Plano Hopes "Suburbia" Returns For Years to Come

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    More than two dozen bands are performing on three stages during the two-day Suburbia Music Festival in Plano’s Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. (Published Saturday, May 3, 2014)

    More than two dozen bands performed on three stages during the first two-day Suburbia Music Festival in Plano’s Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.

    “If you’re from Texas make some noise!” shouted a member of Yung Nation, a rap group that opened the concert event shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday.  The first-of-its-kind festival for the city is drawing in people from well outside it.

    Jennifer Farber, of Lubbock, attended and brought two friends.

    “We love Need to Breathe and 21 Pilots, and if you’ve ever been to Lubbock there’s nothing there.  So we needed to get out of town and this seemed like the best place,” said Farber.

    The Suburbia Music Festival promoter, Live Nation, said while they sold tickets in 30 states and Brazil, most people here are from Texas. But, they hope this is just the beginning.

    “We do believe this will be an organic-type festival,” said Danny Eaton, the chief operating officer of Live Nation.   “We think this will be the seed this first year to grow this into something that will hopefully have international appeal.”

    “We wanted to put a signature event for our community, for the region and we’re going to have a diverse group of genres for all ages and all cultures and all different types of music lovers,” said Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere moments after a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the entrance to Suburbia.

    Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is huge.  The festival’s using only 60 of its 800 acres.  It feels like you’re out in the country.

    “I love it,” said Farber. “There’s grass and water (a pond) when we came in and in Lubbock we don’t have that and trees, so it’s awesome and it’s cool this is in the middle of Plano, Texas, too.”

    “I like it a lot.  I think it’s a good idea,” said Jonathan Rodriguez, of Plano.  “Something finally fun happens in Plano.”

    The kind of fun the city hopes will lead to a circle the date on your calendar type of excitement for years to come.