Maverick Music Festival brings indie, alternative to Tobin Center

Maverick Music Festival will be held on April 7th and 8th. It’s a display of alternative and indie music put on for the city of San Antonio and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

This is the fifth year this festival is being held. Previous headlining acts included Gary Clark Jr., Run the Jewels and Public Enemy. In 2016, Blayne Tucker, the founder and promoter of the festival, had to make a decision to end the annual festival or continue to expand it. Tucker decided to continue it with the help and partnership of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The Tobin Center has been the prime spot for music in San Antonio, and this partnership has brought out its biggest headliners in this festival’s history. On Friday, performers include Young the Giant, De La Soul, Book of Love and Generationals. The performers for Saturday are Bastille, The Naked and Famous, Minus the Bear, Carla Morrison, Small Black and Honeyhoney.

Maverick Music Festival is known for its indie and alternative display of music, but a couple of artists in this year’s lineup aren’t categorized or self-proclaimed as indie artists. De la Soul is a hip hop group, Honeyhoney is an Americana band and Young the Giant is a rock band. However, this inclusion of other genres in a predominantly indie lineup is a way to attract people who enjoy different types of music. Indie music itself ranges from pop to electronic to rock. This festival groups a variety of indie music, along with those that fall in the alternative genre to display a celebration of music.

Some artists in this lineup are more well-known than others, but that doesn’t mean that these artists haven’t been successful. Morrison has won two Latin Grammys and De la Soul has been nominated for five Grammys and has won one award.

Compared to other music festivals such as ACL, SXSW and Mala Luna, Maverick Music Festival is cheaper. Though there are a limited number of artists, this gives people the chance to enjoy the music that’s being performed and appreciate the lack of distractions that might be present at other festivals.

Furthermore, this festival is one that contributes to how San Antonio is becoming a popular city for other reasons besides its history.

The musicalization of this city is prevalent with its various and successful festivals, but San Antonio also stays true to its roots, which makes this city special and attractive to visitors.

Tickets are available online and are being sold at the Tobin Center. General admission day passes are $59 and two-day passes are $99. VIP one-day passes are $99. Meet and greet tickets for The Naked and Famous and Book of Love are $100. Tickets to meet Carla Morrison are $75.

Maverick Music Festival will be held at La Villita Maverick Plaza. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Food trucks and vendors are available at the site.