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  • The Great Texas BBQ Festival Music Photos 2018

    by Jacob Power

  • Kat Edmonson Returned to Austin at ACL Live- Concert Photos

    by Diego Donamaria

  • Mastodon Concert Photos Austin Texas
  • Primus Concert Photos from Austin 360 Amphitheater
  • More Epic Euphoria Music Festival 2018 Photos
  • Tokimonsta Photos From Austin
  • Euphoria Music Fest Photos 2018
  • iHeart Country Music Festival Daytime Village Photos 2018

    by Diego Donamaria

  • Photos From iHeart Country Music Festival Main Stage

     

     

  • iHeart Country Music Festival 2018 Red Carpet Photo Highlights
  • Concert Review: Greta Van Fleet Prove Rock is Not Dead

    by Ward Lowe

    Greta Van Fleet Goes Back to the Future

    Rock ‘n’ roll is not dead. It’s being channeled in all its ‘70s rock-god swagger by four young dudes from Michigan. Singer Josh Kiszka and his twin brother, guitarist Jake Kiszka, are the band’s elder statesmen at 22 years old. Little brother Sam Kiszka, 19, plays bass, while drummer Danny Wagner, also 19, rounds out the lineup. These guys are very young but the band members possess stage presence and musicianship beyond their years. They’ve been a huge breakout band this year and have been plastered all over music media including on the cover of major guitar magazines.

    final-9390Greta Van Fleet stormed out of the gate with the blues and howls of “Highway Tune,” and took the sold-out Stubb’s amphitheater on a full-speed, classic-rock journey. Behind-the-head guitar solos? Check. Band members shedding shirts mid-set? Check. Singer and guitarist sharing a mic back to back? You bet.

    See the photo gallery

    Huge rock riffs power most of the band’s catalogue, and Jake’s guitar licks didn’t disappoint. “Edge of Darkness,” “Talk on the Street,” and “Black Smoke Rising” had the crowd grooving and pumping fists while Josh’s vocals soared octaves above.
    Yes, they sound like Led Zeppelin—there’s no getting around the comparison. And during their covers of “Evil” and “That’s All Right,” the band veered close to tribute-band territory. However, Greta Van Fleet isn’t a tribute band. They’re what Led Zeppelin would sound like if they were in their prime in 2018, recording new music. In fact, Robert Plant himself has expressed how great these guys are.

    final-9280Greta Van Fleet takes the best aspects of classic rock and incorporates them into their sound. And if they continue to find their own path with such passion, the band will be playing a much bigger venue the next time they visit Austin. They’re already being asked to perform in huge music festivals. They will be here at ACL Music Fest this fall and then everyone will know them. This will definitely  be considered one of our BEST SHOWS OF 2018.

    SETLIST
    Highway Tune, Edge of Darkness, When the Cold Wind Blows, Talk on the Street, Flower Power, You’re the One, Evil (Howlin’ Wolf cover), Mountain of the Sun, Watching Over, Lover Leaver Taker Believer
    Encore: Black Smoke Rising, Safari Song

  • Young Rockers Greta Van Fleet Concert Photos w/ Dorothy
  • More Levitation Festival Concert Photos
  • Review: Pink’s Beautiful Trauma Tour is One of the Best of 2018

    by Jerri Starbuck

    Pink is on a 2 year tour with her ‘Beautiful Trauma World  Tour’. The 40 day arena tour of 2018 began in March and stopped in Houston for two sold-out shows at Houston’s Toyota Center. Despite having to move the show last minute from Sunday to Friday due to the Houston Rockets playoff game, the crowd didn’t care. Of course she’s one of the hottest artists these days from the 2018 Grammy music awards, her SuperBowl National Anthem to her singing ‘Beautiful Trauma’ while repelling down a building in L.A. during the 2017 AMA’s. She’s a woman on fire.

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    Pink kicked off the night by entering from a super high, massive, pink&white chandelier-hanging off it, singing ‘Get This Party Started’ at the same time and not missing a beat. Wearing a sparkly, metallic catsuit with matching boots-it was a taste of what was to come. The set, stage and lighting were one for the books. With a jet-out catwalk stage she performed on a lot- getting really engaged and personal with the crowd- singing directly to people, shaking hands with eye contact, and more.

    The show had major pyro that shot up from the entire length of the stage, had smoke, moving sidewalks, a large beaded bed that she swung on that lifted, and that giant chandelier and pink gas-light lamps made it look like she was strolling through old town New York.

    The Performance was part Cirque de Soleil and part broadway musical, with ropes, lifts, other aerial tricks- solo and double- amazing dancers and musicians including female guitarists, back up singers. The dancers were some of the best we’ve seen- and the costumes were amazing- all pink and men in pink mesh.  At one point, the dancers were all dressed in masks & horns in a spooky forest scene which seemed like a little nod to Little Red Riding Hood as she came out wearing red hood. The scenes and themes were incredibly planned and choreographed. Unique for sure.

    final-1133Towards the end of the show she did her infamous wire-peter pan style- flight on a harness doing flips around the arena several times-going super high, then low over the main floor crowd, for her hit song—-She’s incredibly strong, beautiful and fearless. It’s important to note, she was singing during the show. Even more impressive.

    See the entire photo gallery from the show and be in awe of Pink and her performance.

    Pink played her epic hits, “Perfect”, “Try”, “Just Like Fire”, “F***in’ Perfect”, “Raise Your Glass”, “Just Give Me a Reason'”, “Just Like a Pill”, and amazing songs from her “Beautiful Trauma”- “What About Us”, “Revenge”, “Beautiful Trauma”,”Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken”, and more. “I am Here” felt especially heartwarming as the crowd really connected with it, feeling much like telling the world to accept us as we are.

    We were impressed with her consistent message of unity and fighting hate. She talks and raising kids gender neutral, who are strong and feel great about themselves regardless of societal messages. She’s been vocal about here poem to daughter Willow who at 6, came home saying she was ugly. Pink briefly wondered if it was ok to kick a 6 yr old boy’s ass (joking of course to make a point). No-one, especially at that age should feel shame or ugly because someone said she looked like a boy. Her answer was this poem and powerpoint presentation and song to her daughter-“Do you see me changing my hair….changing my clothes? “No mama”, her daughter replied. “We don’t change, we help others to change”. The screen showed images of people who were different who changed the world, through music- Bowie, Prince, Elton John and more. Watch her explain it on YouTube.

    We loved all the costume changes and incredible wardrobe. From a gorgeous black and pink long silk jacket, tight shiny metallic silver jumpsuit, all white for ballad, long black mystic coat to her super-chill baggy jeans and white t-shirt-. She packed so much entertainment into this 2 hours you didn’t want to get food or hit the bathroom for fear you would miss even a second of amazement.

    One of the highlights of the show was her amazing cover of music legends Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. We also observed so many different kinds of people and all age groups singing every word of her songs. From 6 yr old girls wearing all pink, to middle-aged men, it didn’t matter- they all knew every word.

    This is definintely a show not to miss. It will likely be in our very best shows of the year. You might be able to find tickets somewhere but don’t get your hopes up.

    Set List

    Get the Party Started
    Beautiful Trauma
    Just Like a Pill
    Who Knew
    Revenge
    Funhouse / Just a Girl
    Smells Like Teen Spirit(Nirvana cover)
    Secrets
    Try
    Just Give Me A Reason
    I’m Not Dead
    Just Like Fire
    What About Us
    For Now
    Barbies
    I Am Here
    F**kin’ Perfect
    Raise Your Glass
    Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
    Encore:
    So What
    Glitter in the Air

  • Reggae Legends The Wailers Headlined Austin Reggae Fest 2018
  • Austin Reggae Festival 2018 Review: Up in Smoke

    by Kevin Horton

    The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival was a celebration of diversity, tolerance and giving back to the community. Once again, Auditorium Shores served as the perfect outdoor venue to enjoy great food, arts, and live music. Love and respect were common themes found throughout the three-day event. The festival organizers demonstrated these values effectively by donating a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. In fact, over the last decade the festival has generated over $1,000,000 to help fight back against hunger. This strong focus on community paired with great weather helped to foster a mellow environment for attendees to relax and fully appreciate reggae music and culture.

    Sister Nancy, Kabaka Pyramid & the Bebble Rockers, Nattali Rize, Collie Buddz, and many others delivered exceptional performances. One of the most influential reggae groups of our time, Black Uhuru headlined on Saturday night. Led by their founder Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, they brought a contagious positive energy to the stage that spilled over into the crowd. As the festival was drawing to an end on Sunday night, headliners The Wailers took the stage. Steered by the famed bassist Aston “Familyman” Barrett, this legendary band recorded and toured with Bob Marley from 1973-1980. The Wailers captivated the audience with their creative, timeless, and distinctive music. As the crowd sang along to every word, a common thread was woven amongst strangers and friends alike. Check out our full photo gallery on Austin 101

    Vendor stalls and local food trucks lined the outskirts of the crowd amongst the trees, creating an intriguing marketplace to explore. The vendors offered a wide variety of keepsakes, authentic Jamaican garments and countless Bob Marley tshirts & memorabilia. The lineup featured world-renowned artists and blossoming musicians, each with their own respective approach to reggae. Locals Hail Marley (a 5 peice tribute band) was a highlight as well as local reggae DJ- DJRJ.

    This year marked the 25th anniversary of the festival, and it is safe to say that they have successfully found “What unity in the community sounds like.” More info on the fest Austin Reggae Fest

  • More Killer Concert Shots from Levitation Festival 2018 Austin Texas
  • iHeart Radio Country Music Festival Brings All-Star Line-up to Austin

    2018 iHeartCountry Festival by AT&T May 5th at Frank Erwin Center, Austin Texas

    This year’s iHeartCountry Festival main stage lineup is full of some of the best country musicians, including Luke BryanKeith UrbanDustin LynchCole SwindellMaren MorrisSugarlandLuke CombsBilly CurringtonDan + ShayJon Pardi and Brett Young, The host this year is radio host Bobby Bones. Be sure not to miss rising female voices stars- Maren Morris and Lauren Alaina.

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    This year includes the epic main show at night, an incredible day stage line-up and a fun daytime village. The Daytime Village at the iHeartCountry Festival is a free event that will take place at Frank Erwin Center’s North Box Office Plaza from 1pm – 5pm CT, and will feature live performances from many of country music’s budding stars including Brett YoungDanielle BradberyDylan ScottLauren Alaina, and Luke Combs. More info on the daytime village

    Just announced, YouTube sensation 11-year-old Mason Ramsey, otherwise known as the “Walmart Yodel Boy”, will now perform at the festival in Austin, as well. Stay tuned for more fun surprises during the show!

    Check out the festival playlist

    Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 7.52.08 PMThis year you can also watch a free live stream of the Festival on May 5th at 8pm ET/ 7pm CST on the @ATT Twitter account, and listen on iHeartCountry Radio online or via the iHeartRadio app.

    Our amazing local country stations KVET and KASE101 will be there too. Don’t forget to use the #iheartcountry hashtag this year to share your favorite festival moments!

    Tickets are on-sale at TexasBoxOffice.com! You can get seats behind the stage for only $20 (plus taxes and fees).

    Note: This year has extra security. Clear Bag Policy: A clear bag policy is now in effect for all public ticketed events at the Frank Erwin Center. Click here for more info.

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