Recommended Local Art/Band Shows June 29-July 3, 2011

When: Wednesday June 29th
Where: Warehouse Live; located at 813 St Emmanuel
Who: The Supervillians & Authority Zero
Cost: Doors open 6:00/music starts 7:00/ all ages welcome/ $13 tickets in advance/ $15 DOE

When: Thursday June 30th
Where: Discovery Green
Who: Bean Barton & The Bi-Peds
Cost: Free/ 6:30 p.m.

When: Thursday June 30th
Where: Fitzgerald‚s; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: Chase Hamblin, Espantapajaros, Nathan Quick CD release
Cost: Doors open 8:00/ 21+ $5/ under 21 $8

When: Thursday June 30th
Where: Kemah Board Walk
Who: Rat Ranch
Cost: 6:30 pm-10:15 pm

When: Thursday June 30th
Where: Jet Lounge; located at 1515 Pease
Who: Melissa Savcic Band
Cost: 9:00-11:30 p.m. When: Thursday June 30th
When: Friday July 1st
Where: The Hideaway; located at 3122 Dunvale
Who: Speedqueen
Cost: 9:30pm-1:30am / $5 at the door/ 21+

When: Friday July 1st
Where: BFE Rock Club; located at 11528 Jones Rd
Who: The Scars Heal in Time, The Abyss, The Costigans, The Beat Dolls
Cost: 8:30 p.m./ $8-21/ $10 under 21

When: Friday July 1st
Where: The Mink Backroom; located at 3718 Main
Who: Grand Child, The Beta Rhythm, Paris Falls, Psychic Palms
Cost: 9:00 p.m./ 18+

When: Saturday July 2nd
Where: The Hideaway; located at 3122 Dunvale
Who: Retro Rock Party with Quadraphonic
Cost: 9:30pm-1:30am / $5 at the door/ 21+

When: Saturday July 2nd
Where: Scout Bar; located at 18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Who: Subversa, Rome
Cost: Doors open 8:00/music starts 10:00/ 21+ $5/ 18-20 $10

When: Saturday July 2nd
Where: Boondocks; located at 1417 Westheimer
Who: Dirty Honey Soul Music to Shakedown 4th Anniversary
Cost: No Cover/ 21+

When: Sunday July 3rd
Where: Scout Bar; located at 18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Who: Downfall 2012, Reckless Intent, Lost Element
Cost: 9:00/ 21+ free/ 18+ $9.45

Houston Festival Update: The 33rd Annual LGBT Celebration + More

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

June 29, 2011 7:30PM – Texas Summer Concert Series
Brandon Rhyder is on fire right now with the release of his latest album “Head above water” and it’s #1 hit “Rock Angel” on the Texas Music Charts. His band has been best described as tight and eclectic and energetic.

June 30, 2011 6:30-10:15PM – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series
All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent on the boardwalk every Thursday evening! June 30th will feature the band “Rat Ranch”, Houston’s favorite rock and roll band.

Fireworks Fridays is a spectacular fireworks display over Galveston Bay every Friday evening through July 4th. Also experience the fantastic rides, games, shopping, live entertainment along with a variety restaurants, charming retail stores, and seaside shows every day at the waterfront. Check out the cool exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Open at 10:00AM daily and admission is always free!

Live. Love. Be. – The 33rd Annual LGBT Celebration
Montrose neighborhood (south of Westheimer along the streets of Commonwealth and Yoakum)
Houston, TX
713-529-6979
http://pridehouston.org/celebration
June 25, 2011 Festival 1-7:00PM, Parade 8:15-11:00PM – Admission is Free

As people, we are really not so different from one another. We all require food, shelter, friends and companionship to live life happily and be successful. This year’s theme embodies the belief that to live, you must simply be, and that to be, you must love. With over 200 contingents and exhibitors, multiple stages and venues, and over 150,000 attendees, the Pride Houston LGBT Celebration is the largest LGBT gathering in Texas and southern United States. The festival celebration is packed with a wide variety of exhibitors, artists, music of all kinds, performers, stages, food and fun. There really is something here for everyone! Festival food and beverage exhibitors accept cash only. Join them for a day of music, food and fun all for FREE.

The LGBT Pride Parade features a Pre-Parade show that starts at 7:45PM along Westheimer at Waugh. The show will feature entertainment to kick off the parade. The Pre-Parade Show is free to attend. The Parade begins promptly at 8:15PM on Westheimer Rd between Dunlavy and Crocker. There is easy access parking available throughout nearby neighborhood streets. Please avoid parking in private lots, such as the Hollywood Video and Radio Shack parking lots -as your vehicle may be towed. Due to high volume in the traffic area, it is highly recommended to arrive as early in the day as possible. The General Admission Parade Bleachers are located along the south side of Westheimer between Waugh and Montrose, and offer water and non-alcoholic beverage for sale within the area and private restrooms. Bicycle racks available near Westheimer and Commonwealth. ATMs are NOT provided beyond 7PM.

“Summer Sounds” Concert Series
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200
Katy, TX 77494
281-395-5533
http://www.lacenterra.com/
Thursdays from 6-9:00PM through June. Admssion is free.

CHAMELEON brings the Summer Sounds series to a high energy, gold lame-clad finale on June 30th. The dynamic duo of Bart Anderson and Chere’ Sutton-Anderson are a musical force. Bart has one of the most powerful and soulful voices in Houston and Chere brings incredible vocals and incredible energy to their performances. Bart, the funkmaster, was the musical director for the Bobby Byrd show and band leader for Bootsy Collins Tribute to James Brown. Be ready to dance for this show. Food and beverages are available. Performances take place weather permitting. Showtimes and performers subject to change.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the web-site.

June 24, 2011 8:00PM – Rainbow on the Green
City-wide GLBT celebration and concert at Discovery Green’s Fondren Performance Space hosted by Tye Blue. Showstopping performances by Houston’s best GLBT recording artists with dancing, artful display of Houston’s NOH8 campaign models, GLBT-friendly vendors and more!

June 24-26, 2011 – The World’s Largest Sprinkler by Target
Discovery Green will be home to a supersized sprinkler as part of Target’s mission to Make Summer Funner. Just bring a swimsuit to Discovery Green’s Jones Lawn Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26, 11 am – 7 pm.

June 30, 2011 6:30PM – Thursday Concert Series at Discovery Green: Beans Barton and the Bi-Peds
Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. Guitar rock, gonzo-pop, and a sonic boom in 3D and pulsating Technicolor will be among the many on the Fondren Performance Space. 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. **Recycle your empty Saint Arnold six-pack carriers for double reward points at this concert.

Bands on the Sand Concert Series
Palm Beach, Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
1-800-582-4673
http://www.moodygardens.org/
Fridays from 6-10:00PM

Moody Gardens weekly concert series continues on June 24th featuring the band “The Fantastics”. This local favorite heats things up for a fun-filled evening on the sand at Palm Beach, followed by a fantastic fireworks display under the stars. Admission is $10. This event will run each week through mid-August.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
713-533-3276
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

June 24, 2011 8:30PM – *ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights
Mozart and Dvorak with Joshua Weilerstein, conductor and Benjamin Hochman, piano. Morquez: Danzin No. 2; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23; Dvorak: Symphony No. 8.

June 25, 2011 8:30PM – *ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights
Tchaikovsky No. 5 with Robert Franz, conductor. Silver medalist of the 2011 Ima Hogg Competition Program to include: Nielsen: Overture to Maskarade and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5.

June 29, 2011 8:30PM – Houston Symphony Pops featuring Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition Winners
Houston Symphony concert featuring the Fidelity FutureStage Music Competition winners. Led by Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, this musical evening will showcase student performers throughout the program, with a grand finale you won’t want to miss.

June 30, 2011 8:30PM – Movies at Miller: E. T.: The Extra Terrestrial
Steven Spielberg’s enduring and moving story of a friendly alien left behind on Earth by his space-travelling colleagues. Elliot is your normal boy, until one day, when he meets a little lost alien. Elliot decides to keep the alien, in which he gives the name E.T. Elliot works with E.T. in trying to find him a way to get back home. Elliot must make the difficult sacrifice. Whether to help his new friend or to lose him? Whatever the decision is, Elliot must keep him hidden, as someone else is out to look for him.

*These are ticketed events for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Galveston Beach Band
Sealy Pavilion
24th & Sealy
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
June 28, 2011 7:30-9:00PM

Starting in the 1920’s, the Galveston Beach Band free concerts were an important summer Island attraction, often boasting audiences of 2,000 and featured on the newspaper front page. By the 1960s the Band had declined and was revitalized, thanks to its core of loyal musicians and then new leader, Frank Incaprera. Fast forward to today and the free concerts continue, as much loved as ever. Now a proudly family venue, concerts are an diverse mix of much loved show tunes, big band numbers and jazz. Housed in Sealy Pavilion, concerts are a mixture of family, fun and summer relaxation.

Recommended Local Art/Band Shows June 23-28, 2011

When: Thursday June 23rd
Where: Discovery Green
Who: The Mother Truckers
Cost: Free/ 6:30 p.m.

When: Thursday June 23rd
Where: Rudyards‚s; located at 2020 Waugh
Who: GO ROGUE! Level II Student Show
Cost: 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:45 p.m.)/ $5.00

When: Thursday June 23rd
Where: Kemah Board Walk
Who: LC Rocks
Cost: 6:30 pm-10:15 pm

When: Friday June 24th
Where: Jet Lounge; located at 1515 Pease
Who: 80‚s/ 90‚s Music Madness
Cost: 8:00 p.m./ $5

When: Friday June 24th
Where: Fitzgerald‚s; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: Elaine Greer, Heart of Animals, Trio Musette
Cost: Doors open 8:00/ Music starts 9:00/ $8

When: Friday June 24th
Where: Last Concert Café; located at 1403 Nance
Who: Reggae Rhythm Revival see flyer for complete details
Cost: 9:30 p.m./ $6 with a hand drum/ $10 without a drum in hand

When: Friday June 24th
Where: Boondocks; located at 1417 Westheimer
Who: Slave to the Beat w/ DJ Ceeplus Bad Knives, Fredster, G-Wizz
Cost: 10:30 p.m./ No cover

When: Friday June 24th
Where: Fitzgerald‚s; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: Castle Lights, The Rocketboys, Finnegan, Bent Nettles
Cost: 8:00 p.m./ all ages/ $8

When: Saturday June 25th
Where: Warehouse Live; located at 813 St. Emmanuel St
Who: Gritsy! 5th Anniversary
Cost: 18+ welcome/ 9:00 p.m./ $15 tickets in advance/ $30 DOE

When: Sunday June 26th
Where: Scout Bar; located at 18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Who: American Fangs, Born Again Virgins, Lower Life Form
Cost: 9:00 p.m./ 21+ free/ 18-20 $9.45

When: Tuesday June 28th
Where: Warehouse Live; located at 813 St. Emmanuel St
Who: The Supervillians, Authority Zero, Poor Habit, DP
Cost: Doors open 6:00 p.m./ Music starts 7:00 p.m./ all ages/ $13 tickets in advance/ $15 DOE

Houston Festival Update: Extremely Shorts Festival, Czech Heritage Day + More

 

Aurora Picture Show’s annual Extremely Shorts Festival
Molly Gochman’s Studio
2442 Bartlett Street
Houston, TX 77098
713-868-2101
http://aurorapictureshow.org/
June 17-18, 2011 6:30PM

These films under three minutes in length may be short on time, but they are rich in passion and ideas. Come see what their 2011 Juror, Brent Hoff, selected from the amazing submissions of animated, experimental, narrative, and documentary short films. Cast your vote for your favorite film and support the filmmakers of this year’s Extremely Shorts. The awards will be given out at the annual picnic (on the 18th @6:30PM) with a menu from Saint Arnold Brewery, Ruggles Green, Tequila Pasion, Mission Burrito, Whole Foods Market, My Fit Foods, Crave Cupcakes and Natachee’s Supper N Punch followed by the time-honored karaoke tradition. Screening admission: $10 non-members, Aurora Members Free and Picnic admission: $15 members, $10 non-members (separate of screening admission).

Made in American with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra featuring Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-3300
/www.woodlandscenter.org June 17, 2011 – 8:00PM

More than 100 gifted musicians from around the world, in conjunction with the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, return to The Pavilion for a summer concert extraordinaire. The festival is an intensive four-week study program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Under the direction of Mei-Ann Chen, these young artists perform Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3. The finalists and winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition will be announced. Pre-concert activities begin in the Fidelity Investments Plaza at 7PM. This event is FREE and preferred parking is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $5 plus service charge.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

June 23, 2011 – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series 6:30-10:15PM
All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent on the boardwalk every Thursday evening! June 23rd will feature the band “LC Rocks” with great Austin Texas rock.

Fireworks Fridays is a spectacular fireworks display over Galveston Bay every Friday evening through July 4th. Also experience the fantastic rides, games, shopping, live entertainment along with a variety restaurants, charming retail stores, and seaside shows every day at the waterfront. Check out the cool exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Open at 10:00AM daily and admission is always free!

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow Presents “Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade”
Market Square Park
301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
713-650-3022
http://marketsquarepark.com/
June 18, 2011 8:00PM

Enjoy free quirky classic movies under the stars! In honor of Father’s Day, join Indy Jones and his feisty father, Dr. Jones Sr. for a movie in the park. Bring your blankets, fedoras and enjoy a night of adventure in historic downtown Houston. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, family and friends and start your weekend off at the Square.

Czech Heritage Day
Historic Downtown District!
809 3rd Street
Rosenberg, TX 77471
832-595-3525
www.rosenbergevents.com
June 18, 2011 10-6:00PM

Celebrate Czech Heritage, venture out for a day of shopping, dining and family fun in Rosenberg’s Historic Downtown District! Enjoy the sounds of Cary Oswald and the Lazy Farmers Band who will take the stage at 3rd Street Park along with local polka dancers. Indulge in a kolache-baking contest and sausage samples from Rosenberg’s own Kovasovic’s Meat Market. Check out the displays of Czechoslovakian goods by the Czech Heritage Society, the talents of Mrs. Turner’s Music School students, artwork displayed by the Art League of Fort Bend, and be sure to stop in and visit the downtown merchants for specials running throughout the day. Admission is free.

“Summer Sounds” Concert Series
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200
Katy, TX 77494
281-395-5533
http://www.lacenterra.com/
Thursdays from 6-9:00PM through June. Admssion is free.

The weekly Summer Sounds continue at LaCenterra’s Heritage Square on June 23rd with “Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef”. Hanna’s Reef frontman and founder, Jerry Diaz, is a songwriter and solo performer. The band delivers a Texas-style luau atmosphere with their stage performance. They combine the tropical elements of steel drums and Latin percussion with the driving beat of a rock and roll band. However, they don’t forget their roots. You’ll hear a little bit of Texas music mixed in occasionally, as well as songs with a distinctive Cajun influence. Food and beverages are available. Performances take place weather permitting. Showtimes and performers subject to change.

Bands on the Sand Concert Series
Palm Beach, Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
1-800-582-4673
http://www.moodygardens.org/
Fridays from 6-10:00PM

Moody Gardens weekly concert series continues on June 17th with the band “The Lineup”. This local favorite heats things up for a fun-filled evening on the sand at Palm Beach, followed by a fantastic fireworks display. Admission is $10. This event will run each week through mid-August.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the web-site.

June 18, 2011 12-4:00PM – Friends For Life Mobile Adoption Vehicle Event
The Friends For Life Mobile Adoption Vehicle is a 26 state of the art adoption center on wheels that brings the pets to the people in style! The MAV hold 28 animals for adoption and is always a fun way to meet their wonderful animals. They will be featuring both cats and dogs for a meet and greet and have information on fostering, adopting, volunteering and some fun free giveways items for visitors!

June 23, 2011 6:30 – Thursday Concert Series: The Mother Truckers
Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. 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!

Stewart Beach Sunday Concerts
Stewart Beach
Broadway at Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
June 19, 2011 1:00-4:00PM

Stewart Beach presents live music every third Sunday through August in their pavillion. Entertaining beach-goers this Sunday will be “The Line Up”. One of Galveston’s premier family beach parks, Stewart Beach sponsors family-oriented events, such as volleyball tournaments and other special events throughout the summer season. The park features umbrella and chair rentals, volleyball courts, an outdoor pavilion with an elevator, snack bar, souvenir shop, restrooms and showers. Admission is $8.00 per car.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
713-533-3276
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

June 17, 2011 8:30PM – *ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights
Beethoven 5 plus Rhapsody in Blue with Michael Francis, conductor and Scott Holshouser, piano performing Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Overture Fantasy; Gershwin:Rhapsody in Blue; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5.

June 18, 2011 8:30PM – *ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights
West Side Story with Marcelo Lehninger, conductor and Chad Hoopes, violin. J. Strauss Jr: Overture to Die Fledermaus; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Wagner: Prelude and Isolde’s Love – Death from Tristan and Isolde; Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

June 19, 2011 8:30PM – *Houston’s Juneteenth Celebration
Highlighting this year’s Juneteenth Celebration at Miller are musical performances and from the Glen David Andrews Band and Corey Ledet and his Zyceco Band, both rising stars from New Orleans, Louisiana. Glen David Andrews will bring his lively New Orleans jazz and brass band sound to Miller. Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band will present the rural Creole zydecomusic that is always a hit with Houston audiences. Blues legend Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band will provide the soul-searching blues sound to the lineup. During music breaks, the audience will be treated to short readings by young poets who were featured in the Space City Slam: Grand Slam 2011 Houston competition and who will go on to national competition.
Juneteenth (Emancipation Day), with its roots in Galveston, Texas, is a historical observance growing in popularity across the Gulf Coast and the United States. Juneteenth began on June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, more than two months after the end of the Civil War, proclaiming Slaves are free. Juneteenth spread to Houston, where it has been celebrated annually for nearly 150 years.

*These are ticketed events for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Juneteenth Jubilee Parade & Jubilee Celebration
Wright Cuney Park
41st & Ball
Galveston, TX
409-599-8050
http://www.galveston.com/
June 18, 2011 Noon

Marching bands, drill teams, decorated cars and high kicking performers from Galveston, Houston, Dallas and other areas will excite the crowds along the route. Beautiful horse driven carriages will also be featured. Parade will begin at noon from 25th & Ball, and continue to 41st & Ball (Wright Cuney Park). The picnic will begin at 12:30PM, after the completion of the Juneteenth Parade. Complimentary refreshments will be provided as well as music and activities for the entire family. A special program including the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation will begin at 2:00PM. Both events are free to the public.

Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com

Saturday Concert with Pookie Marceaux – June 18, 2011 7-10:00PM
Enjoy a leisurely Saturday concert at the winery with friends. The featured artist for this event will be “Pookie Marceaux” with his own special blend of Louisiana soul and Texas rhythm n’ blues. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older), Children are welcome and are free.

Sunday Concert Series – June 19, 2011 6-8:30PM
The Sunday concert series celebrates each week and on the 18th will feature “Tony Vega Band” with red hot blues, roots & roll straight out of Texas. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older), Children are welcome and are free.

Bring your own wine glass (if you prefer glass) and a lawn chair or blanket to make sure you have a comfortable seat. Chair seating is available on a first come, first serve basis and fill up fast. They have a wonderful deli in the Tasting Room if you want to create your own picnic basket, but will be serving food from their full service kitchen as well. (The menu will vary each week.) Pets must be on a leash. No outside food or drink allowed in.

Festival de Mariachi
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
June 19, 2011

A great event that provide entertainment for the public with numerous Mariachis from the Houston area. Admission is free and parking is just $3.

Wendy’s Fourth Annual Father’s Day Frosty Weekend
http://www.facebook.com/Frosty
June 18 & 19, 2011

During Father’s Day Weekend, Wendy’s will donate .50 for every Frosty sold to support Wendys Wonderful Kids, which finds permanent adoptive families for foster children as the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA). Other ways to give: Treat it Forward! This is an online initiative on Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare that gives additional ways to support the cause. Each interaction will result in additional .50 donations. You can go to http://www.facebook.com/Frosty (Treat it Fwd tab) and Tweet using the hash tag #TreatItFwd; or Give a virtual Frosty as a gift or Virtually toast your dad by snapping a photo of you raising your Frosty cup, tagging it with the words Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend; or Tell friends about Father’s Day Frosty Weekend through the application. You can also check-in to a Wendy’s during Father’s Day Weekend using Foursquare and a .50 donation will be made.


Houston Festival Update: Inaugural Beer Fest + More

2011 Inaugural Houston Beer Fest
Hermann Square Park – City Hall
900 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77002
http://www.houstonbeerfestival.com/
June 11, 2011 2-10:00PM

The Houston Beer Fest is a one day festival of beer, music and fun held in downtown Houston. There will be over 172 varieties of beers to sample and purchase from around the world. Over 15 bands and several popular DJ’s will be jammin’ on three stages throughout the day. Outside of beer there will be plenty of tasteful foods for you to pleasure your taste buds. Activities include a Beer-Pong Tournament and a Flip-Cup tournament. Admission prices range from $10, $25 & $130. Don’t want to pay full price? Join them on Facebook or Twitter! For more information please Visit the Web-site.

Music Night on The Strand
Saengerfest Park
2300 Strand at 23rd
Galveston, TX
888-GAL-ISLE
www.galveston.com/
June 11, 2011 5-8:00PM

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and pals, and enjoy a fine evening of live music under the stars. Don’t miss Music Night on the Strand, every second Saturday of the month, March thru October. This week you can enjoy South Louisiana style of “The Zydeco Dots”. For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Second Saturday Buffalo Bayou Boat Rides!
Sabine Street Promenade
Parking on Memorial Drive @Houston Ave)
Houston, TX 77002
713-752-0314 ext 4
http://www.buffalobayou.org
June 11, 2011 – Sabine 10:00AM-2:00PM (30-minute rides every half-hour)

These 30-minute boat rides are a great way to spend the afternoon with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along the bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even the occasional alligator sunning on the bayou’s banks. After your cruise, enjoy a picnic lunch on the new Sabine Promenade grounds. No Reservations (21 person capacity per trip). Admission is $7 Adults, $5 children (ages 4-12), (children under 4 not permitted). Cash Only. Please note: the last tour departs at 1:30PM, For more information, please visit the web-site.

Dancin’ with the Symphony with Robert Franz, conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-3300
/www.woodlandscenter.org June 10, 2011 – 7:30PM (Gates open 5:30PM)

Robert Franz gets the audience tapping their feet for this enchanting evening under the stars at The Pavilion. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7PM. Treat yourself to FREE ice cream! The first 1,000 guests in the North Plaza starting at 7 p.m. get free ice cream with all the fixings. $15 Orchestra seating / FREE Mezzanine and Lawn seating (tickets not required for free seating). Visit the web-site for more information.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

June 16, 2011 – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series 6:30-10:15PM
All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent every Thursday evening! June 09th will feature the band “Gene’s Addiction” with a Gene Simmons KISS Tribute.

Fireworks Fridays is a spectacular fireworks display over Galveston Bay every Friday evening through July 4th. Also experience the fantastic rides, games, shopping, live entertainment along with a variety restaurants, charming retail stores, and seaside shows every day at the waterfront. Check out the cool exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Open at 10:00AM daily and admission is always free! Call or visit the web-site for more information.

“Summer Sounds” Concert Series
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200
Katy, TX 77494
281-395-5533
http://www.lacenterra.com/
Thursdays from 6-9:00PM through June. Admssion is free.

The weekly Summer Sounds continue at LaCenterra’s Heritage Square on June 16th with “the Zydeco Dots”. Since forming in 1987, the Houston-based Zydeco Dots have been cookin up some of the area’s best representation of this high energy descendent of traditional Creole folk music and serving it to new audiences across Gulf Coast. Unwind after a long day or get a jump on the weekend with this Thursday evening series featuring a talented line-up of local and regional artists. Food and beverages are available. Performances take place weather permitting. Showtimes and performers subject to change.

Bands on the Sand Concert Series
Palm Beach, Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
1-800-582-4673
http://www.moodygardens.org/
Fridays from 6-10:00PM

The first concert of the season will kick off on June 10th with the band “Time in a Bottle”. This local favorite heats things up for a fun-filled evening on the sand at Palm Beach, followed by a fantastic fireworks display. Admission is $10. This event will run each week through mid-August. For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the web-site.

June 10, 2011 8:30PM – KUHF Silent Film Concert Series: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
These silent films have been updated with fresh scores performed live by Texas best indie classic musicians in the Fondren Performance Space. Invincible Czars of Austin and the great John Barrymore in the classic 1920 film. (1920, 67 min. NR)

June 11, 2011 8:30PM – Yogi Bear presented by IKEA Houston Screen on the Green
Enjoy free films presented in the shadow of Houston’s dramatic skyline. Picnic in the park while you catch up with Yogi Bear, his sidekick Boo-Boo, and Ranger Smith. (2010, 80 min. PG) Yogi will be in the park from 7:30-8:30pm; movie begins at 8:30. Parents, don’t forget your camera!

Texas Blues Brothers Tribute Band
Stewart Beach
Broadway at Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
June 11, 2011 12:00AM-4:00PM

This live act faithfully recreates the Blues Brothers in the original Belushi/Aykroyd style both in sight and sound. One of the greatest Rhythm & Blues acts of all times stars Mike Powell as the harmonica playing Elwood and Steve Boado as his singing sidekick Jake. The show’s choreography and resemblance to the original characters is unbelievable. The park features umbrella and chair rentals, volleyball courts, an outdoor pavilion with an elevator, snack bar, souvenir shop, restrooms and showers. Admission is $8.00 per car. For more information please Visit the Web-site.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
713-533-3276
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

June 10, 2011 8:30PM – District D Night at Miller: Michael Jackson’s This Is It
District D Council Member Wanda Adams invites you to join her for a one-night-only screening of this moving tribute to the King of Pop. Michael Jackson ‘THIS IS IT’ offers Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer (Chronicling the months from April through June, 2009) as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London’s O2 Arena. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, and genius as he creates and perfects his final show. A Non-ticketed event.

June 11, 2011 8:30PM – Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin IV
Note for note, cut for cut, Led Zeppelin’s classic album exactly as you remember it. Musicians recreate the entire album and perform a selection of greatest hits. Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live, on stage – note for note, cut for cut. Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as ‘the world’s best musicians’, Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in Performing Arts Centres across North America.
This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

 

Weekend Festival Update: Memorial Day Ceremony & More

This weekly listing from MyCityRocks provides a calendar of upcoming festivals and open events happening around Houston over the coming week. Many of these events are free and family-oriented.

Memorial Day Ceremony
Seawolf Park on Pelican Island
Seawolf Park Blvd
Galveston, TX
409-771-2339
http://www.galveston.com/
May 30, 2011, 11-12:00PM

The event will be held at the site of two historic World War II ships the USS Cavalla and USS Stewart in the park’s Memorial Plaza. The Memorial Day Ceremony at Seawolf Park has become a Galveston tradition, where veterans and citizens come together to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States. The ceremony will include: Speakers from various military branches, Tolling of the Bell in remembrance of submarines and crews lost at war,Laying of the Wreath ritual in Galveston Harbor. The hour-long ceremony will begin at 11AM Admission and parking is free. For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

S.H.A.P.E. Community Center 32nd Annual Pan African Cultural Festival
S.H.A.P.E.’s “Our Park”
3815 Live Oak
Houston, TX 77004
713-521-0641
http://www.shape.org/
May 28, 2011 8:00AM-11:00PM

The Pan Afrikan Cultural Festival begins at 8:00 am with a “Tour De Hood” Bicycle Ride. This family oriented event will feature music, dance, petting zoo, face-painting, food, a film festival, and much more. Live performances and entertainment by Houston’s notable as well as emerging performing artists. Art and craft exhibits, and a variety of informational displays and presentations. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Summer Youth Enrichment program. This event is free and open to the public. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Memorial Day in the Woodlands (2-day event)
Waterway Square (located South of Woodlands Mall)
Waterway Square Place @ Waterway Ave
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-2447
http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/
May 28-29, 2011 6-9:00PM

Pack a Picnic, load the coolers, bring blankets and chairs to this free Memorial celebration. Two full nights of live music and fireworks at Waterway Square located along The Woodlands Waterway! The entertainment starts Saturday at 6:00PM with “August 83” and at 7:40PM is Alter Ego; On Sunday, 6:00PM is Buck Yeager Band (Country) and 7:40PM will be Breakfast at Tiffany’s (80’s/Variety). For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Houston’s 1st Annual South Texas Biker Jam and Expo
Reliant Arena
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
281-585-1700
http://www.sotxbikerjam.com/
May 28-29, 2011

For two days only, motorcycle enthusiasts will find, shop and discover all the latest gear, parts and information relating to the exciting sport of motorcycling. Unlike traditional biker rallies, the South Texas Biker Jam & Expo is bringing this world-class experience to area fans all under one roof. Among the many fun-filled attractions featured at this one-of-a-kind event are live music acts, live auction, Swap Meet Area open during Expo, vintage motorcycle exhibits, custom bike competition, tattoo competition, a leather fashion show, outdoor demo rides and plenty of high-energy shows featuring freestyle stunt riders. Bring the family, because you don’t want to miss this unforgettable event! Free Parking for Motorcycles. Admission is $18.00 per person with children 12 and under free. All military personnel and veterans are half-price. Benefitting Texas Honor Ride (To honor, directly help and improve the quality of life of wounded warriors and their families who are recovering at the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas.) For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

May 27-30, 2011 – Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
Memorial Day Weekend dive into summer. Food, fun and live entertainment all weekend long.

June 02, 2011 – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series 6:30-10:15PM
All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent every Thursday evening! June 02nd will feature the band “FAB 5” with British Invasion Rock.

Also experience the fantastic rides, games, shopping, live entertainment along with a variety of well-known restaurants all in a magnificent waterfront atmosphere. Don’t forget to check out the new exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Admission is always free! Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Sunday Concert Series
Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com
Sundays from 6-8:30PM

The Sunday concert series celebrates this week with “Pee Wee Bowen”. Bring your own wine glass (if you prefer) and a lawn chair or blanket to make sure you have a comfortable seat. Chair seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older) They have a wonderful deli in the Tasting Room if you want to create your own picnic basket, but will be serving food from their full service kitchen. (The menu will vary each Sunday.) No outside food or drink allowed. The event is free and children are welcome. For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Spring Concert Series in Central Park
Market Street (is the area name and is located West of Woodlands Mall)
9595 Six Pine Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-210-3950
http://www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/
Thursdays from 6:00-8:30PM

The Woodlands presents the return of its popular, month-long spring concert series every Thursday evening through June. The series line-up will include some of the area’s hottest musical talents to perform right in Market Street’s Central Park. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Admission is free. On June 02nd the featured artist is “Joe Carmouche” Classic Rock and Dance hits. For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the web-site.

May 28-30, 2011 6-9:00PM – Memorial to Military and Civilian Losses in Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
A memorial to all lives lost in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is on display May 28, 29, and 30th. The memorial consists of a labeled US and Texas flag for each of the almost 600 Texans killed in both conflicts and prayer flags and photos to denote the many tens of thousands of Afghan and Iraqi civilian losses. Event is sponsored by the Houston chapters of Veterans for Peace and CodePink. Volunteers are needed to plant flags at 9 AM on the 28th and retrieve flags at 7 PM on the 30th.

May 28, 2011, 2011 7:00PM – All You Need Is Love
Houston musicians the Fab 40 channel the Beatles and recreate Abbey Road from start to finish, with a few musical surprises along the way.

June 02, 2011 6:30PM – Thursday Concert Series: Raul Malo and Shannon Whitworth
Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. 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. Opening act: Shannon Whitworth. ****Recycle your empty Saint Arnold six-pack carriers for double reward points at this concert.

Estrellas del Manana
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
May 29, 2011

join them for Estrellas del Manana. 102.9 Estereo Latino will be live and doing giveaways. Also see Estrella del Manana, Margarita Canela, performing live between 1-4p. Boost Mobile will also have premium giveaways and phones on-site to try out for free. There will also be free face painting! Admission and concert is free, parking is just $3. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
713-533-3276
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

May 26th through 29th, 2011 8:00PM – Dancin’ in the Streets: Motown & More Revue
This electrifying and soulful revue features many of Houston’s most talented vocalists and dancers, accompanied by the 23-piece BACEMENT Orchestra. Dancin’ in the Streets: Motown & More Revue features soul music from its inception in the 1950s to present day. The BACE Company recreates the music of legendary soul music greats as recorded by Motown, STAX, Atlantic, Philadelphia International, Duke and Peacock, and other labels. This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Recommended Local Band and Art Shows May 25-29, 2011

When: Wednesday May 25th
Where: House of Blues; located at 1204 Caroline St
Who: Downfall 2012, Ethreal, Five Eyes Wide, 20/20, Downfall Rising, Passive Aggressive
Cost: 7:00 p.m./ $12 cover

When: Wednesday May 25th
Where: Ruby Tequila‚s; located at 2616 Louisiana
Who: Spare Parts Band
Cost: 6-10 p.m.

When: Thursday May 26th
Where: Discovery Green Concert Series
Who: Del Castillo & Norma Zenteno
Cost: Free/ 6:30 p.m.

When: Thursday May 26th
Where: Jimmie‚s Ice House; located at 2803 White Oak
Who: The Witherees
Cost: 9:00 p.m.

When: Thursday May 26th
Where: Kemah Board Walk
Who: Rat Ranch
Cost: 6:30 pm-10:15 pm

When: Thursday May 26th
Where: Fitzgerald‚s; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: The Fox Derby, Jealous Creatures, Fetish Vendetta, Arthur Yoria, Animal Farmacy
Cost: No cover/ 8:00 p.m.

When: Thursday May 26th
Where: Kobain; located at 3720 Raymond St
Who: Kobain 5th Anniversary
Cost: 8:00 p.m.

When: Thursday May 26th
Where: Continental Club; located at 3700 Main
Who: Finnegan
Cost: 8:00 -11:00 p.m.

When: Thursday May 26th
Where: Warehouse Live; located at 813 St Emmanuel
Who: Canned Acoustica #3 Two Star Symphony Feat. Fat Tony, Hilary Sloan, The Manichean, Jeff Crowder( Deep Ella), Holy Fiction, The Handshake, Tax the Wolf, Alicia Gianni
Cost: 7:00 p.m./ $5/ Proceeds benefit the Japanese Red Cross

When: Friday May 27th
Where: Kilburn‚s; located at 12910 Malcomson
Who: Staci‚s Edge, Spare Heart
Cost: 9:00 p.m.

When: Friday May 27th
Where: Warehouse Live; located at 813 St Emmanuel
Who: Black Queen Speaks, Hounds of Jezebel, Sol 34, Carmeci
Cost: $10/ all ages/ 7:00 p.m.

When: Saturday May 28th
Where: Rudyards; located at 2010 Waugh
Who: Spare Hearts Tribute, Flaming Hellcats
Cost: 10:00 p.m./ 21+

When: Sunday May 29th
Where: Warehouse Live; located at 813 St Emmanuel
Who: Loudness with Dirty Passion, Love and War, Mercenary X
Cost: Doors open 7:00/ music starts 7:30/ all ages/ Advance tickets $15/ DOE $18

Weekend Festival Update: The 24th Annual Houston Art Car Parade + More

38th Annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Pasadena Fairgrounds
7902 Fairmont Pkwy @ Red Bluff Rd
Pasadena TX 77507
281-991-9500
http://www.strawberryfest.org/
May 20-22, 2011

This years festival will be holding a barbecue cook-off,
offer many forms of arts and crafts, live entertainment, a
teen battle of the bands and the world’s largest strawberry
shortcake. Specialty attractions over the three-day event
will include: a Pre-Festival Bike Ride; Helicopter Ride;
Daryl Cleveland- Juggler, IGX Interactive Game Experience,
Mutton Bustin’, Stage Door Inc. & The Backstage Bunch,
Swamp Master Gator Show, Magic by Christopher Lyle, Swifty
Swine Racing Pigs, Whacky Chad, Open Karaoke Texas Star Stage,
Teen Karaoke Contest and a whole lot more. General
Admission $10, Children 6-11 $5,and Children
0-5 Free, Seniors Adults (55+) $5. Tickets are available
online. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

The 24th Annual Houston Art Car Parade
Presented by The Orange Show
Allen Parkway (between Taft and Downtown)
Houston, TX 77002
713-926-6368
http://www.orangeshow.org
May 22, 2011 1:00PM – Volunteer opportunities available!

The 24th Annual Art Car Parade with some 250 “motoriffic”
mobile masterpieces best described as folk art on four
wheels. As a free BYOG (bring your own goodies- lawn chairs,
water, treats, no dogs please) event, the Parade has become
a nationwide phenomenon and continues to bring out the
artist in everyone. Expect to see scores of lowriders,
classic cars, costumed rollerskaters, musicians on floats,
art bicyclists, hot-rodders and hard-to-classify rolling
contraptions. Entries come from all over the U.S. and
abroad. The Art Car Parade is a true public art event,
created by the people and for the people. Parade-goers
will find activities aplenty: sand castle creations, arts
and crafts, Art Car painting, food, drinks, and good times.
Admission is free. There is shaded bleacher seating
in Sam Houston Park available for $25 a ticket. Call or
visit the web-site for more information.

The 25th Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Preservation Park in Historic Old Town Spring
130 Spring School Road
Spring Texas 77373
800-653-8696
http://www.texascrawfishfestival.com/
May 20-22nd, 2011 – Rain or Shine!

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER! (Let the good times roll!)
The festival Kicks into gear Friday with
live entertainment on three stages from some of the
top country and Texas country bands, zydeco, indie and rock
acts along with carnival rides, midway games, exhibitions and
interactive educational stations and activities for kids of
all ages. Not to mention the best Southern Louisiana food,
Cajun-style crawfish and the spiciest fixings in the land!
Hours for celebrating will be: 6PM to 12AM every Friday,
12PM to 12AM every Saturday, and 12PM to 6PM every Sunday.
Adults $8.00 Online,
Ages 12 and under are FREE. (Groups of 25 or more – $6.00
online) Ticket is good any ONE day. By ordering online you will
Save $4.00 off the gate
price and by-pass the ticket lines! Tickets will be available
for $12 at the gate with children ages 12 and under FREE.
(Must be accompanied by an adult.) Active AND inactive
military receive FREE admission with current military I.D.
Parking is $7.00 with part of the proceeds go to the Knights
of Columbus. Call or visit the web-site for more information
and entertainment schedules.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-3300
http://www.woodlandscenter.org

May 20, 2011 8:00PM – Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with Hans Graf, conductor &
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

The Houston Symphony’s comes to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell
Pavilion, featuring the composer’s impressive final concerto.
The piece is rich in expansive melodies, beautiful lyricism
and extraordinary brilliance. Charismatic cellist, Alisa
Weilerstein, brings her passionate interpretation to Dvorak’s
masterpiece. Weilerstein is a veteran on the classical music
scene having performed with the nation’s top orchestras, given
recitals in music capitals throughout the U.S. and Europe, and
regularly appeared at prestigious festivals. She also is a
dedicated chamber musician. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2
also is part of this classical concert.

May 26, 2011 8:00PM – Let the Good Times Roll, The music of Ray Charles

Michael Krajewski, conductor presents “Let the Good Times Roll”
with special guest, Ellis Hall, as he performs music from the
late, great Ray Charles. A former protege of Charles, Hall
plays tribute to his friend in a concert dedicated to his
music and memory with hits like “I Can’t Stop Loving You”
and “Hit the Road Jack.”

For both performances, Orchestra Seating is $15 with free
mezzanine and general admission lawn Seating. Gates will
open at 7:00PM. Visit the web-site for more information.

Live after 5
Jones Plaza
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
713-623-2108
http://myhoustonmajic.com/
May 20, 2011 5-10:00PM

The weekly FREE Summer Concert Series presented by Majic 102.1
returns to Jones Plaza on May 20th with a live performance
by “ZAPP!” Call or visit the web-site to register for your
chance to win passes to relax inside the Gexa Energy VIP
Lounge and enjoy complimentary food and beverages while
watching the show and for more information.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

May 21, 2011 – Bay Day

The Galveston Bay Foundation presents interactive exhibits,
activities and demonstrations to introduce people to the
Galveston Bay system.

May 26, 2011 – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series 6:30-10:15PM

All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent every
Thursday evening! May 26th will feature the band “Rat Ranch”
Houston’s Favorite Rock & Roll.

Also experience the fantastic rides, games, shopping, live
entertainment along with a variety of well-known restaurants
all in a magnificent waterfront atmosphere. Don’t forget to
check out the new exhibits such as the Stingray Reef,
where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits
include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and
more. Admission is always free! Call or visit the web-site
for more information.

Sunday Concert Series
Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com
Sundays from 6-8:30PM

The Sunday concert series celebrates this week with
“The Tony Vega Band”. Bring your own Wine Glass (if you prefer)
and a lawn chair or blanket to make sure you have a
comfortable seat. Chair seating is available on a first
come, first serve basis. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older)
They have a wonderful deli in the
Tasting Room if you want to create your own picnic basket,
but will be serving food from their full service kitchen.
(The menu will vary each Sunday.) No outside food or drink
allowed. The event is free and children are welcome. For
more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Spring Concert Series in Central Park
Market Street (is the area name and is located West of Woodlands Mall)
9595 Six Pine Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-210-3950
http://www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/
Thursdays from 6:00-8:30PM

The Woodlands presents the return of its popular, month-long
spring concert series every Thursday evening through June.
The series line-up will include some of the area’s hottest
musical talents to perform right in Market Street’s Central
Park. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Admission is
free. On May 26th the featured artist is “The Brew” – Latin
Jazz. For more information please call or Visit
the Web-site.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics
are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase.
No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.For more
exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please
visit the web-site.

May 21, 2011 6-9:00PM – Art Car Parade Sneak Peek

Celebrate Houston’s Art Car Culture! Get your first look at
the new cars for 2011 and see some old favorites from years
past. Enjoy live music by Sandy Hickey, Texas Johnny Brown
and Trudy Lynn, plus DJ CeePlus Bad Knives along with
illuminated Art Cars and entertainment throughout the park.
See how it all happens! Art Car: The Movie follows a handful
of local artists as
they prepare their entries into the 2010 Art Car Parade
along with an inside look at how the City of Houston and
the Orange Show prepared for the event. See all the behind
of scenes details before the car show. Located throughout
the park.

May 23, 2011 6:00PM – HAA Folklife & Traditional Arts Program with Local
Roots/Global Culture Showcase: Miss Leslie & her Juke Jointers and

Endurance

Miss Leslie and her Juke-Jointers, this gal delivers
straight-ahead Texas honky tonk in the Houston style,
crafting songs and covering standards that reflect the
heart break and heavy lifting of contemporary life.

May 25, 2011 Burgers and Blues – Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00PM

Enjoy Houston’s best in blues music with a free lunchtime
concert on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Entertaining this week
is Rue Davis The Man with Many Voices.

May 26, 2011 6:30PM – Thursday Concert Series: Del Castillo and Norma
Zenteno

Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the
best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. 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.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
713-533-3276
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

May 20th & 22nd 2011 8:00PM – Madame Butterfly

Houston Grand Opera presents Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, one
of the artform’s most popular and beloved operas. At her
wedding to Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton (Nathaniel Peake) to
the Geisha Cio-Cio-San (Ana Maria Martinez) promises to be
his for life; just three years later, abandoned and on the
verge of poverty, she and her young son wait with fierce
hope for his return. Based upon the new production originted
by the Tony Award-winning creative team of director Michael
Grandage (Red – Broadway 2010; Hamlet – Broadway 2009) and
designer Christopher Oram, the production draws its
inspiration from traditional Japanese art.

This is ticketed event for the covered seating area.
Free tickets are available (4 per person over
age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box
office the day of the performance between the hours of
10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will
re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining
tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

May 21, 2011 8:00PM – Movies at Miller: The Marx Brothers’ A Night at the
Opera

The Marx Brothers get mixed up with grand opera in their
first MGM-produced epic and their first without Zeppo. One
of their best films, blessed with a big budget–used to
reach epic anarchic heights. Some scenes were tested on
live audiences before inclusion, including the Groucho/Chico
paper-tearing contract negotiation and the celebrated
stateroom scene, in which the boys are joined in a small
closet by two maids, the ship’s engineer, his assistant,
a manicurist, a young woman, a cleaning lady, and four
food-laden waiters. No tickets needed for this movie,
either in the covered area or on the hill.

May 26th through 29th, 2011 8:00PM – Dancin’ in the Streets: Motown &
More Revue

This electrifying and soulful revue features many of
Houston’s most talented vocalists and dancers, accompanied
by the 23-piece BACEMENT Orchestra. Dancin’ in the Streets:
Motown & More Revue features soul music from its inception in
the 1950s to present day. The BACE Company recreates the
music of legendary soul music greats as recorded by Motown,
STAX, Atlantic, Philadelphia International, Duke and Peacock,
and other labels. This is a ticketed event for the covered
seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over
age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box
office the day of the performance between the hours of
10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will
re-open one hour before show time to distribute the
remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Bands & Bombshells Concert
Saengerfest Park
2300 Strand at 23rd
Galveston, TX
409-770-7360
http://www.galveston.com/
May 20, 2011 7-10:30PM

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and pals to celebrate a fine
evening of live music under the stars. Enjoy a free concert
and dancing in Saengerfest Park as they welcome headliners,
the John Evans Band and local favorite, The Brandon McDermott
Band. For more information please call or Visit the
Web-site.

Recommended Local Band and Art Shows May 20-22, 2011

When: Friday May 20
Where: Scout Bar; located at 18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Who: Dev Electric, I.D.R., Rainchild, Bellacide
Cost: 21+ $5/ 18+ $10/ Doors open 8:00/ Music starts 10:00
 

When: Friday May 20
Where: The Mink/ Backroom; located at 3718 Main St
Who: A Fistful of Soul
Cost: 9:00 p.m.
 

When: Friday May 20
Where: Spacetaker ARC Gallery
Who: FPSF Artist Series Poster Exhibit

Cost: 6-10 p.m/ Free event
 

When: Saturday May 21st
Where: Warehouse Live; located at 813 St. Emmanuel
Who: Texas Hippie Coalition, Souls of Agony, Crank Case, Fallacy
Cost: 8:00 p.m.
 

When: Saturday May 21st
Where: Winter Street Gallery; located at 2101 Winter Gallery
Who: The Montrose Art Society presents “Fun & Games”, which will feature
new work by Raul Gonzalez

Cost: 6-9:30 p.m.
 

When: Saturday May 21st
Where: Fitzgeralds; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: Portugal. The Man w/ Telekinesis and Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Cost: 8:00 p.m.
 

When: Sunday May 22nd
Where: Scout Bar; located at 18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Who: Melovine, Hindsight, Savage Evolution
Cost: 21+ no cover
 

When: Sunday May 22nd
Where: Downtown along Allen Parkway
Who: 2011 Houston Art Car Parade
Cost: 1:00 p.m.
 

Weekend Festival Update: The 25th Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival + More

The 25th Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Preservation Park in Historic Old Town Spring
130 Spring School Road
Spring Texas 77373
800-653-8696
http://www.texascrawfishfestival.com/
May 13-15th & 20-22nd, 2011 – Rain or Shine! (*Volunteer opportunities
available)

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER! (Let the good times roll!)
The 2011 Texas Crawfish & Music Festival features 2 weekends
of live music on three stages as well as the best Cajun
Crawfish in the South. The festival Kicks into gear with
live entertainment on three stages from some of the
top country and Texas country bands, zydeco, indie and rock
acts along with carnival rides, midway games, exhibitions and
interactive educational stations and activities for kids of
all ages. Not to mention the best Southern Louisiana food,
Cajun-style crawfish and the spiciest fixings in the land!
Hours for celebrating will be: 6PM to 12AM every Friday,
12PM to 12AM every Saturday, and 12PM to 6PM every Sunday.
SAVE $MONEY$ PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE! Adults $8.00 Online,
Ages 12 and under are FREE. (Groups of 25 or more – $6.00
online) Ticket is good any ONE day. Save $4.00 off the gate
price and by-pass the ticket lines! Tickets will be available
for $12 at the gate with children ages 12 and under FREE.
(Must be accompanied by an adult.) Active AND inactive
military receive FREE admission with current military I.D.
Parking is $7.00 with part of the proceeds go to the Knights
of Columbus. Call or visit the web-site for more information
and entertainment schedules.

15th Annual Yaga’s Wild Game & BBQ Cook-off
Pier 21
2100 Harborside Dr.
Galveston, TX
409-789-2288
www.yagaschildrensfund.org
May 13-14, 2011 – Volunteer opportunities available!

The 15th Annual Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off benefiting the
Yaga’s Children’s Fund will be held at Pier 21 on Galveston
Island. The competition allows backyard chefs, sportsmen and
women, and outdoor enthusiasts to show off their culinary
skills and enjoy some good old fashioned fun, fellowship and
food. On Saturday, festival-goers of all ages can stroll
through rows of smoking pits competing in five cooking
divisions from 11AM to 6PM First through fifth place
finishes will be awarded in each division along with a trophy
for the team with best showmanship. Cook-off attendees can
eat, relax and enjoy great live music throughout the day.
Saturday’s cook-off is family friendly offering a giant,
free Kids Area featuring moon walks, face painters, pony
rides and a variety of other activities. Admssion is free for
both days. Also featured is a
Yaga’s Wild Game 5K run/walk at 8:30AM on Saturday from 28th
and Seawall to 10th and Seawall and back. The entry fee is
$25 and participants receive an event t-shirt and BBQ dinner
coupon. Information on the run will be posted on the event
website. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow Presents “My big fat Greek wedding”
Market Square Park
301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
713-650-3022
http://marketsquarepark.com/
May 13, 2011 8:00PM

Enjoy free quirky classic movies under the stars! Bring
your blanket, lawn chair, family and friends and start your
weekend off at the Square. Call or visit the web-site for
more information.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

May 14th, 2011 – 7th Annual Corvette Show
Brought to you by the San Jacinto Corvette Club, benefiting
Kidz Harbor.
May 19, 2011 – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series 6:30-10:15PM

All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent every
Thursday evening! May 19th will feature the band “The Slags”
with their dance rock.

Also experience the fantastic rides, games, shopping, live
entertainment along with a variety of well-known restaurants
all in a magnificent waterfront atmosphere. Don’t forget to
check out the new exhibits such as the Stingray Reef,
where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits
include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and
more. Admission is always free! Call or visit the web-site
for more information.

Sunday Concert Series
Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com
Sundays from 6-8:30PM

The Sunday concert series kicks off May 15th featuring the band
“Ezra Charles”. Bring your own Wine Glass (if you prefer)
and a lawn chair or blanket to make sure you have a
comfortable seat. Chair seating is available on a first
come, first serve basis. Admission is $5.00. They have a
wonderful deli in the
Tasting Room if you want to create your own picnic basket,
but will be serving food from their full service kitchen.
(The many will vary each Sunday.) No outside food or drink
allowed. The event is free and children are welcome. For
more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

2nd Saturday at the Depot
Historic Tomball Depot Plaza
201 South Elm ~ One block south of Main Street
Tomball, TX 77375
281-610-2595
http://www.tomballtx.com/
May 14, 2011 Opens at 6:00PM ~ Movie begins at dark

Bring the whole family, your lawn chairs or blankets and a
picnic dinner. The featured movie of the month will be “Annie”
(1982) starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette
Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Geoffrey Holder, Edward
Herrmann, and Aileen Quinn as Annie. Other highlights
include: Face Painting, Music by Tudy, The Flute Player,
Fun Kid’s Crafts and a special visit from Little Orphan Annie,
Daddy Warbucks & His assistant Miss Grace Farrell.
Concessions will be available. No glass containers. Help
Abandoned Animal Rescue, by bringing your favorite pet food
to donate! In case of rain, event will be held at the Tomball
Community Center 221 Market Street. Please visit the web-site
for more information.

Spring Concert Series in Central Park
Market Street (is the area name and is located West of Woodlands Mall)
9595 Six Pine Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-210-3950
http://www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/
Thursdays from 6:00-8:30PM

The Woodlands presents the return of its popular, month-long
spring concert series every Thursday evening through June.
The series line-up will include some of the area’s hottest
musical talents to perform right in Market Street’s Central
Park. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Admission is
free. On May 19th the featured artist is “Althea Rene” Soul
and Jazz music. For more information please call or Visit
the Web-site.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics
are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase.
No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.For more
exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please
visit the web-site.

May 13, 2011 8:00PM – KUHF Silent Film Concert Series: Battleship
Potemkin

These silent films have been updated with fresh scores
performed live by Texas best indie classic musicians. Golden
Arm Trio of Austin performs their haunting score to Sergei
Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin. (1925,
75 min. NR) Located at Fondren Performance Space.

May 14, 2011 6:30PM – Blues Brothers presented by IKEA Houston Screen on
the Green

Enjoy a performance by Houston’s own Eugene Moody & Blues Back
Band on the Anheuser-Busch Stage from 6:30-8:00PM, movie
begins at 8:00PM. Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts
together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and
brother Elwood were raised. (1980, 133 min. Please note this
film is Rated R for language). Special guests, the Texas Film
Round-Up will give you free digital copies of your old family
films and videos while you add to Texas film archive.

May 18, 2011 Burgers and Blues – Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00PM

Enjoy Houston’s best in blues music with a free lunchtime
concert on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Entertaining this week
is “The Texas Prince of Zydeco”.

May 19, 2011 6:30PM – Thursday Concert Series presented by Capital One
Bank: Carolyn Wonderland and John Egan

Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the
best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. Guitar goddess and
sultry soul singer Carolyn Wonderland counts Bob Dylan among
her fans for good reason. She has been a Houston favorite
since she was a teen. Bob Dylan is a fan and a friend.
Come see why for yourself. **Recycle your empty Saint Arnold
six-pack carriers for double reward points at this concert.

Houston Peace Festival 2011
1318 W. 26th St
Houston, TX 77008
713-862-6685
http://friendshouston.org/peacefest.html
May 14, 2011 1:00-7:00PM

Bring your peaceful energy to the Houston Peace Festival where
you will enjoy the company of others interested in peace, live
music, dance performances, art, food, and more! Live music
being featured includes Ben & Ciaran (Folk/Punk), Edmund Evans
(Folk/Pop), Zwee (Funk/Jam Band/Soul), Zin (Conscious Rap),
Brandon West and the Black Hats (Funk/Rock/Soul), Young
Mammals (Indie/Rock), and Poopy Lungstuffing (Ukulele). Other
attractions will include: Art Sale by Artists from Winter
Street Studios; Art Cars on display and Featuring: A wide
variety of food and kids activities. (Please, no alcoholic
beverages.) Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
713-533-3276
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

May 13, 2011 8:00PM – Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys w/Los
Skarnales

Austin-based songwriter Alejandro Escovedo brings his Street
Songs of Love tour to Miller Outdoor Theatre. Before
settling into a solo career in the early 1990s, Escovedo’s
musical journey took him from Texas to California to New York
and back again to Texas. Los Skarnales kicks off the evening.
Always true
to roots music in all forms, Skarnales performs a mixture of
ska, reggae, rockabilly, swing, mambo, cumbia, and danzones,
all with a punk attitude. Never letting down at a live show,
the band has performed extensively throughout the United
States and Mexico. Los Skarnales is on the verge of releasing
its Fourth studio album entitled Dle Shine! which was
recorded in New Orleans.

May 14, 2011 8:00PM – The Grass Roots

From Midnight Confessions to “Temptation Eyes” to “Baby
Hold On”, the band performs their 14 Top 40 hits and more!
In their career, The Grass Roots achieved one platinum album,
two gold albums, one gold single and charted singles a total
of 21 times. Between 1967 and 1972, The Grass Roots set a
record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 straight
weeks. They have sold over twenty million records worldwide.
Houston’s own The Fab 5 kick off the show.

These are ticketed events for the covered seating area.
Free tickets are available (4 per person over
age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box
office the day of the performance between the hours of
10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will
re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining
tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Haute Wheels Houston
Houstons First Food Truck Festival
Houston Community College Southwest Campus
5601 West Loop South Freeway
Houston, TX 77081
713-557-5732
http://hautewheelshouston.com/
May 14-15, 2011 Noon

This is not your typical food truck festival; this event will
offer cutting-edge culinary flavors from chefs who want to
take your palette on a journey you won’t soon forget. Combine
gourmet food with fine wines, ice-cold beer, a Vendor Village
packed with artisans, live music will playing on the main
stage hourly and you will find everything from jewelry to
fabulous food products and everything in between at the Vendor
Village. You can “hit the streets”
with whole family because there will be a special area for
the smallest cuisine enthusiasts with a kid-sized kitchen,
an interactive play area and more. Tickets are available for
$16 for adults, which include $5 worth of drink tickets. Get
truckin’. A limited number of tickets will be sold for the
event. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Second Saturday Buffalo Bayou Boat Rides!
Sabine Street Promenade
Parking on Memorial Drive @Houston Ave)
Houston, TX 77002
713-752-0314 ext 4
http://www.buffalobayou.org
May 14, 2011 – Sabine 10:00AM-2:00PM (30-minute rides
every half-hour)

These 30-minute boat rides are a great way to spend the
afternoon with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy
the cool breeze as you glide along the bayou’s waters. Look
for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even the occasional
alligator sunning on the bayou’s banks. After your cruise,
enjoy a picnic lunch on the new Sabine Promenade grounds.
No Reservations (21 person capacity per trip). Admission is
$7 Adults, $5 children (ages 4-12), (children under 4 not
permitted). Cash Only. Please note: the last tour departs
at 1:30PM, For more information, please visit the web-site.

14th Annual Gulf Coast GTO Club Car Show
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
May 15, 2011

The annual Grazin With The Goats Gulf Coast GTO Club car
show features more than 75 muscle cars on display and
competition.
Cars of all sorts show up at the Marketplace for this event
and the line-up is impressive. Other attractions include:
Open car show to All Makes and Models – from GTOs and
Corvettes, to Malibu’s, Firebirds, and classics from the
1920s. Music provided by “JD the DJ” of Cruisin’ Times
Magazine. Free T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag to first
100 entrants. Judging Starts at 10:00AM and Awards will be
presented at 3:30PM. A percentage of the proceeds go to a
local charity. Admission is free and parking is just $3.
Call or visit the web-site for more information or to register
to participate.