BANDS & SCHEDULE

ARTISTS

Superfónicos

Lake Stage : 9:00pm - 10:00pm
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Superfónicos is Colombian Funk. Better yet, it is Caríbe Soul…fed by the Indigenous and African roots of the band’s Colombian heritage, telegraphing a politics of peace and unity from the stage to your ears. They only ask that you dance toward a place in your mind beyond struggle and strife.

Superfónicos was formed when bassist Nico Sanchez and guitarist Erick Bohorquez began discussions about creating a group with a foundation in Afro-Colombian rhythms. They soon teamed up with guitarist Andres Villegas and percussionist Daniel Sanchez, and started rehearsing together during time away from their other bands. That core group developed the band’s unique sound, laying the foundation of what was to come. In 2016, gaitero and vocalist Jaime Ospina—who has recorded with the likes of Pacha Massive—relocated from Colombia to Austin, where he met and instantly connected with the group. It was also during this time that the band met with famed local producer and Grammy winner Adrian Quesada at Level One Sound. Their recording session resulted in a sound that not only encapsulates a moment in time but helped to define Superfónicos as a collective. It is a musical mestizo that is ever-changing but deeply rooted in Caribbean flavors.

Los Coast

Lake Stage : 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Los Coast is the brainchild of Trey Privott and John Courtney and is completed by Megan Hartman on bass, Damien Llanes on drumkit, and Nat Wright on keys. Together, their music is a punchy, psych-tinged, lyrical variety of rock and soul.

Los Coast formed like Voltron, and Trey happened to be the heart. He is Los Coast’s “Stax-worthy” vocal feature. To put it simply, “there’s something about Trey’s voice that resonates with you.” He was introduced first to jazz—by his uncle Hiram Bullock—but Trey’s musical enthusiasm embraces gospel, punk rock, folk, and hip-hop, among other genres, and his eclectic songwriting style reflects his catholic musical interests.

John is a multi-instrumentalist primarily featured as lead guitar. John’s style is rooted in experimental rock and modal jazz and heavily influenced by an appreciation of music theory developed studying mood, texture, and composition at Berklee College of Music.

The band has released two singles, “Summer Samaritan” and “Simplify,” and they plan to release their debut album on New West Records in 2019!

Jeff Plankenhorn

Lake Stage : 6:10pm - 7:00pm
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Austin guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn takes a leap of faith from side (and slide) work into the solo spotlight with assertive singer-songwriter showcase, “Sleeping Dogs,” out May 4

Roots-rocking follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed “SoulSlide” finds the Ohio-born, Texas-based artist expanding his musical playing fieldwith help from friends Ray Wylie Hubbard, Patty Griffin, and co-producer “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb

Nakia & The Blues Grifters

Lake Stage : 5:00pm - 5:40pm
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Before he was on “The Voice,” Nakia was a Blues Grifter. Named for the age-old concept of stealing from the greats, the Blues Grifters formed in 2010. The band quickly became a hit on the club circuit in
Austin performing at the legendary “Home of the Blues,” Antone’s Nightclub, and the South Austin hot spot, C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and began recording its first album. A video of Nakia’s full-throated, soulful
performances found its way to television producer Mark Burnett who insisted on recruiting Nakia for a new show. Reluctant but hopeful, Nakia put the band, and the album on pause to go to Hollywood.

On the first season of “The Voice,” Nakia immediately became a fan favorite before finishing as a semifinalist. More than 14 million viewers tuned in each week to witness Nakia wowing the show’s four celebrity coaches with his electric stage presence and using his gritty voice to make Top 40 songs his own.

Using the momentum from the whirlwind of reality TV, Nakia focused on writing songs for a new EP and subsequent tour, still leaving the band on hold. Nakia knew it was time to call up the Blues Grifters again when he was invited to appear on the ALL ATX compilation album in 2016. Together, they transformed The Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post” from a prog-rocking guitar dirge into a lowdown gritty sax-infused soul jam that culminates in a double time frenzy. Renewed from that studio experience, Nakia was ready to finish the album he started almost a decade ago with his long-time collaborator and fellow Grifter, Mac McNabb.

Mélat

Lake Stage : 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Born in Austin, Texas, Mélat is the eclectic soul of modern RnB. Mélat tells a story that is both challenging and inspiring crafted from her very own life experiences. It is a pure and honest reflection of her soul.

From love, lust, success, to failure Mélat sings of what it means to be a human being simply longing to “be”.

Western Youth

Oak Stage : 8:30pm - 9:00pm
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Five years in the making, Western Youth’s first full-length album has finally arrived. The band has done a lot of growing up since then, seeing its members through the life changes that accompany waxing youth – weddings, babies, careers, settling down, starting over. 

The self-titled album is colored by these changes, touching on unfulfilled dreams, honest and flawed relationships, an uncertain world – shot through with glimpses of light streaming in through the cracks. 

The result of all this is an evolved but still defiant Western Youth – introspective and poetic, a unique sound that staggers artfully between rock n' roll, folk, americana, and something, well, more grown up.

CILANTRO BOOMBOX

Oak Stage : 7:00pm - 7:30pm

Drawing from diverse musical backgrounds,  Austin's Cilantro Boombox creates an energetic, positive vibe that flows from the dance floor to the soul.1. Initially a casual collaboration between bassist Félix Pacheco and saxophonist Joe Woullard (of Black Joe Lewis and Ocote Soul Sounds), the duo blossomed into a working unit with the addition of Andres Villegas (Guitar, vocals) and Christopher "Zumbi" Richards (Trombone, Vocals). Subsequently bolstered by Joshua Thomson (alto sax), Micah Shalom (trumpet), Jason Murdy (percussion), and Greg Clifford (drums), Cilantro’s explosive sound merges elements of Latin, Pan-African, brass bands, and electronic musics in a unique flavor as bold as its namesake.

The band's eponymous, 11-track debut album was self-released in 2012, followed by the single, “Fears Away,” in 2014.  Every song, chord, and lyric of Cilantro Boombox’s repertoire lifts the crowd up; their contagious energy is hard to surpass, even amidst the worthy, diverse competition of the Austin live music scene. Their second full length "Shine" encapsulates all that is Cilantro Boombox perfectly.

A seasoned ensemble, Cilantro has quickly won a local following from strong showings at numerous shows and festivals such as SXSW, Utopia Fest, KUTX’s Summer Jam, and Austin Reggae Fest. They have notably opened for Willie Nelson and Café Tacvba at ACL live and Los Amigos Invisibles. Their growing list of accolades includes a feature in the Austin-American Statesman, selection as one of NPR’s favorite songs of 2014 (Fears Away), and a single premier on MTV Iggy.

Dawn & Hawkes

Oak Stage : 5:40pm - 6:10pm
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Fronted by Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes, the couple formed Dawn and Hawkes after a chance meeting on an Austin dance floor. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate”. 

Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country touring performances with influential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx on tours in the US and abroad in Denmark, Germany and Australia.

Acoustic Guitar hails the musicality of their first full-length, Yours and Mine, as “Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation” and Huffington Post summarizes “Transcendent alternative-folk — you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo.” 

The duo stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains, to the South Australian coast while navigating a shared journey through mortality, grief and compassion for differing perspectives. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and self-producing their second full-length album, The Other Side, released in July 2018. The Austin American Statesman calls it “10 new tracks of sweet folk-rock – instantly appealing tunes – rooted in the singer songwriter heyday of the early 1970’s, they also fit well into the modern-day indie-folk revival.”

In a time when the world seems more divided than ever, this album explores themes of empathy, hope, and finding our common humanity. “While on our own adventures of ups and downs we found ourselves exploring themes of empathizing with the other side,” recounts Miranda Dawn. “We hope that you will hear this album and share it with someone you love, because these are anthems of compassion for everyone.

Oliver Rajamani

Oak Stage : 4:30pm - 5:00pm
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Critics distinguish Rajamani for having redefined Romani music (more commonly known as Gypsy music) by taking it back to its ancient roots in India while creating an original Indian/Romani and Texas musical sound.  His music is a sound that is at once foreign and familiar. Drawing upon ancient Eastern traditions, his music resonates in a deep place within its listeners, while remaining accessible and satisfying to the foreigner’s ear.

Rajamani is a 2014 nominee of the prestigious German world music award in the European Charts, an Austin World Music award winner and a nominee of the 2008 US Artist Award. Rajamani has toured internationally and has recorded and performed with artists wide-ranging in style including Gypsy Kings, Willie Nelson, Edie Brickell, L. Shanker, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Eric Johnson, Paravai Munniamma, Chinna Ponne, Jeronimo Maya, Tomasa La Macanita, Bachir Attar. He has been a featured artist on the NPR BBC radio amongst numerous other radio, TV stations and magazines.

Tiarra Girls

Oak Stage : 3:30pm - 4:00pm
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Austin, Texas' TIARRA GIRLS have been gigging steadily since SXSW 2012 and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The teenage trio made up of the three Baltierra sisters (Tori, Tiffany & Sophia) proudly perform all their own instruments and started out playing covers from Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Corrine Bailey Rae, Cyndi Lauper, Black Keys as well as Selena, Juanes and many more.  

Fast forward a few years and the result is a sonic melting pot of the girls' musical influences rolled into their own unique brand of alternative rock that is undeniably influenced by their strong family bond. 

The TIARRA GIRLS new EP, produced by award-winning Austin producer AJ Vallejo, is a shining example of what is yet to come.

Midnight Butterfly

Community Stage Jr : 7:30pm - 8:00pm
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MIDNIGHT BUTTERFLY is an Austin, TX area rock band and a gang of girls who share a love of music. The quintet, which formed in the fall of 2014 (when its members, at the time, were between just 9 and 11 years old!) and took home “Best Group” honors at a local talent show just six months later, have been rocking Central Texas audiences with their electric live performances, which merge high energy original songs with time-tested rock radio classics. Despite their youth, it is impossible to ignore the magic and magnetism of MIDNIGHT BUTTERFLY; the level of poise, performance and promise the band possesses will far exceed what you’d expect from five girls who have yet to enter high school.

Led by the core of guitarist Scarlett, keyboardist Hannah, and drummer Kaiya, MIDNIGHT BUTTERFLY met at a Round Rock, Texas “rock school” and, soon after, joined forces with the goal of taking the tangible excitement they felt while jamming in their rehearsal space and transferring it to the stage, to share with audiences. MIDNIGHT BUTTERFLY spent the better part of 2015 playing shows in and around Austin, leaving a whole new contingent of music fans happy and hungry for more with each and every live performance.

SCHOOL OF ROCK - AUSTIN

Community Stage Jr : 6:10pm - 6:40pm

For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life. Founded as a single school in Philadelphia, PA in 1998, School of Rock has become a growing international franchise, operating 69 schools in the US and Mexico.

We believe the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels.

School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.

To date our students have played thousands of concerts, to more than 100,000 people, at such legendary venues as CBGB's, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King's Blues Club in Times Square. We have also had the great fortune to be able to perform at music festivals from Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, to Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.

EXECUTIVE STEEL BAND

Community Stage Jr : 5:00pm - 5:30pm

EXECUTIVE STEEL BAND is a five piece band from Austin, Texas with steel drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals. The band’s sound is a melting pot of reggae, calypso, blues, funk and rock.

Band leader, Roland Lawes is from New Orleans La and is a veteran of the United States Navy Steel Band NSA retired. Executive Steel Band also features Mike Blue on guitar & vocals, Drew Bologna on drums, Devin Sanders on keyboards and Ryan Wormley on bass.

Oh Antonio And His Imaginary Friends

Community Stage Jr : 4:00pm - 4:30pm
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In 1982, Antonio met Grapes, his first Imaginary Friend. Grapes and Antonio had several adventures together. They shared secrets, sang songs and Grapes always had a chair at the dinner table.

Sadly, Antonio grew up, got a degree, found a corporate job and forgot about Grapes.

Then one day, Antonio felt low. Climbing corporate culture and recovering from an embattled relationship shifted his heart. Looking for a reprieve, Antonio rediscovered his love of music. He longed to smile and yearned for others to do the same. He wrote silly songs focused on hope, love, and understanding.

As time moved on, Antonio’s found others who wanted to join the fun!

Today, Oh Antonio And His Imaginary Friends share joy with everyone they meet.

Their self-aware vintage pop is shaped by sax, flugelhorn, trumpet, violin, viola, keys, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and harmonious vocals that will have you singing along before song is over. Your hips will move, your heart will smile – all while pulling influences from Buddy Holly, Elvis Costello, The E Street Band, Billy Joel, and The Cure to name a few!

Hans Gruber and The Die Hards, Chris Staples [Barsuk], Tallheart [Equal Vision], The Selfless Lovers, Tomboi, Donovan Keith, Como Los Movies, Dr. Joe, Belcurve, Beth Lee and The Breakups, Andrew Delany and The Horse He Rode In On, The March Divide, The Danger * Cakes, and The Gents. The Imaginary Friends have been sighted at Austin Music Week, Free Week, SXSW Cares, HAAM day, Robot Rock [Science In A Suitcase], Girls Rock Austin, Austin Pride, Stubbs, Mohawk, Hole In the Wall, Belmont and The Parish to name a few.

Let’s meet, make magic and become Imaginary Friends – you, me, and grapes!

Daool Korean Percussion

Community Stage Jr : 3:20pm - 3:30pm

Daool (Da-wool) is a group organized by Korean High School students who loves Korean Traditional music. Daool is the one and only Korean Traditional musical group in Austin and their fun and amazing music is loved by community.

Lee Young Dance

Community Stage Jr : 3:10pm - 3:20pm

Lee Young is a Solo Korean Traditional Dancer who is introducing beautiful Korean Traditional Dance in Austin Area. She performs at many festivals and also doing popular presentation about Korean Culture and Dance Program through Central Texas Libraries and various communities in and around Austin.

Daool (Da-wool) is a group organized by Korean High School students who loves Korean Traditional music. Daool is the one and only Korean Traditional musical group in Austin and their fun and amazing music is loved by community.