By Natalya Jones
By County Grind
By Liz Tracy
By Chris Joseph
By Liz Tracy
By Matt Preira
By Jesse Scheckner
By Michael E. Miller
Tags: Rockin', funk/soul, heartthrob
Soulive Hometown: Woodstock, New York
A few years back, Soulive took over the Ice Palace Soundstage in Miami for a raucous show. The trio warned the crowd that it was going to play for a "long time," but what ensued were five-plus hours of funk-laden, jazz-tinged instrumental mayhem courtesy of the Evans brothers (drums, synth, synth-bass, and other assorted keys) and Eric Krasnow (guitar). You can expect the same from this notoriously inspired live trio. Be prepared to move your feet vigorously during this set or at the very least do your best white-boy squat.
Tags: Horns, Funk/Soul, Jazz
Toots & the Maytals
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
In the days of the British Invasion, it was the Beatles and the Stones. In the days of early Jamaican reggae, it was Bob Marley and Toots Hibbert. OK, it may not seem that way now Marley's posthumous fame has dwarfed that of the very-much-alive Hibbert, who has been fronting the Maytals since the days of '60s Jamaican ska. Still, if you've ever had more than a passing interest in reggae, you've heard classics like "54-46 That's My Number" and "Pressure Drop." If you haven't, go hear them now, from the mouth of the master himself, while you still can.
Tags: Living Legend, Stoner Friendly
Explosions in the Sky Hometown: Austin, Texas
This Texas-based quartet composes songs that frequently live up to the group's moniker gorgeous, sprawling instrumental music that starts delicately, builds and builds until you're up in the clouds, then detonates with thunderous sheets of guitar fury. It's that sense of dynamics the proper and creative handling of the now-hackneyed tension/release model pioneered by Slint, Mogwai, and Godspeed You Black Emperor that makes Explosions one of the few legitimate heirs to those hallowed post-rock predecessors.
Tags: Mellow, Rockin'
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Charter members of the same underground Bay Area hip-hop collective (Quannum Projects, née Solesides) that spawned DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, and author Jeff Chang, Blackalicious (the duo of MC Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel) crafts music with a positive message for the brain and with dope beats, funk-soul grooves, and quirky arrangements it knows how to make booties shake as well. And while most hip-hop live shows are generally a letdown, Blackalicious always rises to the occasion, somehow transmitting even more vitality than it captures on wax.
Tags: MC, DJ, Stoner Friendly, Funk/Soul
Hometown: East Los Angeles, California
Forget about "La Bamba" and the whole breakout soundtrack that Los Lobos did in 1988. Forget that that album went double-platinum. Los Lobos has made an extensive career in the murky underground of rock 'n' roll, never shrinking from its East L.A. roots, yet still bold enough to do an entire album of norteñocuts. The band stretches back to California circa 1973 and tours relentlessly, quite a few times with the Dead. Expect explorations of American music from across the spectrum, not your standard jam-band fare, and don't be sad if you don't get Lou Diamond Philips.
Tags: Rockin', Horns, Living Legends, Drunken
My Morning Jacket soundalike? The next big Shins? Kind of, sort of, but then again, not so much. Still, why should these South Carolinians break formula when it provides such shimmering harmonies, poignant lyrics, and ardent, guitar-based power pop? No reason we can think of, because if "The Funeral" and "Weed Party" don't move you and make you groove then you have no indie soul. If anything, their Southern sound will give them an advantage with local audiences as well.
Tags: Rockin', Drunken
Back in the day, a young Stephen Malkmus joined the once-laconic, now-iconic Pavement, made that group what they were easily considered indie rock's "band of the '90s" then, like a fine athlete in his prime, walked away. But with three discs under their belt, Malkmus' second team, the Jicks, now boasts an additional indie all-star in former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. Expect plenty of stretching, both literally and figuratively, since Langerado serves as the band's final exhibition workout before an April studio date.
Tags: Mellow, Rockin', Stoner Friendly
Toubab Krewe Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
These Southern homeboys have a global sense of music that's unparalleled on today's jam-band/hippie circuit. They incorporate a host of West African music styles, from Ghana to Nigeria, and wrap them into their own distinct version of "Dirty South" Malian blues. You might think of Ali Farka Touré or Cheikh Lo when you hear the music, but there's a touch of Cee-Lo in these guys as well. Expect to dance, learn traditional African rhythms, and be blown away at the superior instrumentation used in this new-age global mashup.
Tags: Funk/Soul, Mellow, Blues
All these bands and many more play Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 11, from noon to 10 p.m. each day, at the Langerado Music Festival at Markham Park, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise. Tickets cost $60 per day or $145 for all three days. Call 954-389-2000, or visit www.langerado.com.