5 Acts You Can't Miss at KAABOO Fest

KAABOO Fest is only a little over two weeks away, and we are so excited for the festival to end all festivals. The line-up is stacked with headliners like Aerosmith, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, and Fall Out Boy (to name just a few) but here's a few other names you should know. If you don't already have your tickets, limited passes are still available here (so hurry!)


GROUPLOVE has a new record coming out in September called Big Mess, and it completely elevates their sound into a new realm of rock 'n' roll and bad-assery. Bandmates Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucchini just welcomed their first child earlier this year, and they've wasted no time in putting those tunes written when Hannah was pregnant to good use. I caught them at their Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance a couple of weeks ago, and it was pure magic. This is one of those true "live" bands.

2. Judah & the Lion

Nashville rule breakers Judah & the Lion are a little bit hip-hop, a pinch pop and a dash of rock. With an aptly titled sophomore album Folk Hop N RollJudah & the Lion are nothing but pure fun on stage. 

3. The Main Squeeze

This soulful funk group may be from Indiana, but they are pure New Orleans in every musical sense. This will take you to a dark club on Frenchmen St. where the drinks are flowing and the bodies are moving in spite of the summer heat. Legendary producer Randy Jackson agrees-- he's currently putting the finishing touches on this hot group's sophomore album.

4. Citizen Cope

One of my favorite acts on the bill, Citizen Cope has a cult following and with good reason. His bluesy voice paired with emotionally charged lyrics create the perfect fusion. As far as live shows go, Citizen Cope puts on a simply spiritual show. He takes you to church, every single time. 

5. Orianthi

Orianthi is not your average girl. The first female guitarist in Alice Cooper's band, Orianthi is a complete rockstar. She didn't stop there, either. She's graced the cover of guitar magazines, been invited on tour with the late Michael Jackson, and played with icons like Carlos Santana, Slash and Dave Stewart, to name a few. If watching a woman slay on guitar is your thing, don't miss this set. 

Moseley - Fate Happens

Three years ago, a forgotten cellphone, the eternal quest for a solid “2-for-1” bar special, and heaping spoonful of fate conspired to create one of the hardest hitting, unapologetic alt/blues-rock bands in Nashville. 

Photo credit: Kristi Potts

Photo credit: Kristi Potts

Following in the footsteps of acts like Band of Skulls, The White Stripes and The Dead Weather, while channeling influences from the Deftones, AC-DC and Rage Against the Machine, the trio of Suzie Chism, Christy Keech, and Abby Hairston seem to extend a strong middle-finger at Nashville’s traditional country rep. 

But while the guitars might be louder and far more distorted than Nashville is typically used to, the songwriting on their first self-titled EP Moseley does the city proud. 

Let’s face it, Nashville has a reputation for bringing only the best talent to the party. And with an EP (and upcoming album) produced by the industry-acclaimed Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant, Little Big Town), not only has Moseley shown up at the door with a chest-kicking live set, but with a fifth of whiskey in one hand and pile of brutal honesty in the other. 

When asked about the theme of the EP, Moseley’s lead vocalist and guitarist Suzie explains, “I wrote it about actual events in my life. It wasn’t ever intentional. I was just writing it as sort-of an emotional splurge.” 

While in the studio, Christy was the first to notice this theme around relationships and “delusion” had begun to surface across the tunes. Suzie goes on to explain, "I was just so confused by some things that had happened. Where I’m like, man, did I even live through that? Was that even a relationship? Was that even a thing? …I think everyone’s just kinda been there, where you’re just frustrated, where you’re like, ‘I don’t understand why you’re holding back in this relationship when it’s so easy to just be awesome if you wanna be.' It’s frustrating to kinda feel like you’re being held in limbo- you know, without your consent. I think that’s what most of the album is about.”

Photo credit: Jordan Hampton

Photo credit: Jordan Hampton

Ever since that fateful day at 3 Crow Bar in Nashville when Moseley first sat together and decided to become a band it’s been a whirlwind. In one month they had their first show. In two more, they had their first short tour and had recorded their self-titled EP and have basically never looked back. Playing, touring, writing, practicing, rinse - repeat, and it’s not going to stop any time soon.

Heads up though if you’re lucky enough to catch Moseley live and you happen to be that condescending male who wants to tell any of these ladies how to set up, how to play, or offer any unsolicited “words of advice." 

My suggestion… Shut up, sit down, and take some notes, because you are about to experience one of the hardest hitting acts you’ve ever seen.

And New Yorkers, be sure to check out Moseley at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) on Tuesday, August 16.