Summer festivals are the only way to spend time outdoors with hundreds of fellow music lovers without pulling the fire alarm at Carnegie Hall. Join a panic-free party with this GrouponLive deal to the Free Press Summer Fest, held in Houston's Eleanor Tinsley Park on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Choose between the following options:
- For $42, you get one two-day general-admission pass (up to a $90.69 value, including all fees).
- For $68, you get one two-day Fancy Pants pass (up to a $135.99 value, including all fees). The Fancy Pants pass includes the following:
- Access to an air-conditioned tent
- Access to a private bar with handcrafted drinks from Anvil
- Private viewing areas
- Rapid entry
The Free Press Summer Fest is nothing if not ambitious. Two days and eight stages light up with genres from indie-minded folk to female-fronted surf rock to bone-buzzing dubstep to sleek, futuristic Eurotronica. Among the elder statesmen headlining the 100-plus lineup, Snoop Dogg rolls onto the stage with his signature hazy, ultra-laid-back flow, Willie Nelson takes an oddly complementary outlaw attitude into the backwoods, and a Primus set offers the chance to count all 13 of Les Claypool's fingers.
Local luminaries from across the Lone Star scene dominate the other stages, spiced with the occasional out-of-towner. Saturday sees Chicago indie rockers Maps & Atlases perform sonic experiments peer-reviewed on tour with Portugal. The Man (slated for a Sunday set) and Minus the Bear. Their bright, poppy song structures take on layers of staggeringly complex texture as guitarist Erin Elders unleashes flurries of two-handed tapping over genre-hopping drumbeats. On Sunday evening, Austin-area superstar David Garza sends his Latin-flavored, Freddie Mercury-evoking vocals dancing around moody, poetic lyrical themes.
If aural overload looms after catching both The Avett Brothers and Erykah Badu in one weekend, guests can indulge a different sense with a full slate of art programming. After gawking at enormous street-art-style installations and diving into interactive multimedia experiences, they'll also be welcome to bedazzle vintage T-shirts, compile a new zine, or make otherworldly sounds from circuit-bent toys at craft workshops.