Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.
Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?
Free Radicals: Not sure what the first one was, but our 24 hour concert was a milestone event, when Free Radicals played without stopping for a second on November 21-22, 1999 at noon, to raise money for Kid Care.
RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?
FR: AvantGarden, Dean's, Notsuoh, Last Concert.
RO: How often do you play in the area?
FR: Twice per week.
RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.
FR: Funk, jazz, ska, klezmer, Latin, African-influenced originals.
RO: How did you come up with your name?
FR: The mass ingestion of anti-oxidants does not prevent cancer! Free Radicals were getting a bad rep and we stepped in to defend them.
RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty?
FR: Playing for the united earth people of Freedonia.
RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as a musician) before you pack it in?
FR: Play a divorce party.
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Free Radicals play the HPMA showcase 9 p.m. Sunday, August 5, at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge.