Spring Fling 2024
Kaitlin Butts with THEBROSFRESH
Jump into the spring season boots-first on March 2 at the Moody Center for the Arts! THEBROSFRESH open for singer-songwriter Kaitlin Butts at this year’s Spring Fling, the Moody’s annual free outdoor concert. Along with after-hours access to the current exhibition Hayv Kahraman: The Foreign in Us and complimentary drinks from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Spring Fling 2024 promises to be a culturally rich and unique experience, emblematic of Houston’s dynamic arts scene.
Underscoring the Moody’s inclusive and unexpected programming, both acts champion social connection and musical experimentation. Butts’s melancholic feminist perspective set to a cosmic honky-tonk sound is paired with the duo THEBROSFRESH, who alchemize country and soul to produce genre-defying songs. Together they create a lineup that offers Houston music lovers surprising diversions from traditional “southern” music.
About the Performers
With a throwback sound reminiscent of classic honky tonk but spiked with a rebellious spirit, Kaitlin Butts is a gifted storyteller with a radiant voice. Showcased in her 2015 debut Same Hell, Different Devil, and on the album What Else Can She Do in 2022, Butts's talent for balancing delicate vocals and strong musicianship has generated a sizable following.
Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kaitlin Butts attended the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. She cut her first record, Same Hell, Different Devil, with producer Mike McClure at his Boohatch Studio in 2015. The release of singles "White River," "How Lucky Am I," "White River (Remix)," and "Marfa Lights" soon followed. The album What Else Can She Do, was released in 2022, and features "Blood," a song co-written with Pistol Annie and Angaleena Presley, and produced by Oran Thornton.
Twin brothers Torrence and Thurman Thomas make up this eclectic New Orleans-born, Austin-based duo. Showcasing sounds that pay homage to their R&B/soul, southern hip-hop, and rock upbringing, THEBROSFRESH bring a new perspective on what's "southern". Hard-hitting percussion and aural aggression meet a smooth sensibility in their innovative singles like Your Energy and Montopolis Drive. Their latest song Toxic Chemistry, released this year, draws from their wide array of influences including Prince, Pharrell, and John Mayer.
About Spring Fling
In its fifth year, Spring Fling has presented regional talent like the Ton Tons, People Museum, The Bright Light Social Club, and others as a part of the Moody’s programming, designed to connect Rice University and the broader public through the arts. By providing a dynamic venue to showcase regional bands and offering free access to the concert and art exhibition, the Moody ensures Rice is a part of the local community, regional culture, and national conversation about how higher education can enrich public life.