Photos courtesy of Felipe Gomez.
We can’t wait to see everyone next time!
Nearly overnight, Hurricane Harvey has come and flipped everything many knew on its head and created a personal hell for many. While no amounts of words, prayers, or condolences could ever reverse the devastation or replace that which has been lost, we must all come together and provide any help we can to those in need. With that in mind, JamBarge 2 (now rescheduled to September 15th) will be donating 20% of the shows profits to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
For those looking to donate to local Houston charities, the page below has numerous links that can direct you to help with some of the more niche and longstanding local Houston charities, rather than one of the larger overarching organizations.
Those who bought tickets to the original event for 8/25 who can not make the rescheduled date should email us and we will be able to work with you on a solution. If you would like to come join our Jam for a Cause, tickets for the rescheduled date can be bought below:
The ascension of GRiZ from blog fodder to a main stage festival stage closer has been one of the most enjoyable to watch. Besides handling the success with grace and love for all, GRiZ once again showed a deepening focus on songwriting and blues/funk/soul music as the once EDM/bass music producer has blossomed into electronic music’s funkiest flower with the late 2016 release of his album ‘Good Will Prevail‘.
Fast forward to 2017 and an incredible cast of characters have come together to breathe new life into each song from the album. Highlights include Barclay Crenshaw’s remix of Gotta Push On, which has been cooked up into a banger of a hip-hop beat with thundering distorted 808s. Jenaux also caught my attention by building I Don’t Mind into one of the most main stage worthy remix with wailing solos, crunchy bass and synth stabs, the drums to set any crowd into motion.
There’s plenty for the bass loving like Rowland Evans‘ wompy remix of Feelin Fine, the funky Opiuo big horned edit of PS GFY, bass house from Dusty Bits, EPHWURD, AC Slater and oh so much more. Be sure to stream/buy Good Will Prevail below!
Emerging from a successful year which saw Gem & Jam embrace the full festival experience with a move from Downtown Tucson to a venue that offered a desert setting with expanded amenities including camping, the twelfth annual event released the first phase of its lineup. The first round of headliners for the fan-favorite music and camping festival include: two nights of STS9 two nights of Lettuce; Greensky Bluegrass; Railroad Earth; Emancipator and Breaking Biscuits, which features members of the Disco Biscuits and Break Science.
Additional artists new to the lineup include: Thriftworks; The Russ Liquid Test; Masego; Random Rab; Michal Menert; Flamingosis; John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of the Wing; Govinda; Jade Cicada; Maddy O’Neal; Saqi; Ill Esha; Charlesthefirst; Modern Measure; Bass Physics; Marvel Years; Zoogma; Blunt Force; Safis Lab; Flying Skulls; Skydyed; Kyma; Adem Joel; Electric Feel; Smokovich; Endoplasmic; The Bennu; Neon Prophet Band; Jahmontee; SuDs; M/Q; Truth Cartel and GonzoFuZe. More performers will be announced in the coming months.
Returning to Pima County Fairgrounds for a second straight year- January 25 – 28, 2018, Gem & Jam shows no signs of slowing down attracting some of the biggest talent from the scene. Located on 640 acres and just 20 miles south of downtown Tucson, the Pima County Fairgrounds is surrounded by nature and resides in a desert environment, creating an expansive setting perfect for Gem & Jam.
“We are so excited to welcome our fans out to the desert to share in this amazing experience we are building,” says festival co-producer Toby White. “There is something for everyone at Gem & Jam and we still have many more surprises to come.”
The multi-stage music and arts festival will be offering increased capacity and camping options, including: onsite RV camping with hookups, boutique camping, car camping and walk-in camping. Additionally, Gem & Jam will be expanding on its experience with world-class visuals, unique stage designs, artist galleries, live paintings, experiential installations, daytime workshops, gem and mineral vendors and much more.
This JAM PACKED lineup is something that can’t be missed after ringing in the new year in one of the most beautiful places you could hope to take in music. We’ll see you there!
This year’s Float Fest features a multitude of talent from Austin, Texas. While the genres and sounds for each artist may be different, you can expect all of them to bring a lively, engaging performance to Float Fest. Here’s a list of five artists you can’t miss.
What: Groovy Funk and Soul
When: Sunday from 2:30 to 3:15
Where: Water Stage
Why: The group is composed of a handful of talented local artists performing their contemporary taste on funk. According to their website, A-Town Getdown’s primary goal is making people “want to dance.” Their infectious, unique sound has earned them a loyal following in a city where the genres of indie rock and country reign supreme.
What: Acoustic Indie-Pop
When: Sunday from 5:30 to 6:15
Where: Water Stage
Why: The seven-piece band elegantly pairs uncommon instruments, for example a cello and a trumpet, with strong vocals. The result is complex songs with earnest lyrics and hopeful tunes. The honestly of their music has been internationally appreciated, and the band has sold out tours in North America and Europe.
What: Talking Heads Tribute Band
When: Saturday from 3:15 to 4:00
Where: Sun Stage
Why: Some of Austin’s most talented musicians came together to form a tribute for world-renowned band, The Talking Heads. Heartbyrne charms audiences with their high-energy performances of the legendary band’s many hits.
What: Future Funk
When: Saturday from 2:30 to 3:15
Where: Water Stage
Why: Resonant Frequency has been on fire in Austin during the past few weeks. The group consists of three artists — Vince Seidl, Landon Reichle and Ben Slade, who each bring a different musical instrument to make up a cohesive electro-soul. They recently performed on the first-ever JamBarge, and they are set to open for electronic superstar, Pretty Lights.
What: Funky Electronic
When: Saturday from 4:00 to 4:45
Where: Water Stage
Why: Blunt Force is an electronic due that mixes some funk with heavy bass to produce an unforgettable live show. After successfully headlining JamBarge in June, the duo announced their first headliner show at Empire. The also recently played their first set in front of a big crowd at the legendary Stubb’s Ampitheatre, and they’re set to play a few more festivals this year. May the Blunt Force be with you.
Other notable Austin artists performing at Float Fest include Walter Lukens, Los Coast, Sweet Spirit and UME.
Follow these artists as well as Float Fest on JamFeed for up-to-date information on the festival and updates on the artists. Happy Floating!
Anyone who’s ever watched The Godfather, Terminator or The Dark Knight knows that sometimes the sequel can be even better than the original. And while we find it nearly impossible to top our inaugural JamBarge event, we’re gonna give it a damn good shot on August 25th when JamFeed’s signature barge party returns to Lake Travis for a night of food, friends and refreshment.
This time around, we’re going to be jamming on Lake Travis with Henry + The Invisibles and The Wild Now! Those who were with us in June 23rd for our SOLD OUT debut JamBarge event were treated to a night of jams brought to you courtesy of Austin’s very own Blunt Force and Resonant Frequency. To all our supporters out there, we are also giving away a 10% Promo Code for our JamFans. Type in ‘JAMFEED‘ on the promo code link to get your discounted tickets today!
Stay connected with us at JamFeed for more announcements and giveaways!
It was one of the first 100 degree days of the summer in Austin, TX. By late July, everyone in the city was ready to get out on the lake. JamBarge was the perfect adventure to kick the summer off!
On Friday June 23, 140 Austin music fans gathered together on Lake Travis to enjoy some amazing beverages from Deep Eddy Vodka and South Austin Brewery, as well as some authentic hand-made tacos from local catering company Mum Foods.
As the sun started to set, the JamBarge began to cruise around as the crowd got to enjoy two incredible sets by Resonant Frequency and Blunt Force. Both bands have been building their way up in the electro funk space, and both are set to play Float Fest in July 2017.
Also, check out Free Austin Concerts for chances to win tickets to JamBarge and other local concerts and festivals in Austin!
Mark your calendars for June 23 and get ready for some funky music on the lake!
Today JamFeed is launching the first ever #JamBarge event featuring two up and coming local Austin bands, Blunt Force and Resonant Frequency. Both of these acts recently played at Euphoria Fest in Austin, and are also on the set list for Float Fest 2017.
The JamBarge event will take place on Friday June 23 from 6-11pm on Lake Travis. Deep Eddy Vodka will be sponsoring the event with drinks, and we will have fresh authentic tacos with home-made tortillas for everyone to enjoy for free! More details on the event can be found here.
The event is private, and the password for tickets is ‘jambarge‘.
To all our supporters our there, we are also giving away a 10% Promo Code for our JamFans. Type in ‘JAMFEED‘ on the promo code link to get your discounted tickets today!
Stay connected with us at JamFeed for more announcements and giveaways!
Mark your calendars, the VA BEACH FUNK OUT is back for its second year! The festival production behind Camp Barefoot has teamed up with Shaka’s Live to host a funky festival unlike any other the town has seen. Shaka’s Live is located at the corner of 21st Street and Atlantic Avenue at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Festivities will kick off Friday May 19th with an official Funk Out pre-party inside Shakas Live
featuring sets by Ashville artist The Fritz, Va Beach Rock Stars Roosterfoot, and the New Orleans brassy bravado of Big Sam’s Funky Nation. On Saturday May 20th music will begin on the outdoor stage at Noon with a set from School of Rock and then music alternating between the indoor and outdoor stages till 1030pm. Don’t miss this stellar supporting line up of this year’s event, including sets by The John Kadlecik Band (of Furthur and Dark Star Orchestra) Cris Jacobs, Zach Deputy, and emerging stars Pimps of Joytime and many more artist.
Headliner Keller Williams, a Fredricksburg native and Virginia favorite, will be playing a solo set during the day, followed by a later set to finish the night off with his touring group Keller Williams’ KWAHTRO. After years of touring and the January release of the group’s first studio album, KWAHTRO’s improvisational genius is an especially rare steal for the Virginia Beach Oceanfront!
Keller’s KWAHTRO consists of:
Gibb Droll (of Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers),
Rodney Holmes (of Santana),
Danton Boller (of The Jazz Mandolin Project with John Fishman of Phish)
The VA BEACH FUNK OUT is in partnership with (HOPE) n MUSIC, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and adults express themselves through music education. (HOPE) n MUSIC will be hosting a silent auction at the event featuring signed memorabilia, Season Passes to multiple Virginia venues, unique art packages and more!
The festivals presenting sponsor, O’Connor Brewing CO., is a world-class Norfolk, VA based craft brewery with a penchant for supporting local culture and community development. O’Connor is bringing the brew to you at VA BEACH FUNK OUT. Featuring multiple Golden Tap award-winning craft beers on tap, guests will have plenty to peruse and choose from.
Exclusive amenities will be included in the FUNK OUT VIP Packages! (less than 100 remaining!) VIP ticketholders will have access to the pre-party and after-party, a personal meet and greet with Keller Williams, Pimps of Joytime and John Kadlecik, 3 O’Connor Drink Tickets, an exclusive entrance, viewing area and much more!
For more event information head over to VABEACHFUNKOUT.com and grab your tickets now!
As many Austinites do, I grew up on some amazing blues music. Stevie Ray Vaughn was one of the first artists I remember listening to. Unfortunately he passed away shortly after I was born in August 1990. The one thing he left was an imprint of blues in the city of Austin. His statue at Auditorium Shores and Austin’s famous Antones Blues Bar downtown are just a few examples of how Stevie made Austin known as a place that fosters blues music.
Many people today know of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. He has emerged from his 10-year grind in Austin to become one of the most famous blues musicians in the world. Gary currently bounces back and forth between headlining his own shows and opening for legendary acts like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Now there is another generation of blues coming in behind Gary. In fact, they have opened for Gary and he has joined them on stage at Antones. Their name is the Peterson Brothers Band, and they are some of the most talented musicians I have seen come out of Austin.
Brothers Alex (18) and Glenn (20) Peterson have been playing music together for almost a decade. They have the stage presence of seasoned veterans and a unique chemistry that is hard to describe unless you see them live.
I was fortunate enough to meet their parents during SXSW at their Rattle Inn show this year to get this interview set up. Immediately you could tell how involved and supportive their parents were of their music.
I am glad we met because this ended up being one of my favorite interviews in a long time. These kids may be young but they are incredibly focused and passionate about the music they are making. I could’ve talked to them both for another hour if they didn’t have a set to play. Getting to know them made me appreciate their music and their story even more.
We hope after reading this you will be able to see the incredible connection these brothers have with each other. Make sure you come see one of their free shows every Monday at Continental Club. They are also hitting the East Coast soon with tour stops in Maryland, D.C. & New York as some of the stops. You can check out their full tour here.
I know you guys are from Bastrop, but were you born in this area too?
Glenn: Ya, born in Austin, raised in Bastrop.
Alex: We still live in Bastrop.
How old were you both when you started playing guitar (Alex) bass (Glenn)?
Alex: I picked up violin when I was 9, and started playing bass when I was 10.
Glenn: I started playing guitar around 11 or 12.
Where did your musical influence come from? Were yalls parents musicians?
Glenn: We’re the only ones in the family that are musicians. It’s something we always wanted to do when we are young. We have an older brother too, and our whole family was always supportive of everything e did. We did the whole youth basketball, baseball, and soccer thing. Once we started playing music, that’s what really stuck. Everyone I saw playing sports had something on their hand, figure, wrist. They had all sorts of injuries. So we decided to focus on music.
Do either of you produce at all?
Alex: A little bit, we are learning every day.
Glenn: Ya, still learning. We have been working on this live album that we are getting ready to release in a few weeks.
Have yall always played music together? Did yall learn together?
Glenn: Ya, we were always playing together since the beginning. We’ve always gotten along well too so its worked out well.
I met your mom at Rattle Inn during SXSW. It appears you guys have a family band business going on over here? Who all is involved with The Peterson Brothers Band?
Glenn: Mom and Dad. They do everything.
Glenn: Dad is driving us to shows, marketing at the shows. Mom’s helping out with social media and booking shows. They do a lot. All the support means everything to us.
Why the blues? Who influenced you musically at a young age?
Glenn: Ya, its everything…blues, its soul, its funk, it’s everything. We grew up listening to BB King, The Isley Brothers, Earth Wind & Fire, Brothers Johnson, and more.
Did you discover this music from your parents playing it or on your own?
Glenn: We discovered it on our own. We started playing it around the house really liked making a lot of noise, and then after a while our parents started being like “what do yall know about this music?”
What was the first live show you remember seeing that made you want to be on stage?
Alex: That’s tough, because by the time we were old enough to go to shows, we were already playing shows.
Glenn: Ya we started playing shows at about 8 years ago. The one show that really stuck out to me wasn’t live, but I saw it online. It was a video of Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock set.
How old were each of you when you played your first gig?
Glenn: Not to long after we started playing really.
Alex: Ya, right when I started playing bass, that’s when the band really kicked in.
Glenn: Ya, I was 12 or 13.
Alex: I was 10.
So how long have yall been playing shows?
Alex: About 8, maybe 8 and a half years.
You can tell because you guys look incredibly comfortable on stage for how young you are. You are younger than your crowd almost every show.
Glenn: I think the reason we are so comfortable is because we are able to do whatever we want to do on stage. We don’t have anyone telling us how to do it, even our parents. We have the creative freedom to go at our own pace and do our own thing, which is great.
Are you guys currently in school? Or are you playing music full-time?
Alex: I’m a senior at Bastrop High School.
Glenn: I’m in school at ACC, Northridge campus, where they have the whole music business and audio engineering courses.
What’s coming up next for the Peterson Brothers?
Glenn: We’ve been writing a whole lot. Learning a lot about production side with this live album. Working on some original content. Then it’s really about getting outside of Austin and getting on the road. We got some shows in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio. Outside of Texas too, we just want to build our audience.
Alex: We’ll be playing in New Orleans for Shortyfest at the House of Blues in May for Trombone Shorty’s Foundation. We’ve played a bunch of festivals like ACL 3 years ago, Texas State Fair, and Minnesota State Fair.
You guys have an amazing connection on stage…you can tell its more than just music. Do you guys always get along well?
Alex: Haha we’ve always gotten along.
Glenn: Ya, all 3 of us. We have an older brother that’s 28 too. Sounds kind of crazy, but its true. We just always got along.
What was the craziest experience you have had playing a live show together?
Glenn: For me personally, this year we started off with a great show at Sam’s in San Antonio. It was our first gig of 2017, and we really weren’t expecting a big crowd because we hadn’t played there in so long.
Alex: We hadn’t done a show in San Antonio, like our own show, since back when we started. So it had been a long time.
Glenn: For us to go back, and just have that kind of reaction from the crowd was amazing.
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.
Enjoy the list, and make sure you follow Euphoria Music Festival on JamFeed to have a chance to win free tickets to next year’s Euphoria Fest 2018!
(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.
Today is the final day of Euphoria 2017, and its going to be a special Sunday out at Carson Creek Ranch. On top of another day of amazing music, Euphoria Founder Mitch Morales and his fiancé Tyler will be getting married inside the festival grounds at 2pm today. This is the 6th Euphoria Fest, but the first where they have opened up the possibility of getting married in their euphoric environment.
Check out some of today’s top music picks to follow up Mitch and Tyler’s wedding ceremony!
If you want to see some true New Orleans funk, this is a must see at the Euphoria Stage today at 4:30pm. Their gritty groove is bound to keep you moving all day long, and it will be the perfect way to start off your afternoon.
The Funk Hunters
The Funk Hunters have become one of the top acts out of Canada. The duo consisting of Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith have made a name for themselves with their unique blend of funk, hip hop, soul, and disco.
They also have teamed up with Jurassic 5 legend Chali2na for many songs and even some shows to spice up their live show and bring a whole new element of old school hip-hop to their sound. I’m not sure if we will see Tuna Fish today or not, but the Funk Hunters are sure to put on one hell of a show. Make sure to check them out at 6:30 at the Elements Stage.
Mehdi Benjelloun, better known by his stage name Petit Biscuit, is a French DJ and music producer. This young musical sensation is still not even 20 years, and is going to prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to live music performances. He edits and mixes all the sounds of his tracks himself, and he excels in creating unmistakable chopped and twisted vocal leads.
He will be bringing his talents to the Dragonfly Amphitheater at 8:30pm.
Wiz Khalifa or Zeds Dead?
Honestly, this one just comes down to a personal preference. Do you prefer hip-hop over electronic music? Both of these shows will be a great finale to the show, and you really can’t go wrong. I’m leaning towards Wiz Khalifa right now, but you never know what will happen at Euphoria Day 4. I’m gonna leave you with my favorite Wiz mixtape ‘Kush & Orange Juice.’ Enjoy.
Enjoy the last day of Euphoria…maybe some kush and orange juice.
Get ready for a beautiful day at Euphoria’s Dragonfly Amphitheater. Saturday is looking like another beautiful day in Austin with another Euphoric Saturday Lineup.
Today brings more local Austin talent with some amazingly talented headliners to close out the night. Here are some of our top recommendations for Saturday at Euphoria Fest 2017.
This is a big year for the Austin local duo Blunt Force (Brian Gustafuson and Deniz Baykal). Not only do they have a primetime spot at 5:30pm at Euphoria’s coolest stage, but this is their 4th Euphoria Fest to play. They have been putting in a lot of hard work for this set before they hit the road for the rest of the month on tour with Bass Physics.
They will be showcasing some new music, bringing on a few guests, and will likely make this their best Euphoria set yet. Make sure you check out our recent JamFeed interview with Blunt Force to hear more about what’s in store for this young talented duo from Austin. And make sure you are there at early to get a good spot for this epic show.
Henry + The Invisibles
Henry is a local Austin legend. If you are not from Austin, I highly recommend letting this friendly funky man rock your world for an hour at the Art Outside Tent at 7. Supported by his invisible band (he is THE band), Henry will take you on a wild ride of groovy funky beats that will leave you feeling Euphoric.
Oliver Heldens has been taking the electronic music industry by storm lately, and he is sure to bring it tonight at Euphoria Fest on the main stage. The Dutch DJ has a unique sound of future house with his own this, and he always rocks a smile on his face. I saw him last summer at Lollapalooza in Chicago, and I’ve been excited to see him again ever since. Whether its your 1st or your 5th time to see Oliver, it will be worth taking an hour at the Euphoria Main Stage tonight at 11pm.
The Floozies at the Dragonfly Amphitheater is the show to close the night with tonight. Sorry Young Thug fans…but its true. Brothers Matt and Mark Hill have a unique brotherly bond that you can see and hear in their live set.
They bring a unique sound, born in funk, but with live-eletronica and endless looping and production builds that will keep you moving and grooving all night long at Euphoria’s most beautiful stage.
Friday at Euphoria Fest was another perfect combination of great music and beautiful weather. They brought a uniquely diverse lineup of some talented artists including Sip Sip and Flamingos. Every show I saw was good, but three shows in particular stuck out to me.
Magna Carda has been making waves in Austin for a while now, and their set at the Euphoria Amphitheater proved that they are here to represent Austin hip-hop and change the game with their unique blues/soul infused style.
I was fortunate to get a chance to do an interview with Megz and Dougie Do after their set at the Dragonfly Amphitheater, and I can tell you that the two of them are both as real and down to earth as their music. Keep an eye out for the full interview coming soon after Euphoria Fest!
The Disco Biscuits (2 sets)
I’m sure there were a number of people at Euphoria who were disappointed when they found out The Knocks show had been cancelled due to flight troubles in Atlanta. However, I think this turned out to be a blessing for some lucky Disco Biscuit fans who ended up getting to see back to back sets.
There are not many bands that can pull off unscheduled back-to-back shows and do it effortlessly. The Disco Biscuits did it with ease, playing 2 completely different style sets, and all 3-4 hours of it was Euphoric to say the least.
Pretty Lights (Live):
In all honesty, I wasn’t sure what to expect here with Derek and his Pretty Lights Live show. I had seen some videos, and heard a number of different opinions about this show, but at the end of the day, I was blown away.
The production and light show were as good as I have ever seen at a Pretty Lights Show. Also, having a full live band with him created a whole new sound that you can’t get with just Derek alone. You could hear and feel the difference it made. Pretty Lights brought a whole new element to his live show by bringing in other amazingly talented musicians like Borahm Lee from Break Science and letting them shine and have their moments as well.
I heard some new tracks, some classic hits, and I got to enjoy the show with my lovely lady who I met 2 years ago at a Pretty Lights set. It was Euphoric to say the least.
Make sure to check out our Day 3 Top Picks for Saturday at Euphoria, and make sure you follow Euphoria Music Festival on JamFeed for all the best festival content and updates!
It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon and evening out at Carson Creek Ranch for the Euphoria Fest Pre Party. This event was reserved for campers only, and they were rewarded with some amazing music for coming early and committing themselves to being in a state of Euphoria all weekend. Make sure to check out Euphoria’s Official Day 1 Recap Video and more exclusive content from yesterday’s top shows.
The day started off with local hip-hop family trio The Bishops, and the young siblings showed their artistic talents and ability to connect with the crowd both during and after the show.
Check out their live performance of their new hit single “Blood Ring” from yesterday’s Euphoria Set.
Following The Bishops came Resonant Frequency, and just as the sun came down, the funk came up. This trio consisting of versatile musicians Landon Reichle (Lando), Vince Siedl (Diamond Cuts) , and Ben Slade (Local Color) put on one of their biggest performances yet. They brought multiple MC’s including Luv Bishop of The Bishops as well as Zack Morgan on the saxophone to give fans a special euphoria performance.
Every time Resonant Frequency plays, the crowd gets bigger, the funk gets louder, and more and more people are grooving. Make sure to catch these guys again this summer at Float Fest!
Manic Focus came on after Autobody and closed the night in style with his unique mix of funk, dub, dance, and hip-hop. There’s a reason J-Mac was the first to sign with GRiZ and All Good Records…he knows how to put on a show, and he knows to leave all his fans wanting more, which is exactly what he did when headlining the Euphoria Pre-Party last night.
Euphoria Fest started off Thursday night with their best Thursday Night Pre-Party yet. Reserved only for campers, local acts Resonant Frequency, The Bishops, and Autobody all put on incredible shows and got the crowd grooving to some funky beats. They set the crowd up perfectly for Manic Focus to close the night out with his non-stop bangers that left everyone thirsty to come back tomorrow for more great music.
Check out our Day 1 Recap, as well as Euphoria’s Day 1 Recap Video.
Today marks the first full day of Euphoria Fest, and there are some amazing acts to check out today. Here are a few of them that we think will put on some ‘Euphoric’ shows today:
Sip Sip formed in summer 2009 when individuals from Austin bands Mother Falcon, Corduroi, and PowerNap collaborated to create an original summer lineup under the moniker ‘The Summertime Band’. Since then Sip Sip has accumulated 18 performers from varying musical backgrounds.
Sip Sip’s sound can be described as a blend of electronicgroove, jazz horns, rock, group vocals and crowd participation. All of this culminates in intense performances that regularly shake the foundations of the venues they frequent.
Their live performances command crowd participation and audience engagement, featuring several members in costume, party favors, and repeated chants. Don’t miss unique show at Euphoria. “When I sip, you sip, we sip.”
Flamingosis (the name comes from a free-style Frisbee moved that his father invented) is an electronic producer, beat-boxer, and entertainer from New Jersey. His real name is Aaron Velasquez and his music has been influenced by Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Madlib, and many others that have helped him craft his own unique sound of vintage funk with soulful disco music.
Flamingosis will bringing these beautiful vibes to the Euphoria Stage from 4-5pm today. Make sure you catch his infectiously energetic live show!
Magna Carda has quickly established itself as one of Austin’s top hip-hop acts. In a city that is not as well known for hip-hop, this group is changing the game and proving that there is an audience here to support their music.
Magna Carda is led by the city’s most dynamic MC-producer duo — Megz Kelli and Dougie Do — “whose work pairs like a fine wine with the meat-and-potatoes backbone of the group’s signature live instrumentation.” With their genre-defying blend of rap-meets-jazz-meets-R&B-meets-electronic, the band has quickly captured the imagination of listeners and the attention of critics alike in Austin and beyond.
They play today on Euphoria’s Dragonfly Amphitheater on the water from 4:50-5:50pm. This is a must for any hip-hop fan at Euphoria this year.
Also, make sure you check back in soon for an upcoming JamFeed interview with Magna Carda!
Pretty Lights (Live):
Derek Vincent Smith AKA Pretty Lights, is one of the most influential electronic music producers in the electronic music scene today. Pretty Lights has become an extremely influential and his sound has shaped many of the artists following in his footsteps.
Smith dropped out of school in Boulder after his freshmen year and hasn’t looked back. He continues to push the boundaries in electronic music, and this year at Euphoria he is bringing a live band to play with him on stage. This show is sure to make things even more Euphoric than his normal sets.
Even if you’ve seen Pretty Ligths beofre, this show is guranteed to be full of some amazing surprises. Derek is not one to let fans down, especially with an entire live band behind him.
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Today is the start of the 6th annual Euphoria Music Festival at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX. It is shaping up to be a beautiful opening day, with potentially the best Thursday Night pre-party lineup so far from Euphoria. We have some amazing local Austin talent leading off the weekend, followed by one of the top acts from All Good Records.
Local Austin hip-hop trio The Bishops will be kicking off the festival this year. The Bishops are a rare super group in the music industry. They are made up of three people who are real-life family members, and each of them have their own career outside of this new collaboration. They teamed up to release their first synth-ed up single ‘Blood Ring,’ which caught fire on some Spotify playlists and captured almost 500,000 streams for the young family trio.
They clearly will not be stopping here. As Cara Bishop says herself in their hit single, “Not one, not two, but three,” The Bishops are ready to show Austin fans what they are all about with a full hour set tonight. This will do be the biggest festival yet for the band. The Bishops kick off Euphoria Fest tonight at 6:30pm CST – don’t miss it!
Following The Bishops at 7:45pm is another amazing local Austin trio Resonant Frequency. They have started off 2017 with a huge bang, playing late night STS9 afterparty shows, opening for RJD2, and also playing 2 sets at Head for the Hills Festival 2 weeks ago.
They have truly started to developer their own sound and vibe, which is a mix of future funk, soul, and a little southern texas hip hop swag. They are guaranteed to keep you on you dancing throughout the entire set, and all three musicians are incredibly talented and know how to put on a great live set.
This is their first Euphoria Fest set, so you can bet on them spicing it up with some surprise guests, and bringing their funkiest beats to kick off Euphoria Fest the right way. Make sure you are there to see what it’s like to get everyone to vibe on the same Resonant Frequency.
Last, the headline for tonight’s lineup, Manic Focus. Manic Focus is the electronic music project of John “JmaC” McCarten, a Chicago-based producer originally hailing from the Twin Cities. He’s become well known for his multi-dimensional sound, including elements of soul, dubstep, hip-hop, blues, and funk. It’s an amazing complitation of heavy and smooth sounds that make for an incredible live performance.
JmaC teamed up with GRiZ and All Good Records in 2014 for his fourth album ‘Cerebral Eclipse’ and he hasn’t looked back since. He is at the forefront of this new age funk revolution and he is the perfect fit to bring home the night and end night one of Euphoria with a bang.
As you can see, this is one of the best Thursday Euphoria has booked yet. Their mix of strong local talent to kick things off, and following it with Manic Focus as the headliner is guaranteed to put music fans in a state of Euphoria tonight.
Make sure you follow Euphoria Music Festival on JamFeed to stay connected to all the amazing content created during this festival. We will also be making some exciting announcements over the next week, so stay tuned!
– JamFeed Team
JamFeed recently sat down with Brian Gustafson and Deniz Baykal of Blunt Force, one of Austin’s hottest up and coming electronic duos. The two 24 year olds jumped on the music scene quickly after meeting at St. Edwards University in Austin and have already opened for well-known acts such as Savoy, The Floozies, Opiuo & Sunsquabi.
After spending an hour with them, these guys not only impressed me with their music, but also their personalities and overall passion for what they do. They are approaching one of the most exciting times in their career, including their fourth year performing at Euphoria Music Festival, a multi-state tour with Bass Physics, and some new singles being announced amid all the traveling.
Even with all the excitement, these guys remain humble and very determined to network their way to the top of the electronic music scene by giving their music away for free and getting people to support them through tours and merch like many of their idols. The next 30-60 days could be some of the best months yet for Blunt Force, and you can guarantee they are going to have one hell of a time on this ride.
Where did you guys meet? And how did your musical career begin together as Blunt Force?
Deniz: We actually met in Austin. We both went to St. Edward’s University and had some mutual friends that introduced us. My girlfriend at the time was friends with his roommate, and they were like “Hey, y’all both make music, y’all should meet.” And we ended up getting this place to jam because we really had nowhere outside the dorms to chill and make music.
Brian: Yeah, I was making house music at the time, complete opposite end of the spectrum, and Deniz was making some shitty dubstep.
Where does your funk influence come from?
Brian: So I first started Blunt Force by myself. It was just me, and then I asked Deniz to come on board later. Like I said, I was making house music at the time because I had just gotten into electronic music. Then I went to my first camping festival, Electric Forest, and was lucky enough to catch Big Grizmatik (live trio of GRiZ, Big Gigantic, and Gramatik). I was definitely a fan, but not a die-hard fan at the time, and I was absolutely blown away. I had a full house music EP ready to go at the time, and I had a complete change of heart because of my experience at Electric Forest. This led me into all of that old-school funk, like Parliament Funkadalic, and then some newer funk bands like Lettuce, and The Motet, and I just loved the groove. Then when Deniz came on board full-time, you could hear our sound start to from to more of a mix of funk, glitch hop, and something a bit darker and heavier.
How did you guys come up with the name ‘Blunt Force’?
Brian: I was in a pretty crappy reggae band in high school. We played maybe two or three shows. I wouldn’t even call it a band really… more like a collection of friends just being idiots and thinking we were Slightly Stoopid.
How old were you when you got into producing music?
Deniz: I was playing drums in high school, for this punk rock band. We were just like some white boys getting drunk and thinking we were the shit. [Laughs]
Brian: Yeah, you guys were probably way better than we were back then. [Laughs]
Deniz: We played some different shows in Austin and San Antonio and then we kind of all just went our separate ways. I went to Nocturnal Fest my senior year without telling my parents. I just like left. It was incredible! I miss it. That festival was amazing. The first year was the best, with the upside-down stage. That was when all the big dudes we know now, like The Untouchables, Bassnectar, and Zeds Dead, were on the come up. That’s when it all just came together for me. Pretty Lights and Zeds Dead were when I realized that I like the heavy stuff, for sure, but also that funk/soul sound with it.
Do you guys plan to continue living in Austin?
Brian: For the unforeseeable future, yeah. We’ve been here about 5 years and both have jobs here now.
Deniz: I’d really like to move, though. I mean I love this city, but I also want to just try something new.
Brian: Yeah, definitely. But we have no plans to go anywhere yet.
Deniz: Yeah, nothing in particular. I just want to see something new.
I’ve seen you guys open for Sunsquabi at Stubb’s Indoor, and also the Floozies. How did you get connected with All Good Records crew?
Brian: Our booking agent, Kevin Woods, was good friends with Kevin and Chris from Sunsquabi, and I remember him introducing us when the guys came down to play a show here in Austin. A few months later, I had a few dates lined up in Colorado and Kevin had the idea to ask Chris [from Sunsquabi] to play drums with me for a few of the dates. That kind of got our foot in the door with the Squab boys. Then we all became good friends, and I think they came back down and we played another show with them at Holy Mountain. Eventually, they reached out to us about playing support for them on a few dates on their Odyssey Tour and we were like “alright, let’s do it!”.
Are you guys looking to sign to a label like All Good Records or something similar? Or are you trying to stay independent?
Deniz: There are a couple out there that we would definitely get on board with.
Brian: That’s true, but I think we are both have the same kind of overall view that we want to give our music away for free and make our money off touring, merch, all that kind of stuff.
Deniz: Absolutely. You make that music for your ears obviously, but it’s also meant for others to listen to. You want it to be in people’s ears and not have to be like “shit, I don’t have another dollar or two to buy this music”.
Brian: Exactly. If you want this song on your iPod, then I want you to be able to have it on there no matter what. That’s the way we have seen GRiZ and Gramatik do it, and it works.
Deniz: That’s a big difference in the way we started. For example, last year we didn’t have any new music besides Dreamer. We went out on tour and just played before making anything, and people loved it. We just kind of did it backwards. Most people put out an album and then tour, and we were just like “fuck it, lets just go and do it”.
Brian: We already had some music, but it was just from a while ago, ya know?
Deniz: Yeah, but now it’s time to put out some new music. We have two new singles coming out in the next month that we’re really excited about.
Who all is a regular part of the Blunt Force team outside of you two?
Brian: There’s three of us. Our manager Kevin Woods, and us. We’ve been doing all the managerial stuff on our own, but we are starting to get to the point where we can’t do it as well. We may be making some changes sometime soon.
Deniz: We are kind of diminishing the amount of time we could be working on music when we have to handle all this stuff, on top of working full-time jobs. Hopefully that will change soon. We can feel it coming.
You guys are about to start a tour with Bass Physics, right?
Brian: We actually met him at Euphoria on the Thursday night pre-party. We’ve always been a fan of his music, with that hip-hop sound. He played right after us, and we ended up just talking back stage afterwards. His manager came up to us after our set and said he really liked our show and that maybe we could find a way to tour together. It’s funny that was only just an idea over a year ago and we just played our first few dates of the tour.
Deniz: Yeah, we just kicked it off this past weekend with 2 dates in Arkansas, and 1 in Dallas. Then we come back for Euphoria, and then head back out on tour starting out in Colorado. We’ll play around 16 shows till the 29th of April. We get to play some places we’ve never played before, so that is definitely exciting.
Brian: We’ve only done one other tour and it was mostly the Southeast, so we are excited to hit the Midwest with cities like Chicago, St Louis, Kansas City, and some other awesome cities.
And you guys are playing Euphoria again this year. How many times have you played Euphoria Fest?
Brian: This will be number four. Euphoria has become like a second-home to us and we couldn’t be any more thankful for the opportunities they’ve given us over the past few years. Each year always finds a way to top the year before. You could say we’re pretty excited for our set there this weekend.
Are you guys going to be releasing your new music as singles, an EP, or what?
Deniz: They will be singles. It’s looking like two new singles in the next month. We’re really excited to share what we’ve been working on with everyone.
What other artists / type of music do you listen to for inspiration or when you aren’t working on your own music?
Deniz: I think Zed’s Dead is a big one for me. Obviously Pretty Lights and Gramatik have been a huge inspiration, as well. I grew up on a lot of indie and punk rock… like Blink 182. I actually just saw them last week in Austin, and Travis Barker is my true inspiration- my number one right there. He is a true robot. [Laughs]
Brian: I actually listen to a lot of Reggae music. Obviously, I love a lot of other types of music, but I honestly listen to reggae music more than electronic music when I’m just hanging out. I love that white boy reggae music like Sublime and Slightly Stoopid.
What is the coolest / wildest crowd you’ve ever played in front of?
Deniz: I think Opiuo was pretty sick. It was a two years ago at Empire Control Room, the show was completely sold out. I think capacity there is something like 1100. It was incredible. Hands down one of the best shows we’ve ever played to date.
Brian: I would say mine would be the Euphoria Denali show in Alaska. It was during the summer solstice and our set was at like 11pm and it was still fully light outside. It was the coolest experience just because it was so beautiful out there. They had the old bus from Into The Wild right next to the stage. It was amazing!
What software do you produce your music on? Have you always used it?
Brian: Ableton Live.
Deniz: Yeah, Ableton. I’m a huge fan of Native Instruments’ Massive VST as well. It just is so powerful and can create some of the fatter, beefier sound that I like, and it’s super intuitive. It’s my go-to.
So you guys both produce?
Brian: Yeah, but when we first started off it was more of Deniz just playing drums for me, and I was making more of the production decisions since I had started Blunt Force before he came in. But you can definitely see a difference in our sound and our live sets when Deniz came on-board as a contributing member of the group. Once Deniz came in, we kept the funk and hip hop sounds in there, but it definitely got a little heavier.
What advice would you give to an aspiring musician on the grind to make it big?
Deniz: To keep going to shows, keep listening to music, and stay inspired. Going out to shows is like therapy, and that’s where all the creative ideas flow. There’s always the cliché of saying “just keep at it, keep going, work hard”, but I really think that going to shows and seeing live music is what really gives you the inspiration to say “I can do that, and I’ve gotta keep learning and working on this”. In my opinion, live music makes you want to go home right away and just start making more music.
Brian: I would say once you start trying to make your own music, that seeing something through and finishing a project is huge. Because, just like anyone else who creates music, I have a ton of unfinished projects on my computer. I’ve realized that managing my work-flow and understanding that I need to do X,Y,and Z to finish this project. Once you get that feeling of completion, you’re like, “oh damn, I can do this”! And I feel like that’s the most important thing to keep your motivation and creativity flowing as an artist.
Deniz: Honestly, when it comes to production, it’s a lot of trial and error. When you are teaching yourself and you get stuck on something, don’t scrap it- save it. Just put it somewhere for later and start something new. There was a big writer’s block point in my life where I would start something and just throw it away because I didn’t like it. You have to just keep creating, and you can come back to projects and finish them.
Brian: Some days are tough, and then other days the music just comes out and you pump out a whole song in a single day. Those are the best. Those songs are the ones that are the most fluid in terms of composition, and you don’t feel like you’re forcing anything.
Deniz: Absolutely. And learn from artists who share the production techniques online. Artists like illGates and Slynk. Watch their videos, tutorials, see what they’re doing with their business, their marketing, etc.
Brian: When you’re coming up in the music scene, you think it’s you against everyone else and that there’s this big competition. But that’s not how it actually works. Everybody is in this together, and if you network with other musicians and artists I think that is your best way to succeed.