Anybody a little underwhelmed?
A year ago on January 9th Coachella unleashed its lineup for last summer. It’s entire lineup.
Included were The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog. Along with four or seven dozen other acts ranging from the Arctic Monkeys, Shins and Bon Iver to Girl Talk, Santigold and Grace Potter.
Way way down at the bottom of Coachell’s lengthy first day artist list – in print so fine it was barely discernible – was the name Kendrick Lamar.
Lamar was the first act trumpeted today by Kanrocksas for the music and camping fest’s second coming in June at the Kansas Speedway.
A year has passed, Lamar put out a highly-acclaimed album on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and is being pegged by some as next in line to wear “hip-hop’s crown.”
It’s January 18th and the only acts Kanrocksas announced today besides Lamar are the Avett Brothers – a Crossroads fave that maybe would have played Sandstone this summer – and Tiesto, a 43 year-old Dutch DJ who produces electronic dance music.
Music to camp to?
Kanrocksas says it’s going to have a more balanced fest this time out – no million buck acts like Eminem (or $2 million acts like the Rolling Stones) – but it’s clear the fest has a long way to go.
Especially given that unlike the first Kanrocksas two years ago, other area promoters say they’ve yet to stumble onto acts Kanrocksas has either booked or is making offers on.
Not a good sign.
And the hour is getting late.