Posted: 3:00 pm Thursday, March 9th, 2017
By Kyle Taylor
Cage the Elephant- They haven’t played many, if any, live shows since their massive Grammy win for Best Rock Album, so expect some of that jubilation to trickle into their already electric live performances. No stranger to 97X, the Kentucky native rockers are always known to put on a great show. Most fans haven’t had a chance to see them live since their latest Grammy winning album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, was released, so now is the time.
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Ryan Adams- 16 albums and a heartbreaking divorce later, Ryan Adams may have just released his best album yet. He’s had a dedicated following for quite some time now, but his latest album, Prisoner, is sure to bring in new fans. Maybe he’ll throw in a couple Taylor Swift covers from his buzzworthy cover album, 1989.
Moon Taxi– The indie rock outfit hailing from Nashville is coming off the most successful year of their careers. Following the 2015 release of Daybreak, perhaps their most popular album to date, the band made the rounds at major music festivals like Coachella and Firefly as well as hitting the late night circuit, with appearances on Late Night With Seth Myers and Conan.
Phoebe Bridgers- The relatively unheard-of LA based indie folk artist made her major label debut in 2016 on Ryan Adam’s PAX AM. Her latest single “Smoke Signals” has allowed her to be dubbed as one of 2017’s Best New Artists by NPR. Ryan Adams, who has produced most of her work, has coined her as “the next Bob Dylan”.
Chronixx- Raggae acts have become popular fixtures among GMF’s lineups over the years. In 2016, they boasted Stephen Marley as a headliner, and this year they have booked one of the most promising young artists out of Jamaica. Chronixx has broken into the US, appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon in 2014 and recording cuts for Major Lazer and Joey Badass, but most of his success has come from a grassroots effort stemming out from Jamaica. Having played to crowds of tens of thousands of people in countries all over the world, including an appearance at Glastobury Festival, Chronixx should continue to garner attention in the United States, and bookings like GMF will certainly help.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe- Jazz and funk are represented well at GMF, and thanks to Karl Denson it will continue this year. A former member of Lenny Kravit’s band, Slightly Stoopid, and founder of The Greyboy Allstars, Denson is a professional performer. Since 2014, he has been a touring member of The Rolling Stones. The in-demand saxophonist and songwriter performs alongside his own band, The Tiny Universe, in the meantime. They have become prolific tourers, playing roughly 150 shows a year, and bring it each and every time.