Lackluster list or stellar stars?
Weezer, Ween, Cut Copy, Yeasayer to headline Free Press Summer Fest
Weezer, Ween, Cut Copy, Yeasayer, MF Doom and Sharon Jones will headline the 2011 Free Press Summer Fest, scheduled for the weekend of June 4-5. Festival organizers announced the lineup Monday night at Fitzgerald’s, a venue Omar Afra (of Free Press) and Jagi Katial (Pegstar) took over and fixed up last summer. Afra tells CultureMap that he’s especially happy to be welcoming Junior Brown, a Houston-based blues musician who has never played the festival.
Also of note is Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and recent lo-fi stars Lower Dens. Houston locals include Bun B, B LA C K I E, Robert Ellis, Roky Moon and Bolt, the Wild Moccasins, Sideshow Tramps and The Manichean, to name a few. New on the list is Wicked Poseur, which features Cley Miller (Young Mammals guitarist/Big Afro/Hype Man) and Arthur Bates (frontman of The Energy). Missing this year are Golden Axe and Houston singer-songwriter Elaine Greer.
This year’s fest offers four different types of weekend passes, from a basic weekend pass (currently listed for $30) to a high-roller pass (if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it). Although the normal weekend pass is still a bargain compared to Austin City Limits’ pricey tickets, for the amount of cash required to be a “high roller” (a cool $650) you better be able make out with all the bands backstage. Prices will increase after March 1, but Free Press promises to give ample warning before the markup. The actual stage schedule won’t be released until April.
Overall, the lineup is comparable to last year’s, which featured The Flaming Lips, Slim Thug and Ra Ra Riot, among others. Still, we’d hoped for more up-and-coming artists in the vein of Lower Dens. For instance, Houstonians went wild for Warpaint last New Year’s Eve.
But summer isn’t the easiest time to book bands. Warpaint will be touring Europe, as will others. And while the list may seem lackluster to South by Southwest snobs, remember that it’s only the festival’s third year in existence. Summer Fest has improved the Bayou City’s music reputation and promises only to better the scene.
Afra tells CultureMap readers to stay tuned. “We have a couple more bands we’re holding out on announcing,” he says.
Check out the complete list below:
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Black Dahlia Murder
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
The Black Angels
By the End of Tonight
Black Leather Jesus
The Back Pockets
Pasadena Napalm Division
The Grass Skirts
Linus Pauling Quartet
Defending the Kingdom
B L A C K I E
Roky Moon and Bolt
Ani DiFranco's Dick
Jody Seabody and the Whirls
State VS Judd Nelson
Giant Battle Monster
Vivian Pikkles and the Sweethearts Uber Alles
The Ton Tons
Eyes Burn Electric
Tax the Wolf