Hustlers Brass Band Takes the Stage at the Rothko Chapel First free concert of 2015 Summer Sounds on the Plaza series slated for June 11

The Rothko Chapel’s 2015 Summer Sounds on the Plaza concert series kicks off with the Hustlers Brass Band. The group comprised of some of Louisiana’s top musicians, who specialize in second line, funk and soul sounds, will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.

“This energetic performance promises to transport guests from the Rothko Chapel plaza to the streets of the Big Easy,” program director and New Orleans native Michelle Ashton said.

She said that the band formed after Hurricane Katrina, and mixes classic New Orleans sounds with new influences. Yeti Sunshine will also be on site selling snowballs, and Saint Arnolds will provide free samples of cold brews.

Ashton explained that this year’s Summer Sounds on the Plaza series will commemorate the 10th anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by featuring music that originated in Louisiana. "We want to honor the culture of Louisiana, knowing the great loss the state suffered during the hurricanes,”" Ashton said. “"We’'re also looking forward to showcasing the cultural influence Louisiana music has on the Houston music scene.”"

The second concert in the series is slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 and will feature Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws, a traditional zydeco band served with a side of contemporary influences. The final concert in the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 – with Ed Poullard singing traditional creole music and conjuring images of “fais do dos” (Cajun country dance) in Acadian sugar canes field on humid nights.

In its 40 years, the Chapel has achieved recognition as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the second half of the 20th century. In 2001 the Chapel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Chapel regularly makes top ten lists of places to visit and is a featured entry in National Geographic’s “Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations,” published in 2009. 

Visitors from around the world visit the sacred space to meditate and reflect, as they gaze at the tremendous paintings by Mark Rothko – or when they step outside to view Barnett Newman’s powerful sculptureBroken Obelisk, which stands in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, or call 713-524-9839.

About the Rothko Chapel
The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.