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Review: KXT Summer Cut at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Posted 4:53pm on Monday, Jun. 03, 2013

This spring has been a particularly vicious one for our neck of the woods.

So it wasn’t a surprise Saturday to look at the forecast and see — ugh — chances for rain.

But instead of a waterlogged welcome to the summer concert-going season, Dallas-based public radio station KXT 91.7 FM mostly lucked out, and its second annual Summer Cut festival at Gexa Energy Pavilion unfolded without a hitch. (That is, until a late evening downpour washed out a scheduled set from Fort Worth’s the Orbans, who were slated to headline the second stage.)

Still, the humid afternoon and evening was packed with enjoyable sets from a line-up more accurately reflecting KXT’s day-to-day playlists (last year’s maiden voyage was a bit uneven, lurching from Telegraph Canyon’s anthemic folk-rock to the Flaming Lips’ full-bore weirdness). Locals like the Roomsounds, Oil Boom and the ever-reliable RTB2 captivated sizable crowds, shuttling from the main pavilion’s stage out to the smaller, second stage on the west side of Gexa.

The main stage contained musical multitudes, from Dawes’ Laurel Canyon-tinged rock to Matt and Kim’s enjoyably bonkers synth-pop (would that every festival performer brought their own monogrammed balloons), and the audience, which stretched deep into the lawn, embraced it all. The soulful collective of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals — never not compelling; never not oozing with sensuality — brought plenty of fire in their hour-long set, before the Avett Brothers closed out the suddenly rain-drenched night.

On a concert calendar suddenly festooned with festivals in every corner of North Texas, KXT’s Summer Cut continues to be a welcome, mostly low-key entry, ideal for easing into yet another sure-to-be-scorching summer spent with good friends and great music.

Preston Jones, 817-390-7713 Twitter: @prestonjones

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