Pop Moment

Goodbye: When Venice Beach street singer and semi-legend of soul Ted Hawkins played his first-ever Houston date at the Satellite a few months back, he was just beginning to reap the rewards of his talent, having been picked up by DGC Records and sent on a highly hyped tour of the states, where he'd never garnered the recognition he'd attained in Europe. In what may be remembered as his signature song, "Big Things," Hawkins sang, "I've got big things to do / Too soon my life will be through / Got no time to stop / And pick no flowers / I've got catching up to do / Yes, I've got big things to do." That second line turned to prophecy on January 4, when Hawkins, 58, died of a stroke in Los Angeles. We were lucky enough to see him play before he passed, and he will be missed.

Locally Notable: The advertised Friday night Writers in the Round installment at Ovations featuring Mike Sumler, David Rodriguez, Linda Lowe and Steve Young has been canceled, so don't go, but The Mike Gunn plays Rudyard's that same night, so check that out instead. Saturday at Fitzgerald's, Taste of Garlic and Dallas' Pervis headline for a special surprise guest (I'm told on good authority it's 30footFALL, but don't tell anyone I told you...).

-- By Brad Tyer

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