In 2009, Travis Sutherland produced the first ever UTOPiAfest, a unique music and arts festival held on his family’s 1,000-acre ranch in Utopia, Texas. Now in its third year, the 2-day festival is better than ever, establishing itself as a destination event for those who are looking for a true alternative to the large, multiple stage music festivals that often favor quantity over a quality audience experience. In fact, the festival site could easily accommodate up to 10,000 fans, but ticket sales will be capped at 1,500 this year. The picturesque festival site features a secluded natural amphitheater with breathtaking Hill Country vistas, situated near many local attractions including the Frio River, Medina River, Lost Maples, and Garner State Park.
Scheduled to take place on October 14-15, 2011, the 3rd Annual UTOPiAfest will feature a wide array of artists that runs the gamut from local singer-songwriters to international touring acts to Grammy Award winners. UTOPiAfest will also host a second stage, where talented audience members and special-guest bands may perform during breaks on the main stage.
“The performers this year all have devoted followings and appear at major festivals and venues around the world,” said Aaron Brown, director of Onion Creek Productions, the Austin-based video production company that is joining forces with Sutherland and the Fisher Family to present UTOPiAfest 2011. “By focusing our energy on a single main stage, each member of the audience will enjoy full sets by every act. Friends and family members can stay together all weekend, without getting lost among thousands of people trying to figure out where their favorite band is playing.”
The UTOPiAfest organizers even developed a fun and unique way to announce their amazing third-year band lineup, by way of geocaching. They hid several bottles in Austin and around the central Texas area, and provided the GPS coordinates for each one at Utopiafest.com and on their Facebook page. Each bottle contains the name of one of the 13 featured UTOPiAfest performers, and enthusiasts who discover the geocached bottles are asked to announce the band on Facebook. In return, they will receive complimentary passes to the festival.
Several containers have already been discovered, prior to the official release of their GPS coordinates. Three “early bird” winners announced on Facebook that Austin artists Suzanna Choffel and the Wheeler Brothers, along with Japanese punk band Peelander-Z, are part of the UTOPiAfest lineup.
Tickets for UTOPiAfest go on sale June 29 at utopiafest.com, priced at $69 for two-day weekend pass. The price includes on-site camping, with no extra charge for large vehicles
including buses and RVs. Additional on-site activities will include morning yoga, hot air balloon rides, a disc golf course, displays of fine art and jewelry, and food and craft vendors. A portion of the proceeds from UTOPiAfest is being donated to Charity Water, Ducks Unlimited, Kiva, Utopia EMS & Fire Departments, and other charitable organizations.
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