Five Reasons The Main Street Block Party Worked

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Photos by Jim Bricker
Lady In Red: Tontons singer Asli Omar

Were you there? You might want to look for yourself in this slideshow of crowd shots. Be sure to also check out the pics of the bands.

Around 9 p.m. Saturday, Rocks Off was walking out of Tacos A Go-Go and ran into Main Street Block Party organizer Eric Dean on the corner in front of the Continental Club, and he told us he had just broken even. This was before any of the evening's real main events, and by about 10 p.m. the wristband line stretched outside the Mink all the way past the entrance of the Big Top.

Besides the inevitable delays and a few instances of scheduling three-card monte, everything seemed to go pretty smoothly Saturday. The only real question was whether or not the indie-heavy lineup could pack the Continental.

Unfortunately for bands like Baton Rouge's teeth-gnashing Twin Killers, it didn't look like it early on, but the club began filling up around the time CC regulars the Small Sounds opened with a lovely Waterboys-esque tune, and was wall to wall for keyboard-heavy Austin New Wavers The Black & White Years and Houston's own Ton Tons.

All in all, Rocks Off would say Dean's little midwinter experiment has to be counted a success, especially for a first-time festival with no clear headliner. Here, in our estimation, are a few simple reasons why.

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Beware the Flute: Finnegan at the Big Top
1. It was indoors. The weather turned out to be perfect Saturday, but it was pretty frigid, so it was nice to not be stuck standing around shivering at an outdoor stage.


2. It was compact. Not only were all the venues mere steps away from each other, so were Tacos A Go-Go and the Continental's two barbecue stands. The fried catfish was especially delicious.


3. It was well-timed. With all due respect to NOFX, Slim Thug & Z-Ro, and the One Mic anniversary party - several of whose performers did double duty at the Block Party - the organizers had the good sense to schedule the Block Party smack in the middle of the winter concert doldrums. Besides (further) brightening up the live-music schedule for Houstonians, this also meant that the several groups from out of town who might not otherwise have been available were good to go.


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Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Mink - CLOSED

3718 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Top Lounge

3714 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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31 comments
Renzo
Renzo

Eric Dean is the man for puttin this show on. Very bold move. Hope Main Street enjoyed it. On to Turnin Headz at The Mink On February 3rd at 9p. FREEEEE!!!

Jeremy Walker
Jeremy Walker

No doubt, you can't help but love the main st. block party.. it was beautiful and the touch of hip-hop was nice... Ill Liad rocked it, as well as the others ..Looking forward to more events in the future..

Jeremiah G
Jeremiah G

had the best time at main street block party, there was always a crowd at whatever venue I went too. Fat Tony was giving the crowd something to knob there head too while they stood around waiting for the next act, Ill Liad and TwentyEleven killed there set. I remember walking going to venue to venue and saying how much this reminded me of austin only with that houston twist. I had an amazing time and congrats to Eric Dean he was there all day !!! Cant wait for the next one and to see the growth of this.

Jeff
Jeff

Really well organized show and in a location I've thought for years would be perfect for something just like this. Given the compact nature of it, there's no reason to think the venues joining forces with this promoter and other promoters featuring different kinds of music could do this several times a year.

And talk about a perfect way to draw in SXSW bands the week after that festival.

Dirtbag
Dirtbag

ill Liad was FUCKIN RAW! I loved it . Good show

JC3
JC3

For those of you sleepin on iLL LiAD, STOP!!! Check out his next set for the livest most energetic and raw hip-hop out in the H right now. Mentula Gew fucks with iLL LiAD

soundcloud.com/mentulagew

David Long46
David Long46

awesome i wasnt there but i heard it was badass and successful. What you all should do is move it too westhiemer again.

Ife Guary
Ife Guary

The Killfornianz (Ensane and Jon Black) will be hosting The Walk This Way concert on Feb.5. A little taste of TRUE hip hop before their cd release on March 26. More people than not know they are the truth. And to those who don't know, get educated! There need not be any ignorance after this...that is all! Find em on Facebook......

Ill Liad
Ill Liad

But thanks for showing some love to me in this means alot guys, EPMD is Next!

Ill Liad
Ill Liad

Lol. Yes Dope E from the SPC was in the audience to check out my set along with Optimo Ram Radio........

Trackstar Laxative
Trackstar Laxative

Yeah Jon Black , iLL Liad, Renzo and Hollywood Floss fucken killed it, per usual. Always a live ass show with those guys.

Jonblack61984
Jonblack61984

The dudes onstage with Ill Liad were not from the South Park Coalition. They were the Killafornianz (Ensane and JOn Black.)

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

One of the best times I've had in a long time. The bands were fantastic (especially The Pons, who I had never heard of before) and the crowd was amazing.

april5k
april5k

6 - eric dean, fat tony and the rest of the crew treated the bands amazingly. As fun to play as it was to attend.

Marc Brubaker
Marc Brubaker

Thanks for mentioning us folks in Prairie Cadets, Chris! We had a damn blast. Gonna do it all over again Tuesday night at The Mink.

Mark C Austin
Mark C Austin

Awesome little fest. Found lots of great new bands. With that said, I need to go find The Handshake. Those dudes killed it!

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

Interesting... the photo was labeled The Handshake in the batch our photog sent over. So is the one above now. Sorry about the confusion, and once again, nice job, guys.

faye
faye

Correction...The Killafornianz cd release will be March 25 @ Walter's on Washington. Be there!!

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

I'm still learning about the rap game. Thanks though. Are they from South Park? I could have sworn I heard them say "South Park" from the stage at some point.

Anyways, they killed.

really?
really?

yeah they're a great black keys tribute band

The Handshake
The Handshake

The one now is correct, thanks for updating!

Marc Brubaker
Marc Brubaker

I think it might be Searching For Signal. Definitely not the three bands he mentioned, though.

Chipandip
Chipandip

they didnt sing one black keys song dick head

really?
really?

oh same thing... pay attention.

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