KXT Summer Cut – Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas, TX)
– Words by Austin Reed / Photos by James Villa –
“Dynamic and Unique, the Main Stage Delivers”
Psht. Rain? What rain? For the first few hours of this year’s KXT Summer Cut, festival-goers experienced nothing but blistering heat and suffocating humidity. The rain came later. Sure. But none of these will keep Dallas’ most faithful music fans from enjoying themselves. And lucky for them: Not a single act of the day disappointed.
MATT AND KIM
GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS
THE AVETT BROTHERS
The Avett Brothers took stage promptly at 9:50 p.m., and by the end of their encore, the only question left to ask was this, “How on earth are these guys not headlining every festival tour in the nation?” Equal parts bluegrass, folk, rock, and country have never before been so flawlessly represented in a single act, and Saturday night’s performance was living, breathing proof. Prior to their set, the rain had come and gone. The crowd had diminished as a result, but those who endured the elements got exactly what they came for.
Scott and Seth Avett delivered a hard-hitting 90-minute set,from the electrifying ballad, “Kick Drum Heart,” to the band’s most renowned hit, “I and Love and You.” Several songs from their newest release, The Carpenter, were featured as well, including, “The Once and Future Carpenter,” and set opener, “Down With the Shine.” Oh, and did I mention that the encore kicked off with a customized rendition of “The Yellow Rose of Texas?” I didn’t? Well. It happened.
From beginning to end and despite the weather, KXT Summer Cut didn’t disappoint in the slightest, offering a killer mix of emotion and energy. Check back soon for reviews from the local-artist side stage!