Tuesday, April 16, 2013

1st Annual Maverick Festival

On March 23 I attended the first ever Maverick Festival in San Antonio. The festival was at La Villita and ended up being an all day affair. 6 hours of local bands that were free during the day light hours, and as the sun went down, those lucky enough to have tickets (yippe me!) continued to soak in the sounds, along with some amazing chalupas from local food stands.

The line-up consisted of:
 Maverick Stage 
12-12:45 p.m. Elora & Gasoline Alley
2-2:45 p.m. The Heroine
4-4:45 p.m. T Bird & the Breaks
Juarez Stage
12:30-1:15 p.m. Trees
1:30-2:15 p.m. Este Vato
3-3:45 p.m. Hour Band
4:45-5:45 p.m. Villela
Maverick Stage
6:30-7 p.m. Arum Rae
7:15-7:45 p.m. Henry + the Invisibles
8-8:45 p.m. Girl in a Coma
9-10:15 p.m. The Toadies
10:30-11:45 p.m. Gary Clark Jr

 After fighting the limited parking spots that there are downtown, I walked in just in time to get a good spot for Henry + the Invisibles. Henry calls San Antonio, New York and Austin his home. The stage was elbaorately decorated with guitars, keyboards, a computer, and a light drum set all under his sequined cloth. The way he moves and his facial expressions show how much he loves being up there. I couldn't hold back from dancing by myself and snapping my fingers while I ate my chalupa with a huge smile.

The sets changed very quickly, which was great because sometimes shows linger and linger, and no one wants to wait for great music! Girl in a Coma was the next set, who I have never seen live before have heard soooo much about them. They are a local ALL girl band, and these girls rock so hard. They have the look, the attitude, and the sounds that blend so perfectly together that they are nothing but a hit.

A long awaited performance came up next, and the crowd certainly showed their support when they came onto the stage. The Toadies are a four piece set that have a standing with those who love rock in San Antonio. The venue became packed and I was forced to move in between strangers I did not know, but that made it all the better. I felt like I was the youngest person to attend this festival, besides the two five year olds I saw playing tag. Maybe the Toadies were before my time because I did not know their music, but the men clearly have been rocking for generations, drawing crowds from all over.

I was incredibly dissapointed to have to miss Gary Clark Jr. who put the whole festival together, however I am sure after this great success of a Saturday he will soon return to the great city of San Antonio.

-Jacqueline Golden
Student D.J.
You can hear Jacqueline on air Tuesday Nights at 10 p.m. 

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