Published on April 15th, 2014 | by Joe Lawler

80/35 announces acts for 2014: Conor Oberst, Ziggy Marley, Best Coast and more

The 80/35 Music Festival announced 22 acts this morning, including Bright Eyes’ frontman Conor Oberst as the July 4 headliner. 80/35 will be held July 4-5 in Western Gateway Park.

Oberst has been a driving force behind the Omaha music scene, co-founding the Saddle Creek and Team Love record labels. In addition to Bright Eyes, he’s been a member of the Mystic Valley Band, Desaparecidos, Monsters of Folk and many other bands. His latest solo album, “Upside Down Mountain,” comes out May 20. RELATED80/35 Music Festival playlist

Also announced were reggae great Ziggy Marley, lo-fi surf rock act Best Coast, psychedelic folk band Dr. Dog, Australian multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd and California folk rock band Dawes, which will be Oberst’s backing band in addition to playing its own set. Read more about each of the announced bands below, including videos.

A second announcement, including the July 5 headliner, will be made at a later date. About 50 acts will perform at the festival. See coverage from last year’s 80/35 music festival.

Tickets are $49 for a two-day pass or $29 for one-day through


Conor Oberst (July 4) – Frontman for Bright Eyes and co-founder of the labels Saddle Creek Records and Team Love, Oberst helped put Omaha on the musical map. A very prolific musician, Oberst is a member of The Mystic Valley Band, Monsters of Folk, Desaparecidos and many others. A new solo album, “Upside Down Mountain,” is due out May 20.

Cake (July 5) – A California alternative rock band known for hits like “The Distance,” “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” and “Never There.” Singer John McCrea has a half singing/half spoken vocal delivery, which combined with the band’s use of horns and vibraslap. In 2011 Cake released its first album in seven years, “Showroom of Compassion” and the band’s first independently released studio album.

Ziggy Marley (July 4) – A Grammy-winning reggae musician and son of the legendary Bob Marley. Marley got his start performing with his siblings in The Melody Makers before perusing a solo career with the 2003 album “Dragonfly.” His sets regularly incorporate his own songs, as well as his father’s material. Marley’s latest solo album, “Fly Rasta,” came out this week.

Best Coast (July 4)  – A California duo who attracted fans following the unexpected success of the 2010 album “Crazy for You.” Best Coast’s sound is often lo-fi, drawing inspiration from 50s and 60s surf rock.

Dawes (July 4) – A California folk rock band currently on tour with Conor Oberst. The band’s third album, “Stories Don’t End,” came out last year. Dawes also performed at 80/35 in 2010. Dawes is also playing as Conor Oberst’s backing band.

Dr. Dog (July 5) – A psychedelic folk band from Pennsylvania. Dr. Dog was scheduled to play the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington, but the cancelation of that fest’s second weekend opened up the band for 80/35. Dr. Dog’s eighth album, “B-Room,” came out in October.

The Envy Corps (July 5)  – A popular Des Moines band that will soon release the performance film “Live at ARC.” This will the band’s first 80/35 appearance since 2011.

Shy Boys (July 5)  – “Landlocked surf music” from Kansas City that recently released its self-titled debut album.

Caroline Smith (July 5) – A Minneapolis singer who has moved from indie folk into a pop-focused direction.

Chicago Farmer (July 4) – Illinois singer-songwriter performing Woody Guthrie-inspired songs.

Brother Trucker (July 4) – Americana/roots rock from Des Moines.

Bum Rap (July 4) – Des Moines hip hop collective featuring Aeon Grey, DJ Touchnice, Gadema, Asphate Woodhavet, Chris Dskus10, Young Tripp, Nu Depths, DEMI Breakers.

Holy White Hounds (July 5)  – Des Moines three-piece rock band that recently released the EP “Oh Mama.” A full-length album is expected later this year.

Max Jury (July 4) – Alt. country-tinged singer-songwriter from Des Moines who recently released his debut EP, “Something in the Air.”

Parlours (July 5)  – Indie pop from Des Moines, fronted by singer/guitarist Dana Halferty.

Bonne Finken (July 4) – Pop/rock singer from Des Moines who will soon release a new album, “Fairytales/LoveAffairs.”

Aquamarine Dream Machine (July 5) – Psychedelic rock/jam band from Des Moines.

GoodcaT (July 4) – Des Moines indie soul funk that recently released its debut album, “And So…”

Twins (July 4) – Beatles-inspired pop rock from Cedar Falls fronted by brothers Harper and Joel Sires (who are not twins).

Quick Piss (July 4) – Surf/punk rock from Des Moines.

Kris Adams (July 5)  – A rapper from Austin, Texas, now based in Des Moines.

Xavier Rudd (July 5) – An Australian multi-instrumentalist who blends folk, reggae and blues. Rudd is a festival fixture, often performing barefoot on a stomp box, surrounded by guitars, didgeridoos, drums and more.

Raz Simone (July 5) – A Seattle rapper who recently released the album “Cognitive Dissonance: Part One.” Simone was the first artist signed by the Google-funded 300 label.

And here’s the breakdown by day:

July 4: Conor Oberst, Ziggy Marley, Best Coast, Dawes, Chicago Farmer, Max Jury, Bum Rap, Brother Trucker, Twins, GoodcaT, Bonne Finken, Quick Piss

July 5: Dr. Dog, Xavier Rudd, The Envy Corps, Caroline Smith, Shy Boys, Parlours, Holy White Hounds, Aquamarine Dream Machine, Kris Adams

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