Suburbia Music Festival Preview: The Must-See Acts and an Interview with Participating Bands

The Suburbia Music Festival will be taking place in Plano, TX Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th. The first ever edition of the festival will be held on the 800-acre Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve with 8 miles of trails and a permanent amphitheater and parking. There will be three stages, (Meadow, Cedar Room, and Prairie) hosting twenty-two bands each day. Join us as we preview the exciting new fest. 

Suburbia Music Festival 2014

Suburbia is celebrating a broad spectrum of music including rock, EDM, hip hop, indie and folk. Well-known artists and emerging artists create many hard decisions about who to see, but we’ve tried to help you narrow it down.


The O’s / 12:30 pm- We recently saw them at The Deep Ellum Big Folkin’ Festival and we will be happy to see this duo again.

Surfer Blood / 3:10 pm – Perfect retro Smiths-esque music. If they can’t get you ready for summer you might be in a coma.

Midlake / 5:00 pm – A local Denton, TX band playing 70’s Psychedelia. We would have liked to see them after sundown, but their trippy music will still be great in any setting.

Run The Jewels / 5:50 pm – Amazing hip hop from Killer Mike and El-P. That’s all you need to know.

Violent Femmes / 8:15 pm – You didn’t have to be alive in the 80’s to appreciate their awesome mind-bending rock.

Alabama Shakes / 9:45 pm – This is the act we are most excited about, we cannot stress that enough!


American Authors / 12:35 pm – You know them because of “Best Day of My Life,” but this rock band has a lot more we are excited to hear.

Smallpools / 3:15 pm – This slick indie pop band has put together a great sound in the short time they have been around.

The Wild Feathers / 4:00 pm – Listen to “The Ceiling” and you will be hooked on this Texas rock band.

Blue October / 5:40 pm – We are looking forward to hearing “Bleed Out” live.

Tegan and Sara / 7:45 pm – Indie music favorites. If they don’t perform “Closer,” we’ll be inconsolable.

David Guetta 8:30 pm – An EDM mainstay, his recently released “Bad” will make for a perfect groove to help close out Suburbia.


Recently, we asked local favorites Ben Dumas of The Wild Feathers and Jesse Chandler of Midlake a few questions about what to expect from the fest. Both are playing Suburbia this weekend.

Rukkus: Why did you guys decide to be part of the Suburbia Music Festival in the inaugural year?
JC: Well, one of the things that made me want to do it was the fact that it is on the Plano nature preserve, which seems like a really interesting, bucolic experience. I’m looking forward to exploring it this Saturday. Having grown up in Woodstock, NY, I can certainly appreciate a great festival location!

BD: Why would we NOT want to do Suburbia in its inaugural year? Three of us in the band are from Texas, so we will have family there, and we always love it when we have family at big shows.

Rukkus: What act are you most looking forward to seeing at Suburbia?
JC: I’m most looking forward (as I’m sure a lot of festival-goers are as well) to the Violent Femmes. I always loved their sort-of punk sound mixed with acoustic guitars.

BD: Alabama Shakes, of course. It will be good to see our buddies Needtobreathe. Yelawolf puts on a hell of a show, and he’s a Nashville guy. Excited to see Midlake and hear their new stuff. And Hayes Carll. He’s a badass.

Rukkus: What is the best thing and worst thing about doing a music festival like Suburbia?
BD: We are really excited about Suburbia this weekend. Music festivals are always a blast. The best thing about them are that they are always just one big, long party. The audiences are usually more energetic so we tend to react to that onstage and let loose a little more. The worst thing about most music festivals is the heat. It can be exhausting.

JC: The best thing about doing the Suburbia Festival is that it is close to where we reside [Denton, TX]; so close, in fact, that all or most of our wives and kids are going to be able to attend! The worst thing COULD have been how hot the Texas summers are, but thankfully the powers that be have decided to hold this festival on a still-reasonably mild weekend, temperature-wise. And we thank them for that!

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Article by Kate McCrory

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