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Raucous beer and music festival toasts Houston's psychedelic nightlife history

Beer and music festival toasts Houston's psychedelic nightlife history

Karbach Love Street Fest
The festival pays homage to Houston's bygone, definitive, psychedelic hangout. Karbach/Facebook

This weekend, Karbach Brewing Co. will once again throw its Love Street Music Fest on Sunday, May 19, held on the the brewery grounds. Now in its third year, the fest continues to hit spectators with live music, good times, and, of course, kegs of Karbach beer (including Love Street, their Kolsch-style blonde).

The Love Street Music Fest mainly pays tribute to a piece of Houston nightlife history. The festival and the beer got its name from the Love Street Light Circus and Feelgood Machine, which was known as the definitive, psychedelic hangout in Houston back in the late '60s.

The Allen's Landing spot was the brainchild of modernist sculptor David Adickes, who projected his photos and images on the club’s walls. Among the Texans who played there: The 13th Floor Elevators, Johnny Winter, and The Moving Sidewalks, which featured future ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons on lead guitar. Those who attended could either dance to the music or "zonk out" on the floor. The club even attracted rock stars like Jefferson Airplane, who checked out the place after a performance.

The Fest continues Love Street's tradition of giving local/national indie acts a venue where they can explore, experiment, and, of course, entertain. The 2019 lineup includes Walk the Moon, Bishop Briggs, Toadies, lovelytheband, and Vodi.

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Love Street Music Fest; Karback Brewing Co.; 2032 Karbach St. Doors open at 1 pm. General admission and VIP tickets (which include a separate VIP entrance, three beers of your choice, and a Karbach restaurant buffet) run $40 and $150, respectively. For more information, visit the official site.