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Alt Rock Band Returns to Houston as Part of the 2010 Verizon Wireless Summer Concert Series on Saturday, May 15, 2010


HOUSTON (January 29, 2010)—Hometown alt rock favorites Blue October ( are set to perform as part of the 2010 Verizon Wireless Summer Concert Series on the Bud Light stage at The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park ( on Saturday, May 15, 2010.  The band is currently on tour in support of their new album, Approaching Normal.  Tickets will go on-sale on Saturday, February 6 at 10 a.m.    

Approaching Normal witnesses singer Justin Furstenfeld moving his band forward into confident new territory as a songwriter and as a storyteller.  Steve Lillywhite, the producer synonymous with U2 and a five-time Grammy Award winner, guided the way and the result is an album that breaks the mold of whatever anyone may think Blue October is.  Approaching Normal is the follow-up to the band’s platinum selling breakthrough album, Foiled. Released in 2006, the first single, “Hate Me,” a song that offers a stepping stone from regret to hope, became the surprise modern rock anthem of the year spending 16 weeks in the Top 10 with five weeks at #2. The crossover success of the follow-up single, “Into the Ocean,” propelled the album sales well into the million plus territory in North America alone.
Approaching Normal is a journey; a song cycle that begins with “Weight of the World,” a song that made its first appearance as a spoken word poem on the
band’s brilliant live CD and DVD “Argue with a Tree.” A new found confidence and maturity is heard again and again throughout the album on songs like, “Blue Skies” and “Should Be Loved,” but not before the album turns angry and vindictive, a hint of the angst that made Blue October a house-hold name with fans, with the powerful first single, “Dirt Room.”

Tickets for Blue October at The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park are $10 General Admission Early Bird Special; $30 VIP Early Bird Special; Early Bird special ticket prices are only available February 6 & 7.
Beginning Monday, February 8, tickets are $15 General Admission advanced; $30 VIP advanced, space is limited; $20 General Admission day of show; $35 VIP day of show.

Tickets are available online beginning Saturday, February 6 at 10 a.m. at,, at participating Houston-area Randalls locations, The Showgrounds box office or by calling 800-211-3381. 

The Showgrounds is a rain or shine, general admission, standing room only venue.  Patrons are allowed to bring a lawn chair.  Please visit for a complete list of items allowed at concert events. 
Concert tickets provide FREE admission to live racing events on the day of the show.  Live racing gates open at 3:30 p.m., first post 5 p.m.  Concert gates open at approximately 8:15 p.m. 

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 The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s favorite outdoor entertainment venue featuring performances from national recording artists across all genres of music, as well as high-profile festivals and special events.  The all-ages venue hosts annual Country, Classic Rock and Alt Rock concert events throughout the year.  For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit or call 800-211-3381.

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