I'm not going to launch into some long diatribe as an opening to this blog; there's no need. All that needs to be said can be summed up in one word -- weed.
That's right. This is a blog about all the sweet 420 festivals and events around Houston to help you declare your love for the mean green holiday. So if you're lookin' for a way to celebrate all things cannabis, look no further.
The answers to all of your stoner inquiries are available below. Here's a list of how and where to celebrate the herbal awesomeness of 420 in Houston.
Curren$y's 4/20 Weekend Tour For those of you that would like to start the toking party off a little bit early, Warehouse Live is hosting Curren$y on 4/19, the day prior to the start of the big celebrations. Curren$y will be performing at Warehouse Live for the first time since dropping his 2012 album, Stoned Immaculate, which is quite an appropriate album title for a guy on a 420 tour, I suppose.
Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 9 p.m. Friday, April 19
Punkstar Industries and Smoke Alley Present 420 Fest Not only will there be music from folks like Second Hand, JFK Suicide, D.R.U.M., and Brothers Grymm, but there'll also be glass blowing demos (!) and a raffle. Unfortunately I didn't see anywhere on the flier that says there'll be food trucks. Sorry, Charlies. Better bring your own hot Cheetos.
Smoke Alley, 4602 Dacoma, 2-10 p.m.
420: The One Love Art Exhibition and Market War'Hous and Sonya Gracia have teamed up to bring you the One Love Art Exibition and Market at War'Hous Studios, an art show and market devoted to all things 420.
Dubbed a festival for reggae lovers, hippies, and plant devotees and smokers, the festival features music from folks like Ceeplus Bad Knives, Damon Allen, DJ Nattyvo, along with a bunch of vendors and artists. Oh, and Dash Vodka is one of the sponsors, if you're not an herbal enthusiast, of course.
War'Hous Visual Studios, 4715 Main, 4:20 p.m.
3rd Annual SouthEast 420 Fest Sponsored by Cloud 9 Smoke Shop, bands like FLCON FCKER, Yokomono, Bloody Knives, Come See My Dead Person, Devil Killing Moth, Giant Battle Monster, Cosmic Bug Loaf, Free Radicals, Kumquat, and about a thousand others will be playing at this celebration of Houston art, food, and music.
If the music isn't enough to entice you, there will also be food, body art, glass blowing, a hookah lounge, and something called the "Pleasure Zone". I have no idea what the hell the "Pleasure Zone" is, but I'll be in there if you need me.
AvantGarden/Numbers (corner of Westheimer and Taft), 3 p.m.
Halfbaked 4/20 Party and Performance Stereo Live's 4/20 nod, featuring music by Sosaman and Yung Ghost. This party is presented by Lace Fam and the Dough Boy Gang.
Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, 9 p.m.
Homegrown 420 Music & Art Festival 2013 Think two stages, BYOB, and a bunch of bands -- Knocturnal Maddness, Torrid Complex, Brownies for Breakfast, just to name a few -- along with artists, food vendors, and a "Miss Homegrown 420 Bikini Contest".
Oh, and there's a bunch of free giveaways, including a guitar and cash money. And again, it's BYOB, which I'm going to presume stands for "bring your own bud" in this case.
The Compound, 2035 Wheeler (Near UH Central Campus)
ForTwenty: Scout Bar's 420 Party I really thought Scout Bar was in Clear Lake, but the Web site swears it's Houston, so okay. This is their 420 party, featuring SIX GUN SOUND, Hold Fast Fables, and the Medicine Years.
I'm not sure how it's a 420 party other than that's what they're calling it, so if you drive out to HouCLEARLAKE under the guise of this being a 420 party, you're on your own if it sucks. Maybe call them first?
Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., 10 p.m.
2nd Annual Blazed Zine 420 Cover Fest This one seems to be the most metal of the 420 fests*. Bands include Roadies for Slayer, Bobtallica, Quarantines, Suicide Squad, Fix Me, and Brain Dead. That's about all I got for this one, other than the cover is $5.
(*Notice I used the word "seems" -- I'm basing my metal deduction solely off the flier art, so don't gripe at me if I'm wrong. It was a pretty threadbare flier.)
Ponderosa, 1503 Nance, 9 p.m.
Concert Pub Galleria 420 Party The Concert Pub is claiming to have a 420 party this year, but aside from a blurb talking about how they're going to have some bands and a party, precious little other information is available. They've had 420 parties in years past, so just base your decision on whatever you can remember about the party from last year (which I would assume could be nil).
Concert Pub, 5636 Richmond
Concert Pub North 420 Party Same here; the only information available here is that it's a "huge, all-day event."
Concert Pub North, 2470 FM 1960 W.
BONUS Flying Lotus with Thundercat and Teebs Just in case you haven't had your fill of stoner antics by the time Sunday rolls around, there's the Flying Lotus show at Warehouse Live to tip you over the edge of oblivion. I'm sure there will be plenty of debauchery to go around.
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Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21