Top 9 live shows to see this month in Houston: June 2016

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Plan ahead and mark your calendars with our top picks for live music in Houston for June 2016.

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Take in a relaxed evening of Americana strumming on the lawn, get the big budget concert experience with an actress turned pop star turned mogul, or exhaust yourself at Houston’s premier two day outdoor music festival.

We’ve got plenty of excellent shows and concerts to help you plan out your music experience with our tips for live music this month.

Top 9 Live Shows to See this Month in Houston

  • Singer-Songwriter Robert Ellis in Concert at Discovery Green | Thursday, June 2 | FREE – Relax on the lawn of Discovery Green to the folk sounds of Houston’s own Robert Ellis in this free Thursday concert series. Watch on as the sun sets and the Downtown skyline plays backdrop to Ellis’ folk and country blend of Americana. 7pm to 9:30pm.
  • Free Press Summer Fest 2016 at NRG Park | Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 – With more than 55 bands spanning two days over a weekend each year, Free Press Summer Festival has become Houston’s premier national act-focused festival. Since its inception in 2009, FPSF has featured a diverse lineup ranging from world-renowned acts to up-and-coming local artists. This year’s line-up features standout artists such as Modest Mouse, Thee Oh Sees, Refused, Jamie XX, Mac DeMarco, The Black Angels and more. Tickets start at $92.50 for single day and $157.50 for both days. Additional VIP options are available. You may find cheaper or hard-to-get tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale website. 11am daily. Due to inclement weather which has saturated the grounds of Eleanor Tinsley Park this year’s Free Press Summer Fest has been relocated to NRG Park. All tickets will be honored and performance schedules will remain the same. Click here for more info.
  • Givers in Concert at Raven Tower | Tuesday, June 7 – The always energetic and sometimes improvisational Givers have been touring relentlessly to bring their brand of world music infused pop songs to the nation and beyond since their formation in 2008. Based in Lafayette, the source of the group’s influences can be cited back to the organic intermingling of Louisiana’s zydeco, cajun, jazz and pop sounds. Their ability to materialize this melting pot of sounds into straight ahead pop songs lead to a quick rise for the young band whom now find themselves in 2016 touring on their latest release, New Kingdom. Tickets start at $13. 7pm to 10pm.
  • The Hotelier in Concert at Walter’s Downtown | Wednesday, June 8 – Fresh off the release of it latest album Goodness, the Massachusetts-based group has become renown for its high energy performances. Formed in 2009 after having met in high school the Hotelier, originally named the Hotel Year, have been touring relentless since their distorted conception with praise seeming to grow exponentially with each album’s release. Both Told Slant and Loone are set to open the show. $12 in advance; $15 day of the show. 7pm.
  • Steve Gunn and the Outliners in Concert at Rudyard’s British Pub | Tuesday, June 14 – Brooklyn-based guitarist, producer and songwriter Steve Gunn has been making a name for himself over the years as a side-man and collaborator, but after a prolific couple of years his work as a solo artist has finally gained him a spotlight of his own. Known for his virtuosic guitar playing, Gunn’s music is his effort at expressing the simple yet profound relationship between humans and their environment through song. On his latest and highly-acclaimed album Way Out Weather, Gunn embraces his urban surroundings through a selection of songs that display his innate ability to mix well crafted guitar hooks with memorable melodies. Tickets start at $12. 8pm.
  • Selena Gomez in Concert at Toyota Center | Wednesday, June 15 – Get the high octane; big budget concert experience when pop star and actress Selena Gomez makes her way to Downtown Houston for “The Revival Tour”. Kick off your summer to the electronic sound of Gomez’ radio dance hits and choreography. Hear radio anthems such as “Same Old Love, “Good For You” and “Come and Get It” amongst many mainstream others. Tickets start at $50.50; you may find cheaper, better, or hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale website. 7pm.
  • Self-Taught Artist: Lonnie Holley Concert & Film Screening at Discovery Green | Friday, June 24 | FREE – Join Discovery Green and the Menil Collection for an outdoor celebration, performance and film that celebrates self-taught artists whom lack formal training. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Artists from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither, DG and the Menil bring you a night of visionary art from both Alabama’s Lonnie Holley in concert and a documentary that traces the life of AL artist Thornton Dial. 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Lonnie Holley concert begins at 8pm. The screening of Mr. Dial Has Something to Say begins at 9pm.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons Tour at Warehouse Live | Friday, June 24 – Gentleman, start your engines..and make your way to Warehouse Live for a night filled with amazing outfits, lip-synced fun and most importantly: the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race! Hosted by Michelle Visage, the tour’s lineup will include show favorites such as Adore Delano, Alaska Thunderf***, BenDeLaCreme, Courtney Act, Ginger Minj, Ivy Winters, Jinkx Monsoon, Katya, Manila Luzon, Miss Fame, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’hara, Sharon Needles, Violet Chachki, and Willam. While the lineup varies by city and is subject to change, it certainly won’t disappoint. Tickets start at $37.50. 8pm.
  • British Punks: Conflict & Total Chaos in Concert at Walter’s Downtown | Saturday, June 25 – Formed in 1981 out of South London, English anarcho-punks Conflict make their way across the pond and all the way to Houston’s Walter’s later this month. Almost as much as their music the group are known for their outspoken stances regarding issues like animal rights, the anti-war movement, vegetarianism and anarchism. Total Chaos and The Scandals are set to open the show for the Thatcher-hating punks. Tickets start at $15. 8pm.