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4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Review

4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Recap

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LouFest 2013 - Main Stage TBT

The Fourth Annual LouFest Music Festival has come to an end. This year’s installment featured the addition of a third stage and expanded festival grounds in the beautiful and seemingly never ending Forest Park in St. Louis. The stacked lineup mixed some of the hottest up and comers with some grizzled veterans that have many large shows already under their belts. This was my third experience at a LouFest Music Festival… and I could tell it was certainly larger in scale and attendance than previous years. Early reports were that the organizers were expecting as many as 15K people each day. Previous LouFest’s averaged around 8K over the two day span! The first thing I noticed upon arriving was that the parking situation was starting to get out of hand. Luckily we arrived a bit earlier on Saturday than we did on Sunday, so we lucked out and found a spot. More on that later…

 LouFest 2013 - Gate

Upon arriving we exchanged our paper tickets for wristbands and we were in the gates within minutes! Security was very friendly and rather quick with their searches, which I certainly appreciated. Right as we entered, Jukebox the Ghost and Kentucky Knife Fight both began playing at opposite ends of the festival. We decided to make a lap and see where everything was… we ended up at the Schlafly Beer booth. From there we could hear Kentucky Knife Fight on the smallest of the stages, the BMI Stage. After indulging in a few beverages we went to set up shop for the first band on our list, J Roddy Walston & the Business.

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Originally from Tennessee, J Roddy Walston & the Business play straight forward rock and roll music. Their live show was incredibly energetic and transferred well from the few songs I had listened to pre festival. Their new album, Essential Tremors, is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, but they were selling advance copies at the festival which I found to be pretty cool.

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 LouFest 2013 - Trampled by Turtles

After aimlessly wandering around a bit more and meeting up with some friends, we headed back to the Bud Light Mainstage for our second featured show of the afternoon, Trampled by Turtles. Straight outta Minnesota, Trampled by Turtles is a band that I really should enjoy, they are about as in my music wheelhouse as it gets… but for some reason I have now watched them three times and I just can’t seem to get into them. I’m not saying the show wasn’t good, they sounded great and the majority of the crowd seemed to really be digging their modernized bluegrass sound. The rapid fire banjo and fiddle both played at machine gun speed were definitely  standouts… but I can’t pinpoint what it is about TBT that doesn’t allow me to get sucked in. Don’t let that stop you from checking them out. The crowd went absolutely bonkers when they broke out “Wait So Long” from 2010’s Palomino.

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 LouFest 2013 - Space Capone

It was now time for us to check out the band who wins my award for Best Band Name of LouFest… Nashville’s soulful funky 8 piece Space Capone. Invading the smallest of the three stages and playing against the very popular Ra Ra Riot, we chose to check this new group out and see what the Chipotle VIP lounge was all about at the same time. What it was about was some FREE tacos and bottled water! We sat in the shade while enjoying the music of Space Capone while catching a few minutes of the Mizzou game and eating free lunch before venturing stage front for a handful of songs. Space Capone is apparently the stage name of the lead singer, who can get down while working the crowd. Behind him you find seven other band members playing drums, horns, tambourines, keys, guitar and bass. Capone had a unique voice, one that took me a few songs to really accept. But by the end of his set I was feeling the soul/R&B/funkiness. They definitely had an Earth, Wind & Fire / George Clinton thing going on. Be sure to check out Space Capone, my pick for hidden gem of Day 1. Watch this video, it has a Michael Jackson vibe to it.

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 LouFest 2013 - Fitz and the Tantrums

After the 70’s dance party ended, we kept the funkiness going with Fitz & the Tantrums back on the main stage.  Another band that I had previously watched and found myself less than impressed with, Fitz & the Tantrums call the City of Angels home and play a modern brand of pop-soul music. A few years back they headlined one night of the Taste of St. Louis and I was not a fan. I still tease my girlfriend about making me watch them. Going into this one I was less than thrilled, but in all honestly they sounded a lot better this time around. The two part harmonies provided by Fitz and the strong winded Noelle Scaggs worked really well and everyone in the field was dancing or swaying around to the grooves.

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Next on our lineup card was Jim James, but with a bit of time to kill we decided to spend some time venturing around. LouFest featured a great selection of food vendors from a cast of mostly local establishments including Atomic Cowboy, Local Harvest and Mission Taco Joint. There was a rather small grouping of vendors set up and drinks were incredibly easy to find from any stage. The only downfall was that Schalfy Beer was only available at one stand, the Schlafly Brewtopia, and was on the far side of the grounds from the Forest Park Stage. Euclid Records had a tent set up to sell the artists CDs and vinyl while there was a separate merch booth for your LouFest branded merchandise as well as posters and t-shirts. You could also wait in line to meet certain artists and get your albums signed at the Euclid Tent.

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 LouFest 2013 - The National

We wandered over to check out some of The National, a band that no one in our group was excited to see, but we were all at least a little intrigued to see what we were missing. At this point you couldn’t get anywhere near the stages, so we just hung out towards the back of the crowd. The National featured what I would call the best stage design thus far with a large LED screen in the background that had been teasing us all day finally being utilized. I am not at all familiar with The National, and I won’t even pretend to know any of their songs… but I will say they sounded a lot better than I would have imagined. It was now time to go claim our spot for Jim James.

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Best known as the front man of My Morning Jacket, Jim James is on his own for this tour promoting his first full length solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God. Prior to James taking the stage his signature flying V guitar was mounted center stage… right at 7:30 the lights dimmed and out came Jim James in a suit with his long curly hair bouncing around as he prowled around the front of the stage to the opening notes of “State of the Art.” Finally the lonely guitar was played, while still on its stand. The set featured most of James’ newest album and also a peek at Jim James playing the saxophone during one song. This one wins the award for Best Show of LouFest in my opinion. The only downfall was that the set was limited to only an hour, but this was consistent with most of the lineup as only headliners received more than an hour and a few bands early each day received 45 minute sets.

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Day One ended in style as 2010 LouFest headliner, and Belleville born and raised, Jeff Tweedy came back to Forest Park and brought along his buddies that make up Wilco. If you have yet to see Wilco, I truly am sorry. A lot of people give Tweedy a lot of flack, but the man can straight up write songs and watching the live execution is a thing of beauty. The set opened with a pair of songs from 1996’s Being There, “Misunderstood” and “Forget the Flowers.” Other highlights of the set included an Uncle Tupelo song, “Give Back the Key to My Heart”, “I Might”, “Handshake Drugs”, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “Heavy Metal Drummer.” In typical Wilco fashion, “Casino Queen” was featured near the end of the night before closing down LouFest Day One with “Hoodoo Voodoo.” Wilco proved yet again why they are one of the best live bands out there today. Make it a point to catch them at a more intimate venue next time you are given the chance. (Note: I didn’t get a decent picture of Wilco as we just posted up in the field… so instead of Wilco please enjoy this picture of some random dude that was in the zone rocking out on his keyboard while bands played on the stages in front of him. Rock on brother!)

This was yet another great LouFest and I look forward to the 2014 edition! They have found a truly beautiful place to hold the festival, but to come back to the parking dilemma I briefly discussed earlier, that is something that needs to be addressed. The Muny parking lot was being used and people were making their own spots wherever they damn well pleased. This led to an incredibly tight parking lot that was impossible to navigate with cars going every which direction and fighting over spots. Outside of that lot, there were numerous cars being ticketed all over the park for various reasons including creating their own spots, having 2” of their car over the yellow line, parking in wide open streets that were marked no parking for no apparent reason. If you want to draw 15,000 people a day there needs to be parking to accommodate those people. It took us an hour to find a legal parking spot on Sunday.  There were shuttle signs randomly around the park but I couldn’t find any other info on the shuttle service in the program that was passed out or near the signs stating it was a shuttle zone. I also never once saw a shuttle running.

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JIM JAMES

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LouFest 2013 - Alabama Shakes

ALABAMA SHAKES (Played Sunday)

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FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

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SPACE CAPONE

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LouFest 2013 - Forest Park Stage Lit Up

FOREST PARK STAGE ILLUMINATED FOR JIM JAMES

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LouFest 2013 - The Killers

THE KILLERS (Played Sunday)

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LOUFEST 2013 Lineup Unveiled! Feat. The Killers, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, The National, Jim James, MORE! / Sept 7-8 / St. Louis

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LouFest returns for its 4th annual Summer festival taking place in Central Fields of Forest Park in St. Louis, MO. This year they have pushed the date back a few weeks from late August to early September, meaning we may luck out with highs near 95 instead of 106. But it is St. Louis, so there is also a chance of snow and somehow even a hurricane. This year we can also welcome the idea of expanding the festival to take up more of the beautiful (and under-utilized for this event) space in Forest Park, including for the first time a THIRD STAGE!!!

Last year’s festival was a great success despite less than stellar weather (it rained A LOT on Sunday afternoon/evening) and the Flaming Lips still managed to leave everyone happy (and wet/confetti covered) after a stellar two days of music. In addition to The Flaming Lips, last year’s installment featured Girl Talk, Dawes, Son Volt, Dinosaur Jr., Dr. Dog, and Little Barrie who have quickly become one of my favorite new-to-me bands in quite sometime. Aside from last years stellar lineup, previous festivals have featured She & Him, TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco doing a solo set.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2012 PHOTO GALLERY

LouFest 2013 LOGO

THE 2013 LINEUP WILL FEATURE:

THE KILLERS

WILCO

THE NATIONAL

ALABAMA SHAKES

EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS

JIM JAMES

LOCAL NATIVES

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

TORO Y MOI

TWIN SHADOW

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

WALK THE MOON

RA RA RIOT

COURT YARD HOUNDS

ICONA POP

YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE

ROBERT DeLONG

JUKEBOX THE GHOST

WILD BELLE

THE MOWGLI’S

BRICK + MORTAR

DESERT NOISES

SPACE CAPONE

WILD CUB

J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS

ANDREA DAVIDSON

MODOC

THE LONELY BISCUITS

KENTUCKY KNIFE FIGHT

TEF POE

Visit the LouFest Official Website for all details and ticketing information

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          DAWES – 2012 LouFest                                                         FLAMING LIPS – 2012 LouFest

 

Hangout Music Festival 2013 Lineup Is Here

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The Lineup for the Hangout Music Festival (taking place on beaches in Alabama May 17th through 19th) has been revealed. Besides Kings Of Leon, things are shaping up to be a very serviceable festival experience. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Phish Spin-Off Trey Anastasio Band, and The Breeders top this list of notables while The Shins, Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit, The Black Crowes, Bassnectar, Jim James, Slightly Stoopid, The Roots, Bloc Party, Ellie Goulding, Public Enemy, Dirty Projectors, Best Coast, moe., Gov’t Mule and Grouplove among others to join the party.

Also, just like Governors Ball did with us a few weeks ago it looks like we have ourselves “Yet to be announced”  headliner, as Tom Petty and Kings Of Leon are only two of the three. Will it be “Guns N’ Roses”? Will it be Skrillex? What about America’s Favorite band Pearl Jam? How about this: Take a guess in the comments section. That’s right, we may not have fancy video equipment but we still would love to hear your guesses as to who the 3rd headliner is going to be. When announced if you guessed right we’ll send you an official tee shirt courtesy of Concert Confessions. Hey, it’s better than a hug right? Check out the full list of acts below, in alphabetical order. Head over to the Festival’s Official Website For More Information.

 

Hangout Music Festival 2013 Line Up:

ANDERS OSBORNE
BASSNECTAR
BEST COAST
BLOC PARTY
BRASSFT PUNK
CHANCELLOR WARHOL
COLIN LAKE
DELTA RAE
DIRTY PROJECTORS
ELLIE GOULDING
GALACTIC
GOV’T MULE
GROUPLOVE
JASON ISBELL & 400 UNIT
JIM JAMES BAND
KENDRICK LAMAR
KINGS OF LEON
KINGSTON SPRINGS
LANCE HERBSTRONG
LISSIE
LUELLA AND THE SUN
MOE.
MOON TAXI
NIKKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS
PASSION PIT
PORTER ROBINSON
PUBLIC ENEMY
RYAN BINGHAM
SHOVELS AND ROPE
SLIGHTLY STOOPID
SPACE CAPONE
STEVE AOKI
THE BLACK CROWES
THE BREEDERS
THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR
THE MOWGLI’S
THE REVIVALISTS
THE ROOTS
THE SHEEPDOGS
THE SHINS
THE TON TONS
THE WEEKS
THE WERKS
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS
TREY ANASTASIO BAND
TWENTY Ι ONE Ι PILOTS
TWIN SISTER
WILD CUB
ZION I

 

Cage The Elephant’s Starry Nights Music Festival Lineup Announced

Cage The Elephant’s Starry Nights Music Festival Lineup Announced

Alternative rock group Cage The Elephant have been quickly gaining fame the past four years. They’ve released two critically acclaimed studio albums, toured relentlessly, and played massive festivals to massive audiences. But one of their greater accomplishments is kickstarting the music scene of Bowling Green, Kentucky, their hometown. Ever since getting their break, bands such as Sleeper Agent, Schools, and Morning Teleportation have been formed and sponsored by Cage The Elephant, proving that they haven’t forgotten their roots. Well now, they’ve formed their own 2-day festival in Bowling Green, and invited a bunch of the buddies to play with them. Lead singer Matt Schultz has stated in interviews that he is trying to recreate some experiences he had as a rowdy teenager growing up in Bowling Green and the pretty brilliant lineup for the 2012 edition proves that. You can check it out down below.

Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man, Manchester Orchestra, MiMosa, Justin Townes Earle, The Whigs, Sleeper Agent, Moon Taxi, JEFF The Brotherhood, Margot And the Nuclear So And So’s, Morning Teleportation, Wild Belle, Space Capone, PUJOL, The Kingston Springs, Five Knives, and Bad Cop.

The festival will be held September 28th and 29th in Bowling Green Kentucky. Tickets will be on sale soon. A regular pass will cost you $45 while a collectible pass will set you back $50. For tickets and further information on this exciting festival, check out the official site by clicking here.

The Austin City Limits 2012 Line Up Released

So to save some time, we’ll tell you who’s playing at Austin City Limits in one word: EVERYBODY. Every single act(besides Jay-Z and Pearl Jam.. so far at least) is on this list. From headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White to Iggy and The Stooges(in which Mike Watt Plays Bass) and Florence + The Machine. Weezer has come out of hiding for this one as well. Childish Gambino continues to take over the world with an appearance, and Gotye plays that song that everybody used to know.(see what I did there?)

 But we here at Concert Confessions don’t just give you the highlights, we give you the whole enchilada.  So below, you can view the endless list of acts that will be taking the stage in Austin at Zilker Park October 12-14. Check out the festival’s website here, for on sale dates and prices and all that jibber jabber.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Neil Young and Crazy Horse

The Black Keys

Jack White(I hear  some folks are into this guy)

Florence + The Machine

The Avett Brothers

Iggy & The Stooges

AVICII

BASSNECTAR

The Roots

The Shins

Weezer

Gotye (is it pronounced ‘Goat-Tee’ or ‘Got-Ya”???)

The Civil Wars

M83

Tegan and Sara

Childish Gambino

Two Door Cinema Club

Thievery Corporation

The Afghan Whigs

Crystal Castles

Andrew Bird

Gary Clark Jr.

Metric

Band of Skulls

Esperanza Spalding

Alabama Shakes

Delta Spirit

M. Ward

Randy Rogers Band

Die Antwoord

Rufus Wainwright

NEEDTOBREATHE

Big Gigantic

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

Steve Earle

The War On Drugs

Umphrey’s McGee

Barrington Levy

Old 97’s

Punch Brothers

Bombay Bicycle Club

A-Trak

Trampled by Turtles

Patterson Hood

Michael Kiwanuka

Big K.R.I.T.

Oberhofer

POLICA

Tennis

Zola Jesus

Stars

Kimbra

Black Lips

Los Campesinos!

Jovanotti

Ben Howard

Ruthie Foster

Freelance Whales

Civil Twilight

The Whigs

Dev

The Lumineer

Bad Books

The Devil Makes Three

Asleep at the Wheel

First Aid Kit

Patrick Watson

LP

Caveman

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Father John Misty

The Wombats

Dry the River

The Boxer Rebellion

Soul Rebels Brass Band

Thundercat(Really!! There’s a band named Thundercat?! That’s awesome!)

Willis Earl Beal

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister

Kishi Bashi

Deep Dark Woods

Moon Duo

Kopecky Family Band

River City Extension

Quiet Corral

Wheeler Brothers

The Relatives

Space Capone

The Staves

Native Run

Nikki Lane

Quiet Company

Infantree

Wild Child

La Vida Bohème

The Eastern Sea

The Dunwells

Kenny Vaughan Trio

Justin Jones

Sonámbulo

Royal Teeth

Noah Gunderson

The Aaron Ivey Band

The Mighty Sincere Voices

G.S.T.

Colorfeels

Lera Lynn

Megan McCormick

Shields of Faith

Stapletones

The Baylor Choir

Disciples of Joy

Ralph’s World

Orange Sherbet

Big Don

Rocknoceros

Hullabaloo

Jambo

Peter DiStefano & Tor

The School of Rock

The Q Brothers

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