The group fun. got started in New York City in 2008, following the break up of The Format. After the group disbanded, Nate Ruess teamed up with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff of Anathallo and Steel Train. Dost had toured with The Format, and Ruess met Antonoff after The Format toured with Steel Train. The band recorded their first demo, Benson Hedges, in 2008 — which ultimately led to a gig with Chevy and spot on the 2012 Bonnaroo lineup.
They’ve blown up in four years, and something tells me they’re only getting bigger.
Fruit Bats, a rock band that got their start in 1997 Chicago, helped kick off the folk-rock craze that took off in the early 2000s. The group has changed a lot since it got its start, but singer/songwriter Eric Johnson has always been at the band’s core.
In addition to his work with Fruit Bats, in 2000 Johnson was an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, led his own space-rock band called I Rowboat and was a guitarist in various groups — including Califone and The Shins. The Shins will also be appearing at Bonnaroo this year, so maybe the groups will team up for a song or two.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, folks! Bonnaroo is less than a month away, and to celebrate I’m officially kicking off Blogaroo 2012 — highlighting the can’t miss acts of this festi season.
To begin this year’s countdown — I present to you the 15 acts I am most excited to see this summer.
But music is meant to be shared! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment or voting in the poll at the end of this post.
The Bonnaroo lineup was released on Valentine’s Day, and from where I’m sitting it’s looking pretty solid. I’m still hoping that Jack White will make the list, but who are are you most excited to see so far?
“If music be the food of love, play on.” — William Shakespeare, English poet andplaywright (1564-1616).