The city's best free concert line-up returns for Spring 2019
DON'T MISS: Come by Party on the Plaza at Avenida Houston on select Thursdays in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center for free concerts, great food and beverages , craft beer specials and much, much more!
6:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Opening band
8:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: Headliner
*Beer specials begin at 6 p.m.
🔥 Thursday, 3/28: Latin Night
La Santa Cecilia
Los Angeles-based Grammy winning Mexican-American rock band, La Santa Cecilia, draw inspiration from all over the world utilizing Pan-American rhythms including cumbia, bossa-nova, rumba, bolero, tango, R&B, jazz and klezmer music. Named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia, sings with a captivating voice about love, loss, and everyday struggles. The band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the US, fully immersed in modern music, but always close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage.
They will be sharing some new songs, along with some of their bigger hits at Party on the Plaza. Click here for more information on La Santa Cecilia
Female fronted Siempre Selena is a vibrant live music tribute to the late great queen of Tejano, Selena Quintanilla. The group started at the end of 2017 when a few members from a Houston variety band (Kaos) and an original ska band (Los Skarnales) decided to collaborate. All the music this band produces during their performance is live. There are no use of play backs or tracks. The tribute consists of a four part percussion section, bass, keys, electric guitar and female/male vocals. You will hear Selena’s early hits along with her later work, such as her English crossover ballads. You can find everything from mariachi, to cumbia, to ranchera, to English pop in each show. The musicians put their own spin and arrangements on Selena’s classics, all the while, keeping it true to her original recordings. This project thrives on variety and makes it a point to incorporate male vocals in harmonies, duets and even a couple of leads. Click here for more information.
🚙 Thursday, 4/11: Art Car Parade Sneak Peek
This Thursday evening, join us on the Avenida Plaza for a night full of music and art. With the famous Houston Art Car Parade happening on Saturday, 4/11, we thought it would be perfect to give y'all an up-close-and-personal preview of 20+ rides that will be participating in this year's event.
Saved by the 90s
Cowabunga, dudes! 2019 is sooo overrated, but you know what's ALL THAT? The SAVED BY THE 90s PARTY! Boo Ya!
Hailing originally from New York City and now active all over the U.S., this party has tons of live 90s music from a totally fresh band (they're da bomb). Get ready for everything from Third Eye Blind to the Spice Girls, from The Backstreet Boys to The Beastie Boys. And after that, we're not leaving you hangin'! As if! Get jiggy with the DJ spinning dope tunes all night. It's gonna be the raddest thing since Your Mom! Learn more about Saved by the 90s here.
Swimwear Department's songs are all inspired by their name. When the band shot its 2018 Tiny Desk Contest entry in a pool, NPR's Marissa Lorusso called the Houston four-piece's obsessive commitment to only writing songs about swimming holes and shopping malls "delightfully on-brand" Swimwear Department's live shows feature crowd-sourced backing vocals and dance contests. Frontman Matt Graham dreamt of these shows when he began writing for the project in summer 2017. Swimwear Department's debut album, Turn Over! Go Under! is peppered with moments of sincere nostalgia for bygone summer swims and cool mall strolls. Swimwear Department reminds listeners that everything changes, but there's always fun to be had. For more on Swimwear Department, click here .
🎷 Thursday, 4/25: Jazz Appreciation Night
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Singer and saxophonist Karl Denson fronts the Tiny Universe as if he’s preaching the gospel. His energy and spirit are contagious while his songwriting serves a larger message of fellowship — across generations, genders, religions and cultures. Not surprisingly, he’s none too pleased with the current state of political discourse. Thus the reason why KDTU’s new album, 'Gnomes & Badgers' (out 3/8 on Seven Spheres Records), is Denson’s hard-grooving answer to these tragically divisive times. Highly regarded as one of the best live acts on the planet, KDTU distills the sweeping stylistic range of its concert performances into their own authentic sound throughout the recording. With ‘Gnomes &Badgers;,” the inimitable Denson and his long-standing six-piece unit that includes guitarist DJ Williams, drummer Zak Najor, bassist Chris Stillwell, keyboardist David Veith, trumpeter Chris Littlefield and slide/lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman have delivered what is undoubtedly their strongest work yet.’ Along with KDTU, Denson serves as the touring saxophonist with The Rolling Stones, while continuing to hold down his role as a founding member of the seminal funk band, Greyboy Allstars.
If you’ve been following Joey Dosik’s career at all, it should come as no surprise that ‘Inside Voice’ consistently, utterly nails it. Dosik has honed his craft as part of a burgeoning Los Angeles scene that reinvents past forms of popular music to exist in the present tense. He is a regular collaborator with Vulfpeck, was named by Quincy Jones as an artist to watch, and has released music of his own, most recently 2017’s EP, Game Winner. On his full-length debut, Dosik starts out simply enough – glimpses of Dosik’s vocal range hover over a sparse piano and guitar arrangement, anchored by snapping fingers. It’s quiet but — in keeping with the song’s concept, which Dosik described as “deep, sexual, but also kind of silly”— it’s also a thrilling, intimate moment, one where the purity of the melody and Dosik’s spot-on phrasing fall perfectly in line. For more information on Joey Dosik, click here .
🌏 Thursday, 5/23 - Asian Pacific American Heritage Night
Shortly after Ishibashi debuted his full-length solo album "151a" on Indianapolis label Joyful Noise Recordings, NPR All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen listed Kishi Bashi as his favorite new artist of 2012 noting that he created "a radiant, uplifting soundscape" with songs such as "Bright Whites." Kishi Bashi has since been invited to play in major festivals such as SXSW and Austin City Limits and gone on an extensive US tour with supporting acts such as The Last Bison (from his native Hampton Roads, Virginia). In early 2013, Kishi Bashi held a North American tour across the United States and Canada, continuing in EU and UK in spring 2013. His new album Omoiyari is set to be released on May 31st 2019. For more information on Kishi Bashi click here .
Tall Tall Trees
The man behind Tall Tall Trees is Mike Savino, a pioneer in the the world of experimental and psychedelic banjo music. If you've seen Kishi Bashi live over the last several years, chances are you've already seen this insane banjo virtuoso playing in K's band, and perhaps opening the show. Often performing solo, Savino’s modern take on the one-man band involves running his homemade instrument, dubbed the "Banjotron 5000" through a slab of effects and loopers, bowing, drumming, and strumming out multi-textured arrangements to support his lyrically driven songs.
Ugly Wolves is an independent Korean-American record label established in 2018. Ugly Wolves stand up for the "stubborn, abnormal, extraordinary, and the weird." The ones that can be truly described as "ugly." For the wolves who truly believe in themselves. Their mission is to inform everyone that they should have fun with Ugly Wolves. Ugly Woves is based in Houston and have participated in Sanders Island View July 4th Party, Korean Festival 2018, and hosted Korean Festival After Party 2018. In January 2019, Ugly Wolves ran their first official show at Warehouse Live in Houston.
For more on Ugly Wolves, click here .
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, from 6 pm to 7 p.m, come out early for our $4 draft beer special!
Bud Light presented Avenida Houston's Fall 2018 concert series
Thursday Concerts at Discovery Green
Come to Avenida Houston every week for free music concerts. Visit Discovery Green to learn more about upcoming concerts on alternating Thursdays from Party on the Plaza at www.discoverygreen.com.