The third annual L.O.U.D. Fest music festival was held at Raven Tower last Saturday, and although they didn’t have the same turn out as some of the larger Houston festivals, they did a great job displaying Houston’s local talent. Hosted by L.O.U.D. Muzik, the festival works to showcase Houston’s own talent by bringing out local musicians, artists and vendors. The festival not only promoted local talent; they also raised awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Photo by Rees Risoli.

The festival started off slow with a few attendees browsing the selection of vendors and food trucks. Then the music kicked off with a few DJ’s playing hip-hop tracks on a small stage in the back. Eventually the venue started to fill in and artists — including Khody Blake, Rosewood Thievz and Tim Ned — performed on the main stage. Over 30 artists performed for a small, enthusiastic crowd.

Photo by Rees Risoli.

Without the draw of larger well-known artists, L.O.U.D. Fest is not you typical music festival, but this year they showed that they are working to grow and become recognized as a unique celebration of Houston hip-hop. At the end of the day, the artists represented the city that we all love, and it was all for a good cause. They can’t be put in the same category as Houston festivals like In Bloom Music Festival or JMBLYA, but if you like supporting local talent, L.O.U.D. Fest might be worth checking out next summer.