UHD’s Thursday Night Concert Series Is Back!
By Hayden Bergman
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and Discovery Green have once again partnered to give people what they want: great music, a good time, and a friendly atmosphere.
It’s only right, then, that UHD’s Thursday Night Concert Series begins with Tank and the Bangas—their most recent album Red Balloon has been described by critics as the musical equivalent of “a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.” The New Orleans-based band—which features Tarriona “Tank” Ball, keyboardist Norman Spence, drummer Joshua Johnson, and alto saxophonist and flute player Albert Allenback—seamlessly blends emotions, melodies, and genres, drawing from hip-hop, funk, gospel, soul, and jazz.
After that, concertgoers will be treated to the cosmic musical stylings of Sunami Force, whose reggae music aims to promote good vibes and “higher consciousness.” Their hashtag, #KetchDiWave, perfectly sets the mood for the rest of the Spring lineup.
Read on to see the full suite of performers and discover your new obsession ...
Thursday, April 20
Tank and the Bangas
Tank and the Banga's performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts!
Thursday, May 4
Kiko Villamizar/The Tiarras
Music and comedy, followed by música Latina.
Thursday, May 11
Songwriters and soul ... let’s go!
Thursday, May 18
Rhythm and rhymes, with Cha Wa and Mind Shrine.
Thursday, May 25
Garrett T. Capps
Ms Mack & The Daddies
A “new sound” from Garrett T. Capps, according to Rolling Stone magazine, plus Ms Mack & the Daddies, a “class act bringing soul back.”
Thursday, June 1
Golden Dawn Arkestra
Good vibes and garage pop! Golden Dawn Arkestra and Jumprope close out the series and kick off summer.
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.