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The Insiders: Granite State rocks, and rolls



Our No. 1 complaint about Concord has always been this – not enough live music! (That, and the lack of food trucks driving around and dispensing free tacos.) This weekend, we take a step in the right direction, as 24 of New England’s hottest bands are coming to town for the Granite State Music Festival. A dozen of them play today; let us highlight some of our favorites!

∎ Fibonacci aficionados fiveighthirteen open the festival at noon. Look for them to set the tone early with spooky synth sounds over live drum breakbeats. Keyboardist Mike Effenberger is pulling triple duty at the GSMF – you’ll see him in Tan Vampires and the Jim Dozet Group as well – and that kind of dedication to music really bolsters a burgeoning New Hampshire music scene. “There are more great and inspiring musicians showing up all the time,” Effenberger told us, “and I’m hoping that builds on itself.”

∎ Richard James and the Name Changers were scheduled to play last year’s GSMF, but their set was rained out. “This year we’re coming back with a mega-vengeance to just destroy the Granite State Music Festival, to just tear it down,” frontman Richard James said. “It’ll be doubly as good for both years.” Check out their “whiskey-infused rock ’n’ roll” – complete with a horn section – today at 3:45 p.m.

∎ Mica’s Groove Train boards at 5:15 p.m. This Seacoast band is dripping with funk, soul and R&B; let the groove take hold of your soul. Band leader Yamica Peterson sounds like Erykah Badu – that means missing their set is an Erykah Ba-don’t!

∎ Tan Vampires hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. With their rich, textural layers of sound paired with forlorn vocals, comparisons to a certain experimental pop group out of England hit the radio right on the head.

Single-day tickets are $20; two-day passes are $40 for adults and $20 for ages 10-17. Children are free. For more information, visit

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