Asleep at the Wheel (5:30pm, hangar stage)
- 10-Time GRAMMY Award Winners!!!
- Voted¬†Best Country & Western Band¬†by Rolling Stone
- Awarded¬†‚ÄúTouring Band of the Year‚Äù¬†by Academy of Country Music
- Americana Music Association honored Asleep at the Wheel with the¬†Lifetime Achievement Award
- Toured with:¬†Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, Ray Price, Alice Cooper¬†and many more…
Ruby Jane and the Reckless (4:15pm, hangar stage)
Ruby Jane is a fiddle prodigy turned singer/songwriter/national touring artist. When Ruby Jane was 9, she became the youngest person to ever be invited to play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. At the age of 11, she won the Mississippi State Fiddle Championship and went on to win numerous contests all over the South.
Ruby Jane moved to Austin, TX in Sept. 2007 and since then she has opened for/toured with Willie Nelson, Blues Traveler, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Drake Bell, Lyle Lovett, Local Natives, Big and Rich, and many more, as well as playing Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival with her own band. She now resides in Austin, TX and tours nationally.
Ruby Jane and The Reckless is the brainchild of Ruby Jane,¬†Austin Simmons, Miggy Milla, Chris Copeland and Sam Powell, based out of Austin, Texas . Their unique style has been called “a psych-jamming, darkly optimistic, alt-hooky, fiddlin’ mind f**k.” They recently received the prestigious Black Fret grant in late 2015, and have been working on their 2016 debut EP with Chris John “Frenchie” Smith out of the Bubble studio in Austin, TX
Sweet Spirit (2:45pm, field stage)
Ironically, the nine-piece band Sweet Spirit started as a solo project. Austin singer Sabrina Ellis¬†started Sweet Spirit to hone her ability to write and perform on her own. “It was supposed to be focused on me writing solo, and performing with the guitar,” she says. But it didn’t stay that way for long.
Ellis and Andrew¬†Cashen began turning out songs at a breakneck pace. They assembled a core band of four more members, rehearsed religiously, and started playing gigs around town. Immediately they began turning heads and packing clubs.
Within six months they had gotten noticed by one of Austin’s most famous musical residents, Britt Daniel of Spoon. In October of 2014, Daniel asked the band to perform at Spoon’s “secret” tour kick off show at the cramped rock club Hotel Vegas for their latest record They Want My Soul, and Sweet Spirit was quickly thrown into the local buzzmill.
Ex-Spoon producer and friend Mike McCarthy was also an early devotee. He met with the band and invited them to record demos at his studio to shop around. Those early demos were so strong, that with minimal mixing, they became the band’s eponymous 10″ EP.
As Austin accolades continued to pile up into 2015, the band was asked to perform a cover set of Marvin Gaye songs for a special event. They added two horn players and a backup singer to recreate Gaye’s music – Ellis and Cashen were immediately enchanted. They asked the auxiliary players to stay, making what was once a solo project a full-fledged nine piece band!
Two months later, Sweet Spirit was added as an official SXSW showcase act without a full-length record or ever having applied. National attention from Esquire, the L.A. Times and other outlets solidified their status as Austins “next great rock band” and earned them a spot as the opener on 12 Midwest and West Coast Spoon tour dates.
Meanwhile, the band and McCarthy finished work on the band’s full-length debut Cokomo, as well as a two song collaboration between them and Daniel, which became a limited edition 7″ release that received praise from Stereogum, Consequence Of Sound, SPIN, and other outlets.
Cokomo is the perfect snapshot of where the band is right now: a confident blend of garage rock, glammy pop, bouncy soul, and Ellis out front, owning every song. Through the evolution of Sweet Spirit she’s learned how to find her own voice while shining in the context of a supremely talented group – or, as Pop Press International put it, “the power of balancing autonomy with cooperation.”
Riders Against the Storm (1:30pm, field stage)
(RAS) Riders Against the Storm are recipients of ‘Band of the Year’ honors at the 2014 and 2015 Austin Music Awards, and represent a significant first in the ‘Live Music Capital.’ In 32 years, hip hop had never received the top honor. Winning the title twice in a row is an accomplishment shared by only a handful of bands, including: Spoon, and Los Lonely Boys.
RAS transforms every audience they reach with a refreshing magic and flair that few possess today. In everything they touch, ceremony scrapes the floor and atmosphere – hopping through, from seam to seam, cloaked in their own ideas of regalia and change, Riders Against the Storm cast out invitations to world – come and party.
Aside from headlining many shows throughout the country, RAS has opened for national recording acts, including: K’Naan, KRS-ONE, Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Pharoahe Monch, Nas, Rakim, Damian Marley, ?uestlove (of The Roots), Jean Grae, The Coup, Michael Franti, Dead Prez, The Geto Boys, George Clinton.
Seu Jacinto (12:15-1:40 pm, hangar stage)
Based in Austin, Texas, Seu Jacinto is a music group interested in introducing and developing traditional Northeastern Brazilian culture to Central Texas and all over the world.
The group was formed by University of Texas students and the current line-up has musicians from four different countries which diversifies and spreads their musicality to include many influences from all kinds of music genres.
Their work as a grassroots collective has been focused on the traditional regional music forms of Northeastern Brazil, more specifically the state of Pernambuco and surrounding areas. The opportunity to share aspects of Brazilian culture that are generally overshadowed is a wonderful means for them to share their passion with the public, establish a community and add yet more flavor to the area where they live and perform more often.
Their involvement with Brazilian folklore offers an exploration into its history, which led them to understand the colorful and diverse country, but they are also constantly exploring and adding many musical elements from other areas of the globe such as Cape Verde and the Caribbean.
Midnight Butterfly (12:00-12:45pm)
Midnight Butterfly is an award winning, 5 piece, all girls Rock Band ages 7-11! They hold the #2 spot for Best Bands Under 18 by the 2016 SXSW’s Austin Music Awards. ¬†They play rock and pop cover songs as well as revamp current songs! They are working on original songs as well.
MORE FIELD STAGE
The Pink Flamenco Dance Studio along with Alex Ruiz, Celia Corrales & Jorge Dankel (4:40pm-5:05pm)
The Pink Flamenco Dance Studio presents captivating voice by Celia Corrales, the incomparable music from Alex Ruiz of Ching√≥n, compelling music artistry by Jorge Dahnke, powerful flamenco dancing by Genoveva and much more!! This is going to be an incredibly lively and entertaining performance! The studio has been open since 2011 and is now located on W. Anderson Ln. www.PinkFlamencoDance.com
Genoveva Guinn is the founder and artistic director.
Square Dancing with music by Cider (5:10-5:50pm)
We’re having a Square Dance! Caller Rich McMath will be teaching and leading traditional square dances to beginners and experts alike. No experience or partner needed! Live music provided by Cider. If you can bounce and laugh, you can square dance.
Tango dancers from Esquina Tango (6:00-6:15pm)
Dancing for Esquina Tango Cultural Society of Austin, Mickey Jacobs and Orazzio Loayza. We teach Argentine tango in the community, as well as a Senior Tango program at Esquina.
Songbird Rising Suzuki School (6:20-7:00pm)
Songbird Rising Suzuki School students ages 5-13 will serenade you ¬†with a performance of Dr Suzuki’s book 1 in its entirety!