Former American Idol finalist Casey James to perform at Levy Park on Feb. 10

January 25, 2018 GMT

Texas country and blues musician and former American Idol finalist Casey James will perform in concert at Levy Park on Saturday, Feb. 10

Direct Energy is the presenting sponsor for the free concert. James will highlight the concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Pavilion Stage. Two other concerts earlier in the day will precede the headliner.

James played local venues for 11 years before he was “discovered” on American Idol in 2010. After placing third on the television show, he was signed to Sony Music Nashville, and co-produced his debut album which landed at No. 2 on the U.S. country chart. His first single went top 20 on the country charts, and his follow-up single went top 15.

While touring extensively on his own, James also landed the opening slot for Sugarlands’ “Incredible Machine” tour, Alan Jackson and Taylor Swifts’ “Red” tour. He has several successful album releases, including the latest, “Strip it Down,” which has a bluesy, soulful feel.

Kicking things off at 12:30 p.m. is Jonn “Del Toro” Richardson, while the Diunna Greenleaf Band performs from 3 to 5:30 p.m., both from the Houston Blues Society and sponsored by the Levy Park Conservancy. In 2017, Richardson won the Blues Music Award from The Blues Foundation for Best New Artist Debut Award for “Tengo Blues.” Greenleaf is a blues musician and songwriter, who has won several music awards and has performed on the international stage with her backing band, Blue Mercy.

Texas-based celebrity chef Tim Love and his team are providing food offerings and beverages Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in addition to Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some of the items available include elotes, crispy sprouts, chile parm chips, pulled pork sandy, shaved pastrami sandwich, griddled dog, Texas red elk chili dog, along with beer, wine, mixed drinks, sodas and water.

Guests are invited to come out earlier in the day to enjoy a good workout with and Joy Yoga at 10 a.m. People can always enjoy other park amenities, including imagination playground blocks, arts and games carts, corn hole, children’s play area, dog parks, ping pong and much more.

Levy Park is located in the heart of the Upper Kirby District at 3801 Eastside St., between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby Drive and Richmond Avenue and U.S. 59. Parking is available on Wakeforest and Eastside streets and in the parking garage for a fee.

For more information about the Direct Energy concerts and other Levy Park events, visit levypark.org or call 281-400-3631.