Carnival rides, good ole Uncle Si of southern reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” 90’s alternative rock dudes The Toadies, roasted nuts, 4 dollar cups of wine, beer gardens, country singer Robert Earl Keen, electronic bull rides, and a whole day dedicated to Latin rock and funk music…what do all of these have in common? CRAWFISH.
Texas Crawfish and Music Festival,TCF, enlivened Old Town Spring, a small, homely town just 30 miles north of Houston, two weekends in a row; the festival occurred April 19th through the 21st and again from the 26th to the 28th.
While I missed the second weekend which included a performance from wonderfully weird band The Toadies, I did get to talk to Vaden Todd Lewis, the band’s founder and front man, a few days prior. [oh yeah, find that soon on our Other Side Drive podcast!]
Fortunately, I did have the pleasure of attending the first weekend as press, which led to the discovery of new musical favorites. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Los Skarnales, an 8 man band including trumpets and saxophone, from Houston, TX.
These guys simultaneously personify funk, cumbia, ska and reggae rock, drawing the crowd in as if casting a spell. When I saw Los Skarnales at TCF, for “Latin Music Day,” they had the crowd dancing, swaying, and singing together as if that moment in time was the only moment that existed. It was a top notch performance of high energy and good vibes – but hey, see for yourself. Check out a clip here –
Another favorite was a group known as Dora and the Zydeco Entourage, a reggae rock group that was upbeat and fun in their performance. The band incorporated every odd instrument from washboards to accordians, making for a fun and funky sound that flowed just right. Check them out with their audience here –
TCF 2013 emanated a free-spirit feel in line with its performers, all the while encircled by a great environment equipped with fun street vendors, carnival rides, and the keys to the soul of course – food and music.
-Monica Solis, KTSW reporter
Monica Solis/KTSW 89.9
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