Once again, the Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham, Alabama outdid itself. Tabbed as a music discovery festival, it's every bit of that for fans of new music. Aimless Skylarking exists for that sole purpose too, discovering and sharing new music is exciting. With a slate of 60 bands on the schedule over 2 nights, there was plenty to choose from -- rap, rock, metal, folk, alt-country, and R&B to name a few styles. I attended in 2014 and discovered several Aimless Skylarking favorites such as Adia Victoria, And the Echo, The Debauchees, and Memphis Dawls. Last year's lineup was stellar as well, featuring blog favorites such as White Reaper, Raindeer, Brass Bed, Dot.s, Eleven Year Old, Captain Kudzu, Holy Youth, Twin Limb, and Velouria.
As in 2014, I secured a photo pass and documented several performances of which I'll share photos all this week. The first act I saw was Nashville's Bassh. Energetic and fun melodic alt-rock, and far grittier live than their single, 'Body', would have you believe. 'Body' has over 100k Soundcloud plays so the band is on to something, and hopefully follow up tracks aren't too far down the road. Find 'Body' and my photos from their performance below.
All photos taken with a Canon 5d Mark III camera with a Canon f2.8 24mm-70mm lens, and a Sony A6000 mirrorless camera with a Sony f1.8 50mm prime lens.