I’m pretty stoked for this year’s Firefly lineup. There are some great big named artists that are scheduled to come. (I mean who isn’t excited for Mumford?) But, for this post, I thought I’d break down my top five lesser-known artists to give you all a leg up in what I’ve repeatedly said will be the best weekend of your life. (Seriously, get your tickets, NOW.) Plus, who doesn’t love discovering cool new music?
5. MOTEL RADIO
Sit back and relax to Motel Radio. Straight out of New Orleans, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this is a band to start listening to before they blow up big time. The rock n’ folk vibe that this band encompasses reminds me a little bit of The Head and the Heart. Definitely a great band to listen to while hittin’ the books or hangin’ in a hammock.
4. THE LONELY BISCUITS
An alternative rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, The Lonely Biscuits have played on several festival stages. I’m particularly excited they made it into this year’s Firefly lineup because I was a part of the committee that selected them to perform at JMU. They are awesome live and it’s pretty cool to see them moving up in the music world.
3. PARSON JAMES
You may know him as the vocals on Kygo’s hit song “Stole The Show.” But, his pop gospel music is catchy and quickly became my go-to running music. I’m pretty positive this guy will be big by the time Firefly rolls around. So, hop on the bandwagon and give him a listen before he becomes a radio sensation.
As soon as I listened to “Weight In Gold”, I immediately fell in love with this guy’s music. Fairly new to the game, Gallant got his start in Los Angeles and is currently on tour with ZHU, the electronic music producer behind your favorite club music. You’ll want to go check Gallant out before seeing him this summer in the Woodlands.
1. MAJOR AND THE MONBACKS
Listed at the bottom of the Firefly lineup is a band that I’m most excited to see live. I can’t get enough of these guys. Hailing from Norfolk, VA, their powerful sound is that of 60s rock n’ roll blended with southern soul. Can’t you just imagine yourself listening to them while sipping a whiskey in a dimly lit blues bar? Major and the Monbacks, you knock it out of the park.