Open mic for performances of all types at the beginning of the festival and on Sunday morning. Meet local musicians and share your latest work!
The Bronzed Chorus (Listen)
The Greensboro instro-rock act finds nontraditional ways to be catchy. Joyce’s pedal-driven guitar melodies are expressive and lyrical, with him often playing both phrases of a call-and-response. And Allen’s drumkit seems to have no boundaries, with him keeping synths and even a modified Atari 2600 within reach while he plays. Allen contributes as much as Joyce to the danceable, pop-educated instrumentalism that is The Bronzed Chorus. While it can be pretty jaw-dropping to watch his one-handed snare rolls, it’s essential to note that the eternal multi-tasker also plays rhythm, melody, and texture lines on the aging gadgets that surround him. -Corbie Hill / Independent Weekly
The Leeves (Listen)
“To break it down, the band does seem to have at least a few identifiable personalities: Some tracks have a Clash-like reggae feel, while others have a sound that I can only describe as Against Me with the Cure’s Robert Smith singing. Still, other songs reveal a serious party-rock influence while others are blues-tinged.” -Garret Barnwell / Razorcake
The renegade traditionalists of Mipso — Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Wood Robinson on double bass, and Libby Rodenbough on fiddle — are doing their part to take their harmonies and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, the North Carolina songwriters of Mipso have wandered off the path blazed by Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson to find a new clearing for their southern string band sound.
Canadian-Peruvian songstress and producer Quilla flows effortlessly between dance music, indie pop and rock. She possesses a dreamy vocal style that is soaring yet intimate, disarming and ethereal. Quilla most recently collaborated with dancefloor titans Tiesto, Sultan + Ned Shepard for the song “Close to Me” off Tiesto’s hit album, A Town Called Paradise. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Quilla’s story is as intriguing as her music. A cultural hybrid, she studied classical piano throughout her childhood, going on to perform in punk, indie, experimental jazz and afrobeat bands as a teen and young adult. Having studied anthropology and linguistics at McGill University, she has also travelled the world as an archeologist and ethnolinguist. Her lyrical content is influenced by these life experiences and she views the dance music world as a catalyst for producing transformative and transcendental experiences for people.
Tab-One of Kooley High & DJ Gonzo (Listen)
Tab-One is best known for his work with Raleigh born groups Inflowential & Kooley High. As a member of these groups and as a solo artist he has opened up for the likes of J. Cole, Wale, Homeboy Sandman, Souls of Mischief, and Little Brother to name a few. Tab’s style is steeped in 90′s “boom-bap” hip-hop, accompanied by elements of soul, humor, and thought provoking lyrics. DJ Gonzo has been a staple in the Raleigh DJ scene for over a decade. He first garnered an audience as regular on WKNC 88.1 FM and has been rocking parties and shows ever since. Together, Tab & Gonzo aim to give audiences an energetic, entertaining, and fun experience.
ALSO on the main stage, don’t miss -
Beard and Mustache Competition by the NC Beard and Mustache Club (Check them out)
Formed in 2007, The B.A.M. of N.C. has been working towards it’s goal of making Beard=Awesome through general follicular excellence as well as hosting fundraising events for local charities. They will be putting on a beardly contest at WhoDat 2014 in three categories: Best Beard, Best Mustache, and Best Fake Beard (get creative!). Everyone is welcome to participate, so come haired and prepared!
On the WhoDat Satellite Stage
We are proud to debut the brand new satellite stage beside the main stage at WhoDat 2014! Look for (and participate in!) a community weaving which will be the backdrop for the new stage.
North Carolina acoustic artists on the satellite stage include:
- Alan Barnosky
- Wes Collins
- Mike Gaffney
- Chris Smith
- Laura Jane Vincent
- Rufus Webster