We had to pick two winners, because we think both of these bands are awesome. Actually, we really dug all of your suggestions (except we aren’t sure who this “Grateful Dead” band is), and are bummed that we can’t carry all of their merchandise.
Winner number one, with an overwhelming majority vote:
Enter the Haggis! This Toronto Celtic rock band brings it like no other, with energetic performances and a unique sound that is ridiculously fun to dance to. Check out the video below if you haven’t seen them yet:
Check out their web page where you can listen to more tunes and stay up-to-date on their touring schedule. It looks like the closest they are coming to us Mexicali Mainers in the near future is Lowell, Mass on April 8. It’s only $10 and could be a fun road trip!
Also winning in the votes is Wilco!
We really hope you have heard Wilco! A Chicago band formed in 1994, they create awesome rock that is sometimes slightly country-fried, but in a good way. Check out Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, one of their best albums in a catalogue of solid goodness. Here’s a cool music video where they are jumping out of an airplane! Also, their website will provide you with lots of photos, tour dates, and information; so check it out if you dig what they do!
Honorable mentions go to Jack Johnson and Michael Franti & Spearhead. These guys are great at making music and also have awesome and admirable takes on the world and how to make a difference in it. As in 2008, Jack Johnson will donate 100% of his tour profits to charity. He also contributed to the Best of Bonnaroo album at Music for Action, an organization dedicated to passing a new Climate bill (read about it further down this here!). You can visit his website here.
The music of Michael Franti & Spearhead is indisputably inspiring, without ever being schmaltzy. His lyrics are able to lift you up even when he is singing something sad, and the rhythms and tunes themselves add a whole other element of joyfulness and soul. Here’s his website.
We love all these bands/musicians, and we also love you for voting for your favorites! Keep your eyes peeled for Enter the Haggis and Wilco merchandise arriving in our stores and on the web soon!