Lineup 2013

We are proud to announce this year's lineup for Domefest!
Music schedule can be viewed here

Pigeons Playing Pong Pong (2 nights)  |  The Heavy Pets  |  BIG Something  
Jimkata  |  The Mantras  |  Segway  |  Consider The Source  |  Deaf Scene
Sophistafunk  |  The Shack Band  |  Fletcher's Grove  |  Tauk
Dale and the ZDubs  |  Mr. Bonkerz  |  The Hornitz  |  Hydrophonics  |  Bat Solo

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Funk, Rock, Electronic ENERGY: These four Pigeons bring it every night. Based out of Baltimore, MD, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has an undeniably unique and versatile live sound that ascends peaks of musical ecstasy. Their evolving arrangement of original compositions, psychedelic improvisational jams, and contagious smiles have ‘The Flock’ growing and coming back for more. With no end in sight, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is here to bring the party with their danceable electro-funk grooves and infectious ability to bring positive energy to any environment.

As the official hosts of Domefest, they will be bringing the party both nights of the festival, so expect the unexpected...

The Heavy Pets

The Heavy Pets (THP) are an American rock band whose contagious vibe blends rhythm and blues, jazz-funk, nu-disco and reggae fusion with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Relix Magazine, THP are known for powerhouse live performances and infectious dance songs that frame catchy, smart lyrics. The group became an instant Sirius radio sensation in 2007 with the release of their double-disc debut album, Whale, driven by hit tracks “Operation of Flight” and “Sleep.” First embraced by the jam scene for their raw talent, their cross-over sound that is showcased on their self-titled album (2010), also dubbed a “Top 10 Album of 2010” by The Huffington Post, propelled them into the periphery of mainstream music. 
Major festival darlings, THP have taken the stage at Bonnaroo, Jam Cruise, High Sierra, Gathering of the Vibes, moe.down, Summer Camp, All Good, Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Mountain Jam and their namesake PetZoo.

BIG Something

BIG Something is an alternative rock group with a BIG groove. A tight six-piece ensemble that brings arena sized grooves to every stage they play. This is funk, fit for the future, featuring crystalline synths, wailing saxes, and guitars that shred established musical boundaries. Their debut album “Stories from the Middle of Nowhere” was recorded in Raleigh, NC with Grammy-nominated producer John Custer and was named the Home Grown Music Network’s Best Studio Album of 2010. Each song is something special: catchy and charming, layered and soulful, with colorful characters that embody the best and worst in us all. One listen will lead to many and you’ll realize you’ve discovered that BIG Something. Winners of the Home Grown Music Network’s 2010 “New Band of the Year” award.


Now touring to support their innovative, fan-funded record Die Digital, Jimkata has been a mainstay of the Northeast for years. Recent traction stemming from the rise of electronic dance music (EDM) has afforded them the opportunity to continue expanding their signature brand of song-oriented electro-rock. Analog synthesizers and heavy bass notes fill the electronic role, while big guitars create space for shredding within the structure of pure indie rock. Over the years they have consistently backed up their reputation for creating high-energy dance parties at such music festivals as Summer Camp, Camp Bisco, and Mountain Jam alongside such diverse acts as Primus, LCD Soundsystem, Pretty Lights & The Roots. For Jimkata fans, however, the show doesn’t end when the lights come up. Jimkata’s relevant, quotable lyrics create music not just for the fleeting moments, but for the lifestyle of an entire generation.

The Mantras

Building a reputation as go-for-broke live act, The Mantras have been playing to consistently larger and larger crowds all over the East coast and Midwest. The Mantras are steadily building a following both regionally and nationally with music that is a high-energy collaborative of funk-rock, middle-eastern, electronica, and metal. Their rising profile as a top notch musical powerhouse has resulted in an incredible year so far, seeing The Mantras and their members in numerous festival performances and sharing stages in double-bills and direct support for the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Eoto, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Papadosio, Zoogma, The Werks, Dopapod and many more.


This is SEGWAY, a 4 piece (or morepiece) rage in a can (if the venue they're playing is a can... or a prison...) Hailing from the Northeast, Segway has created a reputation of all out dancebauchery in the name of shiva, allah, Imhotep, and the space dance gods from Quadrant 6 (you know them, right?) SEGWAY has proven time and time again that music is meant for dancing. Having shared the stage with acts like the Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Lotus, EOTO, Future Rock, 2020 Soundsystem, and many, many others, Segway is the blast off to a journey through time and space, a group dedicated to the wonders of live music, amazing dance offs, and a generally sexual time :) Come check out a show! 

Consider The Source

NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it'd probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band's music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.

Deaf Scene

Deaf Scene is an all-instrumental three-piece experimental band from the greater Baltimore, Maryland area. In their short three year existence, the band has managed to cultivate a musical style that is comfortably indefinable and always developing. Their unique take on melodic instrumental rock music highlights their musical chemistry and fluidity as a group, while their high-energy, psyched-out live performances set them apart from any of their musical peers. On their newest self-titled release (2010), the band uses lush guitar melodies, atmospheric loops, intricate bass rhythm and textures, and propulsive drumming to create a movement of music that is highly melodic, groovable, and evocative all at the same time. With goals set high and no plans on stopping, Deaf Scene is truly proving to be, "One of Maryland's best up-and-coming acts."

The Shack Band

What originally started as an organic, impromptu and free-flowing collection of musicians casually performing in the renovated remains of a dilapidated “shack” in Blacksburg, VA has morphed into what is now The Shack Band. Since 2010, things have changed. The band relocated from Blacksburg to Richmond, VA. A true lineup was established, with four members signing on. The songwriting abilities and sensibilities matured and improved. At the start of 2013, the quartet became a quintet with the addition of a horn player adding more complex arrangements and texture to the band’s already well-established sound. But, the one thing that never wavered was The Shack Band’s intent to wow new crowds with their off-the-cuff, high-energy live shows melding funky rock ‘n’ roll and soaring harmonies with a strong emphasis on song-writing.


"Funky, grimy mix of hip-hop, live drums and Moog savagery"

The 4 elements of Sophistafunk:
(1) a 1950s jazz club,
(2) a 1960s poetry den,
(3) a 1970s funk party,
(4) a 1980s hip hop show.

Fletcher's Grove

Fletcher’s Grove is truly a big fish in a little pond. Widely regarded as one of West Virginia’s most promising up-and-coming band, the group of five has used their Appalachian successes to pack a variety of venues and festivals along the East Coast. Fueled by their 2010 debut album “All The Way Home,” the band effortlessly weaves funk, rock, and jazz influences into a completely unique, genre-free, and contagious sound.

Known for their high-energy shows, the band mixes pulsating bass lines, dual-guitar solos, and an eclectic percussion section that makes standing still nearly impossible. By maintaining a solid focus on perfecting musical intricacy and creating seamless improvisation, Fletcher’s Grove has captured the imaginations of thousands in the Mountain State and beyond.


Meet Tauk, a band that delivers a unique blend of funk, jazz, pop and rock with a fresh, experimental spirit. Since forming earlier this decade, the NYC-based group has built an impressive DIY buzz scoring opening gigs for O.A.R, MOE., Robert Randolph & the Family Band, 311, Tea Leaf Green, a set at Gathering of the Vibes (alongside Buddy Guy and Bob Weir & RatDog) and a feature on Fuse TV. Most recently, the band announced upcoming gigs at Bonnaroo, Hangout Music Fest, Summer Camp Music Fest, Great South Bay Music Fest and Peach Festival with The Allman Brothers.

Dale and the ZDubs

A fresh rock reggae groove is flowing out of DC and its name is Dale and the ZDubs! With songs about relationships, dreams, failures, and people that have inspired or slept with them, DZD has a little something for everyone. Emphasis on “little.” The band has been causing a stir with their high energy live shows featuring hip-hop collaborations, multi-part vocal harmonies, and abominably radical solos from guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and harmonica. Sometimes Dale gets naked, too. DZD pride themselves on “pushin the weird” and “bringing up the vibe” whether it be on stage, in your backyard, or in your bedroom. Keep an eye out (or two) in the greater Washington DC area for upcoming shows and the debut full-length album!

Mr. Bonkerz

Mr Bonkerz has been a staple in the D.C. disco scene over the past 3 years, incorporating smooth bass lines and psychedelic funk in an effort to create the maximum dance party experience. He’s been heavily influenced by the jamband scene over the past 15 years and attributes his sound to the funky contributions of bands like The Isley Brothers, Talking Heads, Phish and the Disco Biscuits. Keeping the audience guessing and allowing the setlist to change “on the go” is normal and encouraged.   Drawing from a catalog that spans over 50 years of Disco, no Bonkerz experience will ever be the same!

The Hornitz

The Hornitz was founded in May 2006 as a horn section for hire in and around Boston, MA. The group worked with many artists; most notably George Clinton, Guster, and State Radio. In 2008, The Hornitz began producing original music as a duo using Human Beatbox, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Trombone, Keyboard, and organ. Both members utilize live-looping equipment to create large soundscapes for their high energy performances. A Hornitz show is one of the most dynamic and expansive spectacles ever produced by two people.


Hydrophonics is a producer and multi-instrumentalist from Richmond, VA that produces live hip hop beats and intelligent electronica through live improvisation with an MPC, synthesizers and an array of loopers and effects processors. His live act seamlessly blends ambient sounds into hardcore hip hop into heavy dance grooves, and all the way back again. Every set is focused on the art of improvisation and is a unique experience for both Hydrophonics and the crowd.