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Boropalooza 2016

Latest incarnation of Statesboro music festival is warm-up act for SweetWater 420


April 05, 2016

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    Boropalooza is back, and event coordinator William Bridwell guarantees that this year's incarnation will be the "best version of Boropalooza yet." The third annual music festival looks to light up the night with a four-band lineup on Saturday, April 16, at South City Tavern. Cover is $10.
    Music will begin at 7 p.m. as local performers Half-Seas Over take the outdoor stage until 8 p.m., when Charleston-based trio The Steppin Stones step up to the mic. They will be followed by homegrown favorites The Orange Constant, who made their move to the Athens music scene earlier this year. Rounding out the night will be Funk You, coming all the way from Augusta to end the evening with a two-hour set starting at 11 p.m.
    This year, Boropalooza is part of the Road to SweetWater 420 concert series, which Bridwell put together for the Atlanta-based spring music festival. Boropalooza will be one of the last of the eight or nine concerts leading up to the three-day bash in Atlanta, April 22–24. At Boropalooza, as with the other Road to SweetWater 420 concerts, there will be a chance to win two weekend passes to the festival. For Statesboro music fans, this is a particularly significant opportunity, as it will give them the chance to see The Orange Constant — along with fellow Boropalooza headliner Funk You — perform on the big Atlanta stage, at the Lyrics and Laughter stage on Saturday, April 23.
    This is Bridwell's second time helping to coordinate Boropalooza, and he said local sponsor The Forum has been a big help in bringing the community together for the music night. He incorporated the SweetWater 420 angle to help give Boropalooza a fresh new feel, and to diversify the night's lineup for a good mix of genre and overall vibe.
    Boropalooza is not an all-ages show: Attendees must be at least 18 to get through the door and 21 to drink. For ticket information, check out Airbound Entertainment's Boropalooza event page on Facebook.

Half-Seas Over
    Local band Half-Seas Over is fairly new to the music scene, having begun in 2015, but they are quickly making a name for themselves as one of Statesboro's more fun cover bands. Bridwell discovered them while they were opening at a show in Athens and quickly snatched them up for the Boro's annual music fest.
    Classifying themselves as country and classic rock artists, the three gentlement of Half-Seas Over — GSU students Tanner Fussell, Trey Stadler and Tyler Tam — perform classic tunes to get the audience singing along. They'll be a great warm-up act for the night of nonstop music that is Boropalooza.
    On their Facebook page, Half-Seas Over tout themselves as "one of the most talked-about groups in the GSU community." If that isn't true now, it very well might after their Boropalooza debut.

The Steppin Stones
    This Charleston-based trio has been playing together since 2006, but they get a little bigger every year. Calling them "wunderkind" musicians is no stretch of the imagination: Their lyrics and instrumentation convey a skill that belies their tender years. With two albums under their belt, The Steppin Stones have been popular faces at Dingus Magee's and look to expand their Statesboro fan base through Boropalooza.

The Orange Constant
    Statesboro's favorite homegrown jam band left town for bigger and better things in Athens' music scene, but they still manage to make it home every few weeks for local shows. Part of the Homegrown Music Network, The Orange Constant has been featured in Relix Magazine and has played alongside bands including Atlas Road Crew and Perpetual Groove. After Boropalooza, they'll be making their way to Atlanta for the SweetWater 420 music festival, where they will be playing the Lyrics and Laughter stage. Check out their Soundcloud page for a taste of their Boropalooza set.

Funk You

    We'll let Boropalooza's crowning act speak for themselves:
    "Hailing from the east side GA town of Augusta, FUNK YOU is an outgoing burst of energy that is continually climbing their way to the top of the music scene. This "funk" oriented outfit projects multiple musical styles focusing mainly on dance driven grooves with powerful clean vocals. Incorporating intriguing musical composition, tasteful lyrics, and crowd captivating live performances, FUNK YOU is surely to make an imprint on your musical taste. ... By colliding funk, jam, rock, fusion, and prog into one uniform sound, these guys will keep your jaw dropped and your feet moving without stopping. Their songs combine lush ambiance, catchy vocals, and intense shredding simultaneously into a unique well defined sound."
    They'll also be heading to SweetWater 420, so Boropalooza will be a great opportunity to catch them before they break onto the Atlanta music scene.




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