Grammy Award-winner, Houston favorites to perform during free weekly concert series at downtown park
HOUSTON, Texas – Discovery Green announced today the anticipated return of its weekly concert series with presenting sponsor, Green Mountain Energy Company, and refreshed title, Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concerts. Unwind on the green and revel in the sounds of some of the region’s best performers on the Anheuser-Busch stage this September and October.
“Houston is a city of true diversity, and thus, our Thursday Concerts lineup of musical genres ranging from Tejano to Zydeco to Blues to Rock and Roll ‘sounds like Houston,’” said Barry Mandel, president of Discovery Green. “We are thrilled to have Green Mountain Energy, the park’s longtime renewable energy provider, present this dynamic fall music series.”
“Working with Discovery Green is as much about giving back to the Houston community, where many of our customers work and play, as it is about powering one of the city’s greatest parks with renewable energy,” said Rafael Navarro, Houston market manager, Green Mountain Energy. “This fantastic concert series offers a great escape from the fast-paced city that surrounds us, and we’re proud to power the talent featured here with 100% wind energy.”
The free, family-friendly concerts take place on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., September 25 through October 23.Dance, sing and relax on the hill as you listen to music from some of the most vibrant bands from the Gulf Coast including Grammy Award-winning artist and “Houston Kid” Rodney Crowell, current local favorites Wild Moccasins and Buxton and more!
Blankets and picnics are welcome, but glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Lawn Chairs are allowed on the south side of the Fondren Performance Space. Concessions are available for purchase at The Lake House,which provides fast casual food and beverages. A special Lake House tent will be set up to sell fresh grilled tacos, corn and other tasty bites.
This series is co-sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Cactus Music, Houston Press and KPFT-FM. Saint Arnold Brewing Company will offer double reward points for individuals recycling their empty Saint Arnold six pack carriers at Discovery Green during concerts on September 25 and October 16.
Music fans have the opportunity to get reserved seating at all Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concerts presented by Green Mountain Energy. As part of its “Save a Seat” campaign to furnish the park’s new 4,7000 square-foot deck, Discovery Green will offer reserved seating to park users who contribute $300 or more, plus the opportunity to inscribe a message to a loved one on two new deck chairs. Visit www.discoverygreen.com/donate for more information.
The fall line-up for Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concerts presented by Green Mountain Energy at Discovery Green includes:
September 25* – Paul Thorn
Craig Kinsey opens
Paul Thorn’s rousing songs and performances captivate audiences with a fine balance of knock out rock and roll, whimsical storytelling, and hard-charging grooves. Join us for the Houston CD release party of Paul’s latest recording, Too Blessed to Be Stressed!
Craig Kinsey kicks off the show with a set of tunes from his latest release, American Roots and Machines.
October 2 – Wild Moccasins; Buxton
Wild Moccasins excite and delight fans at home and on the road with clever pop tunes.
Buxton ignites their indie-folk blend of Americana with dynamic instrumentation and powerful writing.
Exciting double bill with two of Houston’s top touring bands. Coin toss at 6 p.m. determines which band goes first so get there early for ALL of the FUN!
October 9 – The Jones Family Singers
Milton Hopkins opens
The Jones Family Singers deliver a joyous celebration with a non-stop stage show and super funky grooves.
Legendary Houston bluesman, Milton Hopkins opens the show.
October 16* – Rodney Crowell
Grand Old Grizzly opens
Rodney Crowell cut his teeth in Houston before going on to record five No. 1 hits in the 1980s. In 2014 Crowell won his 2nd Grammy for his work with Emmylou Harris on the Old Yellow Moon album and released another solo record, Tarpaper Sky.
Grand Old Grizzly breaks out the country rock to kick off the night with a bang and plenty of twang!
October 23 – T Bird and The Breaks
Mikey and The Drags open
T Bird and The Breaks create a melting-pot of funk that people of all ages, and across musical genres, can dig.
Mikey and The Drags kick off the show with garage rock nuggets.
For more information on the 2014 fall programming season at Discovery Green, sign up for our weekly e-blasts at discoverygreen.com.
Editor’s Note: High resolution images of previous concerts and all talent available upon request. View past concerts on YouTube.
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with the mission to “change the way power is made.” Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. One of Green Mountain’s largest customers is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 30.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
Visit online at www.GreenMountainEnergy.com
Discovery Green is a 12-acre park created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy. Since the park opened in April 2008, it has welcomed more than 6 million visitors and hosted more than 2,000 public and private events. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present three dynamic programming seasons each year most of which are FREE and open to the public. As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy.