Randy Newman, The Tallest Man on Earth, and More in First Round of 2016 Nelsonville Music Festival Announcements

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Stuart’s Opera House presents the 12h annual Nelsonville Music Festival on June 2-5, 2016 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. The first round of NMF16 lineup announcements is led by the legendary songwriter Randy Newman who will headline the festival on Sunday, June 5th. Joining Randy Newman in the first round of announcements are acclaimed Swedish folk singer-songwriter The Tallest Man on Earth, one of indie rock’s most prolific voices, Mac DeMarco, and Toronto’s jazz/hip-hop/instrumental trio BADBADNOTGOOD. Angel Olsen, Twin Peaks, Marco Benevento, Son Little, All Them Witches, Michael Hurley, Daniel Bachman, Joan Shelley, and Mojoflo. Many more acts for 2016 are still to be announced so be sure to stay updated! The 12th annual Nelsonville Music Festival will feature 4 days of music featuring over 40 bands on multiple stages all weekend long along with camping, kids’ activities, artisan vendors, food, a beer garden, and much more. Weekend passes for all four days are on sale now for $125 (with no fees) and the price will raise from there until the gate price the weekend of the festival. Teen weekend passes and Nelsonville resident passes are only $65, and kids 12 and under are free. Camping passes, and VIP weekend passes to the festival are also on sale now. Tickets and more information can be found nelsonvillefest.org or by calling (740) 753-1924.

The Nelsonville Music Festival loves to present a lineup each year including both music’s respected legendary acts and up and coming bands. Our Sunday headliner just happens to fall into the first category, and we are honored to have the legendary Randy Newman at this year’s NMF! The recipient of two Academy Awards for Best Original Song, 20 Oscar nominations, six Grammy awards, and 14 Grammy nominations, Newman is a singular figure who over the course of his career has explored various styles and sounds of the canon of 20th-century American music. Newman became famous during the 1960s and ’70s for writing quirky, darkly funny, or sharply satirical songs detailing the lives of characters of his own making. This idiosyncratic style alternated between sweeping cinematic pop and rolling R&B, a style heavily influenced by time spent in New Orleans during his youth. After Randy Newman’s self-titled debut album was released in 1968, his reputation as a songwriter grew quickly, as Judy Collins, Dusty Springfield, Peggy Lee, Harry Nilsson, and Joe Cocker, among others, recorded his songs. Newman began a career as a film composer in the early 1980s. Among his film compositions are many kid-friendly songs, including Toy Story’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

Kristian Matsson, aka the Tallest Man on Earth, comes to Nelsonville all the way from Sweden. First surfacing in 2006 with a self-titled EP, The Tallest Man on Earth has become a lauded in modern folk music and one of the genre’s most exciting songwriters. He has continued to win over audiences with his powerful performances including opening for Bon Iver on an early North American Tour. At only 25 years old, Mac DeMarco is already known as one of rock and roll’s most prolific voices. With two full-length albums and two EPs released and hundreds of sold out shows performed in the last several years, a recent late night television debut on Conan, DeMarco is showing no signs of slowing down.

Joining Randy Newman, The Tallest Man on Earth, Mac DeMarco, in this first of several NMF announcements for 2016 are BADBADNOTGOOD, Angel Olsen, Twin Peaks, Marco Benevento, Son Little, All Them Witches, Michael Hurley, Daniel Bachman, Joan Shelley, and Mojoflo.

Andrew Bird said of the Nelsonville Music Festival, “It’s the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you’d lose something.” The Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be an annual favorite for many music lovers, and one of the best festivals in the Midwest. Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, NMF continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience. Catch live music on multiple stages including a small no-fi cabin and a picturesque porch stage in addition to our main stage. Over four days, NMF offers multiple stages of music along with camping on site, kids activities, local art vendors, food, and a beer garden. The Nelsonville Music Festival takes sustainability seriously and is a zero waste event, diverting 94% of the waste created in 2015. Past performers have included Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, John Prine, The Avett Brothers, Merle Haggard, Dinosaur Jr., St. Vincent, Jason Isbell, Cat Power, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, George Jones, Gogol Bordello, and many more. The Nelsonville Music Festival is a production of Stuart’s Opera House, a historic, non-profit theater located in Nelsonville that features over 75 events a year including live music, theater, films, educational programming and more. You can find out more about Stuart’s by visitingstuartsoperahouse.org.

Stuart’s Opera House presents the 12th annual Nelsonville Music Festival,June 2-5, 2016 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. This year’s lineup includes Randy Newman, The Tallest Man on Earth, Mac DeMarco, BADBADNOTGOOD, Angel Olsen, Twin Peaks, Marco Benevento, Son Little, All Them Witches, Michael Hurley, Daniel Bachman, Joan Shelley and more, with more rounds of lineup announcements to come before June! Tickets and information are available at nelsonvillefest.org or by calling (740) 753-1924. You can also find the Nelsonville Music Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.