Augustana (acoustic) - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Augustana's new self-titled album, featuring the first single, "Steal Your Heart," is available now. The band, which is fronted by vocalist/lyricist Daniel Layus, recorded the album in Los Angeles with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Jacquire King, who is known for his work with Kings of Leon and Norah Jones, among others.
"The creative and musical progression of this record feels like the most true expression of who this band is in its most basic form," said Layus. "We worked really hard to bring the sound to a new frontier, but not so far that it lost that sense of organic sensibility."
The album delivers on the emotionally resonant, rootsy pop/rock that Augustana have become known for since launching themselves onto the scene with their major-label debut, 2005's All The Stars and Boulevards. The album reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. It also spawned two Top 40 hits, "Stars and Boulevards" and "Boston," which was certified digital platinum. The band's follow-up, 2008's Can't Love, Can't Hurt spawned the singles "Sweet and Low," and "I Still Ain't Over You."
Lauren Shera - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Music has played an integral part in Lauren Shera's life from the very beginning. The New York native grew up surrounded by an eclectic range of performers. When she was 13, her family relocated to northern California at the same time that she picked up the guitar. In 2008, she studied at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, where she expanded her knowledge of traditional folk music and honed her skills as a singer and a musician while adding ukulele and clawhammer banjo to her arsenal.
Her original songs and soulful voice combine to create a sound that is both powerful and melancholy. On her second and most recent album, Once I Was Bird, with the help of producer Andy Zenczak, Lauren weaves an opulent sound using an eclectic array of instruments including mandolin, violin, cello, banjo, ukelele, pump and pipe organs, trumpets, and more. The album's lush sounds and beautiful temperament are complimented with guest performances by Abigail Washburn, and Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses).
Her personal experiences with grief and emotion translate effortlessly into stunning musical arrangements and haunting melodies. Lauren's honest lyrics re-tell the stories of personal, hard-learned lessons with heartbreaking transparency, while imparting solace and wisdom to the listener. "It's important to me that people are able to relate to [the album]," said Shera, "and take out of it a shared experience that everyone has been through in some form or another."
Armed with a luscious vibrato, Lauren's voice is a uniquely distinctive. Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and Further says, "Every generation or two, a voice comes along that redefines what you thought you knew about music and touches you deep down in your soul…Her voice is going to define the next generation of folk music."
In 2011, Shera performed at Bonnaroo and was also hand-picked by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons to be one of three artists to introduce his renowned artist collective, Communion, to the United States. The introductory Communion Tour featured Lauren, David Mayfield Parade and Matthew & The Atlas in a seamless evening of individual sets culminating with all 12 of the musicians making up the tour on stage together for a communal set of encore songs.
Lauren has shared the stage with such artists as Ray LaMontagne, Jackie Greene, Jason Mraz, Phil Lesh, Wanda Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Billy Bragg, Nanci Griffith, Kristin Hersh, Joan Osborne and Abigail Washburn. In addition to Bonnaroo, she has appeared at the High Sierra Music Festival, Sausalito Music and Arts Festival, Monterey Music Summit and South by Southwest. When she was 18-years-old she was also invited to perform at the Bob Dylan Tribute Concert at New York City's Avery Fisher Hall. When she isn't performing solo, Shera performs with the Monterey-based female trio Honeymoon.