The Meadows Music & Arts Festival is back for its second year at Citi Field in New York City. The festival will take place from September 15-17, 2017 and will feature headliners Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz.
Meadows has a similar format to the three-day music festivals that have become all the rage in the past several years. Think Governor’s Ball, Bonaroo, Austin City Limits, etc. There is music for just about every particular taste, arts, food, drink, and most important, lots of people. BSO will be live during the entire festival bringing you reviews, and sights and sounds from behind the scenes.
For those of you thinking about attending and this might be your first music festival, BSO is here to help. Even if you are a festival veteran, there are so many bands and acts to see, how do you decide? We’ve listed the 10 acts we’re most forward to seeing.
Here we go, in no particular order:
If there is a chance to see Hov you have to do it. Is he in his prime at the peak of his powers? No. But he’s only slightly out of his prime. But that actually doesn’t matter. This is one of the greatest to ever do it. He is a master showman and performer and has an extensive catalog as you know. A Hov performance is guaranteed to have something for longtime fans as well as new ones that maybe only know Hov’s collaborations with his famous pop star wife, Beyoncé. Plus with the release of 4:44, Hov’s 13th solo album, earlier this year you get a chance to hear live performances of his newest tracks.
2. Tegan & Sara
Canadian indie pop twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin the singers of the pop hit “Closer” off their 2013 album Heartthrob. The sisters have been performing for more than 20 years and are coming off their 2016 release Love You to Death. If you like vintage 80’s pop, mixed with a little alternative rock and some punk you won’t want to miss them.
The trap trio from Georgia is among the most popular acts in music right now. If you’re not familiar with the “Bad & Boujee” rappers, and how could you not be, you may remember their contentious interview with Joe Budden. That was quite a scene. In any event, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff are sure to be real crowd pleasers.
4. Milky Chance
The German group is part folk, reggae, electronica, and jazz. The group’s most popular hit “Stolen Dance” is a cornucopia of sonic elements. Oh and it’s real catchy too. In music it’s always nice to hear something different that still plays homage to the traditional and familiar.
The 6’3” Atlanta rapper may be the hardest working guy in the game. He delivered five projects between 2015 and 2016, including the Drake collaboration What A Time to Be Alive. The momentum hasn’t stopped in 2017 as both albums; FUTURE and HNDRXX debuted at #1. Future is a part of the new wave of rappers ascending to the throne/royal court. His sound is of the current time but uniquely his own.
6. Erykah Badu
The neo soul singer extraordinaire puts on a fabulous show. She has an extensive catalog and a number of hits. Badu is also an activist and no doubt will infuse her show with some timely messages. Plus if you haven’t heard her do “Love of My Life” and “On & On” live, you need to.
7. Tory Lanez
The Canadian rapper is a relative pup in the game but has already managed to make a name for himself, controversy with another famous Canadian rapper not withstanding. He started the year of with a bang, releasing two mixtapes and does not appear to be slowing down. “DopeMan Go” is nice track.
8. Sleigh Bells
The duo of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller have been performing as the Sleigh Bells since 2008. Their style is often referred to as noise pop. You undoubtedly know at least one of their songs, “Rill Rill.” The duo mixes pop hooks with an assortment of loud rhythmic sounds. What’s an example of a loud rhythmic sound? Well a sleigh bell of course. Their 2016 release Jessica Rabbit showed growth from the duo. Excited to see how they’ve improved as performers.
90’s alternative rock fans rejoice. Weezer is one of the sneaky good bands from that era where you wore flannel and stayed locked in your room because your parents didn’t understand you. You know their classics from the so-called Blue Album, “Buddy Holly,” “The Sweater Song,” and “Say It Ain’t So.” If they play nothing but tracks off the Blue Album and Pinkerton that will be well worth a stroll down memory lane.
If Nas is performing at a music festival you need to do what you can to see him. The Queensbridge rapper is a legend in the game. Much like Jay-Z, whom we mentioned at the beginning, the man has an extensive catalog and is a poet on wax. His style has evolved from his beginnings as “Nasty Nas” to “Escobar” all the way to the present day. Diehard Nas fans won’t miss this but even if you think you only know some of his work, it’s worth the visit. The Illmatic rapper is half man, half amazing.
When talking about must see acts at a music festival it is impossible to create a top 10 list without leaving some people out. There are a host of other incredible artists like: Run The Jewels, 21 Savage, Big Boi, LL Cool J, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, and Foster the People.
Tickets are still available, if you’re going to be in and around the NYC area visit https://www.themeadowsnyc.com/tickets/