You gotta love the current music trend: Punk bands sprout from upper-middle-class suburbs, country music singers come from the inner city, and DJs like Mike Pendon are coming out of small rural towns. Pendon, a.k.a. DJ Jester the Filipino Fist, hails from West Columbia, Texas, population 5,000. In 1996 Jester moved to San Antonio to attend college and got his start as a scratch DJ with local crew the Underdog Turntablists. Since then, he's toured the globe with Kid Koala, traveled the country in the Boca Burger Mobile and graced the indie pages of Urb and Giant Robot.
But Jester is proof that you can take the boy out of the country, but can't take the country out of the boy. "Jester is definitely known for incorporating country into the mix," says DJ Ceeplus, who'll open for him this weekend at Rudyard's. "He's proud to be a Texan." Whether he's throwing on the Red Headed Stranger's "Shotgun Willie" over a 50 Cent beat, or going all High School High by mixing Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" with some NKOTB, Jester is all about entertaining.
"He's like the stand-up comedian of DJs," says Ceeplus. "If you're in a bad mood, the quirky remixes he does will put a smile on your face. Hence his name."
Co-headlining the night is Grand Buffet, two white hip-hoppers who've drawn comparisons to the Beastie Boys. "It's fun hip-hop, reminiscent of the Pharcyde," says Ceeplus. "They're a perfect complement to Jester." 9 p.m. Friday, September 30. 2010 Waugh Drive. For information, call 713-521-0521 or visit www.rudyards.com. $7. --Travis Ritter
The Fox and Hound's Foxtail
When three friends and I walk through the doors of the Fox and Hound (11470 Westheimer, 281-589-2122), we're immediately taken in by the sheer size of the place. The wrap-around bar is lit up with bottles of booze and English beer memorabilia. I find a table in the corner in view of several hot women playing pool. Our smiling cocktail waitress kneels at our table as we look at the vast menu of booze and pub grub. I order a Foxtail, which is half Boddington's Ale and half Ace pear cider. She has no idea what I'm talking about, but I assure her the bartender will. As she's walking away, a seven-foot-tall Captain Morgan swings in wearing a full pirate costume, carrying a treasure chest full of bad advertising (read: blinking pins and T-shirts) and passing out free shots. No, I'm not kidding. When the walking billboard makes his way to our table to offer us free spiced rum and Coke, I pick up a steak knife and wave it in the air erratically. This not only gets rid of him but gets a good laugh out of my friends. As we leave the pub, I notice Captain Morgan getting into a red Mustang, not the customary pirate ship. Fake pirates suck!
6 ounces Boddington's English ale
6 ounces Ace pear cider
Fill a pint glass halfway with the cider. With an inverted soup spoon held directly above the center of the glass, open the draft can and pour the ale over the back of the spoon. The ale's milk-shake-like texture should cascade over the cider and layer. This takes a little practice. If the liquids mix completely, then chug and start over. This drink will get you bloody pissed. -- Jason Kerr
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We understand why most folks hate attending singles' events: It seems desperate. But Houston Single Source's End of Summer Blast is offering up a great angle for less-than-comfortable attendees: Portions of the proceeds will go to the Houston Food Bank's efforts to help Katrina victims. So when you show up in a new outfit and you need a line, just say, "I'm here to give back." What you do after that third drink is up to you. 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, September 29. D'Wine Restaurant, 4304 Westheimer. For tickets and information, call 713-630-0546 or visit www.houstonsinglesource.com. $8 to $10. -- Steven Devadanam
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