When the city's preeminent music festival announced its lineup last week, some observers questioned whether this year's lineup had enough bang for the buck. One of Houston's fastest-growing music fests, For the Community, has no such problem, though. This weekend's installment, the fest's seventh, features some significant changes. But the one thing that remains the same is that it's free to everyone.
Photo by Fox Marie, courtesy of hipporacle.org FTC7 act Josiah Gabriel
"Primarily, we keep it free because we want people to discover local music, local businesses and artists," says Micah Jackson, a partner in Visionary Noise, which stages the event with co-sponsor Houston Free Thinkers. "We want people to use that money they would spend on cover just this one time and give it to the artists themselves, buy merch and support vendors. We do not want anybody to miss out over some cover."