BANDS & SCHEDULE
City seeks proposals to showcase local talent at Austin’s New Year Celebration
The City of Austin invites area artists and arts organizations to present proposals for this year’s Austin’s New Year celebration.
Austin’s New Year is a free, family-friendly, alcohol free New Year’s Eve event held at Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) in Downtown Austin.
The event provides an exceptional opportunity to showcase Austin’s dynamic and diverse creative community to an audience of approximately 20,000 people.
Local musicians, artists, and community performers are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.
Information about the event:
Theme: Family-friendly downtown, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event
Where: Vic Mathias Shores and adjacent areas
When: December 31, 2018. Program begins at 5:00pm and ends with fireworks shortly after 10:00pm.
Who we are looking for: ANY Austin area artist or arts organization including visual and performing artists, musicians, performers, interactive entertainment artists, and others.
What we are looking for: A variety of creative, family-friendly musical and artistic performances, workshops, activities, and visual art installations on the grounds of Auditorium Shores. Possible proposals include, but are not limited to:
- Musical individuals and groups.
- Performing Artists such as actors, jugglers, storytellers, dancers, fire dancers, hula-hoopers, aerial performance, illustrators, spray can artists or other visual artists who produce work on the spot, elaborate costumes and other festive performances.
- Temporary interactive art installations, especially those which feature light or sound.
Anticipated attendance: approximately 20,000+
All Austin’s New Year showcase proposals must be submitted to email@example.com by 09/28/2018 and need to include the following:
- Contact information – Please designate a single point of contact within your group or organization and include that person’s contact info including name, phone number and email address.
- A written narrative – Describe who you are and the project that you or your arts organization would like to present during the New Year’s Eve program. Be sure to address the important questions of what will be happening; what visuals, musical elements or performances you will incorporate; how many people will be participating; what your technical needs will be, and how your work will engage the community of Austin. Be detailed, be realistic and keep it short and sweet. (1 page maximum)
- A detailed budget – Include everything that you would need to execute your project. The City is working with limited resources and conservative proposed project budgets are encouraged.
An artist or arts organizations may submit more than one proposal for consideration. City staff will review the proposal submissions, and the selection of projects will be based on artistic merit, feasibility, compatibility with other selected projects, and budget. The number of submissions will be determined based on available City funding for programming. Once selected, artists may seek underwriters for their selected project with the final approval from the City of Austin.
The City of Austin will hold an informational meeting to discuss submission details.
ANY Artist/Entertainer Information Meeting
Date: Monday, September 21
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Austin City Hall (301 W 2nd Street)
2nd Floor, Conference Room 2016
We hope that you will consider sharing your artistry and time with us as we welcome in the 2018 New Year where ANYthing is possible.
For questions about the event or the request for proposal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SuperfónicosLake Stage : 9:00pm - 10:00pm
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 CoastLake 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 PlankenhornLake Stage : 6:10pm - 7:00pm
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 GriftersLake Stage : 5:00pm - 5:40pm
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.
MélatLake 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 YouthOak Stage : 8:30pm - 9:00pm
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 BOOMBOXOak 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 & HawkesOak Stage : 5:40pm - 6:10pm
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 RajamaniOak Stage : 4:30pm - 5:00pm
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 GirlsOak Stage : 3:30pm - 4:00pm
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 ButterflyCommunity Stage Jr : 7:30pm - 8:00pm
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 - AUSTINCommunity 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 BANDCommunity 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 FriendsCommunity Stage Jr : 4:00pm - 4:30pm
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 PercussionCommunity 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 DanceCommunity 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.
Austin's New Year 2018 Artists
ShinyribsLake Stage : 9:00m - 10:00m
SHINYRIBS is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport, LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes were a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. That’s what took him to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard travelin’. From that point on Russell, has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band featuring Winfield Cheek on Keyboards, Keith Langford on Drums, Jeff Brown on Bass, the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns, and The Shiny Soul Sisters – Sally Allen & Alice Spencer. Whether on his 6 string Uke or his Electric guitar or singing a cappella, Russell will entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves, coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry.
Ray Wylie HubbardLake Stage : 7:30m - 8:30m
WIMBERLEY, Texas — When it comes to down ’n’ dirty roots ’n’ roll, nobody in the wide world of Americana music today does it better than Ray Wylie Hubbard. Except, it seems, for Hubbard himself. After riding a decade-long career resurgence into the national spotlight with 2012’s acclaimed The Grifter’s Hymnal and his first ever appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman (“I didn’t want to peak too soon,” quips Hubbard, 68), the iconoclastic Texas songwriter is back to continue his hot streak with The Ruffian’s Misfortune — his 16th album (and third on his own Bordello Records, via Thirty Tigers) — due out April 7, 2015. From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the ’60s to his wild ride through the ’70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the ’80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter’s songwriter in the ’90s, Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century. That’s when he finally felt confident enough in his guitar playing to dive headlong into his own inimitable take on the blues, a form he’d admired but steered clear of for decades, thinking its mysteries were beyond his grasp as a basic chord strummer. “I used to go see Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb and Freddie King, all those cats, but I never could play like them — I guess because I never took the time or effort to try — until I was in my 40s and learned how to finger pick,” says Hubbard. “Once I learned how to finger pick, I started going, ‘Oh, OK, this is how they did all that!’ Then I started learning open tuning, and then slide, and it was just this incredible freedom that gave all these songs a door to come through that wasn’t there before. It was like all of a sudden having this whole other language or a whole other set of tools to add to my arsenal.”
The Peterson BrothersLake Stage : 6:10m - 7:00m
The Peterson Brothers possess a uniquely modern blend of blues, soul, and funk. Alex, 17, on bass and vocals, and Glenn Jr., 19, on guitar and lead vocals, have grown up playing together since they were young kids.
Rising stars in Austin, Texas, the Peterson Brothers hold a standing room only weekly residency at Austin’s famed music hall The Continental Club.
They have opened for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Los Lonely Boys, the late B.B. King, Willie Nelson, and Lisa Marie Presley. They have also played with Buddy Guy, Michael Burks and many of Austin’s finest musicians. The Peterson Brothers have also gained the attention of the one and only Bootsy Collins, who has become a true mentor.
Glenn and Alex are honing their chops daily, and are dazzling audiences playin ggigs throughout the United States.
“The only thing missing from the Peterson Brothers Band is the word “amazing” at the front of the name.” – San Antonio Express-News
Tameca JonesLake Stage : 5:00m - 5:40m
When Tameca Jones opens her mouth and sings, jaws hit the ground. Her honeyed and powerful vocals have been captivating her hometown Austin, TX for a little over ten years. Tameca spent years skillfully and tastefully breathing new life into the music of others but made a name for herself as the “Queen of Austin Soul,” blowing minds with her tasteful and vibrant interpretations of a diverse list of artists that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and more.
The Austin Chronicle called her interpretations “sonic pretzels” that “juxtapose(s) crunchy jaggedness with her infectious, honeyed voice.” Her WTF ability to go from soulful wailing to silky coos has won her devoted fans, accolades, and some high profile situations opening for Austin super stars Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, Bob Schneider and other big touring acts. She's received major love from Billboard Magazine for her white hot performance at the 2015 Austin Music Awards, where she paid tribute to late beloved musician Ian McLagan alongside legends like Steven Van Zandt, Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, and Patty Griffin.
Billboard said she “raised the roof,” while The Austin Chronicle called her performance “showstopping.” Guitar deity and fellow Austinite Gary Clark Jr., who faithfully attended Tameca’s shows whenever he was in town, asked her to sing on the song “Wings” for his latest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim… dubbed a “slinky duet,” by Rolling Stone. Tameca Jones made her festival debut at the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival and stunned a crowd that grew bigger and bigger as her set went on. She ended that performance with her debut single, “Hot and Bothered,” a sexy Motown inspired cut now on heavy rotation on regional radio stations. Tameca Jones is set to release her highly anticipated debut EP in March and there is little doubt that she will soon be the next big name to break out of Austin.
Migrant KidsLake Stage : 4:00m - 4:30m
Family bands are known for having incredibly harmonic vocals, unmatched appearances, and the ability to beat the crap out of each other and still remain in tact. Migrant Kids, formed by two cousins Miguel Ojeda and John Zakoor, are no exception. The cousins have been playing music together for fifteen years and moved to Austin, TX by way of Detroit, MI to join forces with the talented Bryan O'Flynn, another midwestern native from Cincinnati, OH. The trio has been non-stop touring, writing and following their collective dream ever since their debut album was released in 2013. The band has been busy touring with Austin's epic darling children The Bright Light Social Hour and continue to tour all throughout Texas. Migrant Kids were named Best New Band by the Austin Chronicle, Band of the Month from The Austin Music Foundation, and they are currently up for a Black Fret grant. All Things Go has categorized Migrant Kids' music "in that sweet spot between rock and pop…with simmering post-rock riffs and a pounding backbeat[s]."
CAPYACOak Stage : 8:30m - 9:00m
Capyac is a surreal dance act made up of one half swamp baby (P. Sugz), one half agave plant (Potion). To question the origins of the band is to ponder the origin of humanity itself. When founding member Potion stumbled upon the name, half-conscious on his bedroom floor at 3 a.m., it was nonsense, much like the primordial soup from which life on this planet emerged. Soon after, he performed his first show at the 2014 closing party of the now-defunct Wardenclyffe Gallery.
That summer, P. Sugz joined the band. From that moment it was a flurry of late night sets in dirty apartments, college co-ops, and a rotation of local venues. The duo began to sculpt a unique sound out of their diverse musical backgrounds. They gained notoriety online after their debut EP Movement Swallows Us in 2015, followed up by releases on Lavish and Crosswalk Records.
Their full-length album Headlunge was released June 1st and represents more than a year of collaboration between the two. Reviewed and championed across the world from top HypeMachine blogs in France, Australia, UK, Germany, US and more, the singles "Speedracer", "Talk About" and "Fascination" have accumulated over 1 million plays across Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.
Although Capyac's polished releases have propelled them forward, the soul of the band will always be rooted in the improvisatory nature of their live show.
Harvest ThievesOak Stage : 7:00m - 7:30m
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Harvest Thieves began as a side-project to Cory Reinisch and Dustin Meyer's long-running alt-country outfit Guns of Navarone. Sitting their former manager James Taylor down behind the drum kit, the trio recorded their debut EP, Lightning in a Bottle, in the Spring of 2013 with the help of James White and East Cameron Folkcore bandleader Jesse Moore. With the resolution to proceed full time with Harvest Thieves, Reinisch, Meyer, and Taylor were prompted to step things up a notch and invite two new troublemakers to the Harvest Thieves fold: Coby Tate (guitars), and Annah Fisette (keys and mandolin). Harvest Thieves draw on their blue-collar and back-roads heritage to craft songs that sway from brutish garage-rock swagger to traditional country honesty. With punkish explosions in sound, to finger-picked folk-rock simplicity, they are a formidable addition to Austin's historically-minded music scene.
They are set to release RIVAL, their first full-length album, in January of 2016, with plans to hit the road in support of the record.
Roxy RocaOak Stage : 5:40m - 6:10m
“I’m on a mission from God,” Taye Cannon deadpanned before breaking into laughter. “Well, maybe not exactly, but it kinda felt that way at first, and it still does sometimes.” Ok, so the Blues Brothers reference is a little cringe-worthy, but it’s an apt description for the path Cannon traveled assembling Austin-based ROXY ROCA, although the Blues Brothers story starts off in jail, and Taye’s starts in, well, Alabama. Close enough. “I grew up in the deep south immersed in my dad’s music — Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, James Brown. Basically, if it had a groove, my dad had it. When Motown 25 hit the TV it was all over — I knew this was what I wanted to do. I remember staying up all night with my cousins, emulating James Brown and Michael Jackson in our grandfather’s carport.”
Things didn’t work out the way he expected, at least not right away. Teenage years, rebellion, and punk rock created a detour for the fledgling belter. “I couldn’t really sing yet, but I made up for it with volume and conviction.” Cannon took what he learned about showmanship from James Brown and combined it with his raw aggression and parlayed it into a successful run fronting Austin darkwave pioneers Mocktigers. The thrill of performing was just what he imagined it would be, but something was missing. “I started telling people I wanted to be a soul singer and I got a lot of sideway looks, like, ‘Really? Where is this coming from?’ They all knew me as the crazy frontman from Mocktigers that screams himself hoarse night after night. They didn’t know this other side of me. So, things kind of stalled for a while.”
Then, a chance meeting changed everything. “I said, ‘Hey, do you want to start a soul band with me?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’” Cannon is talking about veteran Austin guitar slinger Errol Siegel. “I thought, ‘Man, that was easy, who’s next? Well, Errol and I both knew Roger (Wuthrich) from previous bands and it turned out he was into it too — he just said, ‘Anything you want to do, I’m in.’ I knew these guys were great players, so I had no doubt they could do it. For whatever reason, they saw something that made them think I could too. So, we were on our way.”
One by one they recruited players for their “mission.” Tom Hays on trombone. Houston Rawls, former tenor saxman for T Bird and The Breaks. Royce Phillips Jr. on alto sax. Most recently, the band welcomed Christina Comley on drums. “We just started connecting the dots, figuring out who we knew that had a passion for soul music, the chops to play it right, and the desire to be poor,” explains Siegel. “We knew this was going to be a labor of love, which is really just another way of saying, ‘You better love this, because we sure as hell can’t pay you.’” After a year of recruiting, woodshedding, and writing, ROXY ROCA made their debut at an ACL Festival after-party. The wait was worth it. The band exploded out of the gate firing on all cylinders. “We felt like we had one chance to prove ourselves so we knew we had to leave it all on the stage that night.”
Since that night, the buzz has spread quickly, leading to more high-profile shows with B.B. King, Tom Jones, Lee Fields, Fitz and The Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, Fred Wesley, Vintage Trouble, Anthony Hamilton, Tamia, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Orgone, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Robert Walter, Honey Island Swamp Band, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Brownout, The Monophonics, Maneja Beto, T-Bird and The Breaks, Guy Forsyth, and others. The band was an official showcasing artist at SXSW 2012, 2013, and 2014.
The band continues to hone their chops and develop their sound. They recently wrapped up production on their new record, recorded at EAR Studio in Austin with producer Lars Goransson at the helm and are looking forward to its release later this fall. So, what’s on the horizon for ROXY ROCA? Cannon doesn’t even blink. “Straight to the top. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t really believe I could. I told you man, I’m on a mission from God.”
Jackie VensonOak Stage : 4:30m - 5:00m
Jackie Venson, a groundbreaking young talent out of Austin, TX continues to grow in popularity in her home town, as well as garnering fresh fans through touring, both in the states and internationally. Jackie's list of credentials boast a degree from Berklee College of Music, articles by periodicals like Guitar World Magazine and ReverbNation, two EPs, two singles, one full album and one the way! Jackie enjoys being the creative driving force behind all of her official videos as well as dedicating countless hours to maintaining direct contact with all of her fans and followers on her Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud, ReverbNation, and YouTube.
Wache Colombian RootsOak Stage : 3:30m - 4:00m
The Caribbean coast of Colombian has a musical richness that goes far beyond cumbia and vallenato. The regional variety of rhythms– porro, puya, gaita, merengue, chalupa, bullerengue, tambora– tells stories that are unknown even to many Colombians. Wache is a new musical group where the members explore and share these stories with you.
La riqueza musical de la costa caribe Colombia va mucho más allá de la cumbia y el vallenato. La variedad regional de ritmos– porro, puya, gaita, merengue, chalupa, bullerengue, tambora– cuenta historias desconocidas incluso a muchos colombianos. Wache es un nuevo proyecto con el cual los integrantes buscan aprender y compartir con sus audiencias estas historias.
Agni DanceCommunity Stage Jr : 5:40m - 5:55m
Bollywood dance may seem like the latest craze, appearing to mainstream audiences after the release of Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. But this dance form has been evolving over the last century in the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai. Innovative choreographers have been combining classical and folk Indian styles with disco, jazz, and jive. At cultural events across North America, South Asians have borrowed the movement from the screen and combined them with styles they have learned in the diaspora: hip hop, salsa, and modern. Bollywood is an eclectic style with a distinctly global flair– Bollywood dance is for everyone!
Agni Dance Company is the pioneer Bollywood dance company in Austin. Starting in 2007 as a small group of dancers, the dance ensemble now features 35+ dancers that have performed at major venues, various festivals, musicals, schools, corporations , studios and private events. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from folk styles such as garba and bhangra, classical techniques such as kathak and Bharatanatyam, to shoulder-shimmying feel-good medleys, and poetic interpretations of sufi music.
In 2008, Agni opened its dance academy, offering classes starting 4 years of age at multiple locations in Austin , Round Rock and Cedar Park areas. Now the academy offers 15+ classes at four different levels (basic, intermediate 1 and 2, advance), targeting four different age groups (4-7, 8-12, teenagers and adults). All classes are taught by members of our ensemble, and each semester, students are given an opportunity to perform at our bi-annual recital: lights, costumes, props and all."
Kalu And The Electric JointCommunity Stage : 8:00m - 9:00m
There is a connection between the roots and the future. An air. Filled with music. A beautiful collision between time. Love and life.
The core of Kalu is here.
In that, a fervent adventure into the willingness of soul and mind. Deep blue laden transmission of music steeped in passion and relevance. With Gut-bucket grandeur & powerful emotive delivery, Kalu James’ dynamic tenor soars over the elusive electric joint.
Wendy ColonnaCommunity Stage : 7:00m - 7:35m
The Austin-American Statesman wrote “Wendy Colonna is not just a singer-songwriter, she’s a force of nature.” Hailing from the gulf coast of Louisiana and calling Austin, TX home since 2000, Colonna is a regular southern renaissance woman: a seasoned troubadour, yogi, bookworm, adventurer, pollination ecology-enthusiast and hula-hooper. But it’s her songwriting and voice that draw in audiences in like bees to nectar.
Wendy’s resonant, signature voice is grit-infused- honey and her songs echo swampy southern tales of loss, mortality, joy, reclaimed innocence and celebration. With ease, she moves from a sweet whisper to a full on bayou-soul- shout without skipping a beat. Since 2002, Colonna has released seven acclaimed albums and is currently working on release number eight. Since 2013, Wendy’s been writing custom songs for folks like The Southwest Louisiana Tourist Bureau and Coca-Cola.
In 2014, Coca-Cola released an advertisement with a song which was written and performed by Wendy that made it to the top of AdWeek. The ad has been warmly received by critics and fans with over 175k YouTube views. Wendy has released a full length single of the song, “A Happy Song” exclusively on iTunes.
Though she’s lived in Austin for many years, her ties to Louisiana are still deep. In 2015 the Southwest Louisiana Tourist Bureau asked Colonna to write a custom song capturing the pulse of every day life in the region called “My Southwest Louisiana Home.” The song and accompanying video swept the Regional Addy Awards, winning four gold placements and “Best in Show”.
Colonna’s latest album, Nectar, released in the Fall of 2013 has had coverage by many notable media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, American Songwriter, NPR’s Beale Street Caravan, No Depression, Lone Star Music, Buddy Magazine, (cover story), WFUV’s Sunday Breakfast (NYC) and more. Even Starbucks joined in, placing songs from Nectar in heavy in-store rotation across the US.
Her forthcoming album, “No Moment but Now” will be released in spring 2017.
Paula MayaCommunity Stage : 6:00m - 6:35m
Paula Maya is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, keyboardist and independent recording artist with six CDs released and songs in several compilations. Her music and performances are strongly influenced by Brazilian music and world-pop with jazz undertones.
She was nominated for Best Brazilian Musician living in the USA in the Focus Web News 2016 Press Awards and voted as one of the Top Ten World Music Bands in the 2015 and 2014 Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Her new CD ‘Iluminar’ was nominated for Best 2015/16 World-Global Fusion Album by One World Music in UK. Matthew Forss, music writer for Canada-based Inside World Music, writes: ‘“Paula Maya creates a stunning release with a good dose of South American pizzazz. Iluminar lights up any mood or situation with grace and authenticity.”
Paula is from Rio de Janeiro, the birthplace of bossa nova and songs such as Girl from Ipanema. Rio is also where choro, a Brazilian be-bop-like music, was born a century before bossa nova. Both music styles, as well as Brazilian dance music like samba and baião, are heard in Paula’s songs. Another strong influence is the eclectic community of musicians from different parts of the world that Paula is a part of, in Austin TX and in Seattle, where she used to live. Different genres such as jazz, country, reggae and soukous inspire fresh music blends.
In Seattle Maya had the opportunity of performing with her band at many festivals, including Bumbershoot, Folklife and Fremont Fair, amongst many others. Since establishing residency in Austin TX, she has performed with her band at concert series such as Jazz In The Garden, sponsored by KRTU in San Antonio, Bscene Bossa Nova, produced by The Blanton Museum of the Arts in Austin, and Dancing in the City, sponsored by the city of El Paso. And at several festivals, including Houston International Festival, Austin Jazz Fest and Leon Valley Jazz Festival.
Prior to leading her own groups, Paula performed with dozens of bands in a variety of music styles, including the legendary jazz /swing /MPB Orquestra Tabajara in Brazil. She has shared the stage with artists such as Caetano Veloso, Leila Pinheiro, Djavan, Vinicius Cantuaria, Teo Lima and Batacoto, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit, Mitch Watkins and The Presidents of the United States of America. Paula has songs in several compilations, including Delicacy, featuring artists such as Jimmy Cliff.
Paula studied Classical Piano with the renown pianist Luiz Medalha and at the Brazilian Federal University of Music. She was certified in Music Theory at the Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro, studied Composition with Maestro Leonardo Sá, and Jazz piano, Improvisation, Harmony and bossa nova with the great pianist and arranger Luizinho Eça, who used to call her, affectionately, ‘geniozinho’ (petite genius). Maya studied voice with Maestro David Kyle in Seattle and Mady Kaye in Austin, TX.
For 12 years Maya co-hosted the Brazilian radio show Raizes, on KBCS 91.3FM in Seattle/ Bellevue.
Indrajit BanerjeeCommunity Stage : 5:00m - 5:35m
Indrajit Banerjee is one of the leading exponents of Sitar and Indian Raga music from India. He has performed extensively throughout the world and has produced several albums and music for award winning films. He is an A-grade artist of All India Radio and Television. His music features exciting rhythmic movements and intricate Meends (glissando). Indrajit teaches Sitar and Raga lessons through Antara School of Indian Classical Music in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.antaraschool.com
Band Aid School Of MusicCommunity Stage : 4:00m - 4:35m
Regardless of your level of play we have the qualified staff to take you to the next level. World-class musicians who have helped make Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World”. We are in the business of helping you to be the best person you can be. We support that goal by showing you how to be the best musician you can be. We also have teachers who will come to your home.
Please call 512-291-8224 or email email@example.com for more information.
Location : 2309 Thornton Studio E. Austin, 78704
Teen Band Program, Voice, Guitar, Drum, Bass, Keyboard lessons, Song Writing, Teen Band Events
Glenn Rexach GroupCommunity Stage : 3:00m - 3:35m
The Glenn Rexach Group features the compositions of Rexach. Combining his love of bebop, funk, rock, blues, Latin and world music, Rexach’s tunes reflect the diversity of his many influences, with compelling melodies coupled with lush harmonies and soaring improvisational virtuosity, all distilled into a guitar voice that is distinctly his own.
Of course, what makes the tunes come to life are the intricate groves that master drummer, Kevin Scott and the solid-as-a-rock bass playing of Angel Roman create with each tune. You will find a refined, raw interplay between the three that is refreshingly original yet familiar sounding.
SaulPaulCommunity Stage Jr : 7:40m - 7:55m
For over a decade SaulPaul has earned an international reputation as a “Musician with a Message” who can entertain and educate any audience. He’s performed 2 TED talks as well as some of the world’s most esteemed music festivals. He has collaborated with artists from around the world and has also been featured on MTV, LA TIMES, ESPN Radio and countless other media outlets. Part rapper/part singer songwriter, he blends his voice, his guitar and his loop pedal to create a live show that is nothing less than an EXPERIENCE.
SaulPaul annually produces his own #DreamIn3D Music and Arts Festival where he visits middle schools and high schools and entertains students to introduce them to careers and opportunities in all fields of the arts. He is the Esme Barrera Music Activism and Education Awardee. Additionally, he has toured with the Austin Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, representing Austin worldwide. As an artist advocate, he currently serves as a Texas Governor for the Recording Academy and is an official Creative Ambassador for the City of Austin.
River City PopsCommunity Stage Jr : 6:40m - 6:55m
River City Pops is a pop/variety show choir that’s been entertaining family audiences in Austin since 1984.
Groundwork Music OrchestraCommunity Stage Jr : 4:40m - 5:55m
The Groundwork Music Orchestra uses the genre of children’s music to offer an expansive palette of song craft and musicianship. Their music is fun and easy to like, but never plays down to the audience. Groundwork’s songs and arrangements are fresh to the ears of young and old. Simple elements weave with more elaborate ones and before long everyone is singing along and everyone can find something to keep them interested.
From the old world-styled Bone Soup to the straight ahead pop of Ride My Giraffe, every song invites the audience to join in. Also joining in have been great guest appearances, both on stage and in the studio from Ben Kweller, David Garza, and Guy Forsyth to many other highly reputed players.
Neal Kassanoff, the principal songwriter for the GroundworkMusic Orchestra, has a versatile body of work. He co-wrote the soundtrack to the celebrated Texas film, Hands on a Hard Body, and he has written songs recorded by Carolyn Wonderland, Asylum Street Spankers and Guy Forsyth. He is also the principal songwriter for the rock band, The Dead Left, exploring an entire divergent realm of expression.
The Groundwork Music Orchestra has built a grassroots following, just as it has wooed audiences at big events like SXSW’s Auditorium Shores mainstage. Additionally, the orchestra stands at the flank of a larger organization The Groundwork Music Project (GMP). All proceeds from the sale of Groundwork CD’s provide funding for GMP’s mission to bring music education into preschools and elementary schools that could not otherwise afford it. All GMP teachers are accomplished, multi-instrumentalists who use many of the songs recorded by the Orchestra in their lesson plans.
Groundwork Music Orchestra is featured on WXPN’s Kids Corner (Philadelphia), and they have been the musical centerpiece for the annual Fall Family Festival at Nutty Brown in Dripping Springs, Texas for 3 years running. Festival appearances (will) have included guest appearances from Suzanna Choffel, Ben Kweller, Wild Child, Guy Forsyth and Okkervil River guitarist Lauren Gurgiolo.
Ventures into new markets and new audience are perennially supported by Groundwork Music Project’s board of directors,supporters and volunteers, who recognize the value and the connection between this artistic endeavor and the cause of music education for all young children.