Summer Concerts in Houston
Its that time of year again
when the humidity starts to creep in and the heat really turns up in Houston.
When sitting outside for lunch is no longer an option and you start trying
to remember which one of your friends has a pool so you can “get back
in touch.” The ‘Stros are playing in the Juice, the Rockets are in the
playoffs and everyone starts planning a weekend to go ride the river.
Summer means a lot of thing in Houston, and one of my favorites includes a full slate of out door summer concerts. Not to disappoint, this year’s slated concerts will be a great one and the choices will range from classical music at the Miller Outdoor Theatre at no cost to U2 blazing into town where you can pay upwards of a couple hundred bucks to see Bono and the rest of the gang.
Growing up, summertime meant Lollapalooza and the Warped Tour. Watching up and comers Soundgarden and Pearl Jam get their rock on while the entire crowd went nuts. Trying to find a mist tent to cool off, paying exorbitant amounts of money for water, mud fights, mosh pits enjoying a day of music unlike any other.
Getting older, the idea of jumping into a mosh pit and fighting through 50,000 guys who forgot to put on deodorant does not sound as appealing as it once was, but hey, I’d go if I was 20 years younger. Thank goodness there are a lot of other festivals going on this summer that can be just as fun and without the hassle.
Starting in April the Houston International Festival will take over downtown Houston for 2 weeks. This year’s theme is Ireland and the slate of music will be exceptional as always. The IFEST is more about the experience than the music, bringing together people from all walks of life, enjoying the arts and crafts, music and overall good vibe that this festival is known for. iFest takes place April 18-19 & 25-26 in Downtown Houston.
Miller Outdoor Theatre is another great place to take in some sounds and the best part about Miller Concerts is…they are FREE. It’s also a great because everyone plays here including the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Ensemble theatre and many more. They have jazz concerts, musicals, dance, etc. The Houston Symphony does its annual Summer Symphony Nights in June that is a lot of fun and late enough to where the heat has subsided. You can lie out a blanket, look at the stars and listen to some fantastic music with the entire family.
Cynthia Woods is a no brainer. Many times I have bought tickets and sat out on the lawn to listen to Jimmy Buffet while sipping a few Coronas. Great atmosphere and just a short jaunt from Downtown Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion brings in some of the top tours in the country including Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, No Doubt, Rascal Flatts, BuzzFest and the Houston Symphony (yeah they play everywhere)!
For those of you who get nervous leaving the inner loop, the Verizon Wireless theatre hosts most of the big shows coming into town. A lot of the same bands that hit the Pavilion and include Cake, Ultimate fighting, Soulja Boy, Comedian Fran Caliendo, James Taylor and many more. Located in downtown Houston the Verizon Wireless Theatre is extremely accessible.
The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park has a slate of summer concerts that take place after the night’s horseracing. This year the Vans Warped Tour will come through on July 3, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Eddie Money and Lou Gramm. A full list of performers is available by going to the Sam Houston Racepark. The concerts take place on the infield in the open air where you can bring your blanket and favorite lawn chair unless the otherwise stipulated by the artist. Of course, you can’t bring in any colors (i.e. food and cold bevies) from outside the park. $10 beer anyone?
It’s amazing to me just how much goes on outside in the summer in Houston. With a huge array of outdoor summer concerts you would never believe that you were in the Humidity capital of the south. Heat or not, don’t miss out on these great events.