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Scene in Texas: Summer Fest 2015

by Jordan McGuire on June 1, 2015


Houston’s heat and humidity are no match for the faithful fans of Free Press Summer Fest. In its seventh year, FPSF will bring together the best of the genres with headliners like Weezer, Skrillex, Major Lazer and St. Vincent.

The Welcome to Houston set returns this year to pay homage to the city’s rap scene, featuring natives Bun-B, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Scarface, Lil Flip and Lil Keke. Joining the slew of rappers onstage will be The Suffers, an eclectic ten-piece band who recently made their debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. They will also have their own set to showcase their brand of Gulf Coast soul.

Some of this year’s break out artists like Charlie XCX, Tove Lo and ILoveMakonnen will be joined by performing veterans. 80s icons Tears for Fears will be on hand to perform their synth-pop anthems “Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and the oft-covered “Mad World.” Weezer brings the alt-rock of the 90s and beyond to the stage for their second appearance of FPSF.

Indie darlings like The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, Band of Horses, Flogging Molly and Portugal. The Man all bringing their loyal fan bases out for festival fun. EDM fans can get charged with acts like Flume, RL Grime, Odesza and co-headliners Skrillex and Major Lazer. Other acts include country crooner Robert Ellis, Mastodon, Chance the Rapper, Gary Clark Jr, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlisle and more.

Free Press Summer Fest takes place June 5-6 at Eleanor Tinsley Park near downtown Houston. For more information visit or get a sneak peek with the FPSF 2015 official playlist on Spotify.


Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

by Jordan McGuire on April 22, 2015


Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin is co-producing a new festival in Franklin, Tennessee. Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on September 26-27. Tickets are available for purchase here. Here’s the press release:

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is thrilled to announce the first wave of artists for their inaugural line-up taking place at The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, TN on September 26 and 27, 2015. The festival is announcing the following acts, with additional artists to be released over the next two months:

Willie Nelson
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
The Decemberists
The Lone Bellow
Sheryl Crow
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Jimmy Cliff
Will Hoge
Neko Case
Saint Motel
Iron & Wine
John & Jacob
Dr. John
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
Punch Brothers
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Rainey Qualley

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is a two-day event transforming The Park At Harlinsdale Farm into an oasis of music, food, and culture set against the natural amphitheaters and vistas of this former walking horse farm located in Franklin, TN. Renowned musical acts, many performing acoustically, will be presented on wood-clad stages reflecting the area’s historic aesthetic. In addition to artists performing their own sets, Pilgrimage will feature Pilgri-mashups where one-of-a-kind pairings of musicians collaborate with one another on stage as well as the first-ever Kitchen Stage and Sippin’ Stage and Little Pilgrim’s Landing specifically for kids. The region’s best food and drink will be on display as well as numerous local artists and artisans creating an all-encompassing festival experience.

2-Day Early Bird passes and VIP packages are available at a limited price of $169 (2-Day pass) and $399 (2-Day VIP package) and Single Day Passes will be available when full schedule is announced. Additional artists will be announced over the coming months including headliners. Passes and VIP packages can be purchased via the Pilgrimage website –

The festival came about when award-winning singer-songwriter Kevin Griffin, who resides in Franklin, partnered with lifelong buddies and fellow New Orleanians W. Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan to create a highly curated festival. The trio aspired to highlight the diversity and community spirit of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, tailoring the best elements to Franklin– a richly historic town just 20 minutes south of Nashville.

“We wanted to create a multi-genre music festival in a truly unique, spectacular setting like Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN,” said Griffin. “Not only will you see some of the hottest touring acts from across the nation but hear some of your favorite artists perform a scaled-down acoustic set that you might have never seen them do before.”

Not only will the festival drive tourism dollars to Williamson County but a portion of each ticket sale will benefit the City of Franklin. In addition a portion of ticket sales will also benefit MusiCares®, a nonprofit organization that was established by The Recording Academy® to provide a wide range of emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to members of the music community.

Visit the festival’s official website here.