Summertime is undoubtedly concert season, and — despite the sticky Houston heat — arguably the best time to see live music. Indoor venues offer free air conditioning! Outdoor shows afford cooling breezes!
There is something for everyone on the concert calendar throughout May and June, but here are the five that I won't miss.
Dave Matthews Band with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Yes, I know that I'm setting myself up for mockery here. And trust me, I'm as baffled by this pairing as you surely. But maybe it works? DMB has a cult following and, if we're being honest, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros kind of look a little cult-ish.
Their tours converge for two Texas dates — one being at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 18.
Walk Off The Earth
The Canadian group plays the House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room on June 3.
The Beach Boys
I grew up listening to the Beach Boys' surfer hits. The band's psychedelic albums proved formative in developing my college-age musical tastes. In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the group is reuniting for the first time in two decades. And while this reunion may not live up to their former glory, I'm a realist, and Brian Wilson will be there.
I can't think of a better way to enjoy the show than on the lawn, under the stars, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on June 8.
The Gourds with Mary McBride
And plus, who can resist a free show? June 14 at Discovery Green.
Explosions in the Sky
Explosions in the Sky has this cinematic instrumental music that never fails to entrance and mesmerize — whether at an expansive music festival or an intimate, hole-in-the-wall venue.