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Scene But Not Heard

Houston's student shortage forces the indie scene to go the blue-collar route

People bitch about the bands. They bitch about the media, that we don't cover enough or the right local bands. They bitch about cover charges. They bitch about drink prices. They bitch so much that they can't hear what is going on on stage. These interviewees unanimously say, and Racket wholeheartedly agrees, that these people -- and you know who you are -- should quit their bitching, go out, pay up and listen to local acts with an open mind. What you hear just might be a scene developing.

Scuttlebutt Caboose

Local Charm is undergoing a change in management and has reopened as the Rhythm Room at the same location. The newly reopened Room will be slightly more sports-oriented (three TVs), with a breezy, open-door icehouse feel… Texas City's Secret Agent 8 is off to Music City to showcase its ska fusion wares at The Independent MusicFest June 14 through 16… At last, a memorial project worthy of the man's legacy. On September 11 Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt will be released. Featuring new covers of Townes's tunes by Willie Nelson, the Cowboy Junkies, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver, Nanci Griffith, the Flatlanders, Delbert McClinton, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Haney and J.T. Van Zandt, this is the memorial his fans have been waiting for. So stop buying those grievous (Live at the Old Quarter excepted, of course) live albums and get ready to plunk down for this one… The Ian Moore Action Company will return to the scene of the crime when it pulls into the Fabulous Satellite Lounge on June 14 and 15. Said club was the venue for much of the material on Moore's new live release, fittingly named Via Satellite… On Saturday, June 9, the Charles P. Rhinehart Music Auditorium will host the Third Annual Texas Music Awards, with South Park Mexican, Patrick Green, Shaakir and Johnny "I Can See Clearly Now" Nash on the diverse bill. Admission: $25, cash only… The 105-year-old group Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will swell the downtown skies with its puro mexicanosounds at MECA's Mucho Mariachi Gala 2001. The event takes place in the downtown Bank of America lobby. Tix to the affair, benefiting inner-city youth arts education, go for $150.

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