It's crawfish season, as Rocks Off may have mentioned recently. All weekend - today through Sunday, in other words - the Houston Blues Society is sponsoring the stage at the Kemah Crawfish Festival, featuring dependable locals such as Mojofromopolis, the Paul Ramirez Band, Texas Johnny Brown, Don Kesee & the Blues Masters, Tommy Dardar and Hamilton Loomis. Get there early Sunday for a special showcase by this year's Jimmy "T-99" Nelson Scholarship Award winners Rebecca Laird and Eric Hoovestal, featuring Rich Del Grosso. $12 for a three-day pass.
Rocks Off has no idea what "Untangle My Tongue: A Sound Installation" at the Orange Show might be, but it's an "immersive experience" featuring Robert McClure, Dan Gelok, Aaron Guillory and musicians from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Starts early, too (6 p.m.), with a "beer sampling" by St. Arnold's. Sounds intriguing, to say the least.
Outside-the-Loop gig of the weekend: Blaggards at R&R Sports Bar & Grill in Rocks Off's own hometown of Friendswood. Apparently the stout Irish rockers have new T-shirts.
Cactus Music gets ready for record store day next weekend with an in-store by flamenco-laced Austin rockers and Dan Electro's regulars Del Castillo Saturday at 1 p.m.
Scott H. Biram and Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys might just hurt you Saturday night at the Continental Club. Our neighbors in New England might say Biram's new Bloodshot album, Bad Ingredients, is wicked awesome. $10 cover will leave you lots of beer money, and you'll need it.
Houston would be a much less interesting place without local moustache-twirling man-about-town and friend of Rocks Off Mills-McCoin. No doubt that will be double true after his "Rock & Roll Circus" Saturday. Also at the Orange Show - good weekend to visit the East End - it features Roky Moon & BOLT in one of their last shows EVER!, Blackie Dammett, Poor Pilate, The Handshake, Kam Franklin an improv troupe, clowns, and a Very Special Guest as "The Strongman." Rocks Off has said too much already.
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Every so often, Rocks Off is willing to stretch the boundaries of what we define as "cheap." This would be one of those times: Tickets are on sale now for the "Fresh Music Festival" coming to Reliant Arena May 26 (aka Memorial Day Saturday) and featuring Keith Sweat, K-Ci & JoJo, SWV, Guy and host Keith Sweat. They do cost $45 (available through Ticketmaster), but that breaks down to about $2 per sexy-ass slow jam, so really you're coming out ahead.
Get a head start on easing into Monday at NightCulture's "We [Heart] Sundays" at Stereo Live. DJ Mishka spins house on the terrace from 4-9 p.m., then Surain takes over with electro and dubstep in the loft from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free for 21 and up; $5 for under.