During NIOSA in the late 2000s and early 2010s, did you ever, mid-way through your chicken on a stick and Budlight chaser, hear the sounds of rock music playing across the street? Perhaps you staggered from La Villita over to Hemisfair Park to find yourself at Siesta Fest, where bands like The Toadies or Korn rocked crowds late into the Fiesta evening.
Back for its eleventh year, Siesta Fest returns for their annual musical takeover of Fiesta with four days of rock, hip hop, nu-metal and classic rock – all during our citywide excuse-for-being-drunk-for-two-weeks-straight celebration of, well, San Antonio.
The event was started by Alamo City Music Hall owner Sylvia Fernandez and the late 210 Kapones owner Pete L. Gonzalez Jr., who was killed outside his club in 2015. “We were lucky to have him with us as long as we did,” Fernandez told the Current
. “Keeping [Siesta Fest] going and bringing good music to this city ... is really what it’s all about.”
The fest was originally held at Hemisfair Park up until 2012, but in the last several years has jumped from The Lot over off of Commerce Street to Alamo City Music Hall, where it will be held again this year.
Headlining Day 2 of the fest is San Antonio’s own nu-metal band The Union Underground, who through the late ‘90s and early 2000s rose to fame with the release of their debut record ...An Education In Rebellion
through Columbia Records. The band was started by singer/guitarist Bryan Scott and guitarist Patrick Kennison, who met in junior high in San Antonio. After high school, the two started a recording studio where they released a self-titled EP, which garnered the attention of Sony Columbia’s subsidiary rock-focused label Portrait. After rounding out the band’s lineup with the addition of drummer Josh Memolo and bassist John Moyer, The Union Underground eventually released their debut album ...An Education In Rebellion
, an 11 track groove-heavy nu-metal record in the vein of bands like Korn and Godsmack. The record grabbed the attention of Marilyn Manson, who picked them for his opening act in the fall of 2000. The following year the guys secured a slot for the Ozzfest tour.
In 2002, the band released a live record, their last before parting ways to focus on other projects. And now, almost 15 years since their last show, The Union Underground have re-united with a few new members, are recording a new EP and have tour dates set for June and July.
With a new lineup, new music and a tour on the horizon, the future looks bright for the band and if you’re curious to hear what the guys have been up to lately, you won’t want to miss their performance at this year’s Siesta Fest.
But The Union Underground is just one of the many bands featured in the four-day lineup at Siesta Fest:
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Boome And The Skywalkers
Jay Green & Arjel Blanc
The Union Underground
My Madness Refugee
One - The Only Tribute to Metallica
Lil Timmy and the Outlaws
Wednesday, April 26 - Saturday, April 29, $22-$200, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E. Houston St. Tickets are on sale now at all H-E-B locations, ticketfly.com, Flip Side Record Parlor and Blackfly Metamorphosis. Visit siestafest.com for details.