The “newbie” festival, Landmark Music Festival, is this weekend located in Washington, DC on September 26 and 27th at West Potomac Park. Landmark is not only a festival with an outstanding lineup, but it also has a great cause along with it that everyone should support. The mission is to restore, improve, and preserve the National Mall. The National Mall has more than $400 million in maintenance and on top of that are hundreds of millions of dollars in needed updates and sustainable improvements. Landmark Music Festival is helping to raise awareness to this issue. Want to learn more about this issue and what you can do to help? Check it out here. The lineup includes many big acts like The Strokes, Drake, Chvrches, and many smaller artists as well. Our must sees at the festival are located below.
Chromeo are a duo that are made up of Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel). They were childhood friends and started this electro-funk band in 2002. The band have four studio albums and have many hits on each. You’ve probably heard their hit called Needy Girl, if not, listen to it below.
Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, or better known as Wale is an American rapper from Washington, DC. He started writing and rapping locally until it became something more than that, by gaining locals he continued to write and see if it would gain anymore listeners. He was discovered by a producer in 2006 and signed with Allido Records in 2007. Many mixtapes were released and by June 2013 he had three studio albums. Since DC is Wale’s hometown, I’m sure he will be one of the most talked about artists at Landmark Festival.
#3 Twin Shadow
Twin Shadow is made of George Lewis Jr. and is a Dominican-American singer, producer, and writer based out of Brooklyn, New York. He has not only released three studio albums, but has also written a novel. His song To the Top has made its appearance in the trailer, soundtrack, and end scene/credits for the movie Paper Towns.
#4 The Joy Formidable
The Joy Formidable is a Welsh alt/rock band that formed in 2007 in Northern Wales and are currently located in London. The band is made up of Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan (lead vocals, guitars), Rhydian Dafydd (bass, backing vocals), and Matthew James Thomas (drums, percussion). The band performed at Glastonbury Festival in 2010, which is huge for anyone. If you’ve never heard of The Joy Formidable, check them out below.
#5 The Mowgli’s
The Mowgli’s are an American alt/rock band from southern California. They named the band after a former band member’s dog, Mowgli, itself being named after a character from Rudyard Kipling’s novel The Jungle Book. Made up of Dave Appelbaum (keyboards/vocals), Colin Louis Dieden (vocals/guitar/percussion), Katie Jayne Earl (vocals/percussion), Josh Hogan (guitar/vocals), Matthew Di Panni (bass/vocals), Spencer Trent (percussion/guitar/melodica/vocals), and Andy Warren (drums/percussion/vocals). The band have a mission to spread love and kindness to others. They created a “Be A Mowgli” website to encourage fans to do good things and be kind to others around them.
#6 The Hunts
The Hunts are an indie/folk band from the southlands of Chesapeake, Virginia. The seven brothers and sisters ranging from ages 16-24, they’ve been playing music together for almost their entire lives. Twin sisters Jenni and Jessi and their five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison all learned to sing and play violin when they were kids. They had just been playing locally until starting to travel other places in their van, which eventually turned into a RV. This band is so hard-working, you won’t want to miss them.
#7 George Ezra
George Ezra Barnett is a twenty-two year old English singer/songwriter from Hertford in Hertfordshire, England whom I’ve been obsessed with lately. In 2013, he released one EP and another EP in October 2014. He rose to fame with his single Budapest, which reached the top ten in multiple countries around the world, reaching number one in Austria, Belgium, New Zealand, and the Czech Republic. Ezra released his debut LP Wanted on Voyage on June 30, 2014 and reached number one in the UK. George’s deep voice and beautiful rhythms will capture you deeply, so join me and the many others in loving him.
#8 Ben Howard
Ben Howard is a singer/songwriter from London, England. He released a debut EP in 2008 and then followed by two more EPs, he was then signed to Island and Communion Records. An album was released and then a few more EPs were also out. At the 2013 Brit Awards he won the award for British Male Solo Artist and performed at Glastonbury on the Pyramid Stage in 2013 as well. Howard’s second studio album, I Forget Where We Were came out in the fall of 2014. Ben is only twenty-eight years old and has gotten so much recognition for his craft, which he deserves, and I’m so grateful to see someone of such talent.
#9 Band of Horses
Band of Horses are an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle, WA by Ben Birdwell. Over the years the band have released four debut LP’s, the most successful of the four is 2010’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms. The band has undergone several changes with band members, currently there is Ben Birdwell, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds, and Creighton Barnett. If you’ve not heard of them, don’t hesitate to listen because they are definitely worth your time.
Avers are from Richmond, Virginia and are made up of James-Lloyd Hodges, James Mason, Adrian Olsen, Alexandra Spalding, and Tyler Williams. In 2013, two Richmond musicians got together and talked about psychedelic records which went well. The next time they each brought friends and formed a band by no time. Now they’re all creating sounds that are pleasant to jam out too. Their psychedelic band fantasy definitely turned out, give them a listen below.