Annakalmia Traver of the astoundingly fun indie-dance band Rubblebucket sat in a teepee at UTOPiAFest for an interview with Music Felon’s 9-year-old Mabel. Be sure to check out Rubblebucket‘s new EP entitled If U C My Enemies this Friday, January 20, 2017! MF Mabel: What is your favorite grade? R Annakalmia: Like in school? A + MF…
It’s no secret that Calliope Musicals is one of our favorite bands live, streaming and answering questions. Friday night, they had the difficult task of playing between TINNAROSE, who just released an album and Sweet Spirit, who’s kicking off their fall tour. Calliope Musicals did not disappoint, providing the high energy and extraordinary music we…
Calliope Musicals‘ fun and uplifting interview with 9-year-old Mabel from Music Felon in the beautiful heart of the hill country, at UTOPiAfest. MF Mabel: What is your favorite grade? CM Josh: A MF Mabel: No, not that type of grade. 4th, 3rd…Everybody thinks that type CM Andrew: 8th grade, maybe 5th grade CM Josh: 2nd grade…
Written by Nicole
If you’re into festivals and you’re not attending UTOPiAfest then you’re missing out on an amazing experience. This BYOB camping music festival brings an astonishing line up of musical talent every year to the Four Sister’s Ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. This was the 8th year for UTOPiAfest and like always they created an amazing weekend for all. If you wanted to stay active there was an 18 hole disk golf course, instructed yoga classes, guided hikes and guided mountain biking! For those who just wanted to chill there were hammocks to relax in. A Kid’s tent full of activities was set up daily to keep the youth at this family friendly festival entertained. Are you wondering the best way to relax after a day of activities and live music? How about more live music! From 2am to 5am acoustic sets at “Tank Goodtimes” would let music lovers chill while listening to great music and gaze at the star filled Texas sky.
UTOPiAfest is held on the 1000 acre Four Sister’s Ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill country. The fest is 8 miles from small town Utopia, which was to be a Fourierist community of “utopian socialism” but failed. Since Uvalde county is dry, there are no alcohol sales and the fest allows attendees to bring their own drinks, making it more of an “unfestival” (no lines for $9 beer).
The remoteness of the location made most cell phones only useful as clocks and cameras. No hashtag is needed when no one can reach their favorite social media platform. This left time for fans to talk to each other about the awesomeness they were experiencing instead of staring at their mobile screens.
UTOPiAfest is a unique family friendly music festival that limits ticket sales to 2000. This keeps the performances intimate and lines short. Utopians are some of the friendliest people on earth. People help each other if something is needed and always greet each other with a smile. Even friendlier and more helpful is the UTOPiAfest staff.
Unfortunately, the company that was hosting the children’s activities had to back out at the last moment. The UTOPiAfest folks stepped up and created new activities that the kids loved. There was face painting, games and lots of fun for families.
Keeping Utopians in a greatmood was not difficult with the stellar line-up. The fest started with a pre-party Friday night that included Austin locals, Sip Sip and Syphx followed by the jam band Leftover Salmon who also played an intimate acoustic set backstage late in the evening.
Saturday, the main festival began in the early afternoon and ended near 2 a.m. with Explosions in the Sky on stage and fireworks bursting above. Twelve bands performed each of the days on two stages with no overlap in music. Sunday included a surprise set from Shakey Graves!
There were after hours acoustic sets at the Good Times Tank stage that ran well into the morning on Saturday and Sunday. UTOPiAfest was a magical weekend surrounded by beautiful music, people and scenery! The bands gave great performances despite the heat. Utopians danced and sang along. A couple even got married.
Not many sights are grander than looking into the stars deep in the heart of Texas at UTOPiAfest!