Something Wicked at Sam Houston Race Park, 10/26/2013

Categories: Aftermath

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Cookie Monsta
6:38 p.m. The sun is setting, and it feels like the world is getting louder.


6:57 p.m. Shogun is playing something vaguely meditative, the crowd is raising its arms to the sky, and I'm wondering if there are any trance music yoga classes out there.


8:05 p.m. Now that the sun is gone, it's easier to appreciate just how much bigger the festival feels this year. It's not just a size thing either, although the main stage is gigantic. Each stage has its own identity: Shadow Field is huge and has an impressive display of screens, Mystic Meadows (trance stage) has a neat pyramid design and a ton of lasers, and the Bass Crypt is more closed-in and intimate. Things are bigger, yes, but not throw together. Well done, DDP and Nightculture.


8:10 p.m. Watching Cookie Monsta because Old Man Rocks Off recommended him. There's so much bass coming out of the speakers I wonder if my atoms are going to shake themselves apart.


8:50 p.m. I'm not sure what this is (above), but I couldn't pull my eyes away.


9:04 p.m. All my notes say are "sexy witches at Crizzly." Apparently that was all you needed to know.


9:45 p.m. Crizzly ends his set in the crowd. Now what you know about them Texas boys?


Review continues on the next page.

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Sam Houston Race Park

7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston, TX

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cheapdate001
cheapdate001

I'm almost 54 yrs old and have been to numerous concerts, but this was my 1st SW and I will be back. I got into the bass of the funk back in the 70's. This concert definitely satisfied my bass addiction. Good clean, clear sound. In my opinion the crowd is half of the entertainment. Everyone was very respectful to me and was glad to see me there enjoying their type of music. Everyone from patrons to the staff were very friendly and really seemed to be having a good time. I didn't see one fight which is totally opposite of heavy metal or hip hop concerts I've been to. I love the fact that no one is judgemental and when someone takes off dancing wild in the middle of nowhere when they hear their jam, they just go with it, no problem. Good to see the younger group of girls hanging out together and having fun without the hassle of guys hitting on them or bothering them .Very impressive manorisms of the people there. Some of the costumes are impressive and spot on, especially the hired entertainers that roam around stage to stage. they never broke character and enhanced the whole theme in a tremendous way, top notch.

tonyhuynh28
tonyhuynh28

I spent the majority of my time at the mainstage. I had a small glimpse of Luminox and wish I came in time for his entire set. Adventure Club was my favorite set.. they played a lot of stuff from their superheroes anonymous mixtapes which was awesome. I'm having withdrawals already and can't wait for next year!  

jennamc66
jennamc66

One of the photographers took a picture of us (Jack and Sally [Best couple costume]) and had told us that we would be in the Houston Press next week, yet I sadly don't see us. Maybe there'll be another article?

DylansFish
DylansFish

Luminox was so rad. Big ups to that dude

audiomind79
audiomind79

Would it be wrong of me to assume you are a little bias. You obviously spent most of your time in the Bass/Trap area so how cold you know who had the best set. Why do we even need to have a "Best Set "argument.  I like your timetable review of SW, very amusing. 

ed.velazquez
ed.velazquez

You must have missed the Wolfgang Gartner set at the main stage (I believe he was on at the same time as Adventure Club). General opinion is that he was the best set overall, even managing to top Tiesto's set (who he opened for), but like you said Tiesto gets fireworks.

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia moderator

@audiomind79 In fairness, I did admit my bias, however my review only reflects my opinions. Truth be told, I imagine very few people left SW disappointed, no matter what style of music they enjoy.

cheyenne0709
cheyenne0709

There's no mention of ATB. Heartbreaking. He pumped the crowd and while me and my friends went from stage to stage to see teisto and figure as well, we were pulled back to ATB. Even after his set, the crowd stayed chanting for him to continue... Saddly he couldn't. His show was phenomenal!

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia moderator

@cheyenne0709 @ed.velazquez No disrespect meant toward either artist, simply sharing my opinion on the best sets I heard. Unfortunately I couldn't be everywhere at once, which is a shame because I like Wolfgang quite a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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