Each Memorial Day weekend, bands and bicyclists put the pedal down for a good time. Pedaler’s Jamboree encourages riders to put in the miles, and find their reward in musical acts both along the way, and in a culminating performance. Amid a strong top-to-bottom lineup this year, here are the five Pedaler’s acts you need to know:
Here Come the Mummies: This bawdy, bandage-clad outfit is strong on gimmicks. But perhaps some things you shouldn’t question, especially when the group puts so much fun in funk. The Roots N Blues N BBQ festival vets — and if the band’s backstory is to be believed, vets of another time and place — should inject a little life into a tired group of cyclists. 9:45 p.m. Saturday at Kemper Park in Boonville.
Southern Culture on the Skids: Get your dose of weekend weird with this North Carolina band that owns 35 years experience — and album titles such as “Too Much Pork for Just One Fork,” “Plastic Seat Sweat,” “Liquored Up and Lacquered Down” and “The Electric Pinecones.” The band takes rockabilly and Southern noir in some upside-down, ultimately delightful directions, showing it learned all the rules before breaking every damn one of them. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Kemper Park.
SHEL: No strangers to Missouri — or Pedaler’s Jamboree, playing the 2014 edition — this Colorado-formed sister act crafts melodies that reach for the heights while rooting their sound in the stuff of earth. Fans of anthemic bands such as The Head and the Heart or the Lumineers will appreciate the Holbrook family’s ambition and sense of songcraft; those who can remember old-school family folk bands will dig the bond between them. The band writes strong originals, but proves the depth of its aesthetic by applying it to covers such as Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” making the monster ballad sound like its own. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Kemper Park.
Hogslop String Band: Delivering every ounce of roughneck fun its name suggests, this Nashville, Tenn. string band saws and strums its way toward dance music of a more ancient nature. The band has claimed numerous prizes at regional competitions, often winning awards with the modifier “old-time” involved; Hogslop does carry water for the heroes of bluegrass and roots music, but always sounds deeply invested in the present moment. 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Katy Roundhouse in New Franklin and 11 p.m. Saturday at Kemper Park.
Julian Davis: The Kansas native brings verve, and just enough of a worldly edge, to bright mountain music and dark ballads. The singer and multi-instrumentalist has earned his way onto prominent stages, performing on TV’s “America’s Got Talent” and sitting in with Bruce Hornsby. 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Katy Roundhouse.
KNOW & GO
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Music will be played along the MKT and Katy trails at stops in Huntsdale, Rocheport, New Franklin and Boonville
Tickets: Visit www.pedalersjamboree.com for remaining ticket options