Imagine basking in the first truly perfect day of spring in Dallas, taking shelter from the warm sun in the shade of a beautiful oak tree, Deep Ellum Dallas blonde ale in-hand. Satiated by treats from the nearby gourmet food truck, an ever-so-gentle breeze takes the edge off the warmth from the day. What could make living in that moment any better? ...Awesome live music, of course! Team dRiFFt and a few thousand of our closest friends spent our Sunday at Homegrown Festival X soaking in the perfect weather and even more perfect music. But thanks to mother nature, it almost didn’t happen.
Homegrown kicks off with highlight after highlight
Oscar Delaughter, son of Tripping Daisy frontman, Tim Delaughter, kicks off the festival.
Homegrown is a decade old this year and 2019 proves unequivocally that the people in charge love what they do, because it shows in their actions. They overcame a huge challenge when the last of this year’s winter storms blew catastrophically through town the day of the festival. Where a lesser team would have wavered, Team HGX buckled down and set to work on a massive feat; shifting an entire lineup to Sunday and securing an additional venue for Saturday out of the rain - in less than 24 hours. They lost only one artist to a scheduling conflict, avoided freezing rain and howling winds, and made the festival happen despite challenging weather. They set out to let everyone know that Homegrown X was still happening, and there would still be a Saturday show at The Kessler Theater for those who couldn’t attend Sunday.
Seryn's incredible passion shines through at Homegrown X after a hiatus of three years.
Ben Kweller lifts our spirits (and himself) with an invigorating set at Kessler Theater on Saturday.
On Saturday night, after enjoying some of the best food the Bishop Arts District has to offer, we meandered into the Kessler Theatre. We started the evening entranced by Israel Nash, our soggy selves lifted by the lyrics to Lucky Ones. After a break between the sets, just long enough to grab a cold beer, Ben Kweller took the stage of the intimate two story-theatre to show us that if he shreds the guitar hard enough, he can defy gravity. Serious. After magnetically pulling the crowd to the stage with his mastery of keys and chords, we were released back into clear and calm evening, eager for the next day. An incredible start to our Homegrown weekend.
We arrived enthusiastically to Dallas’ Main Street Garden Park on Sunday morning. Just shy of perfectly dry with a breeze on hand to keep the humidity at bay, it was a magnificent day to be alive. And perfect festival weather. Little did we know, we were about to be wowed by a lineup whose talent makes Homegrown punch above its’ weight class. It was no exaggeration to say that every performance was good… really good. From the eclectic 60's mix brought by Denton’s Pearl Earl, to the bright vocals of newcomer Oscar Delaughter and Austin’s Jackie Venson’s exceptional guitar and bubbly personality. The lesser-known artists brought a light-hearted energy to downtown Dallas that was perfect for an early spring day. And our heavy-hitters, superstar acts Tripping Daisy and The Toadies, were yet to come.
Austin's Jackie Venson plays a contagiously effervescent set on the Dallas Blonde stage.
Robert Ellis, the Texan Piano man, charms us with his smooth set at Homegrown on Sunday.
By mid-afternoon, the funky blues of Dallas’ own The 40 Acre Mule precipitated the heart and soul of The Suffers and our beloved tuxedo-ed Texas Piano Man, Robert Ellis. We mellowed into the afternoon just enough to be shocked when Eric Burton, lead singer for Black Pumas, decided the crowd needed a lift and jumped off the stage to dance hand-in-hand with the fans. High on the energy of such incredible artists, the Neato Bandito stage was ready for 90’s rockers Tripping Daisy. The crowd was electrified with hits like My Umbrellaand I Got a Girl. With a brief respite to catch the first set by Seryn in years (quite literally), we wrapped the night with the hit songs of beloved Texan grunge rockers The Toadies. Tyler, Backslider, and Possum Kingdom had the fans screaming for an encore.
The Black Pumas frontman takes a moment to dance with the crowd.
Tripping Daisy brings an eclectic set to a packed crowd late on Sunday.
The Homegrown crew sure knows how to put together an incredible lineup of varied genres and generations. It’s the perfect way to start your festival season in Texas. The HGX team was conscientious enough to make huge last-minute changes to ensure their attendees enjoy the acts they’ve been waiting for all winter, safe and sound. We have so much respect for this Texan festival crew and are appreciative of their hard work bringing Homegrown to us year after year. If you live in the Dallas area, you’re cheating yourself if you haven’t been to Homegrown. I’m guilty as charged. I won’t be making that mistake again.
We’ll see you at the next Homegrown!
Hailing originally from Southern California, Tyler now splits his time between Dallas and Austin. His favorite genre of music is grunge, but EDM, rap, and even jazz are frequently rotating in his playlist. The best concert, by far, that Tyler has ever seen is Muse on their Simulation Theory World Tour. When he’s not photographing concerts, or counting how many how many sips it takes to get to the bottom of a Caybrew Mango Tango, he loves to be out rock climbing.
Tyler's enthusiasm for all things music and a methodical (dare we say, geek-tastic?) approach to photography has us all entertained. His ability to compose a perfect photo and a great festival review makes us endlessly appreciative of his skill and his effort. Follow him on social media and stay tuned for more!