By: Dennis Cook
JamBase Associate Editor
Once more into the breach, dear friends. This time we take a peek at musical gatherings in Kentucky, Michigan and Virginia that'll keep folks dancing in the streets this next weekend.
HullabaLOU Festival :: 07.23.10-07.25.10 :: Churchill Downs :: Louisville, KY
A thoroughbred racetrack would seem to bode well for a festival, and with over 65 bands spread over five stages during this three-day event there's bound to be a few winning ponies. Headliners at this year's HullabaLOU include the hard touring Dave Matthews Band, top country acts Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, soul legend Al Green, JamBase faves Gov't Mule and The Black Crowes, and classic rock mainstays Steve Miller Band and Bon Jovi. And since it's a Summer 2010 fest, The Avett Brothers continue their laminate gathering season of omnipresence. Here's three runners worth placing bets on.
1. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes :: Friday :: 5:00-5:40 PM :: Hullabalou Stage
Out beyond the Jersey Shore touring behind their tough, enduringly solid new platter Pills and Ammo, the Garden State's other favorite son and his long-running band will deliver what is likely a goddamn satisfying display of fundamental rock 'n' soul. Theirs is a sound hardened and perfected sluggin' it out in bars from here to Timbuktu, literally, and it's a kind of road won showmanship most bands simply don't possess anymore.
2. Ben Sollee :: Saturday :: 2:45-3:35 PM :: Fleur De Lis Stage
Sollee is one of the most exciting, unpredictable young artists to emerge in the past few years. Whether plying sublime cello with the Sparrow Quartet, lamenting clear-top coal mining with Jim James & Daniel Martin Moore or simply blurring genre lines in his solo work, Sollee represents an intense in engagement with music in the broadest sense. There's no telling what this set will be like, and isn't it delightful to go into music knowing that?
3. Taj Mahal :: Sunday :: 2:35-3:35 PM :: Kroeger Stage
Face it you're not likely to find a more exhaustive AND entertaining bit of wide-open musical acumen than ol' Taj. While he's frequently dubbed a bluesman, his reach extends to African and Caribbean roots, reggae vibes, Brazilian construction and much more. The man has an ear for combining wildly distant musical strains, and an hour with him is always time well spent.
HullabaLOU Music Schedule
HullabaLOU Official Site
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