Over the weekend the first ever H2O Music Festival came to the Cotton Bowl. A full day packed with a diverse line up, all with one thing in common. They all had a connection to the Latin community. Bands that on paper you wouldn’t realize at first like Snoop Dogg or Weezer.
I arrived at the event a bit later in the day hoping it wouldn’t be quite as hot, but man oh man was I wrong. It was hot and pretty darn miserable. It didn’t seem to put a damper on the crowd though. Everywhere you looked people were dancing and having a blast.
Snoop hit the stage around 5:30 putting on the stereotypical rap set. I know that sounds really bad and judgmental, but in my experience a pretty typical set for a rapper includes about 60 seconds of each of their hits with the exception of a few songs in their entirety. The worst thing ever is the end of a song, they will add an air horn sound followed by an explosion with breaking glass. Is that to symbol the end? Why? Snoop did have an amusing entourage on stage with him which included one guy in a dog head and sweat shirt. I felt bad for the guy because it was so hot.
Following Snoops performance was rock band Weezer, sans the muppets. How awesome would that have been. They kicked their set off with The Sweater Song and made the most of their short set with hit after hit. Including songs like Buddy Holly, Beverly Hills, and just about anything you’ve ever heard by them on the radio. I’ve never been too big on Weezer, but they were much better than I was expecting them to be live. I have to give Rivers some credit, the guy is dedicated enough to wear a sweater in 100 degree heat. The band was spot on with every note. It’s rare that a band can duplicate what they did in the studio so well in a live environment.
Finally around 7:00 Latin Grammy Award Winner Juanes hit the H2O festival stage. I don’t really listen to much if any latin music. I still stayed to check out some of his set and can see why he’s so successful in the market. He rocks out and has a good time doing what he does. The ladies love him and it’s not hard to see why. I had no clue what he was saying, but his music was danceable. It was definitely rooted in latin but had a rock vibe to the guitar and execution of the vocals.
About halfway through his set, I succumbed to the heat and headed out with a massive migraine. Those who stayed were treated to the band Mana & D.J. Tiesto. The roots of the festival are of good intentions, but the venue was just way too hot. Right now it’s in beginning stages, and I think the fest has potential to grow and continue in years to come. If they are smart, the event planners will look into a more indoor venue such as Cowboys Stadium. With just one main stage, there is no reason to have it in a place with such little shelter from the sun.