"I Want You To Party" Mango's July 4, 2011
Mango's could have been drastically more packed for its 24-band Fourth of July "I Want You To Party" extravaganza if not for the meddling neighbors and the red and blue. We arrived at 2:30 p.m. and watched the crowd straggle in from the blistering heat. Originally, two stages were set up, one inside and one outside. After Gnome Chomsky played at 2 p.m., Mantis gathered up an intrigued, weight-shifting crowd outside.
Unfortunately for us, the set lasted about as long as it took for them to set up - the soulful, piano-based quartet led by Nicholas Greer had to cut their set short only three songs in because of the cops. Seriously, who makes a noise complaint on Independence Day?
Mango's back-door neighbor, of course. During the waiting period when no one knew what to do and just sat around outside, we got to hear a lot of stories about ye olden days before there were huge high-rises behind the venue. But in a matter of minutes, promoter Eric Dean managed to get in touch with the kind people at Numbers and move the outdoor bands inside across the street instead.
We figured it would be a good time to walk back to our apartment and hang until things picked back up. Maybe it was the sudden venue change, or maybe everyone in Houston was out of town or watching fireworks, but when we came back around 7 p.m., there seemed to be less people than there were at the hottest time of the day.
Even Jeremiah, the faithful and energetic Mango's doorman, was slumped over his wristband table.
Because of the switch, the set times all got pushed back. A few bands dropped out, including Twenty Eleven, so we walked back and forth between Numbers and Mango's until Keno Sims performed. We knew that even if the event was kind of a bust - thanks, HPD - we'd still get to see Keno and Muhammadali and it would still be a rad day.
And it was. By 11 p.m., we were back at Mango's, comfortably slow dancing to punk rock with a Lone Star in hand.
Rapper A.D.D. managed to fit himself on the bill at the last minute, so we vibed with his always animated, chat-heavy performance. We got a sneak peak at his album art, as well... Lil' B ain't got shit on this guy. Oh, and hey, Keno Sims is great and you should totally get his EP.
Not only is the man super-entertaining in person and onstage, but he does it all on his own. After Keno, Muhammadali ended the night on the best note possible. We feel like they kind of saved the day, and drew the biggest crowd we'd seen since we arrived.
There were quite a few new and unfamiliar bands that were supposed to play and we think that had the cops not shown up, they could have really been heard. Maybe next time there's such an extensive and wide-ranging lineup, those damn neighbors will be out of town.
Personal Bias: Although it was a fun day, I can't help but think that it could've been better had the police not ruined everything.
The Crowd: Patriots.
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Overheard In the Crowd: "I'm starting a band, but I need a real screamer."
Random Notebook Dump: Need. Sleep.