Ray Prim Plays KGSR’s Unplugged at The Grove Recap

If you haven’t caught Ray Prim live then you’re truly missing something special. The Austin-based, singer-soulwriter and his backing seven-piece create live entertainment that is soulful, passionate and nothing short of comedic as the wisecracking Prim often imparts his questionable wisdom between tracks. Whether contemplating America’s Devine uncertainty on ‘Since ‘88’, throwing a one finger salute ‘To Whom it May Concern’, or simply swapping humorous banter between songs, Ray Prim & Band click on all cylinders as each section pulls its own weight to create blissful soul harmonies. This band is complete and an absolute must-see.

Recent Black Fret grant recipients, Prim and his band have been putting that money to good use developing their latest studio album set to release in September. You can also hear the band recreate that live enthusiasm on wax with their recently released Live at Strange Brew Lounge Side album available now.

Ray Prim & Band hit the sweltering stage at Shady Grove last Thursday for a jam-packed Unplugged at The Grove session. Photography Corey Mendez caught the band dishing a few soul jams and plenty of laughs.

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Photos By: Corey Mendez

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Mexican Chocolate Talks Family and Future

With such richly sweet and soulfully smooth vocals, it’s no wonder Mike Robledo wears the moniker Mexican Chocolate. The full-time family man and part-time Ray Prim wingman has developed into one of Austin’s most beloved male vocalists and is by far one of the most welcoming entertainers to be around. He’s a passionate father of three, with a huge laugh and joyfully infectious disposition that immediately attracts. I suppose, technically, Mexican Chocolate’s title in Ray Prim’s band would be ‘backup singer.’ But, to witness him perform, it’s immediately evident that Mexican Chocolate is so much more than backup. Prim may sing the lead…but, it’s Mexican Chocolate that paints the canvas with a sugary sweet coating evocative of his namesake.

Mexican Chocolate is still working to define his own sound. But, with the help of Prim and the city’s support behind him, this smooth vocalist is well on his way towards something big. Track Rambler caught up with MC prior to Ray Prim & Band’s Unplugged at The Grove show on June 22. Hear what he had to say about family and future below.

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You’re a loving husband and full-time family man. How do you balance a musician’s schedule with your personal life and still keep everyone happy?

Honestly, man, I can do it because of my wife, Rita. Without her help I wouldn’t be able to balance all of this. She’s at home right now with the kids…taking care of them, feeding them, giving them their baths and getting them ready for bed. They’ll be in bed by the time I get home. If it wasn’t for her and family members like my mom, and my mother-in-law I couldn’t to do this.

Ray Prim & Band was recently awarded a large grant from Black Fret and with that comes a few requirements such as touring outside of Austin. Will you be missing family time on the road soon?

We just got back from doing a couple of shows in Houston. We were set up to be really busy in July…just Ray and me. But, unfortunately, Ray’s going to have shoulder surgery soon. So, all of those plans have been put on hold for the time being.

Ray half-jokingly considers you the ‘true talent’ of the band. Does it ever get difficult having to carry the old man all the time?

Naw, man. I couldn’t do this without Ray and his insight. His vision has given me a vision of what I want for myself and what I want for the band. I want to put out the best music, the best product for people to enjoy and have fun listening to.

With that being said, do you ever see yourself putting out a Mexican Chocolate project?

Yeah! Right now, I’m going through the process of trying to find my own sound, you know? I could easily just put something out. But, that’s not what I want to do. I want it to be ‘me’ and I want it to not sound like everybody else. So, as soon as I figure that out…you’ll see something.

What are you and the band working on right now?

Well, actually we just had a live album come out, Live at Strange Brew Lounge Side. We did that with Goose Creek Records and we just finished recording the studio album. It’s in the process of getting mixed right now and then it will move on to be mastered. We’re trying to put that out in September. But, with Ray’s surgery, it may have to wait until October.

Well, us here at Track Rambler can’t wait to hear it. Always a pleasure talking with Mexican Chocolate.

Take care. Hope to see you at the show.

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Photos By: Corey Mendez

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Austin’s Favorite Rapper Omenihu Drops Ruminating “Dream Killer”

Nostalgic vibes with a forward-thinking and unifying message, Omenihu is a name to look out for in the years to come. His sophomore single, Dream Killers, highlights the struggles of a young black artist as he faces criticism and discrimination. He’s only been in the game for 9-months, but his vision and talent transcend experience and place him on the top of the leaderboards. He’s a creative mastermind with a hellacious flow; a double threat with a heart.

With a crafty backing track from Rascal that samples TLC’s No Scrubs and a meditative flow, Omenihu debuts an introspective look into his life. He even makes a nod towards TLC’s Left Eye during a verse. The video focuses on Omenihu as he appears to be in a state of distress outside of a corner store. His anticipation swells, leading to the breaking point in his second verse, where he trades his calm-and-collective flow in for an aggressive and uninhibited one. The video takes place in front of the store but the conflict is a worldwide phenomenon, attributing to the empathy that pulls you to the screen. Co-directed by Jessie Rodriguez and Omenihu himself the video’s coloration is vibrant; yellow highlights of the video lure a state of anxiety, but the cool-blue eases. The colors contrast beautifully against the night sky, offering amplification for every movement and emotion.

Omenihu performs for the camera brandishing a shirt from his company, Human Influence, a collaborative creative media agency that was co-founded by Omenihu and fellow UT-grad Henry Smith. The company encourages individuals to connect with their full potential through various mediums. Omenihu took heed of this when he first began his musical career, releasing the catchy and potent, All Vibes Matter ft. Mickey in September of 2016. The track was playful and fun, focusing on empowering individualism through a relaxed vibe. Austin has an up-and-coming soldier that’s gunning for the lead. A breath of fresh air comes with every track, throwing new blood into a genre that’s constantly being reinvented. His charismatic blend of past and future makes him an exception to the rules of the game, and have put him in the position to create his own.

 

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Written By: Sawyer Click

Hard Riffs ‘Stand Alone’ With Debut EP

Hard Riffs is the breakout project of the Austin-based Michael Mancuso (Steady Legend), a veteran of the central Texas music scene, featuring keyboardist Sam Powell (Black Joe Lewis) and percussionist Harrell Williams (Resident ZACH Theater drummer). With the release of his first solo EP, respectfully titled Stand Alone, Mancuso lives up to the band name with a collection of guitar heavy roots-rock songs boosted with a modern twist. Just short of 16 mins in length and comprising of a 5 song tracklist, Stand Alone is not the longest studio album to ever be produced but it does tell a story that anyone who has been in a failed relationship can relate to. With upbeat tempos and an uplifting sound it is difficult to believe that many of the songs weave narratives of infidelity, unrequited love, and burned bridges.

Stand Alone is an EP that is not going to reinvent the wheel but rather a modern interpretation on a time when cassette tapes, boomboxes, and 80’s glam bands reigned supreme. It is a twenty-first century journey through blues-rock from the late 70’s to the early 90’s, inspired by the greats of their time. With songs like ‘Dirty Ways’, ‘She’s Running’, and ‘Heart Attack’, Mancuso has created a neoteric collection of 80’s rock classics without the typical overuse of the synthesizer that Generation X and Y seemed to specialize in. Hard Riffs displays soaring guitar solos with solid backing bass lines and easy to understand lyrics sung by an even easier to get behind lead singer; Mancuso himself. It takes me back to the fond days of my childhood sitting in the garage with my father listening to his favorite songs by the bands who dominated the airways of his youth; such as Huey Lewis and the News, Duran Duran, Europe, the Dave Matthews Band, the Animals, and the Cult.

Stand Alone is the perfect album for rock fans tired of being subjected to the wave of today’s ‘indie’ rockers and a homage to some of the greatest music to make an entire generation of uptight, religious fanatics uncomfortable. Hard Riffs is sure to find a home in the hearts of the heavily rock’n’roll influenced Austin, Texas.

Hard Riffs will debut Stand Alone on June 30 at Barracuda along with special guests, Austin-natives Obsolete Machines and Hippo.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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(Sam Powell and Harrell Williams performed on Stand Alone EP only and are not pictured)

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Photos and article by: Demetrius Judkins

Sydney Wright Celebrates at Cheer Up Charlies Photo Recap

Have you been picking up what Sydney Wright’s been putting down? If not, you’d better get ready to do some heavy lifting. Aside from dropping riotous covers of iconic hits, the multi-instrumental, singer-songwriter also creates heartfelt original materiel that delicately balances between cathartically chill and straight-up lit af. This past Saturday, the live-looping, musical magician hit Cheer Up Charlies to celebrate her beautiful debut single ‘You Can Stay’. Check out the images below captured by Corey Mendez.

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Photos by: Corey Mendez

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With Our Arms to the Sun Reaches For the Sky With Orenda

Suit up astronauts, we’re going for a 47-minute trek in the depths of With Our Arms to the Sun’s newest and most courageously experimental effort, Orenda. The incredibly vast 10-track LP can best be described as cinematic space-grunge/post-metal/psychedelic-rock. Crafted in the dry deserts of Arizona and released on April 20, the album pays tribute to grunge and prog-rock while still maintaining a modern metal sound. Orenda is the band’s most brave and exploratory collection, offering a blend of naked vulnerability and intense chaos. A dynamic leap in instrumental intelligence has allowed for each member of WOATTS to flourish.

Orenda is an Iroquois word that describes a spiritual power that passes through all things and is capable of being used in varying powers according to each spirit. With that added insight, special meaning can be given to each song and their respective lyrics. Buzz Osborne of The Melvins crafted the LP with bassist Joseph Breckenridge, composing intricate maneuvers through light and dark as listeners move from one song to the next. The album is separated into four parts, with three interludes providing a smooth transition to the next. These parts all center around a certain stage of advancement. The use of structural evolution separated by idylls marks that this album’s unique conceptual techniques go beyond more than a mere song. The entire album in and of itself is a story, complete with an introduction, conflict, climax, and resolution.

Part one consists of ‘Disdain: Why Am I?’ and ‘Memory: The Drift’. This is the introduction of the album and a mighty one at that. ‘Disdain: Why Am I?’ jumps out of the gate with a wide-open riff. This track gives a taste of the central sound of the album, eccentrically heavy and attentively grandiose. This track features vocalist/guitarist Josh Breckenridge’s defining voice transitioning from rough to smooth, to ambient, and then right back to rough. His vocal stylings are reminiscent of Deftones’ Chino Moreno. The piece has an overall ad hoc feel, with each emotion produced lasting only a short while before blistering to the next one. The second track, ‘Memory: The Drift’, eases into a beautifully chilling guitar part that segues into an ambient experimental-rock section. In a flash, we find ourselves on the other end of the spectrum, in awe of the Josh Breckenridge and guitarist Joseph Leary’s major riffage. This is THE track of the album. The heavy parts are downright insane and the easy-listening parts are as smooth as jazz. First impressions are everything, and part one of this album is WOATTS presenting themselves at their finest.

Kicking off with interlude ‘Doorway to Clarity’ comes part two. Rumbling bass lines, slow-dancing guitars, and unintelligible speaking makes this segue a haunting piece. The true composition power of co-producers Osborne and Breckenridge is unleashed in the three soft-spoken idylls that separate the stages of evolution. Joseph Breckenridge brings his heavy bass riffs to the fighting lines to not only ‘Doorway to Clarity’, but to all of part two. ‘Macrocosm: Prometheus’ is one of the more technically challenging pieces, disguising an unconquerable time signature with an equally dazing guitar lick. With the entire group in play, the track’s irregular pulse becomes invisible. High-octane fuzz drives the apex of the piece, teasing chaos, but never truly letting go. Part two, while small, plays a pivotal role in the conceptual development of the album.

Doorway to Realization’ is a ballad that requires tissues and a box of chocolates before you can move on. A softer side of Breckenridge’s voice duets with a piano here, presenting vulnerability that can’t be learned. While the album has some piano and synth parts, this is the first track to have it play a key role, and it’s a welcomed change of pace. Part three represents the climax and mercilessly kicks you to the floor with psychedelics, vulnerability, and brute force. Much of the album features heavy riffs, screaming, and in-your-face drums, but the part that really separates WOATTS is the meticulously concocted mellow parts, which are concentrated mostly in this section of the album. Following the palette cleanser, listeners fall into the grace of ‘Apex: 100 Year Dream’. This track focuses intently on psychedelic aspects, throwing nods to old arts while using them in reinvigorating ways. Breckenridge’s voice accompanies a repetitive guitar part on a voyage through the clouds, leaving the audience with an ethereal feeling. Chanting has become a popular norm in almost every style, but ‘The War: Light the Shadows’ disregards the modern use and kicks it old school with Gregorian chants in the beginning, and then morphs those into what sounds like a thousand Vikings chanting while storming a beach. Integrating this into the song gives it a new voice. The concentration on harmonies across the composition gives an added kick to the explosive culmination of the number.

Following suit with the rest of the interludes, ‘Doorway to Ascension’ is a quaint track that focuses on composure more than a technicality. The lovely addition of spoken word poetry creates a powerful effect. The use of a major key throughout this track helps symbolize the resolution of the album. Quickly, the song fades into ‘Regret: Sailing Stones‘, a rather chill song compared to the rest of the LP. Breckenridge’s voice plays with the guitar, in the beginning, complementing each other in a slight build. As the quake hits, Breckenridge and Leary switch in the clean-cut guitars for heavy distortion. Blasting riffs, heavy drums, and Breckenridge’s booming voice have become warm familiarities throughout, and are just as welcome in this track. Once the heaviness hits, it sticks with you, causing a great amount of whiplash from the inevitable headbanging.

The finale, ‘Homebound: March of the Trees‘, takes every great part of the album and throws it into one. A blistering guitar backs up a variety of noises erupting from Breckenridge’s vocal chords. The album ends on a powerfully heavy note. A two-ton breakdown hits at the very end, turning violence into utter chaos. Ending the tale on such a great note creates suspense, one that we can only hope that will have a sequel sometime soon.

With Our Arms to the Sun gained huge recognition in 2015 due to their breakout release, A Far Away Wonder, and performed with acts like John 5, Tool, Primus, and Coheed & Cambria and gained several award nominations. Orenda is their next big step to success, showing a constant evolution in every musical sense. Cosmic in form, these songs feature guitar harmonies and heavy bass lines. The mixture leaves an ethereal feeling in your heart, and a yearning to hear more. WOATTS have announced the beginning of their ascension to rock royalty with the album, and personally, I can’t wait to see how they plan on topping this album. Every song has a purpose. All filler has been replaced with true sustenance, which is a breath of fresh air in a world where musicianship has taken a back seat to popularity. Orenda is a breath of fresh air.

 

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Written by: Sawyer Click

Who is Drew Davis?

Drew Davis embodies the phrase ‘hunger for the hustle.’ The 27-year-old, singer-songwriter accomplishes more by lunchtime on Monday than most average individuals achieve by clockout time on Friday. Aside from laying down smooth and sensual slow jams, the #riseandgrind Miss Davis daylights as a personal Pilates and cardio training fitness instructor, runs a weekly Instablog @eat_sweat_groove and even does a little acting on the side as the official Charles Maund Toyota mascot spokesperson.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Davis prior to her June 21st show at east Austin’s Native Hostel and found that beyond being a super talented musician and fashionably photogenic model, she’s one of the kindest and most down-to-earth individuals I have had the pleasure of photographing.

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Having enjoyed a musical career extending back into her early childhood, to say Davis is somewhat a musical savant would not be too far a stretch. Performing original music from the modest age of 11, Davis has had quite the noteworthy, if not enviable, journey of musical success having had many of her music used by influential television shows and films from the United States, Mexico, and France.

Davis’s performance on Wednesday was personally inspiring. Having been warned, a warning I respectfully laughed at, that there would be dancing during the show, I was unprepared for the sheer amount and level of skill these patron dancers would brandish. Not one to boast of my own dancing abilities, or lack thereof, I found myself mesmerized by the artistry of these talented men and women whilst being whisked away by the power and beauty of Davis’ incredible voice. She sang songs of love, loss, and heartache with such soul that I found myself reminiscing upon the failures of my past relationships while still remaining ever hopeful for the chance to love again. Few artists have ever so firmly set me in my emotions like the stories she sang.

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Davis’ latest EP, Lessons, released in early 2016, is a masterful composition of vocal prowess and emotion-invoking lyrics combined with wonderfully executed keystrokes that leave the listener desiring more. I suggest that every Austinite take the opportunity to see Davis perform while she still calls Austin home.

You can see Drew Davis live Wednesday, June 28th at Whisler’s.

 

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Photos and article by: Demetrius Judkins

ZZ Ward Plays The Parish Recap

On any given night in Austin you can walk down 6th street and find a half-decent bar with live music to enjoy while partaking in your drink of choice; mine being a whiskey straight or LSD (Lone Star) when I’m particularly destitute. Tuesday, June 20th, I was fortunate enough to find myself at The Parish, an unanticipated oasis amongst the debauchery that I’ve come to expect from Dirty 6th, for the sold out ZZ Ward show.

Opening the night was quartet of family rockers hailing from Nashville, Tennessee rightfully named The New Respects. This group boasts not one but three powerful female leads in twins Alexandria and Alexis Fitzgerald and cousin Jasmine Mullen, backed by the equally talented Darius Fitzgerald.

The New Respects bring a unique sound, a mesh of folk-rock and soul with hints of gospel that immediately won the hearts of the Austin crowd, who had clearly not expected such grandeur from the opening act, with their energy and stage presence. I repeatedly witnessed members of the audience turn to one another questioning who these talented, young and black artists were in absolute amazement; some even breaking away to purchase something from The New Respects’ merch table. Having recently released their second EP, Here Comes Trouble, in March of 2017 under Credential Recordings, The New Respects have already created a buzz with such singles as “Money” and “Come As You Are”.

The headlining ZZ Ward took the stage to a jam-packed venue, even with air-conditioning, had begun to remind me of the warm streets outside The Parish. No stranger to the Austin music scene, ZZ was received with a well-deserved chorus of applause mixed with the hoots and hollers of longtime fans.

Playing hits from her debut EP, Til the Casket Drops, released in 2012 and singles from her soon to be released second studio album, ‘The Storm’, Texas let ZZ Ward know just how cherished she is in the Lone Star State. A blues-rock singer-songwriter with a gift, surely practiced and earned, of vocal and lyrical excellence she has found a home in the country-blues, folk-rock, and pop demographic; gaining traction with every passing day with catchy songs such as ‘Help Me Mama’, ‘Put the Gun Down’, and my personal favorite the bluesy “Cannonball’ featuring the Fantastic Negrito.

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Photos and article by: Demetrius Judkins

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Tje Austin: Right Where He Belongs

Six years ago Tje Austin captivated the nation with a belting rendition of Bruno Mar’s ‘Just The Way You Are’ during season one of The Voice. The soulful R&B singer-songwriter has since shed his trademark afro, kicked cancer’s ass and recently produced the most refined and definitive project of his promising career in I Belong to You. Austin is a part of a unique wave of young and ambitious artists ushering in a new diversity to the traditional blues and rockabilly mindset of the Live Music Capital. Now, just days away from his 33rd birthday, Austin finds himself at the forefront of his city’s omnifarious musical movement and destined towards national prominence; and that’s exactly where he belongs.

Originally from Hawaii, Austin was adopted at four days old by a loving Mormon family that consisted of five brothers and three sisters. He was raised in a supportive multicultural household with parents he humorously considers “very, very white people.” Music was a large part of Austin’s childhood. “My dad was super country,” he laughs. “So, we listened to a lot of country and 70’s rock. Then, with so many brothers and sisters, as everyone got older the music became very different. We started listening to Madonna…then Green Day…then Destiny’s Child and Kanye. Our taste in music was constantly evolving.”

After High School, Austin attempted a political science degree at The University of Texas before a change of heart turned his hobby into a full-blown career path. “I was probably the worst student ever,” he admits. “I was constantly bouncing back and forth.” Coincidentally, Austin happened upon a friend who was starting a band and looking to add talent. “At the time, I needed a place to stay,” he recalls. “So, I told him I’d be in his band if he’d let me be his roommate. It was sort of like a boy band…It was terrible. But, after that I started doing my own thing because I discovered I really liked it.”

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Austin released his solo debut in 2008 with Love Me Knots and followed that with 2010’s Xperience. The attractive R&B charmer gained national attention while competing on NBC’s hit talent show and his third album, Dreamin’ Big, debuted in 2012 to a larger audience but mixed reviews.

This past January, Austin released his most complete project to date with the passionate and introspective I Belong to You. Inspired by the changes Austin went through after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2013, the provocative EP deals with love and loss, grief and promise. “Cancer was a big part of my life for three years. That’s all that I would do: sleep, chemo, eat when I could, and repeat,” he earlier told Austin Monthly. In May of 2016, Austin underwent his last chemotherapy treatment and in August was declared cancer free.

Austin’s outlook on life and understanding of its frail significance helps keep the singer grounded in an industry that often inflates the ego. His huge sense of humor and easy-going personality provide a surprising contrast to the heavy-hearted poetry behind I Belong to You. A dedicated songwriter by nature, Austin’s passion for creating music is nearly overshadowed by his love for pastry baking. “They’re both very similar to me because you’re creating something and testing things out,” he claims. “You want to make the best product possible. Is it going to taste good…or is it going to sound good? And then when you’re all done it’s like, ‘Aww, man. That’s the shit right there!’”

It would be easy to assume Austin fits the typical R&B playboy persona with his magnetic personality, handsome charm and fresh sense of style. But, for anyone hoping to enjoy fresh pastries with one of Austin, TX’s top bachelors, you’d better forget about online dating and get into online gaming. “I don’t do any of those apps,” he confesses. “I know that’s how a lot of people date these days. But, I don’t really understand Tinder and Bumble and all of that. I’d much rather stay home and play Xbox.”

Your best chance to spend time with the home-bodied R&B crooner will be Saturday, June 24th, when he celebrates his birthday at 3TEN Austin City Limits Live with an evening of soulful jams and sweet surprises. “I’ve been trying to come up with something special for my party. I want everyone to have a good time. Of course, I want to look fly as well. It is a birthday after all. I’m not entirely sure yet, but, something’s coming. One thing’s for certain. There’s definitely going to be cake.”

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Austin is also preparing to begin work on his next couple of projects. “I love Christmas. So, I want to do a little Christmas project with a few other cool Austin artists.” He also recently linked up with Milwaukee-born, Austin-based rapping wordsmith, Branden Rex, whose ‘50¢ wings’ video immediately had the R&B singer contemplating a collaboration. “That dude is super dope. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

The future looks very bright for Austin. He’s at a point in his career where he can take his music in just about any direction he chooses. He possesses the talent and ambition to journey very far in the music industry and with his attractive personality fans shouldn’t be hard to come by. If you don’t believe me, go see for yourself Saturday at 3TEN Austin City Limits.

Tickets can be purchased here.

The evening will also include performances by Mama K & The Shades and ulovei.

For additional information visit: https://www.mynameistjeaustin.com/

Photos by: J. Alan Love

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Article by: Doug Leach

Solstice Festival Saturday Recap

Day three of Solstice Festival was all about celebrating life, love and light at the beautiful Pan Am Park in the heart of east Austin. The park was filled with live painters, art vendors, dance performances, yoga shamanic blessings, emotional healers and spectacular music performances.

Fans migrated back-and-forth between the Lovestream Stage and Pan An Stage as event organizers miraculously scheduled bands one right after another so fans were not to miss a single performance. Slomo Drag kicked-off the afternoon and cooled the crowd from the scorching heat with lush pop gold as Austin-based psych-noir ensemble The Halfways set the tone with their mind-altering groovy melodies. Contemporary alternative Hunter Sharpe hit the Lovestream Stage next unleashing a flourish of rock energy as south Louisiana’s Sweet Crude put on a bayou blast of soothing string sonnets and pouncing percussion. Austin’s one-man band, ‘solo’ artist, Mobley, carouselled around vocals, guitar, keys and drums before getting the crowd to join in on their favorite chorus. Psych-soul ensemble Los Coast hit the Pan Am Stage next stirring a vocal behemoth of punchy funk. New-age, dance-disco duo Capyac speedraced into a funky and lucid electronic display featuring joints from their recent ‘Fis’ EP setting the stage for psych-folk rockers The Bright Light Social Hour and their fantastic, politically charged ‘Tear Down This Wall’ eff you to a certain Executive someone. Hard rocking power psych trio Radio Moscow ripped through a riotous set of Sabbath meets The Black Keys before Austin’s favorite avant-garde collective, Golden Dawn Arkestra, complete with acrobatics, cosmic go-go dancers and theatrical garb elevated the crowd to an intergalactic level right before sunset. Boise alternative rockers Built To Spill delivered a Dylan-esque set from their silver jubilee catalog and festival headliner JJ Grey & Mofro let loose to grove with the now packed audience as the blue-collard frontman told stories of his youth in the southeast through blues packed, funky rock melodies.

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Photos by: Demetrius Judkins