35 Denton Music Festival Preview
Denton Town Square
Denton, TX 76201
Date: March 8th 2012 – March 12, 2012
Price: Four day pass – $55; Thur – $25; Fri – $35; Sat- $35; Sun – $35
35 Denton started as homage to Austin’s SXSW Festival, but it’s grown into the biggest and best music festival in North Texas. It began four years ago, known as the NX35 Music Conferette. Though the name has changed, attendees can still expect a couple hundred national and international bands to come through town for this four day music festival held near Denton’s Town Square. Festival organizers expect 12,000 to 20,000 people to attend the event over the four day period.
The festival will sport two outdoor stage venues and 11 indoor venues, all located near the Town Square at Industrial Street and Hickory in Denton. All indoor venues are located within walking distance of the outdoor stages. Indoor venues scheduled include: Banter, The Labb, Denton Square Donuts (upstairs venue), J&J’s Pizza (basement), Andy’s Bar, The Abbey Underground, Sweetwater, Hailey’s, Dan’s Silverleaf, Mellow Mushroom and Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios.
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What you need to know: The music genres range from Retro-Pop, to Hip-Hop, Indie, Punk, Rock and everything in-between. Though the headliners will be on the main stages outside, the festival will not have two headline bands playing at the same time. With groups playing outdoors and indoors, you can expect music all day and it won’t stop until 2 a.m. 35 Denton is popular among the 18-30 year old crowds, but everyone who loves good live music is welcome to come out and enjoy themselves at the festival. Check out the 35 Denton website to find out when and where your favorite band will be playing.
Parking: There is free parking on the streets and parking lots near the festival; however, it is all on a first come first serve basis.
Food and Beverages: There will be at least five food trucks near the outdoor stages as well as additional snack and drink areas and booths selling beer. Many of the indoor venues will be selling food and drinks as well.
Here are a few of the headliners you don’t want to miss:
This talented, folksy trio from Durham, North Carolina will be one of the headlining bands at 35 Denton. They made their national television debut in 2009 on the Colbert Report. In 2010 they signed with Merge Records and in 2011 they performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Mountain Goats have four records out and a solid following of enthusiastic fans around the world. They have toured internationally and are a great addition to 35 Denton.
Dum Dum Girls
The all-female band from California blends Punk with a Indie-Pop sound that makes their music memorable. It’s Patti Smith meets The Ramones, and that’s a pretty good mix. Though they don’t have a major record label, they have still managed to put out two great records, I Will Be and Only in Dreams. They’ve never played North Texas, so now is your chance to catch these ladies live.
When you can get the attention of a member of Kings of Leon, you must be putting out good music. Such is the case with Romany Rye. They are from Big Bear, California and their latest album, Quicksilver Sunbeam, was released in January 2012. This group oozes soulfulness and manages to combine Rock and Roll with folk music. They are on the rise and you should see them at 35 Denton while you have the chance.
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Sherri Thornhill is a freelance writer who lives just east of Dallas. Her love of music began in her 70s childhood and her music tastes range from Pop to Rock and everything in between. Sherri believes that Dallas offers some of the best music and nightlife in the country. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.