For god’s sake. Christian Events in Houston (Gospel Music).
American religious musical form that owes much of its origin to the Christian conversion of West Africans enslaved in the American South was partly evolved from the songs slaves sang on plantations, notably work songs, and from the Protestant hymns they sang in church. In the black culture of the first half of the 20th cent., gospel music was considered antithetical to blues and jazz, despite their similarity of origins, and gospel performers rarely sang in nonreligious settings. Later, as all three forms became popular outside the black community, they were less mutually exclusive. Gospel music spread through song publishing, concerts, recordings, and radio and television broadcasts of religious services from the Great Depression days of the 1930s.
They’re all in here, under the white (striped blue) big top. Would it be Cirque du Soleil directed by Tim Burton? Could be. But this time responsibility’s on Suzanne Bernel and Kevin Bourque who co-funded (in 2004) the theatre bizarre & dark. The couple, now married, envisioned a circus that melds the jaw-dropping acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil with a neo-gothic aesthetic.
No matter what your spirituality is (is there a room for a religious faith or is it all filled with the pagan–like love of life and the sparkles of beauty in everything, anything?) you almost certainly love to listen to gospel music with it’s cheering message that comes not only through lyrics and pretty often despite the lyrics. Gospel concerts are still christian events, especially in the South of U.S., but theyre much more of a praise for live and love that’s a part of everybody’s existence. Tha most popular gospel events in Houston is happening in the very secular layout and you’ll listen to the music with your mouth full of southern yummies, check that out: the award-winning Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues has arrived in Houston!
The gospel brunch series began in 1992 in Cambridge, Mass. Houston is now the 12th location to incorporate the weekly event, which includes an hour-long gospel performance from a rotating series of acts. Upcoming performers include Brotherly Luv, the Mighty Travelers, G.R.A.C.E. Ensemble and the fantastic Jones Family Singers. Paulette Wright, former hostess of the HOB gospel brunch in New Orleans, takes over those duties in Houston. Gospel Brunch is a one-of-a-kind live music show and dining experience. Guests will enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat southern style buffet that features breakfast favorites plus a host of southern specialties. Every week different gospel groups from around the region will perform live on stage. The music is uplifting and energetic and guaranteed to get the crowd standing on their feet! The Southern-style menu includes: cornbread muffins with maple butter, pecan caramel sticky buns, cheese-filled tortellini salad with smoked salmon, capers, red onions and pear tomatoes, traditional Caesar salad, hickory smoked bacon and sausage links, homemade biscuits and country gravy, breakfast potatoes with sautéed onions and peppers, homemade waffles, omelet station, southern fried chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese, creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya, carved smoked turkey breast with prime rib of beef, white chocolate walnut brownies, homemade fruit cobbler and white chocolate banana bread pudding.
Neal Everett, who choreographed 90% of "Beneath" and plays Orpheus was growing up on a farm in the tiny town of Pittsburgh, Texas, he waited eagerly for the circus to come through every year. "I was always hanging from ropes, walking along the fence, teaching the pony to do tricks," Everett says. Following a stint as a college cheerleader at the University of Arizona, he moved to L.A., where he found a circus class and immediately started training. There, he met Bernel, who had already been performing with Bourque, and the trio ended up forming a company almost by accident.
If you prefere the outdoor events you should be happy joining Sweet Victory Music, Inc. for Soulcheck, Saturday, August 8, 2009. Come to Discovery Green in downtown Houston and experience sights and sounds from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the U.S. through hip hop, a cappella, pop/rock, gospel, dancing, acrylic and sand art and much more. Feel free to join in this non-denominational multi-cultural worship event or simply enjoy the night. Make yourself comfortable on the hill with blankets, coolers, non-alcoholic drinks, and food. There will be no admission fee. For more information, visit soulcheck.org.
Other christian music events in Houston this summer (as advertised by Christian Concerts Authority) are: Go Fish (7/23/2009 @ Windwood Presbyterian Conference), CeCe Winans (7/30/2009 @St Agnes Dome of Restoration) Billy Ray Cyrus (8/1/2009 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion), Charlie Daniels, Colonel Oliver, Lee Greenwood, Michael W Smith (8/1/2009 @Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion), Bob Smiley (8/28, 29/2009), Jason Crabb 8/30/2009), Article One (9/11/2009 @Berean Baptist Church), Allison Allen, Anita Renfroe, Big Daddy Weave, Lisa Harper, Lisa Whelchel, Luci Swindoll, Mandisa, Marilyn Meberg, Nicole C Mullen, Patsy Clairmont, Sandi Patty, Shelia Walsh, Stephen Arterburn, Steven Curtis Chapman (11/13/2009 @Toyota Center), Allison Allen, Anita Renfroe Houston, Lisa Harper, Lisa Whelchel, Luci Swindoll, Mandisa, Marilyn Meberg, Nicole C Mullen, Patsy Clairmont, Sandi Patty, Shelia Walsh, Stephen Arterburn, Steven Curtis Chapman (11/14/2009 @ Toyota Center). Big Daddy Weave (11/14/2009).