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Austin at ACL Fest: Meet Riders Against the Storm

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Chaka and Qi Dada, Austin’s husband and wife hip hop outfit Riders Against the Storm dropped this acoustic version of their new single “Booty Sweat” and answered a few questions about Austin and ACL Fest.

Artist: Riders Against the Storm

At the fest: 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Austin Ventures Stage

3 words to describe band: electric, magical, refreshing

Most memorable onstage moment so far this year: Qi Dada – Winning the Austin Music Awards. Being able to make history with people that you love, and having the Austin community back a change in scenery meant so much to me; Chaka – Playing at ACL Moody theater this summer for the Winedown series. It’s a great stage with incredible sound. I used to work for a company that secures the building and does the staging for shows there, so it was surreal to perform in the space only a few years later. I remember telling some of the guys I was working with that I would be playing that stage. I think they thought I was just dreaming because nobody knew anything about Riders Against the Storm at the time really. It was truly powerful to look out there and see a crowd of people waiting to hear our music.

Memorable ACL Fest experience: Qi – Never been. Chaka – Last year, I was hanging out after Valerie June’s show at Emo’s and someone overheard me saying that I wish I had a pass to go see Valerie at ACL. She gave me a pass, and I went to see Ms. June the next day! Shakey Graves played after her. Both lit it up. I got to check Kendrick Lamar’s set that day as well.

Three songs can’t wait to hear at the fest: – Qi Dada – Anything by Outkast or Ana Tijoux. Chaka – “Bombs Over Baghdad,” and yeah, anything by Outkast. Who else is going to be there? Just kidding, but yeah, really though.

One thing people should do in Austin? Qi Dada – Visit the East Side and watch the Black Cowboys riding their horses on Sunday. It gives you a richer perspective of Austin, and the everyday workings that make it great. Chaka – Eat at Nubian Queen Lola’s if you want a taste of New Orleans. Tacos at Veracruz on Cesar Chavez are a must as well. Go hang out anywhere in the Greenbelt. Breathe.