FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX :: October 20 - 22, 2017
The American Soundtrack
Here in Austin, music is part of everything we do. You might even say it's in our DNA. We're proud to bring that tradition to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX.
With stages around every corner and live music all day Saturday and Sunday, you're bound to find your new favorite band this fall at COTA. Get to know the artists who will keep the party going all weekend long.
Discovered by Justin Timberlake and signed to his Villa 40 artist development company, American pop band THE SHADOWBOXERS are poised to be this year’s biggest breakout act with their R&B-soaked mix of soul and pop.
The Texas Gentlemen were born in the high weeds of an unkempt yard in the forest of southern Dallas. Having played together for years, the gentlemen that make up The Texas Gentlemen decided to come together and play some favorite songs of theirs. While the band is made up of many Texas based bands and artists (Larry g(EE), Dovetail, Wesley Geiger, Jonathan Tyler, The Misteries, Fortune Field, Starma), when they come together they create a brand of music that is completely their own.
Los Coast’s music is a punchy, psych-tinged, lyrical variety of rock and soul. For the band, comprised of Trey Privott, John Courtney, Megan Hartman, Damien Llanes, and Nat Wright, this style of music is a uniquely efficient medium of communication—one that reaffirms music’s role as the universal language of the intangible.
Cosmos-wrangling Americana upstart Israel Nash returns from Texas Hill Country with his Silver Season, a deeply gorgeous and wholly immersive nine-song set that plays less like an album, and more like a cross section of time and space. The man’s fourth LP ventures farther down the acid-soaked trail blazed by 2013’s Rain Plans, arriving in lush and expansive territory. Here, this Missouri son sounds more assured than ever, supported by his highly capable band and production inspired by psychedelic greats.
The Peterson Brothers possess a modern blend of blues, soul and funk. Glenn Jr., 20 on guitar and vocals, and his brother Alex, 18, on bass and vocals, have been playing together since they were young kids. Rising stars in Austin, Texas, the Peterson Brothers have been referred to as, “The future of Austin music” by Mark Murray of Sun Radio in Austin, and “Some of the most talented musicians I have seen come out of Austin” by Jamfeed.
The Peterson Brothers have opened for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, the late B.B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Willie Nelson, and Los Lonely Boys. They currently hold a standing room only weekly residency at Austin’s famed music hall The Continental Club.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Uncle Lucius are a band whose rootsy blend of classic rock, blues, soul, and country flavors has won them a loyal fan following. The Uncle Lucius story begins in 2002, when Kevin Galloway, then a 25-year-old who had played guitar for years and grew up on classic country tunes, decided he was tired of living in East Texas and chasing a career in banking. Wanting to pursue his love of music, Galloway relocated to Austin and began regularly playing open-mike nights in town, and eventually he crossed paths with Hal Vorpahl, a fellow musician who grew up listening to Willie Nelson and playing piano before he hit Austin and took up the bass guitar.
Blastfamous USA is comprised of indie hip-hop artist ZEALE and the powerful production duo NGHT HCKLRS. All thick beats and a bullet-riddled delivery.
Jonathan Terrell is a new breed of country, pulling inspiration from dreamscapes and in depth stories from the gorgeous and gritty corners of Americana. He received international praise for his 2008 full length solo debut, “Trials and Stimulations”, and began work on his next record until shelving the project in 2011 to front and tour with the rock'n'roll band, Not In The Face.
Nina Diaz began performing with Girl in a Coma at the tender age of 13 alongside her older sister Phanie Diaz and friend Jenn Alva. At a time when kids her age were navigating the waters of first crushes and gym class, Diaz was playing in clubs and living the life of a working musician, temptations of the night included.
Tomar Williams got his start singing lead and playing various instruments on the Chitlin Circuit with his family soul band as a youngster. After establishing himself on the Austin music scene as a keyboardist in the late 80s and 90s, Tomar and his brother, Salih, formed the production team “Carnival Beats”. In 2015, Tomar decided to return to his roots as a frontman and Tomar and the FCs was born.
Hooka Hey, a recent addition to Austin, Texas by way of Paris, France, plays blues-based tribal beats with smoky, sludgy riffs drenched and charged like the air just before a rainstorm. Organic and raw, Hooka Hey’s “Transylvanian Voodoo” sound encompasses a wide variety of grooves and tones evoking artists like Queens of The Stone Age or Jack White
CJ Edwards (also affectionately known as Shorti C)grew up knowing music would be his life long passion. He began leading hymnals at the congregation his father was minister to in Austin, Tx. He gained an affinity for literature, performance, and the arts being the youngest son of his mother an educator in Austin as well. Throughout school he participated in music programs. He recorded and toured first with a 12 piece vocal Gospel/Jazz ensemble by the name of Testimony in college. Upon return he...
The Knife Fighter was raised by Wolverines in north Wyoming just west of Grey Bull after being abandoned and left to die by his birth parents with only a bottle of Windsor Canadian and an antler handle Bowie knife by his side.
Flavor Raid is a 2 piece live electronic dance act from Austin TX who played together as End Wave from 2010-2013. The duo plays dance music that is fun, catchy, occasionally silly and sometimes borderline absurd. Come to a show and find yourself dancing and singing along in no time!
Miami born, Colombia raised. Learning Latin American folk music through the oral tradition of his family and then found himself back in Miami to study Jazz after high school. After years collecting melodies and beats across the Americas, Kiko formed into his own unique mix. A fusion of Afro-Colombian, Reggae, and other Latin world beats thrown in.
Saint Sinner, an artist who demands nothing less than your full attention, invites you to ride through multicolored atmospheres created by her music. From jungle hop to wavy acoustic to psycho tropical… bending genres and blurring lines is a natural practice to 21-year-old Saint Sinner.
Family bands are known for having incredibly harmonic vocals, unmatched appearances, and the ability to beat the shit out of each other and still remain in tact. Migrant kids, was formed by two cousins Miguel Ojeda and John Zakoor, are no exception. The cousins have been playing music together for fifteen years and moved to Austin, TX by way of Detroit, MI to join forces...
Cut Throat Finches. An ironic name for a tiny bird, and conversely, for a Texas band with a giant British sound. Singer-songwriter Sean Russell, a proud resident of the Ft Worth Texas Music Scene, formed the band mid-2015 with a group of much-lauded players from the area, all of whom were involved in various projects of their own...
Drawing from diverse musical backgrounds, Austin's Cilantro Boombox creates an energetic, positive vibe that flows from the dance floor to the soul.
Originally from West Texas, Garner Sloan moved to Austin and brought his smooth, dusty vocals and plucking guitar with him. The band’s latest release Liquid Sails & Bobcat Tails is a study in blending genres; tracks like “Bound to Lose” are part jazz, part country, part American Gothic.
Conjunto Los Pinkys have been performing around the US and in the Lone Star State since 1992. We are based in Austin, Texas and perform weekly at various clubs and restaurants. We have been featured at the Johnstown Folk Festival in Johnstown, PA, The Tejano-Conjunto Festival en San Antonio, Texas, Accordion Kings in Houston, Texas, The Berryessa Flea Market in San Jose, California, Dia de Los Muertos Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama and many clubs, dancehalls, cantinas, church bazaars, jamaicas, quincieneras, weddings and parties around Central Texas. Conjunto Los Pinkys are 2015 members of the Austin Music Hall of Fame.
Henry the Archer is the stage name for Singer/Songwriter Richard Phillip Hennessy. Henry the Archer is currently accompanied by Drummer Kevin Geist, and Bassist Charles Marchbanks. Charles, brings catchy originally created bass lines along with a notorious energy to every performance. Kevin, provides an endless supply of creative beats, and challenges himself daily to push the bar on creativity.
The Georges started in 2008, being the brainchild of frontman and lead singer Jason George. An avid follower of the rockabilly and roots country bands that rocked dance halls in Texas, Jason decided to start a band that melded those country influences with his own love of pop music and a heavy dash of The Beatles.
Elijah Ford is a California native turned Austin-based musician, songwriter and producer, who began his solo career after breaking from touring with Oscar and Grammy award winning musician Ryan Bingham.
Elijah is no stranger to industry, as both of his parents have been life-long musicians. Elijah Ford is the son of former Black Crowes' guitar heavyweight Marc Ford, and toured as part of Ford Sr's Fuzz Machine at the age of 17, before getting the gig with Bingham, where he stayed until 2012. The younger Ford has surely taken some valuable rock n' roll notes from his father, but has also put together a sound that's completely his own.
In a town celebrated for its rock and roll, country and alternative roots, the musical collective known as 'A-Town GetDown' stands out from the crowd in the 'Live Music Capital of the World' by offering a unique mix of original rock, R&B, sultry soul and a modern take on the classic funk sound. The band was formed in 2014 by a talented group of seasoned performers and friends with the simple goal of creating music that makes people want to dance.
The Funkamentalist Man with a Plan. Craving funk so booty bouncing hot, you never heard nothing like it before? Then you are ready for a dose of D-Madness.
Silas Nello weaves the spirit of these conversations in the music. Half rock and roll, half folk - blending the domestic dialogue with frustration, the music is playing for you. He's been a server. He's been a bartender. He's been your confidant at the bar and shared a long conversation with you while you waited in line at the store.
Isn't it important that someone recalls your story when you couldn't anymore?
Nathan Hamilton is a multidisciplinary artist based in Austin,Texas. As a singer/songwriter he has been performing professionally for more than 20 years. During that time he has released six albums on his own and two as a member of the Good Medicine Band (aka Sharecroppers). He was a winner of the 2000 Kerrville New Folk Award and a Top 5 Finalist in the 2008 Independent Music Awards.
The Flying Balalaika Brothers, founded in 1995 by Zhenya Kolykhanov(Rock), first began as an LA street band before establishing its roots in the musically zealous city of Austin, Texas. For nearly 20 years, the feisty group has entranced audiences with their unique blend of Gypsy folk, electric rock n' roll and eye-catching, interactive performances featuring instruments like the behemoth contra-bass balalaika, a triangle shaped stringed instrument from Russia.
If you have been paying attention to the Texas hip-hop DJ scene for the last twenty years then chances are you already know DJ Jester the Filipino Fist and DJ Donnie Dee. These well-rounded members of the Supa Brotha Scientists DJ crew have made their mamas proud. Jester has toured with acts like Kid Koala, MGMT, and Third Eye Blind. Donnie Dee is a world champion DJ having won numerous prestigious DJ awards including DMC & Red Bull Thre3Style Championships. Come check what's really really up!
The THUNDER is an all original drumming performance group that hails from St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. The THUNDER sound is inspired by many different musical styles that are both unique and eclectic. The THUNDER drummers enjoy performing at all types of events, venues and have played on several world tours with the Global Ensemble. They dare to be different and embrace new ideas and innovations to help evolve the drumming performance artform.
DJ Chorizo Funk and hip-hop group Riders Against The Storm bring Austin's beloved monthly party/jam to the United States Grand Prix! Body Rock ATX keeps Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Dancehall, New Jack Swing, Latin, etc. in heavy rotation with top notch guest DJs. Feel the vibe!
Wyatt Corder (b. 1997) founded Big Wy’s Brass Band in the fall of 2014 while still attending Westlake High School. The creation of the band was intended for a Mardi Gras festival in East Austin called Swamp Fest with the Austin Samba School. Wyatt started playing trumpet in the 6th grade and liked it so much he decided to continue on in high school and now is studying his undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin for Orchestral Performance in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music.
Le Saboteur is the brand new solo project from Hugo de Saint Quentin, Hooka Hey's front man. Drifting away from the heavy sounds the Parisian born navigates between laid-back ballads and dark intimate numbers encapsulating psychedelic country blues and lo-fi folk but always blurring boundaries.
Lex Land is a jazz vocalist and singer/songwriter in Austin, TX. If you're a fan of Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, or Feist, it is likely you'll enjoy Lex. Her songs have been featured on television shows like Castle, Pretty Little Liars, and Bones, and in 2012 she was a Season 2 Contestant on NBC's The Voice (Team Blake Shelton). Introspective lyrics atop quirky and musically dense arrangements provide a perfect foundation for the soulful vocals that are her prize achievement.
With a debut single called “Bob Dylan’s 78th Hangover” and other tracks like “I Killed Laura Palmer” and “Peruvian Valium,” you know Austin’s Harvest Thieves have the storytelling bone in their bodies.The alternative country outfit offers sound harkening back to the California canyon days of artists like Jackson Browne. And debut album Rival earned the band plenty of local praise. But unlike the folksy blend you normally get with alt-country today, Harvest Thieves focus on the meat and potatoes blend of chunky guitars and big harmonies that spawned the genre in the first place.
Donovan Keith never stops moving. Best known as the frontman of Soul Track Mind, the band he started in 2008, Donovan embodies the ideals of both stunning vocal ability and infectiously frenetic showmanship. The mystery has yet to be solved: How can he sing AND dance like that?
Now this red-haired, soul-singing dynamo has a brand-new project all his own. Combining the voice and moves that fans have grown to crave with fresh new songs and—surprise!—piano skills you never knew he had, The Imaginarium of Donovan Keith is the performer you love inviting you along for his next (r)evolution.
Voted BEST WORLD MUSIC BAND in Austin for the 6 years straight – Atash combines master musicians from around the globe to create a powerful, worldly original sound that inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life to dance and commune in a celebration of life! Beyond Austin, Atash has spread its message of love and peace on the east and west coasts, in Taiwan, China, Germany, The Czech Republic, Poland, Spain and México, gaining legions of fans and sharing stages with such notable acts as Youssou N’Dour, Maceo Parker, Angelique Kidjo, Ojos de Brujo, The Counting Crows, Diego El Cigala, Omar Souleyman, Fatoumata Diawara, Ricardo Lemvo, Delhi 2 Dublin, Red Baraat, Dengue Fever, and fellow Austinites The Octopus Project. They are truly the Austin ambassadors of world music. When the music hits you, you feel no pain.
With over 120 individual press placements, Charlie Belle’s debut EP Get To Know hit the industry with a bang. NPR Music foreshadowed that the Austin-based brother-sister duo would be one of the “musicians you’ll tell your friends about in 2015.” After signing with NY-based boutique label, Fanatic Records, the release of their second EP, I Don’t Want To Be Alone, had Billboard noting that “Jendayi’s velvety vocals sound quite comfy in the headphones…”
A lot can happen in two years and with a bit more musical maturity under their belts, Charlie Belle has spent that time writing and recording their debut LP close to home at Orb Recording Studios, with owner and producer Matt Noveskey of Blue October. Staying close to their indie-pop roots, these 10 new songs call to mind Jenny Lewis, Ingrid Michaelson, with bits of Neko Case thrown in.
Curtis McMurtry writes about villains that think they're victims. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Leonard Cohen, Curtis' music combines piercing lyrics with lush chords and unusual arrangements. His first solo album Respectable Enemy was released in August 2014, and drew comparisons to Calexico and John Fullbright. His sophomore album The Hornet's Nest is was released in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim.
Graham Weber is a singer-songwriter who hails from Texas by way of Ohio. His new album Faded Photos captures the landscapes of both territories, sunburned and frozen simultaneously. With string arrangements by Peter Stopschinski (Lambchop, Grupo Fantasma, Golden Hornet Project) and some production help from old friends, Weber has created a stunning collection of songs unlike anything in his discography.
Belcurve is the melding of Sarah Castro’s unique brand of lyrics, vocal range, and melodies with Matt Parmenter’s lifelong mission to wring the strangest sounds out of even stranger gear and studio toys. This is glued together by Michael Peters’ rhythms, which range from restrained and soft to all out muscular assaults. Deidre Gott adds a layer of clear, resonant harmonies and sonic landscapes, and Blue Mongeon’s versatile guitar work adds sweetness, power, and depth. Alternating seamlessly between catchy pop tunes and haunting melodic rock, Belcurve is a slightly bent framework of talented human beings creating songs that will you make you feel at once pleasant, strange, and feisty.
A.K.A “Mr. Sax” Is a well-traveled saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, whose amazing sound, virtuosity and sensuality on the saxophone have put him in the top ranks among today’s saxophonists. His new single “Day Dreaming” featuring Stevie Wonder’s music director bassist Nate Watts is sure to take you on a magical journey. Mike has appeared and toured with a wide range of artists, including, Jeff Golub, Ne-Yo, Phil Perry, Tyrese and the late Ronny Jordan.