Kix Among Latest Additions To Rock The Bayou Music Festival


August 8, 2008

The Rock The Bayou music festival recently ramped up its line-up with the addition of acclaimed hard rock band KIX, for the band’s first and only Texas show in the past 15 years.

Also added to the bourgeoning Rock The Bayou roster are dynamic rockers Vain, Dirty Penny, Beautiful Creatures and Texas Hippie Coalition. KIX, credited for influencing several bands, is a group that has rarely left their Baltimore roots since their last album went platinum in the late 80s.

Originally known for their lively cover song renditions, KIX became a staple for many in the early 80s. Feeding a grassroots fan frenzy, KIX played the club circuit six nights a week and eventually earned a record deal with Atlantic records and a slot in the studio with some of the same producers who helped create hits for fellow Rock The Bayou bands such as Warrant and Ratt. Their glam-rock musical style, mixed with pop metal and new wave elements, created such power ballads as “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and catchy numbers like “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and “Midnight Dynamite.” During their 80s emergence, KIX opened for rock legends such as Poison and Aerosmith. Although reunion shows outside of the Maryland and Pennsylvania areas are few and far between, KIX performances are always well-received.

Hailing from Los Angeles, Beautiful Creatures is another high-energy rock band with a large following that has an impressive history of opening for bands such as KISS and performing on the Ozz Fest stage.

The Rock The Bayou Music Festival presented by Bud Light will now play host to more than 100 bands, including Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels, Queensryche, Twisted Sister, Ratt, LA Guns, Skid Row, Dokken and LA Guns. Rare performances by the original members of Warrant and glam rocker Lita Ford will make Rock The Bayou one of the biggest and most memorable festivals of the summer.

Also, Swedish guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen is playing his only United States appearance at the festival and will take the stage with the former lead singer of Judas Priest, Tim “The Ripper” Owens.

Some 50,000 people a day are expected to attend Rock the Bayou, which is being built on the former AstroWorld grounds at I-610 and Kirby Drive .

There is less than one month remaining until Rock The Bayou takes over Houston . Tickets are available for purchase at or To charge by phone, call (713) 629-4747.

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