This Week, The Super Bowl shines the national spotlight on Houston. No ticket to the game? No problem, as audiences can hear top performers throughout the Bayou City. In fact, many of the hottest shows are free. (Yes—you heard that right!) We wrangled the top performances to see around town before kickoff on Sunday.
Want more? Check out our all-encompassing guide to every event in town. Are you ready for some concerts?
Monday welcomes local favorite and zydeco-influenced performer Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man to Super Bowl Live at Discovery Green for a boot-scootin show, along with performances by Denton, Texas native Sarah Jaffe and Austin crooner Walker Lukens.
Monday, Jan. 30. Begins at 5:30 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. housuperbowl.com/super-bowl-live
Super Bowl Live hosts another Houston favorite: Buxton, the local folk-rock group that made big waves after the 2015 release of their hit record, "Half a Native." Stick around for Americana singer and songwriter Ryan Bingham as he closes the night (hopefully with popular tune "Dollar a Day.")
Wednesday, Feb. 1. Begins at 4 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. housuperbowl.com/super-bowl-live
Don't miss the Queen Bee's equally talented sister perform hit “Cranes in the Sky” from her 2016 critically-acclaimed album "A Seat at the Table."
Thursday, Feb. 2. Begins at 5:45 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. housuperbowl.com/super-bowl-live
Not to be outdone by Super Bowl Live, The Continental Club hosts Superfest with top artists, including Houston rock group The Tontons. The five-piece, indie-rock band brings jazz and blues infused tunes that are sure to attract newcomers to the genre.
Friday, Feb. 3. Begins at 6 p.m. Free. The Continental Club, 3700 Main St. 713-400-7336. continentalclub.com/houston
Leon Bridges and Shakey Graves
Leon Bridges burst onto the music scene with his 2016 record Coming Home, with the title track making Bridges a household name. (The song's been played on Spotify more than 36 million times!) With a sound that resembles classic R&B crooner Otis Redding, the Fort Worth native will jam alongside up-and-coming Austin folk singer Shakey Graves. We're calling it: must-see show of the week.
Friday, Feb. 3. Begins at 12:30 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. housuperbowl.com/super-bowl-live
The Beach Boys
For a blast-from-the-past performance, The Beach Boys will be singing at The Players Party at Sam Houston Race Park. The midcentury surf-rock legends return to Houston with age defying favorites like “Good Vibrations” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”
Friday, Feb. 3. Begins at 2 p.m. From $24. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Pwky. 281-807-8700. playersparty2017.com
Classical-music icon Yo-Yo Ma stops by Jones Hall for a one-night only concert. Experience an evening with the legendary cellist, performing alongside music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Houston Symphony.
Saturday, Feb. 4. Begins at 7:30 p.m. From $149. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org
ZZ Top, Gary Clark Jr. and The Suffers
A trifecta of phenomenal acts cap off the week leading up to Super Sunday with world-renowned Houston rock trio ZZ Top, modern-day blues legend Gary Clark Jr. and soon-to-be national powerhouse The Suffers.
Saturday, Feb. 4. Begins at 6 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. housuperbowl.com/super-bowl-live