Maverick Music Festival: Event Preview

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Known for being San Antonio’s only locally-grown, Indie, live alternative music festival, the 5th Annual Maverick Music Festival kicks off this Friday, April 7 and runs through Saturday, April 8. This year’s 2017 festival takes place in Maverick Plaza in La Villita Historia Arts Village, with headliners to include Bastille and Young the Giant. According to the Festival’s official press release, “Maverick Music Festival continues to attract local, regional and national attention bringing top-tier bands downtown, proudly presenting performances with the world-class sound and lighting production that San Antonio’s music enthusiasts deserve.”

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“From its beginning, Maverick Music Fest continues to evolve and generate unprecedented strength in the community,” notes Blayne Tucker, Founder of the Maverick Music Festival. “Even as we grow, we strive to emphasize the substance of the community and culture in this event. There is no other festival like Maverick, because there is no other city like San Antonio. Our fifth year, and now in partnership with the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, will be the best year ever, including many more artists yet to be announced who feature San Antonio and the region’s best talent.”

Along with celebrating some of the region’s hottest music talent, Maverick Music Festival will host a plethora of innovative food vendors and artisans to compliment the music and reflect the spirit and culture of San Antonio.

Maverick Music Festival: 2017 Performers

Throughout the first three years of Maverick Music Festival, the event hosted a number of noteworthy musical artists, including Gary Clark Jr., The Toadies, Psychedelic Furs, Phantogram, Washed Out, Twin Shadow, SZA, Run The Jewels, Cake, Cypress Hill and tUnE-yArDs. Last year’s most recent event in 2016 also brought along performers such as The Flaming Lips, Public Enemy, The Drums, and the Church.

This year’s lineup for Maverick Music Festival includes a long list of both local and national artists of a variety of different alternative music genres. Similar to previous years, this year’s performers hope to dazzle the audience to continue the exceptional tradition of Maverick Music Festival.

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The artists performing at the 5th Annual Maverick Music Festival include:

  • Young the Giant
  • De La Soul
  • Book of Love
  • Generationals
  • Fishermen
  • DJ Catwalk
  • DJ Lando
  • DJ BC
  • DJ Mighty Iris
  • Bustin Loose
  • Maverick Plaza at La Villita Historia Arts Village
  • Bastille
  • The Naked and Famous
  • Minus the Bear
  • Carla Morrison
  • Small Black
  • Honeyhoney
  • Swimming with Bears
  • JJ Lopez
  • Dub Gideon
  • Calliope Musicals
  • Levees
  • Black Market Club
  • Wayne Holtz
  • Jenny + The Mexicats
  • Bombasta
  • Ranch House
  • La Chichada
  • Jonathan Terrell
  • Beauty School Massacr
  • Verisimilitude
  • Violent Practice
  • Ely Bat
  • Serge & Destroy
  • Charlie Castleman
  • DJ Just Angel
  • DJ Roger
  • Thrashers
  • VJ Vision

The first 10 artists will perform on Friday, April 7, while the remainder of the lineup will perform on Saturday, April 8. The music begins at 5pm on Friday with artists performing on two stages—The Main Stage with DJ Catwalk, and the Juarez Stage. On Saturday, performances will begin as early as 11am, with artists rotating between three different stages—The Main Stage with JJ Lopez, the Arneson Stage, and the Juarez Stage.

For exact times and stage locations, be sure to visit Maverick Music Festival’s Official Schedule.

Tickets & Additional Information

There are a variety of different tickets, multi-day passes, and meet-and-greet experiences available for Maverick Music Festival. The box office is located at 100 Auditorium Circle, and it is open from 10am to 6pm on Monday-Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturday. You can also purchase tickets online at

Here’s a quick look at some of the available ticket options:

  • 1 Day Friday General Admission – $59
  • 1 Day Saturday General Admission – $59
  • 2 Day General Admission – $99
  • 2 Day VIP Tickets – $169
  • 1 Day VIP Ticket for Friday – $99
  • 1 Day VIP Ticket for Saturday – $99

*VIP Passes include: Maverick stainless steel tumbler, 2 free drink tickets, exclusive raised viewing area, dedicated bathrooms, dedicated bar area, and free food sampling.

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There are also multiple meet-and-greet opportunities for fans to meet some their favorite artists. Those who want to take part in meet-and-greet experiences must also have a ticket for admission to the festival. Take a look at this year’s available meet-and-greet opportunities:

  • The Naked and Famous – $100
  • Book of Love – $100
  • Carla Morrison – $75

The Venue

The 5th Annual Maverick Music Festival will be held at Maverick Plaza in La Villita Historia Arts Village. The historic venue, as well as the festival, got its namesake in 1939 when Mayor Maury Maverick declared: “Today (La Villita) stands as a forlorn ghost of vivid life and stirring events. Once the scene of art and culture, time has brought it down to a vile slum. Early steps must therefore be taken for its re-creation. Tomorrow it will stand as a symbol of the accomplishments and sacrifices of the past, and as a light pointing to the future.”

With this guiding principle, Mayor Maverick saved La Villita from demolition and spearheaded a holistic renovation of the village. More than 75 years later, La Villita remains a hidden gem in San Antonio, highlighting the area’s cultural assets of attractiveness, cleanliness, and fascination.

There is public transportation available to get to La Villita. Fans can ride VIA Metropolitan Transit’s new VIVA routes to the Festival on both Friday and Saturday. An all-day pass is available for just $2.75 and can be purchased on the bus. Attendees should look to hop on VIVA culture (Route 11) and VIVA centro (Route 301).

For more information about transportation options, visit the trip planning page at to map out your trip or text your 5-digit Bus Stop Number to 52020 for up-to-date arrival/departure times.


As always, Maverick Music Festival welcomed a long list of sponsored who helped to make the event possible. This year’s sponsors include: Cerveza Pacifico Clara, Downtown San Antonio, Deep Eddy Vodka, Mighty Swell Sparkling Cocktails, Alamo Area Resource Center, San Antonio FC, Seersucker Southern Style Gin, La Villita Shops, Art, and Dining, Codeup, Twang, Sway Water, Ricos, campGladiator, Parkhurst Nuvision, and VIA VIVA. The event’s media sponsors also include the San Antonio Current,, and the Tobin Center for Performing Arts.

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