Summer is nearly here and Galveston is ushering in the longer days and parties on the beach and backyard barbecue with plenty of free music. East Beach is Galveston party place and this weekend it's sure to be hoping.
Not only is it Memorial Day weekend, but the island convention and visitor's bureau teamed up with Houston radio station The Buzz 94.5 FM to host a party to celebrate the $1.6 million makeover of East Beach.
The beach now has a new pavilion, boardwalk and entertainment stage. The stage has already been put to use with a series of free concerts on the third and fourth Sundays in May through September. This weekend there will be music on both Saturday and Sunday.
As part of the grand opening party, The Buzz 94.5 FM is bringing out a group of grungy alt rock Houston area bands, The Last Place You Look, Who is BC and Lost Element, playing from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, you can listen to Hypersoul playing at East Beach from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
There is more free, outdoor music over at Saengerfest Park with funk group The Journey Agents on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If you are looking for something a little later in the day and at an establishment with some barley pops, then check out the weekend line up below:
Sirenicide - Hugh & Jeff's Car Was in League City at 8 p.m.
Soulfiya & The Black Lung Crew - Zone 504 in Kemah at 9 p.m.
Don Simmons; Rubber Mule - Katie's in Bacliff at 9 p.m.
The Marty Monte Band - Hangout Bar and Grill in Texas City at 8 p.m.
Pot Belly - Captain Jack's Beach Bar at 5 p.m.
Age of Confusion - The Wizard Club at 7 p.m.
Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws - The Pleasure Pier at 7 p.m.
Richard Dobson - The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe at 9 p.m.
The Line Up - Yaga's at 10:30 p.m.
Cash McCall - The Beach Hut at 5 p.m.
Ramblin' Fever Band - Stingaree in Crystal Beach at 7 p.m.
Paul Ramirez Band - Redfish Roadhouse in Hitchcock at 3 p.m.
Madigan - Jackie's Brickhouse in Kemah at 9 p.m.
BlueMoon Rock Band - Crazy Alans Swamp Shack in Kemah at 7 p.m.
Slow Rollin' Lows - Woody's Beach Bar at 3 p.m.
The Relics - Club 21 Martini Bar & Lounge at 9 p.m.
The Gypsy Bravado - Float at 10 p.m.
Roberta Morales - Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe at 8 p.m.
Charlie and the Contraband - Vanishing Point Cafe at 8 p.m.
Hold Fast Fables - The Beach Hut at 8 p.m.
Lee Pelly; John Evans - Stingaree in Crystal Beach at 7 p.m.
BlueMoon Rock Band - Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah at 2 p.m.
Dirty Bat Jazz Players - Roger's Bar and Grill at 5:30 p.m.
Robert Kuhn - Riptide Surf Bar at 8 p.m.
Mat Begley & Bitter Whiskey - Woody's Beach Bar at 8 p.m.
Jamie Talbert; Max Stalling - Stingaree in Crystal Beach at 7 p.m.
The Marty Monte Band - Sharky's II at 8 p.m.