Free Press Summer Fest 2012

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It's not even 2 p.m. and Summer Fest is already off to a strong (and hot) start. Rapper Jon Black offered an expert flow near the entrance that attracted a sizable early crowd. On one of the big stages, Grandfather Child unleashed a furious mix of soul, rock, country and blues. The crowd seemed legitimately blown away by the searing vocals of Lucas Gorham, who wailed on 'New Orleans' and bouncy new track 'Magical Words.'

Austin outfit Suite 709 offered impressively polished pop vocals and lyrics. It was like Maroon 5 -- minus the douchebaggery. I'm definitely checking these guys out.

The Wild Moccasins literally bounced across the stage, guided masterfully by Zahira Gutierrez. She's blossomed into an even more engaging vocalist and stage performer. I couldn't take my eyes off her. 

The songs were dreamy and sweet (of course) but also packed a punch. The whole thing lasted less than an hour but could have gone on twice as long. 

Afterwards, a pink-haired Gutierrez and Cody Swann set up shop with a folding chair and a purple suitcase, selling albums to, and taking photos with, a small mob of young fans. It was adorable.

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