April 23rd, 2022 7pm Stage 2
Called "the most festive band in the festival circuit," alt group MAGIC GIANT has amassed over 100M streams, climbed Billboard charts spanning multiple genres and been named one of “10 Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone.
Their latest single, “My My,” off their sophomore and upcoming studio album [title unannounced], not only symbolizes the deep and heavy chasm of the pandemic but the optimism of getting out of it.
Debuting in 2017 with their LP In The Wind, MAGIC GIANT, came out of the gates swinging, with TV appearances ranging from the Today Show to Good Morning America, and Billboard singling them out as one of “10 Awesome Bands” playing Coachella, with their show turning out to be part of the most watched live-stream in history.
The group has thrilled growing crowds along its 80-city North American and European tour, with their music charting in countries worldwide from Greece to South Africa.
Their performance on Good Morning America March 6, 2020 feels like a lifetime ago and their performance of “Disaster Party” was disconcertingly foreboding, but when the pandemic struck, they responded by throwing one of the first digital music festivals of its kind with guests including The Lumineers, Woody Harrelson, Edward Norton, Walk the Moon, David Blaine, Jason Maz, LP, The Head & The Heart, Edward Sharpe, Glen Hansard, Walk Off The Earth, and Local Natives, raising over $100,000 to deliver PPE to frontline hospital workers.
MAGIC GIANT singles “Set on Fire,” “Window,” and “Disaster Party” have all broken the top 40 on the Billboard US radio charts with “Disaster Party” breaking the Top 25.
Not only does the group write and produce their records, they plant a tree through a non-profit partner with every album sold, creating a mini forest with thousands of trees; and throw an annual music-festival-meets-summer-camp in the California Redwoods for their fans called Camp Misfits.
Driven by heartfelt lyrics and soul-tingling melodies the California born, Nashville based artist, Ashley Hess enamors and draws audiences in. She intertwines Pop with R&B, backed by an emotional connection that produces an astonishingly powerful performance. Hess feels, “There is no better feeling than going through the process of creating a song, performing that song, and having people connect with the song that I created. Those are the moments I live for. Getting out there, playing my music and establishing a connection.” Hess got her start on YouTube doing covers of popular songs, bringing in fans worldwide. A few years after starting her YouTube channel, she dove into songwriting and live performance which ignited her passion and changed the game for her.
Although much of her music has a theme of sadness and heartbreak, there is a layer of hope and vulnerability that inspires. Her raw performance is contrasted with her infectiously goofy personality that shines through on stage in between songs, as well as off stage and provides a balance that makes her relatable. This magnetic polarity has allowed her to share the stage with national acts such as Andy Grammer, Jason Mraz, T-Pain, Us the Duo, and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. Hess is widely known as a finalist on season two of American Idol in 2019, where Katy Perry deemed her a "bonafide star" and Luke Bryan praised her as being a "world-class" and "iconic" talent.