Top 10 Educated Guesses for Free Press Summer Fest

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Grace Potter would be a perfect fit for Free Press Summer Fest, we think.
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.)

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


DAWES
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


WILCO
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


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Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

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Mugginhtown
Mugginhtown

One last prediction. Arctic Monkeys is playing Dallas on the 31st...

Mugginhtown
Mugginhtown

One last prediction. Arctic Monkeys is playing Dallas on the 31st...

H_e_x
H_e_x

Don't bands have clauses in their contracts with venues not to play a show within x miles for y amount of days?

And Animal Collective can keep on playing in Austin, that's too close as it is.

Travis Leatherwood
Travis Leatherwood

They posted a Postal Service video a little while back, and tour dates fit, so I'd put that at like 95%. Wilco and Kendrick Lamar would make me real happy, and Baroness would also be awesome. Also I'd add the Arctic Monkeys to the list of likely people. or at least, they better be there, with these tour dates- http://www.arcticmonkeys.com/gigs.php

flacorock312
flacorock312

I'll give you my guesses...heck, i'll almost confirmt this: 99% chance.

Alabama Shakes is a lock, The Postal Service is also a lock and since Jenny is touring with them, Wilco will have to be a lock. Kendrick Lamar should be a lock because he's the most obvious hiphop act, as for Destiny's Child.....I'M SO GLAD THEY CAN'T AFFORD THEM!

Mugginhtown
Mugginhtown

I would put The Damned on that list too. They're in Austin on the 30th and would fit nicely in the slot The Descendents filled last year.

Jonathan Oneal
Jonathan Oneal

Kendrick Lamar + Baroness = Throwing Money at Brian Smith

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Pulling for baroness, that would RAWK.. Also my bloody valentine, though I believe they're not fans of festivals. I just hope the festival maintains it's diversity; I don't want to see it devolve into the fiasco of crap that is this year's rodeo lineup.

heili.geistert
heili.geistert

I keep hearing all of these rumors about Daft Punk, too.  I'm hoping for Postal Service.  And wow, Craig, if you really think Wilco is a strong possibility, yay!!!  (AM I A WINE DRINKER???)

dangellet
dangellet

One of those Black Flag splinter bands maybe?

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

Daft Punk, Iggy, Postal Service and Deftones are my guesses for top bills.

Mugginhtown
Mugginhtown

@flacorock312 Alabama Shakes is booked in Colorado for Sunday, so that seems like a reach. As far as hip hop, I'm personally hoping for Public Enemy. :)

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