October 24, 2018
Have one last great outdoor experience this year at Texas’ UTOPIAFest, Thursday-Saturday, November 1st-3rd:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1st
|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).
|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).
Keller Williams, 8:00 PM – QRO photos at a festival
Ley Line, 7:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd
|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!
|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).
|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).
Petty Grass, 7:15 PM
Wild Child, 6:30 PM – QRO photos
The Deer, 5:45 PM
Lisa LeBlanc, 5:00 PM
Trouble In the Streets, 4:15 PM
Diet Cig, 3:30 PM – QRO photos at a festival
The Brother Brothers, 2:45 PM
Dawn & Hawkes, 1:30 PM
Sid Fly, 12:45 PM
The Blue Hit
Shaws of Awe
Zack Morgan & Friends
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd
|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.
|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.
Choir! Choir! Choir!, 7:15 PM
Hard Proof, 6:30 PM
Baskery, 5:45 PM – QRO 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
For festival website, go here: https://www.utopiafest.com/