Saturday, June 29, 4:30 pm
Opener: The Flannel Attractions
Potent performers dispatch high-powered rock ‘n’ roll
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real is an American rock ‘n’ roll group based in Venice, Calif. Honoring a promise he made to his father, Nelson first picked up the guitar at age 11 and taught himself the craft by playing along to classic songs by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. Now at the age of 24, Nelson is cultivating a following the old fashioned way by touring year-round, delivering high-energy performances to fans across the country. In the past three years, Lukas Nelson and POTR performed more than 400 shows, playing with the likes of Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King, and Bob Dylan. The band has self-released four records and will be releasing its next full-length album later this year.
Thursday, July 4th, 2 pm • Music in the Hole Town Festivities
Openers: Parker Millsap, One Ton Pig, Grand Teton Music Festival Live Concert Simulcast, and Thomas Sneed with special guest Ben Winship,
Spirited pickers present classic American roots
Old Crow Medicine Show got its start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with its boundless energy. The band eventually found itself in Boone, NC, where it caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. Watson invited the band to play at MerleFest, helping to launch its career. Shortly thereafter, the band relocated to Nashville, TN, for a residency at the Grand Ole Opry. It’s been nearly 15 years since these humble beginnings, and the band has went on to tour the world, selling more than 800,000 albums, becoming frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, and playing renowned festivals, such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
Sunday, July 14, 5 pm
Opening act: The Mastersons & Major Zephyr
Steve Earle, a three-time Grammy award winner, is a protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, and a master storyteller in his own right. Earle’s songs have been recorded by musical heavyweights such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. In 1986, his debut record Guitar Town soared to No. 1 on the country charts and established the term ‘new country.’ What followed was an exciting and diverse array of more than 20 releases, including Copperhead Road and most recently, I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive and Low Highway.
Saturday, Aug 3, 5 pm
Opening act: Maw Band & Anna Shoemaker
Robert Walter performs all his own stunts. For 20 years, the San Diego native has been pulling drawbars and pushing the limits of the Hammond B3 organ. As a founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, he helped usher in the funk-jazz renaissance of the early ’90s and has continued to keep one hand comping chords in the instrument’s funky past while the other explores ever-new melodic terrain with his many solo projects.
Friday, August 23, 5:30 pm • Season finale double bill
Described by Steven Tyler as “The Mamas and The Papas on acid,” Family of the Year is comprised of musicians who’ve formed unbreakable bonds. Cohabitating in a run-down house and relying on each other for inspiration and support, the group’s camaraderie is palpable. It also doesn’t hurt that front man Joe Keefe and drummer Sebastian Keefe are real-life siblings.
Best known for his role creating and performing in Yonder Mountain String Band, mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.