Land Rover Houston Central’s Rainbow on the Green presented by Legacy Community Health Care Services Returns To Discovery Green With Dazzling Performances On June 23
(Houston) – Show off your LGBT pride at Houston’ Discovery Green’s 7th annual Rainbow on the Green celebration on Friday, June 23. The free LGBTQ city-wide celebration will feature all-star performances by Crawford Nation and violinists Angelina DM Trailz with music by DJ ASTRA, dance and R&B diva CeCe Peniston, and Colonial Blue featuring Stephanie Rice of The Voice Season 12.
Headliner Cece Peniston is an international dance music and R&B artist that is considered to be one of the most successful dance club artist in the history of US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. Her signature hit, “Finally,” was #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the UK Top 75 and became one of the biggest dance records in history selling over 3 million copies worldwide.
Houston-based alternative-folk band Colonial Blue resemble the resonance of Damien Rice with the melodic tendencies of Texans Eisley, but bring it to life with a beating heart of their own which stems from the personal nature of lead vocalist Stephanie Rice’s songwriting. You can watch Rice on Alicia Keys’ team on this season’s live finales of The Voice Season 12.
Catch these acts and more energizing entertainment in this years’ Rainbow on the Green! Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not allowed; beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Queer Act Boys’ Entrance Releases News Single on iTunes
(Houston) – Queer artists are flourishing in most music genres, including Country where artists like Shane McAnally, Ty Herndon, Steve Grand, and Brandy Clark have joined the ranks of out superstars Chely Wright, Melissa Etheridge, and k.d. Lang.
The last frontier of music might just be in punk rock where only a handful of acts exist, among them; Pansy Division, Against Me, and Boys’ Entrance.
Tim Cain created Boys’ Entrance over 25 years ago and, in that time, has produced some of Queer Rock’s most iconic, political, and galvanizing music. Their latest album, out this month, is Tunnelvision, a rock opera that is being called the next Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Set during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, it tells the story of Tim and Troy and their tumultuous relationship. The story opens with Tim, a rock musician, on stage, getting jeered by the audience for being queer. He responds by unabashedly claiming the title of “Mr. Sissy”. His bold declaration wins the crowd over, then, in “Creation,” he explains how the purpose of gay men is to create, not procreate.
Troy, a closeted straight guy, happens to be in the audience. The two hook up after the show and begin a rollercoaster ride of a relationship that involves break-ups and make-ups, drugs, alien encounters and one of the men becoming a call boy. The two say they want to be in a committed relationship together, but they simply don’t know how to make it work. Its the 1980s, after all. The physical relationship between Tim and Troy eventually breaks down, but their desires continue unabated. That is when the “wolf” comes knocking at the door.
The wolf in “The Wolf Is At The Door,” the first single release from the album, is temptation. The song is Peter Gabriel meets Duran Duran meets David Bowie. It is funky like Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” with a Duran Duran veneer and a final verse that pays homage to Bowie. It is the climax of the opera, coming at a point of intense exasperation between Tim and Troy, conveying sexual appetite and frustration.
The love story ends not-so-happily-ever-after, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Tragedy is the currency of opera. Still, the music of the finale sounds like a sunrise. The song, “Back to One,” conjures up those first few moments when the sky begins to turn and the sun appears. For Tim, there is satisfaction at having removed himself from the madness of his relationship with Troy. There is also a pride that comes from realizing he is ok with being alone. It’s a reminder that at the end of the day, we all ride solo in this journey of life.
It’s easy to see how some might compare Tunnelvision with Hedwig. Both use the power of rock to convey a dramatic and powerful story, but while Hedwig uses humor to defuse a personal tragedy, Tunnelvision is more operatic and dramatic, incorporating a wide array of music genres into its story. There is Heavy Metal and Goth; also Soul, Industrial, New Wave, Hip Hop, Jazz, Psychedelic, Gospel and even Cabaret. The songs flow in style and type, helping to inform the lyrics. Now, if only they had added just a touch of Country…
Tunnelvision by Boys’ Entrance is available on iTunes now along with the band’s first single release, “The Wolf Is At The Door”. Visit their official website here.
Houston Whatever Festival Organizer Makes Questionable Transgender Post On Social Media Resulting In Headlining Acts To Cancel Appearances.
HOUSTON — FEB 27 — Several bands and artists have canceled their appearances at the upcoming Houston Whatever Fest after the organizer + founder posted a questionable photo with a comment on social media that has sparked controversy within the LGBT and Transgender community.
Local act Giant Kitty announced on Sunday their appearance at the festival would be canceled. Other acts like Genesis Blu, Rose Ette, Roky Moon & BOLT and SoBe Lash have also canceled their engagements with the Houston festival. In a statement released by the act’s record label in part stated the cancelations were ‘in solidarity,’ and the ‘transphobic comments’ were hateful and heartbreaking.
Houston Whatever Festival founder Jason Price last week, in a Las Vegas Airport published a social media post depicting a person in a dress, waiting for TSA. “I mean, I know it’s Vegas and anything can happen here and does, but he should really be wearing some more clothes going through security at the airport. Yes, I did say HE.”
“I mean, I know it’s Vegas and anything can happen here and does, but he should really be wearing some more clothes going through security at the airport. Yes, I did say HE.”
The post has since been removed from social media after provoking feedback. Price issued an apology Friday evening in part apologizing for his post and adding, “I have nothing but love in my heart and never want to see anybody uselessly hurt. Words are powerful folks. Life is full of lessons and I guess I’m still in class.”
The Houston Whatever Fest website describes the festival as the ‘City’s most eclectic street festival‘ that has more than 80 acts on 5 stages and features diverse mix music genres, top-tier comedy acts and a variety of art experiences.
Houston Native, Nashville Country Music Artist Curtis Braly Announces Exciting Carnival Cruise Baring His Name.
NASHVILLE — FEB 21 — County music star Curtis Braly and Carnival Cruise Lines has teamed up to create the ultimate ‘Country Music’ cruising experience that promises to be filled with leisure, plenty of fun, amazing destinations and live country music. The five-night cruise departs Galveston, Texas on April 7, 2018 and includes stops in Cozumel, and Progreso.
Fans of Houston native and Nashville recording artist Curtis Braly will travel aboard the Carnival’s Valor. The beautiful Conquest-class ship that offers exciting new innovations as well as popular features like a reservations-only steakhouse and nearly 600 balcony staterooms.
Cruise with Curtis, a first time experience, promises to provide the Country Music fan not just a vacation but also an experience – that will include
a five night cruise, accommodations and meals during the events. Also included; an autograph session, meet & greet photo opportunity, plenty of cocktail parties and an amazing LIVE performance.
Cruise with Curtis itinerary includes a stop in Cozumel, with more time in port allowing time for exclusive shore excursions that take you exploring further and adventuring more. Plus, while in Cozumel, fans will get to attend an exclusive VIP event at the infamous Señor Frogs Then, a second stop that is sure to shake things up in Progreso.