PERFORMANCES

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The Orange Show Monument has been a memorable venue for some of Houston's best and most eclectic cultural performances for the past 40+ years, with a rich history of hosting concerts, performance art and other one-of-a-kind happenings from nationally and internationally recognized artists and performers on a regular basis.

FEATURED UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

artist in residence:
Lonnie Holley
October 8, 2022 | 7-9PM

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The Orange Show celebrates the transformation of common objects into works of extraordinary imagination. This fall, we offer an encounter with the art and music of one of the foremost self-trained visionaries of the American South. Lonnie Holley (b. 1950, Birmingham, AL) is a bona fide art world superstar and now a favorite on the music festival circuit. Known primarily for his found object assemblages and immersive yard art installations, Holley is an alchemist who deftly transforms the cast-off detritus of society into resonant talismans that critique, question, or commemorate. His music works in a similar way as Holley delivers his improvised songs with an incantatory passion. This residency culminates in a live performance within a temporary sculptural environment built during an intensive workshop with a curated group of Houston sculptors. Holley’s art is shown in museums and galleries around the country but his visit to the Orange Show focuses on community and the experience shared between artists and audience. Following a chaotic childhood with stops in foster homes and reform school, Holley’s life as an artist began when he carved sandstone grave markers for nieces who died in a house fire in 1979. The Birmingham Museum of Art collected, exhibited, and advocated for his early work, which through the 1980s evolved to include indoor and outdoor found-material assemblage, and later painting and drawing. Since 2000, he’s parlayed an interest in home-taping into a series of acclaimed records on small indie labels and a second career as a touring musician. Through four decades of multimedia work, Holley’s practice has been described as a “narrative retelling of Black American history,” celebrating the successes of the Civil Rights movement and commenting upon the struggle that remains. His sculptures can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “He keeps people spellbound with his oratory, humor, and insights into art making. He makes the kind of sculpture–and produces the kind of music–that changes people. It gets into their emotional and intellectual core and forces them to rethink art and history, as well as their own assumptions about how the world works." SF Weekly Mr. Holley first visited the Orange Show in 1995, and he returns to Houston for a two-day workshop with a curated group of advanced student and early-career participants. The group will work under Holley’s direction to create an original sculptural installation using castoff material from JR Metals and the City of Houston’s Reuse Warehouse. The results will be displayed in the dock space during the early part of October. Holley and his regular band perform in concert to complete the visit on the evening of October 8. The installation remains on view through October 16.

R.L. Boyce with Lightnin' Malcolm
October 15, 2022 | 7-8:30PM

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One of the most authentic and original proponents of the hypnotic, spontaneous Mississippi Hill Country Blues, guitarist R.L. Boyce was a protégé of R.L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Once a drummer for Jessie Mae Hemphill and in the fife-and-drum bands of his uncle Otha Turner, Boyce turned to the guitar at age 22 and developed his craft slowly through countless gigs at juke joints and house parties. He was past 50 when he cut his first album, and his second album “Roll and Tumble,” recorded primarily in Boyce’s own front yard, was one of the five finalists for the Grammy award for ‘Best Traditional Blues Album’ in 2018. His community picnics and front-porch performances in the tiny rural town of Como are the stuff of legend. For his debut Houston performance, he’s joined by his regular performing partner Lightnin’ Malcolm.

Charalambides
with Jessica Ackerley Quartet
November 12, 2022 | 7-10PM

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Among the most potent, enduring, and influential musical units to have risen from Houston’s storied early-90s underground scene, Charalambides is guitarist Tom Carter and vocalist Christina Carter. Their immersive, electro-acoustic soundscapes draw from psychedelic rock and folk music but transcend any conventional notions of song form, favoring instead free improvisation strategies that shift with each individual performance. Their long and winding discography includes live and studio recordings issued on boutique labels, limited issue CD-Rs, and obscure compilations. It’s their first Houston performance in five years and only the second since they levitated the monument in 2007. Guitarist Jessica Ackerley opens the show with a special quartet also featuring drummer Lisa Cameron, pianist Eli Wallace, and trombonist David Dove.

Bread & Puppet Theater presents
The Apocalpyse Defiance Circus
November 22, 2022

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Ginormous puppets, fresh bread, and a fiercely progressive spirit are all hallmarks of the Bread and Puppet Theater experience. Founded by Elka and Peter Schumann in NYC in 1963, the community-based, social justice-oriented Bread and Puppet Theater has called Vermont home since 1970, where they have presented regular summer performances featuring expressive puppets and masks built on a monumental scale, activated by dozens of puppeteers during summer events at their natural outdoor amphitheater in the state’s remote Northeast Kingdom. They have also been regular participants in parades and protests around the country. Their current touring show, “The Apocalypse Defiance Circus,” addresses the urgent stories and questions of the day. The show, says Schumann, is “in response to our totally unresurrected capitalist situation, not only the hundreds of thousands of unnecessarily sacrificed pandemic victims but our culture’s unwillingness to recognize Mother Earth’s revolt against our civilization. Since we earthlings do not live up to our earthling obligations, we need resurrection circuses to yell against our own stupidity.” This rollicking spectacle of protest and celebration features flag wavers, cardboard clowns, prancing blue horses, and the Doing-The-Best-We-Can Brass Band. After the show, B&P serves its famous rye sourdough bread with garlic aioli, and offers original posters, cards, banners, and books published by the Bread & Puppet Press. The Orange Show feels philosophically aligned with Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art Manifesto” (1984), which declares “Art has to be cheap and available to everybody.”

 
 

RECENT PERFORMANCES

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Video produced by: Nada Brahma Media

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Audio Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by: Shannon Smith

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SWAMP SALON SERIES

A presentation of The Orange Show Media Project

In collaboration with Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) and Houston Media Source

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The Orange Show Media Project is a partnership with Houston Media Source and Southwest Alternative Media Project (SWAMP) to capture and edit intimate performances by visionary Houston-based performing artists in front of live audiences at the Orange Show’s collection of unique properties.

 

A 41-YEAR HISTORY OF PERFORMANCES

Take a look at some of the music and art performances we have brought in over the years...

Alasdair Roberts

Amanda Gregory

Astronautalis

Baby Dee

Beans Barton and the Bi Peds

Beach House

Benjamin Wesley

Bill Callahan

BLACKIE

Blackie Dammet

Bonnie "Prince" Billy

BooTown

Burt Jansch

Coughee Brothaz

Continuum

Come See My Dead Person

Dan Deacon

Daniel Johnston

Dengue Fever

Devendra Banhart

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Dirty Projectors

Extra Golden

Fire Moth

Flamin' Hellcats

Folk Family Revival

Former Ghosts

Get Down Stay Down

Herschel Berry and The Natives

Hillary Sloan

Jana Hunter

Joanna Newsom 

Jo Bird

Kozmic Pearl

La Sien

Listen Listen

Los Guereros de la Musica

Los Skarnales

Mikey and The Drags

Mills-McCoin Rock 'N Roll Circus

Mother Falcon

Mucca Pazza

Nina Nastasia

Old Murder House Theatre

ORION

Phosphorescent

Pillars and Tongues

Poor Pilate

Quintron and Ms. Pussycat

Robert Ellis

Roky Moon and BOLT!

San Fermin

Say Girl Say

Sleepy Sun

Slow Club

SORNE

Soul Revels Brass Band

Southern Backtones

Stephanie Saint Sanchez

Thao Nguyen

The Dodos

The Grass Skirts 1909!

The Invincible Czars

The Most of All

The New Mercies

The Suffers

The Tyburn Jig

The Wandering Bufaleros

The Wave Pictures

Thao and Mirah

Thomas Helton

Thunderado

True Widow

Two Star Symphony

Tyagaraja

Venemous Maximus

Vinyl Ranch

Wave Pictures

White Hills

Wild Mocassins

Yasmin Williams

Xiu Xiu

You(Genius)

Young Mammals