Ezra Charles

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Bars For Out-of-Town Guests

    Note: this article originally appeared on October 3, 2014. Happy Thanksgiving! So you've got out-of-towners coming in -- old friends, relatives, business prospects from Minneapolis, Titans fans in for a hit-and-run NFL weekend, or whatever. Now the burden is upon you, the local-scene guru, to show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Modest Mouse, Olivia Newton-John, etc.

    Modest Mouse Bayou Music Center, November 7 Nearly capsizing after 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank baffled most of the latecomer fans who arrived with 2004's unlikely Top 40 single "Float On," idiosyncratic Washington State indie-rockers Modest Mouse have stayed on the road and out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Bars to Take Out-of-Towners

    So you've got out-of-towners coming in -- old friends, relatives, business prospects from Minneapolis, Titans fans in for a hit-and-run NFL weekend, or whatever. Now the burden is upon you, the local-scene guru, to show them the town. You've told them how great Houston is, how much you enjoy living ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 1, 2014

    The 2014 Houston Cinco de Mayo Guide

    Houston offers up lots of Cinco de Mayo fun.

  • Music

    August 15, 2013

    Lucky 2013

    The silver-anniversary Houston Press Music Awards ceremony was a memorable one.

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    The 2013 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    Without fail, the Houston Press Music Awards sneak up on us. Last year, when the HPMAs returned to the dog days of summer after a one-year Thanksgiving holiday, only a few short months fell between the 2011 trophies and 2012 nomination ballot. This time it's been several months longer, but feels jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend: 4/20, Record Store Day, iFest, Etc.

    Today is 4/20, and you know what that means. (Or do you? We always forget.) One thing it means is that Art Inst., Ese, Big Gerb & the Bearded Bandidos and Secret Society are playing a show tonight at Walter's. Come hungry. Houston House of Creeps is trying to raise enough money to buy a new PA, so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Gene Kurtz, "Treat Her Right" Co-Writer, Passes Away

    Photo by Winker​Bassist Gene Kurtz, who co-wrote Roy Head's 1965 hit "Treat Her Right" and went on to play with a wide range of artists across rock, R&B, jazz and country, passed away Sunday night, according to a post on his Facebook page. Kurtz had just celebrated his 69th birthday last week. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Houstonians Place High In International Blues Contest

    ​This past week, Ezra Charles & the Works and The Mighty Orq, both long-running pillars of the local blues scene, each represented Houston and the Houston Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. The week-long competition brought in 110 performers from all over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    King Street Patriots Party Hardy At The Rice Lofts

    Finding a watch party in Houston for election night was a bit of a chore. About the only thing in town was Bill White's, and since Hair Balls already had that covered, we had to look elsewhere. Even the New Black Panthers can't stop us​We decided on the King Street Patriots' bash at the Rice Lofts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    We're Buzzed About Houston Beer Week

    foshydog​From October 11 to 17, local taprooms, eateries, breweries and beer aficionados will join forces to pay homage to all the creative combinations of hops, malt, yeast and water - better known as beer. The first ever Houston Beer Week will be eight days of beer magic taking place in Hous ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    iFest Unveils Complete Lineup

    Since we're already playing hangman today, here's another riddle: What do America's finest genre-hopping Latino band, Houston's best Guinness-chugging rockers, a daughter of the nation's premiere gospel family, a perennially unsung honky-tonker who sounds like the ghost of Hank Williams, a bayou-bor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    The Bolivar Ferry Is Back, Baby

    It's back! As of six o'clock this morning, service on the Bolivar Ferry has resumed. The biggest job in getting the boats back in service wasn't any damage to the ships themselves; rather it was dredging a bay that had been transformed by Ike. There was minor damage to boats and facilities, but th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007

    Noise for Toys

    Mucky Duck does it for Christmas

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2007

    Ring in the Holidays at Charles Brown Blues Fest

    Earlier this week, a radio station in Kansas City caused all kinds of red flags to go up by switching to all Christmas music before it was even Halloween. Now two stations in Chicago have followed suit, and if Sunny 99.1 waits all the way until Thanksgiving to make the switch, it will surprise the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2007

    Uncle John Turner, 1944-2007

    Legendary Texas roots-music drummer Uncle John Turner passed away today at Austin’s Seton Hospital from complications of hepatitis C. He was 62. Turner was born and raised in Port Arthur, where he first played with Jerry LaCroix. Later he hooked up with Johnny and Edgar Winter, eventually convinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2006

    Bring Back the Jams!

    Greg Levitt Michael Haaga, your 2005 Local Musician of the Year The Music Awards are coming! The Music Awards are coming! To whet your appetite, we put together a list of all the winners of selected categories going back to the inception of the awards in 1990. Who will join this august body of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 30, 2006
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    August 5, 2004

    ¡Viva H-town!

    Latinos come to the fore in this year's music awards

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Music Awards Survey

    A rundown of every act on this year's bill

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Change of Beat

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

  • News

    January 3, 2002

    Lay of the Land

    Houston headed toward hard times: sports flops, floods and transit duds. If only city fathers could find a proven leader, an energy executive with a KEN-do attitude.

  • Dining

    November 30, 2000

    Sixteenth-Note Snappers

    Speaking off the toque: Carl Johnston

  • Music

    February 17, 2000


    Rick's World!

  • Music

    January 13, 2000


    Out In Sight

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    He Will Survive

    Houston piano man Ezra Charles has outlasted even his worst enemies

  • News

    July 29, 1999
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    November 5, 1998
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    October 8, 1998
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    July 16, 1998
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    April 2, 1998
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    March 12, 1998
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    October 9, 1997
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    August 21, 1997
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    July 24, 1997
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    July 10, 1997
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    June 26, 1997
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    May 29, 1997
  • Music

    August 8, 1996

    Sounds Like a Winner!

    1996 Houston Press Music Awards

  • Music

    July 25, 1996
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    June 27, 1996
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    February 15, 1996
  • News

    August 31, 1995
  • Music

    January 5, 1995
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    December 22, 1994

    Cybersurfing the Lost Highway

    Tone Zone puts its new product on-line; Ezra Charles flogs his the old-fashioned way

  • Music

    September 1, 1994

    Juicy Stuff

    Ames gets sued; the Juice -- Brutal and O.J.-- take to vinyl

  • News

    July 28, 1994

    Hot Sounds in the City

    The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards

  • Music

    July 21, 1994

    Miss Molly and Mattress Mac, Too

    The Houston Press has its very own blowout extraordinaire

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