Cincinnati's Bunbury Music Festival is one of the great overlooked events of the music festival circuit. Bunbury has put together a solid lineup for its 2015 edition, which takes place June 5-7 on the riverfront. Snoop Dogg, the Black Keys and the Avett Brothers make up the excellent group of headlining acts. Which other performers on the bill are worth seeing?
Walk the Moon
Bunbury marks a triumphant homecoming for Walk the Moon, the Cincy band currently lighting up the charts with “Shut Up and Dance.” The band's second album Talking is Hard features dance and new wave influences that should make for a great live show, especially given the supportive local crowd.
The male voice on Rihanna's beautiful ballad “Stay” released his solo debut album in January. Mikky Ekko's record hasn't produced a major hit yet, but his gorgeous voice and the A-list batch of co-songwriters on the record (Ryan Tedder, Stargate, Benny Blanco) make his songs worth hearing.
Rock bands incorporating '80s sounds into their music are all the rage right now, and nobody does it better than Bleachers. Jack Antonoff's band has now scored three hits from its debut album - “I Wanna Get Better,” “Rollercoaster,” and “Like a River Runs” - and the guys put on a terrific live show.
Father John Misty
Folk singer Father John Misty's profile has risen this year after the massive critical acclaim given to his February album I Love You, Honeybear, which hit No. 17 on the album chart. His lyrics are emotional and powerful, so fans willing to sit back and soak in every word will get their money's worth from his Friday afternoon set.
Do we really need to explain why Kacey Musgraves is a must-see? The most insightful communicator in modern country music, Musgraves won every industry award imaginable with her debut album Same Trailer Different Park. The Bunbury crowd will get to hear songs from her next album, which drops this summer.
Matt and Kim
Just go ahead and pencil in Matt and Kim as must-see artists at every festival they play. They somehow manage to turn their silly pop music into an energetic, punk-rock show that inevitably becomes a highlight of the festival. Additions to their set for 2015 include “Hoodie On” and the infectious new single “Can You Blame Me.”
Three-day passes for Bunbury are sold out, but single-day tickets remain available at $79 each at bunburyfestival.com.