A bump to Sam Houston Race Park for its sophomore year signals Beyond the Pines is a festival on the rise. Headlined by Aaron Watson and Shooter Jennings, last year’s debut at cozy Town Green Park (next to the Cynthia Woods Pavilion) proved to be everything a modest regional festival could hope for and more, but this year its star power has expanded right along with its lineup’s stylistic reach. Headliner Ryan Bingham, whose low-key Oscar-winning song “The Weary Kind” belies the kind of righteous roadhouse ruckus he kicks up in concert, brings the necessary wattage to hang with one of the nation’s most explosive live outfits, the Living Colour-meets-MC5 L.A. power-soul rockers Vintage Trouble. Further down the bill are a handful of solo artists each of whom tweaks his chosen genre in interesting ways: Nashville soul singer Anderson East, Austin honky-tonk troubadour Jon Wolfe (“Baby This and Baby That”), progressive R&B/hip-hop balladeer Cody Chesnutt and even Venice Beach neo-glam rocker Stevie Starlight. For $38 general-admission tickets, Beyond the Pines promises a solidly left-of-center festival with real entertainment value. Part of the proceeds benefit D.A.W.G. Foundation, which helps place service animals with wounded veterans.
While Houston is no stranger to music festivals, Beyond the Pines provides a unique experience with Texas country, rock, and soul music. This year, Beyond the Pines will host some of the most talented musicians, feature one of a kind food and beer, and ensure an unparalleled experience to be remembered for years to come. The 2017 lineup includes Ryan Bingham, Vintage Trouble, Anderson East, Jon Wolfe, Cody Chesnutt, Stevie Starlight, Polaroid Summer, Shotgun Rider, and Madisons.