Yes, Indeed! Fest vs. Vanilla Ice at Halftime: Everybody Wins

Photos by Nicholas Zalud
The Yes, Indeed! festival: Just standin' on the street, playing guitar...
It should go without saying: there are music events, and then there are events which may be enhanced by the added element of music.

This weekend in Houston, a pair of offerings illustrated this point quite vividly. Saturday's Yes, Indeed! festival in the Warehouse District was the former -- a music event, and a damn fine one too. The Houston Texans' halftime performance by Vanilla Ice (ne Robert Van Winkle) was the latter. Also -- don't laugh now -- not too shabby.

Yes, Indeed! featured more than two dozen bands in a trio of venues playing to hundreds of music fans, with all the things that make up a music festival: stages that ran on schedule at Last Concert Café, Houston House of Creeps and the Doctor's Office, plus plenty of beer and food. People shuffled up and down Nance Street, trying to decide which acts to catch.

Recently minted Houston celebrity Yvette Gbalazeh was on hand with her familiar sign.
My one thought was how much something like this means to people here who truly love music. There were no hugely famous headliners to draw the sort of lukewarm fans who attend big music fests just to catch a glimpse of some famed musician or to say, "I was there." This one was by and for music lovers.

It's the brainchild of promoter Phil Peterson, a.k.a. Bassman Pep, and Jason Smith, Alkari's bassist and a fellow music writer. Both know tons of Houston musicians through their respective work. The musicians they booked for Yes Indeed almost seemed under contractual obligation to thank and praise them, they did it so often. That's how grateful they were to have the chance to come together en masse to perform and network.

I caught a few acts in the early-evening shadows at Doctor's Office, where a pop-up tent nestled in a corner of the venue's smallish courtyard served as a stage. Friendswood trio Sunrise and Ammunition was grinding it out for those of us gathered under an I-10 off-ramp.

"I love it. I love seeing any kind of DIY network coming together, especially in Houston because a lot of people complain about bands' unwillingness to work together, so it's great to see 'em in a giant pool like this, actually working together," said Tyler Saucier, the band's guitarist/vocalist, following the set.

People already know or are learning the Houston music community works well together. Some out-of-towners are seeing this, too. Take Naughty Professor, for instance. The New Orleans-based instrumental funk act could be Free Radicals' blood brothers from down I-10 East. They did a "show swap" with 2013 HPMA Award winners, Electric Attitude, to get on the bill.

After making everyone groove to their airtight set, they were gracious enough to let me rudely hover over them and ask questions while they crunched on chips and salsa in Last Concert's dining area. Their collective assessment of their first-ever show in Houston, as well as the fest itself, was "Well-run, great venue, great town, cool people. It was a blast."

Story continues on the next page.

Location Info

Last Concert Cafe

1403 Nance St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Doctor's Office

1301 Nance St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Houston House Of Creeps

807 William St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Totally agree with your assessment of Vanilla Ice.  Usually I only stay in my seat for the silent drill team on military day, but you can be damn sure I made an exception this week for Vanilla Ice!

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Good write up, and glad you understood the Vanilla Ice thing for the fun that it is these days.

Speaking of, What's up with the Wagon Queen Family Truckster in the first pic?


"...But, they know for a fact that we're usually dumber." --- you're a smart man Mr. Sendejas.  

Nice review.  I actually had a few friends go to the music fest.  Not my cup of tea, but they all raved about it.  My boyfriend included.  

Friend!!! 2-0!!!!  I relinquished my ticket to my bf's dad, so I missed the game. (I'm an awesome gf like that hehe)  HOWEVER, I did watch it on the tele  along with a few of the rowdiest people I've ever met!  I'm sure you and your family enjoyed it too.    

Have a great week and don't forget to "collaborate and listen" ---ha!


Awesome review of Yes, Indeed! Thanks for being there to document it!

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