This was a surprise. The Houston International Festival, sort of like ACL goes to the museum, just announced its 2013 lineup about half an hour ago, right out of the blue. Get ready to get funked up in Sam Houston Park rather than outer space.
Topliners include funk warlord Bootsy Collins, New Orle ... More >>
Before we wrap up for the weekend (and Summer Fest), Rocks Off would like to call our readers' attention to something our sister blog Art Attack posted earlier this afternoon. Abby Koenig attended the opening reception for "Blues In All Its Colors," at the Heritage Society in Sam Houston Park.
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Houston International Festival
April 28, 2012
Check out our slideshows from this weekend: iFest bands and food and faces from iFest. Also, be sure to read our write-up of iFest's artistic and cultural offerings.
It's hard to know what to experience first at iFest. Long before you ... More >>
The Literary GreatsThis Saturday and Sunday at Sam Houston Park Downtown, the Via Colori Street Painting Festival once again marries professional and beginner sidewalk chalk artists with some of the best bands that Houston has to offer sound-tracking the event. For two days, the concrete in t ... More >>
The Houston International Festival, better known as iFest, announced its 2011 lineup late Thursday night. Here are some of the highlights:
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
World Stage: Kronos Quartet feat. Homayun Sakhi; Houston Youth Symphony String Quartet; Houston Grand Opera
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
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Wine and beer lovers, now is your time.
This weekend, the inaugural Houston Wine Fest kicks off at Sam Houston Park starting on Saturday, September 25, at noon and continues through Sunday evening. A $35 one-day ticket gets you a glass and five tasting tickets, while a $65 two-day pass gets you 10 ... More >>
Photo courtesy GHCVBSam Houston Park -- often forgotten, but it's there, dammitSam Houston Park -- come on, it's that picturesque if undervisited piece of grass and historic homes just outside of downtown -- is about to get a makeover.The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the city's Capit ... More >>
For nearly two hours on Saturday night, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic tickled every single funk bone in iFest's sun-drenched body. For a festival so family-friendly and altogether worldly, Clinton and his gang made the lawn in Sam Houston Park feel sleazy in the most ad ... More >>
Photo by Jason WolterEvery year since 1971, iFest has grown. And every year, it becomes less and less distinguishable from any other festival in Houston, for better or for worse. This year's iFest spans two weekends and roughly ten city blocks around City Hall. It's filled with more sights, s ... More >>
All photos courtesy of www.ifest.orgOzomatli: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Bud Light World Music Stage
A couple of days ago, Houston International Festival Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell emailed Rocks Off and asked us if we'd mind reprinting something he wrote for the blog on iFest's Web ... More >>
Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
David Cordua in the demonstration tent.Perhaps we our hopes were too high for what is essentially a street festival (large and wonderful though it may be). Or perhaps our bodies were still too water-logged and mud-coated from last weekend's three-day exercise i ... More >>
Photo by Cortney MartinThe 13th annual Bayou City Arts Festival hits downtown this weekend, and it's not just for art lovers. A large section of the festival each year is devoted to wine and food, and this year's festival is no different. In fact, all of Sam Houston Park (along McKinney and Bagby ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningBetty Trobaugh was there in a wheelchair. She enlisted the help of her three daughters to push her through the three-mile course. The first half of the non-competitive walk which started at Sam Houston Park and went down Allen Parkway wasn't bad -- all downhill. Coming back ... More >>
Photos by Chris Gray
Skyscrapers - something you won't see at Austin City Limits.
Western Swing maidens the Quebe Sisters performed in the shadow of the Jesse H. Jones Library.Previously, Rocks Off's idea about what a "festival" should look like, and what to expect, came from his exper ... More >>
Artists of all ages representing local schools and businesses were in full and colorful work mode this weekend on the streets running behind the central branch of the Houston Public Library and next to Sam Houston Park. The streets were closed off so the artists could spread out and apply chalk to t ... More >>