The Ezra Charles’ Texas Blues Band, affectionately called “Houston’s Band” by its fans, will make its debut performance at the Keller Williams Free Concert Series at Kings Harbor on Friday, September 17 from 7-10 p.m.
The six-member band is famous for its namesake’s flashy piano antics and for having ladies playing in the horn section. Ezra Charles is Houston’s best-known keyboard artist. He was a five-time winner of the Houston Press Readers Poll Award and the leader of the official band of the Houston Rockets from 1993 to1996.
Ezra has played private performances for The Rolling Stones, President George Bush and the 1990 Economic Summit, The NBA All-Star Party, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the 1992 Republican National Convention, and the 2010 Boy Scout Centennial Celebration in Minute Maid Park.
Music played by the band consists primarily of Ezra Charles songs from their six albums: Design for Living (1989), Modern Years (1994), Drive Time (1996), Texas-Style (1998), Beaumont Boy (2001), and King of Texas Blues (2010). The band is described as having a horn-drenched rhythm and blues, boogie-woogie, Texas Rock and Roll sound.
With Ezra taking the lead on piano and vocals, the band includes: Nancy Dalbey, trombone, trumpet, backing vocals; Michael Seybold, guitar; Damien Sonnier, saxophone; Rachelle Akpanumoh, trumpet, backing vocals; and Dave Sartin, drums.
This will be the first Friday night Keller Williams’ concert to offer Food To-Go specials from the Kings Harbor restaurants. Featured guest, the Kingwood Chamber of Commerce, will be selling tickets for $8 per item. Proceeds from the sales of the items will benefit the chamber, which is celebrating its seventh year of service to the community.
The restaurants will offer the following to-go items only available during the concert: Sharky’s, seven fried shrimp with rice or fries; Chimichurri’s, grilled beef tenderloin and chicken skewers with a South American touch; Zammitti’s, Italian sausage with grilled vegetables on a hoagie bun; Raffa’s, crab cakes; and the Wine Loft, pork egg rolls.
Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn. Glass containers are not permitted at the Harbor Plaza concert site. Kings Harbor is located at 1660 West Lake Houston Pkwy. in Kingwood between Kingwood Dr. and FM 1960. For more information, visit www.clickKWne.com or www.kings-harbor.com.