Spring Forward Fest, This Weekend

Of all the festivals and pseudo-festivals floating around lately, this one’s probably at the top of my list; I’d posted about it a while back as the “Downtown Music Festival” one of the guys from Mobley mentioned, but since then it’s been fleshed-out even further, getting a real-live official name and a slew of additions to the lineup.

So folks, get ready for the Spring Forward Music Festival, which will be unfolding this coming Saturday, March 12th, over in downtown, with stages both inside and outside of Groundhall (ex-Engine Room) and inside Echo (ex-Jet Lounge), and a crapload of bands starting at 2PM and going for a full 12 hours on from that.

The lineup’s a pretty great mishmash of excellent bands from right here and bands from points further afield. The headliners are all from Austin, weirdly enough (or maybe quirkily apropos, seeing as most bands are headed to Austin at the moment), including very cool indie-rockers What Made Milwaukee Famous, the awesomely heavy, mesmerizing Ume, and The Bright Light Social Hour and Electric Touch, about whom I’ve heard many, many good things.

That’s not to overlook the folks further down the bill, mind you. I freaking love those garage-y (yet surprisingly melodic) Deer Park boys The Gold Sounds, was bowled over by Featherface‘s debut EP, and have been pretty impressed both by local Tori Amos-esque chanteuse Winter Wallace and by scrappy art-punks {Art Institute}, for four of the pile.

Then there’s Tax the Wolf, who I really, truly liked after seeing ’em play live at SugarHill a little while back, Austin-dwellers Frank Smith, Mobley The Boxing Lesson. And I really need to hear more from Rivers and iLL LiaD (and soon).

Oh, and I can’t forget organizer Jason Smith‘s own band Alkari, who do the straight-up, Twin Tone, punk-edged rock thing like few other bands in town; think a less-inebriated (well, mostly) Replacements with keys, and you’ll be in the ballpark…

The whole deal’s $10 through the presale link and $15 the day of the show, either of which is a damn good deal, if you ask me. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, bring your kids, everybody, and drift off in a haze of good, good music.

Here’s the full schedule, all you completists out there:

Make plans for the weekend now, y’all.


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3 Responses to “Spring Forward Fest, This Weekend”

  1. Jason Smith on March 9th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks, Jeremy!!! Yes, I did want a “Houston Headliner” band, but unfortunately the “bigger name” bands I contacted are either heading out on tour (Wild Moccasins / Tontons) or had some kind of schedule conflict… So we’ll just have to consider the Houston bands (like Featherface, RIVERS, The Dead Revolt, Tax the Wolf, etc) as FUTURE Houston Headliners! I can not say enough about the amazing bands that are playing this festival, especially the Austin bands coming over here (at very reasonable rates considering gas prices). The Bright Light Social Hour, I guarantee you, will be worth the price of admission on their own, and then to follow them up with UME and WMMF… WTF?! Anyway, I hope a thousand people come out and convince me to do another show like this in the near future. It’s up to you, Houston!

  2. Jeremy Hart on March 9th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Ah, yeah — that makes sense. Wasn’t trying to pick, definitely; I think it’s a pretty badass lineup either way. Virtual high-five your way, man…

  3. SPACE CITY ROCK » Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Spring Forward (Plus Reviews!) + South By Due East + Los Skarnales Tour Kickoff + More on June 23rd, 2011 at 12:08 am

    […] Alkari DVD and Bright Light Social Hour full-length here and here, respectively. Oh, and look here for more detailed info. Seriously, it’s going on right now, and it’s bound to be […]

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