UTOPIAfest VII Announces Schedule and Day Passes

Taking place over Labor Day Weekend, UTOPIAfest returns for its seventh annual festival in Utopia, TX!  Thoughtfully designed to allow creativity, music, and new friendships to flourish in a unique and intimate setting, UTOPiAfest is bringing back the basics by showing an unparalleled hospitality to both artists and music fans. Festival attendees can enjoy their free camping (cabin and RV lodging is also available), and while there are plenty of options for dining in their food forest, everyone is welcome to bring their own drinks and food under the festival’s open BYOB policy. Now does that sound like a good time or what??

Below you can find the official line-up for the festival (including performances by Explosions In The Sky, Wild Child, Holiday Mountain, Of Montreal and The Suffers, to name a few) and camping information! To purchase tickets, click here!

Official Lineup: Explosions in the Sky, Leftover Salmon (2 Nights), Tune-Yards, RJD2, Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, Of Montreal, Man Man, Wild Child, WhoMadeWho, Valerie June, The Suffers, Mikhael Paskalev, Holiday Mountain, The Sheepdogs, Monophonics, Calliope Musicals, Hard Proof, Sphynx, Vinyl Williams, Sip Sip, Les Hay Babies, Netherfriends, Chipper Jones, Sid Fly, Riders Against the Storm, The Deer, Transcontinental Trip, Dimitri’s Ascent, Bone Fur and Feathers, Kupira Marimba, and Blunt Force.

Main Festival Information: UTOPiAfest’s CEA (Chief Experiential Architect), Travis Sutherland says, “We think it should be more meaningful than just watching a show. It should be a place where individuals and communities grow and learn. Participants should feel free to be and express their truest selves, and contribute to the experience…The experience should be accessible to all ages, and enjoyed with your whole family. You should never have to feel crowded or wait unreasonably long in a line. We believe you should be able to bring your own beer and cook your own food. We believe a music festival should be seamless, effortless, and timeless.” The festival is also offering a limited number of Hassle Free Tent Rentals, which include a pre-set up tent, cots or air mattresses, chairs, coolers, and a lantern. 

Review: Night Panther | Night Panther

For those who like: Passion Pit, Friendly Fires,  of Montreal, Vacationer

Does Night Panther like sex? Yes. Do they know how to have fun? Oh yeah. Do they make it clear that they are good? Very. After listening to the Philadelphia bands’ self-titled album you get a very strong idea of all those things and more. The falsettos of lead singer Farzad Houshiarnejad are prominent on every track, and when finding out that he is a fan of Freddie Mercury, it is no surprise. The syrupy sound of the synth that is utilized throughout the album adds to their sexy style.

Night Panther has busted onto the scene playing festivals such as CMJ and SXSW and have been playing numerous shows in their hometown. Understandably after giving the album a listen you can see why they have made such a splash playing with bands like Holy Ghost! and Vacationer. They are fun and have a spin on something different, which really works for them.

The way the album opens is warm and inviting with keys and synth introducing you to this jangly sexy band. It’s a great way to see what you are getting yourself into. Two tracks that really stand out on the album are Fever and Queen Bitch, and they couldn’t be more different from each other. Fever is this funky glittery track that just oozes sex and makes you want to dance, whether it is alone or with someone by your side.  At the end of the song, Farzad repeats “All I want to do is make love to you” and you get the feeling that he will be successful.  Queen Bitch on the other hand is a piano ballad that echoes, “You were always on my mind” but packs an emotional punch to it. A common theme on the album seems to be love and lust and some darker emotions that rear their head towards the end. The last track, Fire, is also one that really can get you going. Glittery synth sounds halfway through ease you into the more dance worthy part of the song that you do not want to miss.

The band classifies themselves as “sex pop” which is totally easy to understand why. They ooze sexuality and make you think of tight pants, thrusting and lace. It is easy to see that Night Panther will be successful in the future, with their sexy tunes and saucy vibe, and if they turn you on the next chance to catch them is December 28th at the new venue Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia.

Release Date: July 30, 2013
Rating: 4/5
Run Time: 32:54

Track Listing:
01. Pleasure To Meet You
02. Fever
03. Snudge
04. Delta
05. Queen Bitch
06. Lioness
07. All For Love
08. Fire

Night Panthers is:
Farzad Houshiarnejad (keyboards, vocals)
Michael Cammarata (bass)
Christopher Radwanski (guitar, keyboard)

Written By: Chelsea Conte