The Houston Public Library would like to give you a little music while you read this month. Friday morning the library announced Tunes at Noon, a new free concert series starting the Tuesday at the main library's Julia Ideson Building (550 McKinney).
The first performer, Cassandra Tyson, is an alumna of both Showtime at the Apollo (is that still on?) and HCC jazz singers Graffiti. Known as "Miss Sassy Jazz," Tyson was also a finalist on Channel 2's "Gimme the Mic" singing competition and appeared in the play Lord Send Me the Right Man. Tyson performs in the Tudor Gallery on the second floor of the library.
The other two shows are on Wednesdays in the Central Library Plaza, so you'll have something to do on your lunch break besides feed the pigeons. Both artists are recent Houston Press Music Awards winners and/or nominees, too.
On September 19, multiple HPMA winners Free Radicals will perform. This year Nick Cooper's eclectic mostly-jazz ensemble won Best Jazz for a record tenth time, as well as Best Album for their guest-heavy The Freedom Fence.
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The next week, popular local children's entertainers Leah White & the Magic Mirrors do a few tunes off their disc celebrating Houston's 175th birthday, Houston: Our Roots are Strong.
See HPL's Web site for more information.