Night Life

Saturday Night: Praia Urbana At Last Concert Cafe

Praia Urbana Last Concert Cafe June 18, 2011

Saturday, the all-day electronic music festival Praia Urbana was held at Last Concert Café. From what Aftermath saw while we were there, it was pretty much a packed house.

Due to a previous commitment, we got there two hours before the party came to a close. Many people were winding down, but just as many were still going strong on the dance floors, while a few were recharging their batteries with cold beverages on the patio tables.

When we first walked in, Aftermath kind of thought it was a rave. Which, we suppose, it kind of was... minus some of raves' more unpleasant aspects and for a pretty steep $35 ticket.

Like the crowds at Free Press Summer Fest a few weeks ago, plenty of concertgoers found interesting ways to beat the heat, mostly by taking off as many articles of clothing as they could. The festival's promoters and organizers put together water stations and a few sprinkler tents where people could cool off.

It wasn't Summer Fest, of course, but it wasn't supposed to be. Praia Urbana says it has boasted crowds of more than 1,500 people in the past, and Saturday night's festival may have reached that number again.

At least, that's what the dance floor felt like, as we tried to make our way through it to the restroom.

While the festival pegged itself as an electronica expose, there were a few reasons to visit even if you weren't into the whole "dance" thing. The first thing Aftermath noticed as we walked in was the wall near the back of the venue, which had been designated an art wall, of sorts - a blank canvas for a few graffiti artists to cover with whatever they saw fit.

By far, this was our favorite part of the evening.

Three artists (that we saw) contributed to the mural, but we assume that it had been in the process of being completed since the event started at 2 p.m. We kind of wish we had gotten there earlier. But then again, it was 100-something degrees, so we'll content ourselves with congratulating those who were strong enough to withstand the Houston heat and sun.

While dancing, nonetheless.

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
Contact: Matthew Keever