Thursday Concert Series at Discovery Green
September 8 - October 13, 2011
Head to Discovery Green for Fun, Free, Family-Friendly Concerts! Discovery Green and Capital One Bank present Thursday Concert Series at Discovery Green. Thursdays, September 8 – October 13, at 6:30 pm.
Rock out at the park's free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of Texas and the Gulf coast. Thursdays in September and October. Concerts co-sponsored by 29-95, 103.7 KHJK FM, Cactus Music, KPFT 90.1 FM, Houston Press and Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
Schedule of Concerts:
Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners
The Jewel of the Bayou
Leroy Thomas, the Jewel of the Bayou, mixes an ideal combination of traditional zydeco with his own innovative, funky, hard-driving sound. Catch the groove with Leroy and The Zydeco Roadrunners. Leroy and his band, formed in 1998, have performed in 33 states and released 8 full length CDs as they spread the joy of zydeco one dance at a time.
Gary Clark Jr. and opening performer Chase Hamblin
Rockin’ Blues and Soul Jams
Funky, bluesy, and hip, Austin’s own Gary Clark Jr. is a rocking soul man. Gary’s fans include luminaries Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, Ron Wood, Sheryl Crow and many more greats. Rolling Stone magazine has declared Gary “the best young gun” and after breakthrough performances at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, the 2011 Bonnaroo Festival, and a record deal with Warner Brother Records, Gary’s already bright light is sure to shine even brighter. Catch a star on the rise on the hill! Houston popster Chase Hamblin opens the show!
Two Hoots and a Holler and opening performer Runaway Sun
Full Throttle Roots Rock and Roll
Rick Broussard's Two Hoots and a Holler epitomizes the best aspects of Texas roots music, merging rockabilly with trad-country all delivered with a healthy punk abandon. As likely to play one of his own stellar songs as a Bob Wills classic or rocker from The Who or The Clash, Rick Broussard injects the night with a high-octane dose of rock and roll. Welcome Houston’s own Runaway Sun as they play their first hometown show after a successful East Coast tour.
Dale Watson (pictured above) and opening performer Mary McBride
Honky Tonkin’ on the Hill
A staunch adherent of old-style honky tonk and Bakersfield country, Dale Watson is one of Austin's hardest working country singers. With over 200 dates a year on his calendar and over 18 CD releases since 1995. Whether he is performing at the Grand Ole Opry, acting in Friday Night Lights, or taking on Tiger Airlines customer service shortfalls, Dale is an exciting performer that draws his crowd in with his band, The Lone Stars, witty songs, and heart-felt stage banter. Mary McBride is a rockin’ singer songwriter. The New York Times states “Her voice is part angel, part truck driver, as if to say sometimes you power through sadness and sometimes you hope for a miracle.”
Texas Tornados and opening performer Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man
Ultimate Tex-Mex Super Group. Encore Performance!
The Texas Tornados play conjunto, rock and roll, country, and swamp-pop—the sound and soul of Texas. The ultimate Tex-Mex supergroup marches onward starring world-renowned accordion master Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, and Shawn Sahm, heir to the late, great Doug Sahm. Hey Baby Que Paso, Esta Beuno! Special Encore performance! Nick Gaitan and The Umbrella Man kick off the party!
NRBQ and opening performer The Octanes
Legendarily Spontaneous Rock and Roll
Often called "the world's greatest bar band," NRBQ are that rare group that's eclectic, stylistically innovative, and creatively ambitious while also sounding thoroughly unpretentious and accessible. At its best, NRBQ's music casually mixes up barrelhouse R&B, British Invasion pop, fourth-gear rockabilly, exploratory free jazz, and dozens of other flavors while giving it all a stomp-down rhythm that makes fans want to dance and expressing a sense of joy and easy good humor that comes straight from the heart. Over the course of a career that's lasted more than 40 years, the band has barely flirted with mainstream success, but has still earned a sizable, passionate cult of fans that includes Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Ira Kaplan, John Sebastian, and Dave Edmunds. Banana Blender Surprise veteran and Houston native, Conrad Choucroun now lays down the beat on drums for NRBQ. The Octanes rev up the night with an opening set.
**Recycle empty Saint Arnold six-pack carriers for double rewards points at this concert.