Bragg Jam 2013 Lineup Preview: 56 Bands on 15 Stages: July 27th, 2013
We’re pleased to announce that for the 3rd year in a row, TheBlueIndian.com will be sponsoring a stage at the Concert Crawl for Bragg Jam Arts and Music Festival in our hometown of Macon, Georgia! Our stage features local acts WoolFolk & sunDollars, as well as JUNA (Athens) and a headlining set from Death on Two Wheels (Atlanta). Scheduled for Saturday, July 27th, Bragg Jam 2013 will be the largest yet – with fifty-six bands on fifteen stages located around the City of Macon. Fifty-six bands means a lot of choices and so we thought we help you out by giving you a short preview of each band playing. Though the festival hasn’t announced the schedule of bands yet, tickets are now available for advance purchase and are only $20.00 for general admission and $100.00 for a Patron Package. Bragg on!
Bragg Jam 2013 Line Up Preview
The Dirty Guv’nahs – American-bred rock n’ roll from Knoxville, Tennessee. These Bragg Jam alums are back in town for their first co-headlining appearance on the festival, following on the heels of their recent performance at the 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party with 38 Special.
The Front Bottoms – After making their debut in Macon to around 40 people at The 567 Gallery Stage in September of 2011, The Front Bottoms are returning as co-headliners of Bragg Jam; If it isn’t obvious that the past few months have been incredibly busy for them, check out their nearly non-stop touring schedule that includes sold-out shows around the US and Europe, alongside support tours with Kevin Devine, Bad Books, Say Anything, and many, many more.
DJ Lethal – The man behind the decks for internationally known acts like Limp Biskit and House of Pain has been adamant in making the past few years about his real talents as a DJ and not just a name associated with other people’s work. Mixing electro, hip-hop and dubstep, and rap, Lethal routinely performs dates around the globe. When he’s not spinning records, he’s at work in his studio producing tracks for artists like Scott Harris, as well as his upcoming solo album.
Dead Confederate – Before rising to notoriety in the Athens, Georgia music scene (and well beyond), Dead Confederate called Augusta home. Once they made the move, things started to click and the band eventually found themselves selling-out venues around the city. Three full-lengths later, the band has a new album called In the Marrow and sound better than ever. Dead Confederate is dark, textured “Southern gothic” rock n’ roll. Singer T. Hardy Morris will also being playing a solo set at the Festival.
Royal Thunder – The Atlanta-based act has been on the road for quite literally the better part of the past year. Whether they’re supporting Dillinger Escape Plan, Enslaved, or ASG, Royal Thunder has probably been to your state in the past few months. The band already has an upcoming US tour with Baroness schedule (post Bragg Jam) and their most recent release, CVI, was touted by NPR as ” a revved-up Southern hard-rocker that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn”. Huh? Awesome.
T. Hardy Morris – Head honcho in the Dead Confederate circle, Hardy just released a solo album of tunes that fall in a completely different spectrum than his previous work. Audition Tapes is a beautifully textured and haunting look at “the other songs” musicians will tend to write. Morris happens to be our “Band of the Month” from May 2013.
The Whiskey Gentry – Atlanta represents yet again (this won’t be the last time) on the Bragg Jam 2013 lineup. As Paste Magazine says, this “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass, feet stomping in line with a punk-inspired kick drum” has had quite the year. They just finished another full-length record that will be out later this year.
King Lincoln – Formerly known as Flannel Church, King Lincoln is the fuzz-laden project of guitarists Lawrence Feltman & Marshall Ruffin, alongside Carter Herring on bass and the “son of Southern rock”, Duane Trucks on drums. King Lincoln will be sharing the stage with a few other notable “children of the Capricorn Records”.
The Grapevine – Since 1987, The Grapevine has been the soundtrack to parties all across Middle Georgia. Covering favorites from more than five decades, the band is well known for their high energy and extensive catalogue of music. Though I’m not sure exactly how many people are actually in the band, you can expect between five and ten people onstage at any given moment. Slip in your Dr. Scholl inserts and get ready to dance the night away.
Stokeswood – Calling themselves “low endie rock”, Stokeswood has been relentless with their touring schedule the past few months. The Atlanta-based band has performed at festivals across the Southeast, but will be making their debut Bragg Jam performance this year.
Death on Two Wheels – Bragg Jam wouldn’t give these guys a year off! Following their red-hot late-night set at Bragg Jam last year, the boys in DOTW are back with more distortion, more whiskey, more sweat, and more denim for what should easily be one of the most floor-shaking sets of the entire festival.
Back City Woods – Some of Macon’s finest players make up Back City Woods, a “blue-grit” string band responsible for Around the Bend – released earlier this year. These guys are no strangers to Bragg Jam and we’re looking forward to seeing them on the “big stage” this year.
Greenhouse Lounge – Greenhouse Lounge has made a name for themselves as some of the most dynamic and engaging electronic artists in the Southeast. This isn’t your standard “DJ” on a computer though, Greenhouse Lounge combines elements of live drumming, guitar work, and synth with produced tracks to create a soundscape that is uniquely their own.
A Thousand Horses – This Nashville-based five-piece has caught the attention of some of the harder hitting country acts currently on the road. Since their 2010 debut, the band has shared the road with the likes of Kip Moore, Blackberry Smoke, and Darius Rucker, and completed two stints as a featured artist on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man Cruise”.
Thomas Wynn & the Believers – Headed by the son and daughter of Tom Wynn, famed drummer for Capricorn Records’ Cowboy, the Believers don’t mess around with their music. Think soul-soaked, blues chased with whiskey.
The Packway Handle Band – Some of the quickest pickers in Georgia make up the Packway Handle Band, often referred to by their fans as “Packway Handle”. Based in Athens, the group of five plays and sings around one central microphone, same as players did many years ago. Packway is a Macon favorite and will definitely pull their weight.
St. Francis w/ Domingo Ortiz – Headed by former Moonshine Still frontman Scott Baston, Saint Francis plays soulful and funky tracks that are easy to groove to. The band will be joined by Domingo Ortiz, percussionist for Widespread Panic.
XAVII – Macon experimental group playing in the styles of Russian Circles, Don Caballero, Opeth, and Explosions in the Sky. They closed the 567 Gallery Stage last year to a full house.
Hank Vegas – Chad Evans and company have reunited for Bragg Jam 2013 to pay tribute to the Bragg brothers and treat local crowds to longtime favorites.
Jared Ashley – A quickly rising country artist who calls Nashville-via-Newnan home, Ashley has won audiences around the US over with his down-to-earth charm and approachable, but not predictable songwriting.
Floco Torres – Though he’s one of the hottest rappers in Middle Georgia, Floco Torres has fans far beyond the Peach State borders. Born and raised in New Jersey, Floco relocated to Macon in the last decade where he continues to write, record, and perform when not on tour.
Noot d’ Noot – They’ve contributed parts to Mastodon’s albums, done studio time with Sleepy Brown, and toured with of Montreal – among other things. Dancing shoes required for this set also.
Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy – Formerly of the Drive By Truckers, Shonna Tucker and company return to Bragg Jam for a highly anticipated performance of their trademark mix of “rock n’ soul”.
Brent Cobb – Another Georgia native who relocated to Nashville to “chase the dream”, Cobb will soon be living it if things keep going the way they are. Since 2009, he’s penned songs for Eli Young Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler and more.
CUSSES – Eerie-DIY rock from Savannah. This band is on the road more than just about any on the Bragg Jam lineup.
Donna Hopkins Band – Female-fronted rock and blues trio based in Tucker, Georgia.
The District Attorneys – The Atlanta-based band creates distinct and memorable Americana songs with pop and rock influences.
Megan Jean & the KFB – “Like a metal band if it was 1927, and an all-night dance party with the Devil Herself.” I couldn’t have said it better.
The Black Cadillacs – Hard-hitting fuzz-soaked rock via Knoxville, Tennessee, Bragg Jam marks TBC’s first show in Macon in more than a year.
Dank Sinatra – Jam-heavy rock that’s bathed in electro-grooves. A mainstay in the current Athens music scene.
Funk You – A rapidly growing favorite around the Georgia jam-scene, Funk You plays bass-heavy tunes with a focus on guitar and synth leads.
Paleface – Schooled by Daniel Johnson and Danny Fields, Paleface has achieved cult-status with his introspective songwriting and live performances.
One Horse Parade – Ambient, instrumental rock from Macon, Georgia that isn’t afraid to hit back.
Sterling Waite & the Cotton Avenue Hustlers – The band plays famous old-time string and bluegrass numbers, as well as more contemporary tracks and a large catalogue of originals.
Dirty Doves – All original progressive blues that touches on jam-band territory.
Travis Denning Band – One of Middle Georgia’s most promising artists, Travis Denning has become known around the area for his original country songs and electrifying covers.
Homeless Hill – Hard rock from Warner Robins area, Homeless Hill routinely packs out venues around the area. Quiet sure they got their name from somewhere in Macon though…
Elhae – “Every Life Has An Ending”. Rapper, artist, and personality that calls Atlanta home. First single from his most recent album features Rick Ross, yep.
DJ Skillz – Club-thumping DJ from the ATL that chooses to remain elusive when it comes to his online presence, however we’ve heard great things.
sunDollars – Bedroom blues that chose to go outside and give up the acoustic guitar for an electric. One of Macon’s most popular local acts.
Shane Bridges Band – Led by one of Macon’s favorite songwriters, Shane Bridges, the band plays predominately original material while occasionally exploring cover material.
WoolFolk – Area-group that plays original folk-rock while exploring the occasional R. Kelly or Mazzy Star cover. Things get weird.
Gringo Grande – “Bax and Ross have been playing together for around 12 years. Al and Bax met in 3rd grade. George married Al’s sister. Randy’s wife birthed Al. John magically appeared at the band’s conception..”
16 Bars Hip-Hop Orchestra – A packed stage of horns, guitars, percussionist and people rapping. It’s an exciting thing.
Lamar Williams Jr. – Obviously, the son of Lamar Williams. For those of you who don’t know who Lamar Williams was, he played bass in the Allman brothers. More importantly, his son has serious groove.
Seven Handle Circus – Bluegrass-influenced folk-rock that once randomly got invited by Mumford & Sons to open up their show.
The Swayback Sisters – “An all-female, close harmony trio from Asheville, NC. Old-school country soul, Appalachian folk, and dirty acoustic blues”
Rabbi Schlesinger & Friends – Local Rabbi, member of City Council, and all around good guy playing a set of mostly Bob Dylan covers. Of course they don’t have a website, that would be dumb.
Old Man Shoes – Warner Robins-based cover act that plays “the best songs that you don’t hear enough”.
Derelict String Band – Appalachian Boot Stomping Music from Aiken, SC that makes you “have the hankering to drink Moonshine”.
The Scott Little Band – Regionally well-known guitarist Scott Little and his band play country-rock originals and classic covers.
JUNA – Post-hardcore group comprised that calls Athens home. The band embarks on their first major tour and will close it out at Bragg Jam.
Acoustica – Middle Georgia’s premier unplugged duo, playing the greatest hits of the past 40 years.
A2Z – “A2Z Band is a group of well experienced local musicians who entertain venues and private parties with a large library of dance songs.”
DJ Element – One of the winners of Bragg Jam’s 2013 DJ Contest, Element spins a mix of the best electro and dance hits combined with classics from the 80s, 90’s and 2000’s.
Old Flame – Another winner of Bragg Jam’s 2013 DJ Contest, Old Flame has consistently been one of the most well regarded DJ’s in the Middle Georgia area.