Kicking off the 2012 season, both the men's and women's teams at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi storm lanes and drain buckets as they face off against the rest of the Southland Conference. Head Coach Robert Robinson plans to help his women's squad rebound from last year's setbacks and return them to 2010's deep run to the conference-tournament final. Junior guard Jessica Jammer paces her sneakered mates by dropping points that frequently total double digits, helping expand both the dreams and counting skills of aspiring athletes in the stands.
Ska-punk royalty Sublime with Rome, hip-hop icons Cypress Hill, and reggae-rock party animals Pepper pool their crowd-pleasing talents to devise a surefire prescription for the summertime blues. Carrying on the legacy of legendary singer Bradley Nowell, dead-ringer Rome Ramirez leads Sublime with Rome through energetic numbers from its newest record, Yours Truly, as well as rock-radio mainstays, such as “Santeria” and “What I Got,” which still dominate airwaves with a contagiously laid-back attitude. Multiplatinum hip-hop group Cypress Hill continues to meld worldly genres and salute organic gardening in hits such as “How I Could Just Kill a Man” and “Insane in the Brain.” Heading up the summer fun pack, the Hawaii and California hybrid of Pepper stomps and grinds with goodtime odes to love and pogo sticks, as heard in their song “Give It Up.” With general-admission tickets, fans can bring blankets or rent chairs to snag space in the festival seating area or graze and daze upon the lawn as upbeat tunes accentuate the sunshine.
Stomping through Shrimporee Grounds, "Spring Break Splash" rounds up some of the Lone Star State's rootinest, tootinest musical acts for a one-day hoedown. Rather than sneaking in underneath a friend's mustache, fans can gallop through the gates with general-admission tickets as Lyrical Bynge kicks off the festivities behind seasoned songbird Edna DeLa Garza, known for amusing original narratives such as "Last Night's Hairdo" and twangy takes on everything from Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga. At 6 p.m., a slowly descending sun accompanies soul-searching harmonica solos belted out by Seth Candan, who rides in atop two Texas Music Award nominations, including an Album of the Year nod for his latest release, The Aftermath.