Earlier this month, we traveled to San Antonio for the fifth annual Maverick Music Festival, and it was an unforgettable weekend packed to the brim with sunshine and rad tunes. The Texas heat paled in comparison to the fired up festival goers frolicking about Maverick Plaza on April 7-8, all ready to check out acts from every end of the spectrum. Between the headliners (Bastille and Young The Giant), and our new favorites (Calliope Musicals and Jenny and the Mexicats), we saw all that MMF had to offer this year.
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The California rockers put on an electric show, which was absolutely fierce from beginning to end. Serving as Friday's final act, the band (led by vocalist Sameer Gadhia) was brilliant, working the stage and getting the crowd amped with bangers like "Something To Believe In", "Titus Was Born", and "Cough Syrup".
The first time you check out this Austin six-piece, you quickly come to realize how impressive their live sets are. How would we describe their performances, exactly? Immersive and crowd-involved, complete with rainbow confetti. Taking to the Arneson Theater stage, the "Echo of the Whoos" group brought plenty of good vibes (and sequins) to the festival.
Together, Maseo, Posdnous, and Dave make up one of the most iconic groups to come out of New York. After checking out their MMF set, it's safe to say that the hip hop trio is still one of the best in the game. De La Soul performed sans Dave (due to an illness), and had the entire crowd on their feet. Old school hip hop never sounded so good.
The London natives' set exceeded our expectations, due in large part to frontman Dan Smith's connection with the crowd. Halfway through their set, Smith went for a walk into the audience—stopping for a few selfies before climbing over one of the platform railings to sing over the crowd.
Jenny and the Mexicats were our favorite surprise at MMF. The Latin fusion group, fronted by Jenny Ball, was a complete breath of fresh air—the British rocker commanded the Spanish language like a native speaker. Their sound was sprinkled with pop punk riffs, creating a one-of-a-kind sound perfectly suited for the San Antonio scene.
MTB's set was the throwback we'd been waiting all weekend for. The four-piece delved deep into their extensive discography, spanning from 2001’s This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic to their latest release, VOIDS. With a dash of Seattle grunge, the "Last Kiss" performers played with ample passion and skill.
One of our favorite alt-pop electronica groups provided fans in attendance with a surge of energy on Saturday night. The New Zealand natives’ set was filled with upbeat anthems that kept fans moving from start to finish (even after a long day in the Texas sun).
These hometown alternative-rock darlings opened Maverick Music Festival, playing a soulful, intimate set for their festival debut. They blew us away with an impassioned performance for the hyped crowd. Our favorite moment? When the group closed their set with a heartfelt rendition of “Fire Me Up”, which made for a breathtaking sing-a-long moment.