Music series

New outdoor music series celebrates Houston stars and their favorite parks

Those hot summer days – where minutes spent outdoors can feel like an eternity – can have some locals yearning for cooler temperatures outdoors. With that in mind, a new entertainment series blends lush outdoor green spaces with mellow tunes.

Jazzy Sundays in the parks, a new live music series celebrating jazz (natch) in Houston, is arriving this fall at some popular outdoor venues.

The free, family-friendly concerts are held every Sunday in September at Emancipation Park, every Sunday in October at Discovery Green, and every Sunday in November at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park.

This jazzy series, postponed due to COVID, is courtesy of Discovery Green Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Emancipation Park Conservancy and a grant from the Kinder Foundation.

Music fans can look forward to names like The Conrad Johnson Orchestra, which is made up of alumni of the late iconic music teacher at Houston’s Kashmere High School – and is the subject of the 2011 documentary, Thunder Soul. Familiar artists such as Jewel Brown will join emerging artists such as The Peterson Brothers, according to a press release.

Each concert (4 p.m.) will begin with a free workshop at 3 p.m., where children can learn about music and instruments in partnership with Da Camera and Young Audiences of Houston.

Demo performance, dubbed a spectacular series, will be featured by an American gospel and R&B singer – and civil rights activist – Staples Mavis at Discovery Green on Friday, October 15. Local cheerful star Marcos Varela (Kinder HSPVA graduate) will open the show. Doors are at 6.30pm; start of performances at 7:30 p.m.

For a full list of outdoor concerts, show times and more, visit official site.