Held over Memorial Day Weekend at the Kingston Downs in Rome, GA, CounterPoint Music Festival delivered as promised with an impressive blend of live music acts. Each band brought their unique flavor of musical language to the festival grounds, keeping sets fresh and memorable.
Here are some of the top live music acts from the weekend:
The New Orleans prog-jazz ensemble delivered in a big way at CounterPoint, bringing an energetic set that included a live version of their new track, “Omega.” Listen to the debut here exclusively on L4LM!
9. Soul Rebels
This NOLA brass band ALWAYS gets the crowd fired up! Between their brass arrangements of popular tunes and their downright funky originals, any Soul Rebels performance is an absolute party.
Exploding in the live music scene, NY natives TAUK delivered a memorable daytime performance at CounterPoint this year. The band is touring in support of their recent release, Collisions (2014), and their commitment to the road is second to none. Sharing the stage with Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits and more is no easy feat, but TAUK has proven up to the challenge, time and time again!
Purveyors of thought-conscious jamtronica, Papadosio came out in full force at the CounterPoint Music Festival. Returning for the second straight year, the band brought the grooves for some late night fun.
6. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
The newest Grateful Dead tribute band to sprout is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, who breath fire into every song they touch. With Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger on guitars, Dave Dreiwitz on bass, Marco Benevento on keys and Joe Russo behind the kit, it’s no wonder that the Dead’s bassist himself, Phil Lesh, chose to jam with these guys on New Years Eve.
5. Widespread Panic
Panic wrapped up an extremely successful spring tour run with a stop at CounterPoint last weekend, taking the time to debut a Grateful Dead cover that was cut from the “Dear Jerry” festivities a couple of weeks ago. The set also featured an appearance from Jimmy Herring’s son Carter as well!
CounterPoint got down to some funky tunes, courtesy of the ever-popular Galactic.
The NOLA funk was matched with the Brooklyn funk from one of our favorite bands, Lettuce. Coming in hot, Lettuce is gearing up for just about everything in 2015… festivals, new music… you name it. They laid it down at CounterPoint, delivering like none other. Be sure to catch these guys when they team up with Umphrey’s McGee for shows in Asbury Park, Philly & more!
2. The Roots
No one is making music like The Roots. No one. These guys are some of the hardest working musicians in the business. Not only do they have a nightly gig on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, but Questlove DJs every week at Brooklyn Bowl. Last weekend alone they performed at the California Roots Festival AND at CounterPoint in Georgia. They’re magical, and we love every minute of it.
1. Umphrey’s McGee
Somehow, after performing extensively at Summer Camp, Umphrey’s McGee traveled down to Georgia and closed out CounterPoint with a righteous show. Playing a mixture of songs old and new, Umphrey’s has been on a roll ever since our partnership with them last Winter. Between an album recorded at Abbey Road studios and an impressive UMBowl performance, 2015 is only getting bigger and better for Umphrey’s. The fans at CounterPoint surely seemed to enjoy themselves.
Photos by: Benjamin Adams Photography