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The late William "Tray" Folliard, the Hard Rock, and stories from 'round town

After reportedly being kicked out of the SRO/OT Sports Bar and Cafe on Mangum for drunkenness, William "Tray" Folliard was being escorted to the parking lot for the requisite designated-driver trip home. After jumping into the Ford Bronco while his escort was reportedly distracted, Folliard sped away. He soon wrecked on Lost Forest, near his home. He was arrested by an HPD officer for DWI and was taken to a nearby substation. While waiting to be processed, Folliard asked to use the bathroom. After a reasonable amount of time had passed, according to HPD spokesman Alvin Wright, officers stepped in and found Folliard hanging from a lavatory door. He was later pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital that night, April 14.

Folliard had served one day behind bars last year for possession of marijuana, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Department. Friends say Folliard vowed never to return to jail. The official cause of death, according to the Harris County Medical Examiner, was "not suicide" but "complications of near hanging." Folliard was 35.

Outworld will be one of the bands performing a benefit for the late William "Tray" Folliard (right).
Outworld will be one of the bands performing a benefit for the late William "Tray" Folliard (right).

The funeral, according to friend Brent Marches, has depleted the Folliard family's savings. A handful of bands will be performing at SRO/OT on Saturday, June 3, from noon to 2 a.m. to help raise funds for the family and honor the memory of an avid local music supporter. A $10 donation is being requested at the door. All proceeds will go to Folliard's family. Bastard Rash, Project Rivera, Outworld, Matt Leddy and the Meat Cutters, Revolution, Flux and Tony Vega will perform. "He was always at our shows," says Marches, who performs with Bastard Rash, Project Rivera and Outworld. "We just want to get as much money as possible."

One Big Dis and a Side of Cold Fries, Please

No denying that Houstonians in the music scene have Austin envy. But the people at Hard Rock Cafe didn't have to rub it in our faces. On top of the franchise's new building in Bayou Place stands an airplane-size guitar, modeled after one played by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Sure, this Hard Rock is dedicated not just to Houston music specifically, but to Texas music in general. But Vaughan has never been a Houstonian (even if he honed his chops playing places like Fitzgerald's). The native Dallasite was practically spiritually aligned with Austin, the town that launched his career. Flying his flag in downtown Houston is disrespectful to all of Houston. Alternatives to this fawning display of Austin abound: Billy Gibbons's pink Gibson Explorer, Lightnin' Hopkins's big-bodied acoustic or Grady Gaines's sax. At least Hard Rock Cafe is honoring a band from Houston, La Mafia, during its grand reopening ceremony on Thursday, June 1, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mayor Lee Brown will cut a ribbon. The cafe is located at the corner of Texas and Bagby. For more information, call (713)227-1392.

'Round TownNo one ever said partying with a guy whose facial wart has its own IQ and whose hair is oily and greasy enough to keep a lawnmower running smoothly would be pretty. But for a couple of weeks in June, Pure Rubbish will be hanging with Motörhead (led by Lemmy, he of said physical attributes) through some Midwestern dates, including stops in Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Denver. Motörhead's manager, Todd Singerman, apparently saw Pure Rubbish at an Austin gig and offered his services; that's according to Tracy Dunivan, mother of 16-year-old PR guitarist Derek Dunivan and 14-year-old drummer Evan Dunivan, and wife of not-quite-over-the-hill lead singer Punk Daddy. Bassist Mike Cool and rhythm guitarist Jerrett Gardner complete the PR lineup. This gig marks the first time in its five years of existence that PR has played with so large and vulgar an act. Cheers to the guys in PR for having the opportunity to spit beer on as many Denver Bronco fans as they can.

Missing from the Texas Music Library & Research Center's second annual awards program will beŠ white people. But not intentionally. The center, created by local journalist Robert Sye, is a second-floor apartment on 2810 Isabella in the Third Ward. The awards ceremony was originally intended to honor Texas musicians. What it has accidentally become is a ceremony honoring black Texas musicians. The fault, according to Sye, lies with the industry folk whom Sye asks for honoree suggestions. Only a tiny percentage this year actually responded to Sye's pleas, forcing ceremony organizers to secure honorees who would actually attend. "It's awkward. It's painful," he says. "It's bothering me, 'cause last year we missed [honoring] 'em," -- "'em" being superlative (white) Texan artists like Willie Nelson and LeeAnn Rimes. "If we do [ignore Anglo musicians] this year, we reduce the white audience coming to the affair," which takes place Monday, June 5, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Texas Southern University's Charles P. Rhinehart School of Music, 3100 Cleburne (at Ennis). "I gotta get somebody. If I gotta suck they toe -- that's a joke." Tickets are $25. For more information, or to participate, call (713)741-6463.

Walking into Black Dog Records on Shepherd, patrons are greeted by a petition. Every signature is an effort to keep Mark David Chapman locked away in Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York. Chapman, the man who fatally shot John Lennon on December 8, 1980, is up for parole this year, and Black Dog Records owner Clifford Dotterer wants to make sure the gunman never gets out. "We're trying to stop the parole or release of Mark David Chapman," says Dotterer. "I loved John Lennon with all my heart. And we had 18 years of his music, and he's been dead for 20 years. And that son of a bitch -- pardon my French -- took someone away from us when there was no reason to do so.

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