ElectriFunk Fest: Rebirth Brass Band
Mardi Gras may have come and gone, but it's not too late to get a taste of authentic New Orleans music. If you've seen the HBO series Treme, you've seen the Rebirth Brass Band, a traditional, Grammy Award–winning New Orleans jazz band from the show's eponymous neighborhood whose members and music are featured in numerous episodes. Founded in 1983, the seven-member band has grown from playing in the French Quarter to touring the world, keeping things fresh by expanding beyond second line, Dixieland swing, and Mardi Gras numbers into funk and hip-hop. Joining Rebirth at Warehouse Live on Friday night are Marco Benvento, Flow Tribe, Mike Dillon, Naughty Professor, and Zach Deputy.
Feb 27 at 7. $18–20. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel St. 713-225-5483. warehouselive.com
Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan was one of the most successful musicians of the 1990s, selling 16 million copies of her 1997 album Surfacing and topping the charts with confessional singles like “Possession,” “Building a Mystery,” and “I Will Remember You.” Just as importantly, she founded the era-defining Lilith Fair, which ran for three summers and spotlighted female solo musicians like Paula Cole and Lisa Loeb and bands like the Indigo Girls. Today McLachlan is still recording albums, including last year’s Shine On.
March 1 at 8. $40.50–80.50. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 832-487-7041. houstonfirsttheaters.com
Romeo and Juliet
The Houston Ballet last performed the Bard’s seminal love story in 2012, but this season’s production isn’t the well-known Ben Stevenson version. Instead, it features all-new choreography by artistic director Stanton Welch, who will use Prokofiev’s epic score to spin his own tale of star-crossed lovers. With costumes and set design by the renowned Roberta Guidi di Bagno.
Feb 26–March 8. $20–165. Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-2787. houstonballet.org
World's Championship Bar-B-Que
For some people, the best part of rodeo season in Houston isn’t the bull riding but the massive barbecue cook-off that precedes it. This month, over 250 teams from around the country converge at the NRG Center to compete for the title of world’s best ’cue. Although nearly all the tents are invite-only, for a modest admission fee, ordinary folks can visit the grounds for live music, dancing, and a complimentary chopped beef sandwich plate at the public food tent.
Feb 26–28. $15. NRG Park, 1 NRG Parkway. 832-667-1000. rodeohouston.com
Amazing Universe: The Science of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
You may have visited one of the many Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museums, with their collections of freakish, one-of-a-kind people and objects, but do you know the science behind the sideshow? At this exhibition, learn more about the world’s largest and smallest organisms, unusual cultural practices from around the world, and the story behind some of the stupefying (and often disgusting) feats highlighted by the museum.
Thru April 26. $15.95–20.95. Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy. 281-244-2100. spacecenter.org