Back a year or so ago, me and a pile of music fans piled into CMAC to be illuminated by The Lumineers. The Lumineers were the darlings on the bill, but I was really there to see Richmond, Virginia's J. Roddy Walston & the Business. With a hint of N'awlins swagger and sweet heat, Walston and his ragged denim crew gave the crowd the business, slaying the damp and shivering hipster dragon with some down-home, rough-and-raw rock 'n' roll. Walston's voice was amazingly soulful but lacked the oft-overwrought trappings of a soul-singer as he swept the piano keys with long hair and nimble fingers.
Bonzai Festival featuring J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Chevelle, A Day To Remember, Melia, Tove Lo, Big Data, and Joywave, Saturday, August 9, Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak Street. 12 p.m. $26.60. Ticketmaster.com; thezone941.com.