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Sunday, June 21st, 7 - 8:30 PM, Main Stage
Master storyteller and versatile musician Steve Earle is a flat-out legend whose extensive songbook is stuffed with literate, confessional roots-rock gems. A protégé of songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Steve Earle has written songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Baez. With three Grammy Awards to his credit, all for best contemporary folk album, Steve Earle channels the traditions of Americana with authority and virtuosity. Known for his heartfelt anti-death-penalty and anti-war stance, he has a gift for articulating the plight of the downtrodden and misunderstood. Along with his band The Dukes, his debut album from Texas established the term “new country” nearly 30 years ago. This iconic troubadour is also a poet, novelist, short story writer, and actor.
Friday, June 19th, 9:00 PM
Best known for covering popular albums in reggae and dub style, Easy Star All Stars are a high-energy reggae collective with a dedicated fan base throughout the world. This New York City-based band blends musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful harmonies, and a premier rhythm section. Their best-selling tribute albums include "Dub Side of the Moon," "Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band," "Thrillah" and others. Founded in 1997 by musicians at Easy Star Records, Easy Star All Stars cross reggae with pop, rock, and jazz, infused with "one love." With their onstage spontaneous dance moves, improvised solos, and fun synergy, they turn the crowd into an energetic foot-stomping, sweat-dripping frenzy.
Saturday, June 20th, 8:45 PM
Starting on the bass drum as a child, Andrews soon picked up the trombone; he was blowing a joyful noise by the time he was 12. He practiced his musicianship and showmanship with the city's most energetic brass bands, from New Birth and L’il Rascals to ReBirth and Treme.
Saturday, June 20th, 6:45 PM
One of the few remaining authentic links to raucous pure Chicago blues, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials are a full-throttle blues-boogie machine. Slide blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Lil’ Ed Williams has a direct bloodline to blues history—his uncle and mentor was the great Chicago slide guitarist J.B. Hutto. From smoking slide guitar boogies to raw-boned Chicago shuffles to deep slow-burning blues, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials are Blues Music Awards winners. Known for onstage toe-walks and back-bends, master bluesman Lil’ Ed has seen a storybook rise from working in a carwash to entertaining fans all over the world. Featuring the same lineup for more than 25 years, this rollicking, road-tested band fires on all cylinders.
Saturday, June 21st, 1 - 2:15 PM, Main Stage
West Coast Americana and Progressive Bluegrass
Saturday, June 20th, 11:20 AM
Award winning guitarist and songwriter from Nickel Creek.
Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was just 12 years old, kickstarting a career that's taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the top of the bluegrass charts. Along the way, he's become an award-winning guitarist, a singer/songwriter, and a member of several different bands, not to mention one of the early pioneers of a genre now known across the world as Americana. Now, after 25 years of being either a band member or sideman, Watkins is throwing his full weight behind a new solo album, All I Do Is Lie.
Friday, June 19th, 7 PM - 8:15 PM on the Main Stage and the Hotlicks dance at 10:30 PM
Young Southern fireball Nikki Hill is rocketing to the top of the roots music scene, already being called the new queen of rock’n’roll. With her explosive live shows, unforgettable charisma, and quasi-retro style, Nikki Hill has been leaving jaws on the floor all over the world. Described as “the Staples Singers meet AC/DC,” she delivers raw rock, simmering soul, rockabilly shouts, Southern blues, vintage-style R&B, and gospel—all with incredible passion and authenticity. Her unique voice was honed during her childhood in a Durham, North Carolina, church choir complete with rejoicing, clapping, and dancing. Nikki Hill struts and shimmies, joined by her husband Matt Hill on guitar, Ed Strohsahl on electric bass, and Joe Meyer on drums.
Friday, June 19th, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Main Stage
Roots rock/blues trio.
In the short span of 2 years, THE RECORD COMPANY (Los Angeles, CA) has gone from recording in the bass player’s living room to playing with a diverse range of music’s top acts including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, The Wood Brothers, Social Distortion, and Robert Randolph. This rock/roots/blues trio has been described by Time Out L.A. as if “John Lee Hooker and The Stooges had a love-child”.
Saturday, June 20th, 5 PM - 6 PM
Living up to their name, Jungle Fire pumps out an incendiary Latin-Afro-funk sound that ignites audiences and keeps the dance floor packed.
With up to a dozen musicians of diverse musical backgrounds, Jungle Fire reflects the cultural and musical landscape of L.A. The band started as a one-off project in 2011, but soon the buzz grew, attracting fans across the globe. With timbales, congas, bongos, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, and baritone sax, Jungle Fire creates a sonic melting pot of lively Afro-Cuban rhythms, break-beats, and ’70s-inspired psychedelic funk. Individually and collectively, these accomplished musicians have played with Stevie Wonder, Breakestra, Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, and the Greyboy Allstars; the band has shared the stage with the Budos Band, Shuggi Otis, the Blackbyrds, among many others.
Saturday, June 20th, 1 PM - 2 PM
Riyaaz Qawwali is an ensemble that represents the unique diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s 8 musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and also represent multiple religious and spiritual backgrounds.
Sunday, June 21st, 11:30 AM
Joe Craven’s unique “Afromericana” trio blends the music of West Africa with oldtime Americana and spirited originals. Mamajowali blends kamala ngoni (the hunter’s harp) with guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin, and singing, creating a sound that’s uncommon and familiar, traditional and innovative, all at the same time. Multi-instrumentalist and award-winning music educator Joe Craven is a master of multiple genres. Award-winning kamale ngoni master Mamadou Sidibe, from Mali, West Africa, has added extra strings to the traditional harp, helping to transform Mali’s music from its origins in hunters’ sacred melodies. Fingerstyle guitar ace and composer Walter Strauss has transposed the music of 21-string African kora to 6-string guitar. Together, they create an improvisational trialogue of grooves.
Sunday, June 21st, 10 - 11 AM, Main Stage
California Folk & Soul
Raised on music from Bill Withers to the Band, the four young men of Próxima Parada perform captivating, dangerously genuine music, felt as much as it is heard. Listeners have called their music "sexy as hell,” so either bring a loved one or keep your eyes and hearts open because Próxima Parada will be playing match-maker.
Saturday, June 20th, 10 AM - 11 AM
After a stunning Live Oak debut at Hot Licks last year, award-winning San Luis Obispo-based quartet Shadowlands performs on the main stage. Their haunting, heart-melting music continues to win accolades, especially since the release earlier this year of their crowd-funded debut album. With a gorgeous, ethereal folk-pop sound and literate, stirring songwriting, Shadowlands won a first-place award for best song at the New Times Music Awards, as well as a nomination for a Danish Grammy. The two husband-and-wife duos that make up Shadowlands continue to influence and inspire each other. Shadowlands is three strong songwriters and an evocative cellist, with mutual chemistry: Danish-born pianist and singer Karoline Hausted, guitarist Mark Davis, singer Wendy Liepman, and cellist Bob Liepman.
Friday, June 19th, 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 21th, 9:00 AM, Morning Hot Licks Stage
West Coast Bluegrass & Americana
Saturday, June 20th, 9 AM - 9:45 AM, Morning Hotlicks Stage
Sunday, June 21st, 8 - 8:45 AM, Morning Hotlicks Stage
"Derek Senn is a master at capturing the everyday in the form of a good sad song. He does what he does because it’s what he loves to do. Songwriters like Senn make you feel like you’ve got a friend somewhere who knows what you’re going through." - No Depression Magazine
Saturday, June 20th, 8:00 AM, Morning Hotlicks Stage
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Sunday, June 21, 2:45 PM, Hot Licks Stage
Come and cheer on our very own future Live Oak stars.