StreetFest 2018 rocks Downtown El Paso


Sergio Muñoz Esquer

People enjoyed food and drinks from the food trucks at San Antonio street.

Catherine Ramirez, Contributor

This year’s StreetFest rocked Downtown El Paso and the Convention Center, as thousands of guests toured a car, truck and motorcycle show, satisfying  their appetites with local food and music over the course of two days.

Mark Farner’s American Band opened day one at the Bud Light stage as the crowd danced to their upbeat locomotion. Jefferson Starship, who is an evolution of the rock legends Jefferson Airplane, had the Bud Light stage jamming out to their greatest hits, while Dennis DeYoung performed classics from his 70s band Styx.

Day two featured rock band Dead Girls Academy, followed by Shim Moore, the vocalist from Sick Puppies, as they hyped up the crowd with their rock hits. September Mourning, navigated her way through the world of the living as she and her band presented their transmedia dark culture through music.

Closing out  StreetFest 2018 was rock icon Jonathan Davis of Korn. Davis pulled in a large crowd and had their heads and hands banging to his hit songs.

StreetFest hosted a variety of local and regional bands as they performed on over five stages and competed in the StreetFest local band competition.

If none of the bands were of interest to some StreetFest goers, a Silent Disco DJ Stage was another alternative. Guests could walk up to the stage, grab a pair of headphones and tour any part of the El Paso Convention Center as they listened to a variation of live DJ mixes.

StreetFest and Imperials El Paso Car Club presented the 2018 O’Reilly Auto Parts Championship Custom Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show where over 200 custom vehicles were displayed. Cars, trucks and motorcycles of all years, models, brands and colors filled the El Paso Convention Center and attracted hundreds of vehicle lovers.

To thank and support the military, StreetFest featured a Military Village where military vehicles were on display for vehicle enthusiast and for kids of all ages.

The village also had interactive tent displays with games and prizes for visitors. Not only were adults invited to play but children as well, the village hosted a Kid Zone with an enormous slide, a moonwalk experience and crafts.

The fest hosted over 10 food and beverage vendors to meet to all guests’ cravings and empty stomachs.

The vendors ranged from Great American Steakhouse and  Sushi On Wheels to local taquerias and, of course, an El Paso gathering would not be complete without a refreshing Clamato and beer offered at almost every corner.

If guests filled up on food and wanted to do a little shopping, local artist and craft vendors set up tents all over the convention center to sell their paintings and handmade items.

Local and national companies and organizations set up booths and tents throughout the fest handing out freebies, coupons and information inviting guests to interact and play a few games.

StreetFest is over for now, but it’s sure to be back next year with bigger names and whole lot more fun.

Catherine Ramirez may be reached at [email protected]