Houston’s fall concert season is in full swing.
Though the sun-soaked days of summer are slowly fading, Houston’s fall concert season shows no sign of slowing down, so to give you an idea of what’s in store, check out our recap of some of Houston’s best shows at the end of September.
Taking on a full-house in the upstairs room at White Oak Music Hall, Vérité put on a flawless performance during her first headline show in Houston on September 17. Void of major special effects, LCD screens, and other popular stage props, the performance felt intimate enough to have a private conversation with the singer. In fact, a member of the audience asked for her hand in marriage, only to be politely rejected with a “ask me again in a few years.”
A Mississippi man-turned L.A. local, Dent May brought some serious heat to Walters Downtown for his performance late Monday evening, September 18. Although the audience was a bit small, the low numbers made for a very casual setting which allowed Dent to speak with members of the audience in between songs, audibly joke with fellow band-mates and sip a cold beer without hesitation. His show included tracks from various albums in his repertoire, as well as his latest “Across the Multiverse.” No questions asked, this is a show I would certainly mark as DO NOT MISS for the next time Dent May comes to town.
The one word that comes to mind thinking back to 2 Chainz’s performance on September 20 is “wheelchair.” To my surprise, though not to everyone’s, 2 Chainz performed his entire set from a wheelchair – being pushed around on stage by a “sexy nurse” who doubled as a background dancer. Seeing such a power-player in the music industry perform from such a vulnerable position, yet command the crowd with such power, clearly showed 2 Chainz’s veteran status in the industry and mastery of the craft.
Piercing synths, thumping kicks and blinding lights filled the Downstairs room at White Oak Music Hall on September 21. Fans of the French DJ were treated with his signature ominous sounds, crowd favorites like “Future Club” and “Humans Are Such Easy Prey,” as well as tracks from his latest album “New Model.” With Day for Night around the corner, Pertubator’s performance provided a great example of what Post HTX downtown will look and sound like come December.
Jon Bellion (cancelled) – but see Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas
Unfortunately, Jon Bellion unexpectedly cancelled his highly anticipated performance at Revention Music Center on September 22, but avid music fans in search of other great music around town certainly were not left short-changed. For me, I had the opportunity to attend the “Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas” event just up the road in Austin. To see behind the scenes, check out our coverage of the event here.
On September 23, NEEDTOBREATHE took the stage at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and graced the audience with a lengthy, high-energy performance, including special appearances by Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and members of The New Respects. Though spiritual undertones resonated throughout the group’s entire set, their performance was one to be enjoyed by all audiences. These brothers absolutely rocked the stage with a combo of rock n’ roll and harmonized folk music.
Entering the music world in the early ’80s, Depeche Mode capitalized on the synth-driven music technology of the era to create powerhouse anthems like “Enjoy the Silence” and “Personal Jesus.” Of all the shows during the week of September 18, this was easily the most packed. On Sunday, September 24, every seat in the pavilion was filled and the lawn packed with people from all walks of life – adults, kids, blue collar, white collar. You name it, Depeche Mode brought them out.
LANY – the name reflecting of the group’s time spent between Los Angeles and New York (L.A./N.Y.) – made their way onto all of the pop charts with their wildly successful hit “ILYSB” (I Love You So Bad), released in 2015. Lead singer Paul Klein captured the hearts of everyone in attendance on Tuesday, September 26, with his delicate vocals and high-energy guitar and piano riffs. The band has recently embarked on a tour promoting their latest, and first full-length, album “LANY,” and have tour dates booked through the end of the year.
Looking ahead, Houston’s venues continue to host incredible acts, even in the wake of Austin City Limits. Below is a list of must-see shows across town for the month of October:
BadBadNotGood – 10/4 – Warehouse Live
Portugal the Man – 10/6 – White Oak Music Hall
Glass Animals – 10/13 – Revention Music Center
The Weeknd – 10/17 – Toyota Center
A$AP Mob – 10/19 – White Oak Music Hall
Atlas Genius – 10/21 – House of Blues
Bruno Mars – 10/24 – Toyota Center
Zedd – 10/24 – Revention Music Center