Flavor Crystals in the Arneson River Theather
In the mid to late 1960s, it is indisputable that Austin, Texas was the epicenter of the burgeoning psychedelic music scene with The 13th Floor Elevators leading the way. However, San Antonio, a mere 80 miles South, were close behind with their own psychedelic heroes such as Bubble Puppy, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Lord August and the Visions of Light/Lite, and The Swiss Movement – granted that most of these bands frequently played Austin clubs and/or actually physically moved to Austin as at the time it was “the place to be”. Now, some 50 years later, San Antonio has its own psychedelic festival in the vein of Austin Psych Fest (rest in peace). On Saturday, September 23rd, the Psych Del Rio Music Festival came to fruition on the sleepy San Antonio Riverwalk. The small-scale festival, hopefully to become an annual happening, was beautifully organized by the K23 Gallery with a handful of sponsors and achieved the impressive feat of being a completely free festival for the masses – think about that for a minute, Levitation. It truly was a labor of love rather than a labor of commerce. The night was headlined by San Antonio legends Bubble Puppy with support from well-known names such as The Warlocks, Psychic Ills, and Flavor Crystals as well as a smattering of Texas bands that lean heavily toward psychedelia.