything with good tribal beats or even a reggae sound (i can't help it- i've got rythym!)...with the lack of djs/electronica this year, any of the others that anybody can recommend? i know of burning spear of course...
Post by PrinceCaspian on Apr 1, 2004 11:40:40 GMT -5
Donovan Frankenreiter: Peaceful, eclectic singer/songwriter/surfer (good friends with Jack Johnson)
Umphrey's McGee: Funky, rockin' jammy deal. Never seen them, but I hear they can really rip
Maroon5: Poppy acoustic rock (see O.A.R.)
Soulive: Amazing trio of a drummer, guitarist and a keyboard/bass keys player. Jazzy, funky, hip hoppish. Ive seen these guys twice and their covers have included "bady boys for life", "21 questions" and a song from the Chronic. They are awesome.
Leftover Salmon: Jammy bluegrass rock group. Id compare them with early SCI/Yonder Mtn
Radiators: Sound a lot like the dead
Vida Blue: Page's side project, definitely funky, jazzy stuff.
Cut Chemist: one of the J5 djs
Hackensaw Boys: hardcore bluegrass/country
Thats about all i really got for the bottom of the list
Jem- I just brought this CD and it is great. If you like trip-hop type of music...then you might like this. She has been compared to Portishead, i have to agree just a little bit, but has a Dido feel to it..and maybe a little bit of Poe.