Head to Avenida Houston as Party on the Plaza continues on select Thursdays, March - May! Catch free performances of local and regional bands on the Bud Light Stage along Avenida Plaza, in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Enjoy craft beer specials, food, games and more!
6:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Opening band
8:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: Headliner
*Beer specials begin at 6 p.m.
Singer and saxophonist Karl Denson fronts the Tiny Universe as if he’s preaching the gospel. His energy and spirit are contagious while his songwriting serves a larger message of fellowship — across generations, genders, religions and cultures. Not surprisingly, he’s none too pleased with the current state of political discourse. Thus the reason why KDTU’s new album, 'Gnomes & Badgers' (out 3/8 on Seven Spheres Records), is Denson’s hard-grooving answer to these tragically divisive times. Highly regarded as one of the best live acts on the planet, KDTU distills the sweeping stylistic range of its concert performances into their own authentic sound throughout the recording. With ‘Gnomes &Badgers;,” the inimitable Denson and his long-standing six-piece unit that includes guitarist DJ Williams, drummer Zak Najor, bassist Chris Stillwell, keyboardist David Veith, trumpeter Chris Littlefield and slide/lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman have delivered what is undoubtedly their strongest work yet.’ Along with KDTU, Denson serves as the touring saxophonist with The Rolling Stones, while continuing to hold down his role as a founding member of the seminal funk band, Greyboy Allstars.
If you’ve been following Joey Dosik’s career at all, it should come as no surprise that ‘Inside Voice’ consistently, utterly nails it. Dosik has honed his craft as part of a burgeoning Los Angeles scene that reinvents past forms of popular music to exist in the present tense. He is a regular collaborator with Vulfpeck, was named by Quincy Jones as an artist to watch, and has released music of his own, most recently 2017’s EP, Game Winner. On his full-length debut, Dosik starts out simply enough – glimpses of Dosik’s vocal range hover over a sparse piano and guitar arrangement, anchored by snapping fingers. It’s quiet but — in keeping with the song’s concept, which Dosik described as “deep, sexual, but also kind of silly”— it’s also a thrilling, intimate moment, one where the purity of the melody and Dosik’s spot-on phrasing fall perfectly in line. For more information on Joey Dosik, click here .
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