No matter what you think a music festival should be, it is after all a gathering of like minded individuals. The River Revival Festival organized by Houston's Splice Records,is now in its fourth year, stretched from two days to three, and from a handful of bands to more than double.
Headlined by The Suffers, the music is easily the lead with this festival, even though there's more involved than that. There's camping, floating the river, and people experiencing nature together. Chef Adam Dorris of Presidio will oversee the food program in the style of a traditional camp out. The camping side of things has adults in mind, though children are welcome. Fireside acoustic sets take place from many of the artists every night, a group float and a float parade, as well as art installations throughout the grounds from Black Cassidy and Alex Ramos, as well as other Houston artists.
Here are the highlights starting with Houston's The Suffers. Easily one of the best live acts to come out of Texas since ZZ Top, the mix of Gulf Coast swagger and gospel tinged soul that's on their sophomore album Everything Here should echo off the Guadalupe River in a beautiful way. The sultry and suggestive lyrics of accordian wizard Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys will also ramp things up.
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The blues guitar intensity of Austin's Jackie Venson will also be on the bill. Venson, one of the strongest performers to pick up a six string, is like watching fireworks in person, and her latest singles "Rollin and Tumblin" and "Keep On" are songs that stick to your insides. A performance from Tomar & the FC's is more than just live music, it's a party and they will light the stage with their energy and good vibes.
There's plenty of Houston talent on this festival, but the trifecta of Houston's John Evans, Buxton, and Folk Family Revival is astounding. Evans, a troubadour of sorts is like catching a modern day Buddy Holly, while Buxton's upcoming album should be as stellar as their new songs sound in person. Folk Family Revival bring a sparkle to any stage they perform on. The funk soul boogie of Houston's Tightn' Up will also bring the funk hammer to the lineup, and if you've not heard their album And Now We Can Begin, you've been doing your ears a disservice.
Arthur Yoria will bring his charm and songwriting skills on as well, and his last drop After You is a magical journey. The garage rock madness of Houston's Flower Graves will also definitely get feet moving. Fireside performances from Pecos Hank, Vodi, Craig Kinsey and Ancient Cat Society will brighten spirits as well, setting this festival further from the herd.
The Splice Records River Revival is set to take place September 27 through September 30 on ten plus acres of riverfront and cliff side to the Guadalupe River at KL Ranch Camp in New Braunfels. Passes and camping sites for the festival range between $100 and $265, and are all inclusive with more information here.