“Together they kept saying they wanted to do something good for the community, ‘something good’ and that’s how [we] came up with the name ‘Something Good Fest’,” community advocate and brains behind Die Happy Productions Michael David Garcia told Sobre Sound about his partners. “They wanted to do something bigger than the music, but have the music help also.”
What started off as an idea to help the community from people who are no strangers to the concept, has since grown into something much larger. So large in fact, that this Saturday, the hard work of Michael Christopher Garcia, his wife Shenise Garcia, Michael David Garcia and many others will shut down the entire street in front of Tacoland for the first annual Something Good Fest.
Something Good Fest will showcase an array of musical and artistic talent that derives from the San Antonio community all while helping out the SAY Sí Organization, a program that assists and provides the opportunity for students to develop their artistic abilities by donating most of the profits.
“A lot of the bands we had known for a long time so it was kind of easy [coming up with a line-up],” Michael David explained. “It’s a bunch of people we have worked closely with before in the past. We wanted to bring an array [of talent]. For example, a lot of bands have played with each other on the same shows, so we wanted to bring a bunch of bands that hadn’t played a show together.”
Though the organizers have run into some problems such as sound engineers falling through and the City unable to provide security due to the fact that SAPD stated they have been receiving threats from the community and are following different procedures to ensure their safety, Michael David assures it wasn’t anything the Die Happy team couldn’t handle.
Michael David told Sobre Sound that he first got into the music scene, videography and photography back in high school while all his friends were in bands and would use shows as a cover up for a group of friends to socialize and drink.
“We were so young, I don’t even know why we were doing that,” he said laughing, “We put a lot of work into it too, like we would make flyers. This all took place before we could go to shows really.”
After years of photographing his friends’ bands, he got involved with the old Pedi-Cab venue and threw some of his first shows there and with the help of his friend and Deer Vibes band member Michael Carillo, Die Happy Productions was born. “I had already really loved music, but then I saw bands like Lonely Horse, Deer Vibes and The Lost Project. The fact that these bands existed here blew my mind. This was all when we were really young, and I felt like we could really do something… I keep calling us kids because that’s what we started off as but now we’re all 25, 26 years and trying to be professional but still keeping it DIY.”
With that kind of experience under the belt of those coordinating the event, it’s safe to say Something Good Fest will bring the best out of festival culture with two stages on opposite ends, art and craft vendors and of course food trucks. When asked if the location was symbolic in any way, Michael David said, “This Tacoland is kind of a new hangout spot but it is part of our history and has crazy ties with San Antonio culture. We just kind of thought it be kind of perfect to bring a wave of new bands through there. The set is amazing, location is amazing, and the crew is really great. It isn’t the old Tacoland and people tend to be mad about that but at the same time we want to help it be the ‘new’ Tacoland.”
Something Good Fest will take place all day Saturday at Viva Tacoland. Tickets can be purchased here for $12. This is an all ages event and children under the age of 5 will get in for free. Music starts at 3 p.m.
“The biggest goal is trying to transform the space into something different. We would love for Something Good Fest to happen annually. Even this year, shutting down the street is huge for Die Happy. If enough people show up and express that this is a cool thing, then we’ll definitely do it again next year.” Michael David concluded.