Party on the Plaza
are robust and, more important, homegrown.
May 3, Los Skarnales with Muddy Belle; May 10, Allen Oldies with Ruby and The Reckless; May 17, Mango Punch with Gio Chamba; May 24, SoulDig with Sherita Perez; May 31, Nick Gaitan with Nico Diaz; June 7, Ishi with Romina Von Mohr; June 14, Say Girl Say with El Lago; June 21, Brownout with VODI; June 28, Fat Tony with Young Mammals.
7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. May 3 through June 28. 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For information, call 713-400-7336 or visit discoverygreen.com
The idea’s so brilliant, it makes us wonder why someone didn’t think of it before. George R. Brown Convention Center, the patriotic cruise ship that flanks Discovery Green, is turning on its lights (and ground-floor restaurants) for the locals. It’s time to sip, stroll and jam each Wednesday night along the pedestrian-friendly Avenida de las Americas with heavy hitters like Mango Punch, Say Girl Say, Fat Tony and Nick Gaitan. “The convention center has sat on the edge of downtown since the ’80s, used for this one purpose. What we wanted to do is open it up to locals as well as leisure travelers,” says A.J. Mistretta, director of public relations for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Convoy Group’s Mark Austin, behind-the-scenes champion of H-Town’s music scene, worked with Discovery Green to make sure the acts for