I’m passing a giant tan-and-red teepee as I wind through the rocky trails an hour northwest of Austin. Scattered tents and makeshift outposts bustle with attendees at Reveille Peak Ranch, the site of this year‘s Utopia Festival.

I can hear applause and laughter creep out through a secluded pathway on the northernmost trail. A staked in wooden sign proclaims the hideaway the Drunk Luck Motel, an after hours venue with vintage shop furniture underneath a giant white circus tent.

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Shane Cooley Performs at the Drunk Luck Hotel. Photo by Andrew Blanton


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