- Facebook, Femina-X
The folks behind the inaugural Botánica Music Festival announced their full artist lineup, which now includes some home-grown artists making waves on a regional scale.
Locals added to the lineup include performance art collective House of Kenzo, who have had showcases at festivals like SXSW and Day For Night Fest; Wayne Holtz, the experimental pop singer-songwriter whose live show is one of the best on the St. Mary’s strip; and alternative Latin band Femina-X, whose music is a blend of electronic, tribal and indie rock, to name a few locals on the bill.
If you follow Holtz on social media, you’d know that the artist plays a ton of local shows, mostly on the St. Mary’s strip. He saw Botánica as an opportunity to expand his audience outside the downtown corridors.
“Normally I don’t ask for shows, but I thought it was a good opportunity to be on the Northside and play around the UTSA area, which I haven’t done. Shaq’s gonna be there,” Holtz said referring to Shaquille O'Neal, who will be performing an EDM set as DJ Diesel.
Holtz recommended House of Kenzo to the organizers after hitting them up for a spot on the festival. Holtz said they already had the collective in mind.
“I think they just wanted more local people,” House of Kenzo’s Roxy Eguia told the Current. “We just want to put on for the children – Botánica is really for the children. It’s all ages, Logic is on it and all the middle schoolers, like my little brother, weep [for him].”
The fest was originally to set to span two days inside the parking lot of Six Flags Fiesta Texas, but was scaled down to one day and will take place in the actual park.
“When I [first] heard it was gonna be in the Six Flags parking lot I was like, ‘ah, hell no,’” said front-woman Daniela Riojas of Femina-X. “And then it’s called Botánica – it struck me the wrong way. I’m appreciative of the fact that they sort of refocused and took-in what the community was saying and applied that to the next decisions they made, and that’s a good sign.”
Riojas went on to explain that she believes the festival will be beneficial to the local music economy, especially with how much they’re willing to hear the community.
“I want the festival to be successful – not just because I’m on the bill. Yes there’s the push and pull of us feeling like we’re being gentrified or our culture’s being taken from us and appropriated and used for commercial reasons,” Riojas said. “At the same time, we also see a lack in our music economy and that artists are having a difficult time with the day-to-day gigs, having enough funding for music videos and getting ahead in their career.
“It’s about finding that balance of inviting people in with their resources, but then also collaborating with us the people who have been creating our mark and creating the [local music] culture, so that hopefully we can develop something that’s the San Antonio identity. The criticism is so necessary. There's also the ‘ok how do we work with them?’ If they’ve already shown that they’re willing to apply what the community is saying, that’s a good sign.”
Here’s the full lineup:
Machine Gun Kelly
The New Respects
Youth In Revolt
House of Kenzo