The Festival’s Main Stage is located at the corner of Freemason and South streets across from Lou Mac Park. Our featured musicians will be playing on a porch overlooking a broad grassy expanse with wide views of the beautiful Neuse River. Shiloh Hill will open from 2-3 pm, followed by The Carmonas, who will take the stage from 3:30 to 5 pm.
In an age of music where folk and “indie” is taking the world by storm, it is not often that you find a band that not only understands their roots, but also understands how to create a sound that’s continuously evolving and fully unique. Many artists have the ability of portraying exactly what’s expected from a genre, but few recognize the importance and have the knowledge to be more and create a sound that moves outside of that prototypical genre. This is where Shiloh Hill comes in.
A project that focuses on a joint contribution of artists showcasing not only excellent songwriting and lyricism, but a simple yet effective ensemble of harmonizing vocals, guitars, banjo, and percussion. With just the right mix of folk, pop, and fireside feeling, each song has way of pulling you in and eventually taking you away. At certain moments you might find yourself with a desire to compare but that comes from what’s only seen on the surface. By the end of your first experience with Shiloh Hill, only visions of their music will be dancing in your head. www.reverbnation.com/shilohhill
The Carmonas take their roots-bound sound to fresh melodic and lyrical regions with cut-above song crafting, strong vocal choruses and ear-grabbing harmonies. The natural blend of the voices of primary members and siblings Chad, Alison, and Aaron Carmona is what really draws attention to the talent apparent in this Americana group. The band blends a wide range of musical styles into a cohesive, original sound. With fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and upright bass, one would expect a traditional bluegrass sound, but what you hear is something much more complex.
As an up and coming band, The Carmonas have had the chance to perform at a wide variety of venues across the country from New York to Nashville and California to the Dakotas. In addition to stateside touring, they have had the chance to tour Europe, South and Central America, and the Middle East. They are currently promoting their recently released first full length studio album The Carmonas, the follow-up to their debut EP, Oh, Alice.They have been given the opportunity to share the stage with Emmy Lou Harris, Marty Stuart, Dale Ann Bradley, Band of Heathens, and the Blind Boys of Alabama among others. http://thecarmonasmusic.com/