[Ed. Note: We are not trying to encroach on Ms. Magnolia City Mixtape's territory, but once in a while the news piles up too fast to wait an entire week.]
- It's our party and we'll pimp if we want to: Perhaps you may have heard about this "Washington Shore" soiree Rocks Off is throwing at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Washington Avenue Drinkery. Don't let the above video scare you off; we promise none of those people will be there. OK, we can't do that, but it is early, so they probably won't be that wasted. And it's free.
- House of Blues Houston has openings for a singer/guitarist and drummer in its "Blues Schoolhouse" band, which performs at the International House of Blues Foundation's periodic programs for area fifth- through twelfth-graders. Pay is $70 per gig, and you must be available weekday mornings. Email email@example.com for more information; deadline is Monday, February 15.
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Discovery Green announced its spring music lineup this afternoon. Here's the rundown on the Thursday Concert Series, presented by Capitol One Bank. All shows are free and start at 6:30 p.m.
- May 6 - CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band: Second-generation zydeco doesn't come any spicier than Clifton's kid.
- May 13 - Skyrocket!: Houston's favorite Austin-based '70s-'80s pop/rock cover band. Who you callin' a tribute?
- May 20 - Soulhat: Bluesy Austin funk-rockers break out the "Bonecrusher."
- May 27 - Buxton, The Small Sounds: Local indie/roots-rock writ large.
- June 3 - Los Skarnales, Karina Nistal: Bueno double bill of ska-punk mainstays and Nistal's salsa-rap. Come dancing.
- June 10 - Mike Stinson, Robert Ellis & the Boys: Heavenly pairing of Houston honky-tonkers.
- June 17 - Sara Hickman, Leah White & the Magic Mirrors: Bring the family: Winsome singer-songwriters are equally popular with folkies and their kids.
- June 24 - Joe "King" Carrasco, David Beebe & the Conrads: Corpus beach bum Carrasco's quirky combo of Tex-Mex and B-52's New Wave was a hit regionally and on MTV - seriously - in the early '80s.
That's not all, either. The Green's "Blues and Burgers" Wednesday matinees (12-1:30 p.m.) welcome the Milton Hopkins Band (March 17), Texas Johnny Brown (March 24) and the Hustlers Brass Band (March 31), with more TBA. Finally, Nick Gaitan & the Umbrella Man bring some Gulf Coast soul to "Sundays In the Park" March 14 at 3 p.m. See www.discoverygreen.com for more information and about a million more events.