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Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Mike Epps - Tommy Davidson
& Michael Blackson
Saturday 4/7/2018 7:00 PM
It's three of America's top comedians, Mike Epps, Tommy Davidson and Michael Blackson at NRG this weekend, it's being billed at The Platinumn Comedy Tour.
Mike Epps began comedy routines nationwide on Russel Simmons' Def Comedy Jam tour in 1995 and starred in two of HBO's Def Comedy Jam broadcasts.
The Indianapolis, Indiana native moved to Atlanta performing at the Comedy Act Theater, he went on to Brooklyn, New York to star in Def Comedy Jam in 1995. Epps ended up on the Def Comedy Jam tour and starred in two of HBO's Def Comedy Jam broadcasts.
Epps would eventuall start a film career appearing in the Universal Studios ensemble comedy “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,” opposite Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones and Joy Bryant. In April 2008, he appeared in the indie film “The Grand,” directed by Zak Penn and starring Woody Harrelson and Cheryl Hines. He can also be seen in the following 2008 releases: MGM’s “Soul Men” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes; Sony Pictures’ “Hancock” starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron and “Open Season 2” in which he lends his voice. Upcoming, Epps re-teams with Ice Cube to star in “Janky Promoters,” a comedy about two shady concert promoters (Cube and Epps) who get into hot water when their chance to book a superstar rapper goes awry. “Janky” is due in theateres March 2009. Epps will also star oppositve Mos Def in the dark comedy, “Next Day Air,” which is set to release in May 2009. In 2007, Epps reprised his role as ‘LJ’ in Sony’s futuristic action franchise, “Resident Evil: Extinction,” which placed number one at thte box office for two consecutive weeks in September ‘07. Epps also had as small but dramatic role alongside Don Cheadle in “Talk to Me” for Focus Features in August 2007.
Tommy Davidson started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1986, when a childhood friend convinced him to perform stand-up at The Penthouse strip club in Park View, Washington, D.C.He continued performing in various comedy clubs throughout the Washington Metropolitan region, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. He opened concerts for Patti LaBelle, Starpoint, and Kenny G. He performed on a fundraising telethon for WHMM in 1987.
Davidson won an amateur stand-up competition at the Apollo Theater in 1987. Soon afterwards, he moved to North Hollywood, California, where he met Martin Lawrence, who lived in his building. He performed at the Comedy Store, where Robert Townsend heard of him and asked him to be the warm-up comic for an HBO special. After performing at Luther Vandross and Anita Baker shows, he appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show.
Davidson's first major exposure came on the variety show In Living Color, where he played various characters, including his impersonations of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Sugar Ray Leonard, and child victim of Homey D. Clown.
Born in Ghana, Michael Blackson moved to USA in 1987.
As a new and up and coming comedian his celebrity comic of admiration is the Great Eddie Murphy, Blackson developed his comedic talent in the unkind comedy clubs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania beginning in 1992. Michael Blackson has performed in many well-known comedy competitions such as the 1992 USA Comedy Central Tour in Philadelphia, the 1993 Schlitz Malt Liquor Comedy Tour in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and the 1996 Urban Comedy Festival in New York City. In 1999-2000 Blackson also competed in the Laffapolooza Comedy Festival in Atlanta and the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition in Oakland, California in 2001.
Blackson moved up the acting ladder with his most notable onscreen performance as "Angry African Man" in the 2000 comedy film Next Friday, produced by Ice Cube's film production company Cubevision.
In Downtown Houston
April 7th-8th, 2018
Last year the McDonald's Children's Festival had over 50-thousand attendees. Houstina Magazine.com reported,"Having started out almost three decades ago with an inaugural crowd of 5,000, it now attracts 50,000—yes, 50,000—festival-goers annually, including families from all over Texas, plus California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, even Mexico, who travel here specifically to attend. The two-day event has raised more than $5 million for creator/sponsor Child Advocates, the local non-profit that helps abused and abandoned children."
Actually according to Child Advocates over the years they have raised over $5.5 millon for the cause of helping children. Child Advocates, Inc. mobilizes court appointed volunteers to break the vicious cycle of child abused. They speak up for abused children who are lost in the system and guide them into safe environments where they can thrive.
To that end, Child Advocates' and its festivals over the years havethrived.
The MCDONALD'S HOUSTON CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL is presented by Baker Hughes benefiting the non-profit. The festiva is located in the heart of downtown Houston in the area surrounding City Hall, Hermann Square, HoustSam Houston Park, and Tranquility Park.
This year the festival's celebrity spotlight is Anthony Gonzalez.
Gonzales is the child actor who voices the animated character Miguel in the Oscar winning Disney film COCO. He will be performing on stage and signing autographs both days of the festival. The family film COCO — set in Mexico during Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead — tells the story of a boy named Miguel (voiced by Gonzalez) and his music-filled journey to the “Land of the Dead” where he meets his ancestors. The colorful film features dancing skeletons and heartwarming songs.
PAW Patrol, the Nickelodeon animated program about a boy named Ryder who leads a pack of search and rescue dogs known as the PAW Patrol are also scheduled in the festival. The show stars, Chase and Marshall. Chase is a German Shepherd known as the athletic leader, using his megaphone and police truck to solve the case. Marshall is a Dalmatian and known as the clumsy member of the group, easily excited and all action from the firehouse to his fire truck. Chase and Marshall will be featured together on the McDonald’s Dream Discovery Stage during scheduled times with the opportunity for free photos with the characters.
This month at Jones Hall
Tao: Drum Heart
The art of Japanese drumming.
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Saturday 4/7/2018 6:00 PM
[From Aaron Watson.com]
Aaron Watson isn’t interested in what someone else thinks he should do. But instead of getting lonely as he sidesteps expectations, he’s gaining followers––hundreds of thousands of them. Delivered with a warm smile and fueled by a wild spirit, Watson’s rebellion echoes the land that helped make him.
Watson remains strikingly similar to the people that still dot his native West Texas. They’re a rugged people, proud of home but humble and hardworking, the first to help a neighbor but also fiercely independent. And Watson is unquestionably one of them. “I’ve always considered myself an anti-rock star,” Watson says, his drawl cracking slightly as he grins. “People don’t like me because I’m a rock star. People like me because I’m just like them.”
Throughout his 17-year career that spans a dozen albums and more than 2,500 shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, 39-year-old Watson has stubbornly and sincerely identified with the everyman––even as he’s proven to be the exception to the rule.
The latest evidence of Watson’s homespun singularity is Vaquero, an ambitious 16-song set of character-driven storytelling, level-headed cultural commentary, and love songs for grown- ups that promise to further solidify his status as one of today’s finest torch-bearers of real country music.
Vaquero is the follow-up to 2015’s The Underdog, an acclaimed collection that also made history. Watson was sitting at his kitchen table as his wife Kim scrambled eggs when he got the call: The Underdog had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. It was the first time an independent, male country artist had ever outsold majors to premiere at the top spot. “We started jumping around and squealing like kids,” he says. “It was a beautiful moment because I got to share it with the girl who believed in me when I was broke and playing some pawnshop guitar. It is something I’ll never forget.” That momentous instant also arrived with a built-in challenge. “Once we dried the tears of joy, it hit me,” Watson says. “I had my work cut out for me for my next album.”
Determined, Watson committed to waking up every morning before the sun rose to write songs on that same old pawnshop guitar he scored 20 years ago. “I bet you I couldn’t get $50 for that guitar,” he says. “But it means the world to me.” He penned songs in the back of a bus on the highway, too, as the band spent the last two years playing more than 35 states and six countries.
Art Car Parade
In Downtown Houston
Saturday 4/14/2018 2:00 PM
The pinnacle of Houston Art Car Parade Weekend is the Parade itself! On April 14, 2018 250 jaw-dropping cars, bikes, skaters, and motorized creatures will roll along Smith Street in Downtown Houston, making it the largest gathering of its kind in the world, and one of the biggest annual events in Houston.
The parade has been a Houston tradition since 1988, when 40 decorated vehicles were featured during the Houston International Festival. The first art car parade took place on May 14, 1986, when 11 vehicles participated in a parade down Montrose Boulevard within the Neartown area. In recent years, the parade has been held on Allen Parkway until the 2015 season prior to the re-routing of Allen Parkway where the westbound lanes have been converted into parking spaces; since 2016 the parade has been relocated to a section of Downtown Houston going up Smith Street with parade route going past Houston City Hall …
The Houston Art Car Parade is an annual event in Houston, Texas, featuring a display of all types of rolling art. The first and largest Art Car parade in the world, at any given parade spectators will see cars, bicycles, motorcycles, roller-skaters, and many other types of motorized and human-powered vehicles all decorated in various themes. There are also classic cars, lowriders, and various other highly modified roadworthy vehicles. The parade has been a Houston tradition since 1988, when 40 decorated vehicles were featured during the Houston International Festival.
The first art car parade took place on May 14, 1986, when 11 vehicles participated in a parade down Montrose Boulevard within the Neartown area. In recent years, the parade has been held on Allen Parkway until the 2015 season prior to the re-routing of Allen Parkway where the westbound lanes have been converted into parking spaces; since 2016 the parade has been relocated to a section of Downtown Houston going up Smith Street with parade route going past Houston City Hall exiting westbound to Allen Parkway. The 2004 parade featured 250 entries observed by a live audience of over 100,000 people. There were over 260 entries in the 2006 parade. The 2007 parade featured 282 entries. On November 28, 2009, Houston had an illuminated art car parade, dubbed Glowarama. Dan Aykroyd served as the Grand Marshal for the 2010 parade.
Houston Art Car Parade
In Downtown Houston
1100 Bagby St.
Saturday 4/14/2018 2:00 PM
April 28th & 29th, 2018
At Toyota Center. Known for her incredible and entertaining live show, international pop icon Alecia Beth Moore aka P!nk has announced her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018. P!nk last hit the road on her The Truth About Love Tour which saw her play 142 sold out shows across 13 countries. The Los Angeles Times said, “Pink remains perhaps the most gifted and imaginative physical performer in pop right now,” while Rolling Stone claimed, “the singer had demonstrated an epic workout of vocals, stagecraft and stunt-work without missing a note.”
She was signed to her first record label with original R&B girl group, Choice, in 1995. The label, LaFace Records, saw great potential in Pink, offering her a solo deal. Choice disbanded in 1998. Pink rose to prominence as an artist with her debut solo album Can't Take Me Home. It was certified double-platinum in the United States and spawned two US Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs: "There You Go" and "Most Girls".
"Madonna has always been an inspiration
Recognized for her acrobatic performances, Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists.
Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, a Daytime Emmy Award and seven MTV Video Music Awards, including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. In 2009, Billboard named Pink the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. Pink was also the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s decade, behind Madonna. VH1 ranked her number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year award in 2013.
Pink has named Madonna and Janis Joplin as her biggest musical influences. In a 2000 interview with MTV, Pink said that during her childhood she used to think that she was Madonna's daughter, saying: "I've always been the type of person that followed Madonna like a lost puppy. I didn't speak to my mother for a year, because I was sure she adopted me." She stated, "Madonna has always been an inspiration for me... I was a fan right from the first time I heard 'Holiday'."
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