The sixth annual edition of El Paso's Neon Desert Music Festival went down over this past Memorial Day Weekend. With the continued promise to provide an energetic and eclectic mix of music, food and art, the festival showed major growth this year. Along with the three main stages and the silent disco, the event featured a new skate ramp as well as a wrestling ring for Lucha Libre matches.
What really opened up the festival was the completion of renovations to San Jacinto Plaza, which along with representing the physical center and heart of the city, also provided a Homegrown Live stage for local talent. Festival attendees also had the opportunity to lie in the grass or engage in a game of ping-pong or chess in the park, providing a sometimes much-needed rest during the hot days and nights.
After attending Neon Desert last year, I fell in love with the atmosphere, energy, and sound of the young event; I also met several outstanding El Pasoans who convinced me to return. What I really enjoy is the complete devotion to music shown by the local fans, who never failed to provide each performance with their utmost attention, devotion and energy, from the main headliners to the upstart acts. More than 30,000 music fans attended this year, and I'd venture to say that the majority were supremely pleased with the event. I certainly already look forward to next year, and proudly present my ten most memorable moments from this year's fest:
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Until next year, Neon Desert. You certainly know how to party!
When he's not roaming around the city in search of tacos and graffiti, Marco points his camera lens toward the vibrant Houston music scene and beyond. You can follow his adventures on Instagram: @MarcoFromHouston.