Band Members John McCrea - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, organ, vibraslap Vince DiFiore - trumpet, keyboards, melodica, guiro, background vocals Gabe Nelson - bass guitar, background vocals Xan McCurdy – electric guitar, background vocals Troy Fetherman – drums, cowbell, tambourine, background vocals
General Info Bringing together the influences of rock, country, funk, hip hop, Iranian folk music and mariachi, Cake creates a sound that justifies the "alternative rock" label. They were formed in Sacramento, California in 1991 by McCrea and DiFiore, with former members Greg Brown, Frank French and Shon Meckfessel. In 1993 they self produced, self released and self distributed their debut album "Motorcade of Generosity", which would catch the attention of Capricorn Records. Their single "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle" caught on on college radio, and got some play on MTV's 120 Minutes. Their second album "Fashion Nugget" came out in 1996, and with help of the addicting single "The Distance" Cake shot into the top 40. After three more successful major label released records Cake spent 5 years building a solar powered studio in Sacramento. They self produced their 6th album "Showroom of Compassion" there. It became their first album to debut at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums, though it was the lowest sales numbers for an album to ever do so.
Discography Motorcade Of Generosity 1994
Fashion Nugget 1996
Prolonging the Magic 1998
Comfort Eagle 2001
Pressure Chief 2004
b-sides and rarities 2007
Showrooms of Compassion 2011
not the official video
Live Feel Cake has a fun live energy. The band is very tight with their sound. Their song's are catchy, and work great for sing-alongs, and crowd participation will be encouraged. They enjoy not using set lists, so you're never exactly sure what you're going to get. I'm assuming they'll be focusing on hits for a festival crowd, but the rare gem you're hoping for may just pop out. John may work his environmental or political views in, but their not incredibly long and they'll probably sit okay with the Bonnaroo crowd. If you're familiar with their music I'd definitely recommend catching their set. If not, sample the videos posted and see how you feel. I promise the show will be fun.
If they play on Friday, Bonnaroo should schedule a few more bands who like to go on rants and just have a non-stop schedule of them leading right into Kanye's typical on-stage rant. We would have lots of talking points for when we go back out into the real world. On another note, I do look forward to seeing Cake and Kayne both perform.