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

Categories: Aftermath

Adventure Club
10:00 p.m. Every hour or so I walk around the festival grounds to see what's going on and get away from the bass' full-body massage for a few minutes. One thing I've noticed over and over is that the people at the bass stage seem to be having more overt fun than people at the other stages. I have two theories about this:

  • Bass music is easy to dance to. If you can nod your head, move your shoulders slightly, and occasionally raise your arms up then you meet the barrier for entry.
  • Bass music is the most overtly sexual music compared to what's going on at the other stages.

Also, not for nothing, but listening to trance while the sun was out was just weird.

10:43 p.m. I'm not going to tell you that Adventure Club's remix of Yuna's "Lullabies" is the greatest remix of all time, but it's basically a perfect song, so there's that. Also, it was really nice to listen to a set that didn't feel like I was getting punched in the face for an hour. There's nothing wrong with that, but a little bit of variety doesn't hurt either. Dynamics are cool.

10:53 p.m. The line at the ATM is still 20 people deep. I'm not sure what they want to buy, but it must be important.

10:56 p.m. I'm watching the massive crowd that is watching Tiësto, trying to think of something clever to say about just how massively popular he is, when all of a sudden fireworks pop off the top of the Shadow Field.

Tiësto gets fireworks. What more do you need to know?

In Summation: Disco Donnie Presents and Nightculture really stepped things up this year, and the result is a festival that holds its own with any in the state. If this is how things are after a year, I can't wait to see what they have planned for next year.

My face is already vibrating.

Personal Bias: Sign me up for one "I love you but I've chosen trap music" shirt.

The Crowd: I would venture to guess that more than half the crowd was in costume, depending on whether or not you count the raver uniform (tutu, furry boots, etc. etc.) as a costume.

Overheard in the Crowd: "I'm not going to church," said one girl to her friend, explaining why she wished her dress was shorter.

Creepiest Thing Overheard in the Crowd: "Anyone with erectile dysfunction could come to this and problem solved," said one dudebro to another, before lamenting about how he couldn't bring his camera in.

Best Sets of the Day: Herobust, Ryan Hemsworth, Adventure Club

Random Notebook Dump: Your phone has a "notes" app. Just write down a line of two about where you parked your car. Don't be the people in your underwear, lost and confused, wandering up and down the aisles, unable to go home.


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Sam Houston Race Park

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

Category: General

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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.


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!  


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?


Luminox was so rad. Big ups to that dude


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. 


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 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.


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 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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