Never Say Never, or NSN, first began on March 18, 2009 in Mission, Texas with the production of Don’tGetEmo, also known as DGE. The first event held 30 bands with several genres on two stages. Now growing stronger each year, this music festival had a variety of bands and artists perform, such as Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore, Asking Alexandria, Crown The Empire, LMFAO, Of Mice&Men and many more — on about four stages.
As we traveled into the deep south reaches of Texas, we came across an area lacking the musical advantages like the cities in the north. Referred to as South Texas, this part of the Lone Star State simply doesn’t get as many well-known musicians touring throughout the year. Luckily though, festivals like Never Say Never help offset the usual lack of well-known artists.
This is the first of many festivals that can be found in South Texas, and it is one that is truly a blessing to concert goers.
I’ve been attending the Never Say Never Music Festival since year two, and I honestly had no idea anyone who was performing besides the band Never Shout Never. After getting a small taste of what this music event consisted of, I was hooked and I’ve never been disappointed with any of the years I’ve attended. DGE has also been responsible for bringing a number of top notch performers across of all genres of music.
I’ve traveled for the past three years from Dallas to Mission just to attend NSN for Spring Break with my hometown friends, and I’ve always had a blast. Having the opportunity to meet my favorites as well as being able to discover new bands has become a part of my everyday life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
George Culberson and Zar Castillo gave me the experience to attend the 2015 event, allowing me to capture the art of these hard working performers on stage doing what they love, and being able to see what it’s like to be on the other side of the dedication and the production of what goes behind an event.
Music is an important part of many people’s lives, serving as a source of inspiration and expression. Being able to attend NSN, standing front row or just standing in the crowd watching your favorite band, singing along to your favorite song with about half the crowd is truly astonishing.
Concerts are a break from normality of everyday life. They form as a necessary escape for some people. They are composed of a few hours of falling deeply into the beauty of music and the musical energy of live performances. This isn’t just another music festival, but a way to join others that have the same taste in music, and creates a bond stronger than friendship; a music loving family. Together you are able to embrace the sounds of these live performances, as you are among the crowd, you can see the intensity of that very moment in the faces of the people around you. Those people are singing their lungs out, jumping along to every beat, or simply head banging in sweet bliss to be a part of that moment. The most amazing, and most signature event at a concert is the moment when every single person sings along word for word to a song. In that moment you realize just how much a concert brings people together, allows them to feel alive, and brings joy that no other event can bring.
The worst part about concerts ending is the post-concert depression. Everyone knows what I’m talking about. These are remnants of what you felt that whole day and night watching live performances, or when you had to battle traffic to get to the next stage or go to the merch tables. It only takes a moment to register each and every amazing moment that occurred in those few hours. But you know it’ll be okay, because there will always be another event coming up with at least one or two of your favorite bands to fill that emptiness.
I want to thank George Culberson and Zar Castillo, the team behind DGE, and all the people who take their time to help in the making of the festival between volunteers to the tech and sound guys, and to the merch men and women. It’s not an easy job, but they do everything they can to give us the best time of our lives with the best damn music we all love. I can’t wait to see what next year brings to us.
Written by: Shelby Skaarer
Photo Credit: Savannah Canales