Top 4 LbM Favorites at Lightning in a Bottle 2016
Truth be told this list is just a small sliver of the amazing talent at LIB 2016. Throughout the festival though I constantly saw myself gravitating toward the Lightning Stage where I found my personal favorite acts of the festival.
“Criss-crossing the intersection of intelligent Hip Hop, R&B, and Electronic Dance Music, Lafa Taylor is a colorful West Coast based singer, rapper, and producer. Lafa’s gritty, sexy, bass heavy beats confidently blur boundaries and captivate listeners with diverse musical tastes. His collage of tasteful multi tempo music, keeps people dancing and engaged.
With a vocal style that ranges from smooth melodies to tongue twisting rhymes, Lafa’s music carries a message of inspiration while staying relatable and realistic”. lafataylor.com/bio/
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Crowds gather like metal to a magnet to the positive vibes bursting forth from Nahko and Medicine for the People
“Established as a non-profit organization in the winter of 2008, Big Island- and Portland-based Medicine for the People travel near and far using music as their vehicle to foster self-action and healing. Their lyrics and activities make it clear that at the center of their mission lies the belief that the power of inclusion will always overshadow the walled-boundaries of exclusion. It should thus come as no surprise that their songs and performances draw you in with supreme force and magnetic charm.” - reverbnation.com/medicineforthepeople
There’s little need for introduction to the sought after shows of Chet Faker.
"An artist of considerable range, Chet Faker — the name taken by Melbourne-raised, Brooklyn-based Nick Murphy — writes, performs and records all of his own music, giving it a warm, intimate feel with a solid groove structure. His critically acclaimed, debut full length album Built On Glass was released on Future Classic / Downtown in April 2014. The album was the highly anticipated follow up to his 2012 EP Thinking in Textures and Lockjaw, his 3-song EP with fellow Australian producer Flume, released in late-2013.
Chet Faker recently won five ARIA Awards including Best Male Artist, Producer of the Year, and Best Independent Album. He also took the #1 spot on the triple j Hottest 100, and the critics from The Guardian (UK) named him one of their “artists to watch” in 2015, among other accolades-.chetfaker.com/about
Lastly is my absolute favorite of the entire festival:
"is a French-Cuban musical duo consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz. The duo sings in English and Yoruba, — a Nigerian language their ancestors spoke before being brought to Cuba by the Spanish to be made slaves in the 1700s — though Lisa’s is the lead voice, Naomi plays traditional Spanish/Cuban percussion instruments cajón and Batá drum, while Lisa also plays piano.
In the Yoruba language, Ibeyi (Ìbejì) translates as “twins”.