2023 DOWNTOWN ENTERTAINMENT
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Founded by internationally recognized musicians Armov, Chad Wesselkamper, and Cory Wilson, Houston Ensemble is reinvigorating the live-music scene and the creative arts. Houston Ensemble is one of the most prolific and in-demand bands in the greater Houston area, collaborating with international industry legends. You may have heard them on KHOU11, ABC10, or one of their weekly gigs around town.
Saturday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm In black attire and armed with an acoustic guitar Luba has been called a Springsteen-Dylan-Cash combo. He takes influence from artists like Gary Stewart and Dwight Yoakam, with bright, raw guitar hooks and honest songwriting. The result is an easily accessible sound that provides a classic country feel with a hint of the iconic Bakersfield sound mixed with Texas honky-tonk and marinated in some New York swagger. A style that Luba defines as “Brooklyn twang.”
Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm dem roots music is a reggae ensemble that blends reggae roots with latin overtones established 2016 in Galveston, TX.
Sunday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Drawing inspiration from retro soul & classic country, Micah Edwards is a Texas soul singer-songwriter from Houston, Texas. Recently reaching over 1M monthly Spotify listeners, he was also featured on Tiny Desk Contest’s 2022 Top Shelf, showcased at SXSW 2023, and opened for Mac Ayres, Kam Franklin, Madeline Edwards, David Michael Wyatt, and Little Moon on the Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour.
KPRC 2 HITCH STAGE
Saturday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Cuban singer-songwriter and producer Charly Siaba is an old soul in modern times, weaving timeless emotions into enchanting melodies and evoking a musical tapestry that is both classic and contemporary. Born and raised in Havana, Siaba was trained in classical guitar and found his passion in songwriting. His authentic style is a confluence of melodies and rhythms; from Trova and Bolero to Funk and Blues.
Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Ben Clifton is a sought-after jazz pianist in the Houston music scene. He leads his own piano trio while also performing as a sideman for many jazz and singer-songwriter acts, such as the official B.B. King Tribute band and his work with Amanda Pascali. Clifton released his first EP Reflection in 2016 and is currently working on his next trio album.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Heather Rayleen is a Houston, Tx based Country singer who grew up singing at Churches and Rodeos. She put out her first album in 2017 and has since shared the stage with several National touring acts such as Tanya Tucker, Jamey Johnson and Lee Brice!
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Mariachi Nuevo Jalisco is part of Kinder HSPVA’s award-winning Mariachi Program. The ensemble consists of violin, trumpet, vihuela, guitar, and guitarron. Since 1998, Kinder HSPVA mariachi students have performed across Texas and with artists such as Mariachi Vargas.
Sunday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Kory Quinn, a musical force, delves into capitalism's morality, work's purpose, fossil fuel reliance, political corruption, and more. His music, bold yet hopeful, echoes the working class' call for change. Seven self-releases in a decade mark his inspired journey.
Sunday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Felipe Galvan's Pachuco Boogie Sound System is a roots records selection of Cumbia, Mambo, Ska, Rock-A-Billy, Danzon, Reggae, Surf, Soul, Rocksteady, & Punk Rock played on original vinyl on turntables. It's a collection of 45's and LPs from Felipe Galvan, front man and lead singer of Houston's own Los Skarnales that have been performing all over the gulf coast, the U.S., Mexico, and Spain for almost 30 years.
VIP HOSPITALITY LOUNGE
Sunday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Join Monarch Chamber Players for a program celebrating musicians and composers with Texas roots, from classical music to Beyonce! Douglas DeVries - flute, Rebecca Tobin - clarinet, Tonya Burton - viola.
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Long-time Houstonian and current Brenham resident Fred Lowery has been performing in and around Texas, both as a solo artist and in the band Kirby and the Kruisers. Fred loves to entertain his audiences by playing a broad range of pop, rock, and country tunes on guitar, ukulele, and harmonica.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 2:25 pm Batalá Houston is a local percussion group that is part of worldwide movement that plays the energetic and contagious rhythms of Samba Reggae and Samba Afro, which come from Bahia, a state in northeastern Brasil. The Houston group is made up of people of all walks of life who share a deep respect and passion for Brazil and its people, especially Afro Brazilian and Native Brazilian cultural and artistic expressions. We love the music we play and desire to cultivate positivity and inclusion through vibrant culture and music.
Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Zachary has a rich professional background, from his beginnings with the 101st Airborne Division Band to touring with Grammy Award winning blues artists and finally, settling down in Houston as an in demand free-lance artist.
ACTIVE IMAGINATION ZONE
Sat/Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Folk artist, Art Car Artist, Portrait Artist; Bonnie Blue has done it all. She has made her career as a successful, fun, exotic, funky, one-of-a-kind artist. 95% of all the art materials she uses in her works are recycled.
Sat/Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Jennifer Lang is a multifaceted artist in Houston, TX whose life and art revolve around the mantra to keep playing.