Band of the Day, Free Press Summer Fest 2012 Edition

Today’s Band of the Day, The Eastern Sea, is inspired by my weekend plans to attend Free Press Summer Fest this weekend in Houston. Free Press Summer Fest Music Festival returns to Eleanor Tinsley Park Saturday and Sunday with an all-star line-up anchored by big name acts such as The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming Lips, and Willie Nelson. Similar to Fun Fun Fun Fest, Summer Fest features a diverse line-up of musical acts spanning almost every genre. Like FFF, Summer Fest also highlights up and comers alongside headliners, including several local Austin bands. If headed East this weekend, be sure to show some hometown love to the local Austin bands showcased throughout the weekend. Looking for last minute plans? Tickets are still available for the two-day festival happening Saturday and Sunday this weekend in Houston. More information here.

 Here are a few of my top Austin band picks to catch at Free Press Summer Fest this weekend, including today’s Band of the Day, The Eastern Sea!

 
The Eastern Sea – The Snow

Saturday:

 The Eastern Sea – 1:30 PM on Stage 7; Lo-fi pop band The Eastern Sea’s gentle, beautiful melodies is simply music to smile about. Be sure to catch this gem of a band during the fest.  

Sunday:

Suite 709 – 12:30 PM on Stage 5; Led by bluesman Jerod Greene, Suite 709 is a top act to catch on Sunday. The band’s high energy beats should be a perfect way to kick off the second day of Summer Fest.

Quiet Company – 1:30 PM on Stage 5; There is nothing quiet about the buzz Austin’s resident favorite band. After a solid 2012 SXSW, including sweeping the Austin Music Awards, Quiet Company appears to be poised for mainstage success very soon.

More top picks after the jump…

The Sour Notes – 5:30 PM on Stage 7; Rockers The Sour Notes frequent collaborations and genre bending experimentations make for unexpected and interesting performances to catch.

Ume – 6:30 PM on Stage 6; Ume’s unique music style often jettisons from punk to indie-rock which often makes for outstanding live sets. Don’t let lead vocalist Lauren Larson’s sweet look fool you; her energetic, powerful performing style make her a force to be reckoned with on stage.

What Made Milwaukee Famous – 6:30 PM on Stage 5; After providing tour support for bold names like The Black Keys and Arcade Fire, WMMF knows how to put on an excellent festival set. Although WMMF hasn’t released an album since 2008, expect a new LP this year.  

Electric Touch – 7:30 PM on Stage 5; Electric Touch’s blend of British punk and American rock makes for always well received festival performances.

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