Friday, March 31, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 123

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Vertical Horizon and others to play Enron Festival on Saturday

By Rattaya Nimibutr
Daily Cougar Staff

104.1 KRBE and Enron have teamed up to put together a music festival in honor of Earth Day on Saturday. Of course, it's only logical to hold the event at Buffalo Bayou Park, what with it being an event celebrating the outdoors.

At last year's event, the heat became so oppressive that the fire department stepped into action, hosing concert-goers down in order to fight dehydration.

This year it will again be hot (although cooler than 1999), but the excellent band lineup will overshadow this problem. Event organizers expect close to 30,000 people and of course, many, many water bottles.

The festival begins at 11 a.m. with musician Edwin McCain performing from 11:15 to Noon; followed by Vertical Horizon from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Singer Dido goes on-stage from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m., Smash Mouth follows from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Goo Goo Dolls performs then from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. and finally Train finishes the show from 6 to 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Rhythmic Records

Vertical Horizon is set to get the Enron Festival rocking Saturday. Members include from, left to right, Ryan Fisher, Keith Kane, Matt Scanell and Ed Toth.

Vertical Horizon, the second set, is like many other bands who have conquered the Earth Day stage before. The alternative rock band is stopping by to perform their recent single "Everything You Want," from its new album of the same name released in June, 1999.

I recently spoke with drummer Ed Toth on the phone, as the band was on tour in Minnesota. He explained the sudden burst of radio play this single is generating.

"Many people can relate to this song," Toth said. "I've noticed that it speaks to women a bit more but it speaks to men at the same time. It's all about just realizing that the good things are right in front of you and you don't notice it."

Horizon has been in business for eight years and has released four albums without much of a break, but bandmembers don't plan to stop anytime soon.

"Wherever we are performing at any certain time, there are a bunch of different things that we learn from (those experiences)," Toth said. "Anything can happen, and from that we just play what we can and do what we like to do."

"We're all a team at what we do. Not just the band but the record label, the manager, everyone involved that makes us what we are. I think a lot of bands forget that and they just think it's all about them. It's really everyone who plays any kind of role," Toth said.

The festival's not sold out yet, but it probably will be by show time. Tickets are still available at 104 KRBE. If you would like tickets (at $15 apiece), swing by the radio station's office. There are also $5 discount coupons from McDonald's. Call 713-266-1000 for more information.

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