It’s a Texas-centric lineup at the 109th Mardi Gras! Galveston 2020. Last week, it was announced that Lone Star State bands Blue October and Bowling for Soup will headline this year’s festivities, which run from Feb. 14-25.
Founded in Houston, alt-rock band Blue October hit the music scene in the mid-90s with its post-grunge tracks sound and emotionally charged lyrics. Its fourth studio album, 2006’s Foiled, went certified platinum and produced hit singles “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean.” Earlier this year, Blue October, which is currently recording its 10th studio album, was at the center of Get Back Up, a documentary that chronicles frontman Justin Furstenfeld’s struggle with mental illness and addiction.
Originally from Wichita Falls, Grammy-nominated Bowling for Soup became a staple on early-2000s airwaves for hits like the nostalgia-soaked “1985” and punk-rock anthem “Girl All the Bad Guys Want.” Anyone remember the guys' cover of Britney Spears’ "…Baby One More Time" from the Freaky Friday soundtrack?
Blue October performs on Feb. 15, while Bowling for Soup will rock out on Feb. 21. Other entertainment highlights at Mardi Gras Galveston include norteña band La Leyenda and Selena tribute-band Bidi Bidi Banda, who are slated to headline Fiesta Gras on Feb. 16.
The two-week festival across Galveston features more than 25 concerts, 23 parades, and 20 balcony parties, as well as several balls. New to this year’s festivities is the Bumpin’ Bus Parade, grand marshaled by the legendary Bun B, on Feb. 22. Returning events include The Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade, Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade, and dance party Electric Mardi Gras.