Party on the Plaza is BACK for a virtual concert ✨
Tune in to KHOU 11 on May 2nd from 7 to 8 p.m. for all of the fun!
Party On The Plaza is returning, but this time you can experience the musical performances at home. KHOU and Houston First are creating a virtual Party On The Plaza that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
On Saturday, May 2nd, a star studded line-up of guests Houston Astros 3rd baseman, Alex Bregman, President of HEB Scott McClelland, James Beard award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega, Rapper Bun B, and Mayor Sylvester Turner will join some of the hottest musical talent for a TV special filled with entertainment and community celebration, benefitting the Houston Food Bank.
🎆 Saturday 5/2
Ryan Bingham grew up in the South. Texas, mostly. But there wasn’t much in the way of consistency to his upbringing, other than his family’s chronic existence on the wrong side of the tracks.
From the beginning of his recording career, with “Mescalito,” Bingham has defied easy classification. As a rising country star, he ranged from Woody Guthrie-style folk songs and Spanish-language balladry to gritty hard rock. It’s all American music; fittingly, he was honored as the Americana Music Association’s 2010 Artist of the Year.
He’s enjoyed thrilling highs and suffered debilitating lows, sometimes all at once. While his career was taking off – he won both an Oscar and a Grammy for “The Weary Kind,” the theme song he wrote for the film “Crazy Heart” – he was coping with the tragic deaths of his mother, an alcoholic, and his father, who took his own life.
The losses put Bingham in a dark tunnel, and it took a while to crawl his way out. With the help of his wife, Anna Axster, and some inner soul-searching, Bingham has come back into the light. “American Love Song,” the third studio album from the Axster- Bingham indie label (after 2012’s “Tomorrowland” and 2015’s “Fear and Saturday Night”), takes all his influences – both musical and experiential – and unites them in Ryan Bingham’s best, most fully realized record to date.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
St. Paul and The Broken Bones hits all the marks of a classic Southern soul band, complete with a fiery lead singer. The band formed in 2012, releasing their debut album Half the City in 2014 and the follow up, 2016’s Sea of Noise, too much acclaim.
Those strong efforts helped place them on the national scene, and the band worked hard to prove they were no mere retro-soul band—from touring the world relentlessly, including being selected to open for The Rolling Stones and headlining two nights at the Ryman Auditorium, to TV appearances including The Late Showwith David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, Austin City Limits and two appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Robert Randolph took a step outside when it was time to record his new album, Brighter Days, choosing to work with producer Dave Cobb. Cobb is best known for his work with new country stars like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. Looking beyond anyone’s expectations or his own preconceptions helped Randolph circle back to where it all began for him: church music.
Randolph grew up playing sacred steel music – basically gospel played on pedal steel guitar – in the House of God church in Orange, New Jersey, and began taking his joyous, gospel-infused music out to clubs, backed by family members who shared not only backgrounds, but blood.
“The Family Band” Is not just a name meant to evoke connections of togetherness. They are an actual family; the group that supports Randolph is anchored by his cousins, bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph and his sister, vocalist Lenesha Randolph.
A singer and songwriter with a rock & roll heart and a country soul, Hayes Carll has won a devoted following in roots rock and Americana circles for music that honors the traditions of vintage country but with the swagger and swing of rock.
Born in Houston, the singer/songwriter received his first guitar at the age of 15 and almost immediately began writing songs influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Prine, Krist Kristofferson.
In 2002 Carll released his debut album, Flowers and Liquor, which garnered him favorable comparisons to Townes Van Zandt. In 2005 his second album, Little Rock, reached the top spot on the Americana charts. Trouble in Mind was released in 2008. Carll released a second album for Lost Highway in 2011.
In 2016, Carll issued the single "The Love That We Need," co-written with Allison Moore and Jack Ingram. The song was a preview of his fifth studio album, Lovers and Leavers which was followed by What It Is in 2019.
The Suffers are a gulf coast soul band from Houston Texas. Bringing elements of classic American Soul and rock and roll to crowds that love to dance.
The band consists of Kam Franklin(lead vocals), JulietTerrill (bass guitar), Kevin Bernier (guitar), Jon Durbin (trumpet), Michael Razo (trombone), Jose Luna (percussion), and Nick Zamora (drums). They were formed in 2011.
The Suffers exploded onto the scene in 2015 with their dazzling EP Make Some Room, which was followed by their critically heralded self-titled debut in 2016. The Suffers’ released their latest record Everything Here on Shanachie Records in 2018. Everything Here is the band’s most bold statement yet. Lead Singer Kam Franklin states, “Our hope is that our fans walk away feeling empowered, resilient, and inspired to live a better life.”
The band is working on a new music release, Fall 2020.
Hailing from Seattle, The Dip melds vintage rhythm, blues and modern pop. The group gained momentum in the Pacific Northwest for their danceable live shows, noteworthy vocals from front man Tom Eddy (Beat Connection),and impeccably crafted, 60’s-steeped soul.
The band went from playing house shows to club gigs to bigger venues, growing organically putting out their first record in 2015. Their 2019 follow-up was more calculated, meticulously recorded in their own Central District studio, and with added guests (including backup singers, a string quartet, organist Delvon Lamarr, and guitarist Jimmy James of the True Loves). Rolling Stonegave the Seattle-brewed soul septet a song of the week shout-out and Relixhosted a video premiere, both for the doo-wop shuffling, role-reversal single "She Gave Me the Keys."
Sir Woman is the newest creation of Kelsey Wilson, co-founder of Wild Child and member of Glorietta.
Wilson has been co-writing, singing, and arranging strings on over 15 albums and musical projects spanning all musical genres. The forthcoming album Party City will be her first solo release. Sir Woman became an outlet for Wilson to work through her own stuff going on while she was touring and making music a talented lineup. Wilson had always connected most with funk/soul/r&b and gospel, but had never made any music like that before. Initially this music wasn't for anyone but herself, but after the first day in the studio she knew she needed to bring Sir Woman to life. She resides in Austin, Texas.
The Austin-based Grupo Fantasma is a large, Grammy-winning jam band whose sound crisscrosses various Latin forms -- especially cumbia -- with R&B, soul, funk, rock, hip-hop, jazz, folk sounds, and more. They have established a well-deserved global reputation for incendiary live shows and wonderfully eclectic, always-danceable albums. They have played and/or headlined stages at SXSW, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and North Sea Jazz Festival (Curacao and Rotterdam), among others, and have toured to entertain U.S. troops stationed abroad.
They started recording somewhat sporadically on their own, beginning with a 2002 self-titled and self-released LP which was well-received in Austin and throughout Texas. It eventually drew the attention of Prince, who enlisted them as his backing group for dates in Las Vegas and London, the ALMA Awards on ABC, the Golden Globes, and the CBS Super Bowl Bash. They have also backed artists like Fañia All-Stars' pianist Larry Harlow, Sheila E., Maceo Parker, Ruben Ramos, Spoon, and Los Lobos, to name a few.