HOUSTON (March 27, 2018) — Avenida Houston’s “Party on the Plaza” will return to downtown on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Plaza at Avenida Houston, across from Discovery Green. Kicking off March 29 through May 10, the free concert series will feature live performances by local and regional bands, as well as food and craft brew offerings. 

Concert series lineup includes:  
March 29: Poppy 
In 2014, a small doll-like creature emerged from YouTube, evoking questions if she is human? An android? Cross breed? Her video titled “I’m Poppy”, now viewed more than 12 million times, the public knows for sure that she is Poppy! Publications like Wired Magazine say that the ‘true magic of Poppy is that to understand Poppy, you have to keep watching Poppy, and soon you find yourself watching her everywhere: YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.” 

March 29: DK the Drummer 
DK the Drummer has created a new kind of DJ-meets-live band experience that he likes to call his “Drum Jockey” set. He has played shows around the world and produced for many artists, including co-producing and performing on Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo” – most notably playing piano on the song “Real Friends” – along with Ty Dolla Sign and Houston-native Travis Scott. 

April 12: Dumpstaphunk  
Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to arise from Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage stage and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners to not move. Dumpstaphunk combine ingenious musicianship, complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. In Big Easy tradition, dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville’s funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive.

April 26: FISHBONE
Celebrating more than 25 groundbreaking years, FISHBONE has trailblazed their way through history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since starting their career in professional careers in Los Angeles’ burgeoning Alternative Rock scene in the mid-1980s. FISHBONE has toured with high-profile bands like the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Les Claypool/Primus, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, The Dead Kennedys and many more. Lead singer and saxophonist Angelo Moore’s ability to combine humorous, thought-provoking social commentary with FISHBONE’s frenzied, up-tempo music and euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history. 

April 26: The Waxaholics
The Waxaholics are self-proclaimed vinyl enthusiasts who strive to keep the culture of playing records alive by opting out of laptops and Serato, taking it back a few steps to the origins of deejaying – spinning vinyl. With the idea that there is still a wide interest and love from party goers and deejays for vinyl nights in the Houston-area, The Waxaholics have made major moves in nightlife, radio and overall music scene in the city. 

May 10: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
As a trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Trombone Shorty is known for his jazz, funk and rap music hits. Adding his melodic tunes to every performance, he has played with some of the music industry’s most popular artist like Daryl Hall & John Oates, Dierks Bentley, Mark Ronson, Zac Brown Band and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. He has also appeared in Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways documentary series, backed Macklemore and Madonna at the Grammys and voiced the iconic sound of adult characters in The Peanuts Movie. Trombone Shorty began playing at the age six and started touring with his band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, after 2009. 

Avenida Houston encompasses a 97,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza that runs the five blocks in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center and its surrounding areas: Discovery Green, Marriott Marquis, Partnership Tower and Avenida North Parking Garage, Hilton Americas-Houston and five restaurants. It expands the cultural landscape of downtown through the addition of many new works of public art. 

For more information on Party on the Plaza, including parking, visit www.AvenidaHouston.com/party

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