Katharine Shilcutt

Rice U.’s KTRU presents Outdoor Show celebrating Texas talent April 15

The 31st annual musical festival hosted by student-run radio station is free and open to the public

KTRU Outdoor Show 2023 flyer

HOUSTON – (April 10, 2023) – For the last 30 years, KTRU-LP 96.1 FM, Rice University’s student-run radio station, has hosted a springtime music festival on the tree-lined campus that’s always free and open to the public. Its 31st annual Outdoor Show on April 15 will once again take place all afternoon and into the evening on the grassy Central Quad off Alumni Drive, featuring a diverse and talented array of Texas acts.

KTRU Outdoor Show 2023 flyer

From 1-10 p.m., rain or shine, local bands including Cucucuy , bxxng and HYPERFEMME will take the stage at Outdoor Show. The festival opens with the winners of Rice’s 2022 Battle of the Bands, Sunset Boulevard, and closes with the popular Austin-based synth-pop indie act Luna Luna . In between, look for Galveston’s El Lago, neo-soul blues and R&B from Houston’s own Syo and Chicana punk from San Antonio’s Fea.

Outdoor Show will also feature a student vendor market, local vendors, lawn games and other free activities throughout the day, as well as three food trucks and limited edition KTRU merchandise for sale. Free visitor parking is available in the Greenbriar lot at the corner of University Boulevard and Greenbriar Drive; visitors may also park in the West and North lots and Central Garage for $12 .

Since KTRU first began broadcasting from the basement of Rice’s Hanszen College in 1967, the student-run radio station has championed local, underground and indie music. Its annual Outdoor Show aims to bring the Houston community together to experience and enjoy that music in a live setting. Bring a blanket and stay a while.

WHAT: KTRU’s 31st annual Outdoor Show; free and open to the public.

WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 1-10 p.m.

WHERE: Rice University, Central Quad off Alumni Drive.


For more information, visit ktru.org or follow KTRU on Instagram at @ktruriceradio.

Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 4,552 undergraduates and 3,998 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 1 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.