Over 100 bands will be headed to Austin, Texas from Oct. 30 to Sept. 2 and Oct. 7-9 for Austin City Limits (ACL). From Radiohead, Twoo Door Cinema Club and Mumford and Sons, to the Chainsmokers, Willie Nelson and Kendrick Lamar, the lineup is filled with talented headliners who will give fans an experience to remember.
Even though there’s plenty of talented rock stars taking over Zilker Park during ACL, there’s also plenty of lesser-known artists that are ready to rock by the Austin skyline. Here’s six artists and bands that you will not want to miss:
If you’re in Austin and have never heard of Magna Carda, you will be considered crazy. Magna Carda has risen to the top of the Austin hip-hop scene. MC-producer duo Megz Kelli and Dougie Do are unstoppable with their smart lyrics and live instrumentation. Fans can expect a crazy show that will literally leave them speechless. Magna Carda never disappoints and they won’t start now. From all the bands I’ve listed, you will definitely want to see them.
Performing: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Oct. 8, Miller Lite Stage
What does Bomba Estereo mean in English? The name is considered to be a Colombian term for a cool, badass party. The Colombian band is known for their electric, psychedelic cumbia music. With a mix of Spanish and English, the music is catchy, tropical and will have you dancing non-stop. Expect to be unexpectedly dancing, so wear some comfy shoes!
Performing: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8, Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage
Walker Lukens & The Side Arms
There’s a reason why the “Year of the Dog” EP and the full length album, “Devoted,” received praise from NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin-American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Billboard and the Houston Chronicle. Walker Lukens, and his backing band, The Side Arms, soulful performances are filled with alternative-pop songwriting. Fans can expect a lot of energy, passion and sweat. Lukens knows what he’s doing and he’s going to prove that to you.
Performing: Noon-12:45 p.m. Oct. 8, Miller Lite Stage
Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey Rae’s music is magical. She recently performed in L.A. for the Grammys’ MusiCares Foundation with Pharrell, The Roots, and Leon Bridges. The Grammy-winner’s music spans indie, electronic, soul and experimental. Bailey Rae’s set is going to be nothing less than spectacular. Fans will want more of the powerful singer and I don’t blame them. I will also be in the audience swaying to her music.
Performing: 6-7 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage
Frightened Rabbit’s lead singer Scott Hutchison is my spirit animal. His gorgeous, emotionally honest and cleverly worded lyrics have been one of the reasons why they are so loved. Hutchinson releases his feelings into his lyrics causing an authentic feel that fans can easily relate to. With Hutchinson’s commentary and the band’s crazy talent, fans will be feeling content and peaceful. They are the first band I will be seeing at ACL so expect to see me in the crowd swaying along to each beat.
Performing: 1-2 p.m. Sept. 30, Miller Lite Stage
Anderson East’s voice will give any fan goosebumps. Considered an American rhythm and blues musician, Anderson East is crazy talented with his catchy, storytelling lyrics, beautiful voice and ability to make anyone want to move their body to the beat. From sweet ballads to blues beats, Anderson East will create an intimate show that will make fans swoon and want more.
Performing: 2-3 p.m. Oct. 9, Samsung Stage