Blitzen Trapper, Dawes, Wheeler Brothers, and Peelander-Z Unveil New Music October 14-15
Through September 9, one lucky ticket order per day will receive a free VIP upgrade to UTOPiAfest 2011, the eclectic music and art festival scheduled October 14-15 in Utopia, Texas. Performing on a single headline stage over two days are Blitzen Trapper, Keller Williams, Dawes, Avi Buffalo, Peelander-Z, Grupo Fantasma, Art vs. Science, Cornmeal, The Giving Tree Band, Suzanna Choffel, Digital Antique, Wheeler Brothers, and Black & White Years.
Individual passes are $79, with one random order daily upgraded to VIP status. The VIP Weekend Pass is $159 and includes complimentary food and soft beverages, VIP restrooms, a UTOPiAfest t-shirt; reserved parking, and preferred campsite locations. At both levels, purchase five passes and receive one pass free of charge.
The promise of cooler fall weather and brand new music from several headliners is focusing attention on UTOPiAfest. In addition to Blitzen Trapper, whose highly-anticipated new album, American Goldwing (Sub Pop), is due September 13, UTOPiAfest also features Dawes, whose new album, Nothing Is Wrong, closely follows the band’s acclaimed gig backing The Band’s Robbie Robertson, and Wheeler Brothers, a breakout Austin band earning high marks for Portraits, the band’s debut on Bismeaux Records, founded by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel. Japanese punk band Peelander-Z also is slated to release new music before appearing at UTOPiAfest.
UTOPiAfest takes place in a beautiful natural amphitheater in the west Texas Hill Country, near many state attractions including Lost Maples, Garner State Park, and the Frio and Medina Rivers. The festival’s single main stage allows every audience member to experience full sets by each band. Special guests and other surprise artists also may appear on the smaller Cypress Stage during main stage breaks. Other daily activities include yoga, a disc golf course, unique art displays, and food and craft vendors.
Weekend passes for youths (12-18), seniors (65-plus), veterans, and current U.S. service personnel (including Red Cross and Peace Corps volunteers) are $59. Single day tickets are not available, and only 1,500 weekend passes are being released.
Prices include free parking and on-site camping, with no extra charge for RVs, buses, and other large vehicles.
UTOPiAfest is a production of Travis Sutherland and the Fisher Family, who in 2009 originated the event on a private 1,000-acre ranch, and Onion Creek Productions, an Austin-based company that develops unique video projects for a diverse roster of clients.
UTOPiAfest 2011 pledges to donate a portion of proceeds to Charity Water, Tree Folks, Kiva, Utopia EMS & Fire Departments, and other organizations.