Brought together at Belmont University, Moon Taxi has evolved from a dorm jam band to hometown heroes. Formed in 2006, the band has gone from playing background to a local rap group to headlining talent. The band’s debut studio effort “Melodia” was dropped in 2007 and they recorded a live album at Nashville’s 12th and Porter in August 2008. Guitarist Spencer Thomsen sustained an injury at the show, and put the band on hold until 2009. The next two years were a series of good time shows and festival tour dates, drawing more attention to Moon Taxi. Their anticipated second album, “Cabaret,” dropped in 2012 to much acclaim. Moon Taxi won Lightning 100′s first Music City Mayhem and later went on to play grandiose stages such as Bonnaroo and Live On the Green. We caught up with the guys backstage after their set at hangout.
Antonio Dewayne Boleyjack was born and raised in Nashville. Infusing electronic and rap to make a sinuous sound all his own, Warhol has been impressing audiences across the nation. His first album, “Japanese Lunchbox” was named Best Rap Album of 2010 by the Nashville Scene, he played Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits in 2011, and continued to play festivals and tour through 2012. His music has been featured on HBO and E!, as well as several small indie films. Chancellor Warhol was a part of Red Bull Sound Select‘s The Basement To The Beach showcase with The Kingston Springs and Moon Taxi. Lightning 100 met up with Chance at a house party on the beach for a quick interview and freestyle.
L100: Tell us about your first show.
C: Dude my first show was at the End. It was pretty shitty. I don’t know if I’d say shitty. But yeah it was pretty crazy and bad, it was just me and this other guy we called Nobots and the sound was bad but the experience was good because we gained fans and really hardcore fans who still listen to me today and support me today. So that was my first show.
L100: So going past your first show, what are some of the things that helped you with your career.
C: Man, my team! The people I surrounded myself with, who keep me humble, keep me hungry. I would have definitely have to say it’s my inner circle. Also, just being inspired by life and people that I meet and every aspect of my life, you know, the experience. I played Sundance one time and that was pretty big- Bonnaroo – once you play all these festivals it kind of like helps mold you in who you want to be as an artist. The experience and the inner circle.
L100: What’s the biggest crowd you’ve played in front of?
C: The biggest crowd I’ve played for was either ACL or Lollapalooza. It was at least like seven thousand plus. It was just like crazy energy. You would have thought Tupac was on stage. It was just crazy. I remember ACL, it was raining and people were just waiting out in the rain and that’s the moment I was like wow, people actually listen to my music, care about my art and you know it makes me keep going each day cause I always remember that- I always remember those people. And that was a crazy experience you can’t take back, you can’t copy. It was very organic. It was crazy.
L100: So you’re talking about the energy at the shows. What’s the difference between a small show like this, the energy and a festival?
C: I think the energy at both shows is the same, I don’t think there’s any fall out in the performance – I think it’s more intimate here.
I think there’s really no drop off. I think that the energy’s the same, I think the women are as sexy, I think the beers are as good. It’s a chance Warhol experience. That’s what you get when you come to the silver factory, or wherever you are, the basement. It’s gonna be the same. My DJ might wear a mask, he might not wear a mask.
L100: Alright so what’s the vibe like here at Hangout?
C: Like another world right now. I mean seriously like you got the beach, Tom Petty, you got like every act imaginable that you wanna see. It’s good to be in the thick of it. Paradise.
After the performance, Chancellor Warhol treated us to shrimp and Miller Lite at his Hangout pre-party. We ate like kings that day. Click here for more of our backstage coverage of the 2013 Hangout Music Fest.
Video by Make It Pop
Photos by Brian Waters
Written by Lierin Pena
It’s not often you get a musical performance on a bus on your way to a festival. Hangout Music Fest goes above and beyond again to provide an amazing VIP experience…..even before patrons get there. Check out this performance by Josh Farrow live on the shuttle bus playing “Devil Don’t You Fool Me” for a selected few on their way to the festival! Click here for more backstage performances at Hangout Music Festival.
The Kingston Springs, formed out of high school boredom in their namesake town, 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.”
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. Click here for more backstage coverage at Hangout Music Fest.
Video by Make It Pop
Photos by Brian Waters
Written by Lierin Pena
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!
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.
The Hangout Music Fest is proud to announce its highly anticipated 2013 lineup. Scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19, 2013, on the sugar-white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, the festival will feature headliners Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Kings of Leon, Trey Anastasio Band, The Shins, BASSNECTAR, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Crowes, Slightly Stoopid, The Roots, Ellie Goulding, Steve Aoki, Passion Pit, Bloc Party, Gov’t Mule, Jim James Band, Porter Robinson, Public Enemy, moe., Galactic, Dirty Projectors, Grouplove, Toots and the Maytals, Lissie, The Breeders, Best Coast, Jason Isbell & 400 Unit, Twin Sister, Ryan Bingham, The Sheepdogs, Shovels and Rope, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, Zion I, Lance Herbstrong, Anders Osborne, Twenty Ι One Ι Pilots, Delta Rae, Nikki Bluhm and the Gramblers, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Werks, The Ton Tons, Brassft Punk, Kingston Springs, The Mowgli’s, Chancellor Warhol, Luella and the Sun, The Weeks, Space Capone, Wild Cub, Colin Lake and many more
General Admission tickets, plus VIP, Super VIP and Big Kahuna festival passes, will go on sale beginning on Friday, February 15 at 11:00 AM ET at www.hangoutmusicfest.com/tickets. Fans should act quickly, as the festival is expected to sell out of all tickets at all price levels. Daily tickets will not be available, and tickets will not be available at the door. The limited number of “Early Bird” tickets and passes sold out within five minutes of going on sale in December, and last year’s Fest sold out of all general admission tickets in less than two weeks after going on sale.
Lightning 100 has been to every Hangout Music Festival! Check out our coverage over the years.
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!
Heartless Bastards did a quick backstage performance with Lightning 100 after their set at Hangout Music Fest. Check out this performance of “Skin and Bones” at Hangout Music Fest.
We ran into The Lumineers backstage at Hangout Music Fest and grabbed them before their interview with the evil corporation known as Sirius Radio. We did a quick performance with the guys on the 5th floor of The Phoenix inside of the Hangout Festival. You’ve been hearing “Ho Hey” on Lightning 100, so we asked the guys to perform a different song from the album. Check out their second single entitled “Slow it Down” live at Hangout Fest. What do you think? Would you like to hear it on 100.1 FM? Let us know.
For more information about the band visit thelumineers.com
The first band we met up with at Hangout Music Festival were our friends from Nashville The Kingston Springs. The guys kicked off the festival on Thursday night at The Hangout pre-party. We decided to do a video with the guys on top of the sky bar at Hangout Music Festival. Check out this backstage performance of “Kinda Shaken” at Hangout Music Fest.
We had several different ideas for a backstage performance with Cherub at Hangout Music Fest. After debating the logistics of a jet ski performance and finding out that they’ve already done a bathroom session in Mexico, we went with the hot tub idea. It was the end of the festival and everyone just wanted to do a little relaxing. After carrying around 30 pounds of gear up and down the beach all weekend, I was all for this idea. Cherub perform an acoustic performance of “Hold Me” right before The Flaming Lips were about to take the stage to perform Dark Side of the Moon.
”Hey bros, you want to get into the hot tub and play some music?”
Filmed by Brian Waters and Victor Huckabee
Edited by Brian Waters
Hangout Music Fest has released a very limited amount of VIP tickets to Lightning 100 listeners. General admission might be sold out, but we still have some VIP tickets available. Join us at the Hangout for a TRUE VIP EXPERIENCE! Don’t miss the opportunity to see Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, String Cheese Incident, Wilco, M. Ward, The Flaming Lips perform Dark Side of the Moon, Steve Winwood, Chris Cornell, STS9, Gogol Bordello, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dawes, G. Love and Special Sauce, Randy Newman, Dr. Dog, Young The Giant, Cage the Elephant, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark JR, and more! A Hangout VIP pass provides perks such as early access to the site through no wait entry lines, private shaded groves to kick back, enjoy a snack and maybe even catch a nap between sets. Enjoy FREE alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages as you lounge at our VIP only pools with direct views of main stage. Now that’s a VIP real experience! And that’s not all…
VIP Expierence includes:
Paul Simon Foo Fighters Widespread Panic
The Black Keys My Morning Jacket Flaming Lips
Cee Lo Green Primus Michael Franti & Spearhead
Pretty Lights Bassnectar Girl Talk Ween
Matisyahu Warren Haynes Band Umphrey’s McGee
Slightly Stoopid Drive-By Truckers Amos Lee
Old Crow Medicine Show G. Love & Special Sauce
Medeski, Martin & Wood Keller Williams Galactic
Xavier Rudd Minus the Bear
Cas Haley Roman Street
Lightning 100 videos from Hangout Music Festival 2010