Austin is known as the official Live Music Capitol of the World and they do live up to the name. About 250 venues present live music of every genre. Austin is also home to great music festivals. One that has been on the rise since 2006 is Fun Fun Fun Fest.
The first Fun Fun Fun Fest, FFF Fest for short, was held in the fall of 2006 at Waterloo Park. It was one of the smaller line-ups as it was just emerging on the scene. The headliner was Spoon and other acts included Electric Frankenstein, ADHD and Austin’s own The Black Angels.
From there on the FFF Fest increased popularity. The years that followed brought bigger artists and a lot of national attention from music lovers all over. Headliners have included MGMT, The National, Minus the Bear, Crystal Castles, Ratatat, Descendants, Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Slayer, Public Enemy, Run and and so many more. In 2011 the festival began a tradition, adding comedians to the lineup. It is one of the few music festivals that incorporates popular and local artists along with comedic relief. Also in 2011, the festival moved to Auditorium Shores, which is a larger park in Downtown Austin.
Great news for every ‘90’s child – YES Jesse McCartney is as dreamy as we all remember. What an amazing way to start off the school year, Jesse performed at the House of Blues this past Monday as part of his Technicolor tour.
Of course he did not come alone, he brought with him two great artists. The first you may recognize from Dancing With the Stars, Mark Ballas. He performed his new single ‘Get My Name’ as well as a medley of pop songs. He made it a point to show the audience he really was a contestant on DWTS, with some flashy moves that got a great reaction from the hundreds of screaming girls that were present at the show.
Next was a beautiful girl named Guinevere, who enthralled the audience with her catchy, pro-girl songs. Though her name is a bit strange, her music is exactly what we’re all used to, very upbeat and not much different from what we hear on the radio.
With the first week of school already in effect, we have another ticket giveaway for our fellow Coogs! Denzel Curry and Deniro Farrar are coming to Houston during their Bow Down Tour on Thursday, September 18th at Warehouse Live. To win your way into the concert, tune in to Roxxx City on Thursdays from 7-9 PM!
Until then, check out the video for their song “Bow Down” which was filmed in Austin, Texas during SXSW:
Thousands gathered under the hot Texas sun at the Cynthia Woods pavilion to watch One Republic perform. Before the main attraction, Jamie Scott (co writer of “Story of Our Lives”) and Christina Perri warmed up the crowd, not that it could get much hotter. Christina seemed to be under the weather, she was constantly taking sips out of an over sized mug and even sneezed on stage once, but that did nothing to take away from her surprisingly bubbly nature. She made an effort to really talk to the crowd and keep them engaged.
One Republic blew the crowd away by taking them on a journey of not just their new songs from their latest record, Native, but also from their first hits such as “Apologize” and “Secrets”. Personally, the more love an artist gives Houston, the more I enjoy their show. One Republic definitely won me over by singing a special version of “Good Life”, where they mentioned Houston and by choosing HOUSTON to be the first city they complete the Ice Bucket Challenge. On stage all of the band members had coolers full of water and tons of ice poured all over them. You may see videos of the team doing the same thing at other shows, but Houston was where it happened first. They subsequently nominated Vanilla Ice, the Queen of England, and Coldplay to also complete the challenge, as well as donate $10,000. One Republic also made it a point to let their audience know that they too donated that amount, but what would really be amazing is if they were to donate $10,000 every time they did the challenge on stage.
During the Houston stop of the Under The Influence Of Music Tour, we talked to Mack Wilds about touring with Wiz Khalifa, upcoming collaborations and his favorite things about the city of Houston. His Grammy-nominated album, New York: A Love Story is in stores now!
Despite the hot weather, the fans of this star studded event arrived by the masses, equipped in an array of snapbacks, crop tops and an infectious eagerness to enjoy a night full of good performances, good vibes and most importantly good music.
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After his set, we caught up with Mack Wilds, also known as Tristian Wilds, and spoke to him about touring, new music, and upcoming collaborations.
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We also ran into Houston’s own Trae tha Truth, who came to support!
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Sage the Gemini was spotted relaxing backstage after his set with IAMSU!
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