Houston Concert Watch 3/10: Aaron Lewis, Justin Furstenfeld and More

Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October at The Buzz's Bud Light Weenie Roast in 2017
Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October at The Buzz's Bud Light Weenie Roast in 2017 Photo by Gilbert Bernal
We have multiple in-person concerts highlighted in this week’s best-of list, folks. This is not a drill! As COVID-19 vaccinations continue, more and more gigs are added to the calendars. Keep scrolling to see what’s on tap.

Aaron Lewis
Bayou Music Center – 11 March

Aaron Lewis made a name for himself as the front-man and principal songwriter for Staind, the alt-rock outfit that rose to prominence in the late ‘90s thanks in no small part to a cosign from Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst. “It’s Been Awhile,” “So Far Away” and “Right Here” dominated the airwaves during the early 2000s before Lewis, seemingly out of nowhere, decided to try his hand at another genre. For a decade now, the New England native has made a living as a country artist. Since 2011, he has released a trio of solo albums that have been received favorably by even the most apprehensive listeners. The powerful vocalist and self-declared "Northern Redneck" visits Bayou Music Center this Thursday.

St. Paul And The Broken Bones
Live-Streaming – 12 March

Since the release of Half The City in 2014, St. Paul and The Broken Bones have been darling children of vintage soul enthusiasts. Formed in Birmingham, the Southern blues outfit has written three records’ worth of retro gospel, complete with a pristine brass section. Vocalist Paul Janeway’s soulful vocals – which have been favorably compared to those of James Brown – helped catapult the band into the hearts of countless listeners, who can watch them live-stream a performance from The Alabama Theatre on Friday.

Free Nationals
Live-Streaming – 12 March

Best known as Anderson .Paak's live band, Free Nationals are a funky, soulful quartet with talent to spare. Inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder, B.B. King and Herbie Hancock, the group's career has been built on collaborations, and their self-titled debut album only bolsters that reputation. Featuring guest appearances from the late Mac Miller, T.I., Chronixx and more, the band's first proper recording was a delight. One year to the day from their last visit to Houston, Free Nationals will live-stream a show from Los Angeles this Friday.

Justin Furstenfeld
White Oak Music Hall – 12 March, 13 March

Vocalist Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October records is back at White Oak Music Hall, bringing his own special brand of angst and openness — as well as a turn toward the positive in the last few years as seen in "Home," "I Hope You're Happy" and "This Is What I Live For." This Friday and Saturday, Furstenfeld will perform at White Oak Music Hall’s GRID Concert series, which will adhere to the city's recommendations for outdoor public gatherings.

Pete Yorn
Live-Streaming – 13 March

Shortly before the release of his seventh studio album, Arranging Time, singer-songwriter Pete Yorn and his wife welcomed their first child. After a few years of relative quiet, the “Life On A Chain” singer returned with Caretakers in 2019, which was as well received as any of his previous outings. The Garden State native will live-stream a performance via Veeps this Saturday.
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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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