There is just something about the great outdoors and concerts. Maybe it reminds us parents of our youth, but we enjoy pulling out the blanket and relaxing under the stars enjoying music. Once we become a family with children it seems like our opportunities to enjoy a good concert don’t come as often – either because we need a sitter, the tickets cost too much or because we worry about taking the whole family with us. Discovery Green has found a way to solve many of those problems for us with their free concert in the park on Thursdays performance series.
The Discovery Green Thursday Concert Series presented by Capital One Bank returned this month and will continue through June 2011. The Houston Press awarded these performances as “Best Concert Series” and no wonder because this is a free, family-friendly concert series that began on May 19 and runs most Thursdays at 6:30 PM through June 30.
No, there won’t be a concert on June 16, courtesy of the presentation of the U.S. Senior Olympic Opening Ceremony available for viewing at Discovery Green.
You may have missed the first concert on May 19, but there are plenty more Discovery Green Thursday Concert Series presented by Capital One Bank spring line-ups available:
May 19 –Carolyn Wonderland
Opening Act: John Egan
Guitar goddess and sultry soul singer Carolyn Wonderland counts Bob Dylan among her fans for good reason. Her quick wit and passionate playing create a paradise-on-earth vibe you can’t ignore. Carolyn has been a Houston favorite since she snuck out of her house as a teen to sit in with Townes Van Zandt. Bob Dylan is a fan and a friend—come see why for yourself.
May 26 – Del Castillo
Opening Act: Norma Zenteno
Spanish guitars and corrido cool, country grit and Austin flair. Del Castillo’s smoldering hybrid of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues, and world music will enchant you. Warning: spontaneous bursts of dancing are the norm at their concerts. Come early, because the last time they played the Green, the hill just got more crowded as the licks got hotter and the night grew darker.
June 2 – Raul Malo
Opening Act: Shannon Whitworth
With magnetic vocals and scorching guitars, former Mavericks frontman Raul Malo draws on the plaintive sounds of Texas country & soul while calling up the spirit of a sultry Cuban night. With non-stop touring, writing, recording, and crooning, Raul is at the top of his game.
June 9 –The Fab 5 and Ted Roddy
Houston’s Fab 5 inhabit the pioneering sounds and unmistakable look of The Beatles, while Austin’s Elvis specialist Ted Roddy channels The King down to the quiver in his crooning and the curl of his lip. These aren’t impersonators, these are masterful artists delivering the total package. Don’t miss this spectacular tribute to the biggest legends in the rock & roll pantheon.
June 23 –The Mother Truckers
The Mother Truckers blend elements of country and blues with loud guitars, big choruses, and powerhouse vocals to bring you flat-out, hi-test rock & roll. Fresh, fun, and full of soul, their special roadhouse blend of Americana puts the giddy-up in your get down. Little Steven approved, endorsed, and loved rock and roll so come out from the underground garage to the hill!
June 30– Beans Barton and the Bi-Peds
Guitar rock, gonzo-pop, and a sonic boom in 3D and pulsating Technicolor. Celebrate 25 years of madcap musical mayhem with Houston originals, Beans Barton and the Bi-Peds, complete with special lighting by the Bi-Bulb. While many artists “paint pictures” with their music, Beans will literally paint a picture that will be auctioned off for the benefit of the Houston Food Bank at the end of the show.
Bring a blanket, co-workers, and friends to dance, sing and relax on the hill with some of the region’s most exciting bands on the Anheuser-Busch Stage and Fondren Performance Space. Performances may be affected by rain, but unless it is raining at the park at 6:30 PM the show will go on!
Concessions are also available at TheLake House. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, but please do not bring glass containers or alcoholic beverages into the park. Co-sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 103.7 KHJK-FM, Cactus Music, Houston Press, 29-95 and 90.1 KPFT-FM.Saint Arnold Brewing Company will offer double reward points for people recycling their empty Saint Arnold six pack carriers at Discovery Green during concerts on May 19, June 2 and June 30.
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