After six years, FunFunFunFest has become a tradition in Austin. It’s known for its relaxed, welcoming, and layered opportunities to have incredible experiences. We come out of hiding every fall because of the festival’s impromptu crowd dancing, spoken words, and great music line up. Like last year, the festival has four colorful stages (yellow, orange, blue, and black) that give attendees four different places to hear great entertainment. We can’t go wrong. Although not a complete list, here are a few of our possibilities this weekend:
Fidlar (Los Angeles, California) Black @ 1:05 pm
The definition of fun cannot be explained without including the words punk and rock. So there is no surprise that there are several quality punk rock groups performing in a festival that has three times the amount of fun in it’s name. Although we have not heard Fidlar live before, their songs remind us of the first time we heard east coast punk rock music. This group brings back that smoothly put together radical rock, while adding a beach sway to their rhythms and tieing it all together with rebelling lyrics. Check out the video below for a preview.
Sharon Van Etten (Brooklyn, New York) Orange @ 3:25 pm
We have often spoken about our love for the poetry we hear in music. The expression of organic emotions comes in many forms and when it is done well, its effects stay with you for a long time. Sharon Van Etten exemplifies the artist’s ability to vulnerably describe the honest experiences that at some point or another, all humans face. We heard her for the first time during the Latitude Music Festival (www.latitudefestival.co.uk/) this summer and we are excited that she is performing in the festival this year.
Girl in a Coma (San Antonio, Texas) Yellow @ 7:55 pm
The first time we heard this all girl rock group was at the first annual Pachanga Latino Music Festival in 2008. We became instant fans. Simply put, if you are about to become fans, be prepared for their garage punk, 1950s, harmonic sound. Their electricity and energy are contagious. They sing in English and Spanish. They will make you dance and sing.
Dillon Francis (Los Angeles, California) Blue @ 8:45 pm
There are several excellent performers closing the festival’s first night: Run DMC , X and Twin Sister. As we have yet to discover that time traveling machine we are always talking about, it is hard to decide which stage to end the night at. We really can’t go wrong. But, if you are a fan of the Mad Decent production label, then Dillon Francis should be a good show to catch. With a strong concentration on house beats, Francis’ mixes include spoken word mash-ups and highly compressed dancing spins.
Love Inks (Austin, Texas) Blue @ 12:00 pm
We can’t think of a better way to start off our second day of FunFunFunFest than with this group. This Austin favorite has the perfect combination of pop with a twist of electronic soul. Their naturally put together songs are catchy – their song “Black Eye” plays at least once a week in our heads. Read our previous review of this great band here.
FFF Dating Game: One Night Stand (Austin, Texas) Yellow @ 1:35 pm
Need to laugh about living in one of the best cities in the US for single people? Then The New Movement’s troupe Handbomb has you covered. Let Vanessa Gonzalez, Michael Foulk, and Alex Berry make you laugh as they bring an audience member onto the stage and help him or her find Mrs. or Mr. Right. You’ll witness adoration and persuasion like never before as strangers try to convince this lucky person that they are the perfect “One Night Stand.”
The Spits (Seattle, Washington) Black @ 3:15 pm
This group fits right into FunFunFunFest’s line up this year. Although we have not heard this band live before, we are excited to experience this pacific coast band’s music. They’re voices range from deep tones to playful pitches, their rock is hard, and their distortions sound very inviting.
Surfer Blood (West Palm Beach, Florida) Orange @ 4:25 pm
Right in the nick of time, this breezy group is taking us from our Texas summer/fall into our Texas fall/winter with two performances this weekend. Their electric guitar, cymbal timed beats, and authentic lyrics should be a great way to set the scene of our seasons. The group will be performing Friday night at the Mohawk and in the afternoon at the festival on Sunday.
New Movement Sketch Comedy Troupe (Austin, Texas) Yellow @ 11:55 am
We hesitantly place this show on our Sunday schedule because we are pretty pretty pretty sure that this comedy house will be performing all three days. Taking this into consideration, we are excited to see what they have in store for us on the last day of the festival, on a day when the time changes, on a day that is about a month away of what may or may not be the end of the world.
Ume (Austin, Texas) Orange @ 12:25 pm
We are very thankful that fellow Examiner Greg Ackerman introduced us to this local group. This hard working trio doesn’t fit into any one genre. The have a little bit of pop, a little bit of psychadelic echo, and a little bit of garage rock. The group played FunFunFunFest in 2008 and we are looking forward to starting off the festival’s third day with their show.
The Briefs (Seattle, Washington) Black @ 5:10 pm
If you find yourself in the middle of the third day of the festival craving some pacific coast Irish sounding punk rock music, then this group will fulfill that desire. Their sounds are fast, their voices are strong, and they have a 1970s feel. These performers are dedicated to scratchy effects and energetic lyrics.
De La Soul (Long Island, New York) Blue @ 7:55 pm
Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur, and Vincent Mason of De La Soul have a magical way of combining lyrical soul, hip-hop, funk, and spoken word mash-ups. Performing since 1987, the rapping trio are known for their narrative songs and collaborations with other performers. Past projects have included A Tribe Called Quest, Modest Mouse, and Gorillaz. Their most recent project, De La Soul’s Plug 1 and Plug 2 Present First Serve was released in April of this year. We’re excited that the group has partnered with the festival this year and we’re looking forward to their performance.
This is a small fraction of the fun that is expected at this year’s FunFunFunFest. There will also be eating and planking. There will be surprises and possibly grab bags. The fun spills into the night. Needless to say, there will definitely be more than three times the opportunities for all of us to have fun. For updates this weekend, stay tuned to our reviews and follow FunFunFunFest on twitter.