Lo­cal Na­tives to head­line In­dex Fest at States­man park­ing lot in May

Austin American-Statesman - - THE PLANNER - By Peter Black­stock pblack­stock@states­man.com

Los An­ge­les in­die-rock band Lo­cal Na­tives will head­line In­dex Fest, a re­branded ver­sion of the Un­tapped Fes­ti­val that fea­tures live mu­sic along with craft beer, food and arts, on May 13 in the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man park­ing lot.

Lo­cal Na­tives’ two al­bums for in­die la­bel Frenchkiss got them on a 2013 “Austin City Lim­its” TV episode as well as an ACL Fest ap­pear­ance that year. The band jumped to ma­jor af­fil­i­ate Loma Vista for 2016’s “Sun­lit Youth” and re­turned to ACL Fest last fall.

Also rep­re­sent­ing Los An­ge­les on the bill are elec­tron­ica duo Fren­ship, whose mi­nor hit sin­gle “Cap­size” high­lighted their Columbia Records de­but al­bum last year, and rock band Griz­folk, an L.A.-based band with roots in Swe­den whose full-length de­but “Wak­ing Up the Giants” came out last year on Vir­gin Records. Fren­ship was at South by South­west this year; Griz­folk played SXSW last year.

Round­ing out the bill are Austin band Cal­liope Mu­si­cals and D J Mark Markus. Tick­ets, at $20-$99 early-bird prices through to­day, are on sale now via the fes­ti­val’s web­site, with prices ris­ing to an as yet un­spec­i­fied amount start­ing Fri­day. Gates open at 5 p.m., with 4 p.m. early en­try for VIP ticket hold­ers.

In ad­di­tion to mu­sic, the fest will in­clude more than 250 beers from more than 80 brew­eries. The Austin event is the first of five In­dex Fests planned for ma­jor cities around the state this year. Oth­ers will be in Fort Worth on June 3 and Dallas on Nov. 11, plus San An­to­nio and Houston on dates to be an­nounced.

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