A number of bands who played the recent Houston Beer Fest are now upset with the promoters, claiming they bounced checks to as many as 20 acts who appeared, as well as some vendors. Meanwhile, the promoters say they are digging out from a huge financial hole resulting from scheduled headliner Rick R ... More >>
Just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Houston Beer Fest announced that Rick Ross would be "unable to perform...due to a medical emergency" via Facebook and Twitter. The Mississippi-born William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name, has made a habit of canceling shows in Houston, last abandonin ... More >>
Ume Fitzgerald's, June 6 Former Houstonians Ume have been threatening a national breakthrough for a few years now, advancing to the finals of a Rolling Stone "choose the cover" contest in 2011, but it's just a matter of time, really. The now Austin-based trio excels at both aggressive riff-rockers ... More >>
National Doughnut Day @ Dunkin' Donuts Friday, all day All locations You may not know this, but National Doughnut Day is always celebrated on the first Friday in June, and that is today. Of course, any day is a good day to have a doughnut, but Dunkin' Donuts wants to help you celebrate this food ho ... More >>
After several years of financial troubles, the nonprofit that produces the Houston International Festival will file for federal bankruptcy protection this week, according to a report in today's Houston Chronicle that claims spending has begun to exceed income by as much as $250,000 a year and has le ... More >>
Phantogram Warehouse Live, April 25 Upstate New York duo Phantogram will scratch that same after-hours electro-pop itch as School of Seven Bells' enchanting 2012 LP Ghostory. Josh Carter and Sarah Bechtel slide dusty hip-hop beats around the kind of shoegazey sounds that were made for shutting your ... More >>
It's not just dollars and cents that makes the Galveston Bay oil spill such terrible news
The Texas Humane Legislative Network pushes for animal-friendly laws, and encourages responsible ownership, a la spaying and neutering your pet. But it appears that the Network itself is neutered when it comes to supporting its dedicated volunteers. We're talking about an alleged incident where the ... More >>
Waxahatchee Mango's, April 4 Right now acoustic folk is a sleeping giant within the music industry, but Katie Crutchfield (who works under the stage name Waxahatchee) is one name to have on your radar. If you're a fan of acts like Screaming Females, Hop Along and Laura Stevenson, you'll likely find ... More >>
Find out where to celebrate in the Bayou City.
Every great band requires a great timekeeper. The man behind the drum set for Houston Press Music Award winners The Suffers is named Nick Zamora. He's one of those dudes who just gets it, man. The guy is a musician's musician, who can keep time, sing back-up vocals, act as a sound man, and book you ... More >>
Anthony Green: With Dave Davison, Brick Mortar., Wed., November 27, 7 p.m., $15 to $21. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Backspace On the Run: Benefitting Evelyn's Park Conservancy., Sat., December 7, 7 p.m., $25. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Brian McK ... More >>
Forro In the Dark Fans expecting to hear gentle renditions of the lilting folk melodies of northeastern Brazil from Forro In the Dark were probably initially shocked, but ultimately awed, by the New York City quintet's high energy and relentlessly rhythmic live set. The group played both days of th ... More >>
With nerves on edge after Monday's Boston Marathon explosions, officials at the Houston International Festival and City of Houston say they are up to the challenge of meeting the security needs of an event that organizers believe will bring some 200,000 people to the streets of downtown Houston this ... More >>
The Houston Blues Museum is hoping to jump-start its campaign for a permanent home for its growing collection of recordings and other artifacts related to the city's rich blues history, which the foundation behind it hopes will become everything from a community center to a tourist attraction. Thi ... More >>
Before we wrap up for the weekend (and Summer Fest), Rocks Off would like to call our readers' attention to something our sister blog Art Attack posted earlier this afternoon. Abby Koenig attended the opening reception for "Blues In All Its Colors," at the Heritage Society in Sam Houston Park. The ... More >>
The Houston International Festival officially announced its 2012 lineup this morning. The music is heavy on Latin-flavored rock, reggae and funk, with Texas well-represented as always and an exceedingly rare Houston appearance by Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat giant Fela, and his group Egypt 80. Among ... More >>
Jason WolterTexas Connection: Joe Ely, Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt (not pictured)See lots more iFest pictures from Saturday and Sunday (and some food) in our slideshows. Yes, it was hot at iFest this weekend. Houston hot. Sunday afternoon, partway through Lucinda Williams' surprisi ... More >>
GroovehouseJimmie Vaughan (left) and his band gave the large iFest crowd some saxual healing Saturday.Lots more iFest in our slideshows: The bands, the performers, the crowds and even the food. For something that was still going on 24 hours ago, the first weekend of the Houston International ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org ... More >>
Boz Scaggs turns to jazz, knows his Lightnin' Hopkins.
The Houston International Festival, better known as iFest, announced its 2011 lineup late Thursday night. Here are some of the highlights: FRIDAY, APRIL 29 World Stage: Kronos Quartet feat. Homayun Sakhi; Houston Youth Symphony String Quartet; Houston Grand Opera SATURDAY, APRIL 30 World ... More >>
In time for summer, the park's had a facelift.
Better music than ACL and fewer hippies
The last three weeks of this month promise to be hard on your wallet, eardrums and liver
Q&A with the master of funk
Musicians from far and wide are "Bringing Back the Big Easy"
Cozy up to India at the International Festival
Outside the gates of the Forbidden City
The party is tall and sexy at Forbidden City
Strap on a red ribbon and walk for AIDS awareness
Matthew Ritchie puts the finishing touches on a complete cosmology
(Houston Sculpture 2000)
March 18 - 24, 1999
July 30 - August 5, 1998
May 14 - 20, 1998
Two decades ago, the Burkitt Foundation saved the historic enclave of Hyde Park. But now the foundation is pulling out, and Hyde Park -- as well as many of the social service agencies it houses -- may really become a thing of the past.
1996 Summer Guide