Ready for the last weekend of iFest? Check out these five top musical acts
Let's all hope the weather will be just as gorgeous for this weekend's second round of the 42nd annual Houston International Festival as it was last weekend. The celebration of music and arts continues this Saturday and Sunday.
Since Argentina is this year's featured country, many performers are Latin or Houston favorites. So don't be afraid to check out a local talent that just might be your new favorite band.
Here's a quick rundown and schedule of a few artists that we don't plan to miss:
- Dharma - Saturday 2:30 p.m. at the 29-95 Entertainment Stage and 4:30 p.m. at the H-E-B Cultural Stage
The classicaly trained and acclaimed flutist and vibraphonist duo, Bob Chadwick and Harry Sheppard, have deep backgrounds in jazz and world music. Sheppard supported Billie Holiday and Benny Goodman back in their heyday. The duo will be playing South American flutes during their second performance.
- Joe Louis Walker - Saturday 4:30 p.m. at the Americas Stage
Walker is a pioneer in the blues community. He has shared the stage with Thelonius Monk, Steve Miller and Jimi Hendrix among other noted musicians.
- Barandua - Saturday 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 4:30 p.m. at the H-E-B Cultural Stage
This award-winning Latin American folk, pop, and Flamenco band combines traditional rhythms and sound with new innovations. Barandua seeks to spread awareness about social change with "nueva cancion," a genre of music that's socially committed. The Saturday performance will be a tribute to popular Argentine and "nueva cancion" singer Mercedes Sosa.
- SOJA - Saturday 2:30 p.m. at the Bud Light World Music Stage
This septet is signed to Dave Matthew's record label, ATO, and has also worked with John Mayers' producer. The group has been headlining sold-out tours in North and South America, attracting a massive, global following.
- Cuadro La Tempestad Flamenco Company - Saturday 4 p.m. at the Sister Cities Stage
The company describes its style as "creativity in the movement." It combines old traditions of Flamenco with true authenticity. Aside from dancing, the performers mix in singing with guitar accompaniment for a memorable presentation.