- Well, it wasn't a very crowded field, but we have a winner in our ZZ Top lookalike contest: Cary Godshall, who sent in this picture of a friend of his. (Bonus points because he looks like ZZ Top today and not circa Tejas.) Cary wins a four-pack of lawn tickets to Friday's ZZ show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Aerosmith. Congratulations!
- Speaking of, today's Live Nation "All In" special is expanding last week's package of lawn ticket, parking, service fees, hot dog and soda (still no beer) for $29.99 to select reserved seats at $49.99. Next week's should be interesting, because Live Nation wants you, the fans, to choose what it is. See www.livenation.com.
- A major overhaul of KPFT's (90.1 FM) programming starts next week. Most significantly, the station is bringing back longtime Houston DJ Roark Smith to spin two hours of non-Arrow-like classic rock from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays. Several KPFT programs, including BBC News, Democracy Now! and its local news/public-affairs programming, are switching time slots. Rocks Off will have more in a few days.
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- Rocks Off is trying to get to the bottom of who is Twittering as elderly, dreadlocked Houston bluesman Little Joe Washington (@LittleJoeWash). The tweets certainly sound like Little Joe - "Little Joe got a couple tricks up his sleeve," "and age aint nuthin but a number,baby. u feel that?" - but we ran into him outside the Continental Club Friday night and he had no idea what we were talking about. If you know who the Little Joe impostor is, let us know.
- While Bring Back the Guns is on indefinite hiatus, the band's Matt Brownlie is starting a monthly series of happy-hour shows at Rudyard's called the Houston Underground Social Club (H.U.S.H.). "I know I'm far from the only old geezer in town who would love to catch up on local music without having to feel like hell the next day," he says. The shows, which begin Thursday, August 6 (performers TBD), will start at 5:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with drink specials and a taco bar. The $5 suggested donation will be given to a different local charity each time, starting with Planned Parenthood of Texas.