The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion provides a diverse collection of the very best in the performing and visual arts business in order to entertain and enrich the lives of a broad audience.
Cynthia Mitchell first dreamed of creating a performing arts center in The Woodlands while visiting her daughter in Austin in 1976. They were enjoying a performance by Austin Ballet at Zilker Hillside Theatre, eating take-out chicken and sipping wine on a quilt, surrounded by families on blankets, children in swimsuits, frisbees and dogs. She loved the fact that everyone, not just the elite, could enjoy the performance. In 1990, her dream became a reality when The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion opened its doors.
The Pavilion was recently ranked the number 1 outdoor amphitheater in the world by Pollstar magazine. The diverse August lineup alone is one for the books. The Pavilion is halfway through its 27th season with 29 events still to come, so we decided to pick out a few in August you can’t miss out on.
1. Sublime with Rome & 311 with Dirty Heads, Matisyahu & Tribal Seeds | August 7
The group chiefly performs songs by Sublime, who was originally fronted by Bradley Nowell until his death in 1996. Rome joined the band in 2009 and changed the band name of Sublime to Sublime with Rome in 2010. With a mix of reggae, rock, hip-hop and dub they are a perfect match up with their opener 311 .
311 turn its mix of rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique sound. After years of touring, 311 has developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining and dynamic live bands in the U.S. 311 is currently writing and recording their 12th studio album for projected release in early 2017. The band’s previous album, STEREOLITHIC, debuted at #6 on the Top 200 Album Chart. The band’s celebratory live shows and incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide.
Be sure to get there early because the three other musical acts (Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, and Tribal Seeds) are set to open for Sublime with Rome and 311. All of which are all incredible bands that you won’t want to miss!
2. Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin | August 13
This Grammy Nominated, multi-platinum, heavy metal band recently returned to the music scene in June 2015 from their 2011 hiatus after playing nonstop since they began in 1998. On the Disturbed facebook page, Donegan (guitar player) says that they wanted to “return when we collectively had that fire underneath us… We missed it so much that we could tap into this energy and deliver the right album. We did it on our own terms.” Their new album “Immortalized” was released in August and is available now to buy online and in store.
Their opener Breaking Benjamin latest album, “Dark Before Dawn”, sold 141,000 copies in its first week of release to enter the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 1. The sales number was the best single-week sales mark of the band’s career.
3. Slipknot with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice and Men | August 26
Slipknot is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive style of music, and energetic and chaotic live shows. The band rapidly rose to success following the release of their eponymous debut album in 1999. Since then, they have released 5 albums, one live album, and four live DVDs to this date.
It only seems right that a band with such a twisted chaotic repertoire would have someone such as Marilyn Manson opening for them who is equally as energetic and unique. Of Mice & Men is most often considered a metalcore band. Their third album, “Restoring Force,” incorporated a lot more nu-metal elements into their sound, with a “Rock Sound” review describing the album’s style as a mixture of nu-metal and metalcore.
4. Def Leppard with Reo Speedwagon and Tesla | August 22
With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard–Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)—continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music.
Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic, groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name. For the past thirty years, the band’s concerts have become must-see events and have quickly made them an institution in the touring industry, as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.
5. Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Stapleton | August 12
He is the son of legendary country music singer Hank Williams with a musical style that is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country. Williams began his career by following in his famed father’s footsteps. His own style slowly evolved as he struggled to find his own voice and place within the country music industry.
After an extended recovery from a near-fatal fall off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock, and blues. Williams enjoyed much success in the 1980s, from which he earned considerable recognition and popularity both inside and outside the country music industry. Williams has brought on songwriter and former front man of The Steeldrivers, Chris Stapleton as his opener. The talented duo is one to look forward to.