June 5th, 2016
NRG Park in Houston, TX
In the week leading up to the Free Press Summer Festival in Houston, Texas; the weather was calling rain and thunderstorms all day both Saturday and Sunday. I was more than prepared for the rain but it didn’t seem to have any effect on the excitement of shooting my first festival. I figured that I’d be shooting just as many bands in two days, than I have over the past two or so years here at Mezzic.
Day two came in with just as much heat and humidity as day one, yet the rain played a much bigger factor. The showers throughout the day made for a muddy and sweaty day of music. The day began with an assortment of genres, starting with Wild Child, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and LOLAWOLF. The festival was rolling along despite the rain until about 6:30pm. That’s when the National Weather Service issued a severe lighting storm warning for the area and thus the festival grounds were evacuated for about 45 minutes. Once the festival was back up and running, Young the Giant came on stage to a raging crowd even though about 30% of the festival-goers and photographers left during the delay. As the sun set on the day and the festival, both Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and The National played to some of the most devout music lovers who out lasted the conditions all day.