Thrilled to announce our 2014 Spring Weekend Lineup
Friday, April 11th
(in order of appearance)
What Cheer? Brigade
At this point, What Cheer? Brigade is a Spring Weekend staple. The punk brass band is back to kick off the festivities for the third year in a row, and we couldn’t be more excited. With their blaring horns, bizarre costumes, and party attitude, these local Rhode Islanders will make the Main Green their playground and give us the delightfully raucous kick off that we need to start this incredible weekend.
Chance The Rapper
At the forefront of the Chicago hip-hop scene stands Chance the Rapper, a 20 year-old phenomenon with musical influences that range from Eminem to Michael Jackson. His rapid-fire delivery, soulful hooks, and reflective lyrics have positioned him as one of rap’s most promising up-and-comers. After dropping one of the most critically acclaimed projects of 2013 and racking up numerous accolades by the end of the year, Chance is gearing up for a full-fledged takeover in 2014.
Diplo is one of the most prolific producers in the international music scene and a mainstay in all of Brown’s party playlists. Even before his explosive 2003 mixtape, ‘Never Scared,’ his genre-bending style paved the way for him to top the charts. If it weren’t for his radical experimentation in the duo of Major Lazer, the United States would unlikely have been home to the South American sound that defines contemporary electronic music. Having worked with M.I.A., Beyonce, No Doubt, Justin Timberlake, Usher, and Snoop Lion, his collaborations know no bounds. Get ready to express yourself.
Saturday, April 12th
It isn’t so shocking that the latest pop-punk revivalists are a loud-and-fast bunch from the middle of the Midwest. Coming straight from Cleveland, Cloud Nothings make music with the thrash mentality of Cap’n Jazz and the pop sensibility of 2000’s Fueled by Ramen. Be ready for an kick-ass show and a morning of rehashing all your teenage angst.
With a live show notorious for matching supernatural beats with incredible crowd participation, Dan Deacon is an experimental composer who throws the craziest dance parties known to man. His sound is cacophonous and chock full of swift dance epics. Get ready to turn up and throw down, Brunonians.
Trained as a classical violinist since age four, Andrew Bird is now a one-man orchestra, who blends the lines between folk, rock, and blues as a solo artist. He uses multi-track recorders and looping pedals to weave together violin, guitar, vocals, whistling, and glockenspiel, creating a hypnotic and layered improvised performance that expands the possibilities of solo performance. His most recent LP, ‘I Want to See Pulaski at Night,’ was released this past November. Once you’ve listened, it’s hard to get his whistling out of your head.
Ms. Lauryn Hill is a supercharged soul singer and rap goddess who originally rose to fame as a member of the Fugees alongside Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel. Her solo debut, ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’ peaked at number one in 1998 and secured her status as a lyrical legend who flawlessly transitions between singing and rapping. Hill’s music explores political themes, love, God, and her experiences as a woman, while blending elements of soul, R&B, hip-hop, and reggae. Her latest track “Consumerism” was released this past October. She remains a feminist icon today and continues to perform and inspire worldwide.