Summer Fest Round Table: What About Next Year?
Assuming we all survive this weekend, and then the supposed Mayan apocalypse, Free Press Summer Fest will return to Eleanor Tinsley Park in June 2013. Pegstar's Jagi Katial and Jason Petzold told the Houston Press this week that they'll start booking next year's acts in about a month, so Rocks Off polled our writers to see who they'd like to see next year.
Neph Basedow: I think there should be several "cutting-edge" acts added to the fest each year. That said, I think it's too early to call it. I think there shouldn't be a focus to book someone who has ever played the fest before (or, for that matter, plays out in Houston all the time) -- local acts included. For a legitimate answer's sake, I'd like to see Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, the National, Dinosaur Jr. or the newly reunited That Dog play Summer Fest next year -- though I hope not to have to wait another year to see them in Texas!
Photo by Groovehouse The National at House of Blues, October 2010
Cory Dieterman: Next year Summerfest needs a performance by Cloud Nothings. These guys are, in my opinion, the best breakout band of this year, their latest album, Attack on Memory, is a fantastic slice of old-school emo meeting indie rock, and they killed it at their South by Southwest appearances that I caught. I almost expected them to be on this year, but they should definitely be booked next time around.
Cory Garcia: Summer, to me, brings back memories of past Warped Tours and cheesy pop punk bands. With that in mind, the obvious choice for what I'd like to see at Summer Fest next year is Fenix TX. They might not have been as funny as 30 Foot Fall or as good as Dynamite Boy, but high school me loved them and older me wants to see them one more time. And for the record, Lechuza should have gotten more love; "A Song for Everyone" and "Tearjerker" are awesome.
Chris Gray: I'm going to be a boring 37-year-old white man, which is exactly what I am, and say nothing would make me happier than for Summer Fest to bring Wilco to Buffalo Bayou. Not only are they one of my favorite bands of the past 20 years (and thus of all time, by default), some of my favorite Wilco shows have been in outdoor settings like Austin City Limits 2003 and '07. That said, I would be less surprised to see someone like Cookie Monsta, the British dubstep DJ who opened for Flux Pavilion at Stereo Live Thursday night. (Yes, I went.) Cookie built an entire song out of one line from the Adam Sandler movie The Waterboy -- "You can do it! Cut his fucking head off!" -- which to me is both totally unfathomable and completely rules.
John Seaborn Gray: Well, they're having Morris Day and the Time this year. I guess next year they'd better get Prince to come defend himself. Or maybe they could have Roger Waters come perform Yoshimi Vs. the Pink Robots.