Keep Austin Weird Festival 2014 – Downtown Austin, TX
Austinites are preparing for another fantastic Keep Weird Austin Festival, which takes place this year on Saturday, June 28th. A full day of sunshine, live bands, local eats, and a fabulous 5K is in works. This year’s festival philosophy is go big or go home. And what better way to describe one huge blowout party full of music, family activities, and local vendors sure to bring a smile to any festival-goer’s face? The festival is the ultimate toast to Austin and it’s hospitality, fun, and community.
What to Expect at This Year’s Festival
There’ll be plenty of great food and crafts vendors. Delicious eats like Crepe Crazy, Taylor’s Seafood, Hero’s Gyros, and Cristi’ Ali Cuisin will be set up, as well as treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Bob and Deb’s Fried Pies, As Good As It Gets Tiny Pies, and Slice of ice. Crafts include Vardanyan Jewelry, Swinn, Baubles and Lace, and Scentsy Wickless Candles.
The music line-up features an authentic mix of some great talent, including Twin Forks, Riders Against the Storm, Uncle Lucius, T Bird and the Breaks, and KP & The Boom Boom. Austinites may remember KP and the Boom Boom, as they formed in the fall of 2010 right in Austin. They created big waves around town in 2013 when they releasing their three-track EP, which was produced by Al Vallejo. They also debuted a music video for a new single while and stirring up lots of new buzz with a series of fantastic performances with lots of high energy. The band is made up of seven members with front woman Kate Priestley at center stage.
Surrounding her are her six band mates with a slew of instruments – bass, drums, horns, vibraphone, timbales, bongos, congas, and other assorted percussion. Priestley describes their music as positive, all about having a good time while you go through life’s journeys and experience a range of emotions. Her writing reflect these experiences with hyper-aware lyrics about the human condition, focusing on hope and transcendence rather than troubles in the past. With a vast range that includes a syrupy sing-chat to a powerful wail, her vocals have compared to the acid jazz of bands like Jamiroquai and the Brand New Heavies. While it’s difficult to exactly pinpoint the band’s sound, you’ll find notes of funk, soul, disco, R&B, jazz, and world music. The band will be back in the studio this year to record their highly anticipated first full-length album.
More Ticket & Event Deets on Keep Austin Weird Festival 2014
The Keep Austin Weird Festival will be held on Saturday, June 28th in downtown Austin, Texas. The adult price for participation in the 5K (which includes a Keep Austin Weird t-shirt) is $25. Festival passes may be purchased separately at $12 per ticket. For kids, the 5K price runs at $12, and kids 12 and are admitted into the festival for free with a donation of 3 items to the Capital Area Food Bank.