Houston was home to a wide variety of talent this past weekend as 3 stages were filled with over 40 artists for a special 2 day experience. As the festival dates approached and an expansive list of acts still growing, everyone knew it was officially a wrap when Bun B made a special announcement.
The Texas icon made sure the world was well aware that Grammy Nominated Kendrick Lamar would be headlining the first ever Day for Night fest and true creatives like Janelle Monae and Flying Lotus were also scheduled to take over the stage. Its intimate environment was perfect for music lovers to get an up close look at some of the biggest names in music.
Wondaland Records has overly impressed the world since its introduction behind Jidenna’s anthem “Classic Man”. Not to mention they doubled up with label creator Janelle Monae and “Yoga” – both wins out the gate and even brought more label talent in Roman Gianarthur out to the festival. The crowd favorite “Yoga” was a must once she hit the stage remarkably in tune with her multifaceted band members. Slick dressed in black and white, their sounds provided all the color needed with a performance that painted a very clear picture of how creative she really is.
Fast forward a day, same stage…result? Flying Lotus and an incredible set that left every person standing within an ear shot with that scrunched up “beat drop, everyone loses their mind” face. Bouncing around sonically in a place between hip hop, edm and rock/blues he showcased the production skill live before getting into familiar music off the project ‘You’re Dead‘. As the set times between Flying Lotus and Kendrick began to reach their meeting point, the crowd began to get ansy hoping for an early Kendrick surprise due to a hint of their collab “Never Catch Me” crawling through the speakers.
Houston | Day for night festival | Tonight — FLYLO (@flyinglotus) December 20, 2015
That collab never occurred live for our viewing pleasure but what did follow was one of the purest forms of hip hop existing right now, having successfully put his name on Grammy ballots and sparked community progress. Plus, there aren’t many that can stand toe to toe lyrically either…who other than TDE‘s own Kendrick Lamar.
Running into the plain sight as the crowd erupted, K. Dot got right into material off arguably album of the year ‘To Pimp a Butterfly‘. That reception would undoubtedly set the tone for over 90 minutes of a musical narrative that came straight outta Compton. The city’s phenom stretched back to Section 80, even Overly Dedicated before flipping the script and allowing a few fans to come on stage seeing who knew the words to “m.A.A.d City”. Seeing the joy on his face match the fans rapping Kendrick’s debut album lyrics in unison really showed you firsthand how much he enjoys touching the people with his gift.
It was an amazing start for what is projected to become an annual event. After this year’s lineup, things can only get better so make sure you stay connected as plans for 2016 begin to take shape: you can visit the website here