The Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Los Lonely Boys, Trombone Shorty, Buxton, etc.
Hometown Hoedown Walters, November 29
There's no place like home for the holidays, and Walters offers up six bands for a wallet-friendly $7 to beat back those Black Friday blahs. Headlining is Black Market Syndicate, still pogoing from the bounce of 2012 LP ...And the Peasants Rejoiced!, but the whole bill is stacked with an agreeably motley assortment of agitated Gulf Coast sounds.
From the Katy-spawned grindcore of K.T.S.M to ska-punkers Molotov Compromise, madcap "thrashgrass" group Days N Daze -- disclosure: featuring Press contributor Jesse Sendejas Jr.'s son Jesse III -- and the anti-everything Gnar World Order, this Hoedown ain't no square dance, that's for damn sure. CHRIS GRAY
Los Lonely Boys House of Blues, November 29
If you can't recite the words to Los Lonely Boys' 2004 hit, "Heaven," you must have been living under a rock when the San Angelo natives hijacked just about every radio format you could imagine with their unique style of "Texican Rock n' Roll." The Garza brothers haven't quite seen another song grow to those massive proportions as of yet, but their blend of rock, conjunto, Tejano and Texas blues has nonetheless won the Boys a loyal Lone Star following as they've steadily added more and more Santana-esque elements to their sound. ANGELICA LEICHT
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue House of Blues, November 30
Star of stage and screen thanks to a recurring role in HBO's Treme, "Trombone" Shorty Andrews is arguably New Orleans' leading twentysomething ambassador of that hard-hitting, big-smiling, funky-as-hell traditional brass-band sound. He comes by his talents honestly: Andrews' grandfather is Jessie Hill of "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" regional fame, and he attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, the magnet school whose alumni also include the Marsalis clan and Harry Connick Jr.
Still just 27, Andrews has already topped Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums charts with 2010's Backatown, performed at the White House for the PBS special Red, White & Blues special, and started his own Trombone Shorty Foundation. Andrews and Raphael Saadiq co-produced Orleans Avenue's latest effort, this year's Say That to Say This. With Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk. CHRIS GRAY
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Alejandro Fernández Toyota Center, November 30
Alejandro Fernández's latest album, a collection of lush ballads called Confidencias, debuted on the Billboard Latin charts at No. 1 when it was released this past summer. That's not surprising, considering that with some 20 releases to his credit the 42-year-old singer is at the height of his vocal power. Fernández had plenty of superstar help on the album, produced by the late Phil Ramone, in the form of duets with Christina Aguilera and Rod Stewart.
Also teaming up for the melancholy " Me Olvide De Vivir" is Fernández's famous father, Mexican ranchera king Vicente Fernández. Expect a sampling of the younger Fernández's greatest hits Saturday, along with a heavy dose of Confidencias -- sans his superstar duet partners. OLIVIA FLORES ALVAREZ
Buxton Fitzgerald's, November 30
Here's Buxton ten years after forming in La Porte, trying to figure out just how far back to stretch their anniversary-show set list. Fans will hear crowd favorites like "Boy of Nine," "Down In the Valley" and "Feathers," to be sure, but quite a few of the songs Buxton will play on Saturday night have yet to be released. See this week's music feature on the band that told us, "I don't think we're going to stop this anytime soon." Front man Sergio Trevino plays a solo instore at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth. CHRIS GRAY
Kem Arena Theatre, November 30
While Detroit-based R&B singer Kem may not be a household name, his 2003 self-financed debut album Kemistry charmed its way onto the adult-contemporary airwaves. Its first single, "Love Calls," was hailed as a modern-day Motown classic, and his career has grown from there. He's kept his presence on urban-adult radio with songs like "I Can't Stop Loving You," and "You Might Win" (featuring Stevie Wonder), with a crooning swagger that leaves few doubts about his long-term staying power. ANGELICA LEICHT
FIVE OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
Paul Van Dyk: Dutch trance overlord returns to Houston's EDM hive. (Stereo Live, November 29)
Lincoln Durham: Expect the unexpected from Central Texas-bred rootsy loose cannon, with a 3 p.m. Cactus in-store prelude. (Fitzgerald's, November 29)
Last Call at Blanco's: One final two-step after 31 years; starts at 2 p.m. (Blanco's, November 30)
Girl In a Coma: San Antone's finest neo-punks visit behind Blackheart Records latest Exits & All the Rest; Houston funkateers Electric Attitude open. (Numbers, November 30)
Come See My Dead Person, Two Star Symphony: Stringed instruments meet surreal songs. (Continental Club, November 30)
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