Joe King Carrosco and Subrosa Union Rock Congress Avenue Bridge for Bat Fest
Saturday August 22, 2009 - The 5th Annual Bat Fest in Austin Texas was probably the hottest Bat Fest on record. The temperature on Congress bridge felt like 110F if not more. However, this did not stop the crowds from coming out to enjoy the live music on two separate stages and browsing the many arts and crafts stands that lined the entire length of the bridge.
There were 20 bands playing until midnight, including The Wailers, Vallejo, Girl In A Coma, The Gourds, Bob Schneider, Alpha Rev and many more. Joe King Carossoco, now also a restaurant owner in Puerto Vallarta, brought back party-time memories to the older crowd! If you were in high school in the early eighties you will know the song "Party Weekend" being played at all the cool parties. In between songs he graciously invited everyone in the crowd to come out to his place in Mexico for free food and drinks. Subrosa Union was one band I had not heard before. They are a high energy band and then some, playing a latin/reggae/rock that will get you of your feet. According to their MySpace it seems that they have toured Southwest Asia and the Asian Pacific in support of their new album titled Looking Forward. I would definitely recommend that you check them out next time they play.
As the afternoon gave way to the sunset, the crowd grew and there was a long line outside the gate to get tickets. It has been estimated that Bat Fest gets about 40,000 visitors and this year seemed to be no exception. Right at sunset, the bats from under the Congress bridge, made their appearance. However, this time there were a few thousand people watching them as the swarm of bats graciously flew of into evening sky.
Photographs by Manuel Nauta