Thursday, May 30, 2013
Listen: Sounds from Texas bands playing Wakarusa music festival this weekend
So many good bands were bred in our great state.
Posted by Flickr user Rich Anderson
In its tenth year, Wakarusa music festival in Ozark, Arkansas has grown into its skin as one of the most reputable in the country. The lineup consistently features legendary acts, such as 2013 headliners Widespread Panic, Snoop Lion (yes, that's Snoop Dogg), and Amon Tobin, alongside an array of up-and-coming musicians. While the festival makes a grassroots effort to get locally acclaimed bands involved by way of the Wakarusa Winter and DJ Classics, it is a prestigious notch on any band's belt to be added to the lineup.
Five North Texas natives are making their way to the Mulberry Mountain site this weekend for Wakarusa, in addition to a handful of bands from Austin. Listen to some tunes below to get familiar with their music. After Waka, you never know where you'll see these movers and shakers of our local scene next.
North Texas bands playing Wakarusa
Mingo Fishtrap — These former Dentonites now call Austin home, but their breed of funk stems directly from their jazz training at UNT. With big horns and a dash of soul, their groove is contagious.
Spoonfed Tribe — This Arlington-based eight-piece stuns crowds with its unique blend of percussion and psychedelia. While some of the songs may come off dark, the band is extremely technical and regularly drums up an impromptu jam worth dancing to. Plus, they have a flutist!
The Effinays — Dallas' own Latin-infused reggae band attends Wakarusa as the winners of the local Winter Classic. Whether you fancy some sultry saxophone, groovy bass, or a dancing beat, this band has got you covered.
Gravity Feed — A mix of classic improvisation and pop sensibility, this five-piece is riding high on the release of their debut album entitled Bubblegum Wisdom. Their secret weapon is saxophonist Brad Silwood, who has played with some of music’s biggest legends including Prince and Elton John.
Black Market Pharmacy — Though you rarely see more than one person behind a DJ booth, this collective boasts three minds with a single vision for electronic music. As winners of Dallas' Waka DJ Classic, Black Market Pharmacy bounces between bass-laden dubstep tracks and some calmer trip-hop sounds.
Austin bands playing Wakarusa
Bright Light Social Hour — This four-piece is everything you love about southern rock 'n roll and so much more. With hard-hitting lyrics, head-spinning guitar solos, and a rockstar grandeur about them, Bright Light Social Hour will have you wishing you kept your daughter at home that night they were in town.
Band of Heathens — Austin's rock scene found a softer side in Americana group Band of Heathens. The band's lyrics resonate with fans of folk, while their sound hones a mild country twang. Either way you shake it, they offer a feel-good set amongst the festival scene. And sometimes even a pedal-steel guitar.
Lance Herbstrong — A DJ group who condones smoking weed isn't a rare thing, but Lance Herbstrong is determined not to be pegged as a strictly reggae act. The group is heavy on the Bob Marley, but often incorporates indie bands, classic rock, and lots of jam bands.
Govinda — Shane Madden is creating his own rules when it comes to DJing and producing. He grooves behind his turntables while simultaneously throwing down beats and playing live violin over top. Govinda’s style incorporates Middle-Eastern influences to which his backup belly dancers perform, dressed head to toe in authentic garb. They are truly a sight (and a sound).
RUN DMT — RUN DMT is all about the bangers, though this DJ makes bodies move with a variety of electronic genres. From dubstep to trance and whatever falls in between, he makes his mark on the memories of all who see him.
Henry + The Invisibles — Contrary to what the name might suggest, this is a one-man band who won over crowds at Austin's Waka Winter Classic with its big sound and contagious vibe. Front (and only) man Henry Roland layers instrumentation on top of synthetic beats and then caps it off with his soulful voice.