Blue Plum assembles eclectic lineup

Jessica Fuller • Apr 12, 2018 at 11:44 PM

The Blue Plum organization rolled out the musical lineup for this year’s festival, packed full with diverse sounds from all over the country in addition to some familiar favorites.

For its 19th year, the Blue Plum Festival will bring nationally recognized acts Dustbowl Revival and The Hip Abduction alongside local and regional artists like Doctor Ocular, The Daniel Couper Band, Seth Thomas and Big Daddy Love.

“The lineup this year has a little something for everyone,” Blue Plum Organization president Tracy Johnson said.

The festival will be Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2. For more information, go to www.blueplum.org.

• The Hip Abduction

Florida-based band The Hip Abduction traces its origins back to informal jam sessions and an appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae music. The band has released three albums; the latest, “Gold Under the Glow,” was released last year and introduced synth-pop into the band’s global foundation and summery vibe.

• Dustbowl Revival

Also closing out the festival on Saturday night will be Dustbowl Revival, a California-based collective that weaves newness in with traditional American music for a fresh take on time-worn American traditions. What started as a modest string band now resembles a mini-orchestra on stage sometimes including the sounds of fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, ukelele, drums, tuba, organ, a bass made from a canoe oar and harmonica, with plenty of washboard and kazoo for good measure.

• Honey Island Swamp Band

With sound dubbed as “Bayou Americana,” Honey Island Swamp Band was born after two of its members were stuck in San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. The duo chanced upon some other New Orleans evacuees and what followed were five albums with a sixth on the way and a bundle of awards heralding the band as “Best Roots Rock Artist,” by OffBeat Magazine and the Big Easy Awards in New Orleans.

• Front Country

Sometimes you’ve got to work with what you’ve got on hand, and it worked out for members of Front Country. When you mix a  mandolinist with a degree in classical guitar, a guitarist trained in rock and world music, a bassist versed in jazz and newgrass, a violinist with technique that can hop between honky tonk and electropop, and a female lead singer with grit and soul you get a result that’s somewhere between indie folk and Americana.

• Big Daddy Love

Founded in Sparta, North Carolina, Big Daddy Love was brought together by high school friends playing in farmers markets in 2009. Now, the five-piece band began building a strong, passionate following around the region of people who have fallen in love with the mix of rock, roots and grass that the band dubs “Appalachian Rock.” Since then, the band has released five albums and stopped by the Tri-Cities a handful of times while touring the country.

• Ed Snodderly

Johnson City’s own Ed Snodderly will bring his own take on Southern music to the stage this year. Snodderly, who locals may recognize as the owner of Johnson City’s oldest listening room, The Down Home. Snodderly’s unique writing style brings songs that are original yet familiar.

Other performances include Seth Glier, Maggie Koerner, The Get Right Band, Pressing Strings, Roanoke, Songs from the Road, Doctor Ocular, Cole Kemmer, Bri Murphy, Momma Molasses, Seth Thomas, Daniel Couper and more.

In addition to a dozen bands and performers ,this year’s Blue Plum will fill Founder’s Park with art activities, a Ferris wheel, the kids’ zone, a 5K race, a silent disco and more. Vendor applications are being accepted through the Blue Plum website.

The festival will be free to attend, and patrons over 21 can buy a wristband to drink beer in designated areas for $5.

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