Who to See at Free Press Summer Fest This Weekend
With more than 75 performers taking the stage over two days, theFree Press Summer Festival offers a little of everything: electronic dance music, rock, hip-hop, pop, soul, punk, country. No two checklists of favorites will look the same for any attendee. But here are a few performers that caught the eye of this particular festivalgoer, who is probably a little old for EDM.
Vampire Weekend: Third album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” was a classic upon arrival, an album that is sophisticated and tuneful, with a perfect balance of light and dark themes and tones. The band has developed a signature style that affords it great breadth to reference rock, hip-hop, classical and African pop.
Dwight Yoakam: Yoakam can’t seem to win with the weather in Texas. He played an outdoor set in freezing temperatures in Helotes last year. And there’s a good chance he’ll be singing sad songs in the rain this weekend. Still, Yoakam’s one of the great performers country music has produced, so expect a high-energy set with some songs from “3 Pears,” his best album in years.
Local music: The headliners have gotten bigger in FPSF’s six years, but the festival also has kept stages open for local and regional talent. Welcome to Houston will be one of the weekend’s most celebratory sets, a collection of local hip-hop greats that includes Bun B, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Mike Jones. Wrestlers – formerly known as Bagheera – is an electronic dance duo led by rising producer Aidan Kennedy. Experimental musician Jana Hunter hasn’t called Houston home for years; she returns to play a solo set without her band Lower Dens. Venomous Maximus serves up blistering and dark hard rock. Wild Moccasins and Tontons both have excellent new albums and are among a deep pool of local talent.