Initial Details Announced For Dia De Los Toadies 2012
The initial details for the 2012 Dia De Los Toadies have been announced. The 5th annual music festival put on by the Toadies will take place August 31st-September 1st at the Whitewater Amphitheatre in New Braunfels Texas.
For the first time ever, Dia De Los Toadies will feature artists who don’t call Texas home. Those artists include Helmet (who will share co-headlining duties with the Toadies this summer) and Mariachi El Bronx. Other artists set to rock the festival include Riverboat Gamblers, Brutal Juice, 16 Deluxe, Soldier Thread and many more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Toadies guitarist Clark Vogeler had the following to say about Dia De Los Toadies:
“When we started this thing, we were hoping that we could do it for years and years, but we really had no idea if it would even work, or if people would come, but here we are at year 5 already! It’s grown fast and it’s already become the best weekend of every year.”
Regarding the festival location:
“Of all the places we’ve staged the Dia festival, Whitewater amphitheater in New Braunfels is by far the best setup. It’s right on the river, which means that you can go out early in the day, float the river, then walk right into the festival. There’s no better way to beat the Texas heat than to float down the river with your friends. Each year we float en masse; 40 or 50 people floating down the river in a big sunburned, slightly tipsy moving party. “
And last but, certainly not least, Clark talks about the line-up:
Regarding the Dia line up for year 5, and the decision to open the invitation to non-Texas artists: “The first 4 years, we were firm about only bringing in Texas bands. We want to showcase all the awesome music that comes from our home state, but this year we chose to go beyond Texas’ borders to bring 2 really awesome bands in. We brought in local mariachi bands the first couple of years, but we’ve been wanting to bring in Mariachi El Bronx (fresh off the Foo Fighters Tour) ever since we heard them. Know they’re going to bring the right vibe to the fest when they bust out the horns, guitars and awesome mariachi suits! Secondly, we decided to bring our soon-to-be tourmates Helmet to the festival. Helmet has always been one of the heaviest, tightest loud bands ever. when we realized that we didn’t have to stick to Texas bands, we immediately began working to bring them down.”
To check out our review of the Toadies recent stop at the Roxy in West Hollywood, click here.