Artists and musicians from all parts of the state descended on Lubbock for the inaugural High Plains Print + Art Festival this weekend at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. Bands covering a plethora of genres, ranging from hip-hop and rhythm and blues to post-rock and punk, played for festival goers on Friday and Saturday night.
Austin James, a Lubbock resident and an attendee of the festival, said as an artist and musician himself, he wanted to come and support a local event that combined the two things he loves, art and music.
âThis is one of the first kinds of (festivals) that has happened here so I wanted to help out and be a part of it,â James said.
The festival shows the Lubbock community all the talented artists and musicians that Lubbock and all of Texas has to offer, James said. Festivals like the High Plains Print + Music Festival exposes the community to new art and music as well as gives the artist and the musician the opportunity to get their work seen or heard.
One of these bands, a local post-rock quartet from the Lubbock area called Everything is Sad, got the chance to showcase its music during its set on Friday night.
Will Felty, a sophomore English major from Lubbock and a guitarist for Everything is Sad, Â said when the band got together, the members were bonding over different bands like âMy Bloody Valentine,â where they established its wall of sound type approach to playing.
But, other popular post-rock bands is what helped develop the bandâs sound even further, Felty said.
âWe all bonded over other bands like âGodspeed You! Black Emperorâ and âMogwai,â the greats,â Felty said. âI do think of post-rock as kind of a regional sound. Maybe not necessarily panhandle but Texas is where âExplosions in the Skyâ came from and…