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Thursday Night Concert Series Closes with Funk and Cosmic Country


By Hayden Bergman

We’re down to the final two weeks of UHD’s Thursday Night Concert Series at Discovery Green, so ... if you haven’t come to Downtown Houston yet, don’t miss your chance! With four more acts that run the gamut from cosmic country to garage pop to good vibrations to some sync, dank, funk, there’s something for everyone. Also, the final week is Marilyn Davies College of Business (MDCOB) Night at Discovery Green. MDCOB folks, come out and show some love to staff, students, faculty, and alumni! 

Read below for a preview of each performer. Oh, and see you on Thursday night! 


May 25 

Ms. Mack & The Daddies 

The penultimate week opens with the funk and soul of Ms. Mack & The Daddies. Speaking to Canvas Rebel, Tamara Mack says that her penchant for performance began in karaoke bars. “My first attempt at singing was during a night out in college with friends at a karaoke bar … I fell in love with the karaoke community and began to regularly sing at a weekly show with my friends.” After friends and strangers hounded her about starting or joining a band, Mack took the plunge, and she’s been at it ever since.  

Garrett T. Capps 

Capps and his band take influence from the country music of Texas, yes, but also from German electronic and rock groups like Kraftwerk and Neu! Put it together, and you have what Capps calls “Kraut-country,” a style all his own that “employs modular synths and extended psychedelic jams, all while Capps leads the way with his countrified Texas drawl.” His lyrics create a spaced-out, other-worldly atmosphere combined with grounded (and rhetorically pointed) thoughts on social justice and unrest. Like a comet, Capps is something you’ll want to get outside and see. 


June 1 


Forged during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jumprope had time to hone their lyrics and sound during late night, front porch jam sessions before releasing it in venues across Houston and the state. Fortunately for us, they’re consistently out and about these days, playing tracks from their EP ‘Hope the Neighbors Like Jumprope,’ an homage of sorts to their early days. The band has a kind of made-from-scratch aesthetic, and, because of this, their music is relatable, as their catchy lyrics and upbeat guitar will have you singing and dancing along in no time. 

Golden Dawn Arkestra 

NPR’s Bob Boilen wrote that Golden Dawn Arkestra’s psychedelic jazz “falls somewhere between high art and a circus.” Watch one of their many videos or live performances online, and you’ll know exactly what he means. The entire band dresses in spacey, futuristic garb that resembles a delightful mix of the occult with a cult of pure joy, and their sounds, movements, and lyrics combine to put audiences in a golden, musical trance “of love, light, and tolerance.”   


Come wrap up spring with UHD at Discovery Green! Concerts are free—bring your family and friends! 

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.