Mayfest announced the Dillo Day opener tonight, and we’re feeling really good about it.
The Mowgli’s, a seven-member alternative rock group well-known for their uplifting beats and lyrics, will be the first artists to perform on the Lakefill on May 21. Mayfest officials said the band, with its sunny fusion of folk and pop music, will serve as a perfect daytime opener for the festival, which will later feature R&B and hip-hop singer Anderson .Paak and rapper ScHoolboy Q.
There are at least a few reasons to love The Mowgli’s, and one is that its members claim their songs are all about love itself. You can hear it, too: listen to “I’m Good” or “San Francisco” to experience moderately-paced acoustic beginnings that accelerate into delightfully inspiriting choruses. The group’s first album, Waiting for the Dawn, debuted at number four on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in 2013, instantly attracting a strong fan base.
Their subsequent appearance on several popular late-night shows, as well as their opening acts for Walk The Moon, converted thousands more into listeners before the 2015 release of their second album Kids in Love. We swear that there’s actually not one song on this album that won’t make you feel better about life.
Mayfest Director of Concerts Yumiko Mannarelli said The Mowgli’s was the perfect group to fill the “band slot” in the lineup, and that their distinct sound ensured a musically diverse set of artists.
“We thought that their message is really about positivity, and it’s really displayed in their live performances and their songs,” said Mannarelli. “Especially because their band is so large, with seven people, but they interact really well with each other onstage.”
The Mowgli’s will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. next Saturday, May 21, preceding Paak, ScHoolboy Q and four other yet unannounced artists.