Stunning views and award-winning musicians usher in the spring season at Kings Harbor on Lake Houston. Every Thursday throughout March and April, the waterfront village becomes a concert destination, covering everything from jazz to pop. The scene is intimate, the setting serene and the experience keep music lovers coming back for more.
Sunset at the water’s edge is the perfect backdrop for Sea Breeze Sax featuring saxophonist Carl Progue on March 15. Progue’s versatility ranges from R&B and smooth jazz to pop and traditional jazz.
Wasi Townsend mixes up the Thursday Music Series March 22, with his take on tunes by James Taylor, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Harper and Tom Petty. A solo performer in his own right, Townsend brings his soulful jazz/rock rhythm skills as a singer/songwriter and guitarist to Kings Harbor.
As Guitar @Traixion (pronounced like "attraction"), Mark Towns entices audiences between Texas and California with an eclectic up-tempo mix of music. Towns takes the Latin flair he’s known for and mixes it with soul, hip-hop, salsa, reggae, blues and jazz, performing at Kings Harbor March 29.
Depending on Dehner Franks’ mood, Kings Harbor music fans could be doing more than just toe-tapping on April 5. Franks’ repertoire includes renditions of pop and jazz standards such as "Stardust" and "I’ve Got Rhythm" plus original stride-boogie jazz songs.
Smart, soulful lyrics and a subtle musicality are Matt Harlen’s trademarks. His exquisite finger-style guitar technique and singing poems make the April 12 Thursday Music Series especially meaningful. A Texas native, Harlen has performed around the world and was selected the 2011 Troubadour at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Saxophonist Marvin Hebert takes center stage in his own backyard April 19. The Kingwood native and accomplished musician will play a mix of jazz and pop hits.
The Kristine Mills Duo hits the Thursday Music Series roster April 26. The sassy singer is a favorite performer in Houston’s cozy wine bars and New York stages alike, and has evolved from a straightforward jazz singer to an even more complex sound. With Houston Press Music Awards for “Best Songwriter” in 2010 and for “Best Female Vocalist” in 2009, Mills brings a deep repetoire of songs to the evening.
Lois Albez brings her Brazilian sounds to King Harbor, rounding out the series May 3. Albez is known for her samba, bossa nova and salsa repertoire, but as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and bassist, Albez also knows her way around rhythm and blues, Latin jazz, fusion and American standards. A regular in the Hollywood performance circuit, Albez has wowed Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, Quincy Jones, Sting and Barbara Streisand with her talent.
The Thursday Music Series starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. and runs through the end of April.