Updated Fri, Jan 11, 2013 9:26 am
A critically acclaimed Americana/indie band, two up-and-coming soul/funk and "cirque-rock" groups and a freak-folk pioneer are the latest additions to the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival, scheduled for May 30-June 2 at Hocking College.
Calexico, The Coup, He's My Brother, She's My Sister and NMF stalwart Michael Hurley join an already stellar lineup that includes Wilco, John Prine and Reigning Sound.
Since 1996, Calexico's signature brand of Tex-Mex and indie-rock has found favor with critics and international audiences alike.
The group was founded by vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino, following a stint with Howe Gelb's Giant Sand and sideman duties with Victoria Williams and Neko Case.
Originally conceived as a duo, other members eventually joined the fold, adding horns, percussion and strings, which contributed to the group's increasingly mariachi-flavored repertoire.
In the Reins, a 2005 collaboration with Iron and Wine, helped the band gain exposure, while their songs have been heard in the film Collateral and on Public Radio International's This American Life. Calexico's latest album, Algiers, was released in 2012.
California will be well-represented at this year's fest with soul/funk/hip-hop combo The Coup and the self-described "glam-folk, garage-country, cabaret-blues, desert-pop, cirque-rock" sound of He's My Brother, She's My Sister.
Of the latter group, LA Weekly stated "[Their] voices mingle like glamour in the desert" and serve up "party music for coyotes drunk on champagne."
Underground folk legend Michael Hurley has been a regular fixture at the Nelsonville Music Festival since 2008. With a discography that stretches back to 1965, Hurley has been cited as an influence by a new generation of rock and folk musicians, such as Devendra Banhart and Cat Power.
Festival tickets are currently on sale, and according to Stuart's Opera House Marketing and Promotions Coordinator Brian Koscho, now is the time to buy.
"[The tickets] are the cheapest they will be...we'll be raising prices a few times until we get to the weekend of the festival," he explained. "Those who are planning on coming should get their weekend passes now and save some money. And if they buy passes before Jan. 19, they get a free ticket for next weekend's Cabin Fever Festival at Stuart's."
The 4th Annual Cabin Fever Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, featuring a music swap meet and poster sale, along with performances by Freakwater, Tim Easton, Cotton Jones and more.
"It should be a great time," said Koscho. "Having four bands in one night is unique for Stuart's and they're all fantastic groups. Plus, there's the record sale beforehand, Just a Jar from Marietta will be selling some letterpress posters and showing work and there's a great new gallery show of concert posters featuring art from a bunch of Ohio artists."
With a dearth of music festivals this time of year, Stuart's Opera House is providing a nice appetizer before this spring's main course, with some updates sprinkled here and there in the coming months.
"The Nelsonville Music Festival lineup is starting to come together and Stuart's is looking forward to hosting another great weekend," said Koscho. "There are still so many more bands to be announced."