Here are a few more details about this weekend’s reunion of “Texas Thunder Soul” titans theKashmere Stage Band
. Tomorrow afternoon’s performance at Kashmere High School is open to KHS students and faculty only, but Saturday night the KSB alumni will headline a gala reception and fundraiser for the Conrad O. Johnson Music & Fine Arts Foundation at the Hess Club (5430 Westheimer). That one is open to the public (reception starts at 7 p.m.), but it’ll cost you: tickets start at $125.
You’ll get a lot of music for that $125, though: starting at 8 p.m., the Conrad O. Johnson Jazz Heritage Orchestra, vocalist Joan Hubert, jazz guitarist Joe Carmouche and his band, the Codwell Elementary string ensemble, HSPVA jazz ensemble and the KSB will all perform. The Johnson Foundation, founded in 1997 and named after the longtime KHS band director, funds music and fine arts scholarships for deserving Houston-area students to help them further their musical education.
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Both KSB concerts will be filmed for an upcoming documentary on Johnson, now 92, by L.A. filmmaker Mark Landsman. Tickets for Saturday are only available by calling Charles Wilson (not the congressman) at 832-725-3922. – Chris Gray