STARKVILLE, Miss.--A five-member Southern band heralded as "the savior of slacker funk-punk" is headlining Mississippi State's April 20 Old Main Music Festival.
Cage the Elephant will perform during the 7 p.m. free concert at the University Amphitheatre. The Saturday concert is among a wide range of activities taking place during Super Bulldog Weekend, MSU's spring homecoming celebration.
The festival is a campus Music Maker Productions- and Student Association-sponsored event held in conjunction with the Center for Student Activities. One Republic, Trey Songz and Robert Randolph have been among previous festival performers.
A rock band from Bowling Green, Ky., and formed in 2006, Cage the Elephant has gained a large following in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada for their sound and high-energy performances. Of two albums released so far, the second debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Also, the single "Shake Me Down" was nominated for a 2011 MTV award as best rock video. For more, visit www.cagetheelephant.com.
Others groups and individuals performing at the 2013 Old Main Festival include:
--Rosco Bandana, an up-and-coming seven-member blues/modern folk band from Gulfport. The group currently is on tour with their album "Time To Begin" (www.roscobandana.com);
--Ty Brown, a country artist from West Point. Currently signed to Blue O4 Records, he now is touring to promote an upcoming studio project (http://tybrownmusic.com/); and
--Pell, a 20-year-old New Orleans hip-hop artist now enrolled at MSU and touring with his latest mixtape, "Calphonic" (http://pellyeah.com/).
For a complete list of SBW events and activities, go to www.hailstate.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=206254671.