Out standing in their field... UTOPiAfest returns to Reveille Peak Ranch

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Southern Avenue is one of the many bands that will perform at this year's UTOPiAfest, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 16 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet.

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

An enormous music festival that started out as a small gathering on a family ranch in Utopia has made its way to the Highland Lakes again this year, and with it, unique singers and songwriters bring their craft for the enjoyment of music lovers of all kinds.

UTOPiAfest will take place Thursday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 16 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, and will consist of non-stop music and fun activities for guests of all ages.

Founder Travis Sutherland started the festival in his hometown on his family's ranch in 2009 to bring his family and friends together and showcase talented musicians he came to know during his time in San Marcos in the early 2000's.

“I have been involved as a musician or a fan since moving to San Marcos, and that is part of how it began,” Sutherland said. “I went to so many shows, met a lot of musicians, knew all of these bands personally, and convinced them to come play in the pasture.

“The first year we invited friends and family, about 200 people showed up, and we had a great time and just enjoyed the music,” Sutherland added. “We decided then to keep doing it and do it bigger and better every year.”

Since then, the event has grown exponentially and more and more artists have been added to the lineup.

Sutherland and his crews' desire to bring more elements into the events eventually lent it the big festival feel, something they enjoy about events like Austin City Limits and other music festivals.

The festival took place in its hometown for nine years, but as the event grew, Sutherland and crew decided to look for another area to bring their music and activities, and last year, Reveille Peak Ranch became the new home for the festival.

“In 2017 we realized we were going to have to find a more sustainable, longterm home, and give the family and ranch a little bit of a break,” Sutherland said. “Reveille Peak took us in, and were really gracious, great hosts; we had a great experience where we ended up.”

Along with constant live music, UTOPiAfest utilizes the property at Reveille Peak Ranch to feature discgolf, mountain biking, yoga, and children's activities for guests to enjoy throughout the festival.

Sutherland said the land at Reveille Peak Ranch mirrors that of his hometown, creating a great atmosphere for the festival, and the crew plans to stick around for the next four years, meaning more music and entertainment for the Highland Lakes.

“We have a lot of awesome bands this year,” Sutherland said. “Myself and everyone on the team are musicians and our taste is out of the mainstream. We like to find bands who have good musicianship, good songs, positive messages, and positive energy. . . . . "

Tickets to this year's UTOPiAfest may be found at utopiafest.com. Find the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Nov. 6 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for Burnet County. To offer a comment or news tip, email lew@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 512-756-6136 or click the "E-Edition" like at the top right-hand corner of the page to subscribe to our online edition.

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