another successful free press summer fest for the houston history books went down this past weekend on the rolling green slope of eleanor tinsley park, and weworemasks was on hand to catch all the sights, sounds, and people our weird city has to offer. and the heat wasn’t that bad this year. plus plus! check out our photo recap and be on the lookout for a full festival recap soon.
Now in its fourth year, Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest fell upon the green slope of Eleanor Tinsley Park, boasting its most eclectic lineup to date. Texas royalty Willie Nelson shared stages with electronic act Pretty Lights. Major Lazer’s dancehall bump prefaced The Doggfather’s haze. A reunite Descendents gave way to avant-weirdos Primus. And all the while the sun beat down with a furious Texas vengeance.
Hit the jump for the full recap and check out our photo recap for more pics.
this weekend, houston’s annual two-day music festival hosted by free press houston will descend upon eleanor tinsley park for its fourth incarnation, boasting its most eclectic lineup to date. we’ll be on hand, as always, to take in the sights, sounds, people, and art our weird city has to offer. make sure you’re following us on twitter for updates and stay tuned for a full festival recap after the weekend, that is if we haven’t melted under the 900 degree heat.
if you haven’t already purchased your tickets, do so now before prices go up at the gates!
and the lineup for the the 4th annual (can you believe there’s already been 3 of these?!) free press summerfest is here. headliners will include the likes of the flaming lips performing ‘dark side of the moon,’ the avett brothers, snoop dogg, willie nelson, the descendents and many more.
The third annual Free Press Summerfest once again took over Houston’s Eleanor Tinsley Park, boasting one of its most diverse, if not unusual lineup to date. Soul-revival met with electric revival, heavy metal battled with Japanese garage rock, hippies and hipsters shared barbecue and beer, etc, all underneath the blistering Texas sun on a cloudless day. weworemasks was on hand, as always, to take part in the festivities, enjoy an act or two, and get down and dirty (and sweaty) with all of our lovely Houstonian brethren.
Hit the jump for a full recap with some awesome photos, more of which can be seen in our Summerfest Photo Gallery, here.
houston’s third annual free press summerfest went down this past weekend at eleanor tinsley park during one of the city’s blistering heatwaves. 100+ degree weather didn’t stop the rock, nor us weworemasks folk from getting in the pit documenting said rockage. hit the jump for all of our summerfest photos and expect a full recap to follow shortly.
In an act of Summerfest self-fulfillment, day two paralleled last years weather patterns, with the excruciatingly heated first day being followed by a torrential reprieve on the second. This time, the rain would prove to be on the oppressive side, leaving gloomy clouds hanging above the festival goers and acts of Summerfest. Several weather defiant bands would throw caution to the wind and houston made the best of what mother nature had to offer in the form of the notorious mud-people. Inclement weather wasn’t enough to deter the whole of houston to miss what the festival had in store and the bands played on’ a testament to the music loving spirit of Summerfest.
The second annual Free Press Summerfest music festival descended upon Eleanor Tinsley Park this past weekend, at nearly double the size of the inaugural run last year, proving that yes, Houston is a city that cares about and loves its music. Our neighbors, Austin boasts the smug motto of being the “Live Music Capital of the World” and though that isn’t without merit, Houston has simply had it with being overlooked, not only as a tour stop for major acts, but for its diverse local talent. Summerfest is the marriage of those very ideas: that our local bands can play alongside the best of the best, with acts ranging from our own darling Wild Moccasins, to the extravagant Flaming Lips whose presence hasn’t been felt by Houston in 10 years. The musical diversity was palpable: everything from the southern twang of Tennessee’s Lucero, to the eloquent indie pop of Canada’s Stars, to southern rappers Slim Thug and Bun B representing Houston’s burgeoning rap scene. And the bears were there to witness its greatness.
with the first day of summer fest behind us, the wwm fam and friends once again descended upon eleanor tinsley park to bear witness (get it?) to sets from even more texas bands and a modern-day glam rock headliner. the day would be full of scattered showers, endless vitamin water, a paint slide, and a trippy little guy who only came to be known as ‘hippie mike‘.
having long cowered in the shadow of our neighbor’s ‘austin city limits’ and ‘fun fun fun fest’ music festivals, houston is finally able to claim such a festival as their own. gathering a very solid lineup, from a canadian super-collective to an occasionally on-hiatus austin post-rock group to perform under our terrible august weather, where 5 minute bouts of gloomy clouds and rain are preceded by 100+ degree heat. both spectators and spectacles braved the elements to enjoy a weekend of music set to houston’s lovely downtown backdrop.
here’s a ‘meh’ clip of explosions in the sky performing “welcome, ghosts” at the houston free press summerfest this past weekend. not that it’s a surprise, but [personally] explosions in the sky blew everyone out the water. i’ve only seen em one other time, but the outdoor/nighttime/breeze/houston’s downtown skyline really worked in their favor this time around. nobody was making any noise and everyone was just sitting on the hillside of eleanor tinsley park listening to them play.
in any case, i really hope there are more of these to come. i’m positive that this one came off without a hitch, seems like there were 4k people there at any given time.