With the absence of Euphoria Music Festival this year (R.I.P. Euphoria), three new events sprung into existence to fill the void at Carson Creek Ranch. The first was Anjunadeep Open Air in June, which I wasn’t able to attend but did hear great feedback on. The second was Waterloo Music Festival, which I attended this past weekend, and the third is the upcoming Seismic Dance Event, which I will also be attending. However, this article focuses solely on the second event, Waterloo Music Festival.
This year’s festival was Waterloo’s inaugural year and it was a resounding success. The festival featured three days of music performances by jam bands, camping, art installations, workshops, and family-friendly activities, such as a water balloon fight and a slip ‘n slide.
As mentioned previously, Waterloo was three days long. However, I was only able to attend on Saturday, but the music performances for Saturday were absolutely stacked, containing performances by Everyone Orchestra, Orgone, the Motet, the String Cheese Incident, and more. My favorite performance was that of Orgone, a funk and soul band from Los Angeles, California. I was awarded a preview of their sound during Everyone Orchestra’s performance, since their vocalist was Orgone’s very own Adryon de León, but was completely blown away during their actual performance later in the night. Orgone brought attendees to church with a heavy dose of funk and soul and had everyone worshipping at their feet by the end of their performance.
While the music performances were the primary element of Waterloo, its sense of community played a monumental role in the atmosphere of the festival and the success it had. Waterloo brought Austin’s old hippies, young families, and jam band fans from all over the United States together to celebrate their love of live music while having a great time. All in all, Waterloo was an example of the power that live music has to bring people together and was a reminder of why I love attending concerts and music festivals.