"I feel like H-town has taught me that if I can do it and survive there, I can do it anywhere,” The Suffers' singer Kam Franklin tells Houstonia ahead of Redbull Soundclash.

Disclosure: Houstonia partnered with Red Bull to promote this SoundClash event.



The Redbull Soundclash Series made its U.S. comeback, with its first-ever stop in Houston tonight, featuring music from two female-led bands from the South. 

Houston’s hometown heroes The Suffers face New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas. Both will showcase their musical abilities in a “Queens of Gulf Coast Soul” themed four-round competition.

It’s a showdown-style concert, probably a little like VERZUZ performances.

Here are some of the things we’ll be looking forward to during SoundClash:

Themed Music Challenges

This isn’t just a pick-your-best-hits moment. Both groups will have to perform songs aimed at a certain theme, which includes a cover song, a takeover of the other band’s music, a clash that highlights each band’s versatility with different genres, and a finale.

“To find your way around [the music], to fit yourself inside of someone else's words and lyrics, and take your time with it, it's a challenge,” Tank tells Houstonia. “But it's a challenge I look forward to truly making it my own.”

Audience Choosing the Winner

For the concert’s organizers, the show is about engaging the audience to be more than just spectators, as they’re the ones who ultimately pick the winner. Will it come down to voting along party lines? NOLA versus The H? Who knows, we’re excited to find out.

Surprise Guests

Seriously, who doesn’t love a show where someone you didn’t expect comes on stage to join a performance? The concert event will feature iconic surprise guests from Texas and Louisiana music scenes.

Paul Wall and Big Freedia

With hosting duties being shared by Houston’s “People’s Champ,” Paul Wall and New Orleans’ “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia, it’s almost a guarantee we’ll be entertained from the start. Maybe we’ll hear Paul rap some verses from Sittin’ Sidewayz, or see Freedia drop it to the beat. Either way, expect Paul’s grillz to twinkle up on stage if he declares The Suffers the winners. 

Kam Franklin

 We are extremely looking forward to seeing Kam take the stage. She’s a great inspiration to Houston artists and singers. The Suffers' lead singer tells Houstonia that her favorite part about the city is the community. “We all just waiting for the right shot,” Franklin says, “And I feel like H-town has taught me that if I can do it and survive there, I can do it anywhere.”

Supporting a Good Cause

All tickets purchased will go to Trae the Truth’s Houston-based nonprofit, Angel By Nature, to help victims of Hurricane Ida in both Texas and Louisiana communities. 

Redbull SoundClash: The Suffers vs Tank and the Bangas; Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave., Thursday, Dec. 2, doors open at 7p.m.; tickets start at $20.26. To find out more about Redbull’s Soundclash Series, or to purchase tickets visit the website.

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