2016 Austin 10/20 Headliner Band:
Get ready to party as Grammy nominated rock band Fastball headlines the Post Race Finish Line Concert! After rising to prominence in 1996 with the debut album Make Your Mama Proud, the Austin, Texas-based trio exploded into a household name come 1998’s breakthrough project All the Pain Money Can Buy. The trio is made up of Miles Zuniga (vocals, guitar), Tony Scalzo (vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar) and Joey Shuffield (drums, percussion).
Thanks in part to the chart-topping hit “The Way,” the top five tune “Out Of My Head” and the top twenty favorite “Fire Escape,” the record All the Pain Money Can Buy skyrocketed to platinum-plus sales in a mere six months, sending the guys on a whirlwind tour in 1998. Along the way, Fastball scored a pair of coveted Grammy nominations, an MTV Music Award nomination and regular rotation on the late night talk show circuit (Conan, Letterman and Leno to name a few). They also received five Austin Chronicle awards: 1998′s Album of the Year, Best Video, Best Single/EP, Band of the Year, and 1995′s Best Pop Band.
In February 2015, Fastball began recording a new album at The Bubble recording studio in Austin, TX – their first new album since Little White Lies was released in April 2009.
Fastball will take the main stage at 10:30 AM on April 3, 2016. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and family to cheer you on during the race and celebrate with you afterwards!
2016 Course Bands
We couldn’t have a rockin’ race without the 20+ awesome bands that perform on the course! Below is the beginning of our 2016 course band line up. Check back in late January to see the remainder of bands that will be performing on race day.
Dr. Zog: Born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas a musically cultural town on the border of Louisiana and Texas and a hotbed of good times zydeco music. Zog took his swampadelic style of music to Austin, Tx. in 1989 and began performing at the roadhouses and festivals of Central Texas. He has a deep fried understanding of roots music and plays music to uplift and funkify the folks with fun, upbeat music with a positive message. Put on your alligator shoes and crawfish shuffle to our funky zydeco grooves. Listen to Dr. Zog here.
Chase Gassaway: A lifelong Texan, Chase Gassaway studied music composition and theory in college, honing his skills as a composer by creating works for a wide range of ensembles from choirs to full orchestras, as well as composing the score to short film Take Two. He has also been trained in classical guitar and voice, and plays a variety of instruments from banjolele to reed organ. Instead of pigeonholing his music into Americana, folk or alternative categories, Gassaway prefers to pursue diversity and eclecticism. “I’ve written full symphonic works, choral pieces, chamber music and folk songs, and they’re all the same for me,” he explains. “I like to think of my style as ‘honest.’” Listen to Chase Gassaway here.
Tiarra Girls: Tiarra Girls are three sisters who perform multiple instruments and are singer songwriters in many genre’s of music. Listen to the Tiarra Girls here.
Tiny Purple Fishes: Tiny Purple Fishes, in simplest terms, can be described a trumpet playing rock and roll band from Austin. Their music draws upon a wide array of influences making their sound venture beyond the scope of any musical genre. Their self-titled EP, Tiny Purple Fishes, debuted in April of 2015 and the band expects to release their first full album in the summer of 2016. Listen to Tiny Purple Fishes here.
Chris Beall: The son of a motorcycle racer from a small town in west Texas, Chris Beall is a singer/songwriter/producer/guitarist who’s latest album “The Gin Mill Hymns” was #15 on the Texas Roots Radio chart, #29 on the national Roots Rock Radio chart, and #173 on the national Americana radio chart. Along with his solo career, he is a member of the well-established South Austin Moonlighters and has produced and played on several current Texas artists’ songs including Denny Herrin’s “Robert E Lee Motel” and Brett Hauser’s “I’m As Good As Gone.” Listen to Chris Beall here.
Austin Gould and The Lone Star Stubble Band: The Austin Gould Trio is a local blues act currently playing Saturday nights as a house band for the popular “Shakespeare’s Pub” on 6th Street. The “trio” consists of David Rippy on drums, Erik Ahmuty on bass and vocals, and Austin Gould on lead guitar and vocals. The band plays half originals and half covers. Their original songs are available on itunes, Spotify, CD baby and Google Music, and the original song by Austin Gould “Walking Around” was featured on an episode of ABC Family’s show “Chasing Life” in August 2015. Listen to Austin Gould and The Lone Star Stubble Band here.
Darrell Goldman: Darrell Goldman is a Texas Country artist from Austin. Darrell has released 2 singles from his current album, The Bed I’ve Made, both charting on the Texas Regional Radio Charts. Listen to Darrel Goldman here.
¡Oh Antonio + His Imaginary Friends!: Oh Antonio and His Imaginary Friends are a festive group of engineers who want to create fun-loving music for everyone! Listen to Oh Antonio and His Imaginary Friends here.
Jackie Venson: Enthralled with music since the age of 8, Jackie Venson has studied piano for 17 years as well as singing, songwriting, and four years of intensive guitar study, in addition to composition and studio production at Berklee College of Music. Venson’s accomplished background and natural knack for songwriting caught the attention of producer Eddy Hobizal, who, along with fellow seasoned, lifelong musicians, completed the vision of Venson’s self-titled project. Listen to Jackie Venson here.
Flyaway: The Flyaway band is a San Antonio original influenced by the sounds of country, blues, and alternative. Right off the bat they began to climb the charts on Reverb Nation and quickly reached the #1 spot in the San Antonio Country chart. Flyaway is currently recording and promoting their debut album authored by singer/songwriters Vanessa Lynn and Michael Simonson. Listen to Flyaway here.
The Clutch Kings: The Clutch Kings hail from Austin, TX and are everything the band’s name suggests. They pack the big Texas rock sound in the classic 2 guitars, bass and drums format. Upfront vocals, slippery blues rock guitar runs, chugging bass grooves, and thundering drums are the order of the day here. Look for their first EP “Up in Arms” out January 2016. Listen to The Clutch Kings here.
Tennessee Stiffs: A little bit rock ’n’ roll, a little bit country, and a whole lot of rowdy make up Tennessee Stiffs. Founded by married duo Cara B and Ethan Lee, this five-piece group draws from many musical pools to craft a genre they affectionately call “Death Folk.” They recently their widely-acclaimed debut album, “Nightery,” available now! Listen to Tennessee Stiffs here.
Elora & Gasoline Alley: Teen Star Elora is an award winning artist who has been fronting her own rock band, Elora & Gasoline Alley, since she was 10. She and her band have performed at major venues across Texas for the past 6 years and have been featured in numerous publications, radio, television and magazines. In 2015, she and her band swept the San Antonio Music Awards winning: Best Female Vocalist and Best Vocalist (Elora), Best Guitarist (Nick Valdez 14), Best Drummer (Elise Garcia 17), Best Bassist (Nick Williams 15) and in addition Elora was named “Artists of the Year” for for both TMV Radio and Young Guns Music Magazine. Listen to Elora & Gasoline Alley here.
Bubba Coletrane and The Train Wrecks: Bubba Coletrane and The Train Wrecks is an Austin based, horn infused rock band that plays everything from funk to country, especially good old classic rock and blues, with a mixture of original tunes thrown in for good measure. Formed in 2000, the band specializes in having fun, energetic shows to get everyone dancing. Listen to Buba Coletrane and The Train Wrecks here.
UTLEY3: UTLEY3 is an Austin area Power-Pop-Americana trio formed in 2012 featuring Cordy Lavery on guitar and vocals, Shannon Rierson on Bass and vocals and Steve Chapman on drums. UTLEY3 currently has 2 albums under their belt, most recently, 2015′s “While You’re Down There…” on FLAK Records. “Rough and tumble power pop” -Calvin Powers, The Americana Music Show. Listen to UTLEY3 here.
Scott Ivey: Scott Ivey is an artist living in San Antonio who’s blend of southern rock, country and soul is a unique but somehow familiar sound. He originally hales from Nashville TN, and his roots grew deep in Georgia red clay before making his way into the Texas Scene. Scott has toured with bands since he was 15, and is sure to sufficiently rock whatever stage he graces. Listen to Scott Ivey here.
Something Called Nothing: Something Called Nothing is an all original Austin TX band with rockabilly swing punk fusion sound. Listen to Something Called Nothing here.
Band being announced soon!
John Garza Band: John Garza is the Voice of the Grammy winning Chris Perez Band — John Formed JGB for Civic and Charitable events. Listen to the John Garza Band here.