Fall winds are beginning to roll in to Texas and excitement is building as Austinites and music enthusiasts alike count down the days to the 16th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 6 - 8 & October 12 - 15). This year, festival goers will be looking forward to headliners such as Chance The Rapper, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jay-Z, but locals know to look out for Austin’s very own home-grown artists, who are credited with making the city the Live Music Capital of the World®.
Buy your tickets and book your ACL weekend in Austin, then catch these 10 local artists live to see what Austin's vibe is all about.
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This laid-back sibling trio has been creating music together since childhood. Their smooth, alternative hip-hop/R&B sound will give you a taste of Austin’s underground alternative hip-hop scene. Chris (rapper), Troy (beat producer) and Cara (vocalist), have been grabbing much attention among young hip-hop enthusiasts. In fact, Austin Monthly profiled the group as a “Band to Watch” earlier in 2017. Their collaborations have a laid back, otherworldly feel that will surely cease your melodic cravings.
The Wild Now
In the wake of the release of their second EP, “Afterglow,” The Wild Now continues to gain momentum both locally and abroad. Since the duo met at Austin’s own South by Southwest Festival back in 2013, Taylor Baker (vocalist) and Drew Walker (guitarist) have been collaborating to provide their listeners with ethereal indie pop masterpieces. Baker’s eerie, ghostly vocals accompanied with Walker’s sultry guitar riffs are an absolute must-see live.
The Band of Heathens
This country/blues/Americana five-piece outfit is a beloved Austin treasure. Founding members Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist both had individual sets at the same local bar which lead them to become friends. Once they began collaborating, The Band of Heathens started to fall into place, and Austin has been smitten with the sound ever since. Their unique combination of bluesy beats, folksy lyrics and soulful vocals represent why Austin is so proud of its diverse musical heritage.
Mobley writes, sings and produces alternative pop music - but most of all, Mobley preforms alternative pop music. This one-man band, who recently opened for Nile Rogers at SXSW 2017, is nothing short of a multi-faceted genius as he entertains fans. Mobley carefully curates the aesthetic of each set, including lights and visuals. In each performance, Mobley conveys commitment, passion and energy to fans as he effortlessly jumps from one instrument to the next.
CAPYAC is exactly the type of group one aims to stumble upon at an outdoor music festival. Delwin Campbell and Eric Peana’s claim CAPYAC was formed out of the desire to watch their fans lose their inhibitions while dancing to the flamboyantly bizarre and funky-pop disco beats. The duo's unique spontaneity and playfulness can be credited to Campbell’s time spent in Europe. Expect CAPYAC to provide energetic futuristic beats accompanied by peculiar props and eclectic apparel.
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The Black Angels
The Black Angels' 1960s-style psychedelic rock will make festival goers do just that. The Black Angels are best known for the sultry dissonance which evokes liberating, yet dark emotions from listeners. Stephanie Bailey, Christian Bland, Alex Maas, Kyle Hunt and Jake Garcia make up the trippy five piece band. Don't miss their Saturday evening sets, both weekends.
Identified as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone Magazine in August of 2017, Carson McHone is one of Austin’s most notable up and coming artists. Her pure and versed vocals, combined with just a bit of good ole’ Texas twang, is the essence of the deep rooted, boot scootin’ culture Austin loves to call its own. Catch her set on Friday during Weekend One for a true Austin experience that can't be beat.
The long beloved band Spoon is one of America's classic indie and experimental rock bands. With 20 years of experience behind them, Spoons’ post rock-influenced tunes continue to rock charts and master playlists. With the recent release of their 9th studio album, "Hot Thoughts," Spoon continues to deliver indie rock beats that make fans want to stage dive into the crowd. A well-known and essential staple in Austin’s live music scene, kick off your Saturday night with Spoon at the Miller Lite stage both weekends.
Tomar and the FC’s
Since their inception in 2015, Tomar and the FC’s have been deeply involved in Austin’s live music scene - from regular shows at the iconic Continental Club to their performance at SXSW Music Festival in March. Lead singer Tomar Williams grew out of the Chitlin Circuit and has long been a staple of Austin soul music. Simply put, Tomar and the FC’s serve up the kind of quality throwback soul and R&B that makes listeners want to get up and dance… enough said.
This hometown duo was formed in 2014 and offers aggressive alternative pop with a grungy electronic twist. The duo, Matthew Brue (vocalist) and David Butler (producer and instrumentalist) initially formed to showcase Brue’s vocals but quickly found out that together they had something special. Don’t miss the unique vibe Missio is certain to bring to this year’s festival.
Like what you hear so far? Don't miss your chance to experience the quintessential weekend of live music in Austin - purchase your tickets today!
Contributed by Julia Levy, Visit Austin Music Intern.