Nelsonville Music Festival
Saturday May 19, 2012
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Nelsonville Music Festival
What a weekend. We’ll have some “official” recaps coming, and a whole bunch of photos from the 2012 Nelsonville Music Festival, but for now, here’s Daptone’s Charles Bradley and band doing “How Long” during their Friday night set, my favorite of the weekend. I’ve been flipping Bradley’s No Time for Dreaming LP from side to side since the second I got home.
The Nelsonville Music Festival is now upon us, and while I’m excited to check out Kurt Vile and others tonight, Guided by Voices gets me downright giddy. In anticipation of Bob Pollard’s classic GBV lineup hitting the main stage tonight at midnight, here’s new track “Class Clown Spots a UFO” from the album of the same name, out June 12, and 7″ single out May 15. Rolling Stone premiered the track this week and gave this background on the song’s origin, which can be traced back to GBV’s early days:
The earliest version of the tune, called “Crocker’s Favorite Song,” was penned by Robert Pollard back in the late Eighties, and another version ended up on the cutting room floor when the band made their 1994 classic Bee Thousand. Alternate recordings with the newer title appeared on three different GBV compilations. When the mid-Nineties lineup of the band reunited, they revised and re-recorded the song, which now has a polish and harmonic complexity lacking in earlier renditions.
Give it a listen, and see you tonight in Nelsonville…
Note: I’ll be trickling out some previews for sets that I’ll be sure to catch at the Nelsonville Music Festival throughout the week. This is a rough chronological order.
This year won’t be the first trip to Nelsonville for the Tennessee honky-punk lady trio, but their visit a couple years ago was cut short, so I’m ready for the full treatment. In the time elapsed, they’ve added a drummer, had a hit in a car commercial, and put out a second album. While they’ve always hidden (or not hidden) a little snarl behind their drawl, recent material owes as much to the Ramones or the Ravonettes as it does to Loretta, Wanda or Dolly. It’s sassy and brash and funny (as the booger hook photo on the front would suggest) but has moments of the forlorn among the edginess. However, expect the live show to favor the latter.
From where I sit, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is, hands down, the most exciting artist at Nelsonville Music Festival 2012. The 76-year-old Jamaican, whose name is synonymous with the foundation of dub, has produced Bob Marley, won a Grammy, and is listed as Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of all time. The fellow is a living legend.
Perry’s eccentric personality, experimental recording techniques, and love for super reefer have been defining characteristics over the years. Nonetheless, he’s sober these days and, apparently, still weird as shit. Highly recommended: Saturday, May 19th @ 12 AM on the Main Stage.
Nelsonville Music Festival heads into its 8th year with another impressive lineup. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Roky Erickson, M. Ward, Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, and many more are all slated to play Ohio’s finest fest. Oh, and as Duffy posted, the pride of Dayton, OH — Guided By Voices — was just announced as well (classic lineup).
The obscure surname may have some scratching their heads, however, I can assure you the Nelsonville locale is what makes this event. Seeing artists of this caliber amongst a backdrop of Appalachian foothills rightly gives festival-goers the sense they are witnessing something very special. Plus, any jaded art wangler knows obscurity is vogue, yo, so go! It truly is an experience. Go here to purchase tickets and here to view the full lineup. If you wish to camp, you can purchase camping tickets here.
Below is an interview with Nelsonville Music Festival’s Founder/Stuart’s Opera House Executive Director Tim Peacock and NMF Marketing & Promotions Coordinator Brian Koscho:
TP: The reactions are usually more about their experience than place. When some artists arrive in Nelsonville, they must wonder where the hell they are going. They are almost pleasantly surprised to find we have a killer little festival that is not a hassle for them. Our crew is professional but laid back and they love that. We go out of our way to take good care of them and they see that and comment on it. Every year we get more and more submissions from agents who want their
other bands to play Nelsonville, so that tells us we are getting good feedback on that level as well.
BK: Tim is correct! I think it is mostly how they respond by the end of the weekend, that’s when you realize how special the event really is. Aside from that I remember a couple reactions in particular… Sean Lennon (who played last year with Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) seemed very surprised at all of the nature, asking us quite a bit about what kind of bird we had. And Glen from Swell Season (in 2010) was very, very happy that we had a big jar of “American Peanut Butter” as part of their hospitality. He took it with him on the road when they left. Continue reading
Nelsonville Festival continues to grow in amazing ways. Today, “classic line-up” Guided By Voices has been added to close out Friday evening. If you were still on the fence as to whether or not you should attend, well, I think your decision has been made for you.. I mean:
Iron and Wine, Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Guided By Voices, Roky Erickson, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Todd Snider, Dawes, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Jorma Kaukonen, Hayes Carll, Those Darlins, Dark Dark Dark, Lee Ranaldo Band, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Horse Feathers, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Flying Clouds of South Carolina, Michael Hurley, Mucca Pazza, Shovels & Rope, Black Bananas, Hope for Agoldensummer, R.Ring, Woody Pines, Greg Ashley Band, Mount Moriah, Matt Bauer, The Old Fashioneds, Todd Burge, Shivering Timbers, Ohio University Symphony Orchestra, The Tillers, Wheels On Fire, Sport Fishing USA, The D-Rays, Time and Temperature, The Shazzbots, Hex Net, State Park, Angela Perley & The Howling Moons, Boxcar Burlesque, Debris Upon The Forest Floor and more still to be announced!
The event takes place May 18-20 in Nelsonville, Ohio.
More Ohio festival news: Nelsonville adds Andrew Bird, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Hayes Carll and Time & Temperature
The 2012 Nelsonville Music Festival lineup continues to be awesome. Today NMF added Andrew Bird, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Hayes Carll and Time & Temperature to the lineup, which now looks like this:
Iron and Wine
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Dark Dark Dark
Lee Ranaldo Band
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
Shovels & Rope
R.Ring (Kelley Deal of the Breeders)
Hope For Agoldensummer
Time & Temperature
2012 Nelsonville Music Festival lineup includes Iron & Wine, M. Ward, Roky Erickson, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Dark Dark Dark and more
So, yeah, I’m going. More to be added. Tickets here. Full release:
NELSONVILLE, Ohio- Stuart’s Opera House is thrilled to announce the lineup for this year’s 8th annual Nelsonville Music Festival on May 18-20 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. This year’s lineup includes Iron and Wine, M. Ward, Roky Erickson, Dawes, Charles Bradley, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Dark Dark Dark, Jorma Kaukonen, Lee Ranaldo Band, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Horse Feathers, Michael Hurley, Shovels & Rope, JD McPherson, R.Ring, Woody Pines, Todd Burge, with more acts still to be announced! Weekend passes and individual camping passes are on sale now! To purchase passes, or for more information visit www.nelsonvillefest.org or call (740) 753-1924.