Houston Music

Free Concerts Keep Skateboarding And Rock Connected

"The genesis of the Skate & Rock Free Concert Series was to bring live music into our skate park," says Barry Blumenthal, a skater who helped put together the upcoming concert series and also assisted in raising funds to build the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark just west of downtown.

"Skateboarding and rock and roll have always been connected at the hip," Our goal is to keep it that way."

A live-music festival in Houston's 30,000 square-foot, downtown skate park seems like a no-brainer, but Blumenthal is the first to make it happen. Rocks Off assumed that he was using the recent successes of Free Press Summer Fest as something of an inspiration, Blumenthal insists that the Skate & Rock Series is a different beast.

"There probably are some common skaters and concert-goers at Summer Fest, however the similarities between the two events are very few," he said. "Skate & Rock is free, and there is no profit motive."

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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