Shell Freedom Over Texas

Sunday, July 4, 2021!

Mayor Sylvester Turner announces big entertainment, fireworks, and American Frontline Heroes for Houston’s Official Fourth of July Celebration

Houston’s signature patriotic celebration, Shell Freedom Over Texas, returns with a salute to America’s Frontline Heroes. The annual day-long festival is on hold for one more season, however, Houstonians can enjoy the City’s cherished tradition of music and patriotic moments via live broadcast on Sunday, July 4th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on ABC 13. Fireworks will reach 800 feet, almost doubling the height of the traditional show, for more to enjoy from further away. Open spaces and neighborhood parks with a view of the western downtown skyline are ideal. Eleanor Tinsley Park will be open for fireworks viewing only for families that wish to park downtown and walk (Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive will be closed for fall out). Read the full 2021 press release ...

Lee Brice

Lee BriceWhen Curb Records recording artist, Lee Brice, isn't selling out arenas, writing and recording songs, or building new brands like American Born whiskey, you'll find the family man with his wife Sara, two young boys, and daughter. Meanwhile, with 2.7 billion on-demand streams, and over 3.5 billion spins on Pandora, Brice continues to enjoy massive success at country radio, digital streaming services, and on the road. He recently reached #1 at Country Radio with “One of Them Girls,” which follows his #1 with Carly Pearce on “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” and his #1 just prior to that, “Rumor,” which was nominated in the category Single of The Year at the 55th Annual ACM Awards. One of the most-played country artists of all time on Pandora, he is a member of the company's "Billionaires Club,” becoming only the second country artist behind Keith Urban to receive the Pandora Billionaire plaque. Lee is also a GRAMMY nominee, a CMA and ACM award winner, and he's taken eight radio singles to Number One: "A Woman Like You," "Hard to Love," "I Drive Your Truck," "I Don’t Dance," "Drinking Class," “Rumor," “I Hope You’re Happy Now," and “One of Them Girls.” Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and others have recorded his songs, and he's performed on numerous TV shows, including NBC's Today, ABC's The Bachelor, NBC's The Voice and FOX's Miss USA 2018. Lee performed as part of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honoring Garth Brooks, aired on PBS March of 2020. At this year's 54th Annual CMA Awards, Lee took home the prize for Musical Event of the Year for his song with Carly Pearce, "I Hope You're Happy Now." Lee Will be performing at the 56th ACM Awards later this month. Lee’s new album, Hey World, is available now.

Jimmie Allen

Jimmie AllenSigned to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, platinum-selling recording artist and songwriter Jimmie Allen has already made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits on country radio – the first being his debut single “Best Shot” – which claimed the No. 1 spot for three weeks – and second being his latest single “Make Me Want To” off his debut album Mercury Lane, released fall 2018. Named in tribute to the street he grew up on and the origin of his incredible journey, Mercury Lane features a cutting-edge mix of country, rock, R&B and pop that draws upon the influence of his family and small-town upbringing of the critically acclaimed rising star. Rolling Stone raved Allen’s debut “challenges the narrowly defined model of what constitutes a next big thing in country music in 2018” and The New York Times dubbed it one of 2018’s strongest, calling it “a conventional country album, filled with songs about the small details.” His latest project Bettie James, released in July 2020, is a star-studded collaboration EP featuring Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells & Tim McGraw. Wanting to weave his late father and late grandmother’s legacies into his music, Allen named the project after them, with each featured artist on the project having touched their respective lives through their own music. The result is a musical composition of love, heartbreak, perseverance, hope and faith. Bettie James has garnered 120+ million streams since release, along with critical acclaim for the music, the historic nature of various collaborations, and its subsequent place in country music history. NPR calls the project an “announcement of [Allen’s] arrival” and a “huge step for country” while Billboard hails it “a powerful statement from a developing voice.” Rolling Stone describes “Why Things Happen” – which brings together three generations of Black country artists in Allen, Darius Rucker and Charley Pride – as “part polemic, part proclamation, and part prayer… opening up space for the artists to bear witness.” Allen won the ACM Award for New Male Artist of the Year at the 56th ACM Awards and was nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 54th Annual CMA Awards – his first ever CMA nomination. His current single “Freedom Was A Highway” pairs him with Country music superstar Paisley for a breezy, windows down track currently climbing on Country radio. On July 13, 2021, Allen will publish his debut picture book, My Voice Is a Trumpet, with Flamingo Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. Illustrated by veteran illustrator Cathy Ann Johnson, the book is a powerful story about speaking up for what you believe in, at any age. For more information, visit

Alanis Sophia

Alanis Sophia Alanis Sophia is a talented bilingual artist based in the Florida area. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alanis strives to provide beauty through music, and her authenticity shines through, as does her strong Latin roots. Moving to Florida when she was five years old, she immediately fell in love with the sunshine state. Ultimately, this led to her becoming the first Latin ambassador representing the tourism of Florida in partnership with Visit Florida for four consecutive years.

After taking part in many projects such as Visit Florida, La Voz Kids, Clean and Clear, and Telcel (Mexican phone company), her hard work and dedication paid off as she was discovered by Grammy award-winning producer Julian Raymond and Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta at the age of fifteen. She was signed as a recording artist with Big Machine records, and also signed as a songwriter for the music publisher Big Machine Music. This experience led her to write with many amazingly talented and experienced songwriters in the industry, along with landing the opportunity of being a Gibson-endorsed artist. Although she and her record label parted ways, she released the "Closer" EP in dedication to the amount of time and love she and her team at Big Machine poured into their collaborations.

In 2021, Alanis was selected as a contestant on season 19 of American Idol. After the 19-year-old wowed judges with her rendition of Demi Lovato’s “Anyone,” all 3 judges voted to send Alanis to Hollywood. Alanis continued to impress judges and the tv audience weekly with her strong vocals and upbeat personality. She was a family favorite as the finals progressed.

Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers

Brian JackHouston’s Hot-Stepping Zydeco Dance Band Fuses Creole and Black Cowboy Cultures!

Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers blend the sounds of southwest Louisiana with the popular, emerging sounds of R&B, to create the modern, extremely danceable style of zydeco.

Music was always a part of Brian Jack's family life in Texas as he was growing up. Several members of the Jack clan were skilled musicians, and the future recording artist was 13 when he decided to keep the family tradition alive by taking up the guitar.

Time spent working with a band called the Zydeco Two-Step, an outfit led by one of his uncles, cemented his interest. He gave up the guitar in favor of the accordion when he was a high school student. Jack learned the accordion without any formal instruction and within three months pulled together a band of his own, Brian Jack & the Zydeco Two-Step.

The lineup continued to shift for the next 12 months, and eventually the group evolved into Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers.