The Lone Star Music Festival, which promised to bring an eclectic crop of national, regional and local artists to Discovery Green on November 7 and 8, abruptly and mysteriously scratched the event over the weekend, leaving only the following cryptic message on its Web site.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Lone Star Music Festival, planned for November 7 and 8 at Discovery Green in downtown Houston, is cancelled.
In fact, that sentence is the only thing that remains on the site, besides a promise that Ticketfly will notify everyone who had bought tickets and process refunds. The festival's Facebook page has also been deleted.
Lone Star Music Fest was sponsored by the Houston Institute of Culture, a nonprofit whose purpose is, according to its Web site, "achieve a high level of cultural literacy and sense of responsibility in our communities.
For underserved and marginalized communities, with emphasis on youth, we offer innovative approaches to social change through activities, such as a life-changing camp experience, and media and civics programs in area schools," it continues.
Tom Bunch, former owner manager of the Toadies and Butthole Surfers and onetime owner of Houston's the Vatican, was hired as booking agent for the festival, and assembled a bill that included Blink-182, A$AP Mob, Wiz Khalifa, Sublime With Rome and Steve Aoki, as well as local and regional acts such as Jerry Jeff Walker, Joe Ely, New Orleans' Wild Magnolias and Dumpstaphunk, and Houston's Paul Wall, the Tontons and the Suffers. The full lineup is below:
Rocks Off has reached out to Bunch and HIC executive director Mark Lacy, and will update with any comments they send our way. One of Rocks Off's Twitter followers suggested this plausible theory:
— Daniel Perez (@Munx1er) September 14, 2014
ROCKS OFF'S GREATEST HITS
The Ask Willie D Archives Houston's Top 10 Hipster Bars, Clubs & Icehouses 2014 Today's 10 Most Promising Young Metal Bands Hip-Hop's Seven Best Breakup Songs Houston's Top 10 Rooftop Bars and Lounges
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.