Saturday Night: Praia Urbana At Last Concert Cafe
Ed. Note: This review has been edited to correct some inaccurate language. Rocks Off regrets the errors.
Between the unrelenting rain and RodeoHouston traffic, Saturday night got a little messy as Aftermath attempted to weave through the outskirts of downtown for the Last Concert Café's all-day electronica festival Praia Urbana.
Nevertheless, considering all the variables that could've led to a thin crowd, Saturday was said to the be strongest Praia season openers Last Concert Café has seen in recent years.
It may not be a fair assumption, but because of LCC's location (between a pair of warehouses, and deep in an alley off I-10 and Nance), it's easy to confuse the festival for a rave -- which, in so many words, Praia Urbana
is is not.
East End Boys Productions LLC again took the reins for the festival's production, and produced an event as convenient and visitor-friendly as possible, assuring all outside interferences (rain, first aid, security) were tightly in order for the night's festivities.
In light of the recent noise-ordinance issues, there was much talk prior to the festival that HPD would be a possible threat to Praia Urbana's success, especially since electronic music tends to be best when digested in decibels far exceeding the Houston City Council-sanctioned level. Promoters say Praia Urbana was conceived to keep relations healthy with Last Concert Cafe's neighbors, and that they have never had any noise issues in the past. - ed.
But like most of the night's possible logistical mishaps, HPD and Last Concert Café managed to stay on even terms and avoided butting heads Saturday, even as the crowds became particularly rowdy as the clock neared
midnight the scheduled shutdown time.
As in past years, Praia Urbana's lineup welcomed artists of wide-ranging celebrity. This year's most notable attraction, British
dubstep house-music DJ ATFC, turned in one of the night's strongest performances. From what Aftermath could tell, he also induced the highest volume of clothes-stripping under the main tent.
House DJ SPEN took over the Urbana Stage late in the afternoon, and turned in one of the festival's best-received sets. The dancing didn't stop for spilled beer, so it's safe to say that by the end of his gig, several kegs' worth of alcohol was on the dance floor.