There's just one problem with this year's Untapped Festival: It's not until November 7. That's a mighty long wait to drink in some Flaming Lips at Fair Park.
That's right -- the fest is moving out of the Cedars and into Fair Park, bringing with it some 100 breweries, 400 beers and The Greatest Band Ever From Oklahoma. Having the Lips headline this stellar line-up is particularly gratifying: Back in the mid-1980s, Wayne Coyne and Co. used to play the Theatre Gallery so often most Deep Ellum-dwellers thought they were a local band. Proof: Here's the band's April 20, 1984, TG show -- featuring Gibby Haynes on sax and future Bad Liver Mark Rubin as sound tech.
Also on the bill: Philly's Dr. Dog, a good band on record and a great band on stage ...
... Cleveland's Cloud Nothings, whose third record, 2014's Here and Nothing Else, was produced by Dallas' own John Congleton ...
... The Pharcyde, whose '92 debut rates somewhere between "essential" and "timeless" ...
... bouncy San Francisco pop-rocks The Mowgli's ...
... Elle King, who, fun fact, is Rob Schneider's daughter ...
... the extremely Canadian dance-poppy Lights ...
... Steve Gunn, about whom I know nothing except that I wouldn't mind listening to this song again sometime in the near future, preferably on a long drive through a small town with the windows down ...
... and Austin's UME, which, for some reason, makes me wonder whatever became of Sincola.
And, yes, there will be local bands: Valise and Denton's Birds of Night, whose record is really worth the virtual pick-up. And there could always be more bands added. Remember -- Leon Bridges was added days before last year's fest. And we all know how that turned out.
Feels like that line-up should be draw enough -- well, that and the venue; not quite a Texxas Jam, but it'll do. But wait! There's more! Because ... beer!
Says the heads-up from downstairs and the good folks at Spune, there will also be food provided by the likes of Luck, Scardello Artisan Cheese, Meddlesome Moth, East Hampton Sandwich Co., Glazed Donut Works and more ... though you had me at East Hampton. Folks can also buy access to the so-called Untapped Clubhouse, which provides you some pretty, pretty, pretty good views of the stage.
Tickets are available here. You can buy 'em three ways:
*Stout Package (Super VIP): $135 (All VIP Package amenities)
Limited edition t-shirt
Access to Untapped Clubhouse, shaded seating area, open bar beer, wine, cocktails
Special Stout restroom area
Side stage access & viewing area
VIP Package: $68 ($60 during presale limited quantity available during presale)
One hour early access at1:30 p.m.
VIP tent and viewing platform
Special VIP tasting room
Tasting cup and tasting card (12 samples)
In and out privileges
Tasting Package: $45 ($39 presale)
Commemorative tasting cup
Untapped Sampling Card (12 samples)
"It is such a thrill to produce Untapped Festival for the fourth year in Dallas," says Spune's Matthew Harber in this morning's announcement. "Untapped Festival continues to grow and evolve and this year Untapped Dallas features a phenomenal music lineup. Moving to a new, larger venue allows more people to come and enjoy incredible beer and music in the heart of Dallas. We are fortunate to have developed so many great relationships across the state of Texas over the past three years. We love each of our cities but Dallas is our home and where it all started. As such, this event edition is very special to us so this year we wanted to raise the bar."
And a glass. Or several. Thank God for the Green Line.