Every year at Secret Stages I'm blown away by at least one or two performances. Mostly from bands I've never heard of and I just happen across them because I am in between shows. And that's what happened when I stepped outside to check out the main stage at Secret Stages, Mississippi alt-country rockers Young Valley caught my ear. Raucous and fun, the band made a new fan that evening. Give them a listen below as you check out my photos from their performance.
In between shows at the Secret Stages Festival, I popped into Rogue Tavern to use the bathroom and grab a beer. I'd never heard of Early James and the Latest, but glad I stuck around for their set. A spectacular live act, the band mashed up folk, blues, and country into what amounted to a barn burning set of originals and covers. And discovering an artist you'd never heard before is exactly what Secret Stages is all about. Listen in to one of their tracks below and you check out my photos from their performance.
When I made my list of bands I planned to check out at this year's Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham, Baltimore rock trio Snail Mail was top of the list. Playing at Rogue Tavern on the 2nd night of the festival, the band drew the largest crowd I'd seen at any venue. Even a few bands who had played earlier stuck around for the show. All the hype and anticipation was well worth it too. Fantastic performance, and I walked away satisfied and also a bigger fan. Listen in to a few Snail Mail tracks below and check out my photos from the show.
Another must see artist on my Secret Stages list this year was Nashville based Molly Parden. She was the 1st act at Rogue Tavern on the 2nd day of the festival, and set the tone for another day of fantastic music. She and her band played a compelling brand of country folk with a few pop elements sprinkled throughout, but it was her stunningly beautiful voice that kept the audience entranced. Listen in to a few of Molly's tracks below as you check out my photos from her performance.
Nashville artist Tristen Gaspadarek and her band were high on my list of bands I had to see at this year's Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival. The band's set Friday night at Rogue Tavern was unforgettable, entertaining and fun, I walked away a bigger fan. Her latest album, Sneaker Waves is out now. Enjoy the video for "Got Some" and my personal favorite track, "No One's Gonna Know" while checking out my pictures from the show.