Back to School: A Lesson in the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

By , August 28, 2015

The March on Washington book coverA. Philip Randolph was an activist who spoke out about inequality and labor rights in the early part of the 20th century, helping to pave the way for civil rights even before Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X. He spearheaded the original 1941 March on Washington movement before organizing the now famous 1963 event in which Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. He was also the leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters – the first African American led union to be accepted into the American Federation of Labor. His passion for equality even caused the Wilson administration to label him “the most dangerous negro in America” in 1919.

Tuesday marked the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters – “the greatest labor mass meeting ever held of, for and by Negro working men,” according to the Amsterdam News. If you’re an educator, consider incorporating A. Philip Randolph into your civil rights curriculum. Below we’ve compiled a list of key dates and resources available through the library.

A. PHILIP RANDOLPH (1889 – 1979)


Co-founded radical civil rights publication, The Messenger, with Chandler Owen and became involved in labor organizing.

Organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union and with the help of new amendments to the Railway Labor Act, successfully re-negotiated worker contracts with the Pullman Company in 1937.

Pullman Porters Union Meeting Final 2“Pullman Porters May Form Union.” Afro-American 29 Aug. 1925: 15.

Started the March on Washington movement with Bayard Rustin and A.J. Muste, resulting in the Fair Employment Act (Executive Order 8802) which prohibited employment discrimination in the national defense industry.

Organized the Committee Against Jim Crow in Military Service and Training (which would later become the League for Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Against Military Segregation) with Grant Reynolds, resulting in Executive Order 9981 which abolished racial segregation in the Armed Forces.

Organized the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, a nonviolent demonstration urging the government to abide by the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, with Bayard Rustin and other civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr., who gave his “Give us the Ballot” speech at this event.

Organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with Bayard Rustin and other key civil rights and labor leaders. This is the event where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Reading List

A. Philip Randolph: Messenger for the Masses*
A. Philip Randolph, Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement
A. Philip Randolph: Union Leader and Civil Rights Crusader*

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter*
Marching Together: Women of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
Miles of Struggle, Years of Struggle: Stories of Black Pullman Porters
The Pullman Blues: An Oral History of the African American Railroad Attendant
Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class

March on Washington Movement
The March on Washington: A Primary Source Exploration of the Pivotal Protest*
The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights
When Negros March: The March on Washington Movement in the Organizational Politics for FEPC

Tie-ins with Tennessee History
The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee: A Narrative History

Other Resources
A. Philip Randolph Institute
Pullman Porter Museum

* Children’s or young adult book

Makerspaces for Kids

By , August 27, 2015

August is National Inventor’s Month. Celebrate by creating a “tinkering” space for your young children. Or bring your teens to one of the library’s great makerspaces, called Studio NPL.

Rachelle Doorley, of Tinkerlab (one of my favorite preschool tinkering sites), describes tinkering as “hands-on experiences, learning from failures, and unstructured time to explore and invent.”

As they tinker, kids work through a trial and error process in which they think about questions, test theories, brainstorm, research, and design. Don’t do it for them. Even if you know how it works, let the kids experiment and figure it out. Later, you can talk with them about what they learned.


Young Inventors Need Space

Setting up a Tinkering Space

If you are going to explore hands-on experiences, you need stuff to explore and tinker with.

For toddlers, take a look at this tinkering space from the blog A Mom with a Lesson Plan, inspired by the book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by Dave Roberts.

For preschoolers, give them access to a wide range of materials. The blog Let the Children Play offers some good suggestions. Check out this tool space at Scholastic, with a worktable, shelves, and lots of jars for hardware. This project gets a little extreme–even mounting a computer on the side. Great idea, but it’s a little too Silicon Valley for my budget.

For those of us with slightly more limited means, a corner in a carport or basement works well, or even a re-purposed kids closet. Keep it simple with measuring tools, cutting tools, drawing tools, woodworking tools, and cans of hardware components along with fasteners, tape and glue.

Invite your family and friends to donate old tools and hardware from their junk drawers to your mini makerspace. Save coffee cans and tin cans for storage (make sure to tape over rough edges). You can also take apart small machines that are no longer working and save the parts for future explorations.


Young Inventors Need Ideas

 Do you need inspiration for things to build?

Check out these art and project websites for kids:


Inspiration for younger children at your library:


For inspiration for teens and youth at your library:


A Young Inventor’s Story

Caine’s Arcade

This clip shows how one boy’s tinkering inspired a community. His concept, Cain’s Arcade, was adopted by the Imagination Foundation, who now sponsors the annual Cardboard Challenge.




Popmatic Podcast for August 26, 2015: Summer’s End

By , August 26, 2015

I, Jonathan by Jonathan RichmanEveryone knows that August is the end of summer so on this show—endings. Books, movies, and music that end great, won’t end, or whose ending is really just the beginning. Are you following this? There is going to be a quiz. And nostalgia. And cryptography. Plus—Bryan learned how to use an em dash and it is tickling his fancy.



Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

“>The Imitation Game

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

Sunset Blvd

Burned Mind by Wolf Eyes Freegal | Hoopla

Enemy Ladder” by Wolf Eyes

I, Jonathan by Jonathan Richman featuring “That Summer Feeling”


A Long Day at the End of the World by Brent Hendricks

America’s Next Weather Man

God Hates Astronauts Volume 1: The Head That Would Not Die by Ryan Browne

Killer Thrillers Book Club is reading Moving Target by Ross Macdonald


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Book Review: Armada

By , August 25, 2015

By Ernest Cline

A few years ago we all (and I mean ALL of us) geeked out over a little book called Ready Player One. It was an epic battle filled with gaming, fun 80′s stuff, and adventure. It even made our Best of 2012 Popmatic Podcast episode as one of our favorite books of the year. Thanks Crystal for bringing us so much fun and entertainment!

Then we waited. And waitedandwaitedandwaitedandwaitedandwaitedandwaitedandwaited…sigh.

We had to wait three more years until Cline wrote a follow-up to his best seller. But have no fear my friends. It’s finally here!

In his smashing new novel, Ernest Cline brings you…THE END OF THE WORLD!!!! (Insert cymbal crash)

Wait. What?

Well, imagine that all the video games that you’ve played and movies that you’ve watched about aliens invading Earth, weren’t just Science Fiction. That’s right, Star Wars, Independence Day, Contact, Space Invaders, and the fictional game (I think) called Armada are all actually training simulations designed to educate humans and train them to defeat the aliens in the coming invasion. Zack Lightman, aka Iron Beagle, is ranked sixth in the world of Armada fighter pilots. One day he is sitting is class and when he sees the alien warships  from his game hovering over his town. Is he hallucinating? Is he going crazy, just like his dad?

The next day, Lightman is recruited to join to Earth Defense Alliance and the adventure begins. Will they be successful? Will they pull a Will Smith and totally save the day?

You’ll have to read it to find out. In comparison to Ready Player One, this one doesn’t quite beat it. BUT, since I think that RPO was just about the best book written since Gone with the Wind or Harry Potter, that still means that Armada is a pretty decent book. (If you’ve not read any of these books, I still love you, but you need to come into my office for a little chat.) Also, I’ve never been the biggest fan of aliens, so that might be part of the reason that I didn’t super love it. At this point, though, I’ll pretty much read anything Ernest Cline will write, and this will make a great movie someday (hopefully…hint hint).

Speaking of movies, it looks like Steven Spielberg will be directing the big screen version of Ready Player One which is set to come out sometime in 2017. And if you’ll excuse me, I now need to go get in line at the movie theater…

Happy gaming…

:) Amanda

Back to School with the Wilson Collection!

By , August 24, 2015
"The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

This is a favorite time of the year for parents but not so much for kids – that’s right, school is back in session. Summer flies by when you’re having fun, kids! BUT that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun in school. Think of all the awesome books you get to read – both for fun and required. While schools are aspiring to remain modern with their pick of required reads such as Enders Game or The Book Thief, there are still several classics that are both required-reads and must-reads. AND the Wilson Collection at NPL is the perfect place to find almost every required read throughout the last century (and more…)

Currently, several of the most popular required reads such as The Great Gatsby and Brave New World are on display in the Wilson Room, including a few you may be unfamiliar with that were on the Limitless Libraries’ Summer Reading List this year (or a few I was unfamiliar with).

Here’s a sample:

LEC_All Quiet on the Western Front_1969

All Quiet on the Western Front
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
Artist: John Groth
Published by the LEC: 1969

McGavock High School included this book on their summer reading list, along with a few contemporary books such as Divergent and Code Name Verity. It’s required for the German III class because the author is a German veteran of World War I. A real thriller you might say, the story describes the extreme stress that the soldiers went through during and after the war.

The story was first published in 1928 in a German newspaper, Vossische Zeitung. It came out in book form later in January 1929. There was a sequel written in 1930 as well - The Road Back. Both books by Remarque were banned and burned in Nazi Germany. So there’s your reason if you’ve never heard of it.

"Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka

Author: Franz Kafka
Artist: José Luis Cuevas
Published by the LEC: 1984

As a part of McGavock’s German IV & V curriculum, Metamorphosis is an even more thrilling story among college students. A classic novella originally published in 1915, Kafka’s story is also commonly known as “The Transformation” due to its content. The story begins with the protagonist, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a large, insect-like creature. No reason is given or alluded to, but the rest of the story follows Gregor’s life as he adjusts to his new condition and the response he receives from his family.

And now for a few that you might know…

LEC_Scarlet Letter_1941The Scarlet Letter
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Artist: Henry Varnum Poor
Published by the LEC: 1941

I remember when I read this one in high school and it was definitely unprecedented to anything else I had ever read. And to be honest, CliffsNotes was a big help to me when I read this as well because at that age, the content and language was a little advanced for me. But I don’t regret reading and encourage others to check it out if you haven’t, because it is a compelling story that speaks volumes about human nature, especially during that time frame (roughly during the years 1642 and 1649).

Considered Hawthorne’s most popular work, The Scarlet Letter tells the story of young Hester Prynne. Hester finds herself in a troubling situation when she becomes pregnant and has a daughter from an affair. I will not spoil the story by revealing the man in which she has an affair with because that is part of the plot, but it is a shocker. Hester is shamed and punished for her adultery and forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” on her clothing. Without revealing anymore details, I will say that this is a must read whether you are required to or not.

Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights
Author: Emily Brontë
Artist: Balthus (really talented artist that has illustrated several other books for the LEC)
Published by the LEC: 1993

Though I’ve never read this book because it was not required in any of my classes, it is on my to-read list on Goodreads. But from what I can interpret from reviews and descriptions of the story, it is a frustrating and passionate love story between the characters Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. I say frustrating because if you’ve ever read anything by Jane Austen, you’d identify her love stories as well, frustrating…and maybe that’s love. But the story and language is very much similar. A good summary of this love story based on my research is that love is not easy. So how’s that for vague.

But this was Emily Brontë’s only novel, so it makes it even more inviting to sample. It was written sometime around 1845 and 1846, then published in 1847 under her pseudonym “Ellis Bell.” Brontë then passed away a year later at the young age of 30. Emily’s sister, Charlotte (famously known for her book, Jane Eyre), edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights and republished a second version in 1850.

I love this version of the book by the LEC because the illustrations by Balthus are extraordinary. They really bring out the angst and general atmosphere of the story. This is one of my favorite books in the Wilson Collection so I definitely recommend coming to check it out!

More Pictures! 

White Fang by Jack London. Published by the LEC in 1973

White Fang by Jack London. Published by the LEC in 1973.

The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper. Published by the LEC in 1961.

The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper. Published by the LEC in 1961.

Emma by Jane Austen. Published by the LEC in 1964

Emma by Jane Austen. Published by the LEC in 1964.

If you are interested in viewing more books from the Wilson Collection individually, you can make an appointment by calling either (615) 880-2356 or (615) 880-2363, or simply respond to this blog post.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more next month!

Family Folk Tales – The Believing Husbands

By , August 22, 2015

Listen to “The Believing Husbands”
When a man’s wife and her parents collapse in tears over what might have been, he sets off to find three people as silly as they; but will he succeed?

Subscribe to Family Folk Tales

Popmatic Podcast for August 19, 2015: Dog (Star) Days of Summer

By , August 19, 2015

How I Killed Pluto by Mike BrownThe dog days of summer are named after Sirius, the dog star. I’m serious. It’s Sirius. We’re librarians. We love puns and we’re very popular at parties. Today’s show is about astronomy but there ended up being a lot of talk about surfing. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.



the music of Jack Nitzsche

Silver Surfer: When Calls Galactus by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Marie Severin

Silver Surfer vol. 1: New Dawn by Dan Slott, Mike Allred, Laura Allred, and Clayton Cowles

Silver Surfer vol. 2: Worlds Apart by Dan Slott and Mike Allred

Madman by Mike Allred & Laura Allred

Surfing with the Alien by Joe Satriani

What If the Moon Didn’t Exist?: Voyages to Earths that Might Have Been by Neil F. Comins

What If the Earth had Two Moons?: And Nine Other Thought-Provoking Speculations on the Solar System by Neil F. Comins

How I Killed Pluto and Why It had It Coming by Mike Brown

Your World” by Dogstar (featuring Keanu Reeves)


Solo Sessions and Encores by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends featuring the song “Pipeline”

Weirdo Shrine by La Luz

Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

Eye Candy by R.L. Stine

The Incredible Herb Trimpe by Dewey Cassell and Aaron Sultan

Go bowling with your family. It is the most fun ever.


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Things Good and Wholesome: A Culinary Adventure at the Archives

By , August 18, 2015

One of our most prized possessions at the Metro Archives is a rare cookbook compiled for the first Tennessee State Fair, held in Nashville at the fairgrounds in 1906. There are few of these left, and it’s an artifact that marks a tradition that has been part of Nashville’s history for over a century.


As the cover suggests, this collection of recipes is “tested and donated by a limited but distinctive number of Nashville housewives for the benefit of the Tennessee State Fair.” These ladies include Mrs. J.H. Acklen, Mrs. Ben Lindauer, and Mrs. Col. John Overton.

If you’re expecting traditional Southern cooking, you may be surprised by the eclectic selection in this little book. Some of the recipes have a Southern flair to them: South Carolina chicken, chess pie, and pralines. Others are more diverse, such as Charlotte Russe, brain timbales, and Alaska cream. It seems the contributors to this cookbook did more than share recipes with the public – they embraced diversity through food. Desserts and sweets make up a large portion of the recipes provided in this book.

We here at the Metro Archives have a sweet tooth, and so we tried one of these recipes as an experiment. All in the name of archival research, of course. cake-recipe-1906

My culinary curiosity was piqued by one recipe contributed by Mrs. Whiteford R. Cole. We have no records for the Coles in our collections. In, we discovered it is likely that Mrs. Whiteford R. Cole was Mary Conner Bass Cole, born around 1874 and married to the president of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad (later of the Louisville and Nashville railroad). Her recipe is for Canadian mocha cake.

I was very interested in this recipe, largely because I wanted to know what made it Canadian and/or mocha. The recipe doesn’t call for any coffee or cocoa to give it the mocha flavor, nor does it call for anything distinctly Canadian. Nevertheless, it was cake, and who can argue with cake?

This 109-year=old recipe is fairly simple: butter, sugar, flour, sweet milk, lemon rind, eggs, and baking powder. To keep it as authentic as possible, I made it exactly as the recipe instructed. The result was refreshing and lemony-tasting, and had a texture similar to coffee cake. In fact, dunking the cake in coffee improved it even more.

Needless to say, the cake didn’t last long. After we put the word out that there was a 109-year-old cake in the Archives, we were able to share it with the rest of the library as well.


The end result: a perfect square of lemony goodness.

The interesting thing about cookbooks is that they become historically significant in their own right by making history personal. They may not record the great things, but they’re important in that they become a record of everyday life. They give clues about a particular geographic region, socio-economic class, or culture. The limited but distinctive number of Nashville housewives who submitted their recipes for the Tennessee State Fair cookbook in 1906 were, perhaps unknowingly, representing a piece of Nashville culture through the sharing of recipes and food.

- Kelley

YA Road Trips

By , August 15, 2015

“It’s a road trip! It’s about adventure! . . . It’s not like we have somewhere to go.”

John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Summer is winding down, the days are getting shorter, and the first day of school is just around the corner. Shake off your back to school blues and go on an end-of-summer vacation with a hot YA Road Trip title. Before hitting the open road, don’t forget to fill up the gas tank, pack some snacks, and create the perfect summer playlist.

Summer Went Up In Flames
How My Summer Went Up in Flames
by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
First comes love, and then comes… a temporary restraining order? Rosie didn’t mean to set her ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. She was just trying to burn everything he ever gave her after finding out he was “dating” i.e. cheating on her with a cute, blond freshman. The summer before senior year was not supposed to turn out like this. Between pending criminal court dates and stalking charges, Rosie’s parents decide it would be best to send her on a road trip to Arizona with neighbor, Matty, and two of his responsible (a.k.a “nerdy”) friends. Can Rosie’s summer be salvaged by finding real love in unfamiliar places?Playlist: 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia

Eat, Brains, Love
Eat, Brains, Love
by Jeff HartSenior Year. Zombie Virus. Two Undead Fugitives. One psychic zombie hunter. After Jake and Amanda devour half the senior class during lunch period, they realize something has gone terribly wrong. They’ve become zombies. As suspicious news reports are released calling the lunchtime massacre a run-of-the-mill “school shooting”, Jake and Amanda decide the open road is their only option for freedom and…Food. Meanwhile, Cass, a telepathic, zombie-hunting, government agent is tracking their cross-country movements, as she questions the ethics of her chosen profession. Tensions rise and attractions grow as the hunt for the undead duo continues across state lines and Jake, Amanda, and Cass find themselves in a strange zombie love triangle.Playlist: Strange Desire by Bleachers

The Disenchanchments
The Disenchantments
By Nina LaCourBev and Colby are the only seniors at their high school who are not going to college next year. However, they’ve planned an epic travel adventure filled with music, friends, and fun. First, they’ll embark on a West Coast tour with Bev’s band, The Disenchantments, followed by a year dedicated to exploring Europe. The van is packed, the band hits the road, and everything is going well, until Bev reluctantly admits to applying for college in secret. Colby is finally forced to figure out what his future looks like without Bev, or a backup plan.Playlist: Peace & Noise by Patti Smith

Amy and Roger's Epid Detour
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
by Morgan MatsonEver since her father’s fatal accident, Amy Curry doesn’t drive. No one talks about what exactly happened or whether Amy is to blame. In the aftermath, solitude becomes Amy’s best friend after her twin brother, Charlie, is placed in a North Carolina rehab center and her mom lands a teaching job in Connecticut. Sad and alone on the West Coast, Amy has to face her biggest fears to get from California to Connecticut with Roger, an old family friend, who is incredibly cute. Can Amy confront the ghost of her past while road tripping with a seriously hot chauffeur?Playlist: Coming Home by Leon Bridges

- Raemona

Free Music, You Say?!

By , August 14, 2015

Did someone say free and live music all in one sentence?! That’s right, it’s that time of year again when NPL and local radio station, Lightning 100, begin both of their free concert series – the Courtyard Concerts and Live on the Green. Both concert series provide a wide variety of talented performers for any connoisseur of music…don’t believe me, just watch! Check out the line-ups below along with links to what the Library has to offer…

2015 Courtyard Concerts

All concerts occur in the 2nd floor Courtyard, from 11:45 – 1:00 on nine consecutive Tuesdays from August through the beginning of October. And they are rain or shine, with a secondary location already set up just in case.

Occurred this week – August 11th - Riders in the Sky
“America’s Favorite Cowboys”


August 18thRod McGaha


August 25th - Marshall Chapman, Malcolm Holcombe & Mary Gauthier
Songwriter’s Session


September 1st - Sara Sant’Ambrogio
Grammy Award-Winning Classical Cellist


September 8th - The WannaBeatles
Beatles Music at its best


September 15th - Jonell Mosser


September 22nd - Andy T Nick Nixon Band


September 29th - Jerry Douglas and Friends
Bluegrass and more


October 6th - Revolfusion


To learn more about each artist and the event, click on the following link to view the Courtyard Concerts’ page.

Live on the Green

And now for a slightly more crowded yet still as entertaining concert series. Live on the Green takes place in Public Square Park in front of the historic Metropolitan Courthouse, in downtown Nashville. Starting August 20th, the 4-week music festival occurs every Thursday evening, beginning at 6:15 and finishes around 11:00. For the second year in a row, the festival concludes with a 3-day, multi-stage event with many great artists, several of which are local.

Check out the line-up for this year:


"Moon Taxi" at Ascend Ampitheater on August 6th

Moon Taxi at Ascend Amphitheater on August 6th

As of recently, Lightning 100 has released the last few remaining artists. One of the last headliners that was announced is the local band, Moon Taxi (you can find Moon Taxi’s music on Freegal). Along with the Louisville-native band My Morning JacketMoon Taxi played a show at Ascend Amphitheater on Thursday, August 7th. Lightning 100 sponsored that show as well and announced after Moon Taxi’s performance that the band would be returning for Live on the Green. I know because I was there. I’ve seen both of those bands now several times and every time is different but equally as awesome. Moon Taxi has played Live on the Green many times in the past, only missing out on two seasons in its six-year span. So make sure you don’t miss them this year, they do a killer Pink Floyd cover of “Another Brick in the Wall.”

Without further ado, here is this year’s schedule:

August 20th - Elliot Root, Shakey Graves, and Lord Huron (Freegal)

August 27th - Houndmouth, J Roddy Walston & the Business (Hoopla), and Cold War Kids (Freegal)

September 3rd - Greg Holden (Hoopla), The Delta Saints (Freegal)and Moon Taxi (Freegal)

Three-Day Festival EventSeptember 10th-12th

Thursday - Civil Twilight (Freegal), Humming House, Kopecky (formerly the Kopecky Family Band) (Hoopla | Freegal), JD McPherson (Hoopla), Delta Rae (Hoopla)and Rodrigo y Gabriela (Hoopla|Freegal)

Friday - Smooth Hound Smith, Turbo Fruits (Hoopla|Freegal), Zella Day (Hoopla), The Vespers, Big Data (Hoopla), Colony House (Freegal), and Passion Pit (Freegal)

Saturday (starts at 1:15) - Mr. Steve, The Districts (Hoopla | Freegal), Future Thieves, Lennon & Maisy, Kaleo, Elle King (Hoopla|Freegal), Anderson East (Hoopla), Family of the Year (Hoopla), All Them Witches (Hoopla), another band to be announced on Aug 14th, and the final headliner is…….(drum roll please)…..BEN FOLDS (Hoopla|Freegal)!

Though I’m excited to see all of these bands (a few I’ve already seen and loved), I’m mostly looking forward to:

Elliot Root: Minus the multiple voices, they remind me of Milo Greene and The Lone Bellow a little – and seem like they’ll be great live.
Lord Huron: For obvious reasons, they have such a unique and lovable sound.
Rodrigo y Gabriela: I mean, come on…acoustic guitar duo that did a cover of “Stairway to heaven.” Yeah. 
Passion Pit: 
I missed him when I was at Bonnaroo a few years ago, so I’m glad I’m getting a second chance. With an indietronic sound and high-pitched talented voice, Passion Pit is similar to the bands Empire of the Sun, MGMT and a personal favorite - Matt & Kim
Kaleo: Another awesome band from Iceland, I think of the bands Ásgeir and Hozier when I hear them. Yes, Ásgeir is also from Iceland but the softness of this lead singer’s voice is very much as enjoyable as Ásgeir. And I was reminded of Hozier in their song “Way Down We Go” because of its edge.

Also, fun fact: one of the performers at Live on the Green this year is the daughter of comedian, Rob Schneider. Can you guess who? Here’s your hint, she has a catchy tune about her exes…

Find out more information about the festival, VIP tickets, personalized schedules and more at the Live on the Green website.  

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