The Galveston County quintet MAMA TRIED will bring their distinctive fusion of Punk, Folk, Southern Country and Bluegrass music to the main stage of SCENE FEST II as the Headlining act. Mama Tried is made up of Ryan Beard (Vocals, Guitar), Blake Plsek (Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals), Jason White (Dobro, Guitar, Vocals), Hunter Baughman (Standup Space Bass, Vocals) and Steven Redman (Drums, Vocals). But don’t let the use of acoustic instruments fool you as the band is made up of members who previously played in their own punk, reggae and thrash metal bands and performs with a speed and intensity that catches those who have never experienced them off guard. One Houston music reviewer wrote earlier this year that “Mama Tried plays a sound from the past that’s filtered through the present. Attend one performance, and the next thing you know, you’re stalking the band.”
SCENE FEST II returns to Clear Lake Park’s Landolt Pavilion on Thursday, November 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. The second annual celebration of the best of independently-owned dining, locally-owned businesses, craft beer and, of course… original local music! Music unites, and it’s the language of the spirit. Get your tickets now and be inspired by the local musicians who were handpicked to perform.
SCENE FEST attendees will delight on two separate stages with one featuring four different musical stylings, and the other offering continuous acoustic entertainment. On the main stage, Southbound will get the party started with their smooth and bluesy Gulf Coast island rock and roll sound. Then Fox & Cats (pictured below), a mixed (boy/girl) two-piece, bring their straight-up original rock to light up the stage. Right after, it’s Thread Belly who are the reggae rock and dub sound of the Lone Star State. Headlining is Mama Tried, a one-of-a-kind band playing their own style of music, Texas Thrash Grass.
Performing on the Norman Frede Chevrolet Songwriter Showcase acoustic stage is a variety of talented singers and songwriters. The Gaby Veray Trio perform original songs ranging from bilingual folk and reggae, to ragamuffin, and reggaeton. A breath of fresh air in modern music is Radio Springs. They have a sound that is described as “slamgrass” which is a mixture of rock, bluegrass, singer/songwriter, and jam… with harmonies. Hold Fast Fables tells tales through their organic sound. The three-part vocal harmonies enhanced with a melodic cello, acoustic guitar, and light percussion accompanies lyrics portraying love, loss, and island life. Cisco is an incredible musician who uses a bass guitar to entertain and encourage people. He performs all over the Bay Area, and now it’s his first time at SCENE FEST. Don’t miss this performance! Chris J. Hardy has earned his strings the hard way and taken many long roads to find his way back to where he started with an acoustic guitar in one hand and microphone in the other sharing humble songs from a life well traveled. “I’m a Texas boy. I love songwriting, acoustic guitars, Texas women, campfires, BBQ, loud guns, fishing and my dog,” he laughs. Rounding out the acoustic performances are Bruce Courtney a resident of Webster; Texas City singer songwriter Matt Mejia (from the Come See My Dead Person band), and Mark Lum, the Cockeyed Seagull’s open mic night host. Plus, there could be more than a few surprises mixed in to add to the entertainment experience.