JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

May 3, 2014
Oak Point Park
Plano, TX USA
Review by Scott Witty
Photos by Paul Wilkins

Suburbia Music Festival - May 3 & 4

Suburbia Music Festival

Lost In Suburbia

It seems that the inaugural Suburbia Music Festival that took place at Oak Point Park in Plano, Texas was a hit. It reminded me a lot of the highly successful Austin City Limits Music Festival held down south every year. I’m sure that was the intention.

The festival was set in 801 tree lined acres of a park and nature preserve in eastern Plano. On the fringes of the venue, sit rows of well manicured homes. This was typical of "suburbia" that completed the scene. It was like a little bit of country in the middle of the burbs. You could almost forget where you were for a while. Kick back and relax. It is the perfect setting for a music event.

The line up for this 2 day concert included everything from rock-a-billy and country to electronic dance music and hip hop. All of them had the crowds singing, swaying or twirling in the sunshine and beautiful weather that graced the event.

The headliners on Saturday were the new and upcoming Alabama Shakes. The band, fronted by Brittany Howard has burst onto the music scene with a soulful sound full of grits and blues backed by a unique voice and style.

I came that evening to see one of my favorite bands of all time, The Violent Femmes. The Femmes have transcended time with their colorful lyrics and punk meets country kind of style. I’ve been listening to them for close to 30 years! Saturday night they did not disappoint. The crowd was happy to see them. Older folks with kids in tow gyrated to the beat while the kids stood there looking around at all of the parents acting like idiots!! It was definitely something to see!

The final act of the festival, David Guetta. He is one of the most well known DJ’s on the dance set. As the sun set, the crowd switched on their multicolored glow sticks and let it rip. Sometimes the scene was chaotic with stage mounted cannons shooting out endless streams of paper that resembled spider web. It wrapped some of the audience completely from head to toe. I was expecting Spiderman to swoop in and make an appearance. One audience member gathered all of the webbing they could find and formed a costume that looked like a cross between Cousin It and Sigmund the Sea Monster.

Guetta had the crowd in the palm of his hand, bringing them up slowly and building to a frenzied pitch before lowering the big bass boom, sending the crowd into a dizzying display of dance moves that would have probably put me in traction had I tried them.

All in all this festival went very well. It is poised to rival the biggest and best festivals in the nation. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the top festivals to see this year. I agree. Kudos to Live Nation for bringing this event to North Texas. I can’t wait to see what next year’s lineup will bring us. Stay tuned.