Oh My, A List!: 7 Tips For Free Press Summer Fest Newbs

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Willie is sick of your shit.
This will be the Rocks Off team's fourth Free Press Summer Fest outing since the festival began that summer of 2009.

I remember it well: The small stages, the blistering August heat, The Sword, rolling in the grass with Hippie Mike, all of it. The main stage headliners were Of Montreal, Explosions In The Sky, Prince Paul and Broken Social Scene.

In 2012, those dudes would play the second stage. We got Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg now, bitches. And a Fatal Flying Guilloteens reunion.

I remember leaving day one of Summer Fest 2009 and driving to see George Strait at Reliant Stadium. Even though I was ensconced in Strait Country, I was still missing the throngs over at Eleanor Tinsley Park.

The next day was a blast, and the future was set for the festival. For once I had a major festival to cover in Houston, which meant I could use my own shower and sleep in my own bed for a change. Even better, I could say that I knew the people actually putting the thing on, and I could thank them with a handshake.

The next year's would hold the Flaming Lips, with Wayne Coyne's bubble framing nicely in front of the Houston skyline even as we all slipped in mud. Call me Craigstrodamus, I prophesied that. All it took was a few Lone Star tallboys in my backyard.

Weezer's closing set last year came with literal fireworks. I knew they were happening a few minutes out, but I still looked up at them in awe like a four-year-old.

For you FPSF newbs out there, here is a quick list of tips to ease yourself into the jewel of Houston festivals. Remember, native Houstonians, be wary of people from Dallas or Austin who are coming into our city. Meet them all with suspicion, and give them wrong directions if they ask for cool places in town to hang afterwards.

7. Willie Nelson: With no disrespect to the other bands playing on other stages during his time slot (Touche Amore, Jody Seabody & The Whirls...), you should watch Willie Nelson at 4:50 on Sunday afternoon. When you are old and gray and Nelson has long puffed off into the sky, you will regret not bathing in the music of this Texas treasure. Even if you have seen him ten times, still go see Willie Nelson.


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Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

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14 comments
Jay
Jay

I just haven't been able to get *into* any of the the line up that summer fest gets. I know it's still an infant festival but as someone that has attended Coachella three times and will be going to bonnaroo for the first time next week, I really hope Houston steps up its game in the music fest department.

Bob
Bob

Well not a Major festival....Free water. Bring your Kleen Kanteen..

Carolynn Porter
Carolynn Porter

When purchasing water, also grab ice from the coolers. That shit's free and it kept me from overheating the past few years. Also, you make friends when you have ice and other people don't.

GlenW
GlenW

Yes, sunscreen is your friend. Helps cool the skin while in use too.

Johnyaztec
Johnyaztec

Did you really try to sneak in an ACL diss? You pathetic little man

Anevans
Anevans

Couldn't agree more with the water. Lonestar may taste better, but unless you want to be Fievel  Goes West'in it up that monster hill, stumbling after mirages of water, HYDRATE.   

Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

If you've got a bike, ride your bike there. Or take a cab. Parking 30 blocks away and hiking in sucks ASS.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I will never forget seeing guys weaing skinny black jeans last year. How the hell do they pull it off? Well, pull off isn't the right word, because they looked ridiculous. And please everyone, don't do your crappy cocaine in the bathrooms, y'all take far too long.

Bella Adela
Bella Adela

I will send everyone from Dallas to sports bars on 1960. Yuk yuk

KING
KING

"He can't roofie that."

Challenge accepted.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

WOW! Coachella, three WHOLE ENTIRE TIMES?!?!! Tell me more, Too Cool For the Room Guy!

H_e_x
H_e_x

You'd be surprised how many young people think skin cancer is a great summer accessory.

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