After NYC, Czech-Born Dvorak's ‘Brooklyn Twang’ Is at Home in Houston

Seeing as he’s a distant relative of famed composer Antonin Dvorak and the son of a well-known Czech folk singer, one could definitely say that music is in Luba Dvorak’s blood. The Czech Republic-born and Steve Earl-mentored musician, 45, spent years in Brooklyn producing his signature “Brooklyn twang” sound — think of it as a honky-tonk mashup of Springsteen, Dylan and Cash — before moving to Houston in 2017 to find some respite from New York’s fast-paced hustle.


Dvorak’s latest album, American Sin, recorded entirely in one day, dropped last summer, chock-full of honky-tonk hits that are sure to become hits heartland staples. During the coronavirus shutdown, inspired by the sound of his solo livestream shows, Dvorak recorded an entirely acoustic version of the album.

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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IN A TIME of bold optimism and goodwill, the next Houston boom is beginning! Meet the icons who have helped get us here — and the bright stars lighting the way forward.

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The Ion, opening soon in Midtown's Innovation District

MY AUNT AND cousin live in Silicon Valley. We go once a year to visit them, and, as you pull out of the airport when you get there, the San Jose skyscrapers in front of you bear the logos of a who's-who of the internet: eBay, PayPal, Adobe, Cisco. It's pretty impressive, out there in California. But, then again, vacations have to be planned around forest-fire season, and Reuters reported that two-thirds of people living in the Bay Area say the quality of life has deteriorated in the last five years, citing homelessness and a rising cost of living as the main factors.

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