The Living Coast features film by Anlo Sepulveda and archival photography of the Great Galveston Hurricane, the deadliest storm in US history.  Surfers and sailors, shrimpers and oilmen, poets and scientists all share their stories in interviews about this complicated region of serene beauty, vast industry, and incredible contradictions.  For the premier concert, actor Robert A. Kraft joined Montopolis on stage to tell the story of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane.        
    Montopolis has reunited with Anlo Sepulveda, co-director of the film Yakona  (winner of the 2014 SXSW audience award) and drone pilot Reagan Jobe (Outkast FPV)  to create some truly original and stunning imagery.  A native of Corpus Christi, Anlo's knowledge of the region combined with Reagan's drone flying virtuosity has enabled them to capture never before seen perspectives of beaches and wetlands, oil rigs and refineries, epic kite surfing, and industrial fishing boats - a complete visual portrait of life on the coast. 

"This is exquisitely beautiful and consistently engaging music, made all the more extraordinary by the way Montopolis presents it in live performances" 
Peter Blackstock, Austin American Statesman


This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. 



The Legend of Big Bend


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Keyboards - Justin Sherburn, Drums - Andy Beaudoin, Bass and Horns - Michael St. Clair, Guitars - Gary Newcomb, Violin - Leigh Mahoney, Viola - Blake Turner, Cello - Sara Nelson 

Recorded and Mixed at Estuary Recording, Austin Texas, 2018

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Montopolis turns west Texas tales into song in this concert premier inspired by Big Bend National Park. The performance weaves science, history, poetry and personal stories into music inspired by the land and the people that have walked upon it.  Music and story are accompanied by breathtaking video that captures the epic grandeur of the vast high desert wilderness.