Cazayoux | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
Cazayoux performing during the Austin Psych Fest at Empire Control Room & Garage in Austin, Texas on April 25, 2024. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

In the heart of Austin, Texas, an ensemble known as CAZAYOUX emerges, weaving a tapestry of sound with unparalleled dedication and craftsmanship. Led by Forest Cazayoux, whose drumming resonated far beyond the confines of their local scenes, they've drawn together a mosaic of musicians from around the globe. Each member, with roots stretching to Guinea, Japan, Mexico, and across the United States, brings a rich narrative of cultural soundscapes to the collective.

Their music, a thoughtful amalgamation of psychedelic funk, afrobeat, and jazz, transcends ordinary classification. It’s as if each note is carefully extracted from a vast, eclectic palette, blending into a harmonious symphony that speaks to the soul. CAZAYOUX doesn’t seek to overpower the senses, but rather, to engage them in a journey of auditory exploration.

Attending one of their performances is akin to participating in a communal experience, where every rhythm and melody invites introspection and collective joy. It’s a space where the audience and performers unite in a mutual celebration of sound’s ability to transcend boundaries.

Austin Psych Fest
The Austin Psych Fest is scheduled for April 26-28, 2024, marking its return to the original single-location setup and springtime schedule. This edition promises an intimate atmosphere and a two-stage lineup at The Far Out Lounge in South Austin, a historic outdoor venue with a century-long legacy.

This iteration of Austin Psych Fest revives the vintage ambiance of the inaugural gathering, offering attendees the chance to enjoy music under the open sky and amidst the venue's expansive backyard, adorned with majestic oak trees and bathed in starlight.

Cazayoux shared the stage with Golden Dawn Arkestra, Caramelo Haze, JaRon Marshall, and The Point at Empire Control Room & Garage.

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