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2014 Stories by Bob Ruggiero

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  • The Magna Carta

    published February 13, 2014

    Even if your high school history is a bit rusty, you know that the Magna Carta is an important historical document. Often called “The... More >>

  • UniverSoul Circus 2014 Tour

    published August 7, 2014

    Think of UniverSoul Circus as a Caribbean carnival meets African B-­boys meets a Brooklyn house party, just with elephants and trapeze... More >>


    Graham Nash Can't Stop, Won't Stop

    published Aug 21, 2014

    Now that his production work on the four-years-in-the-making massive CSNY 1974 box set is over and fans have in their hands what they've dreamed about for years, 72-year-old Graham Nash can just lie b... More >>

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    published August 14, 2014

    On his hit television series, Jerry Seinfeld was a Superman-loving, breakfast cereal-eating, hard-to-please Master of His Domain. In real... More >>

  • Doug Benson

    published August 7, 2014

    In the documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock famously investigated the health results of an all ­McDonald’s fast­ food diet. In... More >>

  • Chuck Negron: The Oldies Circuit's Sober Companion

    published Aug 15, 2014

    A little over a year ago, former Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron stood onstage at the Stafford Centre at the finale of the "Happy Together" tour stop, belting out numbers while shoulder to shoul... More >>

  • Even at 80, British Blues Legend John Mayall Is "Always on Tour"

    published Aug 15, 2014

    At 80 years old, the "Godfather of British Blues" has certainly earned the opportunity to relax. Or slow down. Or stop performing all over the world at all. But when asked as to what his plans are aft... More >>

  • Pleasant Hill Winery’s 13th Annual Crush for Fun

    published July 24, 2014

    Whenever a retrospective TV show highlights clips from I Love Lucy, you can guarantee they’ll show the one where the girls go to Italy and... More >>

  • Lowrider Band Drummer Harold Brown: "Houston Has a Special Soul"

    published Aug 14, 2014

    Last summer, the Miller Outdoor Theatre presented a multi-racial '70s band who performed such recognizable FM radio classics as "Spill the Wine," "Why Can't We Be Friends?" "The Cisco Kid," "All Day M... More >>

  • “The Big Show”

    published July 10, 2014

    The juror for this year’s “The Big Show” at Lawndale Art Center is Erin Elder, visual art director at the Center for... More >>

  • Bio Paints Complex Portrait of AC/DC's Mighty Youngs

    published Aug 13, 2014

    The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC By Jesse Fink, 320 pp., $25.99. The mere mention of AC/DC to even the most casual of fans will bring up one image: the short, frenetic guitarist Angus Young d... More >>

  • 24th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival

    published July 31, 2014

    Houston’s not exactly known as a mecca for jazz, but the truth is the city has produced several internationally known artists (Joe Sample,... More >>

  • Gary Owen

    published July 31, 2014

    Hugely popular among black audiences, comedian Gary Owen is not black. In fact, he’s kind of pasty pale even for a white guy. Still,... More >>

  • Ballad of History's "Record Men" Sings Familiar Tune

    published Aug 05, 2014

    Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry By Gareth Murphy Thomas Dunne Books, 400 pp., $27.99 For a music-industry executive, label head, A&R scout, producer or agent, there was on... More >>

  • The Big Slide Show

    published July 24, 2014

    Now that the Lawndale Art Center has opened its annual exhibit of juried works, it’s time as in previous editions for “The Big... More >>

  • Yes: Venerable Prog-Rock Icons Are the Opposite of Fragile

    published Aug 04, 2014

    In his 40-plus years of sitting on the drum stool for classic-rock legends Yes, Alan White has thumped skins in locations all over the world and under all kinds of conditions. But it was a show on the... More >>

  • Tommy Davidson

    published July 24, 2014

    While other alumni of In Living Color went on to bigger fame (Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx), Tommy... More >>

  • RIP Dick Wagner: Nightmarishly Good Rock Guitarist Was 71

    published Jul 31, 2014

    Note: Dick Wagner, a guitarist who played with everyone from Lou Reed to Hall & Oates but most famously with Alice Cooper's '70s band (he co-wrote "Welcome to My Nightmare" with Cooper, among other sh... More >>

  • How Paul McCartney Spread His Wings In the '70s

    published Jul 30, 2014

    Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s By Tom Doyle Ballantine, 288 pp., $27 While mighty expanses of forests have sacrificed themselves to create all the pages written about Paul McCartney's ti... More >>

  • A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    published Jul 30, 2014

    While it's true that my Bucket List could be contained in a fairly small bucket, a big one got checked off recently when I was able to finally stroll into that big ass glass pyramid on the shore of La... More >>

  • Houston Symphony with Mariachi Cobre

    published July 24, 2014

    The Houston Symphony has had a pretty wide range of collaborators in concert: rock bands…circus performers…Bugs Bunny cartoons. But... More >>

  • Houston author Rick Mitchell on Modern Jazz: "There's Too Much Good Music Out There!"

    published Jul 29, 2014

    No matter how great you think your music room is, Rick Mitchell's is better. Way better. The longtime local journo--who spent a decade as the jazz and pop writer for The Houston Chronicle and even l... More >>

  • The Who's Other Rock Opera Survives in Fine Form

    The Who's "Other" Rock Opera Survives in Fine Form

    published Jul 29, 2014

    The Who: Quadrophenia Live in London Universal CD/DVD, various formats and prices While it is not their most famous rock opera -- that would be the one with a certain deaf, dumb and blind boy, Pinba... More >>

  • 37th Annual Houston World Series of Dog Shows

    published July 10, 2014

    While cute cat videos tend to rule the Internet, their canine competitors aren’t taking it sitting down, so as part of this year’s... More >>

  • Kinks Bio Shows Davies Brothers Brawling to This Day

    published Jul 23, 2014

    God Save the Kinks: A Biography By Rob Jovanovic Quarto Publishing Group, 330 pp., $14.95 As battling brothers Ray and Dave Davies continue to go back and forth with each other -- and in the press --... More >>

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