Annual street festival is the main event this weekend


Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES – El Dusty takes the stage at the 2016 Dia de Los Muertos street festival. The festival is back again this weekend, with numerous live music acts in tow. Included in the weekend festivities is a festival after party curated by El Dusty himself.

This weekend, one of the biggest festivals in the city is going down — chock full of some notable artists taking several stages.

But if you’re not wanting to deal with the crowds and parking downtown for it, there’s still a few shows over the weekend that might catch your eye. Here’s a roundup of some of the live music events I think may be worth checking out this weekend:



5:30-9 PM, Artesian (524 Twigg St.) and La Retama (501 N. Mesquite St.) Parks

Free, All Ages

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means the monthly ArtWalk will be taking place downtown. Vendors and live music will be populating the two locations, but Axis Tattoo will also be hosting blues rock band Voodoo Logic while the Clarissa Serna Band with Sonny Salinas will be taking the stage down the street at Rockit’s Whiskey Bar & Saloon for a $5 cover charge.


Any Colour You Like: A Tribute to Pink Floyd at the House of Rock

9 PM, 511 Starr St.

$10, All Ages

Pink Floyd was known for masterful compositions and trippy themes and lyrics back in the day, and Any Colour You Like will be looking to capture that essence when they take the stage at the House of Rock on Friday.


Will Rhodes & the Wanted at Black Monk Tavern

9 PM, 5712 Gollihar Rd.

21 and up

Judging from Facebook videos, Rhodes looks to bring some of those vintage, outlaw country vibes to the Black Monk Tavern. And with backing band in tow, this could be a lively event for lovers of the edgier, raw side of folk and country.


The November Massacre kickoff tour at Boozerz Rock Bar

8 PM, 3854 SPID

$10 cover, 21 and up

If you’re looking to close out your week with some heavier jams, look no further than this showcase going down at Boozerz. Gracing the bill are artists coming from a variety of metal backgrounds, including Blood of Our Brothers, Desecrated Remains, In Balance, NDGO, Plague and Guitarman58.



Dia de Los Muertos Street Festival

3 PM-12 AM, Downtown Corpus Christi

Free, All Ages

Folks who read my latest Island Waves column may know I have some criticisms of the commercialization of Dia de los Muertos, of which I see some aspects when it comes to this annual festival. However, I would not deny that it is certainly a fun event, and the music lineup they assemble every year alone makes it worth checking out. From the cumbia sounds of groups like Kings Del Wepa, to TAMU-CC’s own dance crew and mariachi bands, the day will definitely be filled with a variety of vibrant sounds.


Dia de Los Muertos After Party at the House of Rock

10:30 PM, 511 Starr St.

$10, All Ages

At this point it almost seems like it would be wrong to close out one of the city’s biggest festivals without including one of its brightest stars, DJ El Dusty. And while it doesn’t sound like he’ll be gracing any of the festival stages this time around, Dusty is still curating what sounds land the spot as the main festivities wind down. Featuring Trucha Soul, Nurrydog, Suxxy Puxxy, Principe Q, DJ Know and DJ Weasel, expect this showcase to capture some of those cumbia sonidera vibes Dusty shows are known for.


A Night in Remembrance: Honoring Blake Q. Stevens at Bar Under the Sun

8 PM, 702 N. Chaparral

Free, but taking any donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

So much of Dia de Los Muertos is about honoring and celebrating loved ones who have passed on. In this spirit, those who find themselves downtown this Saturday should stop by this event remembering someone who was a friend to many in the community. Music provided by longtime Corpus punk rockers Reely Rotnz, as well as sets covering punk classics from local groups Oldie Hawn, Crummy Stuff and Dying Degree.


Overt Enemy and All Hallows Eve at Gators

9 PM, 4610 SPID


Metal lovers won’t just be able to catch two bands covering the music of Slayer and Type O Negative at this show, but will also be able to avoid the traffic undoubtedly overtaking downtown this Saturday with this event at Gators.


Josh Heinrichs & Friends at the Executive Surf Club

7 PM, 309 N. Water St. Ste A

$12.00, All Ages

After a weekend of partying, perhaps some relaxation is in order. And for some, the mellow sounds of reggae might set the perfect mood for that kind of unwinding before the Monday blues set in. Heinrichs rolls through town Sunday, bringing those vibes while being joined by SkillinJah, Eureka Sound, Dread Kennedy and others.