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Free Press Summer Fest 2017

About the only thing as dependable as Houston traffic is that there will be rain in the forecast the weekend of Houston's Free Press Summer Fest. Past years' events have succumb to venue changes (apparently hosting a festival along a bayou during the rainy season doesn't always bode well) and temporary evacuations, and this year was no different.

Despite a renewed optimism from not being forced to relocate to the sweltering hell that is the NRG parking lot for the third year in a row, the first day of FPSF '17 was met with rain and eventually a two hour lightning evacuation. Festival-goers (predominately teens covered in copious amounts of glitter or clad in basketball jerseys) reentered Eleanor Tinsley Park just as the skyline backdrop began to illuminate. But the damage was already done. The grounds had become a glorified bayou themselves. Mud slides, intentional or not, were numerous and took many victims.

The forecast for day two was worse than that of day one, and all the mud that didn't have time to dry only added insult to injury. At 1 pm, FPSF sent out alerts that rain was imminent. At 2:30, performances were temporarily suspended, and by 6:15 they'd cancelled the event altogether.

Still, the performances those in attendance got to see were met with little criticism; the artists brought enough energy to lift the funk the weather cast over everyone. And in the end, it just doesn't feel like summer in Houston without a trip to FPSF.

Click the icons below to see my shots from Free Press Summer Fest 2017 big and on black. Performances include those by Cage the Elephant, Carnage, DVBBS, Grouplove, Milky Chance, and Post Malone.

White Oak Music Hall | Grand Opening

More often than not, the physical space in which we see live music is nothing more than an auxiliary part of the show. We come for music, not for aesthetics. But maybe it's time we shift that thought.

White Oak Music Hall, Houston's newest music venue, challenges what we've grown to accept out of these sacred temples of sound. Pairing modern, clean design with three stages and a view of the Houston skyline that's totally 'gram worthy, WOMH didn't just elevate the venue game. They killed it.

And, most importantly, it sounds just as great as it looks.

The guys behind it all had me out for their Grand Opening weekend and it did not disappoint. Below is a video from Thursday night featuring sights and sounds from Another Run, Mobley, Peach Kings, and Kay Weathers (mad props to Andy at Video By Robot for the help). Then on Sunday night I shot Explosions in the Sky on the lawn and Ghostland Observatory on the downstairs stage.