Utopia Festival 2018 Preview

Have one last great outdoor experience this year at Texas’ UTOPIAFest, Thursday-Saturday, November 2nd-4th....

Utopia Festival 2018 Preview

Have one last great outdoor experience this year at Texas’ UTOPIAFest, Thursday-Saturday, November 1st-3rd:



Utopia Players, 11:00 PM

The headliner for the special early night of Utopia is the festivals own Utopia Players (QRO photos at Utopia ’17).
Utopia Players
Grandmaster Flash, 9:00 PM

One of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing (and with his group the Furious Five, rare rap inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Grandmaster Flash (QRO photos at a festival) has “beats so fat they should be put on Lipitor” – Stephen Colbert (QRO photos of Flash at ColbChella).
Grandmaster Flash

Keller Williams, 8:00 PMQRO photos at a festival

Ley Line, 7:00 PM

Keller Williams

Late Night

Cowboy Irie

Lisa LeBlanc

Lisa LeBlanc




The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, 11:00 PM

Headlining Friday at Utopia is “The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown”, featuring the likes of Cyril Neville, Mike Dillon, Nick Etwell, and many more!
The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown
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 back to Utopia (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s Sun Machine (QRO review).
Patty Griffin, 9:00 PM

Bringing the stripped-down folk music songwriting is Grammy-winning Patty Griffin (QRO photos outdoors).
Patty Griffin
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, 8:00 PM

Rivaling Sean Lennon and Jakob Dylan in fatherly shadows to get out of, Willie Nelson’s own son Lukas (QRO photos of them together at the elder Wilson’s 80th birthday celebration) has established his own country name with his band, Promise of the Real (QRO live review).
Lukas Nelson

Petty Grass, 7:15 PM

Wild Child, 6:30 PMQRO photos

The Deer, 5:45 PM

Lisa LeBlanc, 5:00 PM

Trouble In the Streets, 4:15 PM

Diet Cig, 3:30 PMQRO photos at a festival

The Brother Brothers, 2:45 PM

Dawn & Hawkes, 1:30 PM

Sid Fly, 12:45 PM

Wild Child

Diet Cig

Late Night

Ley Line

Wild Child

The Blue Hit

Shaws of Awe

Obsolete Machines

Zack Morgan & Friends

Mixer Rogers


Wild Child

Shaws of Awe




STS9, 11:00 PM

The acclaimed instrumental act combines numerous influences, including funk, jazz, psychedelic, and hip-hop. But they’re best known for their live concerts (QRO photos), which stretch to over two hours, and feature improvisational collaborative work not known in the jam-band community. Their festival performances, however, go even bigger (QRO photos at a festival).
Medeski’s Mad Skillet, 10:00 PM

Anthony John Medeski, the first name in acclaimed avant-jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood (QRO photos), brings his “Mad Skillet” to Utopia ’18.
Calliope Musicals, 9:00 PM

Inspired by the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Austin’s Calliope Musicals (QRO photos at a festival) have grown into their own large ensemble, with a wide range of instruments and even songs about aliens.
Calliope Musicals
Valerie June, 8:00 PM

From the hills of Tennessee, Valerie June (QRO photos a festival) was first exposed to music in the church, and expanded her sound into roots-folk and blues while in Memphis, where she was featured on MTV’s $5 Cover, which explored struggling artists in Memphis. That led to the self-releasing artist finally getting a record deal for 2013’s Pushin’ Against the Stone, which featured several songs co-written with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. She comes to Utopia behind last year’s follow-up, The Order of Time.
Valerie June

Choir! Choir! Choir!, 7:15 PM

Hard Proof, 6:30 PM

Baskery, 5:45 PMQRO photos at a festival

Hikes, 5:00 PM

Particle Kid, 4:15 PM

Kalu & The Electric Joint, 3:30 PM

Pope Coke, 2:45 PM

Progger, 1:30 PM

San Antonio Pipes and Drums, 12:45 PM


Late Night

Shane Cooley

The Deer



Glass Cannon


Moving Matter

Dr. Dugger




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