This weekend marks the sixth year of Free Press Summer Festival (FPSF) at Houston's Eleanor Tinsley Park. We picked ten acts you should see at the two-day (plus opening night party) festival that boasts headliners, Wu-Tang Clan and Jack White. The rest of the lineup is equally appealing. The Deftones, The Kills, Washed Out and Houston's own The Tontons all made our list.
The budding FPSF is similar to Austin's Fun Fun Fun Festival in booking non-traditional festival roster acts that have wide appeal. A hallmark for each is the ability to book rare acts on the festival curcuit. Both festivals admirably work to reflect the local culture. In the case of FPSF the focus is on the incredibly prolific visual arts and hip-hop scenes Houston is known for in addition to great national acts. The festival is also practical offering a variety of sponsor and VIP air-conditioned tents to weather the often stifling humid conditions.
FPSF takes place Saturday and Sunday May 31-June 1. The full lineup of bands can be viewed on the festival website. Fans can log-in and create a custom schedule that will sync with the official FPSF app. Tickets are still available via the online ticket site.
Pro tip: Verizon Wireless is offering access to their main stage hospitality area to select fans who hashtag their instagram and Twitter posts about the festival with #MoreFPSF. Follow @VerizonInsider on Twitter and get more details on the Verizon Wireless Insider page.
Enough rambling for now. Check out our band recommendations (in no particular order) with set times and location at Free Press Summer Fest below.