Nelsonville Music Festival preview: 5 acts to see

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Jason Isbell (10:30 p.m. Thursday, Main Stage)

The former Drive-By Trucker came fully into his own on last year’s Southeastern, a gorgeous, country-and-folk-steeped effort about getting clean and making peace with the past — no matter how rocky it might have been.

Dinosaur Jr. (10:30 p.m. Friday, Main Stage)

While the fest is dominated by folkies (there’s a No-Fi Cabin performance space, for crying out loud), Friday’s main stage action concludes with a set from the noisy, feedback driven trio, which specializes in winding guitar jams that thrash and squeal like a pack of Velociraptors.

The Men (11:30 p.m. Friday, Porch Stage)

The Brooklyn band’s early albums were defined by testosterone, and the quintet populated the records with abrasive, pummeling tunes as hairy and muscled as its namesake. In more recent years, however, the crew has evolved, embracing eclectic influences that range from classic rock to country.

Hiss Golden Messenger (2:15 p.m. Sunday, Porch Stage)

The North Carolina gospel-folk duo, which includes singer/songwriter M.C. Taylor and musical partner-in-crime Scott Hirsch, has a knack for penning simple, pretty songs about impossibly complex subjects like God, mortality and the search for comfort in an increasingly turbulent world.

Valerie June (4:30 p.m. Sunday, Main Stage; 1:45 p.m. Sunday, No-Fi Cabin)

On Pushin’ Against a Stone, the Tennessee native constructed stirring back porch soul tunes that flirted with everything from gospel to country to blues. Better yet: the singer will be playing an early afternoon set at the No-Fi Cabin, an intimate setting where her coffee-rich vocals will rightfully take center stage.

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