Never Mind SXSW, Says Promoting Machine Eric Dean
Dean's calendar is packed with music at the moment, including a free punk show at Mango's tonight as well as assisting with the Crème De La Crème shindig at House of Blues, which is free with RSVP. Monday, Young Empires headlines another free show at Mango's.
On top of that, Dean is fueling his penchant for large shows like the sprawling Main Street Block Party that was a big hit in January by involving himself in more. There's "The Future In Stereo" at Stereo Live Thursday, and he also collaborated with Jason Smith to put together the Spring Forward Music Festival at Groundhall Saturday.
Then comes the Japanther show on Wednesday, which has spiraled into a three-stage event at Mango's and AvantGarden. "That turned into like a mini block party, which is crazy," says Dean.
"It's fun, I'm into it," he adds with an audible grin. "I think there's room in Houston to do more festivals, more fun stuff, because there's people that want to come out all day to hang out."
In addition to keeping things fun, Dean knows the power of making them affordable. Several of his shows this week are free with an advance RSVP, and only $8 without it. Both The Future In Stereo and Spring Forward have $10 pre-sale tickets (or $12 and $15 at the door, respectively), and abundant drink specials.
Stereo Live's been looking to break into the indie-rock and hip-hop scene for a bit. Rocks Off spoke with the owners on the phone a while back, and they raved about the three-stage complex with full audio and lighting rigs.
"They're kinda gonna be made for big events, fun events," hypothesizes Dean, adding "they have a beautiful stage."
He also explains that the venue has been pigeonholed into the DJ set, partly due to the location's legacy (6400 Club and many others) and partially because, Dean says, it's "one of those things where they've just been sticking to what they know, but they want a little bit of everything, and I think they're really sincere about it."