The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Garth Brooks, World Party, Screw Fest 2015, I.J. Gosey Tribute, etc.
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Toyota Center, June 26 & 27
Since he returned to full-time touring last year, Garth Brooks picked up right where he left off before his family-induced “retirement” and subsequent five-year Vegas residency; namely, breaking box-office records right and left. The only way to satisfy Garth-size demand is multi-night stands in each city rather than a proper “tour,” including this eight-show run in Houston across this weekend and next. The 53-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer will be embodying the title of last’s year’s Man Vs. Machine — his first album of new material since 2001’s Scarecrow — by performing two concerts per night, three hours apart. Recent set lists show a track or two from the new album, but overall it’s hit after hit after hit, including several by wife Trisha Yearwood during a his-and-hers mini-set during the show. It’s probably a good idea to monitor Toyota Center’s Web site pretty closely to check ticket availability; doors open at 5:30 p.m. for each night’s early show.
Fans stay cool at last year's Vans Warped Tour stop in Houston.
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Vans Warped Tour
NRG Park (Yellow Lot), June 26
School is out and summer is here, which can only mean one thing for teenage rock-music fans: time for Warped Tour! The 2015 edition of the Vans Warped Tour breaks from historical trends a little bit by not starting or ending the tour in Texas, which is good; fans don't have to worry about first-day logistical issues or bands exhausted from a summer on the road. This year's big acts include Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides and Memphis May Fire, along with some smaller gems including Bebe Rexha, Pvris and the one and only RiFF RaFF. Don't stress about the heat. You survived FPSF. You can survive Warped. (CORY GARCIA)
House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room), June 27
Wales-born Karl Wallinger was one of the most promising alternative singer-songwriters of the ‘80s, in the same league as Robyn Hitchcock, XTC’s Andy Partridge or Mike Scott, whose Waterboys Wallinger left to form World Party in 1986. Sharpening their sweeping folk-rock with pointed lyrics, World Party had a hit straightaway with 1987’s “Ship of Fools” and scored a Grammy nomination for 1990’s Goodbye Jumbo, which spawned further hits “Way Down Now” and “Put the Message In the Box.” The band had just returned from a brief hiatus with 2000’s Dumbing Up when Wallinger suffered a near-fatal brain aneurysm that sidelined him for five years. Now, World Party’s first U.S. tour in ages will offer longtime fans their first live exposure to 2012’s Arkeology, a whopping 70 unreleased songs spanning demos, alternate takes, live cuts and even selections from Wallinger’s attempt to recreate the Beatles’ “White Album.” With Gabriel Kelley.
Screw Fest 2015
Warehouse Live, June 27
It may take about as long, but with each passing year it becomes more apparent that the late DJ Screw deserves a historical marker in his honor to match the one Lightnin’ Hopkins finally got in 2010. Until that day comes, June 27 will remain an unofficial holiday in the City of Houston, as the date of his most famous freestyle mix has become a rallying cry for Screwheads worldwide. For the past several years, Screw’s friends and followers have gathered to celebrate his life and music on Houston rap’s holiest of days; doing the honors this year — among the myriad “special guests,” that is — are Screwed Up Click charter members Lil’ Keke and Lil’ O as well as Lil’ Flip, the “Game Over” and “Sunshine” MC who lately has also been turning heads with his pop-art paintings.
I.J. Gosey Tribute
The Big Easy, June 28 (2 p.m.)
When he passed away last month at age 78, I.J. Gosey was one of the very last living links to the glory days of Duke/Peacock Records, where as one of Don Robey’s session musicians he played bass on countless songs by the likes of Junior Parker, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Larry Davis, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and many more. Gosey later switched to guitar and for years and years played Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings at C. Davis Bar-B-Q in Sunnyside, where he played “some of the sweetest blues in Texas,” local music historian Dr. Roger Wood writes in his 2003 book Down In Houston: Bayou City Blues. The Houston Blues Society is sponsoring an all-star tribute to Gosey from 2-7 p.m. Sunday (performers here) to help Gosey’s family defray some of his funeral costs.
FIVE MORE SHOWS WORTH CONSIDERING
The Sour Notes: Earworm-positive ATX crew shares a bill with local indie A-listers New York City Queens and Deep Cvts. (Fitzgerald’s Downstairs, June 26)
Los Skarnales: Houston loves these vatos rudos, now packing the new Another Day, Another Borrachera EP. (Fitzgerald’s Upstairs, June 26)
Shinyribs: Two chances to see the Okra Candy man on Saturday, as his popularity just keeps mushrooming. (3 p.m., Cactus Music/8 p.m., Redneck Country Club, June 27)
A-Trak: Montreal-reared Fool’s Gold mogul and ex-Kanye tour DJ now pushing new single “Push.” (Stereo Live, June 27)
Ginger Leigh, Patrice Pike: Winsome Austin lady-rockers pay a call on Houston’s acoustic palace. (Anderson Fair, June 27)