Acts We'd Like to See at FPSF 2016

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Juanes
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How about Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys? They would be a rock and roll good time for sure. On the rap side, I assure you that booking Trae Tha Truth most certainly means he will bring all of his rap friends with him: T.I., B.O.b, Mystikal, Waka Flocka, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, etc. Maybe next year Drake will make an appearance at FPSF as part of his Houston Appreciation Weekend. Oh man, The Roots would be so awesome to see. Hell, how about booking Kanye West! Can you imagine him bringing out Paul Wall in his candy-apple-red slab for "Drive Slow"?! It would be simply magical. Juicy J is always a good time. Cypress Hill made an amazing appearance at Neon Desert in El Paso, and they would gravitate the weed-smoke and gangsta-rap fans to the fest. Or you know what, just have Los Dinos play with a hologram Selena and call it a day. (MARCO TORRES)

Modest Mouse: These guys don't visit Houston enough, but perhaps they could be enticed. Pretty please? (MATTHEW KEEVER)

A$AP Rocky: Have you heard his music? He would probably perform for free if he could schmooze with Bun B beforehand. (MATTHEW KEEVER)

Twenty One Pilots: Love or hate them, this Ohio-born duo always puts on a great show. FPSF would be a great place for them to showcase their stuff. (MATTHEW KEEVER)

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Tears for Fears
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One or Two More Throwback Bands: Somewhat surprisingly, Tears for Fears played one of the best sets of the festival. With strong, clear vocals and perfectly balanced music, the band treated fans to classics like "Change," "Mad World," and an especially wonderful rendition of "Head Over Heels." The impassioned audience chanted along with every note, and there was a clear feeling of happiness that fans were able to witness this group live. Tears for Fears were really the only throwback of the year. Festivals are great because they present the opportunity to not only check out new artists and see huge headliners, but also to catch bands that otherwise rarely play live. It never hurts to have the option. (SELENA DIERINGER)

HAIM: Please, festival gods, let HAIM release their much-awaited new project and tour it at FPSF 2016. Their music is perfectly tuned for an outdoor music festival. Each year I wait!!! (SELENA DIERINGER)

Beyonce: C'mon, guys. Make it happen. She can bring Jay if she must, but a Destiny's Child reunion would be even cooler. (MATTHEW KEEVER)

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Drake
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Outkast would be sweet. Not likely, but sweet. And while we're batting out of our league, so would Rage Against the Machine. But really, I'd be happy with Drake. He loves Houston, and...you know...still tours, so Drake. Bring in Drake, please. (ANGELICA LEICHT)

Courtney Barnett: She was actually up in Dallas over the weekend, and everyone I've talked to about the show have basically told me that she's the best thing in music right now. Sure, she'll be at Fitz eventually, but I'd kind of like to see her blow some minds on the FPSF big stage. (CORY GARCIA)

Prince: A girl can dream. (SELENA DIERINGER)

Run the Jewels: And they should go on before Kendrick, much to the delight of Houston's hip-hop community. (MATTHEW KEEVER)

Jamie XX and Dada Life would be great additions for the EDM crowd. Having Sleigh Bells and Pixies stop in for FPSF would definitely make this fan happy. (JACK GORMAN)

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Kendrick Lamar
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Kendrick Lamar: It's a long shot, but maybe enough time will have passed since the release of To Pimp a Butterfly that it might be feasible. (MATTHEW KEEVER)

Wild Child: Mark C. Austin of the Convoy Group, the man behind the Suffers and the Tontons, is already pretty close with our Austin-based friends, so it shouldn't be too hard, right? (MATTHEW KEEVER)

Boogie On: A Tribute to Elroy Boogie: Imagine inviting all of The Krackernuttz DJs to perform on the main stage. Twenty plus years of Houston music history, along with visuals of Elroy on the screen behind them. Also inviting his parents and brothers on stage to celebrate the life of one of the greatest people to ever perform in Houston. Tracks would range from House music to hip-hop and more. This would be a can't miss act for sure! (MARCO TORRES)

I think Run the Jewels would slay at Summer Fest. I was disappointed Charli XCX dropped off this year; maybe she'll make it up to us. Faith No More is coming through later this year, so I guess I can drop them from my wish list. How about Prince? Led Zeppelin, maybe? Has anybody tried calling Led Zeppelin? Honestly, I'm pretty content to check out whatever Pegstar throws at us next. I hadn't heard of at least a quarter of this year's acts, and I ended up liking some of them. That's how it's supposed to work. (NATHAN SMITH)

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