New Orleans-based sextet Sweet Crude treats audiences to 'Drum Pop Louisianais'—a vibrant, bilingual fusion of indie, pop, rock and traditional southern sounds, paying tribute to their hometown's rich cultural heritage. The band's uplifting pop anthems feature iridescent five-part vocal harmonies that seamlessly glide between English and Cajun French lyrics, as spoken by the bandmates' grandparents and great-grandparents. With five vocalists and percussionists, Sweet Crude's music has a strong acoustic framework, with synths, fiddles, trumpets and glockenspiels intermittently adding colorful surprises to their lively, eclectic sound. Sweet Crude also makes a point to stay away from the heartbreak often central to stories in Cajun music, instead drawing upon personal experiences and triumphs. Founded in 2013 by Alexis Marceaux, Jon Arcenaux and brothers Sam and Jack Craft, they grew to a sextet with the later addition of Stephen Macdonald and Skyler Stroup. The group draws influence from artists such as Talking Heads, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Daft Punk.
After releasing their debut LP Creatures in 2017, Sweet Crude embarked upon a nationwide tour alongside fellow rising star, Tank and the Bangas—which included a high energy, memorable performance at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles and an upcoming solo show at the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series on July 12th. They’ve played at festivals such as Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and High Sierra. Their song “Parlez-Nous a Boire” was featured twice on the FX program American Horror Story and the group won the Big Easy Award for “Best Rock Band” in New Orleans in 2017.
Upstate Rubdown at 6pm
Upstate Rubdown draws inspiration from every corner and age of American music for a sound that’s contagiously dynamic and unobtrusively familiar. The group was founded in 2012 in upstate New York by vocalists Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn, who were recently joined by Nashville, Tenn. transplant and fellow vocalist Allison Olender. The harmonic vocal powerhouse trio is supported by a vibrant rhythm section consisting of Harry D'Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. Upstate Rubdown has performed in over 30 states, with festival appearances at Mountain Jam, the Green River Festival and Otis Mountain Get Down.