Houston, TX – April 24, 2017– Houston’s legendary event, “Party on the Plaza”, will take place Wednesday nights in May and June at the Avenida Houston Plaza, across from Discovery Green, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. with pre-party activities and DJs beginning at 5:30 p.m. The free concert series will feature local and regional performers, as well as food and local brew offerings.
“Avenida Houston is downtown’s newest cultural epicenter, offering upscale dining, unique art installations and easy access to some of the city’s major attractions,” said Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of Houston First Corporation. “The return of ‘Party on the Plaza’ will round out the visitor experience and showcase Avenida Houston as a true entertainment destination.”
Concert lineup includes:
May 3: Los Skarnales with Muddy Belle
Over 20 years on the Texas music scene, Los Skarnales blends a mixture of Ska, reggae, rockabilly, cumbia and danzones – all with punk attitude Showing off its Punk-Ska-Pachuco-Boggie-Beat, this band is guaranteed to make you dance the night away. Muddy Belle is a Houston favorite with rock and roll, mixed with blues, soul, funk and jazz.
May 10: Allen Oldies with Rudy and the Reckless
The Allen Oldies Band started delighting audiences in 1996 at their debut gig at the Astrodome, and continued to make the world more fun for 50/60's rock and roll fans. Past highlights include multiple mentions in the New York Times and many performances at SXSW. Ruby and the Reckless bring a smooth rock feel, fiddle-driven, and dance-worthy music to the stage
May 17: Mango Punch! with Gio Chamba
Mango Punch! brings high-energy dance music in Spanish and English, offering one of the widest variety of musical styles in Texas. Gio Chamba is a tropical fusion duo from Houston, fronted by Gio and Coffee Guzman. Their signature Chamba sound will make you get up and dance!
May 24: SOULDIG with Sherita Perez
Funk, soul, R&B, rock and Latin are the sounds that influence the deep grooves experienced with SOULDIG. Ol' School influences drive the core of the rhythm section and soulful vocals and solos deliver the right energy to soothe the soul! Sherita Perez is a Gulf Coast indie-folk singer/songwriter that focuses on manifesting positive change through action.
May 31: Nick Gaitan with Nico Diaz
Nick Gaitan heads up the local Umbrella Man, a quintessential Houston band that mixes and matches a variety of Gulf Coast genres that find a musical home in this region. The group's thumping bass, bright reedy accordion and ringing steel guitar blend in surprising but always recognizable ways. Country, rockabilly, zydeco and conjunto are all a part of the sound and song writing, and the swinging, dance-oriented traditions infuse their repertoire. Nico Diaz creates a jazzy kind of Latin rock that carries clear influences from Latin Folk and Nova Trova.
June 7: Ishi with Romina Von Mohr
Ishi is a high-energy electronic band from Dallas, Texas with influences of soul, funk & house music. They thrive on creating a positive atmosphere that allows their audience to let loose and express themselves. Romina is a singer/songwriter based in Houston who has songs that carry intricate rhythms, mixed with catchy, wandering melodies.
June 14: Say Girl with El Lago
Say Girl Say is a multi-instrumental female duo from Houston, Texas. Bridgette Yawn and Suzan Zaghmouth are known for their interwining, haunting harmonies that break your heart and will leave you wanting more. El Lago is a band from Galveston that sometimes evokes a past era of dream pop, post punk, shoegaze and 80's alternative - always looking to the future.
June 21: Brownout with VODI
Nine-piece psychedelic Latin-funk collective Brownout hails from Austin, Texas, and has been providing hardcore grooves and breakbeats for the dance floor since 2003. Recently gaining widespread notoriety for their Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath Project, they return this year with an EP of brand new original material sure to break it down. Vodi is a six-piece indie rock band based out of Houston, featuring ambient keys, driving rhythms, effortless hooks and a nostalgic sound.
June 28: Fat Tony with Young Mammals
Fat Tony stands for the forefront of a new generation of young rappers who get it themselves - a DIY hustler who's built his burgeoning career on a foundation of smarts and swagger. The Houston MC owns the mic with a casual confidence, workmanlike in his delivery, both laid back and lyrical. Through his simmering solo work and boundary-busting collaborations, Fat Tony has already launched a legacy. Young Mammal's sound ranges "from bulstery power-pop to hushed art punk, with a youthful energy pushing equally through evocative guitar chords and gutsy vocals." - Impose
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. Two monumental sculptural works, Soaring in the Clouds by Ed Wilson and Wings Over Water in the Fountain of Americas by Joe O'Connell and Creative Machines, welcome visitors to Avenida Houston. Within the landscaped plaza is the Wharf, an intimate special event space. The $175 million transformation of the area began in 2013 and was completed in January 2017.
For more information including parking, visit www.AvenidaHouston.com/party
ABOUT HOUSTON FIRST
Houston First Corporation operates the city's finest convention and arts facilities to position Houston as a world-class destination. In 2014, Houston First and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau aligned their operations to create a single clear voice representing the city under the brand Visit Houston. Houston First owns the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel and manages more than 11 city-owned buildings, plazas and parking facilities. For more information, visit HoustonFirst.com and VisitHouston.com.