The Lamar Street Festival Music Lineup
Lamar Street Festival guests will enjoy live music from an eclectic array of Texas bands on the main outdoor stage in addition to four indoor stages at adjacent restaurants The Cedar Social, Full Circle Tavern, Poor David’s Pub and Bill’s Records.
Erykah Badu – Universal Motown recording artist Erykah Badu, best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, is a four-time GRAMMY® award winning American soul singer and songwriter. Regarded as the “First Lady of Neo-Soul” or the “Queen of Neo-Soul”, Badu’s sound — a concoction of soul, hip-hop and jazz — cannot be contained to a single genre. Self-described as a “mother first”, Badu is a touring artist, producer, dj, teacher, community activist, holistic healer, doula, vegan, and conscious spirit. Baduizm, Badu’s highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997 went triple platinum and, along with “On & On,” won Grammy Awards at the 1998 ceremony. Spring of 2010, Badu released her fifth studio album, and second installment of a two-part New Amerykah series. New Amerykah, Part 1: Fourth World War, a concept album that was digitally produced and political in tone, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and Rolling Stone named it one of the year’s best albums. New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh, which features lush live instrumentation and taps into Badu’s emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships, made its debut at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Carolyn Wonderland (born Carolyn Bradford 1972, Houston, Texas) is an American blues singer, songwriter and musician. Wonderland’s instrumental abilities include guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, trumpet and piano. Although primarily a blues artist, Wonderland likes to incorporate elements of country, swing, zydeco, surf, gospel, soul, and cumbia into her musical mix.Fans of Wonderland’s music include Bob Dylan, and Ray Benson, founder of Asleep at the Wheel. Benson produced Miss Understood, and has been one of her songwriting collaborators. Wonderland credits several blues and Texas musicians as influences on her music. One notable influence is Austin singer/songwriter Terri Hendrix, as Wonderland covered two Hendrix songs, (“I Found the Lions” and “Throw My Love”), on Miss Understood.
No matter what kind of music you’re into, the story of psychedelic-gospel-funk group The Relatives is a heartwarming one. Formed in 1970 by Dallas gospel singer Rev. Gean West and his brother Rev. Tommie West, The Relatives bridge the gap between traditional gospel, soul and psychedelia with gritty songs that confront heavy issues like war, addiction and inequality. After more than forty years, they’re finally set to release their debut album The Electric Word on February 19, 2013 via Yep Roc Records. The Relatives sing a burning gospel refracted through the lens of psychedelic rock, heavy R&B and 1970s funk. Their riffs and drum grooves owe as much to Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone as to the Rev. James Cleveland and Shirley Ceasar. “Even back then people would tell us that we was ahead of our time,” Gean said. “We always did our own thing.”
Soul Track Mind
Soul Track Mind is a popular music group from Austin, Texas with an original sound that blends soul, blues, r&b, funk, and jazz. The initial lineup came together in June 2008 (led by vocalist Donovan Keith and guitarist Jonathon Zemek) and eventually began a weekly residency in (now closed) East Austin juke joint TC’s Lounge before branching out. Austin Monthly named the group a band to watch in their March 2012 issue and in August 2012 named lead singer Donovan Keith one of the most eligible bachelors in Austin for that year.
The Greencards are a progressive bluegrass band that formed in Austin, Texas, and are currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. The band was founded in 2003 in Texas by Eamon McLoughlin, an Englishman, and Australians Kym Warner and Carol Young. The Greencards are noted for their playing of American bluegrass with a worldly feel, and for their incorporation of other genres of music. Often labeled as part of, and said to be representative of, the “newgrass” movement, they draw from Irish folk music, gypsy music, rock ‘n’ roll, folk balladry, and Latin American musical sources. The Greencards’ sound has been compared to progressive American folk rock, and they have been credited with helping to expand bluegrass music.
Home by Hovercraft
Home By Hovercraft is a theatrically and classically influenced rock band led by husband and wife duo Seth Magill (vocals/ tuba) and Shawn Magill (piano/ vocals/ xylophone). Rounded out by Seth’s sister Abbey Magill (step dance), Max Hartman (drums, also lead singer for Mur), Johnny Sequenzia (mandolin/ harmonica), and guest artist Becki Howard (violin, also of Sarah Jaffe, Bethan, The Crash That Took Me) they’ve been compared to indie bands with a classical/ folk twist like Beirut, The Dresden Dolls, The National, and Tilly And The Wall.