Top 12 Live Shows & Concerts in Houston This Week: May 15 to 21, 2023

Dave Matthews strums guitar and sings into the mic in front of his band
Dave Matthews Band performs in the Woodlands this week | Courtesy of Dave Matthews Band

Catch music’s biggest talents at these must-see live shows and concerts around Houston from Monday, May 15 to Sunday, May 21, 2023.

This week, Houston plays host to prog rock royalty, Dave Matthews headlines the Woodlands, and other bands hit stages in the Bayou City.

Want to dig deeper for live concerts in Houston this month? Check the 365 Houston calendar for more shows happening across H-Town.

Top 12 Live Shows & Concerts in Houston This Week

  • Violent Femmes at White Oak Music Hall | Wednesday, May 17– The almost half century–old folk punk, alt-rock band is commanding the White Oak stage and will be playing their seminal debut album in its entirety. $41 and up. 6pm.
  • Coheed & Cambria at House of Blues | Thursday, May 18 – The legendary sci-fi prog rock band, led by the soaring tenor vocals of Claudio Sanchez, are landing in H-Town where they will be performing their groundbreaking 2007 studio album No World For Tomorrow in full. Deafheaven will support. $49.50 and up. 7pm.
  • Dave Matthews Band at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Thursday, May 18 – The renowned alternative jam band will be chilling in the Woodlands when they come through with songs from their first release in five years, Walk Around the Moon. $49 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Bright Eyes at White Oak Music Hall | Thursday, May 18 – The indie folk rock outfit, Bright Eyes, with the inimitable Conor Oberst at the helm, come back to Houston for a makeup date at the downstairs stage. $35 and up. 7pm.
  • Cha Wa in Concert at Discovery Green | Thursday, May 18 | FREE – The Downtown parkspace hosts a free concert from the Grammy-nominated New Orleans group that blends NOLA brass band energy with the spirit of Mardi Gras Indians. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela at Smart Financial Centre | Thursday, May 18 – The neo-flamenco indie rock duo from Mexico brings tunes from their seventh studio album, In Between Thoughts… A New World, to Sugar Land. $50 and up. 8pm.
  • The Backseat Lovers at Bayou Music Center | Thursday, May 18 – The indie rock quartet comes through the H with tunes from their 2022 record, Waiting to Spill. $63 and up. 8pm.
  • They Might Be Giants at House of Blues | Friday, May 19 – The enduring alternative rock band is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a massive world tour, bringing music from their 23-album catalog to the House of Blues. $30 and up. 6:30pm.
  • The Mars Volta at 713 Music Hall | Friday, May 19 – Returning to the stage for the first time since breaking up a decade ago, the prog rock band comes with new music from Qué Dios Te Maldiga Mí Corazón. $59 and up. 8pm.
  • Danielle Ponder in Concert at the Heights Theater | Friday, May 19 – A recent standout at the Newport Jazz Festival, the American soul singer—and criminal justice lawyer—works her way to the Heights stage for a night of goosebump-inducing notes. Sara Van Buskirk opens. $20 and up. 8pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Oedipus Rex at Jones Hall | Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 – Star of the screen and Golden Globe Award–winning actor Kyle MacLachlan narrates with an incendiary cast of singers as they tell the story of the ultimate Greek tragedy through art and song. $29 and up. 8pm.
  • Jazzy Sundays: The Gabriel Santiago Project at the Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park | Sunday, May 21 | FREE – One of the final Jazzy Sundays concerts welcomes the award-winning Brazilian guitarist, Gabriel Santiago, preceded by Matt Serice and Along Those Lines performing a fusion of jazz, blues, zydeco and more. 5pm to 7pm.

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