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Live Music in Houston This May

Haley Kurisky
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Jazz Fest

A view from the Blues Tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, which takes place this year April 25-May 5.

Summer is so close, I can taste it! Summer is the best time to try out new music venues and check out new artists you’ve never heard of. What’s the harm in spending a few bucks to hang out outside on the lawn of one of the many amazing concert venues in Houston to listen to some live music? Push yourself to try out something new this summer! There’s lots to listen to this May. 

May 1: Jason Bonham & Sammy Hagar @ Smart Financial Centre  
This show features a lot of rock “greats,” with a heavy Van Halen influence. FYI, Jason Bonham is son of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham. 

May 2: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion  
This is Bob Seger’s last tour, marking an end to a 50-year career. It’s your last chance to see him in concert if you’re a fan!

May 4: The 1975 @ Smart Financial Centre  
If you go to see The 1975, please sing along to “Chocolate” in my honor - I’ll be studying for finals, wishing I was there. The 1975 are a British band known for hits like “The Sound,” “Love Me,” and “Somebody Else.” 

May 5: Elle King @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs  
You’ve definitely heard her voice before, even if you don’t recognize the name. Elle King is responsible for “America’s Sweetheart” and “Ex’s and Oh’s,” two incredibly catchy songs. 

May 7: The Struts @ House of Blues  
The Struts are an English group known for their amazing stage presence and elaborate costumes. 

May 7: YUNGBLUD @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
YUNGBLUD, otherwise known as Halsey’s boyfriend, is an Australian rocker. He and Halsey recently released a song called “11 Minutes.” 

May 9: Ms. Lauryn Hill @ Smart Financial Centre  
Lauryn Hill’s music spans many genres, including soul, R&B, and hip-hop. She is best known for her only solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

May 11: The Allman Betts Band @ The Heights Theater  
The sons of Greg Allman and Dickey Betts are coming together to perform in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band. 

May 16: Wilderado @ The Bronze Peacock at House of Blues
I saw Wilderado open for Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie a few years ago, and they were great! They have a folksy sound that is catchy and authentic. 

May 17: Dave Matthews Band @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Dave Matthews Band has been around forever, but they released another chart-topping album in 2018, called Come Tomorrow

May 18: Cheap Trick, Bad Company, and ZZ Top @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion  
ZZ Top is celebrating 50 years of bandhood. Featuring special guests Bad Company and Cheap Trick - two amazing bands that make this show one that can’t be missed. Having seen Bad Company at Cynthia Woods Mitchell before, I can attest that their sound and energy is great for an outdoor summer show. 

May 18: LEON @ The Bronze Peacock at House of Blues  
LEON has a beautiful, soulful sound that she uses to bring depth to pop songs. I’m a big fan, so hopefully I’ll see you there! 

May 18: Steve Aoki @ Spire  
Do you want cake thrown in your face while you’re dancing? Look into this show. Enough said!

May 19: Ariana Grande @ Toyota Center
Ariana Grande is arguably one of the biggest stars in the world right now. Fresh off two amazing performances at Coachella, Ari can be expected to put on a crowd-pumping show. 

May 21: A R I Z O N A @ House of Blues
Known for their “electronic dance pop” music, A R I Z O N A is well known for playing festivals all over the country, including ACL. Their sound is chill, fun, and easy. 

May 24: Turnpike Troubadours @ White Oak Music Hall Lawn  
Turnpike Troubadours are an Oklahoma-bred country band who gave a great performance at the Rodeo this past year. They’re back in Houston, so if you missed out in March, now’s your chance!

May 28: Lionel Richie @ Smart Financial Centre
Lionel Richie is currently on tour promoting his new album, Live From Las Vegas.

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

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