Sound on Sound 2022 Preview

It’s 2022 and live music is not just back, it’s expanding, like the new Sound On Sound Festival in Bridgeport, CT, on Saturday & Sunday, September 24th & 25th....
Sound On Sound
Sound On Sound

It’s 2022 and live music is not just back, it’s expanding, like the new Sound On Sound Festival in Bridgeport, CT, on Saturday & Sunday, September 24th & 25th:


Seaside Stage

Stevie Nicks, 9:30 PM – 10:55 PM

Frontwoman for one of the most successful bands in the world, Stevie Nicks (QRO photos) has conquered the world both in the iconic Fleetwood Mac and solo, starting with 1981’s classic Bella Donna – when Rolling Stone dubbed her “Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll”. Now she comes to Connecticut to headline Sound on Sound.

Stevie Nicks

The Lumineers, 6:55 PM – 8:25 PM

Folk trio from Colorado (QRO photos at a festival), The Lumineers (QRO live review) are known for their songs riddled with cello, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and charming vocals. Their songs are jauntily and nonabrasive tunes with a sing-along vibe (QRO live review). They return to touring (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) this year (QRO ’22 live review) in support of 2019’s III (QRO review).

The Lumineers

CAAMP, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Ohio’s CAAMP (QRO photos at a festival) make beautiful folk music, most recently on this year’s Lavender Days.


Band of Horses, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Before the current, unceasing wave of alt-country, there was Seattle’s Band of Horses (QRO live review), who broke through with debut Everything All the Time and “Funeral” in 2006. While guitarist/co-founder Matt Brooke left after that for Grand Archives, singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell kept on the trail, with the following year’s Cease to Begin (QRO review). Band of Horses (QRO photos at a festival) dropped a little off the radar following that, but came back (QRO live review) in 2010 with Infinite Arms (QRO review), a more polished record in ways good & bad, but picked it up in 2012 with Mirage Rock (QRO review) and 2016’s Why Are You OK (QRO review), and are riding (QRO live review) from festival (QRO photos at a festival) to festival (QRO photos at a festival), including a COVID era livestream (QRO livestream review) of Cease, as they (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) come to Sound on Sound (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) after the release of the great new (QRO live review playing new songs) Things Are Great (QRO review).

Band of Horses

Trampled by Turtles, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

From frigid Duluth comes the warm jam-folk of Trampled by Turtles (QRO photos), who are heading onto the open road (QRO photos outdoors) behind 2018 great Life Is Good On the Open Road (QRO review), and come over to Connecticut (QRO photos at a festival) for Sound on Sound (QRO photos at a festival earlier this month).


The Cameroons, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Trampled By Turtles

Sunset Stage


Father John Misty, 8:25 PM – 9:25 PM

While a member of folk outfit Fleet Foxes, guitarist Joshua Tillman found time to do his own solo stuff (QRO album review), but in 2012 he moved to solo full-time as Father John Misty (QRO photos) with Fear Fun, and he comes to Sound on Sound (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s Chloe and the Next 20th Century. As Aziz Ansari said in Master of None, “That’s a hot ticket!” (QRO photos at a ’22 festival)

Father John Misty

Zach Bryan, 6:00 PM – 6:55 PM

Oklahoma’s Zach Bryan (QRO ’22 photos) went from the family tradition of service in the U.S. Navy to the music business, coming to Sound on Sound behind this year’s hit country record, American Heartbreak.

Zach Bryan

Ziggy Marley, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

The oldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley (QRO photos) began playing music with his father in The Melody Makers, and the Melody continued through the elder Marley’s death (even played the funeral), though their post-Bob career had its ups & downs both commercially & critically. In this century/millennium, Ziggy has gone out on his own (QRO photos), including winning a Grammy (for Best Reggae Album) for his second solo release, 2008’s Love Is My Religion. He’s also found success in making children’s music, even winning a Daytime Emmy Award in 2013 for his theme song to Disney Channel’s 3rd & Bird. But he comes to Sound on Sound behind 2020’s ‘regular’ album, More Family Time.

Ziggy Marley

Jenny Lewis, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

If you like alternative music in the twenty-first century, chances are you already know Jenny Lewis (QRO photos). The former child star came to the music scene co-fronting Los Angeles’ Rilo Kiley in the aughts (QRO photos), before going solo with Rabbit Fur Coat and 2008’s Acid Tongue (QRO review). In 2010 she teamed up with boyfriend Jonathan Rice as Jenny & Johnny (QRO photos at a festival) for I’m Having Fun Now (QRO review). For 2013, she reprised one of her many guest vocalist roles (others have included with Elvis Costello & Conor Oberst – QRO live review with Oberst) on the reunion tour of indietronica all-stars Postal Service (QRO photos) behind the tenth anniversary edition of the ultra-acclaimed Give Up (QRO review). For Sound on Sound (QRO photos at a ’22 festival), however, she comes to shine all on her own (QRO photos solo at a festival), with 2014’s The Voyager (QRO review) and 2019’s On the Line (QRO review).

Jenny Lewis

Geese, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Brooklyn post-punk flies up to Connecticut in the form of Geese (QRO photos at a ‘22 festival), behind last year’s debut full-length, Projector.


Drew Angus, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM



Seaside Stage

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, 9:20 PM – 10:55 PM

Admit it: you’ve always wanted to see Dave Matthews live (QRO live review). You listened to Crash in high school or college, you’ve sung along to “Some Much To Say”, and you probably still have a Dave Matthews Band CD or two. There’s a reason the group was the most successful touring act of the aughts (QRO live review), and to have a record six albums debut at #1 on the Billboard charts.

To headline Sound on Sound, he does one of his special duo sets with longtime DMB lead guitarist Tim Reynolds (you probably a live CD of the two as well…).

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

Brandi Carlile, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile (QRO interview) has emerged alongside a whole new generation of socially minded melodic songstresses (QRO photos), and in 2018 she (QRO spotlight on) put out her latest (QRO photos outdoors), the multiple Grammy-nominated By the Way, I Forgive You, now coming to the new Sound on Sound (QRO photos at a ’22 festival), as well as in 2019 teaming up with Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires as The Highwomen (QRO photos at a festival) – not to mention recently bring Joni Mitchell out of retirement this year (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Brandi Carlile

The Roots, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Newport Folk welcomes The Roots, a.k.a. ‘best band in late night’! Black Thought & ?uestlove’s outfit (QRO photos at a festival) has met with critical and popular acclaim for years now, fusing hip-hop and jazz into an original & enjoyable package, along with collaborating with just about anyone you can name. Quite a few years ago now, the group (QRO photos outdoors) signed on as the house band for the new Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and now serves on the new Tonight Show (and are partly responsible for it moving to the Big Apple), and while this limited their touring (QRO photos at a festival in New York), not so their records, like 2011’s Undun (QRO review). And the Philly natives, when not slow-jamming the news with President Obama, find the time to come up to Connecticut (QRO photos outdoors) to play Sound on Sound (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

The Roots

Noah Kahan, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Check out the new folk-infused pop of Noah Kahan, coming to Sound on Sound behind last year’s sophomore release, I Was / I Am.

Noah Kahan

Jade Bird, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Sound on Sound welcomes the next generation of songstress in the awesome Jade Bird (QRO photos at a festival), who comes to the festival (QRO photos at an Austin festival) behind last year’s wonderful sophomore full-length, Different Kinds of Light (QRO review).


Trousdale, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Jade Bird

Sunset Stage


The National, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Cincinnati-by-way-of-Brooklyn’s The National (QRO photos outdoors) hit it big in 2007 with Boxer (QRO review) and tracks like “Fake Empire”, “Mistaken For Strangers”, and “Apartment Story” (QRO video) – and again in 2008 with the Virginia EP (QRO review), but that just presaged 2011’s High Violet (QRO review), which debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts (QRO expanded edition review). An impressive and much-in-demand act (QRO live review), they’re fitting in nicely as even festival headliner (QRO photos headlining a festival) or curator (QRO photos curating a festival), like at London’s All Tomorrow’s Parties (QRO photos), Eaux Claires (QRO photos at Eaux Claires ‘15), or Boston Calling (QRO photos at Boston Calling ‘14).

Blown up to the point that New York Times Magazine ran a feature on them (QRO spotlight on) & Obama used (a family-friendly) bit of “Mr. November” (QRO video at a festival) as a campaign song, The National (QRO photos at a festival) returned from an hiatus in 2013 to take North America by storm (QRO photos headlining a festival) behind Trouble Will Find Me (QRO review), after having done so in Europe (QRO photos in Europe), the festival circuit (QRO photos at a festival), the European festival circuit (QRO photos at a European festival), Canada (QRO photos at a festival in Canada), Croatia (QRO photos at a Croatian festival), Singapore (QRO photos in Singapore) & their own Brooklyn (QRO photos in Brooklyn), plus both Barcelona’s Primavera Sound (QRO photos at Primavera Sound) and Portugal’s NOS Primavera Sound (QRO photos at NOS Primavera Sound). They’ve since keep it going (QRO photos in 2014), including headlining American festivals (QRO photos headlining an American festival).

In 2017, The National (QRO live review) released yet another amazing album, Sleep Well Beast (QRO review), which won the Grammy for Alternative Album of the Year (QRO live review at Grammy party), and in 2019 came out with I Am Easy To Find (QRO review) and another big tour (QRO live review in ’19). They come to Sound on Sound (QRO photos at a festival) with an electric live show (QRO live review), making for a perfect festival act (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

The National

Gary Clark Jr., 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. (QRO photos at a festival in Austin) is the latest artist to be said to be ‘bringing blues back’ – when did it ever leave? And if it did, it’s surely come back many times since then (just look at Jack White…) – but Clark (QRO live review) is certainly keeping it going, like on his hometown Austin City Limits show (QRO live review on ACL) and festivals (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Gary Clark Jr.

The Head and The Heart, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Things have been seriously booming for The Head and The Heart (QRO live review). The Seattle alt-folk/pop band (QRO photos outdoors) was signed by Sub Pop (QRO photos outdoors), named their city’s best new band by Seattle Weekly, opened for everybody from Dave Matthews to Death Cab for Cutie. They since graduated to headlining status (QRO live review) behind 2013’s sweet Let’s Be Still (QRO review) – though their crowds never are (QRO photos at a festival). They come to Sound on Sound (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2016’s major label debut Signs of Light (QRO review), 2019’s Living Mirage (QRO review), and the just-out Every Shade of Blue (QRO review).

The Head and The Heart

Spin Doctors, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

You still have “Two Princes” stuck in your head. The ubiquitous early nineties alt-hit launched Spin Doctors (QRO live review) into stardom – and introduced the world to the chullo hat (recently seen & heard on South Park’s ‘Tegrity Weed Farm). And you want to see them at Sound on Sound – that’s what I said now!

Spin Doctors


The Main Squeeze, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Charley, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

The Main Squeeze