Lost Lake Festival Artist Preview

Lost Lake Festival Preview

Lost Lake Music Festival will be opening its gates in a week and with so many amazing musical acts converging on one place at the same time, it would be all too easy to get lost in the sauce. So, as the festival creeps closer, here are some of the absolute can’t miss acts of the festival.

Playboy Manbaby

Let me put it this way, I was only interested in leaving my home in New York City and traveling back to the arid Arizona desert for this festival because Playboy Manbaby is playing it. Though I haven’t seen every band on this bill, I have seen a lot of them, and I feel confident in saying Playboy is going to blow them all off the stage. Lead singer Robbie Pfeffer brings enough energy to power a small country. When his compatriots are rocking as hard as he is, it’s hard to imagine a more explosive act on any stage. Playboy will be on the Piestewa Stage at 4 p.m. on Friday which means, frankly, I may be at home on Friday night by 6.


Coming up under the wing of Lost Lake headliner Chance the Rapper,  NONAME is one of the most exciting hip-hop artists in the world right now. She’s been a well-known rapper and slam poet in the Chicago scene for the better part of a decade, but really caught on nationally after appearing on Chance’s Acid Rap mixtape. The 27-year-old will be hitting the Echo Stage at 5 p.m. on Friday, so it’ll leave 15-minutes to make it over from Playboy Manbaby at The Piestewa Stage.


Broods may be the most well-traveled act on the bill, coming all the way from their home in Nelson, New Zealand, to play Lost Lake Festival’s mainstage, The Camelback Stage. Broods have been getting music fans excited with their signature tunes from their debut self-titled EP dropped in January of 2014. They are somewhat of an outlier, genre-wise, compared to every other band on the bill but that only makes them so much more enticing.


Calexico are among Tucson’s best and brightest, infusing some authentic regional music into their indie rock sound. They are one of the only bands on the bill that will be playing a sound akin to the tunes that have been coming out of the Arizona desert for over 100 years. They will be rocking out the Piestewa stage at 6:45 P.M. Friday.


I covered music in Phoenix for a lot of years, and the only time I recall Luda coming through was when he hosted a Super Bowl party. Now, I’m not saying that the king of the south has never rolled through Phoenix before, I’m just saying if he did I don’t remember when. The man is a bonafide hip-hop legend with some of rap music’s biggest all-time hits in his catalog and he’s taking the Echo Stage at 8:15 P.M. Friday.


If you like music that was made in the 90’s, go pay homage to the group that all of those bands were copying. Even the great Kurt Cobain said he just wanted Nirvana to sound like The Pixies. They are rock legends who have earned the admiration of pretty much all of their contemporaries and, to this day, they are still one hot ticket. Their last show in Phoenix saw them at downtown’s Comerica Theater and Lost Lake Festival will see them on the Piestewa Stage at 8:30 P.M. on Friday.


KONGOS is a platinum-selling rock band and heroes in the Phoenix metro area. They honed their skills at a bar less than 5-miles from the festival grounds called The Lost Leaf, and now, as a band, they seem to only roll back through the Copper State for the biggest of shows. They are an easy band to catch live because of how often they tour, but catching them in their hometown is a rarity. Keep those ears open for a secret show like they did at The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale when they were in town for the inaugural Summer Ends Music Festival. KONGOS take the Piestewa Stage at 4:30 P.M. on Saturday.

Superjam ft. The Dap-Kings

There is no one single thing that makes Bonnaroo the best festival in the country, but on a list of things that do, Superjam would definitely come in pretty high up on the list. It’s a one of a kind jam session that blends groups who probably otherwise may not even know about each other together on one stage, and this one is going to be lead by the legendary Dap-Kings. Sharon Jones was a gigantic loss for the entire music-loving world, but the Dap-Kings are going to do their best chug on without their leader. Superjam will be popping off right after KONGOS on the Piestewa Stage at 6:30 P.M. Saturday.

Huey Lewis and the News

If you didn’t know Huey Lewis and the News were still playing out live, then you are in exactly the same boat as me. Frankly, I thought their last hurrah was being on the American Psycho soundtrack. But, the famed pop-rockers are still out there in the world mixing it with live shows and for the opportunity to hear Sports live in its entirety it is definitely worth spending the hour between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at The Camelback Stage.  

The Roots

?uestlove is, without a doubt, one of hip-hop’s greatest ambassadors to mainstream America, and there are many who would claim Black Thought is the single greatest M.C. of all time. Mix that together with a wildly talented and entertaining live band, and you’ll understand why The Roots are an absolute can’t miss at Lost Lake Festival. They will be rocking the Camelback Stage at 7:30 P.M. Saturday.

The Killers

Legendary hits, sold out stadiums, and a headlining slot on pretty much every other festival that has ever happened, The Killers have earned their place among the perennial major festival headliners and they’ve done it through consistency. The Las Vegas natives have been bringing high level shows to their fanbase for more than 2-decades. The Killers will be shutting down Saturday night at Lost Lake on The Camelback stage at 9:30 P.M.


If you’re coming into Lost Lake from out of town, or if you’re one the literal millions from inside the Copper State that has no idea what the Phoenix music scene is all about, no band on this bill will give you a better sense of what Phoenix sounds like than Fayuca. They have been making their signature mix of punk rock with Latin flavors for more than a decade and their current lineup may just be their best one yet. Fayuca may not be topping the bill at Lost Lake, but they are definitely a can’t miss for anyone who cares to find out what the music in the region is really like. Fayuca will be opening the Camelback Stage Sunday afternoon at 12:45 P.M.


Futuristic and his stalwart, DJ Kode Break, are 100 percent guaranteed to make it lit. They have done nothing but grow in stature and popularity since releasing 2015’s Rise, and are coming in hot after being one of the only hip-hop acts on the Vans Warped Tour. Futuristic is sure to want to show out for his home crowd. Futuristic takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. on The Camelback Stage.


Murs, along with his stalwart teammate, DJ Foundation, is a member of noteworthy hip-hop collective The Living Legends and is a Tucson hip-hop staple. Murs is an intricate lyricist who has used hip-hop to branch out into other media like comic books. He is another sprinkle of real Arizona culture into Lost Lake and he is hitting the Echo Stage at 2:45 P.M.

Danny Brown

The residents of the Arizona desert like to define themselves as rugged individualists, which is a concept which should be right up Danny Brown’s alley as a man who is constantly lauded for his individuality. Brown is on the Camel Back Stage at 5 p.m. on Sunday and if all the reports are right he is going to put on one hell of a show.

Run The Jewels

Who would have thought that two 40-year-old underground rappers linking up would become one of the most entertaining hip-hop shows in recent memory? In a genre notorious for phoned in live performances, EL-P and Killer Mike bring their A-game to every stage they touch and they have gained quite the formidable reputation doing it. Both M.C.’s have had successful solo careers in hip-hop, but neither ever climbed as high as they have together. RTJ will be storming the Camelback Stage at 6:45 P.M. Sunday.

Jeff Schaer-Moses

Jeff Moses is an experienced music journalist with more than 1,000 bylines under his belt nationwide. From the world's biggest rock stars to underground musicians living in your very own backyard he has interviewed them all with clarity and integrity. While some people think a great story needs a little journalistic spin, Jeff believes the best stories tend to tell themselves. For him covering big festivals is always big fun, but finding that band that is a diamond in the rough just itching to get their tunes out there is the greatest thrill in life.

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