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Photos: 2012 Nelsonville Music Festival / Saturday

Nelsonville Music Festival
Saturday May 19, 2012

Andrew Bird

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Mucca Pazza

Jessica Lea Mayfield

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Nelsonville Fest Preview: Mucca Pazza

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.

Mucca Pazza isn’t necessarily a band who’s album would end up in my stereo on a Sunday morning, but live… good lord what a treat.   The self-dubbed “circus-punk” clan of 3o or so characters made up of horns and percussion and cheerleaders and who-knows-what else don thrift store band uniforms and make a spectacle of your middle school marching band nightmares.    One part Sousa, one part Klezmer, and at least one part pure funk, these Chicagoans  bring pure unadulterated joyous  fun.  Truly a highlight of the festival.

Nelsonville Festival Preview: Iron & Wine

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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. 

There has always been some sort of historical aspect to the vibe at the Nelsonville  Fest, blacksmithing demonstrations and log cabins aside.  The selection of acts has always included something that a previous generation would have turned out to see, in addition to plenty of current musicians doing a present-day take on older styles of music.   Sam Beam of Iron & Wine is somewhere in between those two categories, but aligns perfectly with the bucolic feel of the festival.  He’s emerged from his professorial career and evolved into a seminal folk musician- an elder who’s cut the trail for indie darlings like Bon Iver or Fleet Foxes.  While Iron & Wine hasn’t abandoned the whisper quiet signature of early albums, Beam & company have continued to evolve their craft  by experimenting with larger bands, layers, production, and even pop music influence.   While I might not have imagined them as a big, open air act, I think sitting in the grass, basking in the sun while taking it in will feel pretty sweet.

Nelsonville Fest Preview: Those Darlins

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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.

Lydia Loveless: New acoustic video, Columbus show Friday, Nelsonville show Saturday at Cabin Fever Festival

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The folks at Sleepover Shows shot this video of Lydia Loveless doing “Learn to Say No” inside the unnamed statue at MIT. Check out the rest of the session for “More Like Them” and “Bad Way to Go.”

Loveless will stop in Columbus Friday at the Rumba Cafe with Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage, Lost Revival and 10 High (featuring Chris McCoy and Sean Beal). Then on Saturday, it’s Stuart’s Opera House’s all-Ohio Cabin Fever Festival with Loveless, Nick Tolford & Co., Buffalo Killers (Cincinnati), The Sundresses (Cincinnati), Sportfishing USA (Yellow Springs/Athens) and J.D. Hutchison (Athens). Tickets $12.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Sept. 27 in Nelsonville

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The folks at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville followed up last week’s festival with a fairly big show announcement: Bonnie “Prince” Billy at Stuart’s on Sept. 27. Hopefully Cheyenne Marie Mize will accompany.

Photo wrap-up: Nelsonville Day 1: Hex Net, Justin Townes Earle, Whale Zombie, George Jones, Nick Tolford & Co, Mount Carmel, Bomba Estereno, The Growlers

After the debacle of actually getting down to Nelsonville from Columbus (accident blocking both lanes on 33-E, some very unprofessional actions of Speedway employees…) I finally arrived about an hour after planned but the night was just starting.
Here’s my photo wrap-up of Friday’s events.

Porch Stage (2nd stage)

Bomba Estereo

Columbus’s own Nick Tolford

George Jones was the headliner today

Now for very many more photos from yesterday’s festival!
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Nelsonville: Donewaiting recommends…

We’re all pretty excited for the weekend of music and fun down in Nelsonville, which is now only hours from kickoff. There’s a lot to see and hear, so as promised, I’m gonna layout what I think are going to be highlights for me. You know what they say about the best laid plans though – there’s going to be friends to see, beer, naps, etc. and performances will most certainly be missed. You don’t have to listen to me – you can see a list of artists, complete with descriptions and links here. Picking from this line-up is tough, but my path, roughly in order, will look something like this:

Friday- I’m excited to see Justin Townes Earle (one of two son-of-a-legend sets this weekend). He was supposed to play a gig in Columbus a while back, but a day or so before the show, his tour was cancelled do to some rockstar issues. I’m excited to see George Jones not so much because I have a lot of personal history with the guy, but more because he IS history. You can’t pass up a chance to see one of the greats. From the main stage area, I’ll swing over to the Porch Stage to see a Columbus double header of Nick Tolford followed by Mount Carmel.

Saturday- This is going to be pretty much a main stage day, but there are some real gems all over the Festival. I’m going to start with the haunting Baby Dee, and from there go to the No-Fi Cabin, which is one of the real treats of the Fest. There’s zero amplification, no stage, and nothing much more intimate in live performance. Lovely Eve Searls will enchant with her quirky folk ukulele, followed by close associate and Black Swans front man Jerry DeCicca. This guy will whisper-croon some dark and smoky tales, while evoking a chuckle or two along the way. Ned Oldham plays after them, and the cabin seems a perfect venue. Continue reading

Nelsonville Music Fest – one week away!

Seven days and counting, waiting for the clouds to divest themselves of what seems like endless rain, until the 7th annual Nelsonville Music Festival. I pretty much gushed about the Fest last year, and am looking forward to another go. If the buzz around Columbus is any indicator, I’m not alone in my anticipation – some combination of the word getting out about a good thing and a growing contingency of recognizable national headliners makes me think that this will be a bigger and better operation in terms of both crowd and bill. The Fest has undergone a fairly meteoric rise from rustic small town beginnings, becoming a must-see event for many around here and garnering some greater attention abroad. It’s not too late to get on board and cement your ‘I remember when…’ memories – daily and weekend passes are still available. It’s clear that part of the experience with Nelsonville is the aesthetics of the grounds, the charm of the volunteers running it, the accessibility of the artists and sets. I’m optimistic that the fine folks at Stuart’s Opera House (who organize it) will both recognize and preserve the neighborly vibe, even while playing host to some pretty big name acts. Continue reading

Win tickets to Saturday’s Cabin Fever Festival in Nelsonville

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Live at Electraplay alums Maps & Atlases headline the Cabin Fever Festival Saturday at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, playing alongside Ohio bands Pomegranates, Alwood Sisters, Bird and Flower, Wheels on Fire and Whale Zombie. Not too shabby for a $15 show in an old theater.

This will also be the first opportunity to get early-bird tickets to the Nelsonville Music Festival, May 13-15. $45 for the whole weekend. I will most certainly be there.

To enter to win a pair of tickets to the Cabin Fever Festival, email contestdonewaiting@gmail.com with the subject line CABIN FEVER by 5 p.m. Friday. We’ll choose a random winner then.