Austin's New Year 2018 Artists
BrownoutLake Stage : 9:00m - 10:00m
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.
Tomar and The FC'sOak Stage : 8:30m - 9:00m
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
Ian Moore BandLake Stage : 7:30m - 8:30m
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.
Magna CardaLake Stage : 6:10m - 7:00m
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 FayettesOak Stage : 7:00m - 7:30m
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 ChichaOak Stage : 5:40m - 6:10m
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 BryantLake Stage : 5:00m - 5:40m
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 WattersOak Stage : 4:30m - 5:00m
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 JointLake Stage : 4:00m - 4:30m
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 JuniusOak Stage : 3:30m - 4:30m
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.
Warren Hood BandCommunity Music Stage : 8:00pmm - 9:00pmm
People ask Warren Hood a lot of questions at the end of a show – what was the name of that song you played – it sounded like Stephane Grappelli maybe, right after the Doug Sahm cover? How did you learn to play fiddle like that? Are you playing anywhere else this week? How old are you? Warren always obliges to answer all of the questions, that’s just his character (the answers are usually something like, “Black Cat”, hard work and listening to the right records, yes, definitely, and older than you think). He cares deeply about the experiences of the people who come to his shows and buy his records and works hard to create memorable live performances and albums.
MobleyCommunity Music Stage : 7:00pmm - 7:35pmm
Cutting vocals in the woods behind his college dorm. Mixing in the backseat of a sedan. Sneaking into the music department after hours to teach himself to play new instruments (and sneaking out before the faculty arrived in the morning). From the start, Mobley's work has been marked by solitude, ingenuity, and a drive that could only be called obsessive. Whether you experience him on record or at one of his incredible concerts, the passion is palpable in every aspect. He writes, performs, & produces his music, designs his artwork, directs his videos, produces his multimedia live shows, and even builds new instruments to carry out his vision.
Over the past couple years, he's composed dozens of pieces for stage and television (with placements on HBO, Fox, and NBC), played 200+ national tour dates (with the likes of Phantogram, JUNGLE, Mutemath, Robert Delong, & Wavves and at festivals like ACL, SXSW, CMJ, Savannah Stopover and Float Fest), and recorded (then scrapped) two whole albums in pursuit of the songs that would become his forthcoming full-length debut, Fresh Lies. The music — which Mobley calls "post-genre pop" — defies easy classification, drawing liberally (often simultaneously) from an array of musical traditions. He's equally at home on a playlist next to The Weeknd and TV on the Radio alike, while his electronic, dub-dabbling production style calls to mind the intricate work of artists like James Blake and Thom Yorke. This summer and fall, he's touring as a one-man band, singing and playing keys, guitar, bass, drums, and samplers. He's spanning the United States and Mexico in support of his newest EP release, Some Other Country, out now on Violent Films.
That Girl DreCommunity Music Stage : 6:00pmm - 6:35pmm
That Girl Dre is a four-piece indie-pop band led by front woman Dre Mazzenga. Based in Austin TX, they celebrated their new single “Follow” at Antone’s August 2017. ATX On Record said of the show: “Dre brought her A-game to Antone’s where only big league artists come to play. She delivered a strong performance if not her absolute best yet.” Since then “Follow” has been streamed over 13K times on Spotify and the band is preparing for their next release winter 2017. Dre was awarded “Top Unsigned Artist 2015” by the Recording Conservatory of Austin and sang the National Anthem at the Silicon Labs Sunshine Run at Auditorium Shores.
Monae MillerCommunity Music Stage : 5:00pmm - 5:35pmm
Monae Miller is an Austin native gospel recording artist, songwriter, and music producer. In 2009, she released her debut EP with title track “I’m On My Way,” which was the very first song she ever wrote. Monae has quite a catalogue of published and unpublished music spanning all genres. She specializes in curating original gospel music, focusing on the message and delivery of lyrics.
After numerous collaborations between other music producers and songwriters she decided to act on her vision to present a songwriter’s showcase called Show & Tell Songwriter Showcase which debuted in August 2017 at The Prophet Bar, a local live music venue in Dallas, TX. She also continues to regularly release her own original gospel music to all major digital music stores.
Monae’s work ethic and love of music has allowed her to create unique opportunities for musical artists to share their work with the world. Monae moved back to her hometown of Austin, TX recently only to start an event series entitled Gospel Vibes, paying homage to her past event series founded by her and her husband titled The Gospel Jam in Dallas, TX. Both events serve the gospel music community by creating a platform for gospel artists outside of the church walls, setting up shop in restaurants, clubs, bars, coffee shops, event centers, and anywhere they feel led. To preview the type of artists featured at Gospel Vibes, follow the Spotify playlist titled Gospel Vibes with Monae Miller.
Her musical inspirations are artists such as Nina Simone, Jill Scott, Tweet, India Arie, and Erykah Badu. She will always be devoted to the smooth R&B sounds of the 90’s. With classical piano training and a science degree, Monae Miller is well rounded when it comes to her musical expression. She became a worship leader at a small church in Dallas where she continued to hone her musical talents while drawing closer to the Lord. Health issues over a period of several years sidelined her from music but after healing and restoration she used her testimony to write her second EP titled #ForeverAlive released in December 2016.
Lesly ReynagaCommunity Music Stage : 4:00pmm - 4:35pmm
Lesly Reynaga learned her first song at age four in Monterrey, México and was tapped for a national Mexican television reality show as a singing talent at age 14. Today, she is creating a buzz as a rising singer-songwriter in Austin, Texas.
Reynaga took her first bow in the U.S. as an award-winning mariachi vocalist in McAllen, Texas before captivating audiences as a featured soloist of the University of Texas Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlán. On the stages of Austin’s club circuit, she is noted for her passion-filled showmanship, an extraordinary vocal range, a bilingual song catalogue—quelled from a unique knowledge of pop, rock and mariachi music—and as a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, vihuela and keyboards. Her music influences range from the rock goddess trinity of Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks to traditional influences from Latin America such as Shakira, Rocío Dúrcal and Lola Beltrán.
Following a role as lead actor in the 2012 ZACH Theatre/Teatro Vivo musical, “Mariachi Girl,” Reynaga began work on her own compositions. She is launching a promising musical career with her debut EP, “Fool’s Paradise,” which was released November 2017 and includes four original songs and a cover of “Spanish Words” by renowned Austin musician Charlie Sexton.
Tiarra GirlsCommunity Music Stage : 3:00pmm - 3:35pmm
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.
Austin's New Year 2017 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.