Crowds at St. Pat’s in Five Points will be treated to a wide variety of music this year, including the energetic music of headliners J. Roddy Walston & The Business and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Both bands feature classic-rock sounds with influences from other interesting genres, including folk, Southern rock, blues and jazz.
Logan Davis, bassist for J. Roddy Walston & The Business, describes his band’s sound as “a wild Southern piano frontman meets a solid rock ’n’ roll backing band.”
“Imagine if Jerry Lee Lewis fronted a ’70s riff rock band like AC/DC,” Davis said.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business play a rollicking, fun, indie-rock sound, featuring upbeat piano from frontman Walston. The band has recently seen alternative-rock radio success of two singles off their 2013 album “Essential Tremors” – “Take it as it Comes” and “Heavy Bells.”
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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood also has its roots in classic-rock sounds. The band was formed by Robinson, lead singer of the Black Crowes, while the band was on hiatus in 2011.
Guitarist Neal Casal said the band plays “psychedelic rock music that incorporates many diverse musical elements – jazz, folk, blues, lots of different things.”
Both groups look forward to introducing their music to a new audience. Both typically play longer sets when performing as headliners – Davis said J. Roddy Walston & The Business typically play hour-and-15-minute-long sets, while the Chris Robinson Brotherhood plays for about three hours during headlining shows. It’s not hard for either to condense their set lists into the “home runs,” but it is a little more difficult to maintain the same rhythm the bands hone for longer sets, Davis said.
“It’s a lot of people who may not necessarily know you, and you want to win them over quickly. You can cram all your home runs into one set, but the problem is, the set time is usually shorter. It’s a little harder sort of to go through all the ebbs and flows, to really grab people and take them on this journey we would in a hour-and-15-minute set in a 30- to 40-minute set,” Davis said. “It’s easy, but it’s also difficult. It’s not hard to pick a set list but its also a bummer because it’s like, “If we only had five more minutes…’ ”
While the Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s set will be about a fifth of the length of their typical sets, Casal said he thinks the audience will still get the right experience.
“We take you into some pretty psychedelic spaces that maybe you don’t get into every day,” Casal said. “The ones who need this music, the ones who resonate with this music are out there with us. [A festival like St. Pat’s] is a chance for us to turn on people who didn’t know they needed to be turned on. When we have the chance to be that band for someone, we relish that.”
St. Pat’s at Five Points music schedule
Bud Light/Fox 102.3 Stage
Intersection of Greene and Harden streets, near the Five Points fountain
12:30 p.m. Dave Britt
1:40 p.m. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
3 p.m. Moon Taxi
4:20 p.m. The Bouncing Souls
5:40 p.m. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Miller Lite/WCOS 97.5 Stage
Intersection of Blossom and Harden streets
12:30 p.m. Winner, Battle of St. Pat’s band contest
1:30 p.m. Brigades
2:40 p.m. Stop Light Observations
4 p.m. Holly Williams
5:30 p.m. Love and Theft
Green’s Beverages / 92.1 The Palm Stage
Next to Wells Fargo, at the intersection of Saluda Avenue and Blossom Street
12:45 p.m. Volcanoes in the Kitchen
2 p.m. Saints of Valory
3:15 p.m. Ben G and Friends
4:25 p.m. Atlas Road Crew
5:45 p.m. J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Harden and College streets, near Chick-Fil-A
1 p.m. Palmetto Blue
2:10 p.m. Tim Barry
3:30 p.m. Langhorne Slim
5 p.m. SUSTO
Dub DJ’s Stage
Santee Avenue, between Tic Toc Candy Shoppe and Moosehead Saloon’s back door
Dylan Deekay, LUCiD and DannyB will be spinning.