Cliff Gordon, Sam Knight, Steph Cooksey and Troy Creagh

Inside the Music Issue Bash

  • Cliff Gordon, Sam Knight, Steph Cooksey and Troy Creagh
    Cliff Gordon, Sam Knight, Steph Cooksey and Troy Creagh
  • Javier Gutierrez, Jorge Ordaz and Sam Gonzalez
    Javier Gutierrez, Jorge Ordaz and Sam Gonzalez
  • A DJ from RYDE
    A DJ from RYDE
  • Greta Connolly, Natalie Abbott and Drew Shaffer
    Greta Connolly, Natalie Abbott and Drew Shaffer
  • Light bites from nearby Xochi
    Light bites from nearby Xochi
  • Giovanni Alejandro, Genesis Blu and Cofee Guzman
    Giovanni Alejandro, Genesis Blu and Cofee Guzman
  • Tobe and Fat Nwigwe
    Tobe and Fat Nwigwe
  • Jordan Everitt, Ryan O. Harris and Scott Bonilla
    Jordan Everitt, Ryan O. Harris and Scott Bonilla
  • Joshua Dada and Ka'lyn Jackson
    Joshua Dada and Ka'lyn Jackson
  • Max Flinn and Brittney Blair
    Max Flinn and Brittney Blair
  • Miami vibes by the pool at the Catalyst
    Miami vibes by the pool at the Catalyst
  • Rania Edlbi and Gabriela Dror
    Rania Edlbi and Gabriela Dror
  • Steph Cooksey and Stephen Richard
    Steph Cooksey and Stephen Richard
  • Susan Phelps, Ana K and Caitlin Mortimer
    Susan Phelps, Ana K and Caitlin Mortimer
  • The crowd at the Catalyst
    The crowd at the Catalyst
  • Xena Aouita
    Xena Aouita
  • Tiffany Halik, Megha Tejpal and Lisa Gochman
    Tiffany Halik, Megha Tejpal and Lisa Gochman
  • Tina Khatri, Dwight Browder and Lauren Ellerbeck
    Tina Khatri, Dwight Browder and Lauren Ellerbeck

On a decidedly warm Tuesday evening, Houston CityBook hosted an al fresco party celebrating its second annual Music Issue, and the photogenic musicians featured within. Guests were pleasantly surprised when they stepped outside on the ninth floor of Downtown’s swanky new Catalyst apartment tower, finding a breezy, shaded pool deck awaiting.

The views were pure Houston — skyscrapers, palm trees and and Minute Maid Park — but the vibe may have been more Miami, thanks to house beats spun by a DJs from Ryde, which just opened a spin studio nearby. Partygoers grabbed cocktails and bites from neighborhood gems Irma’s Southwest and Xochi, chatting it up with several local musicians highlighted in CityBook’s May feature “Sound Check,” photographed by Steven Visneau at the new Hotel ZaZa Memorial City.

Cover star Tobe Nwigwe, who performs at BET’s L.A. music festival next month, arrived with his posse, graciously posing for pics. CityBook Editor in Chief Jeff Gremillion welcomed the crowd of 200-plus, offering remarks on the diversity and depth of the city’s music scene before the spotlight shifted to jazz artists Steph Cooksey and Stephen Richard, two of the May issue’s featured artists. They performed a sulty set as more pretty people pored out onto the pool deck, with bartenders continuing to sling cocktails until well after sunset.