Party on the Plaza at Avenida Houston

Thank You for Joining Us!

The city's best free concert line-up returns in Fall 2018 

Don’t forget to come back to Party on the Plaza at Avenida Houston on Thursdays in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center for free concerts, great food and beverages, craft beer specials and much, much more! 

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (with special surprise guest Mannie Fresh)

Trombone Shorty is New Orleans’ most popular music extraordinaire. A trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, he is well-known for his jazz, funk and rap music hits. Adding his melodic tunes to every performance, he has played with some of the music industry’s most popular artists like Daryl Hall & John Oates, Dierks Bentley, Mark Ronson, Zac Brown and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few. Not to mention, he has played at the White House a record number of five times. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue light up every stage with amazing sounds and stage performances. For more, visit

Khris Royal

New Orleans native, Khris Royal began playing the saxophone at seven years old and producing and writing music at 14. In addition to leading his own band, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, Khris toured with George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners. He has also played with Bobby Brown, Griz, The Meters and Solange, and recorded with top Billboard artists like D.J. Quick, Erykah Badu, Nelly, Tinashe and Mary J. Blige. For more, visit

Poppy supported by DK the Drummer 

In 2014, a small doll-like creature emerged from Is she a human? Android? Will we ever know? Well, thanks to the video "I'm Poppy” (viewed over 12 million times), many know one thing is for sure: She’s Poppy!  Directed by Titanic Sinclair, Poppy’s videos are a daily fix for a social media addicted generation. 

DK the Drummer has created a new kind of DJ-meets-live-band experience that he likes to call his "Drum Jockey" set. He has played around the world and produced for many artists, including Kanye West's "Life of Pablo" and Houston native Travis Scott, among many others. For more information on Poppy and DK The Drummer, visit and


Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans' best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. For more, visit



Celebrating 25+ groundbreaking years, FISHBONE has been trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since the mid-1980s. They have toured worldwide with such bands as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Les Claypool/Primus, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, The Dead Kennedys and many more. Visit Fishbone's YouTube page for more videos. 


The Waxaholics

The Waxaholics are self-proclaimed vinyl enthusiasts who strive to keep the culture of playing records alive by opting out of laptops and Serato, taking it back a few steps to the origins of deejaying – spinning vinyl. 

Second Line: Immediately following the Da Camera JAM, which features Mwenso & The Shakes at Discovery Green, check out the second line that will march across Avenida de las Americas leading to the Fishbone performance.  


Food and Beverage

Those attending Party on the Plaza will find an array of restaurants among Avenida Plaza. Restaurants are open daily and will be closing at 10 pm. You can find more about where to eat here. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from cash/credit bar stations along the plaza. Outside alcoholic beverages will not be allowed. Each concert night, $4 draft beer specials are available from 6 pm to 7 pm. 


Party on the Plaza Map


Bud's Pitmaster BBQ
Grotto Downtown
Pappasito's Cantina - Downtown