2022 Beaufort Music Festival Artists

Old Crow Medicine Show

Performing Saturday, May 21 @ 9:30pm

On their whirlwind new album Paint This Town, Old Crow Medicine Show offer up a riveting glimpse into American mythology and the wildly colorful characters who populate it. The most incisive body of work yet from the Nashville-based roots band—a two-time Grammy Award-winning juggernaut whose triumphs include induction into the Grand Ole Opry and double-platinum certification for their iconic hit single “Wagon Wheel”—the album pays homage to everyone from Elvis Presley to Eudora Welty while shedding a bright light on the darker aspects of the country’s legacy. Fueled by Old Crow’s freewheeling collision of Americana, old-time music, folk, and rock & roll, Paint This Town relentlessly pulls off the rare and essential feat of turning razor-sharp commentary into the kind of songs that inspire rapturous singing along.

Photo Credit: Kit Wood

Big Something

Performing Friday, May 20 @ 9:20pm

Fusing elements of rock, pop, funk, and improvisation, Big Something takes listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. It’s no secret why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the Southeast. Huge rhythms paired with soaring guitars, E.W.I (electronic wind instrument), synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectious collection of songs and represent a sound that has landed the band marquee appearances at Bonnaroo, Peach Music Festival, Lock’n, Summer Camp and Electric Forest as well as critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, Guitar World, Glide Magazine and Jambase.

With 5 full-length studio albums produced by Grammy-nominee John Custer, and even their own Summer music festival The Big What?, the band has carved out their own niche in the live music community and continues to grow nationally with sold out headlining performances throughout the United States. This year the band will release their highly anticipated 6th full-length studio album ‘Escape’ to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. Featured on Live For Live Music, the first three singles Heavy, The Breakers and Timebomb are all available on streaming platforms world-wide.

Susto

Performing Saturday, May 21 @ 7:50pm

Much like stars across the night sky, our souls dot this plane of existence, flaring brighter over time. As one fades out, another flickers into focus—and so the cycle continues into eternity and beyond.

For SUSTO, the joy of birth, the closure of death, the warmth of true friendship, and the promise of the future rotate on the axis of the band’s fourth full-length and debut for New West Records, Time In The Sun. Frontman Justin Osborne distills this ebb and flow into eleven tracks underpinned by lyrical eloquence, unpredictable dynamics, and a thoroughly alive rock ‘n’ roll spirit.

“We’re all just products of the sunlight, revolving around a big ball of fire,” observes Justin. “I was thinking of the meaning of life as I’m sure many of us were in 2020. I’ve come to believe life is all one big chance happening with no deeper meaning other than what we make of it. Every album is like a timestamp, and Time In The Sun was about trying to express this moment in my life. I was stuck in the middle of losing my father and also becoming a father myself. Through these songs, I’m expressing what it felt like and how it’s changed me.”

Since 2013, Justin has quietly prepared to make such a statement. He went from penning tunes as a kid back in South Carolina to forming SUSTO on a pilgrimage to Havana, Cuba where he resumed writing music again after a creative respite. Following the self-titled SUSTO [2014] and & I’m Fine Today [2017], the band delivered the fan and critical favorite Ever Since I Lost My Mind during 2019. In addition to looks from Billboard, No Depression, and NPR, Paste raved, “the album is a resounding triumph,” and Rolling Stone touted their “songs that range from hook-oriented roots pop to heavy grunge.”

The Collection

Performing Saturday, May 21 @ 4:30pm

The Collection is a 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Judge’s Pick and has released 3 records independently.Their raucous live show has drawn accolades nationwide and has seen them touring with pals The Oh Hellos and on various festival side stages – steadily making waves with each new record. With touring at a halt the band has spent their downtime this year as we all have: adjusting and tweaking their routines to the times; trying – as a lot of bands are – to figure out what being in a band, recording and making music together even is during these times.

Empire Strikes Brass

Performing Friday, May 20 @ 7:40pm

Empire Strikes Brass (ESB) is a high energy Brass-Funk-Rock band hailing from the city of Asheville, North Carolina. Formed on the streets of their hometown, ESB is rooted in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition of second-line parades and deep moving grooves reminiscent of old school funk. Combining complex musical arrangements with thoughtful lyrical song structure, ESB can stretch out and dig deep when they are feeling it or keep things tight and concise. The fat sound of the horns paired with one dirty rhythm section makes the music downright psychedelically nasty! Founded in 2012, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from various genres and weaving them together with the common thread of brass. The diversity of the music within their sets keep audiences guessing what is next to come.

Blue Footed Boobies

Performing Saturday, May 21 @ 2:10pm

The Blue Footed Boobies are an American rock duo formed in Wilmington, NC.

Guitar/vocalist, Logan Chaucer(23), and drummer, Sam Baker(26),captivate crowds with their energetic stage theatrics, powerful licks, and thunderous drums.

The two-piece delivers a range of sounds reminiscent of the 60’s greatest, such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin as well as modern contemporary rock bands like The Black Keys with their blues/psych portfolio.

Chemistry and soul are the magic ingredients that are propelling The Boobies forward at a rapid rate giving them noticeable recognition from audiences and booking agents throughout the Southeast.

L Shape Lot

Performing Friday, May 20 @ 4:30pm

Mixing a healthy amount of musical chops, honest, and creative songwriting, powerful stage presence and well sung four-part harmonies, L Shape Lot creates an original and dynamic Americana sound based in country, rock, bluegrass, and roots/folk music. Their lively sound explores new ground, while still paying homage to their predecessors. L Shape Lot is from Wilmington, NC and consists of four members: Eric Miller (Acoustic guitar, vocals), Alex Lanier (electric, acoustic guitar, vocals) Rick Williams ( 6 string electric bass, upright bass, vocals) and John Kovalski (drums, vocals).

Their high-energy live shows have become a hot ticket at both night clubs and music festivals of all types. This group of veteran musicians has been perfecting their sound for over 10 years. Its genesis was the steady train-like acoustic guitar layered over a sturdy country/bluegrass rhythm section with Eric Miller’s booming baritone roots vocals. But it came into full bloom when Alex Lanier brought his blistering proficiency on both acoustic guitar and a Fender Telecaster to the mix. In 2009, the band completed their second full-length studio release, Looks Like Snow, and earned excellent press and numerous honors including Encore Magazine’s Best Band and The Beat Magazine’s Best Country Band.  In 2011, L Shape Lot was invited to perform in the prestigious Under the Radar Series at Virginia’s Floydfest.  They were voted winners of the competition and will be returning for a performance on the Dreaming Creek Main Stage at Floydfest XI in July 2012.

Signal Fire

Performing Saturday, May 21 @ 3:20pm

Signal Fire is a group of diverse musicians with a common goal, to spread unity through music. Hailing from the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina Signal Fire brings a unique blend of reggae/rock music for the masses. Since their inception in 2013, Signal fire has stayed on the move playing over 150 shows a year sharing the stage with acts such as SOJA, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, UB40, Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz, Dirty Heads, and more. Signal Fire’s latest release, “Lift Up” debuted at #1 on iTunes and #8 on Billboard reggae charts. Mixed and co produced by Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown (whose credits include Stephen and Damian Marley, Raging Fyah, Richie Spice, and 2016 Grammy Award winners Morgan Heritage), “Lift Up” is a step forward in the evolution of the Signal Fire reggae/rock sound. Through years of grass roots approach, Signal Fire has built a loyal following with their uplifting music and message.

Isaac Hadden Project

Performing Friday, May 20 @ 6:00pm

Isaac Hadden Project is a jazz-infused, improvisational funk-rock band hailing from the mountains of southwestern Virginia. Known for genre-hopping, the band performs a diverse lineup of fresh covers and a growing repertoire of original material tied together with unique, grooving, and dynamic jams. Led by up-and-coming young guitarist Isaac Hadden, the band features regional all-star musicians Jake Dempsey (Bass), Foster Burton (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Paul Tressel (Keys), and Matt Leonard (Drums). The band has supported and performed with legendary musicians and has been gaining attention on the festival circuit, delivering high-energy performances that routinely leave audiences clamoring for more.

49 Winchester

Performing Saturday, May 21 @ 1:00pm

Alt-country soul from the heart of Appalachia in Russell County, VA. 49 Winchester delivers the poetically straightforward songs of singer/guitarist Isaac Gibson in a soulful electric live show. Rock & roll with roots planted firmly in the traditions of mountain music. The band made their start in the months after high school in late 2013 & have since made a name for themselves as warriors of the road, independently releasing three albums & playing hundreds of shows across the East and Pressing forward to new territories.

“When you listen to Isaac Gibson’s evocative voice, it’s hard to imagine him in any other job. Not to say that he wouldn’t be a good actuary, but you realize that’s not where his real talent lies. His voice is filled with the ache that has fueled countless songs, and it was made to fill dark honky tonks where people want to dance. Beyond that, he has a way of telling a story that makes you pay attention to every word.”

Shamarr Allen

Performing Saturday, May 21 @ 12:05pm

Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans! Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Allen has influences in jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk rhythms, blues and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band “Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs.” In addition to performing with his band, Allen has collaborated with many renowned artists around the world such as Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Galatic, Harrick Connick Jr, and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. He is a sought after artist for festivals and venues around the world. In addition to displaying his skills on the front-line as a lead performer, Allen is also a music composer, writer, and producer. With a scintillating and unique sound, look, and exemplary talents, Shamarr Allen transcends musical boundaries. He is the True Orleans experience!

Harvey Street Co.

Performing Saturday, May 21 @ 11:10am

Formed in the summer of 2021, Harvey Street Co. is a five piece alternative/jam band combined of friends from North Carolina State University. The band has been playing around Raleigh since the start and have branched out to places like Boone and Burlington North Carolina. The band is also currently working on a four song ep that should be out in late February or early March.

The 502s

Performing Saturday, May 21 @ 6:10pm

Led by earnest banjo-strumming songwriter Ed Isola, The 502s are a band of brothers whose sound has received critical acclaim as celebratory, wholesome, and utterly life affirming.

For their sophomore full length they’ve expanded their sonic range with a veritable Folk orchestra, comprising a colorful menagerie of instruments from strings and xylophones to brass, melodicas, whistles and bells, all wrapped in neighborhood-block-party-sized singalongs with vaulted vocal harmonies worthy of any great concert hall.