Scout Bar, June 10
The circa-2000 (A.D.) brainchild of rapper Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, turntablist Kid Koala and producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Deltron 3030 the group birthed Deltron 3030 the album, the tale of a heroic rapper fighting to inject some humanity into a corporation-dominated future dystopia. At its core, though, the hip-hop Star Trek concept was simply an opportunity for all three members to showcase their superb talents. Deltron 3030 left a trace of its futuristic DNA on any number of projects in the years to come — not least 2001's Gorillaz, featuring Nakamura's production and Del's guest rap on hit single "Clint Eastwood." Because this was far too good of an idea to leave in the studio, in 2013 the trio reunited for another album, Event 2, and have since brought the whole enterprise out on a tour that shows no signs of stopping.
Folk Family Revival
Main Street Crossing, June 10
Folk Family Revival were country enough to land a date in the Hideout tent at this year's Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, though only on the far outer edges. The Magnolia-bred Americana quartet owes an obvious debt to Ryan Adams' existentialist roots-rock, but by and large front man Mason Lankford's songs hold up just fine on their own. FFR's latest effort, April's Water Walker, offers plenty that should appeal to the Father John Misty/My Morning Jacket/Ryan Bingham crowd.
The Geto Boys
House of Blues, June 11
Criminally, the 15th anniversary of one of the funniest movies ever filmed in Texas, Mike Judge's Dilbert-inspired Office Space, came and went with relatively little fanfare last year. One group who couldn’t have forgotten is H-Town's own Geto Boys, who won an entirely new set of fans thanks to two very well-placed songs at key moments of the white-collar heist flick. Dubbing their summer 2015 outing the “Office Space” tour, the groundbreaking trio have set a low ticket price of $25 and instantly made everybody feel good to be a gangsta. Damn.
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Hustlers Brass Band
Rothko Chapel, June 11
Many people would probably like to forget hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but others believe it's important to remember both the victims and all the sacrifices the survivors made to rebuild their lives. To mark the storms' tenth anniversary, the Rothko is sponsoring a free outdoor concert series this summer that highlights the deep musical bond between Houston and our Louisiana neighbors. New Orleans transplants the Hustlers Brass Band make an excellent kickoff choice, guaranteed to stir up a second line on the Rothko plaza; popular local zydeco act Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws follows next month.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Firehouse Saloon, June 11
Lukas Nelson is undeniably his father’s son, but his music also draws quite a bit from Willie’s friends, folks like Bob Dylan, the Allman Bros., Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jamey Johnson and even ZZ Top. (Willie has a lot of friends.) But make no mistake, Nelson and his crackerjack band Promise of the Real have been rising stars in the outlaw-country universe long enough that the “rising” is no longer necessary. After a stretch of dates last year as Neil Young’s backing band, later this month Nelson and company will release the environmentally-minded concept album The Monsanto Years, with POTR in the role of a sort of Crazy Horse 2.0. With Atwood & Nunn.