Concerts

Houston Concert Watch 10/3: Bun B, J Balvin, BROCKHAMPTON and More

Bun B wants you to vote. Don't let Bun B down.
Bun B wants you to vote. Don't let Bun B down. Photo by Marco Torres
After a weekend that featured some of the biggest names in music rolling into town, there’s no letting up when it comes to live music in Houston over the next seven days. Besides, as long as it feels like summer, you might as well go to shows like it it is too.

Pick of the Week: Voter Registration Rally
10/8 - White Oak Music Hall

Although we certainly wouldn’t say no to a Houston Willie Nelson/Beto night, this rally should be one to remember as well. Hosted by Bun B and Arian Foster and featuring performances by Bun B, Shakey Graves, Willie D, The Tontons and more, as well as appearances by Trae Tha Truth and Chingo Bling, it’s about as stacked a card as you’ll see in Houston. With voter registration already hitting record numbers in Texas, you don’t want to be left out, right? For extra fun, just pretend this is all a dry run for Bun’s eventual mayoral campaign.

The Best of the Rest
J Balvin
10/4 - Smart Financial Centre


Fun fact: Cardi B’s “I Like It,” featuring an appearance by J Balvin, has over half a billion spins on Spotify. Clearly, Balvin is making moves, including being the first reggaeton singer to headline a RodeoHouston performance. Sure, seeing him in front of 75,000 people was pretty impressive, but if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate — relatively speaking — then you’ll want to make it out for this one.
Rose Ette
10/5 - Dan Electro’s


The first, and most obvious, reason to head to this show is that it’s Rose Ette’s album release show, a celebration of the latest addition to what’s been one of the best year’s in Houston music. Seriously, so many bands are raising their game this year, and Rose Ette seems to be no exception to that. The second reason is a stacked undercard, including El Lago, Astragal, and Small Chair.
BROCKHAMPTON
10/7 - Revention Music Center


With plenty of buzz to their name, BROCKHAMPTON made good on all their hard work with their new album, Iridescence, hitting the top of the charts last month. The best thing to come out of the KanyeToThe forums — you know, ignoring those Kanye rarity comps — BROCKHAMPTON are proof that not everything that comes from the internet is awful. This is also a homecoming show of sorts, given the multiple Houston connections the collective has.
VÉRITÉ
10/8 - House of Blues


Although her brand of electro-pop is not quite as dark as some, VÉRITÉ is still a perfectly fine way to ease yourself into the Halloween season. With a couple of viral hits to her name — her take on The 1975’s “Somebody Else” is top notch — and a solid debut outing in Somewhere in Between, this is a good opportunity to catch a rising star with tons of potential before she explodes with another big single.
Bonus Road Trip Option: Austin City Limits Festival
10/5-7 - Austin


I’ve made your schedule for you:
Friday: Natalie Prass, Alvvays, David Byrne, Fickle Friends, Khalid, Hozier, Paul McCartney
Saturday: VÉRITÉ, The Breeders, Blood Orange, Deftones, Nelly, St. Vincent, Metallica
Sunday: Sailor Poon, Twin Shadow, Elle King, Janelle Monae, The Revolution, Travis Scott

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