Are you going to Homegrown Fest today? It’s the ninth year for the Texas-artist-centric music festival and it looks to be a beautiful day for hearing some great music!
The lineup this year is spectacular, but I would say that because I’ve been having a love affair with several of the bands for years. And it would have to be spectacular to outdo the triumphant return of Tripping Daisy at last year’s fest:
This year, I’m looking forward to Alvvays, The Black Angels, and Explosions in the Sky. I saw Alvvays last fall when they were in town and their dream pop show was so much fun and full of energy and polite Canadian sweetness (obviously not from Texas, so I don’t know how they ended up on the lineup, but I’m definitely not complaining).
I’ve been a Black Angels girl for awhile now. My friends and I always wear black & white stripes to their shows and, at one point, we even made a cartoon about the imagined life of guitarist Christian Bland. The first time I saw The Black Angels, they played with psychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erickson, who, incidentally, is also playing today.
But these guys… Explosions in the Sky. They’re it for me - an exclusive member of my All-Time Top 5 Bands. There’s nothing quite like hearing these progressive rockers playing live and, even better, it’ll be under an open Texas night sky. Their instrumental music is mesmerizing and driving and there are no words for the feelings they create. A must-experience.
Homegrown Fest will be at in Dallas at the Main Street Garden Park and you can still buy tickets by going to www.homegrownfest.com!