Discovery Green Blog
Allen Hill: The Man Behind the MusicOctober 7, 2014
by Ashley Roberts
During the fall and spring months, Discovery Green hosts a free, weekly concert series on the Anheuser-Busch stage—now titled the Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concert Series presented by Green Mountain Energy. Concert-goers are able to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and relax on the hill, while taking in tunes from some of the best talent found around the Gulf Coast! This family-friendly concert series has quickly become a Houston favorite, featuring amazing line-ups curated by a legend in the Houston music entertainment field, Allen Hill of Allen Hill Entertainment.
A native Houstonian, Allen has performed in a number of bands since he was 16, including The Allen Oldies Band, The El Orbits and Banana Blender Surprise. With decades of experience in the music business, Allen has also performed alongside music greats such as Chuck Berry, Roy Head and Archie Bell. Since 2007, he has applied his musical expertise to book and coordinate engaging entertainment for a variety of events and special occasions for an impressive client list which includes, Houston Press, American Heart Association, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Chevron, and of course, Discovery Green’s Thursday Concerts!
In order to ensure each band perfectly matches each event, Allen explores the musicians’ styles and genres as well as audience demographics. Throughout our Thursday Concert series, you are bound to hear a vast variety of music which may include Latin rock, Tejano, rock and roll, soul, country, zydeco, gospel, blues and more, from an assortment of our community’s beloved artists—and sometimes Grammy Award-winners— all lined up by Allen Hill. Booking talent and helping coordinate Thursday Concerts calls for lots of work, but with the local music scene abuzz, Allen loves to showcase the many rich traditions of music found in Houston, in Texas and around the Gulf Coast.
Keep your dancing shoes handy! The Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concert series goes through October 23, 2014 and begins at 6:30 pm each Thursday. Picnics and snacks are welcome or you can enjoy concessions at The Lake House or the special Lake House tent. Score reserved seating by donating $300 or more to the park’s “Save a Seat” campaign. Visit here for full lineup of concerts. We hope to see you there!