Top 10 Educated Guesses for Free Press Summer Fest
Tomorrow, we will know who will be playing the fifth annual Free Press Summer Fest June 1 and 2 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. We know this because Monday, our rivals over at the Houston Chronicle revealed that they will have an exclusive announcement of the FPSF lineup sometime Thursday, thanks to what we in the trade call a "media partnership." Grrrr. They didn't say when, but we assume it'll be early. Of course Rocks Off will have plenty to say about the lineup once it's revealed, trust us. (Already cool: Little Joe Washington on the Main Stage, according to whomever tweets on Joe's behalf.)
Photo by Groovehouse Grace Potter would be a perfect fit for Free Press Summer Fest, we think.
We only wish the Chron folks hadn't used their good fortune as an excuse to assemble an inane photo gallery of "possible" FPSF acts just to get a cheap laugh (from somebody, we guess). True, they did include a handful of virtual locks (Passion Pit, Bun B), but most of it is either an eye-rolling attempt at humor (PSY, Limp Bizkit, the Tupac hologram) or just not going to happen. Sorry, but even with that Hearst Corporation money, we doubt FPSF can afford Prince or Destiny's Child. At festival rates?
But it's easy to be facetious if you've got the inside scoop. Just for the pure pleasure of rattling the two media partners' cages a little bit, Rocks Off did some actual research, put our ear to the ground, and came up with a few possible FPSF artists that are a hell of a lot more plausible than freakin' PSY.
GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS
From the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw tour to Summer Fest in less than a year? Believe it. A semi-pop-star after last year's "Stars," Potter would give a welcome dose of R&B roots to a festival sure to be heavy on indie, EDM, rap, metal and punk. Not to mention, she would go a long way toward deflecting the persistent knock that FPSF doesn't book enough female artists.
Estimated Odds: 80 percent. She'll be in Texas that Friday and Saturday anyway, with the Avett Brothers in Austin and the "Happy Funtime" radio festival in Dallas, respectively. Besides, anytime FPSF has an opportunity to book an artist of Potter's caliber, it ought to jump at the chance on sheer principle. CHRIS GRAY
THE POSTAL SERVICE
The band is back together and touring for the first time since 2003, touting a reissue of their '03 album and making Gen-Y lovers' hearts all flutter again. The Postal Service plays Grand Prairie's Verizon Theater on Monday, June 3, as well, so the routing makes sense.
Estimated Odds: 80 percent. Playing so close to a major music festival in Houston and not stopping by for a spell seems mean, right? CRAIG HLAVATY
The Laurel Canyon 2.0 rockers are cute, hip, rootsy, pushing a new album (Stories Don't End, due in April), and joining Potter in both Austin and Dallas.
Estimated Odds: 75 percent. That's a lot of circumstantial evidence. CHRIS GRAY
The addition of Wilco would be a shot in the arm for the festival, and would also reel in a whole new crowd of people who had probably never been to the fest. Better set up another wine tent. See last year's Willie Nelson slot.
Estimated Odds: 75 percent. Or maybe Jeff Tweedy has already planned a family vacation that weekend. CRAIG HLAVATY