Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival is just weeks away and the schedule is coming very soon. This lineup is an absolutely dream come true with everything from Bootsy Collins’ old school funk, The Roots’ intelligent hip-hop and Bonobo’s downtempo beats. You know the headliners, you know the regulars like Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk and Galactic, but who don’t you know?
Music festivals are the best chance to check out new music, especially if you’re in love with the live music experience like us. Here’s 5 artists you may not have heard of that we think you should check out this year at Bear Creek.
This New Orleans supergroup consists of Nikki Gillespie, Nigel Hall, Nick Cassarino, and Nate Edgar. If that doesn’t get you there, a sample of their funky rock ‘n’ soul should definitely do the trick. We saw these guys at Electric Forest and in Chicago this summer and I seriously can’t urge you enough to check them out. They put on a powerful set anchored by the dueling vocals of Hall and Cassarino. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/88999276″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Remember when dubstep wasn’t a dirty word and it described a spacey, bass-heavy, Jamaican-influenced electronic music? That’s what Sounduo does. They put the DUB back in DUBSTEP and leave you skankin’ away. That old Rusko and Caspa vibe will visit the Suwannee when Sounduo play their 2013 Bear Creek set, and we can’t wait. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/4370927″ width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]
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One of the most talked about groups of this summer was Space Capone. They don’t have mainstream buzz or a headlining spot on your favorite festival, but the underground is jockin’ them up…and for good reason. With the rise of nu-disco, these guys put on a live show that is (supposedly) unlike any other. I’ve yet to see them, but with the talk I’ve heard paired with these groovy tracks, I’ll see you there! [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/27098294″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
So if you’re a Florida native, these guys might not be “new” to you. But with a rejuvenated lineup and sound and a BRAND NEW FREE ALBUM, I think it’s a safe bet to put these boys on here for our out-of-state readership. Greenhouse Lounge seem to have found their niche recently with their jamtronic steeze. One part turn-up and one part turn-down equate for a roller coaster ride of a set and you won’t want to miss this one. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115467537″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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At Wanee this year, we were absolutely showered with incredible musicianship. It was almost too much, but then again, there’s no such thing. One act that really stuck out was San Francisco’s Monophonics with their soulful, bluesy, R&B vibe. Their cover of “Bang Bang” was the most polarizing moment of their set, and thank the music Gods they recorded it for us. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/39163640″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]