The Festival Fistful: Waterloo Music Festival

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The grooves are being served in Austin, TX from September 7-9 at Waterloo Music Festival. With 2 stages, headliners headliner heroes that play for 3 nights, up and coming funk stars and mainstage mainstays all weekend, this is one you can’t miss.

The festival held at Carson Creek Ranch bears the namesake of Austin’s original city name with many landmarks around Austin still being named with the Waterloo namesake.  Get a healthy handful of jams in our Festival Fistful for Goldrush Music Festival.  Our top 5 picks for the weekend in Austin!

The String Cheese Incident

Legends of the funk The String Cheese Incident are the main attraction for the weekend, playing a 2+ hour prime time set on the Waterloo Stage every single night that will be sure to have you moving.  There are certain artists that can carry an entire festival on their back; The String Cheese Incident are certainly one of those artists.


NY group Tauk blends of hip-hop, rock and jazz for the perfect blend to soundtrack an exploration in to the intersection of machines and soul.  Tauk spends most of their year touring ever since opening for Umphrey’s McGee in 2014 and reportedly averages roughly 160 shows per year.  They’re going to be following up String Cheese on Friday on the Relix stage to close out night one!

The Motet

A concert or an album can unlock another world, if you let it. The Motet respect and revere this time-honored phenomenon. Fusing fiery funk, simmering soul, and improvisational inventiveness, the Denver, CO seven-piece—Lyle Divinsky [vocals], Dave Watts [drums], Joey Porter [keyboards], Garrett Sayers [bass], Ryan Jalbert [guitar], Parris Fleming [trumpet], and Drew Sayers [saxophone]—have continually provided an escape for listeners over the course of seven full-length albums since 1998, including their latest release Totem and with an upcoming 2018 release. That extends to countless sold out shows and festivals everywhere from Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, and Summer Camp to All Good Music Festival and High Sierra Music Festival as well as 16 consecutive years of themed Halloween concerts.


A little house, a little blues, a little funk, a little rock, and a whole lot of soul blast through BoomBox. Since first emerging in 2004, founder, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Zion Rock Godchaux has been quietly seasoning this simmering recipe to perfection. However, it reaches a boiling point on his forthcoming 2018 fifth album, Western Voodoo [Heart of Gold Records].

Perpetual Groove

There are certain times where putting on a good show can include songs that aren’t yours. And it’s never a bad idea to cover and undercover jam; those certain artists you didn’t know you knew until you hear that one song. You can hum them on command and can almost describe it but wouldn’t know. That’s what Perpetual Groove does when they insert their cover Dead Heads Naive Love and it strikes the perfect chord.

Waterloo Music Festival 2018 Schedule

Waterloo Music Festival 2018 Lineup