Photos Credit: Benjamin Oliver Hicks
By Juan R Govea
Gates opened at 5p.m. a few Fridays ago at NTX Slam Fest at Grand Prairie’s Action Park. Skater Kids hit the skate park’s half-pipes slamming decks to the high-fi/lo-fi sounds to Fort Worth band VYLIT gearing to kickoff the 2-day fest. Vendors of all types, from veteran skaters supporting their brand to local artists making their DIY debut to patrons and young Tony Hawk aficionados.
Large Vans, Bands and gear made their way through Gate 1 as late vendors set up shop for the incoming and promising days crowd. The more than 30 bands and vendors kept Slam Fest organizers and Wharbaby Entertainment’s crew on their toes since the early June’s planning for the mid-August event.
Spencer Wharton “The Wharbaby” as well bassist/backing vocals for day two’s The Infamist set said Fest goers had a lot to look forward to.
Hagen Hauschild helped with organizing and promoting the event and said after The Wharbaby contacted him with the Fest idea, he was more than on board.
Hauschild said the list of bands flowed well with fest goers. “Pop punk, punk, ska, blues rock, a little metal, some jazz, pop, and some straight up rock. It’s something that Spencer and I really wanted to do,” He said.
Music, art, cars and other activities interested fest goers as well kick-flips and turns from the skater’s tail end all their own after the Fest’s overall turnout.