6 Cool & Cheap Summer Fest Alternatives: Accordion Kings & Queens, Etc.

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Believe it or not -- although you'd have a hard time convincing anyone in this office of that right now -- for the next two days Houstonians will go right on eating, drinking, sleeping, driving, praying, shopping, working out, raising their children or whatever else it is they do in this city on a weekend, and be completely unaware of Free Press Summer Fest until they see it on the 10 p.m. news.

Rocks Off does not know very many of these people, and we certainly do not understand them. Stay tuned for more details on how you can keep up with exactly what we're doing out at Tinsley, wherever you might be. However, we understand that FPSF is just not everyone's cup of tea, so here are a few other musical events this weekend we might check out ourselves were we not communing with our neighbors out by the bayou. Might.

Here's a great one to start with. The 23rd annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival, presented by Texas Folklife Resources, returns to Miller Outdoor Theatre at 7 p.m. tomorrow to celebrate the rich heritage of Texas folk music via one very special (if a little cumbersome) instrument. This year's lineup is as strong as ever, with Los Texmaniacs featuring Mingo Saldivar and Flaco Jimenez, Dora and the Entourage, the Ennis Czech Boys and last year's "Big Squeeze" champ Ignacio Morales. Free, but tickets are required for the covered seating area.

One of Houston's more creatively themed psychobilly bands of the past few years, 13 Black Coffins, plays a reunion show tonight at Mango's with Ese, Zipperneck, the Failed Attempt, Benedict Arnold and DJ Twinkle Toes.

Enjoy an evening of bluesy but laid-back rock and roll with Houston's Runway Sun tonight at the Continental Club, as Andrew Karnavas and mates celebrate the release of their new CD, Let's Run. Here is a preview of both the new disc and the show.

Arizona's Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, which sprang from the mind of the man behind the Refreshments (and the King of the Hill theme), bring their fun-loving, high-energy honky-tonk roots rock to the Firehouse Saloon tonight.

Cactus Music has three free, air-conditioned in-stores (with free beer) Saturday: Infantree (1 p.m.), John Fullbright (3 p.m.) and 23 Shades (5 p.m.)

Saturday night is also a great one for blues badasses. Chicago guitarist Guitar Shorty, who has been likened to a "caged tiger," stops by The Big Easy. Shorty, who has some Houston roots, has a style also best described by the title of his latest album, Bare Knuckle. Across town, local legend Texas Johnny Brown, one of Rocks Off's picks for FPSF 2013, plays the Shakespeare Pub out in Memorial. That one's absolutely free.

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