By: Kiki Ferguson
Counterpoint now less than a week away, and besides packing all of your necessities, you should definitely know who you cannot miss next weekend. From headliners to smaller acts, we’ll inform you on the must see acts at Counterpoint 2014!
Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights) hails from Fort Collins, CO bringing his own unique genre consisting of a mix of soul, hip-hop, funk and electronic. Creating his owl record label, Pretty Lights Music is building a family of like-minded artists all sharing the same vision in relation to sound. Derek has been rapidly increasing his success between his expanding PLM label and his new album A Color Map Of The Sun (2013), which was recorded with a live band. Every performance by PL will keep you bouncing while his light show will leave you mesmerized. Don’t miss Pretty Lights with his LIVE BAND Friday night at the Blu Freedom Stage at 10PM.
Pump up your kicks and get ready for Foster The People. This three-piece indie pop band formed in Los Angeles just five short years ago. This Grammy nominated, melodic dance-infused pop band spans across many genres, containing no boundaries for the style in which they play. Fresh out of the studio, Foster The People just released their second album titled Supermodel last month. Make your way out to the Blu Freedom Stage at 10:30 PM on Saturday night.
You may have noticed Outkast is making a huge come back this year headlining multiple festivals worldwide. You may have also noticed that besides staying out the headlines, Outkast hasn’t been putting out new music recently, as both Andre and Antwan have been pursing their solo careers. 2014 marks the group’s 20-year anniversary and they intend on celebrating by touring worldwide and showing the world Outkast cans still make ya move. Atlanta is the home to Outkast. The two met at Lenox Square Shopping Mall when they were 16 and formed a group together in high school. This hometown performance is sure to be special and I wouldn’t doubt these two are planning a special performance. Be sure you watch as these two close out the Blu Freedom Stage Sunday night at 11PM.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9), another band that calls Georgia home, will return to Atlanta for the first time with their new bassist Alana Rocklin. Having only performed two shows since the departure of long time bassist David Murphy, the band has transitioned amazingly and is eager to thrown down at home. Their sound is like non-other blending electronic with many genres. With eleven albums out and a 12th in the works, we can’t wait to see what’s in store. This will be a meaningful and memorable performance. With nothing holding them back, Tribe is set for a unforgettable performance on the Hillside Stage Saturday night at 9PM. This is one performance you cannot miss this weekend!
Big Gigantic consists of saxophone player and producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken. Based out of Boulder, CO, this livetronica hip-hop, funky, bass duo has been rapidly climbing the success ladder, collaborating with artists like Griz, Gramatik, The Disco Biscuits and the Underground Orchestra. Both Dom and Jeremy have extensive backgrounds in music and continue to expand out of the US to the UK and Australia. The band has been remixing songs of all genres from, rap, hip-hop, to electronic and even pop. Be sure to catch Big Gigantic on the Blu Freedom Stage Friday night at 7:45.
Thievery Corporation brings their unique sound hailing from the nations capital Washington, DC. Mixing numerous styles of music capturing elements in dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern and Brazilian. A thievery show is indescribable; each song contains different musical elements, going from reggae to jazz to dark psychedelic in a matter of ten minutes. You can never guess what you’ll hear next. The band contains artists speaking many different languages from English, Spanish, French, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian to Hindi, and all these cultures are represented throughout their performance. TC is one set you cannot miss this week check them out on the Blu Freedom Stage on Sunday at 5:45.
GRiZ is one producer that is on the rise. Currently on his Power In Numbers tour, he sold out five shows in a row since starting the tour last week. He brings the groovy, blues into electronic music, keeping fans of all ages entertained. Incorporating multiple genres in his sets, GRiZ will be sure to have a little something or all music lovers don’t miss him at 9:45 on Saturday night at the Steeple Stage. Check out our review of his performance at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA last week here.
Simon Posford (Shpongle) comes down to GA to grace us with the sweet sounds of his project, Shpongle. Playing a DJ set of music produced by his live band, his sets are always an adventurous ride. Having just finished up his US tour for his new Album, Museum of Consciousness, Simon has sold out numerous shows on this tour and is ready to rock Georgia right before heading back to the UK. Take the trip and don’t miss Shpongle playing at 12:45AM Saturday night as he closes out The Underground Stage.
Counterpoint is loaded with amazing music from all over the world; there are many acts known and just as many on their way up. Here are a couple acts that you may or may not know, but you will be hearing about their performance after the festival.
Don’t miss American electronic rock duo Phantogram, originating from New York, these two make their own rules creating their owl sound described as Street beat, Psy-pop. Catch them at 6:45 on the Hillside stage on Sunday afternoon.
Giving a whole new outlook at electronic music, The Polish Ambassador pushes boundaries morphing hip-hop, dub, funk, and breaks to create unique energetic dance music. TPA is rapidly increasing in success through his free music and his followers, the TPA family is growing daily. Catch him in his onesie jumpsuit Saturday night at 10pm on the Underground Stage.
Ott is a British producer who has gained success since the early 2000’s when he started producing. Most recently releasing music on Shpongle’s label, Twisted Records. Ott is another artist who’s set will take you upon a magical journey be sure to catch him at 11:15PM right before Shpongle on Saturday at the Underground Stage.
Hailing from Athens, Ohio, Papadosio brings their earthy blend of livetronica, spreading the evolution of humanity; in terms of love for one another and this earth. You might have heard of their festival Rootwire, bringing people together for the cause, supporting music, art, yoga and love for the environment. These guys will put on a performance that no one will want to miss, and are a highlight for this weekend at Counterpoint. Catch them at 9:15PM at the Underground Stage on Friday night.
The Revivalists are really taking off! This New Orleans ensemble has been ripping up stages since 2007 and show no signs of slowing down after starting this year off proper and rocking out on Jam Cruise. This funky New Orleans Band has a distinctive sound, continuously bringing music to life while on stage. Bringing back sounds from the golden days of rock and roll but not afraid to incorporate their electronic touch. They have a couple sold out shows up north this week before they bless us with their presence Sunday at 2:45PM at the Hillside Stage.
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