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.