9 Must-See Main Stage Bands at McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2014
Danny Clinch Ben Harper (left) and Charlie Musselwhite
One of the hallmarks of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival over its decade or so of existence has been the utter diversity of sounds its offered. Such is the case with the 2014 edition, which runs Friday, March 28, until Sunday, March 30, and features a smorgasbord of sounds that cuts across a multitude of genres.
To wit: The lineup for this year's MMMF at Margaret T. Hance Park features the electro soul of Gramatik, the jazzy funk of Lettuce, and indie rock aplenty from Decker, as well as the bluesy Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special, alt-country artists Delta Fifths, and folk rock aplenty from Avery. And that's just on Friday, the first of three straight days that will be filled with rock 'n' roll, soul, funk, Americana, blues, electronica, and much in the way of jamming by local and national artists.
As is true for all music festivals, it's nearly impossible to see every single performer. It's with that in mind that we assembled a list of which national bands, acts, and artists working the main stage at McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2014 that you really don't want to miss come this weekend.
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers
With four albums under her belt and a crew of Bay Area musicians, San Fran-based vocalist Nicki Bluhm has built her career off a vintage blend of country, R&B, and blues-stained rock 'n' roll. Where Adult Contemporary babes like Grace Potter, Joan Osborne, and Sheryl Crow have drifted into the middle of the road, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers are still riding the chill wave with their refreshing West Coast approach to roots music. Instead of a twang you get a breeze and an all-ages fanbase, and combined with opener Joe Pug's taste of Nashville, the result will be sunny, unadulterated Americana. -- Erin Manning
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers are scheduled to perform at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 29