Shannon Shaw you might know better for her band The Clams than her solo work. She’s recently just had her debut album, a soulful and stirring affair that has landed her in more serious circles of classic singers and producers like Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. She assembled a 10 piece band that included members of The Once and Future Band, and Cyrus Ghahremani, vice president of Super Deluxe and sometimes keyboardist of Shannon and the Clams. To say her set was the highlight of Viva is an understatement. She also just played Outside Lands and will play Desert Daze in October. You probably know her already, but get prepared to be enamored with her solo work and projects in the upcoming years to come.
The Marias are blowing up. This year, they’re touring with Girl Ultra and Triathalon on a “Dream Tour” that will certainly wake people up to their greatness. They’re playing Tropicalia fest this year and will be break out stars for the undercard. They also played Coachella this year and were one of our highlights of the whole weekend. Expect them to be all over fest seasons for the next few years.
The Red Pears
We did a giveaway for The Red Pears recently and it was a huge success. The local band have been playing backyard shows, sold out sets at The Smell, and are quickly racking up droves of everloving fans. They played Tropicalia fest last year and were one of our highlights. Expect to see them at a lot more DIY shows and fests in the upcoming years. They’re going places.
Prettiest Eyes and Oh Sees go together hand in hand. Oh Sees have played Viva Pomona before, and Prettiest Eyes are on Castle Face Records, John Dwyer’s label. They always seem to play Los Angeles shows together and we’re stoked for that. They’re also playing Desert Daze, which makes sense because the band is the perfect diverse psych act to see live. They’ve played Levitation and psych fests across the world, and were even slated to play FYF Fest this year (still bummed it didn’t happen). They’re always touring with the dopest bands around, so expect to see them more often in the years to come.
A Beacon School
We hadn’t heard of A Beacon School before but they did not disappoint. Rene, who is the owner of Viva, was adamant about how good they were, and how excited her was to book them. The singer, Patrick J. Smith, was recently interviewed by The Fader, and has been in Perfect Strangers and BLUFFING. To be honest, he’s pretty new, so keep an eye on this Brooklyn based badass in the coming future.
And there you have it! For our recap of day 1, check out our recap here.