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After a cold Saturday night, Sunday at Art Outside was mild and warm. It could still be chilly in the shade, but it was perfect weather for laying on soft grass in the sun and hearing some relaxing music.

One Sunday act which perfectly fit the bill was Hard Proof, an Afrobeat ensemble from Austin. From their website:

Locally produced and internationally-inspired, Hard Proof is an Austin-based collective that brings intense Afrobeats to the state of Texas. Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds from sub-Saharan Africa with adventurous jazz and deep funk to stimulate your brain and move your feet.

Their soothing African-inspired jam seemed to carry me off into another place — one more exotic and rhythmic than the everyday. Of course, I may have been paying more attention to the succession of gorgeous aerial silks performers who whirled in mid-air throughout their set and many others. The aerial dance rigs by the main stage are a wonderful enhancement to almost any performance.

Tonight’s musical selection is Hard Proof performing “Buffalo,” which is available on their album Hard Proof.

This is the last musical act I plan to highlight from Art Outside, but tomorrow I will share a memorable spoken word performer from the event.

Heard any good music lately? Share it in the comments.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and