The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Tamar Braxton, Debonair Lounge, Juneteenth, etc.
Miller Outdoor Theatre, June 19
Black or white, Juneteenth is one of Houston's biggest parties of the year, and Miller Outdoor Theatre is always the best place to celebrate. Headlining this year is Allen Toussaint, a key figure in New Orleans' vast musical history for a half-century as a pianist, songwriter (Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Glen Campbell), producer (LaBelle, The Meters) arranger (Dr. John, The Band's The Last Waltz) and one of the Crescent City's leading music educators.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, class of '98, was even awarded an honorary doctorate by Tulane University last year. Toussaint would be a funky good time all by himself, but Austin's much-decorated gospel-blues diva Ruthie Foster should really have 'em jumping in the aisles too.
George R Brown Convention Center, June 19
Aiming to pick up where SXSW got sidetracked by endless corporate lucre and digital blathering, Houston-based Springboard South still believes aspiring, unsponsored performers deserve a shot. Now in its third year, the conference/tradeshow/festival aims to put its more than 100 showcasing artists in front of not just insiders who can open music-biz doors to them, but everyday music fans too.
The four-day event begins with Thursday's Band BootCamp, a bazaar of crash courses in everything from efficient studio use to PR on a budget, and continues all weekend at Friday's "Band Mall" as well as near round-the-clock music at Warehouse Live and surrounding venues this coming weekend featuring plenty of talented Houston acts. Day passes start at $15; stay tuned for more on SS later this week. See springboardsouth.com for details.
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