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THEY, WHO SOUND

Monday, May. 6, 2019 – Monday, May. 6, 2019

07:30 PM – 09:30 PM
US/Central

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Nameless Sound and Lawndale present . . . .

They, Who Sound

experimental sound-making, improvised music, noises, the sounding of art, the performance of art and . . .

Different Artists and Performers
Every Monday at Lawndale
Two distinct sets each night

For each Monday’s updated lineup, please visit www.namelesssound.org.

7:30 – 9:30 PM
Doors open at 7 PM

Free admission
Donations to They, Who Sound welcome.

HISTORY

In 2008, trombone player David Dove organized a short series of concerts as a personal DIY project, independent from his work as Founding Director of Nameless Sound. Held at a mid-town Houston bar, Dove had minimal expectations for They, Who Sound. It was casually organized as an opportunity for friends, colleagues, and various Houston experimental musicians to perform with each other and for each other (and for who ever else happened to show up on a Sunday evening).

On the afternoon of the third concert, Dove and friends arrived to locked doors. The bar had cancelled They, Who Sound without notice

Shortly after this auspicious beginning, the series was moved to Avant-Garden, a Montrose mainstay for diverse crowds and eclectic programming. Under the generous hospitality of owner Mariana Lemesoff (and key bar staff), the weekly series that was meant to last only a few months carried on for 9 years.

In those 9 years They, Who Sound not only became the sounding ground for a growing circle of local and regional experimental musicians. It also developed a reputation outside of Houston, as many well-known international artists would play They, Who Sound for their Houston tour stop, often collaborating with local artists. Sometimes They, Who Sound featured seasoned veterans, immediately following a young artist performing their first ever gig. Conversations after concerts were often as important as the performances themselves, and They, Who Sound became a place where new projects and collaborations were born. Though free improvisation might have been the most typical form of experimental music-making featured, there was plenty of space for jazz, noise, spoken-word, performance art, dance, film and sound art. It wouldn’t be fair to say that Houston didn’t have an active and creative scene of experimental musicians before They, Who Sound. But the scene in Houston does feel different than it did 10 years ago.

In 2018, Nameless Sound officially took on They, Who Sound as a weekly series of concerts in partnership with Lawndale Art Center. For Nameless Sound, it is an opportunity to provide a stage and shed light on Houston’s diverse, vibrant, and totally unique experimental music scene. We hope it will continue to be a meeting place for Houston listeners and experimental musicians, and we expect it to be a lab for new developments. You will continue to hear well-known national and international artists sharing the stage with vital regional and local talent. For Lawndale, it represents something of a return to roots. In the 1980’s, Lawndale’s original location was the site for some of the most memorable experimental music and underground rock events in Houston. Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Cecil Taylor and the Art Ensemble of Chicago all performed there, as did Black Flag, The Minutemen and the Replacements.

So join us at Lawndale, where every Monday you’ll hear two distinct performances of experimental sound-making, improvised music, noises, the sounding of art, the performance of art and . . .

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Thursday - Saturday, Noon - 8:00 pm
    and by appointment
  • Gallery is always free.

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • MetroRail The MetroRail makes a stop a half-block south of the MATCH at the Ensemble/HCC Station. General Parking These are the places to park when you visit the MATCH. Like most of Midtown, you will have to pay to park, but prices are reasonable. Mid-Main Close to the MATCH is the Mid-Main Garage directly to the south across Holman. This garage is accessible through Holman or Travis Street and is open 24 hours. Parking can be paid by credit card or cash at the designated pay machines. Parking rates are as follows: 5 am- 6 pm
    • First 15-minutes are free
    • 1 hour or less - $3
    • 1.5 Hours - $4.50
    • 2 Hours - $6.00
    • 2.5 - 3 Hours - $7.50
    • Each Additional ½ hour - $1.50
    • MAX Rate is $15
    6 pm-4 am
    • First 15 minutes - Free
    • 1 hour or less - $4
    • Each additional 1/2 hour - $1
    • Nightly Max Rate - $7.50
    • Cars left after 4 am - $15
    6 pm-4 am
    • Flat Rate - $6
    • Cars left after 4 am - $15
    Please note that Travis St. is a one way street traveling north. Mid-Main has two surface lots. One lot is located at the southeastern corner of Main and Holman, directly to the south of Trinity Church. This lot is available all day on weekdays and Saturday, and after 2 pm on Sunday. The other lot can be found at the southeastern corner of Fannin and Winbern. This lot is open to the public. Both of these lots have their own pay station where patrons can pay to park. Parking can range between $3 to $7, depending on the hour of the day. Cash only. Street Parking There is also street parking available nearby (marked in yellow on map). Some of this is free and some is metered. Please be observant of all parking signage when choosing to park on the street. *Please note that parking on Holman Street in front of the MATCH is NOT available. Valet Valet service will be available for many performances through Mid-Main Development. To find out if valet services will be available for your performance, please call the box office at (713) 521-4533. Their location will be off of Travis St. Price can range between $5 to $10, cash only.

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