CityBook’s Annual Music Party Goes Poolside at ZaZa, Draws Eclectic Crowd of Artists and VIPs

Anthony Shane and Sophie Johnson

PER ITS CUSTOM, Houston CityBook magazine celebrated the publication of its annual Music Issue with a fabulous outdoor party, this year with the Douglas Elliman real estate company as cohost.


Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District was the setting for the breezy poolside shindig, at which noted local musicians were showcased to the delight of the cocktailing crowd. Reps from Bentley Houston and House of Creed, co-sponsors of the pretty springtime bash, were on hand to greet guests, which included a cross section of creatives and artists, influencers, CityBook friends and partners, and assorted VIPs.

Nibbles such as mini-Beef Wellingtons circulated, compliments of ZaZa’s chef. So did tasty margaritas and Palomas by popular Texas-based spirits brand Tequila 512.

But the best treats of the night might’ve been the musical performances. As guests arrived, they found Nigerian-immigrant violinist Demola wandering through the crowd covering pop tunes. Later, two artists highlighted in the new Music Issue took turns taking to the stage — country crooner Charlie Harrison of Charlie and the Regrets, and sultry R&B chanteuse Sha Davis.

Co-sponsor House of Creed sent everyone home with beautiful swags bags containing samples of its newest fragrance, Wind Flowers.

Jana Cothren and Justin Garcia

Demola

Max Malikov, Liz Sian, Marxli Mettauer and Chanelle Rebiere

Charlie Harrison

Giovanni, Tyler Austin, Jasmyn Treadwell

John MBK and Sha Davis

Uché

Jennifer Molleda and Brenda Gutierrez

David and Jillian Grisko

Cars from Bentley Houston on display at Hotel ZaZa

Bianca Bucaram and Tyson Ali

Shane Alderman

Saula Akinlolu and Raliat Akinlolu

Siya Rostami and Esa Beigi

Jared Jinkerson and Meghan Brinton

Edward Sanchez and Amanda Mills

Sonya and Johnathan Cranford

Jason Clayden, Aaron Matthews and Chad Scott

Todd Ramos and Page Parkes

Lexie Marie, Ivette Ceron and Heather Cruce

Jack Vielhauer and Patrick Magee

Kelly Kersh and Brian Smith

Michael Nordwall, Chris Nodd, Kennedy Loftin and Charlie Huyuh

Carrie Swim and Danielle Rowan

Rene Garza and Hugo Perez

Ricardo Barcena and Jeff Gremillion

CityBook has presented the Music Issue six times now, highlighting the best artists and most notable rising stars in H-Town music across genres. Previously featured artists include Tobe Nwigwe, a rapper with a positive message who has risen to national acclaim in recent years. Likewise, Madeline Edwards, once featured in the magazine’s special portfolio, has since relocated to Nashville and is now opening for Chris Stapleton; Edwards’ brother Micah Edwards, also a musician, is featured in the 2022 issue.

“Houston has such a rich, varied music scene,” says CityBook Editor-in-Chief Jeff Gremillion. “From world-class opera and symphonic music to genre-defining hiphop and rap to classic country and beautifully soulful Americana, it’s all here, and much more. We love celebrating that in the Music Issue every year, and we especially love the Music Issue party!”

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