AUSTIN PSYCH FEST Kicks Off Today at the Seaholm Power Plant
It’s here. The most tripped-out, fuzzed-out, psyched-out event that Austin could hope for (in current times, that is) begins today.
When I say “current times,” I mean that the Austin Psych Fest is truly an homage to the original psych movement of the late 60s. Now in its fourth year, the Fest is bigger than ever, so big in fact that a bigger location was needed for what will surely be a hefty attendance. This year, the Fest invades the multi-level spaces of the gargantuan Seaholm Power Plant – which is visually quite a trip itself, by the way. Perfect for the atmosphere.
Austin Psych Fest began as a project of The Black Angels, stemming from their own love of psych. The focus was on connecting modern players with the roots of the sound. Little did they know that the festival would continue to grow each year.
This year, the three-day festival, beginning today with doors opening at 5 p.m., includes 50-plus bands, DJs, art and fashion. Some of the featured performers: Roky Erickson, Black Moth Super Rainbow, A Place To Bury Strangers, Shapes Have Fangs and headliner Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez Lopez. But this is barely scratching the surface. Check the festival website for each day’s schedule – today, Saturday and Sunday.
Way far out. Highly recommended.