The Bands

Tall Tall Trees from 5:30-7:00

To say that Mike Savino is an innovator would be an understatement. Touring under the
moniker Tall Tall Trees, the banjo-wielding bard has reshaped the landscape of what is possible with the instrument. On stage and in studio, Savino breaks down the banjo into its most basic iteration, reminding audiences that the banjo is, at root, a drum. Coupled with his mastery of electronic effects, loops, toy ray guns, and heaps of spontaneous creativity, Tall Tall Trees has been encapsulating audience members worldwide with his mystifying solo shows, as well as playing alongside fellow innovator Kishi Bashi.

His latest album ‘Freedays’ is, in a way, his debut album. Having recorded two previous albums in a traditional collaborative band setting, ‘Freedays’ is the first album Savino wrote and recorded as a solo project. Beginning in 2015, Savino took a much-needed respite from New York City, where he had spent a decade and a half honing his craft, and assumed the role of sole caretaker at an abandoned health retreat nestled in the green mountains of northern Georgia. The Bird’s Nest, as it was called, completely surrounded by national forest, provided the freedom and space to work without time constraints or interruption.

Composed and recorded over a period of eight months, ‘Freedays’ tells the story of a man in transition and documents an artist alone at the crossroads of the life he has and the one he wants. The album begins with “Backroads”, which drops the listener into a darkened forest amidst a chorus of wailing coyotes and quickly takes off on a midnight drive. Tracks like “Being There”, “A Place to Call Your Own”, and “CLC” provide an honest look into the author’s thought process and decision making. Although it’s often hard to imagine, most of the sounds on the album are experiments with the banjo, and they all reflect the innovative musings of one of the freshest sounds to come out of the Appalachians in decades.

-David Gilbert

Gray Young from 3:45-5:00

Since 2006, Raleigh’s Gray Young has been the ultimate post-punk conundrum. Somewhere in between soaring, atmospheric riffs and nuanced, delicate melodies, the band navigates extremes within a moment’s notice. Gray Young’s songs seethe with intensity and susceptibility, and the group’s style garners it comparisons with such greats as Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, and early U2. But where mellow, atmospheric rock fades out of focus, Gray Young emerges in technicolor, wielding energetic bass lines, propulsive rhythms and intricate chord progressions that flow seamlessly. Gray Young’s music is a constant push and pull between calm and chaos, and every climactic swell bears the power of a riptide.

Four Founders 2:15-3:15

Four Founders hails from Raleigh, NC. The group was founded in 2014 and quickly took the North Carolina music scene by storm. Now five full time members, Four Founders has performed on stages such as: The Red Hat Amphitheater, Midtown Park Amphitheater, Booth Amphitheater, Brewgaloo, Fourth of July Celebration (Fayetteville St, Raleigh), Apex Music Festival, Cary Music Festival, and more across North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Four Founders is an original band with a sound spanning many genres. The group is influenced by anything from classic rock to jazz. They regularly perform at music venues in North Carolina, building their own bill or sharing the stage with a touring act. 

The Squiz & Dunc 1:00 - 1:45

The Squiz & Dunc is a collaborative, hip hop project amongst friends that have been working together for nearly a decade. Frontman Reily O’Brien and producer Steve Duncan have truly perfected the sound over the years and have been releasing music as well as performing local shows. If you’re looking for an energetic, dreamy soundscape full of surprises, look no further. A precise blend of indie pop, hip hop, and even rock & roll, you will be left wanting more.  Do yourself a favor and don’t sleep on The Squiz & Dunc.