2017 Wrap Up (Part 2 of 4)

Booking Music in Houston and Beyond, 2017 – Pt. 2

April was the second busiest month for us (behind December) this year, which made for a wild and crazy jump into Q2. Between weddings, galas, the launch of our spring series at Discovery Green, oh and having a little fun ourselves at our 2nd annual vendor party, all hands were on deck!


Blue Bird Circle Gala – Lyle Lovett
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Lyle Lovett poses with the Houston Texans’ generous McNair family at River Oaks Country Club. Photo cred: Jenny Antill Clifton

April marked our first show with Lyle Lovett in 2017, at the Blue Bird Circle Clinic’s sell-out gala. Ever the gentleman and consummate performer, Lyle charmed the crowd during his 90 minute performance at the black tie affair, benefiting the pediatric neurological center at Texas Children’s Hospital. What an honor it was to support this fabulous event for such a worthwhile cause.

Houston, Blue Bird Circle Gala with Lyle Lovett, April 2017, Lyle Lovett
Photo cred: Jenny Antill Clifton

GCE Vendor Party with Chris Bailey Photography

Selfie photo cred: Moi

We had our second annual Gulf Coast Entertainment vendor party with co-host Chris Bailey Photography, and the weather couldn’t have been nicer. The Zydeco Dots performed, and Olivia surprised us all with her championship crawfish cracking skills. 

Houston Zoo Ball
Houston, Zoo Ball Aquatic Affair, April 2017, decor
Photo cred: Jenny Antill Clifton

We were honored to help with the Houston Zoo Ball’s entertainment this year. Raising more than $1M for our beloved Zoo, this Aquatic Affair was one to remember with IDT Band charming the crowd during their three hour continuous set.

Houston, Zoo Ball Aquatic Affair, April 2017, flowers
Super creative jellyfish-inspired florals and decor abounded! Photo cred: Jenny Clifton Antill

Houston Arts Alliance – Audra McDonald
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The amazing Audra McDonald sang from the Great American Songbook on this special night. She sprinkled in anecdotes about her own life throughout the performance, drawing us into her personal life, and giving the impression of being at once accessible and other-wordly with her angelic voice. 

Houston Arboretum Gala
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Such a fun crew and gorgeous night, dancing alfresco to one of our favorite regional bands! Photo cred: Brad Ottosen


Discovery Green Spring Series

Leyla McCalla at Discovery Green

If you aren’t taking advantage of the free and family friendly concerts at Discovery Green, you aren’t taking full advantage of being in Houston. The Spring Series this year was sponsored by UH Downtown, and featured some of the most interesting and exciting acts in the country. Both up and coming and established artists, this series has something for everyone! 

Luke Winslow King

Symphony Gala

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Another stunning performance by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra at the Symphony Gala! Photo cred: Anthony Rathbun

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Houston Symphony, Vegas-style! Photo cred: Marcy de Luna

It is hard to imagine more beautiful (inside and out) brides than our June beauties! Check out photos of their gorgeous receptions below. 

Becca B. Wedding Reception

Venue: Lakeside Country Club
Band: Empire 6
Photography: Chris Baily Photography
Planner: Ashley Appling, Keely Thorne Events

Amanda M. Wedding Reception
Venue: The Astorian
Band: Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters
Photography: Chris Bailey Photography
Planner: Angela Nix

Maggi M. Wedding Reception
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Venue: Hobby Center
Band: Empire 6
Photography: Adam Nyholt
Planner: Rebecca Martens, Belle of the Ball

Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Elevator to the Gallows 
GCE beat the heat in June by presenting the fabulous Elevator to the Gallows at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, part of the Jazz on Film series at the museum. What a treat to listen to the “largely improvised” musical score by Miles Davis while taking in the thrilling movie! Our own Sam Austin introduced the movie, putting that Film Major to good use!
Elevator to the Gallows

I hope you’re enjoying these posts as much as I am! Back tomorrow with the third edition of our 2017 recap. 


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