Local Houston Music Scene
Resources for finding Houston artists include HoustonBands.net, Houston Music Scene and Houston Press. The local music scene is also covered by The Houston Chronicle. Venues to see live music include Cezanne, Bungalo 8 Nightclub, Cosmo's Cafe, Fat Cats, The Engine Room and Meridian. The history of the Houston music scene has included Beyonce, Destiny's Child, ZZ Top, Kenny Rogers, H-Town, Geto Boys, Yolanda Adams, Paul Van Dyke, Chamillionaire and Blue October. Campuses include University of Houston, Rice University and Texas Southern University.
Alicia James * Candi Redd * Cody Kouba Band * Christen Sawyer * Davin James * Donnie Sands * Forever Falls * Gary Helms * Ghazi * Heidi Massin * Kelly McGuire * KLD * Leslie Krafka * Mark Ballas * Mary Sarah * Mizz Young * Ne Plusultra * Otenki * Payton Rae * RaShawn * Rose and Ben * Salariatus * Savannah Berry * Sheila Marshall * Sleepy Hallow * Sophi * Spare Parts Band * Subcool * Susan Hickman * Sydnee-Jane * Tammala * Young Twinn *
Houston Local Music Scene History
On April 14, 2020 The Houston Chronicle ran a story for a podcast called Coronavirus Chronicle: Why Houston's live music scene may never be the same after COVID-19. The podcast was hosted by Andrew Dansby and Ferrill Gibbs and discussed the challenges for the local scene due to the economic and social distancing issues related to the coronavirus.
The first annual In Bloom Festival was held at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston on March 24-25, 2018. The clear sky and warm temperature helped make the festival more enjoyable, along with several live acts on multiple stages. Performers included Beck, Incubus and Ying Yang Twins, as well as Houston duo Say Girl Say (Brigette Yawn and Suzan Zaghmouth).
Houston's music community came together following Hurricane Harvey to help raise relief funds. Archie Bell, who had a number one hit in 1968 called "Tighten Up," performed August 31, 2017 at The Continental Club. Admission was free, but the organizers encouraged donations for the Houston Food Bank to help hurricane victims. White Oak was another venue that was able to raise thousands of dollars for the community. Additionally, several national celebrities pledged to donate relief money to Houston, including Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jaime Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Tyler Perry, Blake Shelton and Hillary Duff.
The Houston Press ran a story on February 3, 2016 called "I Thought Houston's Music Scene Sucked ... Not Anymore" by Meagan Flynn. The story was about the writer's assessment of the local scene after moving to Houston compared with going to college in Des Moines. Flynn found the scene to be more diverse and "weirder" than Austin. Some of the local acts mentioned included The Mighty Orq, the Screaming Females and Titus Andronicus.
The 25th annual Houston Press Music Awards was held on Sunday, August 4, 2013. The award for best local recording went to The Niceguys and James Kelley, while the best local song was "Epiphany" by Cindy Pruitt. Oceans of Slumber won an award for best new act while the musician of the year award went to Texas Johnny Brown. Other winners included Junior Gordon Band, Libby Koch, Darryl Youngblood, Josh Fuller and Annika Chambers. Over thirty awards were handed out to local artists.
HoustonMusicNews.net is a regional music site that serves the musicians and supporters of Houston and its surrounding areas. The site includes an entertainment calendar, band directory and links to clubs and music stores. The band directory provides phone numbers and links to band websites. A memorial section pays tribute to artists who have passed away, such as Dennis Watson and Gary Heyne.
HoustonMusicReview.com is a website that has reported on the local music scene since 2001. The site features plenty of concert reviews and concert photos. The site reviews shows such as the Jazzy Mountain Hop, which was held on August 30, 2013 and the Idyllwild Jazz in the 20th annual Pines Music Festival held on August 17, 2013. The concert reviews cover pop, rock, blues and country. Reviews go back to 2001. In recent years the site has reviewed about 100 shows per year.