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The Last Bison looks forward to busy, festival-filled summer

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The summer concert season will be memorable for The Last Bison, Chesapeake’s fast-rising indie-folk band.

The acoustic septet is poised to release a major-label debut album next month and the group has been booked for several high-profile festivals.

The band led by songwriter Ben Hardesty will play the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del., in June (alongside Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, the Lumineers etc.), then head up to Rhode Island for the prestigious Newport Folk Festival on July 26 (on the same bill with Jim James, Andrew Bird, the Lumineers ... again), before returning to Virginia for Floydfest (where headliners are Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Blitzen Trapper and the Lumineers, yet again) on July 28.

In the meantime, The Last Bison is crossing the nation and playing well-regarded rooms including Fitzgerald’s in Houston, the Tractor Tavern in Seattle and Schubas Tavern in Chicago.

Closer to home, the band will perform a Virginia Arts Festival show at the Norfolk Botanical Garden on May 19. The concert will be held on the grounds of the garden. Tickets are $17 from www.vafest.org.

In other Bison news, the group won Best National Artist at the Veer Local Music Awards earlier this month in Norfolk. Other contenders in the category included Bruce Hornsby and Bison buddy Kishi Bashi.

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