Things to Do This Weekend If You're (Almost) Broke

Rocks Off has been whistling ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid Today" all day because, well, he did, but you know money - it never lasts very long. Luckily, we found a few things around town that might make it a little easier to have some money left over Monday morning.

Friday It's A Fine Time to catch Chase Hamblin as the rootsy singer-songwriter plays tunes from his new EP at Cactus Music. 5:30 p.m. Vinyl Ranch rides off into the sunset as DJ L.J. Walker prepares to relocate to the Big Apple. Wear a mustache or otherwise "cowboy up." 9 p.m., Leon's Lounge. Grave Robbers, Your Mistake, Full Contact, the Burden and Killer Apes play a benefit for the family of late Grave Robbers guitarist Frankie Cooper, who passed away last week at age 24, at Walter's on Washington. The 10-piece Cecille & Rainel Pino Band steams up La Diabla, House of Blues' weekly salsa and merengue night, in the downstairs restaurant with help from DJs Salserin and Gerardo. Starts 10 p.m.

Things to Do This Weekend If You're (Almost) Broke

Saturday Lots of bands (see flyer at right) descend on Clear Lake Park for Rock A Cure, which Rocks Off is guessing has something to do with charity. Starts at noon. Cactus has a double shot of in-stores by HPMA nominees: LL Cooper at noon and Benjamin Wesley at 3 p.m. The Continental Club will be hoppin' and boppin' all day and all night at Big E's annual Rock Baby Rock It! rockabilly blowout. Monterrey's Los Benders headline over locals including Luxurious Panthers, the Octanes and Ghost Storys. See more information here and don't miss the tiki party in the Pachinko Hut with Clouseaux. Has Rocks Off written anything about the Wild Moccasins homecoming/Buxton 7-inch release show at Mango's yet? We can't remember. Sugar Land girl and rising Nashville Star Katie Armiger performs two free sets at Katy Mills Mall, at noon and 6 p.m. The Houston/Austin axis tilts back toward the bayou with the Jonx, Woozyhelmet and Side Arms at the Mink. $7.

Sunday Band camp is back and charging a cover now since some moron stole founder Matthew Wettergreen's laptop at Caroline Collective's anniversary party. It's now $5 per person or $8 for the whole band, and this month's workshop is booking local shows. Happy second anniversary, Boondocks! The Westheimer bar celebrates two years of cheap drinks and local tunes with a free show starring Whorehound, Rocky Moon & BOLT, Springfield Riots, Nosaprise and DJs Dayta and Grrrl Parts. 7 p.m., no cover. Close out the weekend with some tasty local indie-rock from Hollywood Black, Listen Listen and Timbre at the Mink. Have a good one.

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