Friday is a short, but stacked, day for Hinterland, with The Envy Corps, TV on the Radio, Future Islands and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros all being well known to music fans. Saturday is a longer day, with some acts that might not be as familiar.
So here's some info on three acts you won't want to miss on Hinterland's second day.
Trevor Sensor (12:15 p.m. Saturday): Within a matter of weeks Trevor Sensor went from playing open mics in Pella and Des Moines to having his music played on BBC Radio 1 in the UK.
In the last few months the 21-year-old's raw voice and poetic songs have made him a sought after commodity in the music industry. He's recorded with Daytrotter, played the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Waverly and opened for The Lonely Wild. Hinterland should give Sensor his biggest Iowa crowd to date.
Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear (1 p.m. Saturday): This mother/son duo opened for Rodrigo y Gabriella at Hoyt Sherman Place earlier this summer, laying some groundwork with Des Moines fans.
Madisen (son) and Ruth (mother) Ward pull off an impressive soul and folk fusion for just two musicians. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear released its first album, "Skeleton Crew," in May and have been paying their festival dues this summer with sets at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones (4 p.m. Saturday): Singer Paul Janeway may look like Drew Carey, but if you close your eyes he transforms into Al Green, singing with one of the most soulful voices you can imagine.
The group is part of the resurgence of the Muscle Shoals sound, which gained fame in the 60's for producing hit albums for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and others. These days it includes acts like Alabama Shakes. St. Paul's full length debut, "Half The City," was produced by the Shakes' Ben Tanner.
Over the last two months St. Paul & The Broken Bones have opened several shows for The Rolling Stones and are also playing Lollapalooza this week, so expect much later festival set times in the future.
Hinterland Music Festival
When: 4:30 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday
Where: Water Works Park, 2201 George Flagg Parkway
Cost: $45 in advance per day, $50 at the gate, $75 in advance for both days, $90 at the gate
5:30 p.m. – The Envy Corps
6:30 p.m. – TV on the Radio
8:00 p.m. – Future Islands
9:30 p.m. – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
12:15 p.m. – Trevor Sensor
1:00 p.m. – Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear
2:00 p.m. – Joe Pug
3:00 p.m. – Justin Townes Earle
4:00 p.m. – St Paul & The Broken Bones
5:15 p.m. – Lucius
6:30 p.m. – Yonder Mountain String Band
8:00 p.m. – Brandi Carlile
9:30 p.m. – Old Crow Medicine Show