By Keely Caulder
April 18, 2018
The Whitewater Center will kick off the first night of Tuck Fest on Thursday. The outdoor multi-day music festival will host several notable bands in the folk, americana, alt-country and rock genres. Free for you and your furry friends, Tuck Fest is a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the wonderful spring weather Charlotte has to offer. The festival also offers outdoor events including: trail running, ziplining, kayaking, biking, climbing, paddle boarding, and obstacle racing.
Established in 2013, Tuck Fest has hosted a multitude of artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, Anderson East, Dawes, The Revivalists, Langhorne Slim & The Law, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Jason Isbell, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, and many more. This year, the lineup is as solid as ever with events starting on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and music kicking off at 7:00 p.m. Who doesn’t love a free dog friendly festival that encourages outdoor activities and brings a stacked lineup of music?
To prepare for the four-day event, we put together a list of must-see acts:
Shakey Graves – Saturday at 9:00 p.m.
Likely to be the most recognizable act of Tuck Fest, Alejandro Rose-Garcia aka Shakey Graves infuses rhythm and blues with Americana stylings as a unique one-man-band. The Austin, Texas based artist will bring along his kick drum, harmonica, guitar, and soulful bluesy voice to the festival. Most famous for his duet with Esmé Patterson “Dearly Departed,” Shakey Graves is an artist you do not want to miss.
SUSTO – Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Hailing from Charleston, SC, indie rock outfit SUSTO is a familiar name in Charlotte, having developed a solid following in the area playing several well-attended shows. Frontman Justin Osborne has the ability to write unapologetic songs that not only touch the soul but also get fans movin’. Having recently released a full-length album & I’m Fine Today, SUSTO will be sure to make “Waves” at Tuck Fest.
The Wood Brothers – Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
This folk blues band will fill your yearning for laid-back southern fused jams. Their most recent album One Drop of Truth was released in February, and goes best with a cold beer and sunshine. The Wood Brothers will likely ease Tuck Fest into its conclusion, ideally with a blanket laid out, it’s a perfect closing act for Sunday night.
Deer Tick – Friday at 9:00 p.m.
Combining a mix of genres including folk, rock, Americana, and country with John McCauley’s melodically hoarse vocals, Deer Tick will make for a unique performance that will be sure to peak your interest in their catalog and keep you coming back for more. Staples in another festival with a waterfront backdrop (Newport Folk Festival), Tuck Fest will be familiar territory for the veteran rockers
John Moreland – Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Tulsa, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland will likely please the ears of Alternative Country lovers who love heartfelt songs. His music is mystical with his somber yet sanguine lyrics and comforting guitar strums.
Nicki Bluhm – Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
With a vintage sound and golden voice, Nicki Bluhm brings a sunny and soulful folk sound that is sure to have plenty turning their heads. Her easy-going demeanor and classic old school country sound will be ideal for the warm weekend in the sun.
Elonzo Wesley – Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Charlotte’s own Elonzo Wesley will kick off the music festivities on Saturday. With his pleasantly subdued voice and lyrics, Jeremy Davis is able to capture any crowd with his wonderfully crafted songs and full band.
The Ghost of Paul Revere – Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Foot-Stompin and beat shakin’, The Ghost of Paul Revere will have Tuck Fest audience members hollering and clapping along to their catchy sing-a-longs. For fans of Houndmouth, Shovels & Rope, and The Avett Brothers, The Ghost of Paul Revere will not disappoint. The band released their third studio album Monarch in October, and they are also slated to play Shaky Knees and Napa Valley’s BottleRock this year. The band’s free flowing harmonies and bluegrass combination will make for a unique and inevitably enjoyable set.
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