This 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 the park transforms into a labyrinth of one-of-a-kind works of art. Last year photographer Marco Torres captured the event for Art Attack.
The free event benefits The Center For Hearing And Speech and is sponsored in part by Saint Arnold's and Carabba's. Special Sip'n'Stroll tickets, only $20, get you free parking, food and beverage samples, and the tunes of course.
Nine of the country's best street painters will be among the 200-plus artists at the event. Among them are Houston's own Anat Ronen, Los Angeles's Julio Jiminez and Coral Springs's Betty Dominguez. Their signature works range from the photorealistic to the outright mind-bending.
A separate challenge, the 2nd Annual Great Chalk-Off, pairs a local television personality with a Center for Hearing and Speech alum. Each team will work on a 2'x2' patch of downtown roadway. With just 30 minutes to complete their mural, the pair will create an image inspired by the theme "Things I Like to Hear." This year's Great Chalk-Off judges' panel includes our own Houston Press marketing director, Brenna Croom.
Here is the schedule of bands on Saturday and Sunday. If you attended last weekend's Houston Press Music Awards showcase, then you know doubt know and love most of these names.
12:00 p.m. The Texas Toast 1:30 p.m. Solero Flamenco 3:00 p.m. Zydeco Dots 4:45 p.m. Klockwork
12:00 p.m. The Literary Greats 1:15 p.m. Spain Colored Orange 2:30 p.m. Sideshow Tramps 4:00 p.m. Roky Moon and BOLT!
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12:30 p.m. Ira Perez 2:00 p.m. Westbound 3:00 p.m. Jerk Store 4:45 p.m. DJ Ceeplus Bad Knives
11:45 a.m. Ancient Cat Society 1:00 p.m. Benjamin Wesley 2:15 p.m. Two Star Symphony 3:30 p.m. Andrew Karnavas