Weekend number one of Mardi Gras is in the books and, if you stepped out onto the Galveston streets at all, you likely heard some kind music. We had everything from marching bands, rock bands, country groups, local and big name acts all descending on the island.
Kicking it all off was Galveston metal band Melovine. They had the 5:30 p.m. slot on the Main Stage at Saengerfest Park and the band, made up of singer Matthew Neice, guitarist Jonathan Jourdan, drummer Dexas Villarreal and bassist Robb Marshall, rocked if for everything it was worth.
With screaming guitar, bass you could feel on your sternum and Niece’s vocals going from melodic to primal scream, this is a band might find in a crowded bar with a raging mosh pit. Instead, playing at Mardi Gras gave the group a chance to play in front of an entirely new crowd.
An older gentleman in a suit stopped to listen and take a video of a few songs. A couple in matching, gaudy flower print shorts and t-shirts seemed shocked at first but left smilling when the set was done.
Best of all were the little kids (like the one pictured here) head banging like expert rock concert goers.
A little later on the Main Stage, another local band set up shop. The Brandon McDermott Band, made up of Brandon McDermott on guitar and vocals, Kevin Anderson on lead guitar, Clark Duhon on bass and Broc Adams on drums, may have been as sonically different as could be from Melovine but in their own way this Texas Country band rocked the place.
The group didn’t let passing parades faze them as they played perfect for a road trip to the river or beach with a cooler of Lone Star. The group's music was also perfect for a night on The Strand judging from crowd cheering and begging for CD’s and shirts.
But the music wasn’t limited to the big stage. Sometimes you could even find it by not looking for it. A random stop in at Rosie’s on 21st Street led to listening to and sitting in with Robert Kuhn, a hardworking Galveston musician, and with Sam Navarro of the Lone Star Devils.
Check out my Sound Check Blog on Friday for a guide to live music during the second weekend of Mardi Gras.