Top 9 Comments On Summer Fest 2012: Where's The Women?
As most of Houston and the surrounding area knows by now, Free Press Summer Fest announced its 2012 lineup in the wee hours this morning. By now Rocks Off has had a few more hours to reflect on the festival, entering its fourth year at Eleanor Tinsley Park June 2 and 3, and also to take a shower.
Afrojack on Wikipedia One of the people in this picture is will be at Summer Fest 2012.
One of Rocks Off's own lasting FPSF memories is from last year, when we ran into an old, dear friend from Austin who is a huge Ween fan. She also happens to work production at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, as a stage manager or some such, and had nothing but good things to say about Summer Fest. Here are a few other thoughts we had this morning about what is now one of Houston's marquee musical events - and, more and more, a destination for music fans across the state, the region and even the country.
Yes, Houston. Who would have known?
9. Summer Fest is playing with real money. Those tens of thousands of tickets the festival has sold over the past two years, even at a relatively inexpensive price, have begun paying real dividends. Artists like Flaming Lips, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson and the Avett Brothers don't come cheap, especially at the festival rate. Any of those would take the final slot or two of the evening on a stage at one of the few U.S. music festivals left that is not bigger than FPSF. Speaking of...
8. It's not on the same level as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza or Jazz Fest, Austin City Limits (yet), but it's only one rung down. FPSF is now shoulder to shoulder with other festivals around the country, like Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, Seattle's Bumbershoot and Mobile, Ala.'s Hangout. And in only four years.
7. Summer Fest is a boys' club. Houston Press Web Editor Brittanie Shey pointed out on Twitter this morning that the only female artist in Summer Fest's top tier is Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. And to put in charitably, most of the other headliners - Flaming Lips, Primus, Descendents, Z-Ro, Valient Thorr - are not known for their female fan bases. Significantly further down the bill come Ume's Lauren Larson, New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, San Antonio's Girl In a Coma, and a smattering of locals like Ton Tons' Asli Omar and Wild Moccasins' Zahira Gutierrez. Perhaps Summer Fest is counting on cuties the Avett Brothers and Young the Giant to bring in all the ladies.
6. Morris Day & the Time is playing. Morris Day & the Time is playing!!!