Old Settler’s Music Festival : Saturday Preview
Saturday is easily the day I’m most excited about. New bands to discover, old bands to treasure. There’s a bit of everything on the 3rd day of Old Settlers, from creepy almost-twins to sexy irishmen and tried and true Texans, you won’t be disappointed. Get ready for a blistering day of awesome deliciousness. Read on for the full preview.
: Saturday 11:00-11:45 AM – Minnie & Ella Jordan @ the Hill Country Stage
Every year Old Settler’s hosts a Youth Talent Competition and invites the winner back the following year. Minnie and Ella came out on top last year, and were probably hard to beat. With 5+ years of violin already under their young belts, this sister duo stop riding their ponies long enough to play some adorably talented fiddle. A perfect way to ease into Saturday.
: Saturday 1:15-2:15 PM – Elliot Brood @ the Hill Country Stage
With a signature stomp and heavy ukulele, this Canadian trio make simple exciting. Elliot Brood feels like a homegrown treasure, one you won’t miss if you’re smart. Get ready for vivid storytelling embellished by vocal harmonies and fast strumming.
: Saturday 1:25-2:40 PM – Jake Shimabukuro @ the Bluebonnet Stage
Everyone loves twists on the classics, and that’s Jake Shimabukuro’s specialty. He started playing the ukulele at 4 and has grown into a world renowned innovator of the instrument. Hopefully he’ll grace us with Thriller.
: Saturday 3:30-4:30 PM – David Francey @ the Bluebonnet Stage
Francey is a Scottish-Canadian songwriter who paints stories of honest, hard-working people. He left construction ten years ago to record an album, and you’ll be thankful. He’s the Scottish, less talkative version of Todd Snider.
: Saturday 3:45-5:00 PM – Gaelic Storm @ the Hill Country Stage
Folk festivals aren’t complete without an irish presence, and we lucked out with two. More traditional than say, Flogging Molly, you can hear the history and heritage in Gaelic Storm’s music – with a modern twist that keeps it relevant. They are veterans, and were the band in Titanic when Jack shows Rose “a real party” down in steerage. And yes, that is the video I gave you. Enjoy.
: Saturday 4:45-5:45 PM – Sahara Smith @ the Bluebonnet Stage
With a sexy, raspy voice, Sahara Smith brings the blues to Old Settler’s. Thank the gods. Perfect for a slow summer evening, this Austin native’s slow, smoky beats will keep you rapt.
: Saturday 5:15-6:30 PM – Tim O’Brien @ the Hill Country Stage
In my tender years Tim O’Brien made me fall deeply in love with the fiddle. He is a prominent figure, a grammy winner, and plays an insane variety of instruments. His straight-forward ballad “Safe in your Arms” constantly gets me through hellish days at work; then he’ll sing about “Phantom phone calls” where you crazily think your phone vibrated in your pocket. He is a widely talented artist and feels like gentle soul with lots of wisdom to impart.
: Saturday 8:30-10:00 PM – Sam Bush @ the Hill Country Stage
Sam Bush is a bluegrass god. Really, that’s all I need to say. His skill on mandolin is unequaled, and he’s a hell of a fiddle player too. A grammy winner and leader of “New Grass” who feels like he’s been around since the beginning of music, it isn’t even an option to miss Sam Bush.
: Saturday 8:30-10:00 PM – The Gourds @ the Bluebonnet Stage
I honestly can’t think of a better way to end Saturday. The Gourds are a Texas staple that deserve more recognition. For better or worse, they are known for covering Snoop’s “Gin and Juice” – which is spectacular – and I’ve never been to a show where they didn’t play it. But they are so much more, and always put on a fantastic live show with lovely bits of randomness. Winning.