Less than one day after thousands of festivalgoers sing along to the final chorus of “Piano Man” at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, another music event will kick off, held on the outskirts of Rutherford County at a place known as Hippie Hill.
Now in its 13th year, the Hill’s annual Afteroo (Hippie’s “birthday bash”) will bring over 20 regional and national touring acts to Christiana, Tenn., on June 15–20, proving the party doesn’t have to stop after a weekend on “The Farm.”
Here’s a look at some of the artists included in this year’s lineup to ensure the good vibes keep flowing when the ’Roo is over:
Country singer Rachel Lipsky was named the 2014 Pepsi Southern Original winner, taking the top title in that contest that included nearly 6,000 artists all over the Southeast. As part of the reward for that accomplishment, Lipsky received the opportunity to open for Blake Shelton at last year’s Gulf Coast Jam in Florida. She has also been invited by Armed Forces Entertainment to perform for the troops overseas, and plans to do that once again later this year; she was on the bill at the Taste of Country festival in New York and Country Jam Colorado, has performed the national anthem for the Charlotte Speedway and the Professional Bull Riders, among other organizations, and hosts monthly songwriter nights in Nashville.
With a sound promoted as nestling in nicely “somewhere between high-heeled country sass and Southern-rock based country,” Lipsky is set to make an appearance on Hippie Hill on June 18.
The WhiskeyHickon Boys
Night One is sure to begin in rowdy, rollicking fashion as ukelele funk band The WhiskeyHickon Boys take Afteroo by storm. By the way of Wissahickon, Pa., the boys—Jonathan, Noah and Michael—promise to bring a variety of covers, anything from The Bee Gees’ ’70s disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” to a growling rendition of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” to the stage.
Self-described as “Gangsta folk,” this trio defies all genre stereotypes with a blend of bluegrass, funk, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop–you name it, they probably play it. If anything, they will certainly set the lively-foot stomping tone for the next few days ahead.
Aubryn Stevens’ Songwriters Night
Aubryn Stevens may not be a Nashville native, but she’s surely made her mark as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter in Music City. Her online show, Aubryn’s Musiconversation, is a webcam concert featuring a different musical guest each week, offering an intimate and interactive platform for connecting with fans. Stevens recently funded her debut release, a blend of blues, folk and Americana with “cabaret-influenced melodies,” on Kickstarter and she continues to frequent Nashville music venues and songwriter rounds each month.
Fresh off her performance at this year’s SxSW, Stevens’ powerhouse persona will keep the energy alive on Tuesday night as she brings a group of Nashville’s best songwriters to the Hill.
Performing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Pocket Vinyl offers a unique spin on the music festival experience. However, what makes this husband-wife duo unique is not necessarily their music (although it is by far the best “piano slam rock” I’ve heard lately), but the way in which it’s presented. Eric Stevenson provides the music aspect (vocals, piano and harmonica) while Elizabeth paints onstage. You’ll want to stick around after the show when the duo auctions off the masterpiece(s) to the highest bidder.
With three albums to their credit and a fourth on the way, Pocket Vinyl is a must-see in concert, and with three separate hour-long sets throughout the week, you have no reason to miss this duo at Afteroo.
Angel Mary and the Tennessee Werewolves
It’s a well-known fact that no one can sing Johnny Cash as well as the Man in Black himself, but if anyone comes close, it’s rising country act Angel Mary and the Tennessee Werewolves, whose 2013 cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” proves this family trio’s rebellious spirit will take them far.
With a unique blend of old-fashioned Dixie roots, Haggard-styled lyrics and bluegrass picking, the Hendersonville natives have a knack for keeping the crowd on their feet, and, as always, this year’s Afteroo performance will be no exception.
The Corbitt Brothers
Having played Afteroo several times before, these brothers aren’t new faces at Hippie Hill, and the band’s hard-driving, footstomping energy is undoubtedly the reason for their return. With a prominent Southern rock sound, the Corbitt Brothers aren’t afraid to get gritty and provide their own bluesy edge to tunes both original and classic.
Both collectively and individually, The Corbitt Brothers—Newsome Corbitt (vocals, guitar) Isaac Corbitt (harmonica, mandolin, bass) and Brandon Buck (drums)—have shared the stage with Hank Williams III, Bob Burns of Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Allen Coe, Sunny Edwards and Dave Dix (The Outlaws) among others. From the first song to the last, the band’s explosive energy and clear-cut talent will prove why they’re “Middle Tennessee’s favorite party band.”
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Bluegrass and jam bands have always been a hit at Hippie Hill, with many of this year’s acts identifying themselves with the genres. Self-dubbed as “trashgrass,” Ohio’s Rumpke Mountain Boys bring both music styles to the stage, with a bounty of string instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and special effects to give the audience a genuine musical experience. The Rumpke Mountain Boys have a packed touring schedule, which will come as no surprise as they flow through their performance at Hippie Hill and open for the final act of the five-day festival.
Along with the above acts, be sure to catch sets by Middle Tennessee’s own Sugar Lime Blue, Nashville’s Jerry Garcia tribute band Hooterool?, riveting jam band Clinch Mountain Mojo and others. Together, these musicians will jam to make this year’s Afteroo one to remember.
Here’s the full schedule:
Monday, June 15
5 p.m. Byron Rice’s Tree-o
7 p.m. WhiskeyHickon Boys
10 p.m. Indie on the Move winner
Tuesday, June 16
All Night Aubryn’s Songwriter Night
Wednesday, June 17
6 p.m. Stelle Amor Band
8 p.m. Nick Kane
10 p.m. All or Nothin’
Thursday, June 18
5 p.m. Stink Bamboo
7 p.m. Pocket Vinyl
8 p.m. Rachel Lipsky Band
10 p.m. Angel Mary and the Tennessee Werewolves
Midnight Runaway Home
Friday, June 19
5 p.m. Jacob Green
6 p.m. Husky Burnette
8 p.m. Pocket Vinyl
9 p.m. The Corbitt Brothers and Friends
Midnight Ghost Gypsy Caravan
Saturday, June 20
Noon Jacob Green and the All-Star Jam
2 p.m. Pocket Vinyl
3 p.m. Osiella
5 p.m. Sugar Lime Blue
7 p.m. Hooteroll?
9 p.m. Rumpke Mountain Boys
Midnight Clinch Mountain Mojo