The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Beyonce, Cat Power, Bruce & Kelly, etc.
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John Egan The Big Easy, December 9
Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars that sting and snarl. CHRIS GRAY
Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, December 9
For the past few months, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- tonight's dance card includes Tawn-P, Shonnie Murrell and that smooth-ass Debonair house band -- strutting their stuff for one of the most stylish audiences in town.
Hosted by local scenesters Tay Mitch and Brad Gilmore, whom Channel 39's Newsfix called "ebony and ivory at its finest," these few hours will have you looking forward to every Monday... just not Tuesdays. The party never stops on Instagram at @DebonairLoungeHTX, too. CHRIS GRAY
Beyonce Toyota Center, December 10
The second H-town homecoming show of 2013 by Music's Queen of All She Surveys has been sold out for so long your chances of getting tickets at this late hour are beyond laughable, at least for anything resembling the staggering top ticket price of $250. Early birds and lucky ducks, though, are in for the (Sasha) fiercest show on two impossibly chiseled legs anywhere in the territories. CHRIS GRAY
Rick Lee & the Night Owls The Hideaway on Dunvale, December 10
We got to partake in the pleasure that is the Hideaway on Dunvale for steak night one Tuesday, and it included the magical blues stylings of Rick Lee & the Night Owls. Hosts of the Hideaway's weekly "Big Ass Blues Jam," Lee and his band do ZZ Top, Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King covers. We also witnessed the man playing his axe with the leg of a chair and licking the strings at one point. It was a good night for everyone, and we're sure the guitar had no complaints either. CRAIG HLAVATY
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Cat Power Scout Bar, December 12
How a wayward indie princess like Cat Power wound up at a place normally associated with tattoos and power chords is anyone's guess; ours is that the Clear Lake club's money is just as green as any inner-loop venue's. Despite her reputation as an erratic live performer -- which was nowhere in sight during a strong FPSF set in June -- on record the erstwhile Chan Marshall has proven to be one of the most singular and compelling American singer-songwriters of the past 20 years.
From starkly confessional early albums like Moon Pix to her flirtation with Memphis R&B on 2006's The Greatest and the electronic splashes of last year's radiant Sun, Cat Power is one of a kind. CHRIS GRAY
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis McGonigel's Mucky Duck, December 12 ' Now more than ever the first couple of Texas country music, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis would have ample reason to occupy the Mucky Duck for back-to-back nights any time of year. After all, their early-2013 LP Cheater's Game -- a lovingly chosen assortment of their favorite songwriters (Hayes Carll, Don Williams) paired with several choice Robison originals -- was the record fans had been waiting for since the two became a couple more than 20 years ago.
But it's also an outgrowth of the holiday shows that began years ago right here at the Duck and have outlasted their now out-of-print holiday EP on Rykodisc. Luckily, they'll have plenty on hand Thursday (and Friday) as perfect stocking-stuffers for fans. CHRIS GRAY
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