Festival Frenzy

UtopiaFest rewind: A weekend of music (and mud) in the Hill Country

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The weather could've been better, but Hill Country music lovers closed out September with a weekend full of good vibes, music (and mud) at UtopiaFest. Festival-goers ventured out of tents to brave the elements and catch sets from the likes of Dr. Dog, Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Wheeler Brothers.

Austin's Dana Falconberry takes the stage Friday afternoon. The album release party for her latest album, Leelaunau, is Oct. 4 at the Scottish Rite Theater.

Kaki King performs her incredible fingerpicking skills on the Cypress  stage just as the rain rolls in.

Houndmouth performs after sunset in the pouring rain.

After some scheduling readjustments, all sets are moved to the Arrowhead stage to save festival-goers from trudging back and forth between stages. Dr. Dog delivers effortless harmonies to a drenched (but cheerful) crowd.

Dr. Dog on stage.

Festival-goers awaken to a very chilly Saturday morning surrounded heavy fog, dismantled tents and mud.

Hay is spread out in front of the Arrowhead stage to combat the serious mud situation.

The sound of bagpipes bounces off the hills early Saturday afternoon, kicking off another great day of music.

The Jitterbug Vipers, with Austin favorite Sarah Sharp on vocals, performs an energy-filled set just as the sun comes out on Saturday afternoon.

Plastics Revolution from Mexico City performs in the States for the second time, winning every one over with a cover of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer."

Plastics Revolution on the guitar.

Sons of Fathers plays an exciting afternoon set.

Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard.

White Denim from Austin, TX.

Austin's sweethearts, The Wheeler Brothers, take the Arrowhead stage Saturday night. The five-piece is set to play ACL Fest in October.

No stranger to Texas audiences, much anticipated Saturday headliner Ben Kweller puts on a great show.