SPRING WEEKEND 2018 LINEUP
Introducing Spring Weekend 2018— a line-up created to #DISRUPT music festivals’ complacency. Following the momentum of last year’s success, we wanted to continue prioritizing marginalized identities. This year’s line-up is so talented, bringing a diverse set of genres, sounds, aesthetics, and energies to Spring Weekend. We, as a group, recognize that there is no perfect lineup, but we remain committed to disrupting hierarchies within the industry.
Rico Nasty sits at her own self-defined intersection of punk, trap, and old school Nickelodeon. With the release of her single “iCarly”, an infectious bubblegum-trap hit, Rico Nasty went viral overnight. Since then, Rico has released two full length albums, Sugar Trap 2 and Tales of Tacobella. The DMV rapper’s nonconformist attitude and punk aesthetics will surely shake up Friday night. Bring your energy to hear Rico Nasty’s flow which she calls “yinging”, a combination of yelling and singing.
DRAM is rap’s favorite goofball. Bursting on the scene in 2015, DRAM’s popularity exploded with the release of his single “Cha Cha” and he has since released a full length album bursting with similar catchy hits. His fun sound, which playfully blends pop, R&B, and rap, has garnered millions of plays on songs like “Broccoli”, “Cash Machine”, and “Cute.” Without a doubt, Big Baby’s smile and happiness will light up the Spring Weekend stage. Kids, get ready to eat your broccoli!
Dubbing herself the queen of “wonky funk”, NAO’s eclectic sound is compelling. When For All We Know debuted in 2016, NAO’s unique tone, electronic beats, and funky rhythms redefined conceptions of the R&B-Soul musical soundscape. Uniquely her own, the British singer is a refreshing performer. NAO’s highly energetic nature is reflected in her colorful live show full of impressive vocals. Get ready to spend some time in wonky funk town with NAO’s otherworldly performance!
WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE
What? What Cheer? What Cheer? Brigade. Yes.
London-based artist Rina Sawayama has been on the fast come-up after the release of her debut mini-album RINA, which was featured in The Fader, The Guardian, and many more. Rina’s sound is unbelievably original. Having grown up in Japan, she combines her roots in J-Pop with contemporary R&B, top-40, and rock. Her music centers social commentary on the millennial experience, from riffing on digital anxiety, critiquing YouTube stars, to calling out the lack of Asian representation in pop music. Rina’s live show is energetic and magical; and we are so excited to experience her fresh sound and high-energy performance with you!
Emerging from the ashes of Chicago indie-rock legends Smith Westerns, Whitney was born in the Windy City’s coldest winter. But out of the cold came a new warmth. Whitney’s debut LP ‘Light Upon the Lake’ melds rock, country and soul into something familiar and beautiful. Singer/drummer Julien Ehrlich’s delicate falsetto is nestled into keys, bright horns and warm guitar. Whitney sounds like a breezy spring afternoon, and that’s exactly what they’ll be on Saturday.
ANDERSON .PAAK AND THE FREE NATIONALS
YES Lawd! West Coast rapper, drummer, singer/songwriter, Anderson .Paak has developed his own sound which pulls together R&B, 70s soul, and hip-hop. Anderson .Paak has worked closely with artists like Dr. Dre, KAYTRANADA, and Rapsody. Born into a Black/Korean family, .Paak’s first experience in music was performing as a drummer for his family’s church. Anderson .Paak is quickly becoming a household name. With his unique adlibs, truthful musical storytelling, and “extraterrestrial soundscapes,” Anderson .Paak is an artist to expect a lot from, both at Spring Weekend 2018 and in his future work.
SEE YOU ON THE GREEN
APRIL 27TH/28TH, 2018