Entering its fifth year, already, Houston Press Artopia (Saturday, January 26) has become one of the hottest wintertime tickets in town, a veritable buffet line of the Bayou City's hottest artists, dancers, designers, chefs and other creative types exhibiting their work. It's like a Super Bowl of Houston culture, only without the hyper-expensive commercials and Beyonce at halftime. (Since the Houston Press produces the event, we want to do it right.)
Trust us, if we could have Beyonce here too, we would. Instead this year's music carries on the Artopia tradition of welcoming some of Houston's top emerging talents, which in the past have included Sideshow Tramps, Peekaboo Theory, Young Mammals, Grandfather Child, Folk Family Revival and Finnegan. None of these bands can really be called "emerging" any longer, which is kind of the point.
This year's Artopia lineup features introspective rockers Poor Pilate, irresistible electro-pop trio Bang Bangz, and the haunting electronic-soul concoctions of Bagheera. (Note: There is also a Houston prog-metal band called Bagheera, but Artopia is having the DJs.) None of the three is older than about two years old.
We're not even sure how this is going to work, but apparently someone from the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates will be roaming the crowd, upgrading ten lucky people to the swanky Artopia VIP area, which will be catered by ultra-hip seasonal kitchen Haven. You don't even have to worry about parking, because the Wave will be taking care of that for you too.
See anything else you could possibly want to know at houstonpressartopia.com. Get your tickets here, or perhaps some VIP passes, and enjoy a few Bagheera tracks below. Just don't dawdle, because Artopia will sell out.
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