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Your Guide to 2017’s Tupelo Elvis Festival Bands

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The Tupelo Elvis Festival is a celebration designed to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo’s native son, and the impact that his music has on the world.The 19th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival will be June 1-4, 2017.

We’ve put together this post to help you get acquainted with some of the artists that will be gracing the Fairpark and Music at the Mill stages this year. Some you know, some you’ve never heard of before, but all are here to make sure you have a rocking time. Let’s dive into it.

The Headliners

The Weeks – Music at the Mill, June 1st

The Weeks, coming off the recent release of their fifth album, “Easy,” are raucous Mississippi rockers who have toured all over the world after signing with Kings of Leon’s label, Serpents and Snakes. The Weeks will headline Thursday nights’ all Mississippi artist lineup at the Mill. Watch the video for their hit single Buttons above.

Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fairpark, June 2nd

“Apologies to the late, great James Brown, but you’d be hard pressed to find another singer who’s ever worked as hard as Fields, a man who’s been making soul and funk anthems since 1969.

Since that time, Fields has toured the world with musical legends like Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. Recorded with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig. And somehow found a newer, younger audience and become more prolific as the years transpire.”- from Fields’ bio.

J Roddy Walston & The Business, Fairpark, June 3rd

“Specializing in a classic-sounding Southern rock/Americana style that emphasizes songs and danceable kinetics over empty hipness and trendy pop gimmicks, J. Roddy Walston and the Business formed in Cleveland, Tennessee in 2002, moving north to Baltimore, Maryland two years later in 2004.”- Steve Leggett

With an electrifying live show with J Roddy Walston and his piano at the center of it all, J Roddy Walston & The Business will be rolling into Tupelo as they finalize their fourth studio album. They’re ready to rock if you’re ready to roll.

The Up-and-Comers

Dylan Leblanc & The Pollies, Fairpark, June 3rd

Named to Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know,” Dylan LeBlanc might not be a familiar name now, but that’s soon to change.

“Signed to Rough Trade Records before he was 20 years old, LeBlanc cut his teeth duetting with Emmylou Harris and opening for Bruce Springsteen. He sounds older, wiser and considerably warmer on his upcoming album, Cautionary Tale (out January 15th), which finds the Muscle Shoals native working with two hometown heroes: the Civil Wars’ John Paul White and the Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner.” – Rolling Stone

Futurebirds, Fairpark, June 3rd

“Six years ain’t a hell of a lot of time, but Futurebirds have filled ‘em with a whole lot of living. Laying down their shoe-gazing country, harmonious psychedelia, and barnstorming, ragged rock both on record and in person, the Athens-based band presents a delicate balance on Hotel Parties, its third full-length record that explores the toils, joys, and struggles exposed by six years doing any one thing so intensely.”- Kevin Monty, Red Light Management

Amasa Hines, Fairpark, June 2nd

Amasa Hines is the name of the whole band, not just one person (we’ve checked.) This Little Rock, Arkansas, rock group is electrifying to watch and puts their heart and soul into every performance.

LUTHI, Fairpark, June 2nd

“After playing Americana for five or six years, writing with and for various artists in the city, he’s (Christian Luthi) decided to pursue his long-time vision of a funk crew. “I felt like I was writing what I was writing because everyone was doing it,” he says. “I’ve always just wanted to create something that people can boogie to — something that’s timeless.”

Now, rolling with a big band including various horns and a variety of saucy vibes, he’s beginning the next part of the saga. The band is a true melting pot, no one is from the same place. LUTHI has a bit of something for everybody. It’s time for people to get down. That’s really it. So put on something weird, take off your shoes, and come on.”

The Mississippians

Rock Eupora, Music at the Mill, June 1st

“Born and raised in Jackson Mississippi, Clayton Waller AKA Rock Eupora creates a lively blend of gritty rock and shimmering pop straight from his DIY home studio. Currently operating in Nashville, Rock Eupora uses galactic hooks and melodies to dive into themes of love, time, transition, and faith. The new album, Soon the Sun Will Come, shows Waller taking his ‘fuzz pop’ sound into a more polished and refined territory of indie music.”

H.A.R.D. (Have a rad day)/ Formerly known as Light Beam Rider

Music at the Mill, June 1st

Formerly known as Light Beam Rider, the new group H.A.R.D. (Have A Rad Day), brings Mississippi indie and alt-rock to the Mill on Thursday in the hopes of making sure everyone has a rad night.

SilaS, Music at the Mill, June 1st

Independent Jackson, MS, rapper and trumpeter Silas has already experienced success with singles “Gullah Gullah Island” and “The Wiz.” Check out his Amped & Wired set above with Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

 

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