Except for autumn, spring is festival season in Houston. This time of year most people can probably be forgiven for losing track of all the events in the area that take advantage of the agreeable weather and humans' unquenchable appetite for food, drink, fellowship and live music to wash it all down. Then again, the urge to celebrate surviving another earth cycle is probably as old as the changing of the seasons.
|Photos by Jacob Howard/Courtesy of Texas Crawfish & Music Festival|
|The main stage at last year's festival|
But one local event hasn't quite received the credit it deserves, especially for its musical merit. Within just a few years, the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, an outgrowth of the nonprofit Old Town Spring Preservation League, has quietly emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the state's concert calendar. Spread out over this weekend and next, this year the festival will host some of Texas' top bands in both rock (Los Lonely Boys, Bob Schneider) and country (Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Kevin Fowler), plus an undercard full of up-and-comers: Austin's Shakey Graves and the Wheeler Brothers, Tyler's Whiskey Myers, Lufkin's Downfall Rising and even UK soul-jazz outfit The Filthy Six.
That's to go along with stalwarts like Dale Watson, Jesse Dayton, Bri Bagwell, Alejandro Escovedo and Heartless Bastards. Houston acts are prominently featured, whether rock (The Tontons, Dmitri's Rail, Fighting Gemini), R&B (the Suffers, Nick Greer & the G's) or country (Junior Gordon Band, Folk Family Revival). There's something for almost every taste, plus a few surprises -- and isn't that what every good music festival aims for?More »