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Live Music in Houston This August

Haley Kurisky
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Haley Kurisky, our music guru, spotted a cool guitar store while traveling. 

If you're like me and love summer, then you might also be wary of August. Sure, it's still warm and the days are still long, but school starts back up in August. Gone are the days of wondering what we're going to do this summer; fast approaching are the days of worrying about back-to-school/work full-time schedules and plans. As you're settling in to your last month of freedom, spend some quality family time at a great show. Enjoy your last month of summer, and don't forget to support live music!

July 27-Aug. 5: Houston Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors @ Miller Outdoor Theater

This August. the Shakespeare Festival is back with two alternating shows: Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors. Buy your tickets online and check out which show is performing which day (they switch off).

Aug. 3: Panic! at the Disco @ Toyota Center

Panic! brought us "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," "The Ballad of Mona Lisa," and other angsty teen songs that many of us never seemed to outgrow. They're a fun live band, so worth seeing if you can score tickets. 

Aug. 3: The Heights Funk Collective @ The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza

Last month I wrote an article about the new Glassell School and surrounding areas and attractions, including Houston's new bean! All throughout August, the plaza where the bean sits will be hosting live music performances. I've included the shows on this list, so go check them out! The Heights Funk Collective is a funk/rock band. 

Aug. 4: Imagine Dragons @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

This is one of those shows that many have been waiting for all summer. Imagine Dragons songs can constantly be heard on the radio and they regularly put on energizing performances. I would highly recommend this show. 

Aug. 4: White Linen Night @ The Heights

White Linen Night has been happening for years, so start planning your white outfit! As always, there will be tons of artists, sponsors and, of course, live music. 

Aug. 10: Electric Light Orchestra @ Toyota Center

If you go, I'll see you there! ELO is headed by genius Jeff Lynne, who will bring a fun upbeat sound to Toyota Center. 

Aug. 10: Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Wow.. two country greats. I saw Little Big Town at the HLSR this year and they put on a cool performance that will resonate well with the outdoor feel of Cynthia Woods. Miranda Lambert is a legend who is known for her vocal chops, so this show should be super fun. 

Aug. 10: Patric Johnston @ The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza

This is another of the free shows near the Glassell School. Patric Johnson is an Indie folk rock performer. Also featured at the event are food carts Popston and Spicy Dog. 

Aug. 10: Classic Albums Live presents Pink Floyd: The Wall @ Miller Outdoor Theater

Musicians will be recreating Pink Floyd's classic album The Wall. Having seen The Wall in person, I can honestly say this is one of the best rock/art performance pieces out there. Be prepared to be amazed, inspired, and maybe a bit creeped out.

Aug. 12: 4th Annual It's Just Rap Fest @ Warehouse Live

This event merges art, music and comedy from 3-9 p.m. All ages are welcome - there will be a variety of acts suitable for everyone including comedy shows, concerts and more. 

Aug. 15: Young Thug and J.Cole @ Toyota Center

For my rap fans out there, check out this show featuring two prominent rappers. J.Cole recently released another wildly successful album.

Aug. 17: DJ Gracie Chavez & Batala Houston @ Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza

The last August show at the Glassell School. Chavez is a club/dance DJ, and Batala Houston has a samba reggae percussion sound. 

Aug. 18: 2018 Houston Food Fest @ Hermann Square (near City Hall)

This year, from 12-10 p.m., Houston will be hosting its annual Food Fest, complete with over 70 food vendors from around Texas and a plethora of musical accompaniment, including local bands. Tickets are only $5!

Aug. 22: Shakira @ Toyota Center

Diehard Shakira fans no doubt already have their tickets for this show, but if you don't, you better act quickly! Shakira can sing, dance, and she is downright mesmerizing to watch perform. 

Aug. 22: Lyle Lovett @ Hobby Center

If you know, you know. A famous country singer and actor, Lyle Lovett is a jack of all trades. If you didn't know, he was born in Houston and went to Texas A&M!

Aug. 23: Wiz Khalifa @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Wiz Khalifa has a ton of hits you may not even know are his -"Sucker for Pain," "See You Again," "Roll Up," and more. Rae Sremmurd opens. 

Aug. 23: Billy Currington @ Revention Music Center

Currington is a country star with hits like "Hey Girl" and "Do I Make You Wanna." Revention Center will provide a more intimate experience so if you're at all interested, I think this would be a great show to see. 

Aug. 23: Tony Bennett @ Smart Financial Centre

Jazz singer Tony Bennett is still kicking, having performed alongside modern greats like Lady Gaga more recently. Smart Financial has great acoustics that will be good for this big band sound. 

Aug. 24: Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Maybe I'm biased towards pop music, but I think this is going to be a really fun show. You can look forward to tons of top 40 hits you've heard dozens of times on the radio. 

See all upcoming events on our event calendar and all blog posts by Haley here

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