Best Non-Fiesta Festival

Staff Pick

Photo by Jaime Monzon
  • Photo by Jaime Monzon

Our Pick: Maverick Music Festival,

When Maverick Music Festival first started in 2013, you could still get away with calling it a good “local” festival. The main draws for that maiden voyage were Gary Clark Jr., Girl in a Coma, and (of course) the Toadies. Year two, Maverick managed to bring in hip-hop supergroup Run the Jewels and retro phenom Twin Shadow to anchor the weekend festival. In the following years, Maverick would host Best Coast, Quiet Company, Wavves, Cypress Hill, Flaming Lips and Public fucking Enemy. Last year, before Maverick had publicly committed to a fifth run, festival founder and music promoter extraordinaire Blayne Tucker hinted that he either wanted to up Maverick’s game or scrap it and try something new. Thankfully, he chose the former. This year, Maverick partnered with the Tobin Center and brought in indie pop mega stars Bastille and Young the Giant. Evidently, Maverick plans on keeping it pretty cool even as the festival grows and mainstreams, considering this year’s headliners also included endearing throwbacks like De La Soul and Book of Love. 

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