Things to Do This Weekend If You're (Almost) Broke: Watch Rocks Off on Channel 39, Among Other Things
Rhymesayer Thurogood Wordsmith, reggae men Brown Pilot and New Orleans' Truth Universal join host Mic Skills and DJ Urban Legend at the Mink's monthly Mission Control. Free. Not sure what "Indiestruction" is, but with Dave Wrangler and Piss Heavy on the decks at Boondocks, it should be pretty tight. How could you go wrong with a poster like that? Free.
Lance Smith, late of the Gougers and Mike Stinson's band, steps out for a solo turn on the Onion Creek patio. 6-9 p.m., free. New Jack Hippies, I Am Mesmer and many, many more fire up the VW bus and head back to Woodstock at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar. Starts 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Rozz Zamorano Trio tests their chops on Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and more at the Big Top. 10 p.m., free. Saturday
Budding folk hero Robert Ellis busks at Cactus Music at a 4 p.m. free in-store. It's also another Vinyl Record Store day, with all the attendant specials - singles from Big Star, Pearl Jam and the Avett Brothers, LPs from the Mars Volta and RX Bandits and more. Pick up a copy of Ellis' vinyl-only The Great Rearranger LP while you're there. Kristine Mills, who just returned from a busman's holiday in Brazil, and actual South Americans the Brazilian Nuts are among the featured artists at the Houston Brazilian Festival in Jones Plaza downtown. See www.houstonbrazilianfest.org for more information. Ex-Million Year Dancer Jonathan Welch, who goes by Tyagaraja now, and Sideshow Tramp Craig Kinsey get mystical and folky at Avant Garden. $5. The Jonx is back in town to rock Rudyard's with Novox and Bald Eagle Burger. 9 p.m. The heat may have slacked off again, but get ready to sweat all the same - it's time for another Dirty Honey at Boondocks. 10 p.m., free. Sunday Rocks Off and a boatload of local musicians tell Channel 39 what makes us so damn special in the Inside the Scene documentary airing at 2 p.m. Featured performers include Buxton, Mechanical Boy, Peekaboo Theory, Sideshow Tramps, Los Skarnales, Tontons and more. See how many alarms you can handle at Under the Volcano's annual Labor Day Weekend chili cookoff. Mike Stinson provides the tunes. 4 p.m. Grandfather Child and Female Demand get greasy at Boondocks' Labor Day BBQ. 6 p.m., free. The Society for the Indian Performing Arts presents Bollywood Blast 2009 at Miller Outdoor Theater. There may be dancing. 8 p.m., free.
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