If you like The Lumineers…
This year’s festival boasts a number of country and folk rock groups that are perfect for those long summer nights.
Friday is a slow day with three must-see performances. At 3:15 pm, Father John Misty steps out on his own after leaving Fleet Foxes last year. His folky vibe is the perfect way to kick off a chill weekend. At the same time, Houndmouth takes the stage on the other side of the festival. The quartet mixes folk, rock and beards to create their unique sound. End the night with Hey Marseilles at 5:40 at the BMI stage.
Saturday is much busier. Day 2 kicks off with Wheeler Brothers at 12 pm. Expect them to bring Austin vibe to Chicago during their set. At the same time over on the BMI stage is Frontier Ruckus. Then Shovels & Rope bring the banjos, guitars and hand claps at 12:45. Fans can hang out at the same stage for Ben Howard, who channels Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. At 3 pm, two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks take the stage with their new group, Court Yard Hounds. To keep the country vibe going, fans should check out Eric Church, winner of the CMA’s 2012 Album Of The Year. The Lumineers take the Lake Shore stage at 7:15 and make the perfect opening act to Mumford & Sons, who close out Saturday at 8:15 on the Red Bull Select stage.
The last day starts with a performance by the Chicago quintet, Rivals of the Peacemaker, at 12 pm. Fans may enjoy the folky/R&B singer, Lianne La Havas, who takes the stage at 3 pm. Her performance is followed by Alt-J at 5 pm. The English rockers have taken the UK and Australia by storm and are slowly getting more buzz stateside. Fans should close out the festival with Cat Power, who is known for her Memphis soul and Delta blues. She takes the stage at 8:45.