What is it about rain around this time of the year? You’d think it’s hurricane season by the amount of rainfall the Houston festival battles with each year. But, nonetheless, the show must go on and this year’s Free Press Summer Fest is taking the city this weekend – rain or shine.
This year’s festival is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, opening the gates each day at 11 a.m. and closing at 11 p.m. at Eleanor Tinsley Park – weather permitting. The last two years, the park has battled with the weather and moved the festival to NRG Yellow Lot. And unless the weather man is completely wrong about this week and weekend’s forecast, – there’s also a strong possibility for that – be ready to jump on the rail to get down to NRG.
Rain or shine, good music is coming to Houston and it’s something not to be missed.
These are my headliners:
8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 – Saturn stage
- Cage the Elephant
9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 – Saturn stage
6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 – Budweiser stage
- The Shins
6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 – Saturn stage
- Post Malone
7:50 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 – Budweiser stage
- Group Love
7:50 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 – Saturn stage
- St. Paul and the Broken Bones
7 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 – Neptune stage
- Portugal the Man
7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 – Neptune stage
- Rainbow Kitten Surprise
4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 – Saturn stage
- The Strumbellas
5:40 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 – Neptune stage
- Jai Wolf
5:20 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 – Mercury stage
12:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 – Mercury stage
- Bang Bangz
11:10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 – Saturn stage
Lorde and Cage the Elephant are the obvious closers for each night, but I’m excited about the mid-level talent the festival is showcasing. Top examples being Group Love, an American indie rock band; St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a six-piece soul band out of Alabama; and Rainbow Kitten Surprise, an alternative folk band that sounds nothing like its name.
See you on the dance festival dance floor, Houston.
Follow along with Christina at Free Press Summer Fest @Martinez_girl03
Update: FPSF has said keeping the festival at Eleanor Tinsley Park is a priority in a recent interview with Houston Press.