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Will there be summer performances at The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center?

That’s the unanswered question right now but, if public spaces reopen, Jennifer Wooden is ready with a terrific lineup of some of the most popular Bender performers and a couple of new ones, too.

Wooden is director of the Humble Civic Center and The Bender, both closed due to COVID-19.

“We appreciate your understanding that the health and safety of our community and guests are our top priority,” Wooden says. “If we reopen in time for our summer schedule, we’ve planned some marvelous events that will keep you movin’ all through the summer,” says Wooden.

Classically trained performer who call themselves Divisi Strings and Cosmic match their violins and cellos with a deejay at The Bender on June 27 to “mash up” every music genre you can think of.

Thanks to the generosity of K. Austin and Associates, The Bender is the scene of “Pianos on Fire” on July 11 as pianists Brian Holland and Carl Sonny Leland and drummer Danny Cooks return to The Bender to perform their “head-bobbin” rockabilly, ragtime, blues and boogie.

Rounding out the summer sound, the Fab 5 return on July 25, and Austin’s Urban Achievers Brass Band make their Bender debut on August 8.

Sixteen-year-old Houston singer Sarah Grace, her trumpet and her band, Soul, will be rescheduled as well as Bender favorites Kenny Neal and Jade Simmons.

“They love The Bender and the Lake Houston audience, and we’ll bring them back,” says Wooden.

Keep up-to-date with The Bender schedule, 281.446.4140, humblepac.com, or Facebook @ Charles Bender Performing Arts Center.

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