Good job, Toadies.
For the 6th Annual Dia De Los Toadies –– Friday, Sept. 13-Saturday, Sept. 14 at Panther Island Pavilion near downtown Fort Worth –– frontman Vaden Todd Lewis and company have begun building a lineup in which musical progressiveness isn’t sacrificed for homegrown flavor. Along with The Toadies, Gary Clark Jr., The Dirty River Boys, and a (presumably local) School of Rock “Dean’s List,” two of the most groundbreaking bands in the Fort –– the neo-New Waving Burning Hotels and the broodingly psychedelic Cush –– will also perform. And Dallas and Denton are also represented. Folksters The O’s, veteran proto-punks Baboon, and electro-trad-bluesmen Oil Boom are also scheduled to play. Five more bands to be determined are on the way.
There’s a little bit for everyone, but every band is solid and underground-y. You can call me a homer (I am), but the addition of the Hotels is key: They draw well –– especially here in their hometown –– and they lend a bit of needed sexy cosmopolitan flair to a relatively earthy, macho event.