By Bob Gallagher, ArtsQuest Intern
Red Stag Liederplatz is tucked away in the beautiful Sun Inn Courtyard, right off the hustle and bustle of Main Street. The musical lineup features everything from folk and Celtic to Americana and rock. Here’s just 7 of the amazing performers coming to play at the Red Stag Pub Liederplatz this Musikfest.
1) Anna Rose – 8/1, 8pm
Music runs in this girl’s blood. Her dad, Alan Menken, is an award-winning composer who wrote the scores for just about every Disney movie of the last 10 years including “Tangled,” “Enchanted,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” That being said, Anna is not your typical Disney princess. Her latest album “Behold a Pale Horse” takes its name from the book of the Apocalypse and several of her songs deal with the inevitability of death. You know what; I take that back about Disney princesses. Anna would make a great Elsa.
2) Seamus Kennedy – 8/5, 5pm | 8/6, 1:30pm
This is one crazy Irishman. My parents bought a Seamus Kennedy CD when I was 6 years old, and it was an instant family favorite. Even though the CD broke 15 years ago I still remember all the songs. We would put the CD on repeat for road trips until my parents couldn’t take it anymore. Kennedy has some of the funniest original songs I’ve ever heard, and his stage routine and wit is incredible. He is a master of the more solemn Irish ballads as well, although his rendition of Danny Boy is less than reverent.
3) The Badlees – 8/4, 7pm
The Badlees are one of many bands with origins in local Pennsylvania that went on to the big time. What started out as three Mansfield University students meeting in music class developed into a band with several national top 40 hits and album sales in the hundreds of thousands. Their first big album “River Songs” was inspired by the daily commute along the Susquehanna River to their recording studio in Harrisburg. These guys definitely qualify as hometown heroes.
4) Solas – 8/5, 9pm
Much of the Irish-American band Solas’ music dedicated to telling the story of immigrants who came to America seeking a better life. Never afraid to use their music for social commentary, “Pastures of Plenty” and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” are part of their core repertoire, and they’ve covered some of the more politically “controversial” songs by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Josh Ritter.
5) Paleface – 8/9, 9pm
Paleface is a legend. This folk hero has been claimed as an influence and inspiration by everyone from The Avett Brothers to Beck. He now tours with his drummer-turned-girlfriend “Mo” Samalot, and sees huge fan turnouts wherever he goes. Paleface took up painting several years ago, and unlike fellow painters Sylvester Stallone and George W. Bush, is actually considered not terrible at this second calling.
6) The Revival – 8/8, 7pm
These guys don’t have too much in common with Creedence Clearwater. For one thing, the band’s originally from Winnipeg, Canad-eh. But despite their country of origin (which isn’t really their fault), The Revival has built a cult-following in the States with the same almost-overnight speed that rocketed CCR to fame. Growing out of the underground party scene, the band hits on the perfect mix of classic-rock riffs, reggae, and modern EDM.
EDITORS NOTE: I picked/wrote #7 because I haven’t written anything in a while and was feeling left out. – Jon Lunger, Marketing Manager, ArtsQuest
7) The Defibulators – 8/6, 9pm
Their official band bio is pretty accurate with its assessment that The Defibulators can be “described alternately as ‘Hee-Haw on mescaline’ and ‘CBGB-meets-Grand Ole Opry.’” Nothing I write here is going to do them more justice than that. With that in mind, I am going to continue to write about them in what I’ve just established as a fool’s errand.
I love that Americana traditions are finding their way back into our collective pop culture consciousness. Some purists might say it’s a fad, but to them I say hogwash! Hogwash! Even if that may be the case, self-absorbed music snob, just chill the heck out and enjoy the glory that is a Defibulators frenetic, rock-fueled hoedown.
That’s it for now! Check out the rest of the Red Stag Pub Liederplatz lineup (and the entire Musikfest lineup) at www.musikfest.org. And get caught up to date with our previous must-see platz picks: