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No Rick Ross, But Houston Beer Fest Is a Go Anyway

Pepper
Pepper
Photos by Francisco Montes

Just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Houston Beer Fest announced that Rick Ross would be "unable to perform...due to a medical emergency" via Facebook and Twitter. The Mississippi-born William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name, has made a habit of canceling shows in Houston, last abandoning two stops in April and December of 2012.

"Nah I literally came here for you," said a fellow Twitter user. "Now I feel like I wasted my money."

Many others echoed this sentiment on social media. Some even suspected that Ricky Rozay had forsaken his visit to our fair city to attend the Miami Heat game instead.

Expectedly, the late-evening crowd was far sparser than originally anticipated, but Pepper made a noble attempt to placate the fans that stuck around. Still, it was a shame to end the two-day festival with a big disappointment.

3OH!3
3OH!3

Other hiccups Sunday included technical difficulties and a power outage, neither of which could keep the crowd from enjoying the atmosphere and plethora of available beers.

Before news of the cancellation had made its rounds, 3OH!3 proved that, even six years removed from the release of their breakthrough debut album, they still possess the ability to hype a crowd.

A large crowd had gathered in front of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Stage, where the Colorado-based electronic/pop duo performed original material and remixes to Kay Perry's "Dark Horse" and Ellie Goulding's "Burn."

Wandering Bufaleros
Wandering Bufaleros

Unfortunately, the Wandering Bufaleros failed to garner the crowd's attention Saturday afternoon, despite a strong showing by the Houston natives. Tucked away at the back of the festival, the eight members faced a blinding sun and apathetic concertgoers, most of whom preferred to sip their beers, play beer pong and chat amongst themselves as things got going.

Us Royalties' set was later delayed for ten minutes due to technical difficulties, but they enjoyed a large crowd as a number of attendees huddled below nearby trees for shade just before cloud cover rolled in.

Action Bronson
Action Bronson

For my money, however, Action Bronson's unique rapping style and swagger stole the show. Just before his set began, UGK's "It's Supposed to Bubble" echoed through downtown Houston. By the chef-turned-rapper's third song, the sweet smell of marijuana was wafting all throughout Sam Houston Park.

Mr. Wonderful eventually made his way into the crowd, ending up in the sound tent for a few verses before heading back into the crowd toward the stage. His nasally voice carried farther than one might have thought, and his distinctive rhymes kept my ears perked for the entirety of his hourlong set.

And he didn't even have to body-slam anyone this go-round.

More photos on the next page.

 

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