Free Press Summer Fest organizers let media know it rains every year during their music festival and the 2014 edition was no exception. Early in the day weather conditions took a turn for the worse with high winds and heavy rain moving into Houston around 2 p.m. forcing officials to temporarily evacuate Eleanor Tinsley Park. Fans waited in parking garages and hotel lobbies nearby until FPSF issued the all clear via social media and alerts on their proprietary festival mobile app.
"We advised everyone to leave the park due to the possibility of lightning in the area," said Andrea Afra with FPSF.
Despite the rain Examiner caught a few good sets yesterday including Dwight Yoakam on the Mars Stage where the outlaw country star ran through a bevvy of hits and an admirable cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" in case fans where not aware of where Yoakam draws inspiration. Originally slated for a two-hour set that was shortened to just over an hour.
Yoakam delivered a high-energy set featuring a few more cover songs. Third song in the set list was Elvis' hit, "Little Sister." Yoakam also covered a couple of Buck Owens tunes and played his own hits, "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere" and "Guitars, Cadillacs." The entire set list can be viewed below.
We also caught a fantastic set by West Coast reggae fusion act, Slightly Stoopid that felt like a relaunch of the day. Bright horns mixed with classic reggae guitars for a pleasing set immediately following the rain delay. our photographer Haley Odom grabbed some amazing shots of the boys you can view in our slideshow.
Readers can also catch a glimpse of the Verizon Insider cabana at the main, Mars Stage where we watched Yoakam show his younger counterparts how to play to a large festival crowd. Also included in our slideshow are images of fans making the best of the mud and water that covered the venue. Fans can mark tweets and instagram posts with #MoreFPSF for a chance to win access to Verizon's VIP cabana.
The day ended with a delayed set by Twin Shadow at the tiny Jupiter stage. Front man George Lewis Jr. who goes by the moniker Twin Shadow apologized to fans for the delay before launching into his trademark power pop. A gaggle of screaming teenaged girls clamored to the front of the stage screaming "George! George!" as the band began playing. The young ladies and fans waited patiently for almost an hour for the Twin Shadow to go on.
The wait was worth it as Twin Shadow ran through songs from their catalog including cuts from new album, "To The Top" which Twin Shadow seems destined for. The band plays beautifully and come to the stage with a healthy dose of professionalism often lacking among younger musicians.
Dwight Yoakam set list:
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
Please, Please Baby
Little Sister (Elvis Presley cover)
Streets of Bakersfield (Buck Owens cover)
Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
Act Naturally (Buck Owens cover)
Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose (reprise)
Ain't That Lonely Yet
Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover)
Honky Tonk Man (Johnny Horton cover)
A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
It Only Hurts When I Cry
Fast As You
Suspicious Minds (Mark James cover)