Six picks from this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival


Ben Sollee, a cellist, composer and storyteller is mentioned often by musician friends; he has played with both Abigail Washburn and My Morning Jacket. Sollee has released a number of recordings and travelled wide — including by bicycle. Have a listen to his mix of classical, R & B and catchy tunes.  (Friday, 4:00 PM, Main Stage)

Mandolin Orange, a pair hailing from North Carolina, just released Such Jubilee, the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut, This Side of Jordon, named by NPR as one of the best folk/Americana records of the year.  Discover the their beautifully intertwined and intimate sound.  (Friday, 2:30 PM, Main Stage and 8:45 PM, NoFi Cabin)

Welcome to back to 1967. Ryley Walker would have fit perfectly with the likes of late 60s/70s musicians like Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. With his warm, full folksy chord progressions his tunes seem to hum homage to pastoral scenes of the past. Despite his sweet hippie dispositions, he and his band hold strong leanings towards jazz. With upright bass, drums, keys, and electric guitar, in addition to Ryley and his acoustic guitar, the live band brims with energy and power. He will be joined by Columbus native Ryan Jewell on drums on the porch, for those who caught his March Spacebar set. (Friday, 5:45 PM NoFi Cabin, 9:15 PM Porch Stage)


Sarah Neufield is best known as a member of the Arcade Fire. In 2013 she released her debut solo record, Hero Brother. Her violin playing is organic and a surprise to your ears and eyes — you will look for a looping pedal or another trick, don’t be fooled, she is the real deal. At the festival she will be joined by drummer Jeremy Gara.  The two are working on material for a new record. (Saturday, 2:30 PM, Main Stage)

Who doesn’t love queer train-hoppers playing Americana music? Hurray For The Riff Raff is primarily a vessel for Alynda Segarra’s (vox/banjo/guitar) songwriting, but the touring group is currently composed of 6 extremely talented instrumentalists. Segarra’s sweet and striking alto vocals ring with the power of the NY punk scene she grew up on, but hold true to the band’s southern folksy sound. (Saturday, 5:30 PM, Main Stage)

Cbus is representing in a big way at Nelsonville this year. Bummers will bring their powerhouse surf-punk sound to the stage instead of just bumming it in the Nelsonville crowd this year. Fronted by the king of hippie charisma Jeff Pearl, all the members of Bummers are regular Nelsonville attendees. Live the four-piece is sure to fill the stage with resounding vocals and endless quality shredding. (Saturday, 2:45 PM, Porch Stage)



note:  co-authored by Annalisa Hartlaub


Thanks for looking out for the old guys! Miranda Sound offshoot bands Bicentennial Bear (featuring Billy Peake) and Face (featuring Dan Gerken) will deliver some post-work, Happy Hour rock at Woodlands Tavern (1200 W. 3rd St) on Thursday evening. The show also doubles as a Bicentennial Bear EP release show, Charleston Jail + 3 is a preview of what’s coming on a full length due in October. So, get this … not only is the show free but there will be a limited number of free EPs available as well.

For those who can’t make it to the show or prefer their music in a digital fashion, Charleston Jail + 3 will be available via all the regular digital sites (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Soundcloud).

Earlier this month, Face released their first song (“Cypress”) via Soundcloud. What’s interesting to me is that both Billy and Dan have added female vocals to their post-Miranda Sound bands which adds an all new element to the recognizable sounds these guys create individually. And, if you’re keeping a scorecard at home, Face features bassist Brian Freshour and drummer Brian Moore who some of you may remember as Tiara’s rhythm section.

Face kicks things off at 6pm and Bicentennial Bear will follow at 7. You’ll be home before the hour hand reaches double digits!

Pretty big announcement by CD102.5 this afternoon as they revealed their two-day Summerfest lineup taking place July 23 and 24.

Thursday, July 23 – Cake, surprise guest (TBA), Bear Hands, Glass Animals and Civil Twilight.

Friday, July 24 – Weezer, Atlas Genius, Saint Motel, Pop Etc.

Tickets are on sale this Friday ($39.50/per show) at 10am and are sure to be snapped up quickly so don’t hesitate.


After only being together a little over a year, the five young members of The Candescents are set to release their new album “Bedheads” on July 10th. They’ve already begun to garner a good response in the local scene, pulling out a solid number people to most of the shows they play. The crowds so far seem to be receiving them well, they almost brought down the house last time I saw them, literally! (but that’s a story for another time) So after seeing them live and loving it, I pulled together some of our contributors to review their new single “Back of Your Hand”

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Columbus rap legend Blueprint was recently interviewed by a kid … MY kid … for the video interview series Kids Interview Bands and answered questions like “What would be on a Blueprint Hot Dog from Dirty Frank’s?” and “What position would you play if you were on the Columbus Clippers?”. The interview was conducted at 16-Bit Bar + Arcade in downtown Columbus a few weekends ago.

Blueprint is currently touring in support of his recently released album King No Crown and