That eternal question lingers in the air. Where does the time go? And here is UTOPIA Fest eleven years later, as strong and solid as ever, built by individuals madly in love with the music and, very importantly, the people that bring it to life.
UTOPIA founder Travis Sutherland, along with a mad-talented creative crew consisting of Wayne Dalchau, and Onion Creek Productions badasses Aaron Brown and Jamie Brown, have been to hell and back carefully shaping this family-friendly experience, named in honor of its original location in Utopia, TX. This year’s event is another music festival standout: Attendance is capped at 2,000 to keep things as uncrowded as possible (sounds like heaven to your AMM host, frankly); camping is free of charge; and one is able to see every performing artist without another performance overlapping. The Arrowhead and Cypress stages on site have all been scheduled accordingly, so attendees can see all of the bands.
All of them, without having to choose one over the other, thank you very much.
All the magic happens at Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114, in Burnet, TX. After kicking things off this afternoon, UTOPIA Fest continues tonight with sets by Sir Woman, Whiskey Shivers and Mamafesta, plus a grand display with a guaranteed sick line-up brought to you by the UTOPIA Players at 10:30 p.m., and late night sets by Matthew Logan Vasquez, Whiskey Shivers and Jenny Parrot, into the wee hours of the morn. Tomorrow afternoon, you can catch Garrett T. Capps (featured on today’s AMM), and The Deer.
Check UTOPIA Fest’s website for more details, and be listening for more UTOPIA Fest 2019 picks from the Austin Music Minute.
-Image courtesy of UTOPIA Fest.
Sounds from the twilight, music haunting one’s dreams. It’s how the day breaks, how the night shines. Wisps of smoke, fragrant wafts within a breeze, or distant howls from wide, open spaces. All of this and more would be most fitting in attempting to describe the magic of Little Mazarn. They’re everywhere…perfect moments caught in time captured in one’s mind forever.
Little Mazarn shares an outstanding bill tonight at the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe, that features legendary avant-folk artist Ralph White, and ATX Cajun music outfit The Ditch Crickets. The music begins at 9 p.m. Very recommended.
-Photography by Julia Reihs for KUTX.
You know those bass chords. Peter Hook played that bass as though it was a guitar. The riffs are instantly recognizable if you’re a longtime Joy Division fan – or even a New Order fan.
The songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer is best known as bassist and co-founder of both, though these days you’ll find him on tour with his own band, The Light. Don’t miss them tonight at Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Dr. The show includes performances of the albums Technique and Republic by New Order, in their entirety, with an opening set featuring the music of Joy Division.
Doors at 7 p.m. Very recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
Welcome to this celebration of music inspired by sounds within the psych vein and beyond. LEVITATION has two more days of assorted badassery happening in the Red River District and East Austin. Your Austin Music Minute maven has a few picks for your wanderings about the festival, including:
-A few early sets this afternoon by Acid King and The Well at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St. (music starts at 2 p.m.); Allah Las and White Fence at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. (2 p.m.); and AMM fave Chelsea Wolfe and Ionna Gika at Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St. (music begins at 4 p.m.).
–Tonight features LEVITATION founders The Black Angels sharing a bill with John Cale at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River; Blushing, Tan Cologne and Single Lash at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River; and Flipper with David Yow at Hotel Vegas, 1501 E. 6th St.
–Tomorrow includes Dinosaur Jr. and Kurt Vile at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater; AMM fave Dallas Acid and Black Moth Super Rainbow at the Mohawk, 912 Red River; and a free Creek Show at Waterloo Greenway (1111 Red River) with another AMM favorite, Annabelle Chairlegs at 8 p.m. And, as featured on today’s AMM, much love for A Place To Bury Strangers, who have a Sunday night performance at Barracuda, with Christian Bland & The Revelators, and Ringo Deathstarr.
These are but a few selections for your LEVITATION weekend. Visit the website for a complete schedule. So recommended.
Welcome, music freaks, to day two of LEVITATION, a celebration of music influenced by the psych realm and beyond. Touring and local artists are performing at venues along Red River and in East Austin, and as you’ll see by today’s Austin Music Minute, it’s a bit overwhelming – in the best way possible. Tonight’s shows include:
-Near and dear to your AMM host’s dark little heart, David J. (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets) performs at Elysium, 705 Red River, with an awesome line-up that features Dallas-based tradgoth/punk outfit Rosegarden Funeral Party, and darkest of dark ATX artists Curse Mackey and SINE.
Check the LEVITATION website for a complete weekend schedule.