Urban Achievers Brass Band

Historic Downtown Humble is the place to be on Saturday nights in August.

Music on Main, The Bender Performing Arts Center and the City of Humble are hosting two free concerts — Double in Humble in August, they are calling it — live music, food trucks, dancing in the street, and games, too.

The Urban Achievers Brass Band bring their booming mix of New Orleans-styled music to Uptown Park in Downtown Humble Saturday, Aug. 7, 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees will be fueled by Endless Eats, Indomable Tacos and Lemonade King between 5 and 9 p.m.

A week later, Blue Raven commands the Uptown Park stage with their energetic blend of pop, blues and classic rock, with just a touch of jazz on Saturday, Aug. 13, 7 to 9 p.m. The food truck lineup includes Kreole Soul Food, Funnelocity Gourmet and Lemonade King from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Austin-based Urban Achievers Brass Band was all set to take over the Uptown Park stage a year ago, but the pandemic got in the way and the performance was canceled.

Even a coronavirus can’t keep an Austin bar band down for long. The Urban Achievers Brass Band is perfect for the Uptown and, frankly, Uptown is perfect for the Urban Achievers.

“We do lots of outdoor performances, city festivals, weddings, that type of event,” said Aaron Easley, who has been with the band from the very beginning.

Outdoors is where Jennifer Wooden first saw the Band. Wooden is director of The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center and the Humble Civic Center.

“We were performing outdoors in Austin at Bangers,” recalled Easley. “Jennifer enjoyed our performance so much that she called us later about performing in Humble.”

“They are a boomin’ band. It took a year to get them here, and I can’t wait to finally introduce them to Lake Houston,” said Wooden.

Urban Achievers mixes traditional New Orleans-style music with original compositions and “ … some of the more popular music that you wouldn’t expect a New Orleans-style brass band to play, like Britney Spears, Beyoncé, and Boys to Men,” said Easley.

Easley founded Urban Achievers in 2012 with his fellow University of Texas jazz students and some of their more untrained but talented Austin friends.

“We got our start on Sunday nights at an Austin Bar called White Horse,” said Easley. “Those nights were energetic, rowdy and a lot of fun. Unfortunately, we all had early classes the next day.”

Easley left the group for New York, then returned to Austin and to the Urban Achievers which, by this time, was playing more corporate events plus the regular Sunday brunch gig at Bangers where Jennifer saw them.

“We’re all freelance performers so we’ve played all over Houston, but this will be the first time we’ve performed as the Urban Achievers in Humble,” said Easley. “It’s perfect for us because we’re used to playing outdoors festivals.”

Lake Houston can expect lots of energy when Urban Achievers take the Uptown stage.

“We play pop music in a New Orleans brass band style, so we expect Lake Houston to get up and moving,” he said. “Each of us is a skillful soloist and you will hear some very proficient and energetic performances.”

Austin loves their Urban Achievers. One satisfied White Horse customer scrawled on the wall, “There are few things finer than Sunday nights shaking your tail feathers to the Urban Achievers Brass Band.”

All of Lake Houston will shake their collective tail feathers for “Double in Humble in August” when the Urban Achievers visit The Uptown Park Aug. 7. Check out the Uptown a week later when Blue Raven hits Historic Downtown Humble Aug. 13.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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