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Australian roots-rock and jam band John Butler Trio will be appearing alongside the self-described "hippie with soul" R&B singer Allen Stone.
John Butler Trio is fronted by one of Australia's most successful independent artists, John Butler, whose "gripping lead guitar gives the music complexity and muscle" according to Rolling Stone. The group is completed by bassist Byron Luiters and recently added percussionist Grant Gerathy, both celebrated Australian musicians in their own right. The group, having released multiple platinum- and gold-certified records in previous years, came out with their newest studio album, Flesh & Blood, last February. The album has been acclaimed as one of the group's best, and The AU Review proclaimed "they're doing it right, so right, and we can only hope they keep doing what they're doing for years to come."
With musical themes such as reclaiming humanity in the midst of a frustrating world, Allen Stone conveys a clear message delivered by a powerful set of pipes. His passion for social consciousness was shaped by his upbringing as the son of a preacher. He also had an early love of gospel and soul music and cites Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin as his musical influences. A rising star with two self-released albums already under his belt, his latest work, an eponymous album, immediately earned him a contract with ATO Records.
Let newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall & John Oates make your dreams come true! A wildly successful group in the '70s and '80s, the pair from Philadelphia was named by Billboard as the No. 1 Musical Duo of All Time and No. 15 Best Artist of All Time. They have firmly established themselves as musical mainstays with their unique sound, called "rock and soul" for its fusion of rock 'n' roll and R&B, heard in hits such as "Sara Smile," "Kiss on My List," and "Maneater," not to mention on seven platinum albums. Today, both artists continue to sell out live performances and have both released successful independent albums, including Hall's Laughing Down Crying and Oates's Mississippi Mile, both from 2011. As Questlove, of the hip-hop group the Roots, said, "I'm gonna list all the duos in the rock era that were more popular than [Daryl] Hall and [John] Oates...okay, I'm done."