5. THE SHAKESPEARE PUB Congratulations to the owner of Shakespeare Pub for the place's spruced-up digs. Now patrons can enjoy acts like the James Reese Band and Little Terry Rogers in plusher surroundings, not to mention sliding all night to zydeco. Of the nervous sort when it comes to public danci ... More >>
Bobby Lewis, whose no-cover Blue Monday jams at his Third Ward juke joint Miss Ann's Playpen welcomed professionals and amateurs alike and became legendary among the Houston blues community, passed away over the weekend from a number of health problems. His age was unknown. Reg Burns, Director of F ... More >>
"I know it when I see it." - Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, on correctly identifying pornography. Also applies to dive bars. The dive distinction is complicated. Used to be you could stick a bar in the non-dive phylum if a web jukebox were present. But nowadays there are dives that still fee ... More >>
Lightnin' Hopkins marker photo by Matthew KeeverIt was a real pleasure for Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean to bring you this week's Houston Press cover story, "Old School," but it was also bittersweet. Not to put too fine a point on it, but none of these people are getting any younger - ... More >>
Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.
Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. This is our final installment. Great Houston blues guitarists makes a long and storied list indeed, arguably headed up by Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson ... More >>
Mark C. AustinJandek (right) and trio at Rudyard's... who says we're not hip? As we may have mentioned, Rocks Off was none too pleased when we read The New York Times' most recent article on Houston in this past Sunday's travel section and found exactly zero mentions of anything music-related. Th ... More >>
Jay LeeLast year around this time, Rocks Off and our buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean both got caught up in multi-day musical benders that left us both dazed and confused (conditions from which some would argue we have never fully recovered). Although our respective paths through those days were very ... More >>
Readers weigh in on the ongoing mystery
Craig Hlavaty The Imani School Student Jazz Ensemble Craig Hlavaty Erykah BaduRocks Off is still in the very early recovery stages from this weekend, which was one of the most satisfying musical whirlwinds he's been sucked into in quite some time. He started off Friday evening at  ... More >>
I never thought I'd be so glad to see a Monday. I've been in the midst of a musical onslaught since 7 p.m. Wednesday night. The week went something like this: Miss Leslie and Heather Myles at Under the Volcano; ditto for Thursday, only the venue was Blanco's. Friday evening I traveled with my son to ... More >>
Note: As of Friday, Sherman Robertson, Texas Johnny Brown, Jackie Gray, the El Orbits, I.J. Gosey, Diunna Greenleaf and of course Little Joe himself were scheduled to appear. 4 p.m. today at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899 or www.continentalclub.com/houston.html.
Houston-area bluesman Earl Gilliam, who turned 79 Tuesday, was hospitalized earlier this month for a partially collapsed lung. He's home and recovering now, but still unable to perform. However, his birthday show with the Earl Gilliam Blues Revue, originally scheduled for last Friday, will pro ... More >>
Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event
The twisted history of "Tighten Up"
The Bayou City's biggest festival continues making strides toward total recovery
Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4, at Sunnyside Park, 3502 Bellfort. Step Rideau, Sherman Robertson, Rick Marcel, Kyle Turner, Bridgette Taylor, Michael Ward, Werner Richard, Rayvon Foster, Caliente and Ernest Walkerd are also on the bill.
The Third Ward gets down and artsy with the "48 Hours" fest
The blues is back -- rawer and louder (and punker) than ever
Miss Ann's Playpen
Project Row Houses revives the old Eldorado Ballroom
Sunday, January 5
Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13
Miss Ann's Playpen
Space City's tallest and shortest musicians rule the 2002 Houston Press Music Awards
Music Mayhem, Poisoned Pooch, In the John
South Park Mexican carves out his place in history with the 2001 Music Awards
Juke joints and the decay of time: Project Row Houses has a contagious case of the blues
The blues make the first day of the week seem less so at Miss Ann's Playpen
Coming This Week
Decades down the line, Sherman Robertson has finally made an album he likes
Sherman Robertson left for success; now he's returning for a shot of the Houston blues