15 Notable Houston Concerts of 2012

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Photo by Jay Lee
BLONDIE, Arena Theatre
During "One Way or Another," the last song of the main set and one of several hard-charging rockers in a row, security had to remove an overexited woman who couldn't resist a little stage time herself not once but twice. Two different women, right back to back, almost on top of each other. By then, though, Blondie had been priming those two and many others in the crowd for a while. (September 19) CHRIS GRAY

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Photo by Marco Torres
Once the Queens rapper made it to Houston, we were treated with a magical night. Bronsalino began his set onstage, then migrated into the crowd, to the bar, and eventually onto Westheimer. His fans followed him out into the street like lemmings, basking in his unpredictability and grateful for the close contact not often allowed by most rappers. The concert turned into a block party, making this show one of the best of the year. (September 22) MARCO TORRES

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Photo by Matthew Keever
ZZ TOP, Constellation Field
At 9 p.m., as the lights went out, a scene was projected onto the back wall of the stage, emulating a movie trailer. The audience was told that the following preview, while approved for all audiences, was rated "ZZ." Whatever that meant, it got the crowd's blood pumping as a female narrator introduced Gibbons, Hill and Beard to the crowd. A minute later, the band strutted out onto the stage. Beard walked to his kit first, tapping his snare and checking his kick drum. Moments later, Gibbons and Hill walked out together, wearing their suits and shades, an overall air of cool about them. (October 20) MATTHEW KEEVER

Location Info


Constellation Field

1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land, TX

Category: General


300 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Arena Theatre

7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: General

Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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