It’s never too early to start making plans to ring in the new year right here in Austin, especially with the show-stopping headliners scheduled to perform at Austin’s New Year 2018 on Sunday, Dec. 31. The annual alcohol-free celebration will showcase a variety of art, food trucks and live music on three stages.
This year’s event will feature an all-star line-up, including acts such as Brownout, Ian Moore Band, Tomar and The FCs, Magna Carda and Money Chicha.
Brownout is an 8-piece outfit formed ten years ago by members of Grammy Award-winning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma. The band has evolved into a musical force all its own. After garnering their third Austin Music Award last year, the band has continued to produce music that is unflinchingly progressive, while evoking the classic influences of artists such as WAR, Cymande and Funkadelic.
Since his arrival as a solo artist in 1993 with his self-titled debut on Capricorn Records, Ian Moore’s journey has been one of perpetual forward motion and constant change. The record included the hits “Satisfied” and “Blue Sky” and even featured the track, “Harlem,” for which he made a video with rap icon, Ice Cube. Coming out of Austin, Texas, he grew up sharing the stage with the likes of Joe Ely, Willie Nelson, Albert King, Doug Sahm, Townes Van Zandt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Charlie Sexton and Doyle Bramhall II.
Tomar and the FCs was formed in 2015, when Tomar decided to return to his roots as a front man. The band self recorded and released their first EP, “Day by Day.” Deborah Sengupta Stith of the Austin American Statesman selected it as one of her top releases of the year writing, “Williams shows his own soul chops with searing vocals that drip with blood, sweat and tears.” “Heart Attack,” the band’s debut album, was released in November of 2016.
From their humble beginnings on a college campus four years ago, Magna Carda has steadily risen to the top of the Austin music scene as the premiere hip hop act. Described by Mashable as “Austin’s answer to The Roots,” Magna Carda is led by the city’s most dynamic MC-producer duo — Megz Kelli and Dougie Do — whose work pairs like a fine wine with the meat-and- potatoes backbone of the group’s signature live instrumentation. With their genre-defying blend of rap-meets- jazz-meets- R&B-meets- electronic, the band has quickly captured the imagination of listeners and the attention of critics alike in Austin and beyond.
Money Chicha is an Austin-based group featuring members of the Grammy-award winning Latin orchestra Grupo Fantasma and its offshoot funk outfit Brownout which performs a fuzzed-out, reverb-drenched and percussion-heavy style of music inspired by the sounds of Peru and Colombia in the 60s and 70s. This style of music, sometimes called “chicha” music, is known for its infectious Latin beat, its psychedelic, surf guitar pyrotechnics and its melodies influenced by the indigenous culture of the Andes mountains.
The rest of the lineup includes Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, Jane Ellen Bryant, The Watters, Kalu & The Electric Joint, James Junius, Warren Hood Band, Mobley, That Girl Dre, Monae Miller, Lesly Reynaga and Tiarra Girls.
Austin’s New Year begins at 3 p.m. at Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores), located on South 1st Street and Riverside Drive, with a grand fireworks finale at 10 p.m.
Learn more at austinsnewyear.com.