Here's a Friday the 13th surprise we can only hope turns out to be true: Levitation, the trippy three-day weekend formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, has already landed some big names this year, like Spiritualized, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Tame Impala. But Friday morning the festival announced arguably the grandaddy of them all, Houston's 13th Floor Elevators, will close the event on May 10 in what is billed as a "50th anniversary performance."
Photo by Jason Wolter Elevators front man Roky Erickson at Houston's Continental Club on Halloween night 2013
Surviving Elevators Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, John Ike Walton and Ronnie Leatherman will share the stage for the first time since 1967 and be joined by numerous "special guests," Levitation announced today. The festival is scheduled for May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch outside of Austin; single-day tickets are now on sale at austinpsychfest.com.
"Each year a few bands on our wish list get checked off, many that we've had on the list for many years," Rob Fitzpatrick, Levitation co-founder and booker, said in a statement. "Having the 13th Floor Elevators on the festival lineup is just something we hadn't even dared to dream about.