Albert Einstein once said that the only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Obviously Einstein didn't factor the Turkey of the Year, a creature with a seemingly infinite capacity for senseless, ludicrous and ill-advised decisions, into the equation. This has been ... More >>
The organizers of the 2015 PRIDE Houston have agreed to move festivities from the weekend of Juneteenth to a later date after a number of community members spoke out about the conflicting dates. PRIDE organizers had originally scheduled the annual parade a week earlier than last year's festivities, ... More >>
These days Veterans Day is simply a holiday celebrating veterans and their service. That's it. But the U.S. version of this holiday used to be a much bigger deal, and in the days before that it was actually another holiday entirely, Armistice Day. Today some people will definitely remember and may ... More >>
This weekend marked the second time Open Carry Texas planned to march in one of Houston's historically African American neighborhoods. And, for the second time, the Open Carry Texas folks called it off. Why? Well, things got pretty ugly last week when representatives of the Fifth Ward, led by Quan ... More >>
The 1975: Wed., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., $35. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston, 713-225-8551. Afton Live: With WellWell, Brenna Haffey & Guests., Sun., July 20, 5:30 p.m., $11 to $13. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Allison Fisher: Sat., June 28, 10 p.m., Free. Big Top Lounge, 3 ... More >>
Tamar Braxton House of Blues, June 16 Tamar Braxton is a thoroughly diversified modern R&B diva. Besides music, her portfolio includes a clothing line, book (last year's Love and War, which she co-wrote with husband Vince Herbert), two reality shows (Braxton Family Values and Tamar and Vince) and a ... More >>
Who should be producing Xscape?
More than two years after opening, BBVA Compass Stadium will finally host its first concert in a little more than two months - and it's a big one. Earlier this afternoon the stadium and 93.7 The Beat announced they would bring a who's who of hip-hop and R&B stars to the home of the Dynamo, Dash and ... More >>
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 >>
A civil trial is underway in Harris County District Court, with county attorneys seeking an injuction that would forbid 16 alleged gang members --including a man who was later arrested and charged for the June 2012 shooting that killed three people and wounded popular Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth - ... More >>
When I first heard about the theme of the 2013 Foodways Texas symposium, I was wary: two-and-a-half days of barbecue panels, meals and talks. Two-and-a-half days? Not that there isn't fertile ground to plow for topics, but the sheer amount of time devoted to discussions of smoked meat seemed excessi ... More >>
Looking back over the major music-related stories around Houston the past 11 and a half months, 2012 was light on the kind of headlines you'll usually see in a year-end "music scene" recap: Obituaries, arrests, venues closing down, malfeasance, bad behavior, that sort of thing. There was some of tha ... More >>
The tradition of open-pit barbecues in Texas is older than you think.
Trae Tha Truth Releases Statement on Wednesday's ABN Shooting HPD Releases ABN Shooting Report: Poppa C Was Target Reports: ABN's Dinky D, Poppa C Shot Dead Outside Strip Club: A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline Houston Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting that killed three pe ... More >>
And so, after all these years of condofication, it has come to this: one last row of shotgun houses in the Fourth Ward. The transformation from funky and proud Freedmen's Town to go-go, oontz-oontz Midtown is almost complete. Gone or boarded up are several historic churches, the Fa Real bar, King ... More >>
Moments ago, Houston rapper Trae tha Truth released a statement about the shootings at the southwest Houston cabaret Diamond Club (formerly Scores) where he was wounded in the parking lot after performing a Juneteenth concert at the nearby Club Blue. One other person was wounded and three people wer ... More >>
See Rocks Off's timeline of other Houston rap-related shootings. According to several Twitter updates including by Bun B, two members of Houston rap crew Assholes by Nature, Dinky D and Poppa C, were shot and killed outside the Diamond Club on Westpark around 3 a.m. Wednesday. One other person was ... More >>
Today is Juneteenth, a celebration that began in Texas but has spread across the country as a celebration of black culture. It is the coolest national holiday, for five reasons: 5. The name itself Thank God it's not known as The 19th of June, or even the other proposed names, like the clunky Emanc ... More >>
Houston's favorite happenin' soul/funk/R&B/rocksteady/ska DJ night, A Fistful of Soul, returns to the Big Top about 10 p.m. this evening. Free. Say happy birthday to DJ Wes Wallace, who has been named "Best Dance Club DJ" by this publication more than ten times, at "Classic Numbers" this evening.
Employees to Carey: Slow your roll.Here in post-racial America, where having a black president gives Americans a carte blanche to throw political and humane correctness to the wind, race is something to be joked about at all times. It's Juneteenth, the day reserved to celebrate the end of sla ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Miller Theatre Advisory BoardGlen David Andrews (left) and "Mardi Gras Indian" Terrence GasperSunday's Juneteenth extravaganza at Miller Outdoor Theatre proved to be another chapter in why, here at Rocks Off, we love our town. In spite of Hades-like mid-afternoon temperatur ... More >>
HFD: Another racism lawsuit, although this time the plaintiff is representing himselfA noose found hanging in a locker. The word "Nigger" spelled in graffiti on an African-American woman's dressing quarters. Sadly, the Houston Fire Department has for years been plagued with acts and allegations o ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresRap is a cultural celebration of telling, through music, what it is real today, right now; not what was real two years ago as happened on June 19, 1865 when word finally reached Galveston that President Lincoln had freed the slaves... two years previous. At midnight on ... More >>
[Note: Part 1 is here, and the Eating Our Words entry that inspired this series is here.] To tell the story of music in the Fifth Ward with anything like the sweep it deserves, we will have to go way back to the 19th century. On a November day in 1898, Beulah Thomas was born to Fanny Bradley an ... More >>
Houston Ebony Guild marks the holiday with music from composers Adolphus Hailstork, Robert Morris and Houstons own Lela Anderson in African American Spirituals: The Tradition Renewed
Talk about a slow boat
Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event
The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 81-90 and 91-100. 80. “Please Come Home for Christmas,” Charles Brown, 1960. A minor hit for Texas City’s Brown, the song has endured for decades to become the second of his Yuletide staples. Think you’re miserable at Christmas? ... More >>
Emerging playwrights take on hard-hitting topics
Let's hope we see more entertainment like The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats at Miller next year. Houston is a diverse major American city, yes? A melting pot, if you will. So why in the name of Bill White would the folks at Miller Outdoor Theater and Miller Theatre Advisory Board need to assemb ... More >>
Former Houstonian Charles Kathryn McGuire has been a millionaire, a transvestite, a socialite, a political candidate and a woman. Now, with son James's first play on stage in New York City, she's Daddy Kathryn.