preview: free press summer fest

Free Press Summer Fest, Houston’s largest music festival, is coming up this weekend at Eleanor Tinsley Park.  The festival is in its fourth year, and it seems to be getting bigger every year.  With more than 100 bands on 8 stages over 2 days, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the lineup ahead of time.

You’re probably already familiar with the headliners – Snoop, Willie, Avett Brothers – but you might not be as familiar with some of the other bands, especially some of the really excellent local bands.  So I put together a short list of acts I recommend checking out at FPSF.  Take a look and a listen below, then check out the complete schedule to make your plans.  And come say hi to me in the VIP Blogger tent.*

*What?! There is no VIP Blogger tent?!  That’s crap –  I was promised free Vitamin Water & Tito’s.

Saturday (June 2, 2012)

Best Coast [1:00 pm | Stage 2]


The Eastern Sea [1:30 pm | Stage 7]


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah [1:40 pm | Stage 2]


Phantogram [3:40 pm | Stage 2]


Jeff The Brotherhood [6:40 pm | Stage 5]


Fatal Flying Guilloteens [7:00 pm | Stage 4]


Sunday (June 3, 2012)

Grandfather Child [12:20 pm | Stage 1]


Wild Moccasins [1:00 pm | Stage 2]


Robert Ellis [1:40 pm | Stage 1]


Shabazz Palaces [6:50 pm | Stage 3]

  1. Looks like an excellent festival! There’s just something about enjoying live music in the open air. I can’t wait for summer!

    • Agreed, though in Houston, I’d rather it be spring or fall than summer. Too hot!

  2. dlee said:

    Looks like a pretty good festival. I wouldn’t be so crazy about the heat, though.

    Your joke about the “VIP Blogger Tent” got me thinking, and I put in an application for a “press credential” to Hopscotch. I doubt that they’ll grant me one, but I have nothing to lose by applying.

    • i’ve considered trying the press credential thing – let me know if it works out!

    • Yeah, “The Only Place” definitely seems destined for a California Tourism Board ad.

      The only time I’ve seen Best Coast is at a small, unofficial show at SXSW a few years back, so it will be interesting to see how the set has changed.


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