Clifton Chenier

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    October 10, 2014

    A Dozen Houston Highlights From Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits wasn't always a cultural institution, nor a repository of some of the finest musical performances ever committed to videotape. In the show's earliest days it was an unusual experiment even for public television, and creator Bill Arhos and his staff did not have the benefit of the ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Happy Anniversary KPFT: 44 Genres For 44 Years

    Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featuring Shinyribs, Del Castillo, Lisa Morales, Annika Chambers, Parker Millsap, recent Rocks Off 200 sub ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Robin Kirby, C.J. Chenier, The Suffers, etc.

    Robin Kirby Last Concert Cafe, June 18 Singer-songwriter Robin Kirby entered the Houston music scene in 2008 after leaving her band Robin & the Hurricanes behind in Dallas. Since then she's been constantly on the go, offering a stripped-down and honest style that sounds absolutely timeless. Kirby' ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012
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    March 29, 2012

    RIP Earl Scruggs: 4 Other Icons For Odd Musical Instruments

    Rocks Off was saddened to hear this morning that bluegrass great Earl Scruggs passed away Wednesday in a Nashville hospital at age 88. It's safe to say that the North Carolina native, best known for his fruitful partnership with guitarist Lester Flatt, was the most famous banjo player in the world. ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    The Perfect Soundtrack To Your Next Crawfish Boil

    Crawfish boils have become a springtime ritual in Houston. At least once a season, it's an accepted necessity that we waste an entire day pinching tails, sucking heads and covering ourselves in spicy, stinky seafood slime. Finding the bugs typically isn't a problem -- you can hit up any number of r ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Bartender Chat: Susan of The Big Easy

    It's Mardi Gras weekend, y'all, and I can't think of a better place to kick off the party than The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, a little slice of NOLA in the Bayou City. I stopped in earlier this week to get a jump start on my bon temps since this Thibodaux native will be celebrating Mardi Gra ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Ragin' Cajun Jo-El Sonnier Plays Nutty Jerry's Saturday

    ​Nutty Jerry's in Winnie has been doing a great job bringing in legacy acts like Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Guess Who, Mickey Gilley, Ronnie Dunn, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. But the club really got our blood pumping when they booked the Cajun wildman, Jo-El Sonnier, who plays the club Satu ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    New Orleans' Ponderosa Stomp: A Photo Diary

    Photos by Brett KoshkinNew Orleans' Ponderosa Festival thrives on 45s.​Maybe it's age or my ever-increasing tailspin of stagnating taste, but I just don't find music festivals palatable in the slightest these days. Multi-day romps to summertime smorgasboards is for the birds. No matter if it t ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Zoo Station: A Noah's Ark Of 75 Animal Songs

    And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Saturday Night: Accordion Kings & Queens At Miller Outdoor Theatre

    Photos courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre Advisory BoardBrave Combo​Accordion Kings & Queens Festival Miller Outdoor Theatre June 4, 2011 Timing can be everything. And it only took about ten seconds standing in the wings 20 feet from Clifton Chenier's former guitarist Lil Buck Sinegal and the ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Texas Zydeco, In Five Indelible Images

    ​One of Rocks Off's main resolutions most years is to both see more zydeco and write about it more often. Unfortunately, we don't get out to the country as often as we should, and no one ever seems to want to give us a ride to Jax Grill on Friday evenings. We have to remind ourselves to check ... More >>

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Three: Everybody Knows What Black Joe Lewis' Name Is Now

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt​It was almost like being back in Houston: Sunday was sticky and steamy as Rocks Off arrived at Zilker Park around noon, and the only way we knew we could make it through was with a stiff straight shot of Southern soul. Luckily, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears were ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009

    Long Reach

    Which guitarist do Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill and Erics Clapton and Johnson look up to? Louisiana's Sonny Landreth.

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    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    SXSW: Black Joe Lewis at the Radio Room

    The very first live music you intentionally lay eyes and ears on at SXSW can be a very delicate choice, unless it's a complete no-brainer. So when Black Joe Lewis is playing three blocks from your hotel, you go. Lewis, a young Austinite who rolls up some 25 years of R&B history - roughly Bo Didd ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    June 12, 2008

    Juneteenth Revisited

    Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event

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    June 12, 2008
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    May 29, 2008

    Creole Heritage Zydeco & Crawfish Festival

    Great music and all the mudbugs you can eat — who could ask for more?

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    February 5, 2008

    Texas Zydeco Hits the Big Screen

    Since the late 1950s, zydeco has fueled one of Houston’s most vibrant and fertile music scenes, and also one of its most insular and least understood. Most people still believe this accordion-fired, rubboard-embellished, upbeat and remarkably resilient Creole dance music, which down the years has ... More >>

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    February 20, 2007

    Catfish Reef: Happy Woman Blues

    Lucinda Williams Happy Woman Blues Smithsonian-Folkways Way back in 1980, long before she was on all those magazine covers, long before the Grammys and all the other accolades and her status among the NPR set, the woman who would be the Queen of Americana made this gentle, rootsy and unassuming li ... More >>

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    December 14, 2006

    That Was the Year That Was

    Looking back on the local scene in '06

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    September 21, 2006

    H-Town Zydeco

    Dr. Roger Wood and James Fraher serve up another heaping helping of Houston music lore

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    April 20, 2006

    Easy Like Sunday Afternoon

    These N'awlins musicos are a real Eyeopener

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    October 13, 2005

    C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

    Friday, October 14, at the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival, Downtown Square, Conroe, 832-298-4161.

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    June 16, 2005

    Free to Jam

    Get the blues at the Eldorado Ballroom's Juneteenth Bash

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    April 14, 2005

    Make Mine a Guinness

    The author discovers his genetic Irishness

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    April 29, 2004
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    April 15, 2004

    Sonny Landreth

    Saturday, April 17

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    October 30, 2003

    Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws

    From: Step 2 U (Bridge Entertainment)

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    April 10, 2003
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    December 26, 2002

    Change of Beat

    Just like the rest of Houston, the local music scene saw plenty of ups and downs

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    June 14, 2001

    Squeeze City

    Mark Halata hopes his Texavian strains can be heard in a town full of accordions

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    May 31, 2001

    Old-School Rules

    Wilfred Chevis provides the link between Clifton Chenier and the Zydeco Dots

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    May 3, 2001

    Treasure Hunter

    Chris Strachwitz's 40-year journey through ethnic music deserves an arhoolie of its own

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    August 31, 2000

    Zydeco Kingdom

    Travelers and artists from all over descend on Opelousas, Louisiana, for its annual celebration

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    May 18, 2000

    Local Rotation

    Leon Sam and the Zydeco Dots

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    May 11, 2000


    Various Artists

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    November 18, 1999

    Gare-on-teed Phat

    L'il Brian Terry drags zydeco into the hip-hop era by mixing it with rap

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    October 14, 1999

    Zydeco Rap?

    Houston's Step Rideau drags Creole music into the '00s

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    September 2, 1999

    Zydeco's Birthplace

    Hint: It's where you're standing

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    August 5, 1999


    Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Verbena

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    August 13, 1998

    Night & Day

    August 13 - 19, 1998

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    April 2, 1998
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    May 29, 1997
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    January 25, 1996
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    March 16, 1995

    Ready for Home

    Sherman Robertson left for success; now he's returning for a shot of the Houston blues

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    December 15, 1994
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    September 8, 1994

    Zydeco Blues

    Are these the final days of the Continental, zydeco's original Houston home?

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