The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Tamar Braxton, Debonair Lounge, Juneteenth, etc.
Tamar Braxton is a thoroughly diversified modern R&B diva. Besides music, her portfolio includes a clothing line, book (last year's Love and War, which she co-wrote with husband Vince Herbert), two reality shows (Braxton Family Values and Tamar and Vince) and a daytime talk show, The Real, scheduled to debut in the fall.
But none of that would be possible without her voice, which the late Whitney Houston once called "amazing" after hearing the then-teenage Tamar sing backup for older sister Toni. Braxton's latest album, also called Love and War, topped Billboard's Hot R&B Albums chart last year and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Since approximately Labor Day 2013, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers strutting their stuff for one of the most stylish audiences in town. Hosted by local scenesters Tay Mitch and Brad Gilmore, whom Channel 39's Newsfix called "ebony and ivory at its finest," these few hours will have you looking forward to every Monday...just not Tuesdays.
This Monday (no cover before 9 p.m.), Tay and Brad welcome Prince Cannon, Twenty Eleven's Corbin Dallas and, as always, that butter-smooth Debonair House Band. The party never stops on Instagram at @DebonairLounge, too.
DJ Flash Gordon Parks
Alley Kat Lounge, May 21
If you see Flash Gordon Parks around a set of turntables -- which you can every Wednesday at the Big Top's tiny next-door neighbor, the Alley Kat Lounge -- it's better than even money you're in for a funky good time. Parks pours an encyclopedic knowledge of soul, funk, jazz, hip-hop and more into sets that will make you think as much as they make you sweat. That's no easy feat, but he makes it sound that way.
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