After a very stacked Day 1 at the Sloss Music & Arts Festival, I was eagerly awaiting to see what Day 2 held in store for us all. Only thing is, I had to leave sometime during Sturgill Simpson’s performance in order to make it home for Monday morning at the old job. So that meant I would have to miss both Vince Staples and Alabama Shakes. Well, at least Ricardo would be able to stay and cover these two acts for Concerthopper. It was a real bummer knowing that I would not get the chance to do photography at their sets. With that being said, let’s start talking about what acts I was able to see during Day 2!
I would like to first take the time to mention two acts that I feel made a major impression on me and many others with their set: Beach Slang and Hiss Golden Messenger. Beach Slang is indie rock/punk band that formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 2013. After a minor line-up change, Beach Slang has been firing on all cylinders and melting minds with their energetic live performances. Hiss Golden Messenger is an alternative country/indie rock/blues/country band from Durham, North Carolina led by MC Taylor. It was a real treat to finally come across Hiss Golden Messenger at a festival I was attending. Check out some of Beach Slang and Hiss Golden Messenger’s music over at their official Bandcamp webpages with the links provided.
Next on the agenda was Lillie Mae, K. Flay, and Judah & The Lion. Lillie Mae is currently on Jack White’s Third Man Records and after seeing her perform for the first time, I can safely say I know why he signed her to his label. Check out her official Soundcloud to hear a few songs off her debut LP, Forever and Then Some. K. Flay had a huge crowd gathered over at the Steam Stage for her performance and it seemed to get her amped up for her set. Want to hear more of K. Flay? Check out her official Soundcloud page today. Another band that drew quite a crowd for their performance was Nashville’s own Judah & the Lion. I had seen the name pop up over the years and finally got to see what all the talk was about. Want to see Judah & the Lion on tour? Check out their upcoming tour dates and see if one is close to you.
By now I was getting down the last few artists that I would be able to see before having to leave the festival: Waka Flocka Flame, Phantogram, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (NRATNS), and Cashmere Cat. First up was Atlanta native Waka Flocka Flame in the Shed Stage. Not going to lie, I have never seen him live or knew what to expect from his set. Waka not only came out amped to perform to all his fans but he came out with the energy of a quad shot latte from Starbucks with a side of espresso. It was hard to catch him during his set but had a blast trying. Next up was NRATNS performing over at the Blast Stage -and let me tell you, this was one of the best sets of the day! If you haven’t seen NRATNS live before, then please rectify this as soon as possible! In fact you can do so right now by following this link to their tour dates.
Cashmere Cat also played in the Shed Stage and was one of the few EDM acts to perform at SMAF. Phantogram can be easily called ‘festival vets’ as they have graced many lineups since releasing their debut LP, Eyelid Movies, in 2010. This would actually be my first time getting to see them perform live and I was pretty excited for this chance. I had previously seen Big Grams (Big Boi from Outkast and Phantogram) twice before at a few festivals, so I had an idea of what to expect. But they went above and beyond expectations and played a very solid set of songs from their discography. They even played one of my older favorites, “When I’m Small” right before the end of their set.
So I have to admit that I saved the very best for last: Mr. Sturgill Simpson. Now I have been a fan of this man for some time now. This set would actually be the eighth time seeing Sturgill perform, and it won’t be the last. Do not let the moniker of “country artist” fool you because he is much more than that. His sound is deeply rooted in the 1970’s style of country music which is needed within the current country music landscape. Check out his music on Google Play if you are so inclined. I would not steer you wrong on finding some good music from a great artist.
We had a fantastic time during Day 2 of the Sloss Music & Arts Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. Personally, I am a little bummed that I had to exit right after Sturgill and missed both Vince Staples and the Alabama Shakes. We want to again express our gratitude to Red Mountain Entertainment and Associates and AC Entertainment for allowing Concerthopper.com the opportunity to come to the SMAF during this amazing festival. We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for you all! Save the date: July 14-15, 2018.
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