Since its inception in 2012, the Untapped festivals presented by the good people at Spune have been nothing but a home run. Pairing the best of two worlds, music and beer, the combination has won over crowds in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and even in Denton, TX with its smaller Canned Festival in 2013. With an abundance of music festivals in North Texas during the spring and summer months, you typically need a great lineup to get the crowds to come out. It is no different with Untapped, but where they different from other festivals, the organizers not only booked a pretty solid artist lineup, but they also brought in some stellar brews to Fort Worth.
Unfortunately, I didn't partake in too many of the offerings from the massive beer selection from brewers from all over the world. I did get a good helping of music from the likes of Denton's Doug Burr, who had the task of kicking of the music side of the festival. He was followed by Fort Worth's own Telegraph Canyon, who provided a solid set on the main stage. Little Rock's Knox Hamilton changed the mood with an upbeat sound, which finally got the crowd moving. All the way from Brooklyn, NYC, the Lone Bellow had one of the better sets of the day. Led by Zack Williams, the group was dynamic, expressive, and entertaining. Not to be outdone, Austin's the Sword brought out the heaviest set with their blend of metal and stoner rock. Though there were no mosh pits, the crowd was amped and horns were flying in the air. LA's Ariel Pink might have been the most interesting pick from the festival, and the artist I most wanted to see, but his brand of funky, psych pop won over a good part of the crowd, while some were slightly confused. Another band from Brooklyn, Big Data, were well on their way to an awesome set, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Only a handful of songs in, organizers had made an announcement for patrons to seek shelter in their cars as a thunderstorm was heading directly to the festival site. This meant no De La Soul, which was quite a bummer. But even without the headliner, the day was full of great times with a solid, diverse music lineup and complimented by a great selection of brews. Photos of the festival are below:
Untapped Fort Worth @ Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth, TX Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 1:00:00 PM Rating: