Performer: Moon Taxi
Sloss Fest: Saturday, July 14, Blast Stage, 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Type of Music: American indie rock/alternative rock
About: After releasing five studio albums, Moon Taxi is enjoying sky-high music success and has earned a top spot on the Sloss Fest stage. Lucky concert-goers can enjoy a 1-hour show by these famed musicians who, in their own words, became an overnight success after 10 long years of playing honky-tonks, fairs and festivals. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; their music is good on so many levels.
Moon Taxi’s Wes Bailey (keyboardist), Tommy Putnam (bassist), Tyler Ritter (drummer), Spencer Thomson (lead guitarist and producer) and Trevor Terndrup (vocals, guitarist) came together in 2006 as students at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Since then, they’ve played all kinds of venues countrywide and, until May 2017, figured that would be the course of their career.
Suddenly, thanks to being in the right place at the right time – the rock anthem “Two High,” partly inspired by the Women’s March – became a smash single. The chorus seemingly pushes the marchers’ message: “So put ‘em up, two high/ We can come together/ We won’t give up on the fight.” The hit was streamed more than 70 million times on Spotify and earned a heavy rotation on SiriusXM.
Before heading South to perform in Sloss Fest, Moon Taxi traversed the U.S. and parts of Europe, playing in concerts and festivals. On June 10, Moon Taxi helped close out the 17th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Eminem, Sheryl Crowe, Paramore and Future were among other well-known musical artists.
On June 16, they were in Syracuse, New York and, a week later, turned up at a musical venue in Richmond, Virginia. On June 24, they played in Heber City, Utah, then flew to London, England to perform in a concert on July 9. Two days later, Moon Taxi was on an idyllic beach, performing at the Skral Festival in Grimstad, Norway. Catch them if you can.