Don’t miss these acts
Here are five acts to make sure to catch at this year’s LaureLive:
1. Fitz and the Tantrums — The song “Hand Clap,” from the band’s latest album, has sold more than than two million copies and is one of those tunes that seems destined to live forever on the soundtracks at sporting events to rev up the crowd.
It’s likely to do the same at LaureLive, and the band’s three albums of a danceable pop rock are filled with songs (“Money Grabber,” “The Walker,” “Fools Gold,” “Out of My League”) that could turn the Laurel School grounds into a grassy dance floor. (8:15 p.m. Saturday, Laurel Stage)
2. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue — Trombone player Troy Andrews and his band are influenced by New Orleans jazz and R&B, but the diversity of its appeal can be seen in its bio.
The band has opened for Daryl Hall & John Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers on tour, appeared with Foo Fighters in Dave Grohl’s documentary series “Sonic Highways,” played on albums by Zac Brown and She & Him and performed five times at the White House. The band’s set is sure to be a party. (6:40 p.m. Sunday, Music Elevates Stage)
3. Red Wanting Blue — Regular readers of Ticket shouldn’t be surprised to find this Columbus act (featuring Dean Anshutz of Youngstown on drums) listed here. The band has been playing for Mahoning Valley audiences for most of its 20-plus years and is a great live act. I’ve seen them at least 25 times live and am looking forward to adding to the total on Saturday.
RWB also played the first LaureLive, and this year’s appearance falls during a two-month nationwide tour in support of its latest album, “The Wanting.” (2:30 p.m. Saturday, Music Elevates Stage)
4. Magic Giant — When an act plays LaureLive two years in a row, it obviously impressed the organizers. Magic Giant, whose music has a Walk the Moon feel with a more hippie-ish vibe, played a lively, early afternoon set last year with frontman Austin Bisnow leaping from the stage and interacting with the crowd on the lawn.
There will be even more interaction this year, when the band leads a free Sunday morning yoga session with concertgoers. (2:25 p.m. Sunday, Music Elevates Stage)
5. Castlecomer – The smaller stages at music festivals offer a chance to see new acts that may be headlining those main stages in a few years. Elevation Group President Denny Young picked this Australian band that currently is unknown but is poised for a breakout as a must see this year. He first heard them last year on a playlist of acts performing at Austin’s SXSW festival that were from outside the U.S.
“They stuck out head and shoulders above everyone else,” he said. “Since we booked them, they got a U.S. record deal and a major booking agent … Their first major single comes out at the end of June, and I’m telling you, those guys are going to be as big as they get. They’re an example of a band you’ll see at LaureLive and then be able to tell your friends you saw them back when.” (2 p.m. Saturday, Medworks Stage)