Live Nation's weekly Wednesday "No Service Fee" ticket offer is pretty stiff this week: Buy one ticket for dozens of shows at House of Blues or Verizon Wireless Theater - such as Alice Cooper, O.A.R., Jewel, Goodie Mob, Bob Saget, Drive-By Truckers, Hanson, Peaches, Stryper, Zappa plays Zappa and many more - and get another one free. Or buy two and get 'em both at half price. (And they tell us we sucked at math in school.) As always, today only; more information at www.livenation.com.
Speaking of Live Nation promotions, we're still looking for pictures of our dear readers and their favorite rock stars - or just the rock stars who happened to be around - so we can give away these two "Club Passports" that sort of obviate the above item because they'll get you in to every non-sold-out HOB show from now 'til New Year's Eve. Email your photos (please include name and phone number) to firstname.lastname@example.org. These passports are burning a hole in our pocket, but we'll give you until 9 a.m. Friday and put all the entries up in a slideshow later that day.
KTRU Revelry Report hosts Matthew Wettergreen and Phillip Beck are looking for local concert posters - as in locally made; they can be for local or touring shows - for an exhibit at Caroline Collective that begins November 20 and runs through January 1. All mediums are welcome, such as silkscreen, wheat-paste, digital offset, photocopies, etc.; Rocks Off is just going to assume you graphic types know what all those mean - but should date from 2000 or later. Email digital files of your artwork email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other poster-art news, Uncle Charlie, the Picasso or Goya or Monet (you get the idea... he's good) of local music picture-painters, is hosting another exhibition of his work at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 7 at Sig's Lagoon. Meanwhile, another installment of Carlos Hernandez's "Day of the Dead" series of skeletal interpretations of deceased rock, country and blues figureheads opens Friday, October 30 - known to Rocks Off as "Drive-By Truckers Day" - at Cactus Music.
This Sunday is the final installment (for now) of the weekly "They, Who Sound" free-jazz/experimental/improvisational/underground concert series. TWS curator David Dove (trombone) and Grandfather Child's Lucas Gorham (lap steel, guitar) will be joined by bassist Thomas Helton and drummer Mike Mroz. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 7:45 p.m. at Avant Garden, 411 Westheimer. Cover is $5.
Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.