Blues at the Brown
- Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
- Location: Avenida Houston
- Address: 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
- Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Come experience the best lunch break in Houston featuring an all-star lineup of energetic musicians from the Bayou City and beyond at our live lunchtime concerts on the Avenida featuring classic blues and jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as "JAM"). JAM was created to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April, and is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz - to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more. All concerts are free and run from 11:30am-12:30pm.
04/12 Brad Absher and Swamp Royale
Raised in Louisiana and based in Houston, Brad Absher’s Gulf Coast sound recipe includes equal amounts of blues, soul, and gospel, stirred up just right into a magical gumbo that goes down easy with a spicy kick. “Brad Absher and his band Swamp Royale are a pillar of Houston's blues community," According to the Houston Press. “After back-to-back years of reaching at least the semifinals of Memphis's International Blues Challenge, Absher & Swamp Royale released a new album in 2015 that runs through a spirited 12-piece menu that includes gospel standard "Jesus On the Mainline" all the way to well-chosen covers of Leon Russell and Allen Toussaint (R.I.P.). Elsewhere, Abshire's own originals like the second-line stomp "Woman Who Loves Me" and countrified "Not Tonight" pull their own weight with ease.” Anyone who loves soul-blues will enjoy this band’s unique “Swamp Pop” sound, once described as “dancey and lo-key boogie-esque.” A perfect accompaniment to a mid-week lunch break.
04/19 Diunna Greenleaf
Diunna combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on “an emotional roller coaster ride.” She won the International Blues Challenge in 2005, received the Best New Artist Debut award in 2008 for Cotton Field to Coffee House and won the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female) in 2014 (an award she has been nominated for over eight times). Her latest CD “Trying to Hold On,” reached #1 on XM/Sirius Radio Bluesville Chart, #1 on French Blues charts, #1 on Living Blues chart, and reached the top of Blues charts in the UK, Australia, and the U.S.. Grab your lunch from one of the many restaurants along the Avenida and come out to listen to this “Force of Nature,” who some consider to have the “most powerful pipes in the South.”
04/26 Mighty Orq
“Best Blues Act,” 2015 – HOUSTON PRESS MUSIC AWARDS
Since 2002, The Mighty Orq has been performing solo and with his band across the US and Europe. They have won multiple awards for their blend of stellar songwriting, soaring guitar solos, and emotional vocals with the release of six albums. He is a uniquely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a focus in the American Roots Music genres. Always known as a stand-out guitarist and vocalist, over the last 13 years Orq has matured both as a writer and arranger. Where early-on the musical emphasis was on raucous drum and guitar lines, now Orq takes a more song-centered approach letting songs dictate the instrumentation rather than the other way around. At the Avenida, he will be performing a solo acoustic show, focusing mainly on traditional delta blues-you are in for a treat!