Packapalooza capped off Wolfpack Welcome Week in raucous fashion. NC State’s annual street festival rocked Raleigh on Aug. 24, bringing 45,000 Pack fans of all ages to Hillsborough Street. With 270 vendors and eight musical acts spread across six zones, there was something for everyone.
Highlights included appearances by NC State athletes, an electrifying performance by headliners MuteMath, and Justin LeBlanc, an assistant design professor and contestant on “Project Runway,” signing autographs at a table sponsored by Art2Wear.
And, of course, Chancellor Randy Woodson, head football coach Dave Doeren and NC State sophomore/American Idol Scotty McCreery joined a chorus of thousands on the North Carolina anthem, “Wagon Wheel.”
Check out the bands and artists who rocked Packapalooza 2013:
Primarily written and recorded at singer/keyboardist’s Paul Meany’s New Orleans, Louisiana home, MUTEMATH’s new album Odd Soul is the band’s third studio release and their first self-produced effort. After the departure of longtime guitarist Greg Hill, Meany, bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas and drummer Darren King were staring at a crossroad as they pondered how to move forward. “As we began to work on songs, we quickly realized that having fewer people in the creative process was better.
Hailing from the dogwood heavy hills of North Carolina, super-group Kooley High arrives on the scene with the mission to delight, eletrify and ignite seas of listeners thirsty for something new from the world of hip hop. Since they began making music together in early 2007, the six independent members have been allowed and encouraged to let their own individual talents flourish, ensuring that the sounds coming out of the Kooley High music factory are one-of-a-kind.
There are many bands or groups today yet few that are considered a musical institution. The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades. The Embers are widely considered a musical MARVEL and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music’ in the Carolinas.
A trio of gals from Charlotte, North Carolina, GalFriday is made up of three sisters, raised on daddy’s bluegrass and momma’s hymn book. Lauren Wilson, Melissa York, and Ashley Min have cut their teeth performing live for the past 8 years, wowing crowds with killer live performances and a Carolina flavor you can’t get enough of. Their current project Bluegrass & Grit, due out in April 2013, is an irreverent marriage of country, southern rock, and newgrass.
Southbound 85 began as a vision of its owner and lead singer, Jeff Leonard, back in 2007. Jeff was a disc jockey for the Texas Two Step in Greenville, NC for sometime and then moved to Raleigh, NC to work for The Longbranch Saloon. Over many years, Jeff noticed that bands were missing the mark when it came to engaging the crowd and their song selection. So in order to fill that niche and to give clubs, festivals and others the quality entertainment they were looking for, Jeff decided to form a band of his own.
Pam Saulsby and The Reel Deep Band
Reel Deep is a gifted group of multi-talented musicians and singers that will provide audiences with the absolute best Classic Soul, Funk, and R&B music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today. Our playlist pays homage to the masters of music like Etta James, Aretha Franklin, or Prince. From McFadden and Whitehead to Earth, Wind, and Fire to Chic…we bring the funky grooves that will make you dance, dance, DANCE!
“Built on a base of country twang but finished with touches of British Invasion rock, ’60s garage pop, ’70s Laurel Canyon and, of course, native North Carolina bluegrass and jangle pop, Ghosts of the Old North State reveals Hart as an equally fine collector and creator. There are too many highlights to list.”
– Independent Weekly
Numans is a high energy power-pop band comprised of members living in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Raleigh, NC. Founded in May of 2013, Numans, whose original members are all University of North Carolina School of the Arts alumni, has quickly made a name for itself in the Triangle music scene. With members whose musical backgrounds include Classical, Electronic, Jazz, Folk, and Metal, Numans’ sound is extremely unique, blending together characteristics of several genres into one catchy and often times cathartic sound.