In KVRX Fest’s inaugural showcase, local artists and featured headliners from around the U.S. will bring their act to the Live Music Capital of the World.
The festival will take place Friday and Saturday at Cheer Up Charlie’s and Symphony Square. There are 40 bands set to perform, with 24 of them based in Austin. Here are six of the artists, local and featured, who will be there this weekend.
1. Frankie Cosmos
New York City-based indie-pop band Frankie Cosmos is the main headliner for the event. The group consists of four members and is led by the soft-spoken lead singer Greta Kline. Attendees should expect an intimate show from the lyric-heavy pop rock band. They will perform Saturday at 10:20 p.m. at Cheer Up Charlie’s on the venue’s outside stage.
2. Fat Tony
Fat Tony is a Houston-based rapper who now lives in Los Angeles. He describes his music as underground, punk, pop and most importantly, meant for everybody. Attendees should expect an honest, passionate, humorous show, and to hear innovative music that strays away from the trends of modern hip-hop. The rapper will perform at 9:50 p.m. on Saturday at Symphony Square.
3. Indoor Creature
Austin’s Indoor Creature describes themselves as an indie-pop or pop-fusion band. The group consists of four members, and their performances frequently feature saxophone and guitar solos and elements of jazz-fused pop music. Their sound most resembles the work of alternative artist Toro y Moi. Indoor Creature is set to perform at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday on the inside stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
4. Why Bonnie
Why Bonnie is an Austin-based indie-rock/indie-pop band which aims to put on a candid, simple performance at their shows. Blair Howerton, the band’s lead singer, said they like to have fun and keep things honest with their audience. The band consists of five members and often draws comparisons to bands like The Cranberries and Stereolab. Why Bonnie performs at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday at Symphony Square.
Austin-based band Blushing likes to blur the lines of their music in regard to genre. They are often categorized as dream-pop, and have an early-90s influence. They avoid playing their softer songs on stage and lean toward jamming out with their dreamy, but dirty sound to keep the audience engaged. Blushing will be performing at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday at Symphony Square.
6. TC Superstar
TC Superstar is a local Austin band made up of UT alumni. They formed at UT as a dance-pop band between a lead singer, guitarist, keyboard player and dancers who were in the UT Dance department. Their performances consist of creative pop music and lead singer Connor McCampbell dancing in sync along with the onstage choreographed dancers. TC Superstar will be performing at 11:50 p.m. on Saturday on the outside stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
Other notable Austin acts include Mamalarky, who performs at 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, and Big Wy’s Brass Band, who performs at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, both on the outside stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s. The other featured headliners include Palm, Drab Majesty and Omni. This combination of local bands and those from around the country will certainly be a treat for Austin’s music lovers.