Utopia Festival 2016 Preview

Head to Utopia in Texas for the mind-expanding Utopia Festival, Thursday-to-Saturday, September 29th to October 1st....

Utopia Festival 2016 Preview

Head to Utopia in Texas for the mind-expanding Utopia Festival, Thursday-to-Saturday, September 29th to October 1st:



Arrowhead Stage

Morphine Documentary Screening, 11:00 PM

Utopia Players, 10:00 PM

Echocentrics, 9:00 PM

Milkdrive, 8:00 PM




Cypress Stage

Golden Dawn Arkestra, 12:00 AM

Influenced by the ultra-influential Sun Ra and his Arkestra, Austin’s Golden Dawn Arkestra is a feast for the ears, eyes, and mind.
Golden Dawn Arkestra
Rubblebucket, 10:00 PM

Brooklyn indie-dance outfit Rubblebucket (QRO live review) fit into any line-up, from ultra-hipster to jam (QRO photos at a festival). Known for electric live shows (QRO live review), including at festivals (QRO photos), the group comes to Utopia (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2011’s Omega La La (QRO review) and 2014’s Survival Sounds.
White Denim, 8:00 PM

Out of Austin’s own psychedelic rock scene comes White Denim (QRO live review at home in Austin), but they’re more accessible than most psych-rock (QRO live review), like on this year’s Stiff (QRO review).
White Denim

Sucka Please, 6:00 PM

Atash, 4:30 PM

New Madrid, 3:00 PMQRO photos at an Austin festival

New Madrid

Arrowhead Stage

Victor Wooten, 11:00 PM

Vapors of Morphine, 9:00 PM

Calliope Musicals, 7:00 PM

Ruby & The Reckless, 5:15 PM

Shane Cooley, 3:45 PM

Sid Fly, 2:15 PM
Victor Wooten

Calliope Musicals




Cypress Stage

Ratatat, 12:00 AM

New York’s own Evan Mast & Mike Stroud form the electronic duo known as Ratatat (QRO photos at a festival). After putting out a self-titled record & following it up with Classics, their last two full-lengths have kept the simple-and-sweet-name, in LP3 (QRO review) and LP4, though last year saw Magnifique. Fun will definitely be had, thanks to Ratatat’s energetic, psychedelic live show (QRO live review).
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, 10:00 PM

Thao Nguyen (QRO interview) broke through in 2008 with We Brave Bee Stings and All (QRO review) and its fun, charming folk-rock, and followed it up the following year with Know Better Learn Faster (QRO review). After teaming up with Mirah for Thao + Mirah (QRO review), she returned to the Get Down Stay Down (QRO spotlight on) with 2013’s We the Common (QRO review) and this year’s A Man Alive (QRO review). Her live shows (QRO photos outdoors) are, if anything, more engaging (QRO live review), whether in a college student center (QRO photos), a massive converted warehouse (QRO photos), or an outdoor festival (QRO photos at a festival).
Whiskey Shivers, 8:00 PM

Out of a woodpile and rancid whiskey bottles formed Austin’s Whiskey Shivers.
Whiskey Shivers
Man Or Astro-Man?, 6:00 PM

While Alabama’s Man Or Astro-Man? emerged from the Dick Dale/Pulp Fiction surf rock boom of the early nineties, they always were much more, both Man and Astro-Man, combining the surf with sci-fi, and electric & eclectic live shows (QRO photos at an Austin festival).
Man Or Astro-Man?

Big Thief, 4:30 PM

Balmorhea, 3:00 PMQRO photos at an Austin festival


Arrowhead Stage

Chali 2na, 11:00 PM

Charlie Stewart – Chali 2na (QRO photos at a festival) – has been a high-profile member of such outfits as Ozomatli & Jurassic 5, which combined world & alternative to hip-hop, but he’s since done solo work like 2009’s Fish Outta Water – and even portrayed celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (QRO live review) in Epic Rap Battles of History!
Chali 2na

From down on the bayou in Lafayette, Louisiana, GIVERS (QRO photos) have turned their state’s native Cajun & zydeco music into sweet indie-pop (QRO photos outdoors).

The Deer, 7:00 PM

Charlie Hunter, 5:15 PM

Warren Hood, 3:45 PM

Gracie Terzian, 2:15 PM
Gracie Terzian


For festival website, go here: http://www.utopiafest.com/