a full rockin' day
If any band proves that adversity makes you stronger, it’s our Main Stage headliner Everclear and its frontman, Art Alexakis. Listen to the lyrics on their album, Sparkle and Fade, featuring Santa Monica, and album So Much For the Afterglow, featuring I Will Buy You a New Life (here) and Father of Mine, and you get a picture of a survivor who faced challenge after challenge and turned it into platinum. The band continues rock hard, with 2015’s Black is the New Black, and Alexakis continues to fight for people in need.
We’re proud and honored to welcome Everclear to the Main Stage. SEE MORE EVERCLEAR VIDEOS HERE.
Soul Asylum pulls at you as hard as it shoves. Their raw guitar grinds out beautiful angst, while their lyrics capture a yearning to fit in, to connect, and to find something better. What started in Minneapolis in 1981 reached breakthrough success with 1992’s triple platinum Grave Dancers Union, featuring Grammy-winning Runaway Train (here), Black Gold, and Somebody to Shove, and 1995’s platinum Let Your Dim Light Shine, featuring Misery.
Their ability to see into the searching soul made them a voice for Generation X. We’re thrilled to welcome Soul Asylum to the Main Stage. SEE MORE SOUL ASYLUM VIDEOS HERE.
If the conflicted conscience that keeps you up at night had an inner voice other than yours, it would be Aimee Mann. The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning artist has a knack for mixing sweet and sour. The milk-smooth voice of empathy and the sharp barbed lyrics of critique. You can hear it in her integral soundtrack to Magnolia, featuring Save Me (here) and Wise Up, as well as her poppier songs, like That’s Just What You Are, Charmer, and her ‘Til Tuesday hit, Voices Carry.
She’s played a nihilist in The Big Lebowski, herself in Portlandia, and now the Main Stage in Pleasantville. SEE MORE AIMEE MANN VIDEOS HERE.
Don’t you need to be back in the arms of a good friend? Matthew Sweet has been making fuzz-laden, riff-infused power pop since the ‘80s, rising from the Athens, Georgia musical incubator. But he hit it big in 1991 with his platinum solo album, Girlfriend, featuring the title track (here) and I’ve Been Waiting. Since then, he’s released music (including 2018’s Wicked System of Things), collaborated (notably with Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles) and toured constantly.
Matthew Sweet will be headlining our Chill Tent Stage, playing in a duo with a special guest guitarist. SEE MORE MATTHEW SWEET VIDEOS HERE.
Where did BAILEN get such tight harmonies, striking dynamics and lyrical songs? You might say they were born with it. Twins David and Daniel and sister Julia Bailen were raised in NYC by concert musicians. Their education was Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and the Band. And their modern, melodic, and soulful sound is all their own.
Their debut album, Thrilled To Be Here, just dropped, featuring lead-off single, I Was Wrong (here). They recently played CBS This Morning and The Peak’s 15th Birthday Concert at the Capitol Theatre, and we’re thrilled to have them on our Main Stage. SEE MORE BAILEN VIDEOS HERE.
We dare you not to dance to Party Stage headliners The New Respects. This family band—twins Zandy and Lexi Fitzgerald, brother Darius and cousin Jasmine Mullen—create hook-filled grooves evocative of 70s and 80s pop, soul, and rock n’ roll. Their video for Before the Sun Goes Down (here) is playing in stores around the country; they’ve appeared on NPR Music World Café; and they’ve toured with Greta Van Fleet, O.A.R., and PMF alums Robert Randolph and ZZ Ward.
Dean Friedman has been telling humorous, poignant, quirky, oddly specific stories through his music for more than 40 years. From his 1977 chart-topping hit Ariel (here), to Lucky Stars, Lydia, and more. He’s known as a “songsmith extraordinaire,” having taught and written books on songwriting. His influence can be felt in the work of bands like Barenaked Ladies, who covered his song, McDonald’s Girl.
Dean writes soundtracks for TV and film, produces radio series, and continues to tour around the world. We thank our lucky stars to have him on the Chill Tent Stage. SEE MORE DEAN FRIEDMAN VIDEOS HERE.
Bring a towel because you’re about to sweat. Swahoogie has been described as “a hot molten mess of loud greezy musical love and happiness. ” Ever since the ‘90s, this shifting collective of musicians has brought its swampy, sweaty, hard-working rock to venues all around New York. In 2018, the band released the EP Where I Belong (title track here) and a compilation CD, Songs From the ‘Hoog.
They’ve been featured on the The Peak’s 9:37 Local, with band members living in White Plains, Rye Brook, Harrison, and yes, Pleasantville. And we’re glad to have Swahoogie heating up the Main Stage. SEE MORE SWAHOOGIE VIDEOS HERE.
If you put David Bowie, Julian Casablancas, and Mick Jagger into a blender and set it on high, you would come out with Micky James. This locally born-and-raised rocker combines high-voltage glam-pop-rock with killer songwriting and stage swagger that slaps you like a riptide. His single, Give It To Me Straight (here), is blasting up the Spotify charts, and his live shows dare you not to work up as much of a sweat as he and his sharpshooter band.
Bruce T Carroll is an accomplished singer/songwriter whose lyrics speak to today’s social issues. His whispery voice, keen observation, and masterful songcraft invite you in to his unique and heartfelt take, as in When Two Worlds Collide (here). Bruce hosted many PMF alums at his Larchmont establishment, the Watercolor Cafe. And now it’s his turn. The Bruce T Carroll Band is made up of a who’s who of nationally recognized musicians, all from Westchester County.
They’ve been playing all over NYC, supporting their albums Ruckus and Romance and Finding You, and we welcome them on to our Chill Tent Stage. SEE MORE VIDEOS HERE.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist E’lissa Jones has been playing music since she was 5 and writing songs since she was 7. With a velvety smooth voice, catchy melodies, and arrangements that span folk, rock, and country, E’lissa’s music has something that everyone can enjoy. She has toured the world as a backup singer, recorded and released six albums, and won critical acclaim for her singing, wise lyrics, songwriting, and performance.
Check out her guitar and violin talents in videos such as Rein Me In (here), and join us as we welcome E’lissa Jones to the Chill Tent Stage. SEE MORE E’LISSA JONES VIDEOS HERE.
Hitting grooves and making moves since 2016, Tales of Joy has been heating up New England and New York’s Backyard with reggae-soul and dance music. This 5-piece out of Danbury CT creates an infectious vibe and gathers an eclectic following. They seamlessly blend reggae roots with hints of soul, disco, funk and Latin into their unique and signature sound. Check out Wonder Lady (here), get caught up in the rhythm, and move effortlessly across the musical map.
Melt is what you do on a hot-sultry day to the soulful-jammy pop played a groovy-jazzy way. This 8-piece collective has roots in NYC, Dobbs Ferry and Chappaqua. (Yeah, the drummer is a Pleasantville Music Festival regular—this time seeing it from the stage!) Their first single, Sour Candy (here), has over 290,000 views on YouTube, hit #5 on Billboard’s Spotify Viral 50 and now has over two million streams.
They’ve been bringing their Herbie Hancock/Grateful Dead/Stevie Wonder inspired jams to colleges up and down the east coast. And we’re pleased to welcome them to the Pamnation Party Stage. SEE MORE MELT VIDEOS HERE.
Alex Cano knows how to write an American song. Maybe that’s because he’s been performing around the country since his teens. First as a drummer, then as a songwriter, singer, and guitarist. His latest singles, Back Against the Wall (here) and Two Steps on the Train, and soulful baritone make you feel his honest stories of resilience and survivorship.
Originally from South Salem and now living in Tarrytown, Alex takes his inspiration from alt rock, folk roots, and alt country. He’ll be touring again soon, supporting his new album, right after making a stop right here on the Chill Tent Stage. SEE MORE ALEX CANO VIDEOS HERE.
Is it possible to chew atmosphere? Is it possible to shower in sound? Color Tongue makes experimental music that blends glacial builds, counterpoint melodies, lyrical drumming and obscure samples for a unique sound that simmers with sweet, sour, and salt. Check out the textures and polyrhythmic patterns and spare, introspective lyrics in Adult Lessons or the belt-sander psych-pop electronica of Sprouts (here).
Join us on a wave of color and texture, as this inventive 4-piece out of Rye Brook, Saratoga, Huntington, and Rahway bring their multi-sensory blend to the Pamnation Party Stage. SEE MORE COLOR TONGUE VIDEOS HERE.
Lagond Music Battle of the Bands winners Mosa create satisfying, feel-good music that blends rock, folk, and soul. With old-school spirit, sincerity, and a clear voice reminiscent of a Susan Tedeschi, Mosa is equally at home with ballads as bluesy rock, like Mama’s Got Brand New Shoes (here).
Purchase College grads Melissa Frabotta—Mosa, for short—and Phil Anthony and their bandmates have toured all over the Northeast from Vermont to DC, including Rockwood, the Bitter End, and countless Westchester venues. Get here when the gates open to welcome Mosa to the Main Stage. HEAR MORE MOSA HERE.
Lagond Music Battle of the Bands winners SpitPhyre will be opening the day with a bang on the Party Stage. Since forming in 2017, these Rockland County hardcore rockers have released 2 singles, a debut EP, and a full length album, Sunset Skies.
Taking inspiration from bands like FIDLAR, the Frights, Nirvana and Soundgarden, the band has won over crowds in New York and New Jersey with their fast-paced and punchy opuses, tight musicianship, and choruses that don’t let you go, as with Androids, here. We dare you to resist their impenetrable force, and we’re excited to have SpitPhyre tear open the Pamnation Party Stage. SEE MORE SPITPHYRE VIDEOS HERE.
Lagond Music Battle of the Bands winner Lillimure creates luxurious atmospheres of indie-alternative music with her lush guitar chords and her comforting voice. Lilli’s music bends genres matching fast-paced, sometimes brutally honest lyrics with elements of folk and soul, as in Something (here).
At the age of 20, this Westchester native has already released one EP and one new single and is working on her first full-length album. She’s played the Viper Room in LA, the Bistro in San Francisco, and Rockwood in NYC. And we’re delighted to have Lillimure open up this year’s Chill Tent Stage. LISTEN TO MORE LILLIMURE HERE.