Sara Hickman

2010 Official Texas State Musician Sara Hickman has been recording, performing and touring since 1988. With over 20 albums, two appearances on the Tonight Show and multiple awards for her songwriting and philanthropy, Sara is internationally known for her Grammy nominated and award winning pop/folk music. Through her music, Sara has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a multitude of non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, SAFE, SPCA, the Ugandan Fistula Fund, House the Homeless, Sanford Community Center, Tanner Romanian Mission, Hill Country Youth Ranch and many others. Growing up in Houston with visual artists for parents. As a teenager, Sara became a volunteer performing music for youth in psych units. This led to her working as a professional music and art therapist, receiving a lifetime achievement award from The National Association of Music Therapists. Sara graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in painting.

Sara has acted in films, on stage, and sung national commercials, including 12 years with Popeye’s — yes, that was her singing “Love That Chicken From Popeyes”!— and she teaches classes on songwriting, creativity, the music industry, and enjoys being an inspirational speaker.

In 2019, Sara became the volunteer executive director to restore a 1928 building in Palacios, TX, formerly known as the Palacios Colored School. The building served as the school during segregation until 1964. Sara led a team effort to turn the historical school into The Sanford Community Center, named after one of the founders and teachers. Sara donated over $13,000 in proceeds from the sales of her Texas Musicians Coloring Book, a project that took her two years to hand draw!

She is also the proud mom to two amazing kids.

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Sara Hickman
2010 Official Texas State Musician Sara Hickman has been recording, performing and touring since 1988. With over 20 albums, two appearances on the Tonight Show and multiple awards for her songwriting and philanthropy, Sara is internationally known for her Grammy nominated and award winning pop/folk music. Through her music, Sara has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a multitude of  non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, SAFE, SPCA, the Ugandan Fistula Fund, House the Homeless, Sanford Community Center, Tanner Romanian Mission, Hill Country Youth Ranch and many others.
Sara has acted in films, on stage, and sings national commercials, including 12 years with Popeye’s—yes, that’s her singing!— and she teaches classes on songwriting, creativity, the music industry, and enjoys being an inspirational speaker.
Growing up in Houston with visual artists for parents, Sara graduated with a BA from the University of North Texas in painting. As a teenager, Sara became a volunteer performing music for youth in psych units. This led to her working as a professional music and art therapist, receiving a lifetime achievement award from The National Association of Music Therapists.
After purchasing a B&B down on Matagorda Bay, Sara became the volunteer executive director to restore a 1928 building formerly known  as the Palacios Colored School, which existed until 1964 during segregation.  Sara is leading a team effort of turning the school into an historical community center, The Sanford Community Center.
In 2019, Sara donated over $13,000 in proceeds from the sales of her Texas Musicians Coloring Book, which took two years to draw!  She is also the booking agent for a yearly family music festival called MossFest and is a proud mom to two amazing kids.

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Sara Hickman

Sara creates music for adults, families and children. She is an Official State Musician of Texas and served from May 2010-May 2011, as decreed by the Texas State Legislature. In honor of her role as state musician, Sara wanted to give back to her home state. In May 2011 she released “The Best of Times”, a compilation CD of her songs recorded by other amazing Texas musicians, including Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ruthie Foster and 25 other musical acts. All proceeds went to Creative Action; a group that goes out and helps put art, music and theatre back into public schools.

She released her 13th major CD “Shine” in the summer of 2013 and more recently “Newborn, Too”, a follow up to the award winning “Newborn” CD. Indeed, she has a number of award winning children’s titles, including the “Big Bird, Little Bird” DVD. She’s known for her one-of-a-kind live shows, which can vary from intimate and soothing to hilarious and rocking. Whether it’s the “Tonight Show”, Carnegie Hall, outdoor amphitheaters, schools or house concerts, Sara is excited to bring her joyful, creative music to her audience. For more info, visit www.sarahickman.com

Lisa Morales

On her upcoming third solo album, She Ought to Be King, Mexican- American vocalist, and singer-songwriter, Lisa Morales once again affirms her world-class stature with a distinctive perspective and a remarkable capacity for looking both inward and outward.

The Texas-based artist calls on people to come together in these stressful personal and political times. She demands people’s rights and paints everyday portraits of the pressures of motherhood and womanhood. “I’ve been looking at how strong we women are,” Morales states. “We keep evolving and gaining more confidence with time. We don’t sink into our own shoes- we stand taller in them. The title “She Ought to Be King” echoes that.” In the first single, Freedom, Morales sings about the power of loving each other as a mother does, and speaking up when we see injustices. The message: simply love thy neighbor.

The 12-song She Ought to Be King is produced by noted singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Garza. Freedom features Santana co- founder Gregg Rolie, who plays organ and provides backing vocals. It also features bassist Tim Lefebvre, keyboardist Rachel Eckroth and drummer Beth Goodfellow.

She Ought to Be King maintains the high standard of emotional forthrightness that Morales established on her earlier solo efforts Beautiful Mistake and Luna Negra & the Daughter of the Sun. Her solo albums won universally ecstatic reviews. Lone Star Music called Beautiful Mistake “one of the most beautiful records that will be released all year…an absolutely flat-out devastating and stunning work of art.” Rolling Stone called her,”… one of the most multifaceted artists to watch.” The later album revealed her Mexican heritage, both in poetic and lyrical rhythm, weaving Spanglish which sets her apart stylistically.

Like her cousin Linda Ronstadt, Lisa and her sister Roberta grew up in a musical family in Tucson, Arizona, learning to perform traditional Mexican music while developing broad-ranging musical taste prior to moving to Texas. She recorded six albums with Sisters Morales, the beloved sibling duo in which she partnered with Roberta, who passed away from cancer in August 2021.

Join us on The Green at The Kessler (outdoor stage & lawn behind The Kessler Theater)!

The Green is open every Friday and Saturday starting at 5:30pm, music starts at 7:00pm.

These events are currently free, but space is limited and is first come-first served (as seated by our hosts).

Want to reserve a picnic table? You can select and pay for a table of your choice here! Each table seats up to 6 guests and will be reserved for you from opening to close on your selected evening.

Food will be available on-site each night from our neighbors at PhD, with beverage service from The Kessler Bar crew.

Please remember to wear a mask when not seated and stick to your party, maintaining a social distance from others.

*Note: On dates with indoor concerts at The Kessler, The Green will be open, but there will not be a live artist performing outside.