Even though the weather report for this weekend look ominous, if the rain clouds can part Sunday evening for Kanye West, I could not be happier. I was present for Kanye’s meltdown at Bonnaroo in 2008 and it took me a while to get over it. I did see him touring with Jay-Z a couple of winters ago. He was awesome. Sunday at Governors Ball is all a build up for West. It will be his first “tour date” of the summer and (hopefully) he will be premiering new material from Yeezus (due out June 18).
Here are “Five Artists You Should See Sunday at Governors Ball.”
1. The Revivalists
I saw the lead singer of The Revivalists play with Galactic a couple of months ago and he was super talented. The Revivalists are New Orleans band who dabble in hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock. They are a good way to kick off your Sunday at Governors Ball. Listen to “Shot of Tears” below.
2. Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr. is an old soul. He is blues guitarist who is insanely talented. With all the electronic noise and hip-hop at Governors Ball, Gary Clark Jr. will be a breath of fresh air on Sunday. Listen to “Bright Lights” below.
3. Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs was once the hottest rising emcee in hip-hop but his rise really slowed down. A Gary, Indiana native, Gibbs has a very deep voice and reminds me of Eminem in the way he uses refrains and choruses. Get ready for Kanye West by checking out Gibbs on Sunday afternoon. Listen to “Thuggin” below.
4. The Lumineers
If you like Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros you will probably like The Lumineers. The wear denim, plaid, overalls and fedoras. Nice! Their set should be pretty fun on Sunday and you can finally hear that song from Silver Linings Playbook live. Listen to “Ho, Hey” below (that rhymes!).
5. Kanye West
Will Kanye West freak out? Will he make some weird speech? Will Kim Kardashian get on stage spontaneously and give birth and then eat her own placenta? I don’t know. You’ll have to see Sunday night.