sacred rose will debut August 26-28, 2022 at Stadium SeatGeek just outside of Chicago with an eclectic lineup led by PHILCO (Phil Lesh and his friends ft. Wilcoit is Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline), Khruangbin, The war on drugs, Joe Russo is almost deadand more.
The new festival, produced by some of the same minds behind long-running events North Coast, Summer Camp Music Festivaland Suwannee Hulaweenwill feature three genre-specific stages ranging from jam bands to indie rock and American roots jazz – all styles with dedicated followers and vibrant artist communities who approach live music as something sacred.
Australian jazz-funk quartet Kaiyote Break has always captured an air of elevated meaning and otherworldliness. Drifting between elegant soundscapes tailor-made for philosophical introspection and gripping grooves designed to move live crowds, the band’s music is always made with deference to creative and spiritual Muses, whoever they may be. It is therefore not surprising that the work of the singer/guitarist Nai Palmbass player Paul Benderkeyboardist Simon Mavinand drummer Perrin Moss has itself inspired many of today’s most influential artists: Haitus Kaiyote’s songs have been sampled by artists like Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, Duck, Jay Z Beyonceand more.
To get fans into the right headspace for the group’s performance at Sacred Rose on Sunday, August 28, Hiatus Kaiyote has compiled a playlist of “sacred” songs. “We mixed songs that all represented ‘sacred’ music to us,” the band explained. “Music worth revering…and some of the most ethereal cuts from our own catalog.”
Hiatus Kaiyote draws from around the world and across the stylistic spectrum in search of this largely intangible quality. Pleasant piano compositions by an Ethiopian nun (Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou“Homesickness, Pt. 1”), Pierre Schmalfussis the point of view of a famous French composer Claude Debussy“Bergamo Suite, L.75: III. Clair de lune”, trance-like pipe organ drones (Kali Malone“Sacrificial Code I”), ambient electronic odysseys (aphex twinis “#3”, Brian Eno and Harold Bud‘s “An Arc of Doves”), dreamlike contemporary R&B (snakewithfeet‘s “four ethers”), poets of the 20th century (Jim Morrisonof “Bird of Prey”) and diverse perspectives on avant-garde jazz line the three-hour compilation. Local tracks also make their way to the lineup in the form of Nai Palm’s “Homebody” and a live version of Hiatus Kaiyote’s Lucid Dream “Prince Minikid.”
Channel the sacred with the Hiatus Kaiyote “Sacred Music” playlist on Spotify here or stream it via the player below.
“Sacred Music” Playlist by Hiatus Kaiyote
The new event is set to serve as a summer tour highlight for each of the dozens of artists on the bill. As Hiatus Kaiyote explained of the upcoming performance at Sacred Rose, the band’s first Windy City market gig in five years, “We’re not exactly in Chicago but close enough, and fans of Chi -Town have always been some of our loudest and longest supporters, so we’ll definitely be bringing that in. … We’ll have our amazing backing vocals and visuals from timeboy. We’ll be playing lots of songs from valiant moodplus some flips of older tunes and some new ones you’ve never heard.
The diverse list of artists who will perform at Sacred Rose 2022 also includes black pumas, McGee of Umphrey, goose, STS9, Green Kentucky bluegrass, Disco Cookies, Kamasi Washington, Saint Paul and the Broken Bones, Punch Brothers, Dawes, animal collective, The wood brothers, City and color, Yves Tumor, Salad, Lunar taxi, Cory Wang, Lotusand The Infamous Stringdusters with Molly Tuttle. Margo Price and Kanika Moore (Doom Flamingo) will serve as loose performers throughout the weekend.
“In 2018, when we transformed the North Coast from a multi-genre festival to an all-electronic music event, we started imagining Sacred Rose and what it could mean for fans of Americana, Psych-rock , Jam, Indie, Soul, Funk and Bluegrass,” said Sacred Rose founder Michael Berg. “Sacred Rose is the first festival of its kind in our region, and we are very proud to provide a special experience for our fans who have been patiently waiting for programming like this for a long time.”
Offering fans more than a music-filled weekend, Sacred Rose will host both local food vendors and festival staples, a long list of drink options, including specialty Sacred Rose cocktails exclusively sold during of the event, and large-scale interactive art installations spread across the seven astroturf pitches on the grounds of the newly renovated SeatGeek Stadium.
Various one-day and three-day GA and VIP ticket options for the inaugural Sacred Rose Festival on August 26, 27 and 28 are on sale now. See below for the full weekend schedule.