As Nashville enters the dog days of summer, it seems as if the only escape from the sweltering heat is an unexpected torrential downpour. While both of these unpleasant weather sensations occurred outside of the Cannery Complex on Friday and Saturday, patrons of Nashville Cream’s Sounds Like Summer 7th birthday bash were protected from the elements and serenaded by 27 local bands and DJs at all three venues. While the Cannery Ballroom provided a stage for veteran local bands like The Features and the Whigs, the High Watt offered performances from promising up and coming acts like What Up English and Majestico. While it was impossible to catch all of the bands playing this weekend, spontaneous venue hopping made for a frantic and exciting concert experience that could only happen in a city with a music scene as vibrant and exciting as Nashville.
Although they were added to the line-up a mere four hours before the doors opened, What Up, English were the perfect band to kick off night one of Sounds Like Summer. These dudes are constantly referred to as the youngsters of the Nashville music scene, which does them an incredible disservice. Their relentlessly upbeat and infectious dance rock is the result of honing their craft for years. Preston and Noah’s guitar work intertwined with each other seamlessly and effortlessly while Rob and Jamie laid it down on the bass and drums with machine like precision. Southern drawl and old school country influences may be the new “it factor” for Nashville bands, but What Up English have been kicking out dance grooves for longer than Nashville has been the “it city”.
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.”
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. Click here for more backstage coverage at Hangout Music Fest.
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!
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 had a great 2012….for in-studio performances! We made a list of our some of our favorite performances from the year, click here to see the full list.
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive We gave 20 lucky fans the chance to see a private performance with Imagine Dragons before their sold out show at Cannery Ballroom. One of our listeners included lead singer, Dan Reynolds, younger brother who won tickets during the lunch request hour. Watch Imagine Dragons performs “Radioactive” live at Lightning 100. Click here to see the band perform their big single “It’s Time” live in our studio.
Alabama Shakes – Hold On Band of Horses used to wear the crown for biggest crowd at Live On the Green until Alabama Shakes performed in 2012. Check out Alabama Shakes performance “Hold On” at Live On the Green. Filmed and edited by Make It Pop
Passion Pit – Take A Walk Passion Pit performs in front of a few fans in Griffin Technology’s Pre-Show Live event at Marathon Music Works. The band was running late, so we had to cut out the interview. Michael Angelakos, lead singer of Passion Pit was a little offended by this. Check out this live version of “Take A Walk”. We’ve also recorded “Constant Conversations” and “Sleepyheads” at the show.
The Lumineers – Classy Girl
If you heard The Lumineers first on Lightning 100, you’ve got Wells Adams to thank for that. After a few weeks of playing “Ho Hey” during our music meetings, the song made it to the airwaves. Lightning 100 was one of the first stations in the country to play The Lumineers…..and now you hear them everywhere.
Walk The Moon – Anna Sun
The young up-and-coming band Walk the Moon stopped by the studio without their face paint. Check out their performance “Anna Sun” live at Lightning 100. We’ve also got a recording of “Tightrope” on our HD On-demand Page. Read more
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.