Saturday: 94.5 The Buzz "Weenie Roast" at The Woodlands

Saturday: 94.5 The Buzz "Weenie Roast" Feat. AWOLnation, Chevelle, Trapt & Hoobastank Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 28, 2012

Summer is here, folks. And it's in full effect.

The very people who have been complaining about the amount of rain we've been getting will be grumbling and whining, "It's too hot! #damnyouhouston." Saturday was proof of that much.

By the time I got from my car to the Woodlands Pavilion -- less than a quarter-mile walk, mind you -- I was already soaked in sweat, wondering aloud to a friend about how quickly we could grab a cold beverage and find shade.

A few minutes after we arrived, Aranda took the stage. While I was previously unfamiliar with their music, the rest of the crowd -- which was still relatively thin at this point -- seemed well acquainted with the Oklahoma City natives, and the group's music fit right in with the rest of the festival's lineup.

It was pleasing to the ears with accessible lyricism, sprinkled with a bit of angst. I'm not sure if these guys are getting any radio play, but after their performance Saturday, they really should be.

Trapt went next, beginning their set with 2002's "Headstrong," which sent fans into a frenzy. It's been nearly a decade since I knew (or even heard) anything about the band, and I had all but forgotten about them. Which is why I was so surprised by how many of their songs I knew by heart.

At least half of Trapt's set made me feel a bit euphoric, as I caught myself singing along a lot more than I had anticipated. The rest of the crowd was right there with me, banging their fists high in the air as Trapt's vocalist coaxed us all into chanting, screaming and singing along to countless choruses.

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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