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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.




Maria Chavez


Friday, March 10 | 7-11pm

Opening Reception & DJ Set

The Orange Show World HQ

Celebrate the opening of “Maria Chavez: Absorption Sculpture Series’’ and be among the first to experience her original sound absorbent, site-specific sculptural environment made from repurposed fabrics and building materials that were otherwise headed for the landfill. Join us for this very special opening night durational performance and DJ set, showcasing Chavez's unique and avant-garde improvisational turntable technique.

Chavez is The Orange Show's Spring 2023 artist-in-residence, and marks her return to public performance following a four-year sabbatical after brain surgery. It comprises an immersive, monumental sound-absorbing sculptural installation made from found and recycled fabrics; artist-led tours; two youth workshops; an both an opening-night DJ set and durational performance and a closing recital with workshops participants and other special guests.


About Maria Chavez:

Coincidence, chance, and failure are themes that unite Maria Chavez’ book objects, sound sculptures, multi-media installations, and other works produced within her improvised solo turntable performance practice. Born in Lima, Peru, Chavez grew up in Houston and developed a self-taught and completely original approach as a DJ and turntablist that favors vinyl records’ unique defects and idiosyncrasies. She is heavily influenced by Pauline Oliveros’ “Deep Listening” concept that “fosters creative innovation across boundaries and abilities, among artists and audience, musicians and non-musicians, healers and the physically or cognitively challenged, and children of all ages.”

Saturday, March 11 | 1-4pm

Abstract Turntablism Workshop for Teens

Get a hands-on opportunity to use turntables and vinyl records as instruments from Maria Chavez. Teens (kids as young as 10 are welcome, parents must accompany kids 10-16 of age) will learn about Chavez’ equipment and practice and create their own variations on the form. Participants are also invited to perform a solo abstract turntablism piece at the residency-closing recital on March 17. $10 per participant.

Sunday, March 12 | 1-4pm

Abstract Turntablism Workshop for Adults

Get a hands-on opportunity to use turntables and vinyl records as instruments from Maria Chavez. Adults 18+ will learn about Chavez’ equipment and practice and create their own variations on the form. Participants are also invited to perform a solo abstract turntablism piece at the residency-closing recital on March 17. $10 per participant.

Friday, March 17 | 7-9pm

Maria Chavez Closing Reception & Workshop Participant Recital

Maria Chavez closes her Houston residency with a performance/recital featuring participants from the previous week’s Abstract Turntablism Workshops and a few special guests. FREE

The Orange Show presents

Nakatani Gong Orchestra


Saturday, March 25 | 7-10pm

The Orange Show World HQ

Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani is a road warrior who travels the country by modified panel van and performs hundreds of concerts each year in cities all over the world. The Nakatani Gong Orchestra is a touring project in which local musicians are trained in Nakatani’s bow technique and conducted through a performance of his transformative works on a collection of seventeen Chinese wind gongs. The Kobo bows, mallets, and surrounding equipment used in the performance have all been hand crafted by Nakatani himself. It is the only ongoing bowed gong orchestra project in the world.

About Tatsuya Nakatani:

Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde percussionist, composer, and artist of sound. Active internationally since the 1990’s; Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.

The Orange Show presents

Eugene Chadbourne live at The Orange Show Monument


Saturday, May | 6-9pm

The Orange Show Monument

The Orange Show celebrates eccentric visionaries and few fit the description better than the North Carolina-based guitarist, banjoist, singer, and composer Eugene Chadbourne.

Since the late 1970s, he’s been the creative music world’s clown prince, skewering the powerful with satirical lyrics and prodding sacred cows of technique and taste with a delirious mashup of jazz, folk, country, unlikely covers, and fleet-fingered improvisation. His extensive and convoluted discography includes hundreds of self-released, small-batch recordings hand-packaged in uniquely collaged jackets made from found and repurposed materials.

In recent years he’s developed a profile as an accomplished self-trained visual artist and several of his works will be on view in the Orange Show Study Center in the weeks following his performance.



Yasmin Williams - March 12, 2022

Video produced by: Nada Brahma Media

Edited & Directed by: Don White

Audio Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by: Shannon Smith

Susan Alcorn - April 23, 2022

Video produced by Nada Brahma Media

Cameras: Robert Johns, Don White

Edited and Directed by Don White

Audio Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Shannon Smith



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.



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

Alasdair Roberts

Amanda Gregory


Baby Dee

Beans Barton and the Bi Peds

Beach House

Benjamin Wesley

Bill Callahan


Blackie Dammet

Bonnie "Prince" Billy


Burt Jansch

Coughee Brothaz


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



Pillars and Tongues

Poor Pilate

Quintron and Ms. Pussycat

Robert Ellis

Roky Moon and BOLT!

San Fermin

Say Girl Say

Sleepy Sun

Slow Club


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


True Widow

Two Star Symphony


Venemous Maximus

Vinyl Ranch

Wave Pictures

White Hills

Wild Mocassins

Yasmin Williams

Xiu Xiu


Young Mammals

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