Houston Music

Friday Night at Springboard South: A Beat-Down of Its Own

The nature of Springboard South was evident just looking for parking on St. Emanuel to get to the event at Warehouse Live on Friday night.

The upstart, three-day music fest opened the evening with its hip hop and R&B acts. The dearth of available street parking had little to do with Springboard, though. The cars that flooded the area were mostly driven by rap fans who were headed to BBVA Compass Stadium for the H-Town Beat Down.

Maybe Springboard's organizers intentionally scheduled these acts Friday night to capture some of the foot traffic departing the soccer stadium after hearing Kendrick Lamar and a host of established rap acts. It could have been pure coincidence. Either way, the symbiosis wasn't lost on the handful of us there to watch Springboard's emerging rappers and soulful singers. You had to be careful walking into Warehouse to not trip over the umbilical cord that connected these acts from those performing a stadium show just steps away in downtown Houston.

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Jesse’s been writing for the Houston Press since 2013. His work has appeared elsewhere, notably on the desk of the English teacher of his high school girlfriend, Tish. The teacher recognized Jesse’s writing and gave Tish a failing grade for the essay. Tish and Jesse celebrated their 33rd anniversary as a couple in October.