The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival
2013 Palette Cafe Performance Schedule
(located at the south end of the Park near the water)
Saturday April 13th
10:00amThe Cavalier Orchestra These accomplished students, under the direction of Peter Kempter, will play classical selections from this year’s Regional Orchestra Competitions.
10:45amThe Emily Elbert Band Nomadic songstress, native Texan and graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Emily Elbert is known for her rhythmic guitar chops, soulful originals and unique interpretations of classic blues, rock and pop songs. Her music is jazzy, folky, energetic and a thrill to hear.
12:15pmThe Grace Wright Jazz Quartet This group is made up of four truly virtuoso musicians, some alumni, some current students from the University of North Texas' prestigious jazz program. Their music is a variety of jazz and pop standards with such diverse influences as Amy Winehouse, Nancy Wilson, Nat King Cole, Madeleine Peyroux and Bob Dylan. This concert will be a true delight, full of special artistry and melodic dynamics.
2:00pmThe Level One Band These quality musicians are equally accomplished vocalists who deliver a powerful performance specializing in Motown, vintage soul, classic rock, jazz and pop. One of Houston’s best party bands, they bring a multi-flavored, high energy variety of music with big, rich harmonies. And some big fun!
3:45pmStep Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws An award-winning, international sensation, Step Rideau has been one of the regional cornerstones of the Zydeco scene for more than fifteen years. Old folk traditions from Louisiana’s Creole heritage influenced by classic rhythm and blues create a perfect fusion for The Woodlands contemporary urban vibe. Come on and Fait-Do-Do!
Sunday April 14th
11:00amTexas Johnny Boy Two great blues players backed by terrific musicians have put together a great, old school rhythm and blues band! Texas Johnny Boy is first and foremost a vocalist who plays one hot harmonica. His passion for the genre infuses a real gift on both tenor and alto sax, with some pretty sweet flute interludes thrown in. Houston’s own Milton Hopkins, who played with B.B. King, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, The Drifters and many, many other artists, traveled the world with the premier blues bands of our time. A longtime linchpin of the local blues community, he is widely recognized as among Houston’s best blues guitarists. What a pleasure! Now get up and dance!
1:00pmTexas Johnny Brown featuring Milton Hopkins We are thrilled to have truly one of the legendary figures of the American blues scene. Johnny began his professional musical career in Houston in the mid- 1940s, later touring with Bobby "Blue" Bland and Junior Parker in the 1950s and 1960s as guitarist and bandleader. He has recorded a number of his own well-known compositions, while lending his distinctive guitar style and grace to the recordings of numerous other blues artists around the U.S. Go get a nice, cold drink, sit back, and enjoy one of the greats.
3:00pmRuthie Foster This is so amazing! A two time Grammy nominee, Ruthie's astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. Her gutsy, powerful blues, gospel, soul, rock, and folk are truly soul-stirring. Then she brings on a little New Orleans funk and R&B and she’ll have you on your feet and cheering. Do not miss this one!