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Weekend Saturday 8/4/2018
Cody Johnson Band
@Sam Houston Race Park
Saturday 8/11/2018 5:30 PM
[From Cody Johnson.com]
"I don't want to be a blemish on country music," Cody Johnson says. "I don't want to be a dot. I'd like to be a mark."
"I'm kind of an adrenaline junkie."
Needing a fix is part of the attraction in both the rodeo and music. In the former, there's always another buckle to chase, another bull to conquer for eight seconds. In the latter, there's always another fan to win over, another song to write. And in some ways, Johnson has been chasing something illusory, indefinable, since he first arrived on planet Earth in Southeast Texas.
Cody Johnson grew up in tiny Sebastapol, an unincorporated community on the eastern shore of the Trinity River that's never exceeded 500 residents. Even today, it's more than 30 miles to the nearest Walmart, in Huntsville, Texas, a town best known as the headquarters for the state's criminal justice department. It's a rough and tumble area, and it comes through in the music. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Billy Joe Shaver – their songs were all essential to the local clubs, and Johnson was exposed to their mysterious allure even before he was old enough to get in.
"Learning drums first
taught me about feeling
the song – feeling that
dynamic of when it's supposed
to be big and when it's supposed to be soft"
"You could hear the music from those bars across that lake," he recalls. "I'd always hear somebody singing ‘Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound' or something like that, and I always wondered what was going on across that water in those barrooms. It definitely intrigued me. I always wanted to go see what was on the other side of the tracks."
At a young age, Johnson was given the tools to eventually work in those clubs, though his official education was grounded in the church. His father played drums for their congregation, and that was likewise the first instrument that young Cody picked up.
"Learning drums first taught me about feeling the song – feeling that dynamic of when it's supposed to be big and when it's supposed to be soft," he says. "I think that still sticks with me as a songwriter and as a performer, and in turn it's helped me shape my band, because I know what I'm looking for on every front."
Johnson learned guitar next, and when a teacher heard him playing an original song, he convinced Johnson to form a band with a few other students enrolled in the Future Farmers of America. Just a few months later, that first band finished runner-up in a Texas State FFA talent contest, creating an internal buzz that Johnson would continue to chase.
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Kiefer Sutherland Band
@Miller Outdoor Theatre
Saturday 8/11/2018 8:30 p.m.
We all know this man as an actor. A very good actor on his Emmy award winning show 24 and of course his latest television vehicle was “Designated Survivor” that reported had a tough second season ratings-wise, ABC Entertainment announced the series was cancled last May.
But Sutherland moves on with his music and this weeked his band will be performing at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
The multi-talented film and television actor adds singer-songwriter to his extensive resume and makes his Miller Theatre debut with his band. Expect a little country, rock, blues and Americana driven by his gritty vocals and anchored by his gift for telling compelling stories.
Musically, his shows encompass country, rock, blues and Americana driven by his gritty vocals and anchored by his gift for telling compelling stories in his songwriting. Though he loves writing and recording, the stage holds a special place in his heart, and for the last three years, he’s toured extensively earning the acclaimed actor a reputation as a relentless road warrior. His primary motivation as an artist is the thrill of forging that connection with his audience through the music.
This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. If tickets remain at 1:00 PM, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The shows goes on rain or shine.
San Francisco 49ers
Saturday 8/18/2018 6:00 PM
This is the Texans pre-season opener with many gearing up for this "show-me" teaser since their tranning camp opend in the West Virginia preparing for this Fall's season.
When tranning camp opened Texanswire.com reported,"All eyes will be on Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt as the two franchise cornerstones will look to show they are full healed and ready to compete this upcoming season. Outside of those two story lines, anything is truly up for debate. A slip up for one player could lead to a blooming star in another. An injury in practice could make a break a position while a camp body could end up walking away with a chance to make their NFL dream a reality.
In training camp, anything can happen to help or hurt a player or team and Houston is far from that exception. Here are 10 projections that could potentially happen over the next few weeks at The Greenbrier."
Lets see how it all works out tonight with this preseason opener.
Friday 8/24/ 2018 7:30 PM
Saturday 8/25/2018 7:30 PM
Fall into a Vortex with NobleMotion Dance as they celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a new evening of heart-pumping, thought-provoking dance. Flying drones, pole-vaulting set pieces, and live-feed technology are a few of the highlights. NobleMotion, named Houston’s Best Dance Company, showcases everything from kinetic patriotism in its world premiere Unsinkable, to a dark world run by technology in Drone. NMD even gets a little crunk in 9/tenths of the Law and shows its endearing side in Suite Nostalgia. And as always, you can count on NobleMotion to deliver physically exciting and visually alluring dances. Vortex will intoxicate your senses and leave you dizzy with adrenaline!
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