Published on: Sat, Sep 28, 2019
I still remember it vividly: the bright lights, the cheers from the crowd, and the steady chanting of “TY-LER! TY-LER! TY-LER!” It was the third grade, and I was about to dive into my Santana tribute. I was feeling pretty good; the previous act (a ventriloquist, of all things) totally bombed, and the girl after me was doing gymnastics. “How hard can that be?” my third grade brain undoubtedly thought. Never mind the fact that I had no idea how to play the guitar, and was thereby risking an Ashlee Simpson situation. Never mind the fact that I had only learned who Santana was about five days prior to my talent show performance. This was my stage, and I was going to rock it.
Needless to say, the gymnast won. But I’ll never forget the excitement of stepping in front of a bunch of (clearly talent-blind) third graders to play some of Santana’s greatest hits. Luckily for you, you don’t have to watch the tape of that fabled performance, even if my mother will happily show it to you. You can see the real thing at Geezerpalooza, and in this case, “real thing” means expert cover bands who are far more advanced than overzealous third graders dangerously overestimating their own talents.
The songs of the 60s and 70s will be honored in this year’s annual Industrial Street Pop Festival, lovingly known as Geezerpalooza. As per usual, this can’t-miss musical extravaganza features seven hours of throwback jams. Artists paying homage to the likes of Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers, BB King and Sly and the Family Stone. The festival is in homage to the International Pop Festival, which took Lewisville by storm just mere days following Woodstock in 1969. Acts that rocked out in an open field just off of I-35E and Round Grove Road included Led Zeppelin, BB King, Chicago, Janis Joplin, Santana, and Grand Funk Railroad. In other words, all of the artists and bands your father (or perhaps your grandfather) yells at you about when you try playing Taylor Swift, Cardi B or whoever you rowdy youths are listening to these days. And, to top it all off, Geezerpalooza is completely free. That means free music and great drinks just as the weather turns from cruel summer to sweater- and Instagram-friendly fall, plus brownie browns with the geezers in your life. Plus, if you think about it, we are all geezers.
Who among us has not heard a young’n talk about Instagram filters and felt the painful twangs of old age tugging at our heart strings? Who among us has not used the phrase “the youths,” or portrayed legendary guitarist Santana in a third grade talent show wherein everyone thinks you’re a fancy cowboy? We are all geezers because feeling old is part of being human, as is dancing to great music under the Texas sun. Geezerpalooza is more than a celebration of music; it’s a celebration of what makes us us, and it’s one of the most fun times of the year.
Geezerpalooza (or the Industrial Street Pop Festival) will be Oct. 12 with music from 1-8 p.m. Check out the lineup of covered artists here.