Galveston native Hamilton Loomis began playing blues guitar in front of thousands of people as a teenager. Over the years, the Grammy-nominated guitarist has kept it simple. He focused on learning from the best Bo Diddley and Clarence Gatemouth Brown among them touring extensively and writing his own songs. The result is a deep catalogue of music that celebrates the origins of the blues, with plenty of modern nuances for a contemporary audience. The song Youve Got to Wait, a collaboration with the late Diddley on Loomiss album Aint Just Temporary, is a prime example. The opportunity to see a guitarist of this caliber at such an intimate venue doesnt present itself often. This is an instance when going out on a Sunday night is worth it. 6 p.m. McGonigels Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk. For information, call 713-528-5999 or visit www.mcgonigels.com. $15.
Sun., Aug. 10, 6 p.m., 2008