Connor's Corner: Texans LB Barwin Goes to Free Press Summer Fest

Recently I began work with Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin on an upcoming print feature. Anyone who follows him on Twitter knows that he is a huge fan of live music in Houston and can be seen at gigs all over town. I asked him if he wanted to write a few words about one of his Summer Fest experiences, and the man obliged. -- Craig Hlavaty

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Photos by Marc Brubaker
Fitz & the Tantrums... really, just Fitz.
More FPSF 2012 Coverage:
Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog.

Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds

Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest

FPSF: The Bands from Saturday

FPSF: The Bands from Sunday

From the start, lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick made it apparent that he was not only a musician but an entertainer. Fitz and his band of neo-soul indie-poppers were not going to let you stand around and watch. From stomping your feet to clapping your hands (I've never clapped more in one hour in my life), Fitz and his duet partner Noelle Scaggs had the crowd going the entire show.

This did not always go smoothly, though, as it almost all fell apart when Scaggs shouted, "it's great to be back in Boston."

And obviously, we're not in Boston.

There are few, if any, worse things that a performer can do than forget the name of the city in which they are playing. "Wanna Get Away?" It looked like the crowd was about to turn on them, but Fitz stepped up and did a three-minute, hair-whipping, feet-stomping, arm-flailing, game-changing danceathon to the song "Rich Girls."

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The crowd was in the palm of his hand from there on out.

Other highlights included "Breakin' The Chains of Love" and the Eurythmics cover "Sweet Dreams." It all came to a head with their hit single, "Money Grabber," which had the crowd rolling from the start.

Right before the last chorus, Fitz directed the entire crowd to get as low to the ground as possible, even going as far as to individually call out any wallflowers who refused to participate.

Say what you will about the crowd theatrics, but when the last chorus hit, every single person in the crowd was jumping along to the beat.

Fitz genuinely appreciated the energy from the rowdy Houston crowd. He walked off the stage and gave a fist-pump worthy of someone who just hit a Michael Jordan-esque game-winning shot in the NBA playoffs. It was a Tiger-Woods-authentic-I -just-won-the-Masters-again-for-the-tenth-time putt.

Fitz killed it, and he knew it.


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Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

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14 comments
Bsmileyaudio
Bsmileyaudio

Hell yeah Connor thanks for stopping by the Vanaprasta show!

A5tr0ss
A5tr0ss

Ive seen him @ Coachella, multiple venues in Houston and out about in town, this dudes awesome

Gpoobah12
Gpoobah12

Connor Barwin's review is better than 1/2 the music reviews in this blog!  Send him to ACL!

KING
KING

Shoulda let Shaun Cody be your photog.

David
David

Really cool that Connor did this and is so involved in the Houston scene! Great work #98!

Lynn McMullin
Lynn McMullin

Nice work Connor - keep representing Houston. 

Lynn McMullin
Lynn McMullin

nice work Connor.  Keep representing Htown. 

Matt
Matt

Good article, looking forward to seeing more in the future. It's great to see you and Watt embracing Houston in such a big way! WE LOVE YOU MAN!

Cory Garcia
Cory Garcia

I have a Top Blog Story next to Connor Barwin. That's rad.

AT
AT

Excellent. Connor Barwin writing for the Houston Press! Like a fat kid at McDonald's... I'm loving it. 

ddt
ddt

 I think he's going to have better things to do come ACL time.

Eric S.
Eric S.

Hopping on the welcome wagon too! 

Welcome Connor! 

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