I had a great time at the Austin City Limits Music Festival last weekend but, as always, I left feeling completely drained. Emotionally, physically, financially. Each year, I leave ACL wondering whether I'll ever work up the energy to brave the crowds and suffer the porta-potties at another music festival.
But Houston Press' inaugural Best of Houston BestFest is scheduled to take over the Midtown "Superblock" — the usually empty field not far from Reef — this Saturday and Sunday, with a backdrop of the Houston skyline.
The lineup looks great, the weather promising. It seems to be more local and less messy than ACL. And at $25 for a day pass — or an easy $40 for the full weekend — it is much more kind to your wallet.
The assortment of artists is diverse — many from Houston, more from Texas, a few from around the country.
Houston Press has amassed a troupe of "Best Of" winners from years past to help celebrate its 2011 awards. Restaurants will serve food, vendors will sell wares, artists will paint faces, Dos Equis will provide beer.
And, of course, there will be music. The assortment of artists is diverse — many from Houston, more from Texas, a few from around the country.
On Saturday, soul jazz flutist Althea Rene, H-Town's beloved/mayor-approved Bun B, and others will play on the Home Brew stage. The main stage will host sets by local favorite Chamillionaire, punk rockers Against Me! and the Toadies.
The festival will be located between Main Street and Travis, McGowen & Anita, you know the "Superblock." Gates will open at noon both Saturday and Sunday. See the full music lineup, and restaurants and vendors lists, here.