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

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565

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
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
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
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
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
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
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.