AAPI Amplified comes alive at Avenida Houston in May

HOUSTON, Texas (April 26, 2023) – Celebrate Houston’s vibrant Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities during AAPI Heritage Month at Avenida Houston (between the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green Park) on the first three Saturdays of May from 7– 9:30 p.m. Houston First Corporation proudly presents this free cultural celebration and invites everyone to join in as AAPI voices are amplified through traditional and contemporary dance, musical performances and art.

Allow Malia’s Hula Hut’s hip-shaking, eclectic range of traditional and non-traditional music, dancing and fire performances to transport you to the Pacific Islands. Dance the night away to Maxim, one of Houston’s premier Vietnamese bands, as they bring a mix of traditional Vietnamese music and American pop favorites. Experience traditional Thai cultural performances presented by the Wat Buddhavas Temple on Avenida’s main stage and a contemporary art exhibition by local Asian-American artists on the Wharf. Artists include Zahra Ali, Sami Li, Amy Malkan, Devona Stimpson, Thomas Tran, Carol Truong, Dandee Warhol, Ronaldo Zulueta, and more.

No Asian celebration would be complete without karaoke. Karaoke is popular in many Asian countries including Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The host for Avenida’s karaoke celebration is Asian Elvis Tribute artist, John Newinn, also known as Johnny Elvis.

Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind, fun-filled evenings for people of all ages and backgrounds to share and create wonderful memories.

Music & Dance Performances:

May 6



Malia’s Hula Hut

May 13



Maxim Band

Thai Cultural Performance by Wat Buddhavas Temple

AAPI Art Exhibition (On the Wharf)

May 20


Karaoke Night
Hosted by Asian Elvis Tribute Artist, Johnny Elvis

For more information please visit: www.avenidahouston.com/AAPI-Amplified.

About Houston First Corporation:

Houston First Corporation (HFC) is a local government corporation and the official destination marketing organization for the country's fourth largest city. In addition to serving as operator for the George R. Brown Convention Center and some of Houston's most prominent art, entertainment, and event venues, HFC is focused on promoting the city's vibrancy and rich tapestry of culture. By harnessing the city's collective energy, ambition, and creativity, including its diverse culinary scene, world-renowned performing arts, medical and space innovation, and elite filming locations, HFC is solidifying Houston as a premier national and global destination. For the latest news and info regarding HFC, visit  www.houstonfirst.com.

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