It's the best weekend of the year for classic rock, new age, and heavy metal fans, as huge tours roll through through town, including a special show at Minute Maid Park. But there are plenty of other great acts from various genres to catch across town in another busy week on the Houston music scene.
The Glitch Mob: headphone music for the dancefloor
The Glitch Mob gained fame at the height of the cloying EDM movement, but their roots are more in late-'90s experimental electronic music that at the time thrillingly combined synths, samples, and hip-hop beats more akin to Aphex Twin. This is arty dance music for those who simply like to let the layers wash over them or those who prefer to let it all hang out on the dancefloor.
The Glitch Mob play White Oak Music Hall, located at 2915 S. Main St. on Thursday, June 14. Elohim opens. Tickets are $20 plus a $8.62 service fee. Doors open at 8 pm.
CultureMap Show of the Week: The Eagles
The Eagles always straddled the line of being a rock band and a rebel country act (see “Desperado” as proof), so it wasn’t a huge surprise when the massive classic rock group tapped country megastar Vince Gill to fill the spot of the late Glenn Frey for their latest stadium/ballpark tour that will stop at Minute Maid Park on June 15. Keeping in line with the rebel country thing, none other than Chris Stapleton will open, fresh off a RodeoHouston performance. This will be one of the biggest shows of the year for those of a certain age demographic.
The Eagles and Chris Stapleton are double-headers at Minute Maid Park, located at 501 Crawford St. on Friday, June 15. Tickets start at $99.50 plus service fees. Doors open at 7 pm.
Post Malone blows up at Cynthia Woods
Want to know how huge Post Malone is right now? Simply try to purchase a ticket for his show at Cynthia Woods. Tickets are going for $129 for lawn seats, which is an astronomical amount to see anyone, anywhere. To put it in perspective, one could buy a one-day ticket to Day for Night to see over a dozen great acts for around that amount. But that's what an artist can charge when they are coming into town with the No. 1 song in the country with "Psycho," his second such song to earn that distinction. The other, "Rockstar," features opener, 21 Savage. Expect a duet between these two after shelling out the big bucks to sweat on the lawn.
Post Malone performs at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, located 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. in The Woodlands, on Friday, June 15. SOB X RBE, Paris, and 21 Savage opens. Tickets start at $129 for lawn and general admission, plus service fees. Gates open at 7 pm.
Emo-rockers flashback: The Get Up Kids
Emo-rock has seen a bit of a revival as bands that made it big off the punk-meets-heartbreak genre in the '90s are reuniting and hitting the road, perhaps none more visible than Dashboard Confessional. Count The Get Up Kids in that group. They are back behind a new EP, Kicker, which beefs up their sound while remaining faithful to their original vision.
The Get Up Kids hit White Oak Music Hall, located at 2915 S. Main St. on Friday, June 15. Casket Lottery opens. Tickets are $19.99 in advance plus a $5.35 service fee. Doors open at 8 pm.
Houpalooza maybe brings tha hip-hop?
This one is a mystery. Originally set to be a three-day festival in Missouri City, the Houpalooza fest site now states it will be a one-day event at George R. Brown. Other than Flo Rida and a Tupac birthday tribute, the line-up is sketchy at best on the event's website. According to concert website, Pollstar.com, Nick Cannon and reggaeton star Yandel will be there. Emails to organizers for clarification were unreturned. Proceed with caution.
Houpalooza Music Festival with Flo Rida, Nick Cannon, Yandel and more will (hopefully) go down at George R. Brown Convention Center, located at 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, on Saturday, June 16. General admission tickets start at $50 plus service charges. Doors open at 4 pm.
Laurel, or, wait for it…
People love Yanni. Not anyone we know personally, but there are Yanni diehards out there, so much that the best tickets for his sold out show at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land this weekend are going for over $3000 in what could be seen as Houston's Twilight Zone version of the NBA Finals. Regardless of what you think about Yanni, the mega-selling, new age, synth wizard is a global superstar and has found himself back in the spotlight with the absurd Yanni/Laurel internet sound debate. He'll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his live appearance at the Greek Acropolis, which rocketed him up the charts and converted millions into new age music fanatics. We are not making this up - the subsequent abum sold four million copies.
Yanni performs his masterwork Acropolis at Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, located at 18111 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, on Saturday, June 16. Tickets start at $79 on the resale market. Show starts at 8 pm.
CultureMap recommends: Slayer's curtain call
It's a major study in contrast in Sugar Land this weekend as the Yanni crowds on Saturday will give way to metalheads on Sunday as Slayer comes to town on their final world tour. The legendary heavy metal act is bringing what might be the best line-up for anyone who has ever headbanged in leather and spikes with a who's-who of huge openers, including Anthrax.
Also: How awesome would it be if Slayer convinced Yanni to stick around for a duet? A music fan can only dream.
Slayer consumes the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, located at 18111 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land on Sunday, June 17. Anthrax, Behemoth, Lamb of God, and Testament open. Tickets start at $70 on the resale market. Show starts at 5 pm.