Solstice Festival Friday Recap

Day two of Solstice Festival at Sidewinder began with an immersive set from Austin-based, Light Wheel, and their atmospheric soundscape of soothing electronic R&B. Power-pop, brother and sister duo, Charlie Belle, showcased an intimate set of velvety vocals and infectious percussion before San Antonio indie-rocker Nina Diaz vanquished the crowds inhibitions with a bluesy medley of alt-metal and indie-pop.

Austin’s eclectic pop Josh Koons Band opened the inside stage at Sidewinder that lead into singer-songwriter Shane Cooley’s folksy composition. Nine-piece funk outfit Kev Bev and the Woodland Creatures got the adrenaline pumping and the dance grooves flowing before innovative Austin trio Groove Think put the crowd into overdrive with a funky progressive medal performance.

Rocking space cadets Satalights opened the inside stage at Mohawk followed by the guitar riddled rock energy of Hour Band. Are you starting to see the theme at Mohawk for night two? Pure rock muscle. Ten Foot Beast cranked the energy to full-blown yoked-out level with fuzzy power metal before the funky psychedelia of Continental Drift floated out on Afro-centric grooves.

The outside stage featured a sexy time blast from one of Austin’s hottest commodities Otis The Destroyer leading to the a barrage of strapping chords and edgy enthusiasm from Leopold and His Fiction. Headliners The London Souls wrapped-up the night with an explosive reinterpretation of classic rock warmed in funky psych charm.

Sidewinder Outdoors

Light Wheel


Charlie Belle

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Nina Diaz

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Sidewinder Indoors

Kev Bev and the Woodland Creatures

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Mohawk Outdoors

Leopold and His Fiction

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The London Souls

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Photos by: Demetrius Judkins

Light Wheel photo courtesy of J. Tyagaraja

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