7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Jackie Greene, Sander Van Doorn, Yes Indeed Fest, etc.
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All of 31 years old (growl), Jackie Greene's preternatural resemblance to hip '70s roots-rockers like J.J. Cale and Little Feat has already led The New York Times to dub the San Francisco singer-songwriter "the prince of Americana." He has already sang lead with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh's group Phil Lesh and friends, been a member of the late Levon Helm's traveling Midnight Ramble ensemble, and says he plans to play every instrument on his next album himself, so you know this guy's legit. Friday at Fitzgerald's (downstairs) with Ruston Kelly. CHRIS GRAY
Known for his meticulous approach to trance and progressive house, Dutch DJ and producer Sander Van Doorn's set Friday at Stereo Live ought to take a little of the sting away for anyone bummed about his countryman Tiesto hurting his back and canceling the fall tour that would have brought him to Something Wicked next month. Ranked in DJMag's "Top 100 DJs" poll every year since 2006, Van Doorn has been a resident at legendary Ibiza club Amnesia and hit No. 1 on Beatport earlier this year with his single "Nothing Inside." CHRIS GRAY
Another festival in the Houston rock sweepstakes, Yes Indeed Fest is set to invade Dean's on Main and Notsuoh Saturday afternoon and evening with acts like dUNETX, Alkari, The Gold Sounds, The Wrong Ones, The Fox Derby and Screwtape topping the bill. For the low price of $8 ($12 for you underagers), you can't get a much bigger local bang for your buck. Starts at 4 p.m. CRAIG HLAVATY
Britain's Florence + the Machine became music-industry darlings with 2009's stompy Kate Bush-influenced debut album Lungs and its single "Dog Days Are Over." In the meantime, willowy redheaded front woman Florence Welch became an indie pinup girl and something of a fashion icon along the way. The band is currently touring behind Ceremonials, which made it onto plenty of 2011 best-of lists. Saturday at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. CRAIG HLAVATY
The Gourds at Discovery Green in June
Photo by Jason Wolter
If you want some good high-octane roots-rock to wash down your Saturday night, you're going to have to choose, but you'll be a winner either way. First, Louisiana lightning bugs Dash Rip Rock -- yes, the lovable Cajun-psychobilly trio that gave us songs like "Pussy Whipped" and the concept album Hee Haw Hell -- stop by the Continental Club in one of their periodic pillages with Burn the Boats, Life as Lions and Dead to the World. Or, from the other direction, Austin's Gourds bring their beards and bullheadedness to Last Concert Cafe with Houston's own Mike Stinson. Tough call. Maybe you can make both, but you're gonna have to hoof it. CHRIS GRAY
Thank God for bands like the Cobra Skulls still flying their punk flag high, and huge bills like this for still existing. The Reno outfit comes to the Bayou City with Vegas homeboys Holding Onto Sound, a fearsome quartet in their own right. On hand for local support are the American Heist, who have undergone a few lineup changes in the past year but are firing on all cylinders. They come into Sunday's gig at Walters fresh from a Dallas appearance at last weekend's Riot Fest, where they shared a stage with NOFX and Descendents. CRAIG HLAVATY
After decades as one of music's most-decorated folk/rock/blues/adult-contemporary hyphenates, Bonnie Raitt finally got to make the record she wanted to make, and certainly took advantage of the opportunity. This spring the singer-songwriter-guitarist released Slipstream, her first album both in seven years and since leaving longtime home Capitol Records, on her own Redwing Records. Raitt sounds relaxed and confident on slow-burning blues-rockers like "Ain't Gonna Let You Go" and "Split Decision," mature and melancholy on ballad "Not Cause I Wanted To" and "Standing in the Doorway," and even a little funky on the wry "Used to Rule the World." Freedom becomes her. Sunday at the Arena Theatre. CHRIS GRAY
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