There’s nothing like spring in Houston. The sun is out, the air is clear, and the temperature is hovering in the 70’s. Inarguably, there’s no better time for an al fresco concert series, and downtown’s beautiful Discovery Green park is swooping in with a fantastic start to its 2018 Spring Season: the Bayou City Music Series.
Honoring Houston’s great jazz, blues, and zydeco musicians, this fantastic series takes place across three months and as many parks. Headlining the event is acclaimed Houston rapper Bun B, with a performance on Thursday, March 1 at Discovery Green. The evening will be opened by the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) Jazz Ensemble; Milton Hopkins, B. B. King’s bandleader; and Jewel Brown, former vocalist for Louis Armstrong’s Orchestra.
On Saturday, April 7, Grammy Award-winning pianist and record producer Robert Glasper will return home to Houston for his first performance at the historic Emancipation Park. The HSPVA Jazz Sextet, from Glasper’s alma mater, will open.
Next, the Bayou City Music Series will move to The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park on Saturday, May 19. Enjoy a lineup featuring the full HSPVA Jazz Band; saxophonist Grady Gaines, who has recorded with Little Richard, Sam Cooke and many others; vocalist Trudy Lynn; and the ThunderSOUL Orchestra, a 14-piece orchestra featuring former students of Conrad Johnson from Kashmere High School, which was the subject of a 2011 documentary film.
Each concert will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the respective parks. For more information, please visit the Discovery Green website.
Bun B, HSPVA Jazz Ensemble, Milton Hopkins, Jewel Brown
Thursday, March 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
Robert Glasper, HSPVA Jazz Sextet
Saturday, April 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Avenue, Houston, TX 77010
HSPVA Jazz Band, Grady Gaines, Trudy Lynn, the ThunderSOUL Orchestra
Saturday, May 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007
Featured image: Bun B performs at Discovery Green. Photo by Katya Horner.