Last year during White Linen Night in the Heights Houstonians got their first sneak peek into the Heights Theater, still under construction. This year, the public is invited indoors for free performances and an artist reception.
The iconic Heights theater marquee, with glowing neon over the crowds on 19th St., will be all it takes to lure the curious indoors. Once inside the lobby, visitors will be greeted by the symbolic artwork of Dallas resident George R. Holman.
George Holman studied Psychology and Architecture at Oklahoma State University and the University of California at Berkeley, which probably explains his fascination with symbols, geometry, meaning, transcendence and the origin of form.
Continuing past the lobby into the vast theater, I was awestruck by the size of the space. The theater seating area was designed to be flexible for each performance. The general seating area and dining tables have been removed for Saturday evening performances leaving standing room for up to 700. Be sure to look down, the hardwood floors are immaculate.
The team at Heights Theater knows how to have a good time after nearly a year of bringing in performers by national, local and regional musicians. Saturday evenings free performance is no exception.
The evening starts with the sounds created by the funky electro-dance duo of Aidan Kennedy & David Elkin Wrestlers. The DJ duo was called “dance music for those who give a damn about dance music.” By Cat5 Magazine. The Houston DJ’s retake the stage two more times at 8:15 and 10 p.m.
At 7 p.m. Khris Royal performs. Royal’s band, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, is an alternative funk band on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene. Royal has been playing saxophone since he was seven years old! Royal’s mix of funk, jazz and rock will keep patrons on the fast dance floor.
Ishi is a high energy electronic band from Dallas, with influences of soul, funk, and folk to electro, techno and house. They thrive on creating a positive atmosphere that allows their audience to let loose & express themselves. Friends have told me performances by Ishi are as much a visual experience as auditory.
Heights Theater is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. Tickets, showtimes and a full calendar of amazing musicians and bands are available on their website theheightstheater.com.