Music Fest

5 Must-See Acts at the Day For Night Festival

Featuring Wild Moccasins, Björk and Run the Jewels, this stellar lineup is music to our ears.

By Greg Fails September 16, 2016

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Houston has a penchant for fuzzy, funky and downright fringe music, and Day For Night, the annual winter festival by the Free Press Houston team, is no exception. Featuring an eclectic mix of music and art installations, Day For Night places just as much emphasis on the visual experience as the auditory, actively working to combine both.

With 64 acts in the lineup, this is the festival's biggest year to date, which begs the question, “Who should I see?” Rest assured: Here are our top 5 picks from its robust lineup.

Welcome To Houston

A bonafide supergroup, Welcome To Houston is bringing more than a dozen of the city’s biggest rappers together for one immense performance. With everyone from Bun B to Slim Thug and Paul Wall performing, Welcome To Houston is an opportunity to experience decades of Houston hip-hop all in one place.


Butthole Surfers

These San Antonio darlings managed to claw their way from the '80s underground to the mainstream with chart toppers like “Pepper” and “Who Was In My Room Last Night.” Though their set at Day For Night will most likely be lacking the near-mythical oddity of their early shows, it will be the first time anyone has seen the group play in five years.

Run the Jewels

This powerhouse duos’ fuzz-ridden bassy beats and aggressive flows make them a perfect fit in this lineup. Rappers El-P and Killer Mike bring an incredible amount of energy and effort into every set and never fail to draw a good crowd.

Björk Digital

Blurring the lines between art, film and music, Icelandic singer Björk’s five-room digital experience and DJ set promises to take audience members from a windswept Icelandic beach to the inside of her mouth, all with the help of VR. For those wishing to see the singer in person, Björk will also be performing live sets during the Friday night preview show and the festival itself.

Wild Moccasins

Hailing from Houston, this indie-pop act brings together funk and Madonna influences to deliver quirky and colorful live shows. With catchy tracks such as “Eye Makeup” and “Gag Reflections,” Wild Moccasins is a sure thing for a sweet time.

December 16–18. From $150. Barbara Jordan Post Office, 401 Franklin St.

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