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The Urban Achievers Brass Band is perfect for Humble’s Uptown Park and, frankly, the Uptown Park is perfect for the Urban Achievers.

“We do lots of outdoor performances, city festivals, weddings, that type of event,” said Aaron Easley.

In fact, outdoors is where Jennifer Wooden first saw the Urban Achievers Brass Band. Wooden is director of The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center and the Humble Civic Center.

“We were performing outdoors at a popular place in Austin called Bangers, and that’s where Jennifer saw us,” recalled Easley. “She enjoyed our performance so much that she called us later about performing in Humble.”

“They are a boomin’ band and I can’t wait to introduce them to Lake Houston,” said Wooden, and boomin’ they’ll be Saturday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. as the Austin-based Urban Achievers Brass Band makes its first appearance in Lake Houston at the Uptown Park on Main Street in Historical Downtown Humble.

The concert is presented free by the City of Humble and The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center.

Easley describes the Urban Achievers as a New Orleans-style brass band, mixing 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.”

Easley was with Urban Achievers at the very beginning in 2012 when University of Texas jazz students and some of their more untrained but talented Austin friends first formed the group.

“We really got our start at an Austin Bar called White Horse on Sunday nights,” 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 Wooden 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 outdoor festivals.”

Lake Houston can expect lots of energy when Easley and his group visit the Uptown.

“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, so Lake Houston will hear some very proficient and energetic performances.”

When they played at the White Horse in Austin, the bar regulars would rave about the Urban Achievers, including one satisfied customer who was found to have scrawled, “There are few things finer than Sunday nights shaking your tail feathers to the Urban Achievers Brass Band.”

All of Lake Houston will be able to shake their collective tail feathers when the Urban Achievers drops by The Uptown Park Aug. 8.

Listen to the enthusiastic style of music on their webpage, urbanachieversbrassband.com, like them on Instagram and Facebook, and watch one or more of their videos on YouTube/Urban Achievers Brass Band. Then mark the date and prepare to enjoy the outdoors with the boomin’ Urban Achievers Brass Band at the Uptown Park on Main Street in Historic Downtown Humble.

Keep current with what’s going on at The Bender by visiting their website at humblepac.com, on Facebook @charlesbenderpac, or by calling 281-446-4140.

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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