Saturday: Buzzfest XXX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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Photos by Matthew Keever
Buzzfest XXX feat. Shinedown, Bush, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Hollywood Undead, The Dirty Heads, etc.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
April 20, 2013

Zombies, alt- and jock-rock, new-age reggae, tank tops and tribal tattoos abounded at the Woodlands Pavilion Saturday for Buzzfest XXX, local radio station 94.5 FM's semi-annual concert festival.

As is the norm, the lineup was dated, consisting of more nostalgia acts than current heavy hitters, but everyone in attendance was fully aware of what to expect from the show and what it entailed when they bought tickets, and subsequently sold out Buzzfest in less than 30 minutes.

The festival's headliners were Shinedown, whose front man's strong vocal abilities, coupled with a few pyrotechnics and impressive musicianship, held fans' rapt attention until the wee hours of the evening. Their capability as musicians is unquestionable.

These gentlemen are tight, professional and clearly practiced. Their showmanship was impressive, too, as every member of the band (save for the drummer, of course) ran back and forth across the stage for the entirety of their set, clad in suits, keeping the crowd members out of their seats and on their feet.

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Before Shinedown, Bush put on a similarly strong performance melodically, though the showmanship was lacking. Vocalist Gavin Rossdale seemed almost bored with his own music early on during the performance before gaining a second wind. Halfway through his set, he jumped into the crowd as the '90s-era rockers performed The Beatles' "Come Together." Rossdale made his way all the way back into the lawn and seemed to be crowd-surfing, losing the melody in the moment as his band chuckled from the stage and tried to keep tempo.

Stone Sour and Papa Roach took the stage early, while there was still plenty of daylight to be had. Vocalists Corey Taylor and Jacoby Shaddix, respectively, screamed, shouted and sang at the top of their lungs while their bands performed heavy but melodic music beneath their voices. Both bands have recently released new albums and, though their set lists were comprised of better-known, older hits, they threw in a few recent songs too.

Location Info



Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Music

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Jerry Wiley
Jerry Wiley

great show saturday i enjoyed myself

David Cook
David Cook

Not saying that is what happened. Saying that is what the review sounds like.

David Cook
David Cook

The Review sounded like the writer hated it but the boss told them not to say anything negative.

David Cook
David Cook

Sounds like rocks off has conceded to joining them because they couldn't beat them. Hey rocks off, stop making excuses for shitty music. I noticed the writer never once mentioned anything about good music, just musicianship. If it's well played shitty music, it's still shitty music.

Mont Hoyt
Mont Hoyt

who cares?!?! same fuckin line up every year


"...held fans' rapt attention until the wee hours of the evening."

I don't think that's a saying...unless there's a joke there going way over my head. "Wee hours" aren't in the evening by definition. And I'd be surprised a show at The Woodlands would go till 1am, which would be when "wee hours" (of the morning, at least) begin.

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