Saturday was the first part of our epic, two-part weekend adventure, forever to be known as the 2017 May-riffic Music Festival at American Spirits Roadhouse.
We had 14 acts scheduled for the two-day extravaganza, with the first seven hitting the stage beginning Saturday afternoon and carrying well into the night. We started nice and easy, with the acoustic alt-country sounds of our good friend Carter Lansing, who previewed some tracks from his forthcoming release with Acoustic Kitty Project, as well as favorites from the band’s 2013 album, “‘Shine.”
Next up, Jordyn Kenzie hit the stage with her trio, consisting of Gio Bedoya (bass) and Josh Smith (drums) for the festival’s first full-band performance. The young trio of Charter Arts students showed impressive chops, ensuring that the future looks bright for music in the Lehigh Valley — and beyond.
Jordyn was followed by Chelsea Lyn Meyer, who rocked as hard as she could through an acoustic set featuring well-known covers alongside catchy pop-rock originals like “This One’s On You” and “Remember.” Chelsea’s performance was engaging and fun, and further solidified the singer-songwriter’s status as one of the Valley’s most popular performers.
You may have noticed above that Leah Marie Fuls made an appearance alongside Chelsea. The duo performed Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” together, which served as a precursor to Fuls’ own set. Fuls used her powerful voice to give a unique spin to popular covers, while also highlighting selections from her acclaimed EP, “You’re Never Gone.”
We then headed into full band territory for the rest of the night, starting with an acoustic set from Rofo Audio. The Royersford trio traveled to Jersey and turned a lot of heads with signature originals, including “Codependent,” “Maisie,” “Circle Back,” and many more from their two albums, “Now Broadcasting” and “Reach.”
Rofo Audio were perhaps heroes of the day, filling in the late slot for our friends Autoerotica, who were unable to perform due to an unexpected tragedy that occurred earlier int he week. The photos below are from both sets.
Rofo Audio’s first set was followed by the non-stop, power pop energy of Summer Scouts, who brought their youthful exuberance to the American Spirits stage with anthemic tunes like “White Olympic,” “Vessel,” and the new single, “Give It Our All.”
Then, things got funky with the homegrown Camo. The Bridgewater, New Jersey natives added some home state flavor to May-riffic, proving to be a welcome and rather impressive addition to the lineup. The four-piece band’s ability to blend alternative, funk, and a splash of reggae added a unique element to the festival, and are definitely a band we hope to hear again!
Speaking as an advocate of #BuildingBetter across music scenes, one thing that was really cool about Saturday night was the fact that Camo — and all of the people who came with them — stuck around for Rofo Audio’s second set of the night. Moreover, it seemed as though the night ended with the two bands having a mutual appreciation for each other. That mutual appreciation — between musicians, fans, and everyone else — would become the theme of the festival, and created plenty of good vibes heading into Day 2.