ARTISTS

Brownout

Lake Stage : 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Website »

An 8-piece outfit formed ten years ago by members of Grammy Award-winning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma, Brownout has evolved into a musical force all its own. After garnering their third Austin Music Award last year, the band has continued to produce music that is unflinchingly progressive, while evoking the classic influences of artists such as WAR, Cymande and Funkadelic. They’ve performed at events including Bonnaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, Pickathon, FFFFest, Bear Creek Music Festival, Utopia Festival and Pachanga Fest, while regularly touring the U.S. Brownout’s also served as a highly in-demand backing band for artists including Prince, Daniel Johnston, GZA and Bernie Worrell. They're latest release, Over the Covers (Fat Beats, 2017), was widely acclaimed by critics and heralds the next chapter for the band as it continues to evolve and explore new and funky musical realms.

Ian Moore Band

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

Since his arrival as a solo artist in 1993, with his self-titled debut on Capricorn Records, Moore’s journey has been one of perpetual forward motion and constant change. The record included the hits, “Satisfied” and “Blue Sky”, and even featured the track, “Harlem”, in which he made a video with rap icon, Ice Cube. Coming out of Austin, Texas, growing up sharing the stage with the likes of Joe Ely, Willie Nelson, Albert King, Doug Sahm, Townes Van Zandt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Charlie Sexton, and Doyle Bramhall II.

Tomar and The FC's

Oak Stage : 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Website »

Tomar Williams got his start singing lead and playing various instruments on the Chitlin Circuit with his family soul band as a youngster. After establishing himself on the Austin music scene as a keyboardist in the late 80s and 90s, Tomar and his brother, Salih, formed the production team “Carnival Beats”. They went on to produce iconic Hip-Hop tracks for Big Mo “Barre Baby”, Mike Jones “Still Tippin'”, and many more. Tomar also played keys in and helped lead the Black Ties, the backing band for Texas soul singer Latasha Lee.

In 2015, Tomar decided to return to his roots as a frontman and Tomar and the FCs was born. In October of 2015, the band self recorded and released their first EP, “Day by Day”. Deborah Sengupta Stith of the Austin American Statesman selected it as one of her top releases of the year writing, “Williams shows his own soul chops with searing vocals that drip with blood, sweat and tears”.

The band opened 2016 with a NYE show at the historic Austin Continental Club. They were selected to play an official showcase at SXSW in March. In June, NPR Music picked Tomar and the FCs out of hundreds of Austin entries to represent the city for their Tiny Desk Concert series. The band became mainstays around the Austin scene with shows at The Continental Club, The White Horse, Antones, and many more. The band also built up a solid following throughout Texas with regular shows in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas.

“Heart Attack”, the band’s debut album, was released in November of 2016. It was recorded and mixed at Level One studio with Grammy winning artist/engineer Adrian Quesada (Brownout, Grupo Fantasma, and Echocentrics). Sam Harrell of KUTX.org wrote that the album is, “Pure soul, pure energy… Heart Attack, the single from the band’s latest album of the same name, is an electric three minute ride of some of the purest blues/soul we’ve heard lately.” In December, the band was invited to play a live session before a studio audience for the KUTX (Austin’s all music NPR affiliate) After Hours series and record a video of the song “Do You Feel It” for vuhaus.com. Tomar and the FCs closed out 2016 with a return to the Continental Club to headline the NYE show.

In January of 2017, the band was selected as the KUTX Artist of the Month. The band’s songs were featured daily on the station and they were guest DJs on air and taped an episode of the podcast, “This Song”. They were asked to play iconic Austin record store Waterloo Record’s first in-store performance of 2017. In July, the band released their second video, “Shine Your Light”. The band has a busy summer and fall scheduled with a number of festival appearances including Viva Big Bend and River Revival, all culminating with an appearance at the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival in October. They are also hard at work on their 3rd recording, due out in the Fall.

Tomar Williams – Vocals
David Earl – Organ
Mitch Fischels – Bass
Andy Tenberg – Guitar
Paul Kresowik – Drums

Magna Carda

Lake Stage : 6:10pm - 7:00pm
Website »

From their humble beginnings on a college campus four years ago, Magna Carda has steadily risen to the top of the Austin music scene as the premiere hip hop act. Described by Mashable as “Austin’s answer to The Roots,” Magna Carda is led by the city’s most dynamic MC-producer duo — Megz Kelli and Dougie Do — whose work pairs like a fine wine with the meat-and- potatoes backbone of the group’s signature live instrumentation. With their genre-defying blend of rap-meets- jazz-meets- R&B-meets- electronic, the band has quickly captured the imagination of listeners and the attention of critics alike in Austin and beyond.

Charlie Faye & the Fayettes

Oak Stage : 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Website »

Charlie Faye & the Fayettes craft smart soul-pop that merges the swinging, swaying sound and style of ‘60s girl groups with a vibe that’s so current, they’re already dancing to the forefront of the retro-revival movement. 

Faye and her Fayettes BettySoo and Akina Adderley make music, sweet music, with an irresistible groove that'll get you moving. The trio’s shared height (they’re all within a half-inch of 5-foot- 1) and distinct ethnicities (Jewish, Korean and African-American) just adds cute to their considerable charms. But all the cuteness in the world wouldn’t matter without songs, and here, Faye’s great ear and intelligent writing come to the fore. For the group's debut record, she penned 11 tracks that marry beguiling lyrics with incredibly catchy melodies. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and Austin (Faye's hometown) by producer/engineer Dave Way. 

"Musically, the group hearkens to Motown, Spector or the Brill Building: Charlie is emerging as a budding Carole King, and the songs are good enough to rate comparison to Goffin & King or Mann & Weil."
– Huffington Post

"In a world of new soul singers who actually get what they're talking about, enter the name of Charlie Faye and her unbeatable Fayettes to that list. They could go all the way."
– Bill Bentley, The Morton Report 

 
"The album stretches beyond the coy boundaries of ‘60s girl groups with the opener 'Green Light,' and though 'Eastside' could usher dancers down a Soul Train line, its Stax-styled groove and horn chart service a serious look at social gentrification."
– No Depression

"It’s impossible not to be enchanted by one of this year’s freshest, most delightful and all around grooviest releases."
– American Songwriter

Money Chicha

Oak Stage : 5:40pm - 6:10pm
Website »

Money Chicha is an Austin, Texas based group featuring members of the Grammy-award winning Latin orchestra Grupo Fantasma and its offshoot funk outfit Brownout which performs a fuzzed-out, reverb-drenched and percussion-heavy style of music inspired by the sounds of Peru and Colombia in the 60s and 70s. This style of music, sometimes called “chicha” music, is known for its infectious Latin beat, its psychedelic, surf guitar pyrotechnics and its melodies influenced by the indigenous culture of the Andes mountains.

The group’s sound is derived from the exhilarating syncopations of congas, cowbell and timbales, the gritty tones of combo organs and vintage synthesizers, effects-laden guitar melodies, insistent basslines and a healthy dose of trippy effects. Money Chicha is a modern translation of this South American musical style interpreted by highly skilled veterans of America’s most vibrant music town. In their capable hands, the “chicha” genre takes on a new and unique character, guaranteed to move one to both dance and listen, entranced by the undeniable rhythms and virtuosic displays of musicality.

Jane Ellen Bryant

Lake Stage : 5:00pm - 5:40pm
Website »

Jane Ellen Bryant is a name that audiences in the Live Music Capital of the World can no longer ignore. It’ll soon be one that music lovers worldwide know and adore. Like her many of her musical idols (take Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, or Sara Bareilles for example), Bryant has a unique voice and distinguishable songwriting style that instantly sets her apart. Her music feels familiar and yet fresh. This dynamic sound has often been described as “heartbreaking rock-n- roll.” The lyrics speak directly to your soul, the musical “hooks” leave you humming, and her rare vocal control will either have you rocking a head bang, or wiping away a tear. Her passionate performances continuously leave listeners begging to know more.

The Watters

Oak Stage : 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Website »

Before they were The Watters, Daniel Watters and Jenna Cunningham were children growing up in the red rocks of Arizona. Their mutual love of music brought them together and in 2005 their journey began when they sang together at their high school graduation. Seven years later they were wed and officially became The Watters. In music and in life, they set out into the great unknown to see where the journey would take them.

The Watters have crafted their one of a kind sound by traveling around the country soaking up their habitats.  Having lived in Sedona, Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville and now Austin, their sound is as eclectic as the places they’ve lived. Seamlessly blending Americana, Soul, Rock, Gypsy Jazz and Funk they have been described as “Fleetwood Mac with a horn section.”  Daniel and Jenna have collaborated on seven albums together under various monikers and released their debut record, Great Unknown, as “The Watters” in 2016. They are currently producing their sophomore release, due in early 2018. 

The Watters have garnered a devoted fan base through their high-energy performances, well-crafted songwriting, stirring vocals and road-weathered musicianship. For The Watters, life and music are one, their journey together being their greatest muse.

Kalu & the Electric Joint

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

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’s dynamic tenor soars over the elusive electric joint.

James Junius

Oak Stage : 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Website »

James Junius melds the honesty and integrity of a 70's singer-songwriter with the ethereal, expansive styles of bands like Slowdive and Ride. He describes his music as "Heartland Shoegaze," creating lush, nuanced soundscapes that set the tone for deeply personal stories influenced by such artists as Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor.