Jon Cleary

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    The Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Blues Clubs

    Like our neighbors over at Eating Our Words, Rocks Off would like to tell you about some places that didn't quite make the cut in our few most recent Best of Houston issues (categories change every year, mostly), but that are worthy on their own merits; today we begin our weekly journey with blues c ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Jon Cleary, New Orleans R&B Piano Master, Makes Rare Visit

    Rick Olivier​The last time Rocks Off saw Jon Cleary, he was hammering his piano like a blacksmith at the Big Easy, totally surrounded by adoring blues fans - so many, in fact, that it was difficult to even get a glimpse of the British-born pianist from the rear of the crowd. Cleary and his ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Skarnales, Escovedo, Gaines Make Rockin' Nightlife Tour

    Photos by Lisa RosatoLos Skarnales​Friday was one of those nights when Rocks Off wished we operated one of those "show you the nightlife" tour buses filled with people from Omaha, Chicago, Des Moines, and Berlin. When's the last time Houston had a gentle north wind cooling the evening in mid-M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Lonesome Onry And Mean's Top 11 Shows Of 2010

    Jason WolterToots & the Maytals at House of Blues, May 2​Along with the season of shopping madness and suicidal depression comes the season for Best-ofs. Live show-wise, 2010 was very benevolent to Lonesome Onry and Mean. Some of our favorites from 2010: 11. Jon Cleary, The Big Easy: Cleary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Friday Night: Dr. John At House of Blues And Jon Cleary At The Big Easy

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Dr. John/Jon Cleary House of Blues/The Big Easy August 20, 2010 In spite of all the BS whining that we don't "support the local scene" or that we have our head up somebody's ass, it's a great time to be a music journalist in Houston. Friday night was no exception, as Af ... More >>

  • Music

    September 18, 2008