Added Music Takes Bayou City Art Fest to Another Level

Every great band requires a great timekeeper. The man behind the drum set for Houston Press Music Award winners The Suffers is named Nick Zamora. He's one of those dudes who just gets it, man.

The guy is a musician's musician, who can keep time, sing back-up vocals, act as a sound man, and book your next show. So when the Bayou City Art Festival was looking for assistance in increasing the appeal of the annual event's musical fare, it was only natural that they called upon Zamora.

The Bayou City Art Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious art festivals in the nation. For more than 40 years, it has provided world-class art to the people of Houston, attracting artists from all over the world to participate. Although this isn't the first year the festival has included music, its rejuvenated and refocused music component will serve as added value to attendees visiting the downtown streets this weekend. The festival's revamped music stage has been dubbed the unLIMITed stage.

"This is my first time booking on this large of a scale," confesses Zamora.

The scale is indeed fairly grand, with more than 15,000 people attending each day of the two-day festival. "There was a learning curve for myself and the organization," he continues. As the event's music curator, Zamora made sure the music alone would be worth the ticket price. The line-up includes The Suffers, Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man, and the tropical/Latin DJ collective Bombón.

"Our ultimate goal is to promote art, both visual and musical," Zamora explains.

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Given the task to hand-select the talent, he chose a collection of bands and musicians that represents a large scope of the genres found in our city, yet retains a family-friendly atmosphere. The biggest name on the list is the Kashmere Stage Band, whom Zamora and The Suffers met at this summer's Free Press Summer Fest.

The speakers and mixers were also upgraded as a result of this transition. It was all a must if the festival is going to meet its goal of providing "one of the best live shows of the year," according to Zamora.

The thought of a fall music festival sounds downright pleasant, and although the event will remain focused on visual art, the attraction of a great music lineup has the potential to increase the festival's appeal and introduce fine visual art to music lovers, and outstanding music groups to new fans.

An additional afterparty called Art Heist will take place on the steps of City Hall after the festivities on Saturday evening. This event is a fundraising opportunity that will provide ticket holders with a chance to win donated art. The theme is "Treasures of the New World," and Zamora suggested local vinyl enthusiast DJ Sun as the perfect sound selector to provide the atmosphere required.

Creative visuals with a creative soundtrack. Sounds like a recipe for success.

The Bayou City Art Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, October 12 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 13 Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston. Tickets are free for children 2 and younger, and non-members may purchase tickets online or at festival doors for $15 (adults) or $3 (children ages 3-12).


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