Whether you’re a fan of country or jazz, or you’re in the mood to experience something new, Houston’s fall concert line-up has something for every kind of live music-lover. The city is well-known for drawing big, commercially-successful acts to its outdoor amphitheaters, but it also hosts a ton of other lesser known, but equally talented, musicians in open-air performance venues throughout the city. With most performances free of charge, attending a concert this fall tops the list as one of the most affordable entertainment options around.
Annie B! Band
Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 226-8563

Date: Oct. 1, 2015 at 8 p.m.

The bluesy vibe and powerful vocals of the Annie B! Band make them a Last Concert Cafe regular, with performances almost every Thursday night of the year. The laid back atmosphere of this Mexican restaurant is perfect for anyone who loves to listen to live music but hates the hassle of attending a large concert. The restaurant hosts a wide array of local musicians every evening in its courtyard, with acoustic performances on Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. and karaoke on Monday nights. No tickets are required for Annie B! Band, but prices for other performances range from $8 – $10 per person.

Chipotle Green Film And Music Event

Discovery Green
1500 McKinney
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 400-7336

Date: Oct. 9, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Chipotle Mexican Grill regularly teams up with Houston’s biggest park, Discovery Green, to present thought-provoking films to the public, free of charge. Prior to October’s screening of the film Hanna Ranch, the tale of one cowboy’s fight for family and land, movie-goers can enjoy live music by one of H-Town’s critically-acclaimed bands, BLSHS (pronounced blushes). Though the Houston-grown trio has only been around since 2013, they’ve already made their mark on the local music scene and continue to gain attention nationally and internationally. Described as a southern twist on 80’s synthpop with heartfelt lyrics and haunting vocals, BLUSHS has played Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival and Austin’s mega-music fest, SXSW, as well as winning Houston Press awards for Best New Act and Best Electronic Act in 2014. No tickets required for this free event and guests can dine on free chips and salsa from Chipotle. The concert and film are scheduled for the Fondren Performance Space at Discovery Green; attendees can bring a blanket or chair and relax on the lawn.

The Original Jersey Boy – Frank Sinatra, Big Band To Vegas
Miller Outdoor Theater
6000 Hermann Park Drive

Houston, TX 77030

(281) 373-3386

Date: Oct. 11, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Commemorate what would be Sinatra’s 100th birthday this year at Miller Outdoor Theater as the Houston Chamber Choir performs classics from the Big Band era, along with all of Sinatra’s chart-topping hits and songs from his popular Vegas act. The 28 member choir, under the artistic direction of its founder Robert Simpson, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015, making the performance extra special. Covered seating is available, but tickets are required. Stop by the theater box office between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day of the performance to pick up a free ticket for a covered spot, or arrive at show time to snag an open seating spot on the hill.

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Zac Brown Band
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Date: Nov. 7, 2015 at 7 p.m.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, affectionately known as The Woodlands by locals, is the ideal place to catch an outdoor concert, especially in fall after Houston’s stifling summer heat and humidity subsides. And there’s no better concert to kick off the cooler weather than everyone’s favorite country-rock Grammy winner, Zac Brown Band. Tickets start at $35 for lawn seats and top out at $79.50 for reserved seats. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion website advertises a limited number of ticket 4-packs available for $108. Free parking is available on-site although preferred parking is also available for a $20 premium (plus service charges) through Ticketmaster. The Pavilion provides lawn chairs for a rental fee of $6 since outside chairs are prohibited. Check the complete list of permitted and non-permitted items before heading to the concert.

Recycled Percussion
Miller Outdoor Theater
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(281) 373-3386

Date: Nov. 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Las Vegas headliners and former America’s Got Talent contestants Recycled Percussion brings their unique and lively junk rock performance to Miller Outdoor Theater fall 2015. During each performance, the band uses power tools and buckets, among other unconventional items, to create a high-energy, musical montage suitable for concert-goers of any age. Tickets are required for seating in the covered seating area, but are free and available for pick-up (four tickets maximum per person over the age of 16) at the Miller Outdoor Theater box office from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of the performance. The box office reopens one hour before the start of the show to hand out any leftover tickets. Additionally, open seating is also available for free on the hill (no ticket required).

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