The Kingston Springs, formed out of high school boredom in their namesake town, The Kingston Springs are living the dream. They started playing together in the summer of 2008, released “The Vacation Time EP” in 2010 and were playing Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits in 2011. Celebrating the April release of their first album, “Secret Game,” the band impressed both their audience at the BMI stage at Hangout and their hometown fans through a series of Nashville shows. The Kingston Springs teamed up with Red Bull Sound Select team for The Basement to The Beach showcase also featuring Moon Taxi and Chancellor Warhol.We met up with the band before their set at The Basement for a quick little chat.
L100: “Tell me about your first show in Nashville .”
KS: “Our first show in Nashville was really cool, ’cause it was in a small place. And it;s cool to do those shows because it’s pretty intimate, and dark, and it’s really different than playing outside. And it’s more, it’s personal.”
L100: “Is it easier to make fans at these small, intimate shows?
KS: “Actually it seems like we get more fans at festivals and places that you’re playing, because if you’re playing outside it’s definitely more people and it’s bigger, and there’s more fans that come to that, I guess. But venues, whether you’re in town or out on tour, it’s more random, I guess. And you can affect a crowd if they haven’t heard you before. It’s fun.”
L100: “What’s the largest crowd you guys have ever played in front of?”
KS: “We just played Memphis in May last weekend and – no wait”
“Probably Live on the Green.”
“yeah, yeah it was Live on the Green. Um I think that was like, five or six thousand.”
“it was cool too, because it was our hometown so that was nice.”
L100: “Talk to me a little bit how it’s different, playing hometown shows to these festivals?”
KS: “Well, definitely the festival shows are always a whole new crowd, so that’s pretty cool and it’s definitely kind of a bigger stage and just bigger crowd which is a whole different environment, cause at home you know we play a lot of house parties and smaller venues and so the vibe is definitely different the more intimiate crowd, to being on a stage taller than everybody, it’s a little different but they’re both good. Festivals are fun.”
“Yeah and you know whenever you’re playing shows either at home or just in venues in other states, people go there to see you, I guess, just to see that one show but here it’s like so many people stumble upon you, their vibe is completely different. But uh, it’s always good.”
“I remember being at like Lolla 2010 or something and stumbling upon Mumford and Sons and Black Angels before they were really well-known and that’s how I discovered these bands. It’s pretty cool.”
L100: “Is there anything special about playing on the beach? Is theere anything different about playing Hangout that you”ve noticed?”
KS : “Um, different vibes, playing on the beach for sure. Um I mean of course this breeze is just great. Yeah and just everybody’s- I don’t know, it’s just beachy. It’s different. You’re playing on a beach. I don’t normally play on a beach if you’re us I guess.”
We caught up with the guys with The Kingston Springs at their hotel, like the creepy stalkers we are, for a beach side performance before their set. Please take notice that we are not touching the dunes, no dunes were hurt in the filming of this take away show.
After cleaning all of the sand out of our camera lenses, tripods, computers(some how), and other places we don’t care to mention, Lightning 100 is able to start posting our backstage performances at 2013 Hangout Music Fest. Nashville artists were definitely representing at the festival this year performing at small/major stages and even the shuttle buses. The Nashville lineup included Moon Taxi, The Kingston Springs, Chancellor Warhol, The Weeks, Luella and the Sun, Josh Farrow, Wild Cub, The Wild Feathers, and a few others that were just enjoying the festival. Click here to check out photos from the festival! We’ve got more backstage performances coming!
The festival in Austin, Texas, expands to two weekends this year, Oct. 4-6 and 11-13, at Zilker Park. Three-day passes go on sale Tuesday for $225.Go here for more information.
DEPECHE MODE | THE CURE | MUSE | KINGS OF LEON | ATOMS FOR PEACE | LIONEL RICHIE | PHOENIX | WILCO | VAMPIRE WEEKEND | THE NATIONAL | ERIC CHURCH | PASSION PIT | QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE | ARCTIC MONKEYS | FUN. | KENDRICK LAMAR | FRANZ FERDINAND | D’ANGELO | KASKADE | TAME IMPALA | LOCAL NATIVES | THE SHOUTING MATCHES | TORO Y MOI | GRIMES | PORTUGAL. THE MAN | SILVERSUN PICKUPS | THE JOY FORMIDABLE | NEKO CASE | DIVINE FITS | GROUPLOVE | JIMMY EAT WORLD | THE BLACK ANGELS | THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR | THE MAVERICKS | OKKERVIL RIVER | SHUGGIE OTIS | PURITY RING | DAWES | HAIM | SMITH WESTERNS | JUNIP | WALK THE MOON | VINTAGE TROUBLE | NOAH AND THE WHALE | PAPER DIAMOND | LISSIE | PINBACK | THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION | WILD BELLE | PHOSPHORESCENT | COURT YARD HOUNDS | THAO And THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN | FOXYGEN | LITTLE GREEN CARS | SAVAGES | AUTRE NE VEUT | PARQUET COURTS | FIDLAR | WHITE DENIM | TRUE BELIEVERS | THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA | DELTA RAE | JAKE BUGG | THE LONE BELLOW | ELECTRIC GUEST | DAN CROLL | DEAP VALLY | WILD NOTHING | TYPHOON | HUNDRED WATERS | TWIN FORKS | RED BARAAT | ELECTRIC SIX | SHOVELS And ROPE
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR
JC BROOKS AND THE UPTOWN SOUND
THE BAND OF HEATHENS
THE DYNAMITES FEAT. CHARLES WALKER
WICK-IT THE INSTIGATOR
PETERSON BROTHERS BAND
LUELLA AND THE SUN
SONS OF FATHERS
NOT IN THE FACE
LATASHA LEE & THE BLACKTIES
KRISTIN DIABLE & THE CITY
TYREE MORRIS & HEARTS OF WORSHIP
HEAVENLY VOICES CHOIR
THE MCCRARY SISTERS
DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
THE HENSLEY ENSEMBLE
THE WARRIOR GOSPEL BAND
BARTON HILLS CHOIR
THE VERVE PIPE
SCHOOL OF ROCK
TIM AND THE SPACE CADETS WITH MOTHER FALCON
PETER DISTEFANO & TOR
THE Q BROTHERS
Lightning 100 understands that everyone needs a vacation. Sign up now for Ultimate Hangout Music Festival Vacation Pack and you could win two tickets to the festival and hotel stay at Meyers Vacations Rentals for the weekend! Hangout Music Festival is May 17th – 19th in Gulf Shores Alabama featuring Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, Steve Wonder, Kings of Leon, The Shins, Jim James, and more! The Hangout Festival is the first and only music festival of it’s kind in North America. Located directly on the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, AL. The festival treats guests to a unique festival experience and consistently features a diverse selection of top touring artists. Participates must sign up before April 22nd at noon(CST) to be eligible to win.
We’re excited about this year’s Hangout Music Fest lineup, which features Tom Petty, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Trey Anastasio, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and The Shins, among others…all happening along on the beach of Gulf Shores, AL on May 17th-19th. Click here to get your tickets!
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival is excited to announce the initial lineup for its 11th annual three-day music celebration, featuring Grammy Award winners The Black Keys, alongside The String Cheese Incident and the Avett Brothers leading the festival’s rich, eclectic offerings. The event will again take place July 12 – 14, 2013 at Louisville’s scenic, award-winning Waterfront Park.
Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale this Wednesday, March 6th at Noon EST on Forecastle.com. Purchase tickets in full, or opt for one of our special payment plans, available for both General Admission or VIP tickets.
Highlighted in Rolling Stone as a top event in 2012, and acclaimed by Outside as one of the “Top 15 Outdoor Festivals in the USA,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved into one of the country’s premier festival destinations. The event offers an immersive experience that’s distinctly Louisville- beyond the first-class musical lineup—highlighting the region’s burgeoning culinary and arts scene, Kentucky’s unique bourbon heritage and more. The festival continues to emphasize sustainability practices and conservation initiatives, highlighted through the festival’s non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.
Mike Doughty covers John Denver’s “Country Roads” at DeLuna Music Festival. Mike also played some of his songs such as “Na Na Nothing” and “Looking At The World From the Bottom of a Well” backstage in the Echo Mountain Recording.
Filmed and edited by Make It Pop
Join us at The Lawn at Riverfront Park where Zac Brown Band & the Southern Ground crew have been mixin’ up the perfect blend of ready-to-serve entertainment. Nightly performances by Zac Brown Band with special sit in performances by Gregg Allman, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam and Sheryl Crow!
Plus additional performances by Amos Lee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, David Gray, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Jerry Douglas Band, Sonia Leigh, The Lumineers, Los Lonely Boys, Nic Cowan, John Driskell Hopkins & Brighter Shade, Vintage Trouble, Blackberry Smoke, The James Arthur Band, Clay Cook, Levi Lowrey, Dugas, Coy Bowles & The Fellowship and The Wheeler Boys!
Sarah Jarosz performs for a few fans in front of the What Stage at Bonnaroo. Check out this performance of “Come Around” at Bonnaroo. http://www.lightning100.com
Filmed by Brian Waters and Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters
Wild Cub performs a new track off their upcoming album Youth at Bonnaroo. Check out this performances of the song “Thunder Clatter” backstage at Bonnaroo 2012.
Filmed by Brian Waters and Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters
After two days of running around taking photos and filming backstage performances, we finally got some down time at the radio compound. Click here to check out photos from the what, where, this, that, and other tent.
Lightning 100 has been at every Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival since it began in 2002! Tune in to 100.1 FM or Lightning100.com for backstage performances and a live broadcast Thursday through Saturday from noon to 2pm and a re-cap Sunday at 10pm after Nashville Sunday Night. Visit our festival blog for photos from Lightning 100 artists, backstage performances, video coverage, and show reviews. See you at the Roo! Click here to see every backstage at Bonnaroo videos! Why stop there….check out the videos we did at Hangout and Deluna Fest too!
With less than a week away until Tennessee’s most anticipated annual music festival, it’s time to crack the whip and do your Bonnaroo research. So we thought we’d help you through the long ass list of bands, especially since this year’s lineup is full of up and coming artists that not everyone is familiar. Click here to read the full preview.
Fitz and The Tantrums
This L.A. six piece came out with a hell of a retro soul pop album in August 2010, Pickin’ Up the Pieces. It’s a little Motown, a little Hall & Oates, and a lot of organ, which tends to be the centerpiece to which the songs are constructed. If you happened to miss them at Cannery Ballroom in October, don’t be foolin’ around and miss them again at Bonnaroo.
This guy is the definition of blues. True story. He is known as the “savior of blues” in his hometown of Austin, Texas. He’s not yet 30, but he rips on guitar like it’s an extension of his own body, and howls like a man that sold his soul to the devil down in the Mississippi Delta.
The Swedish indietronica band sounds like sexy, rhythmic synthpop. They are lead by Yukimi Nagano, whose dreamy vocals are a hot commodity, as she has been featured on tracks by Gorillaz, José González, DJ Shadow, and fellow Bonnaroo artist SBTRKT.
DJ and producer from London, AKA Aaron Jerome, fuses together two-step, house, R&B and dubstep to create elegant electro R&B. He performs live with fellow Young Turks artist, Sampha, who sings, plays keyboards and samples, while Jerome plays acoustic and electronic drums and mixes. The live show is super physical, because yes they are actually playing their instruments. Who knows, after such buzz over “Wildfire”, which features vocals by Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, perhaps a live collaboration could be in store.
This quartet from Chattanooga is a synthpop machine. MRP2 originally started as a two-man project with singer Brian Sylvester and JJ Clark doing production. When they added Ivan Garcia on drums and Cain Lassiter on keys, they began touring nationwide with bands like Ghostland Observatory, Miami Horror and Two Fresh.
Psychedelic indie-pop duo from Saratoga Springs, NY—Sarah Barthel makes beats, plays keys, and sings, while Josh Carter sings and plays guitar. They incorporate various rhythms, winding guitars, and echoing effects to give off a dreamy, psychedelic vibe.
The genre-blurring indie-pop duo makes super soul rhythmic pop while actively creating drum loops, and multi-layering with vocals, ukelele, bass, and saxophone. Merrill Garbus’s vocal style is gutteral and off-kilter, as if she were roaring, yet she’s also subtle with cooing falsettos. Live, she is a true performer, ultra-theatrical, and altogether captivating.
Maynard James Keenan’s (Tool) integrated media project started in 2007, and finally became what Keenan had envisioned with Puscifer’s most recent release, Conditions of My Parole. Puscifer is a multidimensional project that intertwines music, comedy, and technology.
Danny Brown is the king of Detroit’s underground hip-hop scene. His style is spastic, visceral, uncensored and raw. His critically acclaimed XXX is a masterpiece concept album about hedonism and his upbringing in Detroit, which proved to be a powerful introduction into the mind of this lyrical genius.