Vusi Mahlasela is a South African singer/songwriter known simply in his country as "The Voice." He sings hopeful, gentle tunes and is celebrated for his activism and poetic lyrics. Mahlasela has released seven albums and is going on tour with Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs this fall.
For Fans Of: Phil Collins, Eneida Martin, Manecas Costa
How You May Know Him: British television station ITV used Mahlasela's song "When You Come Back" as the theme song for last year's FIFA World Cup.
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are longtime friends and collaborators. The two met in Charlottesville, Va. in the early 1990s and began jamming together shortly thereafter. The rest is recorded history - three live albums' worth of it. The duo will perform a late afternoon acoustic set at the Caravan. For hard-core Dave Matthews Band fans, this set will offer a glimpse into Matthews' beginnings as a musician.
For Fans Of: TR3, Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews & Friends
How You May Know Them: Tim Reynolds fronts TR3, and Dave Matthews - well, you know.
Bobby Long is a 24-year-old British contemporary folk artist. Born near Manchester, England, Long currently lives in New York City. He recently performed at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in that other Manchester - Manchester, Tenn. He released his first album with ATO Records, the label co-founded by Dave Matthews, in February.
For Fans Of: Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle, Gram Parsons
How You May Know Him: Robert Pattinson performed "Let Me Sign," a song co-written by Long, in the 2008 film "Twilight."
The core four members of O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) began making music together in high school in Rockville, Md., and continued at Ohio State University. So, if the band sounds like it earned its stripes playing frat shows, that's because it did. O.A.R. is a mainstream alternative rock band - think a less jammy, more poppy Dave Matthews Band, with a glimpse of reggae influence.
For Fans Of: Citizen Cope, Rebelution, Sublime
How You May Know Them: O.A.R. performs the theme song to ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
Punch Brothers is a contemporary bluegrass band fronted by mandolinist Chris Thile. After his first project, Nickel Creek, disbanded, Thile gathered a heap of well-known instrumentalists to form Punch Brothers. The group released its first album, "Punch," in 2008. Punch Brothers' sound is driven by fast-paced banjos, guitars and bass. The band released its latest album, "Antifogmatic," last year.
For Fans Of: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, New Grass Revival, Mark O'Connor
How You May Know Them: Before they were known as Punch Brothers, the crew that put out "Punch" and "Antifogmatic" released an album called "How to Grow a Woman from the Ground" in 2006 under the name How to Grow a Band.
Thievery Corporation makes groovy, down-tempo dance music described as a cross between hip-hop and acid jazz. Rob Garza and Eric Hilton comprise the DJ duo at the band's core, although they work with a handful of musicians. The two run a Washington, D.C.-based record label called Eighteenth Street Lounge Music. As Thievery Corporation, they've released six studio albums and will release a new one this month.
For Fans Of: Zero 7, Jurassic 5, Bonobo
How You May Know Them: Thievery Corporation's "Lebanese Blonde" appeared on the soundtrack to the 2004 independent film "Garden State."
Damian Marley is Bob Marley's youngest son. Like much of his family, he's pursued a career making reggae music, releasing four albums since 1996. Last year's "Distant Relatives," a collaborative project with Nas, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard charts. Expect Marley - nicknamed "Jr. Gong" after his father's "Tuff Gong" - to play the reggae music that's won him three Grammys and his family international acclaim.
For Fans Of: The other Marleys
How You May Know Him: Marley earned two best reggae album Grammys, one in 2002 and another in 2006.
The Tangiers Blues Band
The Tangiers Blues Band is a blues jam band that formed in 1998. Its lineup changes from show to show, and has in the past featured G. Love and Phil Lesh. Whatever its lineup, TBB remains a motley crew of blues enthusiasts, friends and dudes jamming out together.
For Fans Of: Shamekia Copeland, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Paul Oscher
How You May Know Them: The Tangiers Blues Band recorded a cover of the Beastie Boys song "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)"
The Budos Band
The Budos Band self-identifies as an instrumental "Afro-soul" band. The term may be jargon to most, but the band isn't esoteric. Its prominent funk and jazz influences make for danceable, relatable tunes. The Budos Band has released three self-titled albums since 2005.
For Fans Of: The Daktaris, The Brand New Heavies, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
How You May Know Them: Music by The Budos Band has appeared on the HBO series "Entourage."
Lisa Hannigan served as the female voice on folksy fellow Irish singer/songwriter Damian Rice's albums "O" and "9" before releasing her solo debut album, "Sea Saw," in 2008. Like Rice, her vocals are soft and wistful, serving as the gentle, lilting foreground to piano-driven melodies.
For Fans Of: Fiona Apple, Feist, Marissa Nadler
How You May Know Her: Lisa Hannigan appeared on Rice's song "9 Crimes," which was featured on "Grey's Anatomy."
From Good Homes
Light-rock band From Good Homes was formed in the late 1980s in northwestern New Jersey by high school friends Todd Sheaffer, Brady Rymer and Patrick Fitzsimmons. It took a grassroots approach to growing its fanbase, touring extensively along the New Jersey coast in the 1990s. After touring with bands such as Hootie & the Blowfish, From Good Homes broke up in 1999, but has played several reunion shows since.
For Fans Of: Fountains of Wayne, Hootie & the Blowfish, Blues Traveler
How You May Know Them: During the 1990s, From Good Homes performed a summer concert every year at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, Sussex County.
Warren Haynes Band
Warren Haynes is a prolific blues-rock guitarist who has been making music since 1982. Haynes plays guitar for the Allman Brothers Band and fronts Gov't Mule (assuming singing, songwriting and lead guitar duties). He's ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list. Look for protracted jams from this Grammy-winning guitarist, who released his latest album, "Man in Motion," this year.
For Fans Of: The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends
How You May Know Him: In addition to his stints with Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers Band, Haynes has played with David Allan Coe, The Dead and Dave Matthews Band.