The Big Texas Party
The Big Texas Party

The Big Texas Party is a boot scootin' good time for mayor, sports stars, and revelers

Big Texas Party is boot scootin' good time for mayor, sports stars

Big Texas Party Mayor Sylvester Turner poses for selfie with fan
Mayor Sylvester Turner posed for photographs with excited fans. Photo by Jacob Power
The Big Texas Party dancers
A good time on the dance floor. Photo by Jacob Power
Chris Dishman, Daniel Guidry, Elvin Hays, Bubba McDowel at Big Texas party
Chris Dishman, Daniel Guidry, Elvin Hayes, Bubba McDowell. Photo by Jacob Power
Big Texas Party
Photo by Johnny Than
David Gow, Audrey Gow as Big Texas Party
David Gow, Audrey Gow. Photo by Jacob Power
The Big Texas Party Bart Crow
Bart Crowd thrilled the crowd with a high-energy performance. Photo by Jacob Power
 Jonathan Gillis, Drew Karedes at Big Texas Party
Jonathan Gillis, Drew Karedes. Photo by Jacob Power
 Randy White, Ed Jones at Big Texas Party
Randy White, Ed "Too Tall" Jones Photo by Jacob Power
 Kirby Lindley, Charles Haley at Big Texas Party
Miss Teen USA Kirby Lindley, Charles Haley. Photo by Jacob Power
Tama Lundquist, Marge Lundquist, Tena Lundquist Faust at Big Texas Party
Tama Lundquist, Marge Lundquist, Tena Lundquist Faust. Photo by Jacob Power
Big Texas Party
Guests clowned around in the Smilebooth sponsored by Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Photos by Johnny Than
 Noland Carroll and mom, Jennifer Carroll at Big Texas Party
Noland Carroll and mom, Jennifer Carroll. Photo by Jacob Power
Taylor Otte, Amanda Cotler, Allison Armstrong at Big Texas Party
Taylor Otte, Amanda Cotler, Allison Armstrong. Photo by Jacob Power
The Big Texas Party BBVA Compass bikes
BBVA Compass hosted riders from Pursuit, a cross-country bike ride that raises funds for The Center. Photo by Johnny Than
Erin Fidde, Taryn McCoy, Cassie Hull at Big Texas Party
Erin Fidde, Taryn McCoy, Cassie Hull. Photo by Jacob Power
Paul Dabrowski, Mellissa Dabrowski at Big Texas Party
Paul Dabrowksi, Melissa Dabrowski. Photo by Jacob Power
John Egan, Cherry Whitley at Big Texas Party
John Egan, Cherry Whitley. Photo by Jacob Power
Big Texas Party J.R. Ewing bourbon
J.R. Ewing Bourbon gifted guests with custom leather coasters from Stash. Photo by Johnny Than
JT Barett, Cam Thomas at Big Texas Party
JT Barett, Cam Thomas. Photo by Jacob Power
Carl Mitchell, Robin Mitchell at Big Texas Party
Carl Mitchell, Robin Mitchell. Photo by Jacob Power
Danny Kannell, David Gow at Big Texas Party
Danny Kannell, David Gow. Photo by Jacob Power
Big Texas Party Whole Foods
Whole Foods Market hosted Kickin’ Kombucha cocktails and bourbon caramel gelato by local Houston vendors. Photo by Johnny Than
Amber Morgan, Ashton Morgan, Kathlee Akers at Big Texas Party
Amber Morgan, Ashton Morgan, Kathlee Akers. Photo by Jacob Power
Big Texas Party T-shirt
Celebrity Cruises provided guests with commemorative tee shirts, screen printed live at the event. Photo by Johnny Than
 Jourdan Ellis, Linda Bates at Big Texas Party
Jourdan Ellis, Linda Bates. Photo by Jacob Power
Kirby Lindley (Teen USA), Kelley Sergeant at Big Texas Party
Kirby Lindley, Kelly Sergeant. Photo by Jacob Power
Big Texas Party Smile Booth
Deep Ellum Brewing Co. partnered with Smilebooth for an animated photo booth experience.  Photo by Johnny Than
Big Texas Party Mayor Sylvester Turner poses for selfie with fan
The Big Texas Party dancers
Chris Dishman, Daniel Guidry, Elvin Hays, Bubba McDowel at Big Texas party
Big Texas Party
David Gow, Audrey Gow as Big Texas Party
The Big Texas Party Bart Crow
 Jonathan Gillis, Drew Karedes at Big Texas Party
 Randy White, Ed Jones at Big Texas Party
 Kirby Lindley, Charles Haley at Big Texas Party
Tama Lundquist, Marge Lundquist, Tena Lundquist Faust at Big Texas Party
Big Texas Party
 Noland Carroll and mom, Jennifer Carroll at Big Texas Party
Taylor Otte, Amanda Cotler, Allison Armstrong at Big Texas Party
The Big Texas Party BBVA Compass bikes
Erin Fidde, Taryn McCoy, Cassie Hull at Big Texas Party
Paul Dabrowski, Mellissa Dabrowski at Big Texas Party
John Egan, Cherry Whitley at Big Texas Party
Big Texas Party J.R. Ewing bourbon
JT Barett, Cam Thomas at Big Texas Party
Carl Mitchell, Robin Mitchell at Big Texas Party
Danny Kannell, David Gow at Big Texas Party
Big Texas Party Whole Foods
Amber Morgan, Ashton Morgan, Kathlee Akers at Big Texas Party
Big Texas Party T-shirt
 Jourdan Ellis, Linda Bates at Big Texas Party
Kirby Lindley (Teen USA), Kelley Sergeant at Big Texas Party
Big Texas Party Smile Booth

We've always known that Texans know how to party better than anyone else, and that was resoundingly affirmed at The Big Texas Party Thursday night at Silver Street Studios. The Super Bowl event, hosted by CultureMap, ESPN Radio, and SB Nation, drew a crowd of more than 1,500 excited guests who had such a boot scootin' good time that they didn't want to leave.

They chowed down on barbecue from 10 top Houston area pitmasters (Ronnie Killen alone provided 1,000 pounds of ribs), downed J.R. Ewing bourbon, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and Lone Star beer, specialty cocktails with MVP vodka, and shots of tequila from a giant ice sculpture, and danced to the spirited music of Bart Crow. After the Texas country singer finished his set, the crowd continued to jam the dance floor as DJ Senega played high-energy party tunes that had everyone singing along at the top of their longs.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, who seemed giddy from all the attention Houston has received this week, waded through the crowd, posing for selfies, talking sports with ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank and Barry Laminack on a live broadcast from a booth at the party, meeting up with his good friend, basketball great Elvin Hayes, and huddling with David Gow, ceo of Houston-based Gow Media, which co-sponsored the party.

"I'm just so proud of this city. I don't have words to express," Turner said. "This is our moment to shine. Especially when there are a lot of crazy things happening on the national level, Houston is showing we can be diverse, inclusive, very protective and supportive of one another. In this city we don't build walls, we build relationships."

Other sports stars, including Mike Barber, Gregg Bingham, Cris Dishman, Ed "Too Tall” Jones, Randy White, Bubba McDowell, TJ Glover, B.J. Johnson, Roy Williams, and Melvin Ingram, mingled with the crowd and posed for photos. Many of them also stopped by the ESPN 97.5 booth, which broadcast a full lineup of shows throughout the four-hour party with such radio hosts as John Granato,  Henry Thomas and Fred Davis. The shows were simulcast on sister station SB Nation 1560 AM.

Throughout the evening, a stream of NFL players dropped by, including Jace Amaro, Case Keenum, Nolan Carroll, Christian Covington, Chase Daniel, Dustin Hopkins, Derrick Johnson, David King, Bradley Marquez, Sam Martin, Marshall Newhouse, Justin Pugh, Andrew Sendejo, Bradley Sowell, Charles Tillman, and David Dahl, as well as Texas Texas head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

CultureMap director of marketing Jessica Baldwin and her team transformed Silver Street Studios into a hip party space, with lush VIP cabanas lining the walls, including an oversized area where Select Sports Group entertained clients. Strings of white lights cascaded along the ceiling, and in a pavilion in the center, Whole Foods Market created a display of luscious desserts. The food giant also served Kickin’ Kombucha cocktails and bourbon caramel gelato.

Guests clowned around in a Smilebooth photo booth, waited in line for Big Texas Party custom-print T-shirts sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, and stopped by the BBVA Compass booth for cupcakes by Cakes by Gina and to bid on silent auction items to benefit The Center, a Houston facility which helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

On the way out, guests snacked on Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts and Katz Coffee for added sustenance as they waited in the long Uber line or went next door to Club Nomadic to catch Snoop Dog perform a late night set.

Spotted in the throng were David Baldwin, Audrey Gow, Lonnie and Candace Schiller, Patti Murphy, Caroline Kenney, Tama Lundquist, Marge Lundquist, and Tena Lundquist Faust, Susan Christian and Laura Spanjin, Ashley Turner, Lily Jang, Butch Alsandor, Lisa Gochman and Chris Beverly, Miss Teen USA Kirby Lindley, Channel 11 anchor Rekha Mudaraj and husband Dr. Neil Badlani,  Channel 11 reporter Drew Karedes and Jonathan Gillis, Cherri Carbonara, Shari Koziel, and Gabe Canales.

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