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Hamilton Loomis and His Band and USTMAX: A Fantastic Time for FREE on Sept. 2

Celt awareness is on the move in North Houston and Montgomery County. As the presence grows, the USTMAX Center in downtown Conroe is part of yet another opportunity to contribute to the community and share world-class blues entertainment at the same time.

Loomis and His Band Promise a Good Time

On the heels of his crowd-pleasing performance at UST’s Two Saints and a Taco Tasting event, Hamilton Loomis ’98 and his band will perform at Conroe’s Heritage Park Outdoor Concert Series, FREE on Sept. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. where the USTMAX Center staff will have a vendor booth. So get ready for some USTMAX hospitality and to “kick it” with this electric blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, who was enriched by his time as a UST student.

Successful Performer Thrived in UST’s Music Department

“It was UST’s Music Department that expanded my musical vocabulary into jazz and inspired me to also learn to play the upright bass,” Loomis reflected. “What I also remember is how I thrived in the University’s atmosphere of tolerance, acceptance and open-mindedness. I’m blessed to get to travel the world with my music, and I take that open-minded outlook with me as I appreciate the various cultures I encounter.”

Mentored by the Greats

Born in Galveston, Loomis is the son of musician parents. Greats like Houston’s Joe Hughes, Johnny Copeland and the amazing Bo Diddley mentored the young talent. Knowing the value of those experiences, Loomis enjoys paying it forward by taking young musicians under his wing.

Loomis has a highly charged entertainment style and an interactive connection with the audience. One reviewer wrote, "Classify him as a blues guitarist with an appetite for rock or a rock and roll maestro with a sweet tooth for the blues.” Another tapped out, “One of the most highly engaging performers you are ever likely to hear, meet or see.”

A Commitment to a Cause

For all his high-octane performance energy, Loomis stays balanced in his personal life through his connection and commitment to family and community. He raises awareness about a rare and dangerous condition, hyperinsulinism, which affects his 7-year-old son Bo. Loomis directs people to www.congenitalhi.org for support and the latest information on HI.

Perfect Bring-a-Picnic Event

USTMAX Center Senior Director Carla E. Alsandor, Ph.D, sees the September event as a chance for current and alumni Celts to come together for fun and create some buzz.

“This is a perfect family-friendly opportunity for alumni and friends of UST to bring a picnic out to the park and enjoy some really good live music performed by one of UST’s own — Hamilton Loomis,” Alsandor said. “While there, I invite everyone to stop by our tent to say ‘hi’ and learn more about USTMAX. We can’t wait. It’s going to be a great event.”

To join Loomis and USTMAX for a fantastic FREE time, all you need to remember is Conroe’s Heritage Park Outdoor Concert Series, Sept. 2, from 7 – 9 p.m.