Smooth jazz is the sound of sophistication, unlike rough jazz, which is the sound of Louis Armstrong blasting chili out of his trumpet. Lend your ear to upscale scales with this GrouponLive deal to see the third-annual Red Cat Jazz Festival, taking place at the Pearland Town Center at Shadow Creek Ranch in Pearland on Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7. The event lasts from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both days. All guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. Choose from the following ticket options:
- For $30, you get two general-admission day passes for Saturday, October 6, or Sunday, October 7 (a $60 value).
- For $40, you get two general-admission weekend passes for both days of the festival (an $80 value).
- For $60, you get four general-admission day passes for Saturday, October 6, or Sunday, October 7 (a $120 value).
- For $80, you get four general-admission weekend passes for both days of the festival (a $160 value).
For its third-annual celebration, the Red Cat Jazz Festival fills the Pearland Town Center with two days of dulcifying music performed by some of the nation's top jazz artists. As families savor tastes from an assortment of food vendors and tykes bound about in the kids’ zone, clouds of quarter notes drift through the open air of the venue.
Saturday's lineup showcases soulful saxophonists and Texas natives Theresa Grayson and Chris Mitchell pair up to celebrate smooth instrumental tunes. The saxophone-filled tunes keep coming with Houston native Stephen Richard. And Nick Colionne’s slick guitar and Kermit Ruffins’ N'awlins trumpet keep fans swaying past sundown.
Sunday's roster swings with the upbeat accordions and Creole flair of Louisiana mainstays Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws. Sunday also features a special performance by the Kashmere Stage Band. Originally a high-school funk band formed in the 1960s, its comeback performances fulfill yearbook promises of ceaseless friendship. The festival closes out with a series featuring former Blue Note recording artist and Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Ronnie Laws and Grammy-nominated "femme fatale" Miki Howard.