The time is near to leave behind the daily grind and head to the hills to soak up the magic, music, and mountains of FloydFest ’16. Before you do, we’re back with Part II of FloydFest: Beyond the Headliners. Part I featured the indie folk sounds of Colorado group Elephant Revival, the ever so funky Con Brio, and the sweet bluesy rock of The Honey Island Swamp Band. Since FloydFest is bringing 100 different artists spread over nine stages in five days, we wanted to take another look at a few of the festival’s “must-sees.”Nakho and Medicine for the People
Sitting extremely close to the headliners, this quintet out of Portland, Oregon, is led by singer/songwriter Nahko Bear, who uses his powerful voice and lyrics as a catalyst for positive change. The music itself is a mix of upbeat tempos and layered sounds as the band combines funky hip hop and indie folk rock with a dash of tribal soul.
Just like the three bands we featured in Part I, Nahko recently released a new album, “HOKA” which was produced by Grammy Award-winner Ted Hutt. The 19 track album is filled with stories of personal struggles, themes of unity and social change, and messages of inspiration and motivation to embrace your destiny and accept your time and path in this world. Reminiscent of the uplifting music of previous FloydFest performers Michael Franti and Xavier Rudd, Nakho is a solid fit for this festival. Following FloydFest, the group heads across the pond for a full length European tour.
Where you can find Nakho and Medicine for the People:
Dreaming Creek Main Stage
10:30pm to 12:00am
This six-member band from the San Francisco bay area tells stories of a different kind, and does so by weaving R&B, soul, funk, and rock to craft a signature sound they call “psychedlic soul”. The band drew international attention in 2012 with its cover of Sonny Bono’s “Bang, Bang”. That success compelled the band to hone its sound, and unapologetically pursue darker themes redolent of the best elements from bands like the Zombies and Pink Floyd. The Monophonics are currently touring in support of the 2015 album “Sound of Sinning” which shows the band’s maturation as songwriters and musicians.
The band’s front man, Kelly Finnigan, breaks through the layers of horns, flute, and organ to deliver bone-shivering lyrics of love, infidelities, and loss. The band moves smoothly and believably between soft atmospheric songs, to powerful ballads that are reminiscent of the best of Motown. It will be exciting to see what Monophonics brings to their separate shows on Saturday afternoon on The Dreaming Creek Stage, then again Saturday night on the Speakeasy Stage. The separate venues should give the band the opportunity to showcase their diverse music styles, which can span from light and groovy to dark and soulful.
Where you can find the Monophonics:
Dreaming Creek Main Stage
3:45pm to 5:00pm
12:30am to 1:40am
The final band we are covering for this series certainly lives up to the axiom “last, but not least”. Roosterfoot is not yet as big, or as well-known as Nahko or Monophonics, but this hardworking band out of Norfolk, Virginia made its first appearance at FloydFest last year and quickly proved that it deserves just as much attention. The band has built a fiercely loyal, and growing regional following, with its diverse roster of original tunes that feature the explosive vocals of Seth Stainback.
Roosterfoot has a deep bench of styles, and can swing from soulful blues ballads, to country flavored heartache, to blistering rock anthems that mix in rap, and call and response elements. The shows are a musical rollercoaster of sorts with Stainback taking the audience wherever he wants to go. There are FOUR opportunities to experience this up and coming band. While each set is likely to be a very different, unique performance, each is likely to produce a highly frenetic and engaged crowd.
4:15pm to 5:15pm
7:45pm to 8:30pm
11:15pm to 12:00am
Pink Floyd Garden Stage
6:45pm to 7:30pm