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Five acts to watch at this year’s Untapped

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4 p.m. Saturday

Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth



Posted 4:17pm on Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014

Despite last weekend’s schizophrenic weather — 80 degrees one day, 20 the next — the spring festival season is upon us, with a jam-packed stretch of shows taking place indoors and out.

This weekend, the second annual Untapped Festival will lure crowds to the banks of the Trinity River and Fort Worth’s Panther Island Pavilion for an impressive lineup of local and national acts, plus more than 200 craft brews to sample.

Here is a glance at five can’t-miss acts performing Saturday. To hear a sample of each, visit dfw.com/music.

Sam Lao and -topic

As we told you back in January, rapper Sam Lao is going places. She’s fast becoming a fixture at festivals such as these, drawing raves from area music writers thanks to her commanding stage presence and sharp songs, pulled from her terrific debut, West Pantego. For this gig, she’ll be joined by another buzzy Dallas hip-hop act, -topic. Together, the pair should make quite the sonic spectacle — you’ll want to make sure you’re front and center. (4:35 p.m., Goose Island Stage)

Quaker City Night Hawks

On any given night in North Texas, you can usually find one or more members of the Quaker City Night Hawks making music on a stage somewhere. Playing live is just in these musicians’ blood. One of the region’s most formidable bands, QCNH has successfully channeled its furious precision found onstage into must-own recordings like last year’s Honcho or the recently released single Texas Heavy. (5:05 p.m., Boulevard Pop-Up IPA Stage)


An indie-pop quintet hailing from — where else? — Brooklyn, Lucius is one of the newer groups on this year’s Untapped lineup. Formed in 2012, the band has released a pair of EPs and late last year pulled the wraps off of its debut full-length, Wildewoman. Anchored by the evanescent vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius evokes the halcyon days of ’60s girl-group pop, while managing to create a totally modern vibe. (Another random factoid: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is a really big Lucius fan.) (7:25 p.m., Goose Island Stage)

Allen Stone

A soulful singer-songwriter who calls Washington state home, Allen Stone has quickly built a loyal fan base on the strength of his dynamic performances and groove-filled albums, like his 2012 self-titled sophomore effort. Stone is a road warrior (and a frequent performer in the DFW area), racking up hundreds of gigs a year. His 2014 schedule is already stacked, and will take him around the world until July. (8:15 p.m., Boulevard Pop-Up IPA Stage)

The Joy Formidable

One of the most exciting rock bands to rip out of Wales in who knows how long, the Joy Formidable puts on one heckuva live show, fueled in large part by Rhiannon Bryan’s searing presence as lead singer and guitarist. Touring behind last year’s breakout sophomore record, Wolf’s Law, the Joy Formidable is sure to bring an appropriately electrifying end to this year’s festival. (9:15 p.m., Goose Island Stage)

Preston Jones, 817-390-7713 Twitter: @prestonjones

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