I had a chance to catch up with Kalmia Traver, the beautiful vocalist and songwriter of Rubblebucket, who will bring their indie dance party music, with their amazing funky horns, sophisticated beats, and soaring vocals to the Schuylkill Haven Fairgrounds for Jibberjazz’s Midsummer Meltdown 2 festival this weekend. They are just back from Electric Forest, and are in the thick of their summer tour which will include gigs at Gathering of the Vibes as well as Floyd Fest. Kal and Alex (they met in college at UVM) along with Adam and the rest of the band have been enjoying playing the songs that have been well refined through the work done in production of their album Omega La La. Omega La La was released a few weeks ago on the summer solstice, and it sounds really good.
Rubblebucket was in the area last year for Stir Fry at Snipes Farm, and are looking forward to another great PA fest, where they are bringing a show that they are really proud of, as the music has really been perfected through touring and recording. Before laying down Omega La La, they were busy with an extensive Spring tour that included a special experience at Joshua Tree music fest, where the sandy and windy environment created a special scene. Perhaps their biggest crowd was at Founder’s Fest – at the Michigan brewery, one of several stops where they shared the stage with Galactic. And they loved the beer!
Kal is also socially conscious and active, with a focus on sustainability, community development, and climate change, and you can find links to some of the causes she’s involved with on the Rubblebucket Facebook page. This began at home, where Kal’s parents are involved in these areas, and continued in college where Kal and Alex got involved in studying some of these issues. She mentioned 350.org, a movement dedicated to solving the climate crisis. Since college, their focus has been almost completely on the music, and personally I can’t wait to hear them again this weekend at Midsummer Meltdown! Be there!