InCuya Festival line up: New Order, Avett Brothers, SZA and more!
Get ready to rock!
Author: Mac Mahaffee
Published: 3:41 PM EDT July 24, 2018
Updated: 11:16 AM EDT August 25, 2018
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CLEVELAND -- Downtown Cleveland's first major music festival, InCuya, has arrived! To help you get ready for this mega music showcase, here are profiles of each artist slated to appear and the day they'll be performing.

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And now on with the lineup...


InCuya Festival line up: New Order, Avett Brothers, SZA and more!

Chapter 1

New Order

Performing Saturday August 25

New Order headlines InCuya Festival

This English band has been around since the early 80's fusing post-punk rock with electronica and dance music and are best known for their songs "Blue Monday," "Bizarre Love Triangle," "Age of Consent" and "Regret." "Blue Monday," which was released in 1983, is the biggest selling 12" single of all time. "Regret" topped the Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1993 and peaked at number 7 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart.

Learn more at New Order's website.

Chapter 2

The Avett Brothers

Performing Sunday August 26

The Avett Brothers perform Sunday August 26

Hailing from outside Charlotte, North Carolina The Avett Brothers are a Grammy nominated folk rock band. Led by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, the group has been described as having the "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones." Their most recent album "True Sadness" topped Billboard's US Folk Album AND Top Rock Albums chart.

Learn more about The Avett Brothers at their website.

Chapter 3


Performs Sunday August 26

SZA performs Sunday August 26

Born in St. Louis, SZA is a neo soul singer whose debut studio album, last year's "CTRL," debuted at number 3 on the Billboard US Top 200 album chart. She has been nominated for 5 Grammys and won the 2018 Billboard Music Award for Best R&B Female Artist.

Learn more about SZA via her Facebook page.

Chapter 4


Performing Saturday August 25

Awolnation performs Saturday August 25

Los Angeles based rockers Awolnation are best known for their 2011 hit "Sail" which hit number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 4 on the Rock Songs chart. Their most recent album "Here Come the Runts," which was released earlier this year, has reached the number 2 position on both the Alternative and Rock Album charts.

To learn more about Awolnation, visit their website.

Chapter 5

The Revivalists

Performing Saturday August 25

The Revivalists perform Saturday August 25

Hailing from New Orleans, The Revivialists are an alternative rock/roots rock group that were named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the "10 artists you need to know" back in 2016. Their song "Wish I Knew You" topped both the Adult Alternative and alternative charts that same year.

Learn more about The Revivalists via their website.

Chapter 6


Performing Sunday August 26

Cake performs Sunday August 26

These multi-platinum alt rockers from Sacramento have been on the scene since the early 90's and are best known for "The Distance" which climbed to number 4 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and number 38 on the Hot 100 charts.

Get more Cake via their website.

Chapter 7

K. Flay

Performing Saturday August 25

K Flay performs Saturday August 25

K. Flay is an alternative hip hop singer from Illinois. She burst onto the scene with a debut, "Life as a Dog", that hit number 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers album chart in 2014. Her follow up album, 2017's "Every Where is Some Where" topped that same chart and was nominated for two Grammys, including Best Rock Song for "Blood in the Cut."

Learn more about K. Flay from her website.

Chapter 8

Earl Sweatshirt

Performing Saturday August 25

Earl Sweatshirt performs Saturday August 25

The Los Angeles based rapper and record producer started gaining attention with his first mixtape, "Earl", which was released when he was only 16 years old. He has since released two critically acclaimed albums.

(WARNING: The video below contains explicit lyrics)

For more on Earl, visit his website.

Chapter 9

Daniel Caesar

Performing Sunday August 26

Daniel Caesar performs Sunday August 26

Daniel Caeser is a Canadian Grammy-nominated R&B and soul singer-songwriter. His single "Get You" hit number 1 on the Billboard R&B charts in 2016 and was up for a Grammy in the Best R&B Performance category. His "Freudian" album was nominated for Best R&B Album.

To learn more about Daniel Caesar, check out his website.

Chapter 10


Performing Sunday August 26

Yuna performs Sunday August 26

Singer-songwriter Yuna hails from Malaysia and is best known for working with Usher on her breakout single, "Crush" which peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Adult R&B in 2016. Her most recent album, "Chapters," was listed by both Billboard and Rolling Stone as one of the best R&B albums of 2016.

Want to know more about Yuna? Check out her website.

Chapter 11

Tank and the Bangas

Performing Sunday August 26

Tank and The Bangas perform Sunday August 26

Tank and the Bangas is an American funk and soul musical group out of the Big Easy, New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2017, they won National Public Radios' "Tiny Desk Contest" where a jury of musicians and NPR staff choose a winner to play a Tiny Desk Concert for the radio outlet. Among the jurors who selected Tank and the Bangas as the contest's winner was Phish's Trey Anastasio who called Tank "a force of nature, just full of joy" while adding "her band is killing in the background."

See more from Tank and the Bangas at their website.

Chapter 12

J Roddy Walston and the Business

Performing Saturday August 25

J Ralston and The Business perform Saturday August 25

Based out of Richmond, Virginia, J Roddy Walston and the Business started taking shape in Cleveland... Tennessee. Over the past 5 years they've had three singles hit the Top 25 of the Alternative charts with their first single, "Heavy Bells", seeing success on the Mainstream Rock chart as well.

For more scoop on J Roddy Walston and the Business, head to their website.

Chapter 13

Booker T. Jones

Performing Sunday August 26

Booker T Jones performs Sunday August 26

The 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is best known as the front man for Booker T & the M.G.'s. A multi-talented instrumentalist songwriter, producer and arranger, Booker T. has won four Grammy awards including a lifetime achievement award. His most recognized song is "Green Onion" which topped the R&B chart and hit number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1962.

Visit his website to check out the wide variety of music Booker T. has been involved with throughout his career.

Chapter 14


Performing Saturday August 25

Bahamas performs Saturday August 15

This Canadian born artist is a self-taught guitarist who has performed with the likes of The Lumineers, Feist and Jack Johnson. He just released his fourth album, "Earthtones", but is best known to American audiences for the single "All the Time" which peaked at number 10 on the Adult Alternative chart and number 19 on the Hot Rock Songs chart in 2014.

To hear more of his music, visit Bahamas' website.

Chapter 15


Performing Saturday August 25

THEY. perform Saturday August 25

A R&B duo out of Los Angeles, their first single "Working for It", which was done in collaboration with ZHU and Skrillex, gained international attention charting in Australia, France and the U.K. in 2015.

See more of their work on their Facebook page.

Chapter 16


Performing Sunday August 26

Tropidelic performs Sunday August 26

Among the artists representing InCuya's host city is this six-member band from Cleveland, Ohio whose music is self-described as an interesting mix of reggae, hip – hop and high energy funk. Their 2017 album "Heavy is the Head" debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae charts.

To see more of this homegrown group, check out their website.

Chapter 17


Performing Saturday August 25

Arkells perform Saturday August 25

Named after a street where they lived and would practice music in their native Canada, this rock quintet has had nine Top 10 singles on the Canadian Alternative Chart, including three number one his. They've also won multiple Juno Awards, including 2017's Group and Rock Album of the Year, which are equivalent to Grammys in their home country.

Check out more of their music on their website.

Chapter 18


Performing Saturday August 25

Ezri performs Saturday August 25

Another home grown talent on the bill is Cleveland rapper Ezri. Formerly known as Ezzy, he first turned heads with a freestyle rap on Sirius Satellite's "Sway in the Morning" show. That led to his starring in the independent film "The Land" which put him under the wing of executive producer Nas. His first EP, "be right back," was released on the hip hop legend's Mass Appeal Records label last fall.

(WARNING: The following video contains Mature Content)

Learn more about this Clevelander's musical journey on his website.

Chapter 19


Performing Saturday August 25

Kitten performs Saturday August 25

Fronted by Chloe Chaidez, this Los Angeles based indie rock band is best known for their stints opening up for groups such as No Doubt, Paramore, OK Go, and Charllie XCX among others.

Check out more of Kitten's music on their website.

Chapter 20

The Jack Fords

Performing Sunday August 26

The Jack Fords perform Sunday August 26

Another Northeast Ohio home grown act, the Jack Fords have been named Cleveland's best rock band on two separate occasions and are known for the driving version of barroom rock and roll. The Jack Fords have shared stages with the likes of Joe Bonamassa, James Gang, Ian McLagan and the Bump Band, Devon Allman and hometown hero Michael Stanley.

Learn more about The Jack Fords by checking out their website.

Chapter 21

The Blue Stones

Performing Sunday August 26

The Blue Stones perform Sunday August 26

This Canadian duo follows in the mold of The Black Keys and The White Stripes with their garage blues style of rock.

Be sure to check out The Blue Stones on their website.

Chapter 22


Performing Sunday August 26

Dreamers perform Sunday August 26

Hailing from the Big Apple, this self-described "cosmic rock" trio has opened up for Stone Temple Pilots and performed at Lollapalooza in 2016. According to their Facebook page, their "smart pop" will "perk you up and make you shake."

Be sure to check out their psychedelic website to see more of their music an unique vision.

Chapter 23


Performing Saturday August 25

Seafair performs Saturday August 25

Another Cleveland-based group on the bill, Seafair's diverse sound has led them to festival performances across the country, including a sold-out show featuring a 34-piece orchestra at Cleveland's House of Blues.

See more of Seafair and their music by heading over to their website.

Chapter 24

The Modern Electric

Performing Saturday August 25

The Modern Electric perform Saturday August 25

One of Cleveland's most acclaimed rock bands, The Modern Electric believe in "creating the kind of songs that are put on mixtapes for loved ones; songs that memories are made to. These are the kind of songs that become the soundtrack to a person’s life."

Plug in to The Modern Electric's music over at their website.