Free Press Summer Fest has added about a dozen artists, many of them local, to the lineup of this year's festival taking place June 1 and 2 in Eleanor Tinsley Park near downtown. For the first time, it will be offering a festival-specific beer to help wash them all down.
According to a press release from FPSF Friday morning, joining the performers announced on February 27 will be Queens rapper Action Bronson and Dead Oceans psychedelic indie-rockers A Place to Bury Strangers. Two fast-rising Austin Americana acts, roots-rockers the Wheeler Brothers and soul siren Emily Bell, were also added.
The lion's share of the other additions are local artists: shiny-grilled rapper Paul Wall, the Kashmere Reunion Stage Band (who also plays tonight at Fitzgerald's), experimental pop diva La Catrin & the Dem Damn Dames, rapper Doughbeezy, retro-rockers Chase Hamblin & the Roustabouts, popular ska/rocksteady crew the Suffers, bottom-heavy metal trio Omotai, Alice Cooper revivalists Born Again Virgins, power-pop veterans dUNETX, New West recording artists/FSPF old hands Buxton and multiple Houston Press Music Award winners Free Radicals.
The festival also announced that it would be offering a unique kind of beer this year, brewed by Houston-based St. Arnold's Brewery and called "White Noise."
'White Noise' is the liquid equivalent of sunshine in a glass, unfiltered and bursting with the fragrant blend of orange peel and coriander," the FPSF press release said. "Beer really doesn't get any better than this and FPSF is proud to have 'White Noise' as the official beer of the festival."
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Sounds... summery. Passes for the festival, available at fpsf.com, are close to selling out and will probably be gone within days.