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This Little Underground

Bao Le-Huu takes on Weedeater, Drive-By Truckers, Centro-matic, Festival of Light and Sound and more

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Just as amazing was having the legendary DBT back here. They're simply one of this generation's greatest Southern rock bands and pioneers of the new Southern cool. It was nice peeking them at Orlando Calling, but that's not the same.

This, however, was their show, their crowd, their domain. And, man, did it feel right. Seeing the dynamic between Hood and Mike Cooley trading leads alongside a pedal steel is pretty close to heaven.

It's one thing to plan something meant to be big, but it's something entirely different to have it actually turn out that way. But the Festival of Light and Sound (April 14, Plaza Live), organized by Alexandrah Sarton (In Curses, Solillaquists of Sound) and Raquel Nuñez, was a surprisingly huge local fest drawing hundreds of people.

With a lively festival village outside and tons of music inside all night, it seems the city is stocked with a whole lot of people interested in bringing their kids out to a family-friendly, local-minded event to enjoy music that has nothing to do with WMMO.

And the Festival of Light and Sound, which also featured a screening of the documentary Happy, is further proof of the gathering power of the local grass roots.

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