PSAs for the People

Public Service Announcement No. 2,839... Just in case last week's ACREQ ensemble tribute to the music of Frank Zappa at the Wortham Center didn't provide enough posthumous feed for your Zappa jones, commercial concern Houston Record Connection presents the Houston Record Convention, described as "a semiannual show and sale for serious professional and amateur collectors/dealers." The big draw for this, the inaugural outing, is Fred Woods' collection of Zappa memorabilia. You may not know Woods, but he's got gold records, posters, autographs, photographs and, of course, a slew of recordings, some for sale or trade. Also at the convention: John Lamberts' Captain Beefheart collection, Sun Records 45s and 78s, Paul Neufus' archive of '60s and '70s Czechoslovakian psychedelic rock, and Kenny Jackson's The The collection (why, Kenny? Why?). At the Sheraton Astrodome, Sunday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 for adults, free for those 14 and under. Go spend, you weasels.

Benefit Notice No. 4,294... Or save, and consider the blues gig, fish-fry fundraiser being held Saturday night, October 8 at Surls and Locke Studios up Highway 59 North in Splendora. Amazing Space, recently profiled in the Press' art pages, presents the second annual event from 7 p.m. till midnight, with featured performers Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters. If you've seen Grady kick a party into gear, you already know it'll be worth the drive, even if master fish fryer Mr. Joe Ivy weren't on hand to cook up some of the best fish you're ever likely to taste (he is). Tickets cost $20, which is okay, since the cash will be used to benefit art and kids and stuff, and you can get them by calling Amazing Space at 592-8362.

All That Jazz... Hot on the heels of the Houston Jazz Festival (did anyone check out Pharaoh Sanders' whacked-out set?) comes the Galveston Island Jazz Festival, a four-day event chock-a-block with the usual lineup of performances, musician-hosted clinics, photo exhibits, poetry readings and the rest. Starting Thursday with The Market Square Jazz Band doing its Dixieland thing in the open air at 22nd and Church from 5 until 7 p.m. On Friday, the Fifth Army Jazz Combo, the Lamar University Jazz Ensemble, the Brazosport College Jazz Ensemble and the College of the Mainland Jazz Combo perform from 5-10 p.m. in Saengerfest Park. Entering the weekend, the festival moves to Pier 21 at Harborside Drive and you have to start paying a minimal fee ($5 each day at the gate) to see the Pat Williams Quartet, the Cadillac Brass Band, and locals the Harry Sheppard Quartet, Stratus and Sebastian Whittaker and the Creators on Saturday, and the TestosterTones, Norma Zenteno and Hamilton Loomis on Saturday. There's more -- too much to spell out here -- so call the Jazz Festival offices at (409) 938-1211, ext. 347, to get the skinny on schedules.

Meanwhile, closer to home (mine, anyhow), Cezanne is holding its own three-day jazz shindig, the First Annual Cezanne Jazz Festival. Friday night that gets you the Fred Hersch Trio with Ed Soph and John Adams. Saturday, Hersch is back solo. And Sunday's the capper: Milt Larkin's birthday party bash, off and running with a 4-7 p.m. performance by the Milt Larkin All-Stars and the HSPVA Jazz Septet, and a 7-11 p.m. set by vocalist Kellye Gray with Ken Ward, Sebastian Whittaker and David Craig. Gray's hot stuff, and she doesn't make it back to town all that often, so show early for the first-come-first-serve tix.

Local Stuff... If you want to keep your Friday night music dollars here in town, you've got a few choices. Check out songstress Denise Franke at Anderson Fair or Trish and Darin over at the Mucky Duck. Lips and the Trips play a date at Mary Jane's as the band warms up for a October 15 trip to New Orleans' Cutting Edge Music Festival, and Sugar Shack celebrates 25 years and running, or something like that, at Rudyard's. The Burn, who had a member call in last week to inform that the band possesses a refreshing modern rock sound distinct from the punk rock morass the rest of young Houston is stuck in, takes the stage at the Edge Bar. You can catch Eardrum at the Market Square Brew Pub, or get a dose of high energy punkfunkrock stuff at Fitzgerald's, when Taste of Garlic headlines a three-band bill opened by Dinosaur Salad. Meanwhile, at Koozie's Ice House, Zwee and the Graveberries will be prepping for an upcoming record release by recording their live set for CD memorialization.

Come Saturday, the recently resurfaced Skillit sizzles at Rudz (sorry for the cliche, but vocalist Rene Montgomery has the pipes to back it up), and the Flamin' Hellcats shake it up at the Blue Iguana. Back at Fitzgerald's, Underwood celebrates the release of Underwood. And at Mary Jane's, Sad Pygmy and Willis (check that Halloween gear).

It doesn't often happen this way, but Sunday's got the hottest local show of the week, even if you have to think back a year or so to the last time the headliners actually lived here. Said headliners are the manic nerd rockers of Three Day Stubble, who tell folks they're from San Francisco these days, but those of us who knew them back when know better. You can catch them in a rare hometown appearance this Sunday at Emo's, with unrepentant degenerates Rusted Shut opening the show. Don't miss it, because locally, my calendar shows a dry spell until The Gypsies play the Duck on Wednesday.


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