Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, a 26-year old of Puerto Rican descent with marked influences from doo-wop and Motown to New Orleans soul to traditional country and folk. NPR has said that Hurray for the Riff Raff's music "sweeps across eras and genres with grace and grit," uniting audiences of all backgrounds with a common musical thread.
Centered around the powerful voices and compelling songwriting of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "the most welcome addition to pop music this year," with their debut LP WILDEWOMAN lauded by The New York Times as "an art school take on girl group soul." Since their recent debut, Lucius has become a quick favorite of XPN listeners, and makes an exciting and much anticipated addition to this year's lineup.
Fronted by Rhett Miller, Old 97's have long been an XPN favorite, blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk energy and delivery. The group has been making music for 20 years, and their new album "Most Messed Up" finds the Old 97's at their racous, boozy best, all swagger and heart.
Singer Rachael Price, drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, and trumpet-playing guitarist Mike Olson met and formed Lake Street Dive at Boston's New England Conservatory, and has since come along way. They find themselves on the cusp of stardom, describing themselves as a "pop-soul juggernaut", with varied influences ranging from British Invasion Rock ("Bobby Tanqueray") to horn-drivin R&B; it is clear that Lake Street Dive is destined for greatness.
Founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman featuring twin lead vocals from multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne and singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, Trigger Hippy is a brand new, powerful, soul-infused rock and roll band ready to tear up the XPoNential stage. Rounding out the group are lead guitarist Tom Bukovac, who co-produced the EP with the band, and bassist Nick Govrik. Trigger Hippy's early shows have already garnered acclaim, and this built-for-the-stage trio is sure to excite and entertain.
Internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are back on the road, bringing their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz, and world music to the Friday night stage at Wiggins Park. After playing together for more than fifteen years, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have won the hearts of music lovers all over the world, and are an exciting addition to this year's festival lineup.