The Top Shows We Saw at Euphoria Fest 2017
There was no better place to be this past weekend than Carson Creek Ranch. This was the 6th annual Euphoria Music Festival, and it was definitely one to remember. Each year they continue to grow and expand their diverse lineup, improve the overall festival experience, and bring thousands of people together to share a state of Euphoria.
I spoke with many first time festival goers, as well as many Euphoria Fest Vets, all of whom had nothing but good things to say about this year’s festival.. The weather was perfect, the lineup was uniquely diverse, and the festival activations and art installations kept fans in awe throughout the entire weekend.
There was so much good music over the weekend that it can be tough to pick the “top shows” without leaving a few out. For those few, we apologize. I can honestly say I didn’t see a bad set at this year’s festival.
The names below are a combination of shows that blew us away, left us wanting more, and had us talking with friends and co-workers about their sets. At the end of the day, that is the goal of any performer…to leave you completely feeling satisfied, but also wanting more. These artists did exactly that.
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(These artists / bands are listed in order as they played in the festival)
Austin’s native electro funk and soul band Resonant Frequency was the first to really kick off the festival Thursday night. Their set included guests MC’s Chris Bishop (The Bishops) and Roofie to add a live hip-hop element to their show. They also brought out Zach Morgan (A Live One) to bring out the live saxophone and take the funk to a whole new level.
Their set played as the sun went down, and their funk eventually brought all of Euphoria’s campers over to the Art Outside stage. The crowd seemed to grow song by song, and by the end of the show hundreds of people were dancing. It was quite to Euphoric start to 2017.
Congrats to this hard-working local Austin band for such a huge set on their first Euphoria lineup! Luckily, for those of you who missed them at Euphoria, you can catch them again this summer at Float Fest in San Marcos.
There is a reason J-Mac was the first one to sign to All Good Records as Manic Focus. This Chicago-born DJ knows how to put on a show, and he didn’t let anyone down while headlining this Thursday night pre-party at Euphoria. He has a unique ability to blend multiple sounds and genres seamlessly; including hip-hop, funk, dub, blues, and soul.
He played some of his biggest hits and also sampled some new material for all his fans. J-Macs energy is infectious, and his ability to connect and engage with his fans while putting on a funky dance party makes his live show one to remember. I was fortunate enough to meet J-Mac briefly the next day in the VIP tent, and he was very friendly and grateful for us supporting his show. We hope to see him and the All Good Records crew in Austin more often!
One of the biggest lineup changes this year was Euphoria’s push on hip-hop. They had dabbled in it before, but they booked a number of different hip-hop acts this year, both large and small. As good as some of the headliners were, the best hip-hop act of the festival was Magna Carda at the amphitheater on Friday afternoon. Led by musicians Megz and Dougie Do, this band reminds me of The Roots, but with a lead female MC. Megz has an amazing energy on that comes off very smooth but confident, and the rest of the band create a unique bluesy sound for her voice to flow over. On top of that, her lyrical ability is as good as any MC in Austin, TX.
I was fortunate enough to sit down with Megz and Dougie Do for a quick interview after the festival, and they are as genuine and real as their music. They have both the hustle that comes with hip–hop and the humility to match which many artist lack. We will be releasing the full interview with Magna Carda soon, so stay tuned to hear more about Austin’s hottest hip-hop act.
Pretty Lights (Live)
Pretty Lights was a special show for me for many reasons. First and foremost, I met my girlfriend at a Pretty Lights show almost 2 years ago, and we had not seen him together since. Second, I had never seen him play with a live band before. I had only seen solo Derek and his amazing light shows. I was a bit skeptical after seeing some short teaser videos about Pretty Lights Live, but all skepticism was gone within about 10 minutes of that show. The live band created a fuller, deeper sound that you could feel and hear. It was also incredible to watch a live band play some of his hits. The light show he had topped off one of the best sets of Euphoria 2017.
Derek created an incredible team of people to help carry out this mission of his and it was nothing but spectacular. I have had a number of different people text and talk to me about this show. If you missed it, try and find a way to see them again at The Gorge Amphitheater on August 4-5.
This was Euphoria Fest #4 for the local Austin duo Blunt Force. Each year they continue to improve their live set and add in something special for Euphoria Fans. This year, they pushed themselves to new boundaries with their jam-packed set on Saturday at the Dragonfly Amphitheater. They brought out Jay Fresh for a live performance of their hit single ‘Dreamer’ and also brought out Cara Bishop (The Bishops) for the Euphoria 2017 Theme Song. Both of these guest features crushed it and brought a whole new dynamic to Brian and Deniz’s show that the crowd seemed to love.
Blunt Force stepped up to the plate and delivered on their 4th Euphoria Set, and I am sure you are likely to see them get booked again next year. Brian and Deniz are about to hit the road for over a month as Blunt Force will be touring around the country opening for Bass Physics. Check out our recent interview with Blunt Force before Euphoria to hear about their upcoming tour and some new music!
I saw Oliver Heldens this summer for the first time at Lollapalooza after a co-worker highly recommended him. I didn’t know much of his music at the time, but it didn’t matter. I was blown away by the energy of his live show, and this time around at Euphoria was even better.
Oliver bounces from track to track so smoothly and never lets you rest. Just as you begin to take a breath, he builds you up and drops a new house beat with old school pop samples like Michael’s Jacksons ‘Billie Jean’ or Macklemore’s ‘Can’t Hold Us’ which gets the crowd singing along with him. His happiness radiates off his dutch smile into every crowd that he plays for. It’s nearly impossible to leave one of his shows without a matching smile on your face.
Make sure you follow Oliver Heldens on JamFeed to read our exclusive Euphoria Fest interview with him!
I was feeling pretty tired by the time I got to The Floozies. Saturday was full of amazing music, and I had already been on my feet for 8+ hours by the time the funk brothers Matt and Mark Hill (The Floozies) came out for their Euphoria Set. Within a few minutes they had all my energy back as they put on one of the best performances I’ve ever seen them play. This was probably my 3rd or 4th set to see them play, but their set in front of the water at Euphoria topped them all.
Matt & Mark have an incredibly unique vibe on stage, being brothers from the same mother. They share the light with one another, and improvise seamlessly as if are thinking the exact same thing. Matt’s funky guitar loops mixed with some heavy bass and drums had Euphoria Fans going crazy until they were cut off at 2pm. The crowd seemed pretty upset when they had to stop. Everyone there seemed eager for more music. The weather was perfect, and you could tell Matt and Mark were having just as much fun as everyone in the crowd. This show on the water at night was one word: Euphoric.