H-Town to Boomtown: Beaumont Has a Music Festival, Too

There's been a lot of talk over the last week about Summer Fest growing to take on bigger national and international acts, and how that growth crowds out locals. The Houston bands performing at Boomtown see the networking value of festivals as critical to what they do.

"Festivals are usually a great place to meet a lot of different artists and musicians all at once," says Paul Bearer. "Plus, it's an incredible amount of exposure to a wider audience than a band would normally see at a club."

For its part, Funeral Horse is taking full advantage of that networking capability by incorporating Boomtown into a mini-tour, with shows in Fort Worth, Dallas and Shreveport this week. They'll be playing songs from Sinister Rites of the Master, their new album set to release on 4/20.

Geeves reminds everyone that he and his band are music fans too, not just performers, which is a big appeal to playing an event like this.

"It's a great opportunity to hear and see other bands and talent," he adds. "I think it's great exposure and a lot of fun and we're glad to be a part of it."

"The beautiful thing about our festival is that it is small, but energetic," Trujillo says. "When you really analyze the history of music in Beaumont, you see that this petrochemical town is responsible for many successful musical acts. Janis Joplin is an obvious one, but this town also produced Johnny Winter, Blind Willie Johnson and many others.

We're coming back to those roots, and festivals that integrate different art forms, like this festival, are on the rise," she adds

And once the Houston bands traveling to Beaumont make local fans, they'll be fans for life, Trujillo reasons.

"At a recent local show, two local opening bands turned over their door money to the traveling band because their set was so enjoyable," she says. "When you rock us, we'll love you. That's the benefit of playing a small town with a rich musical background."

Full-access tickets to this weekend's Seventh Annual Boomtown Film and Music Festival are $15. For ticket information and a complete schedule of films and music performances, visit boomtownfestival.com.


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