Houston Music

7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: A Fistful of Soul, Waylon Tribute, Etc.

Houston's favorite happenin' soul/funk/R&B/rocksteady/ska DJ night, A Fistful of Soul, returns to the Big Top about 10 p.m. this evening. Free.

Say happy birthday to DJ Wes Wallace, who has been named "Best Dance Club DJ" by this publication more than ten times, at "Classic Numbers" this evening.

He may not play much Ministry or Cure, but Miller Outdoor Theatre programming director Reg "Third Degree" Burns will probably school you in some of his favorite funk and jazz sides free tonight at Leon's Lounge. While Reg is away, the Houston Symphony is playing Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnole and a bunch of other stuff at Miller - and this would be a good time to plug Houston native and jazz/R&B legend Joe Sample's free Juneteenth show in Hermann Park too.

Brainy Houston punk veterans The Anarchitex visit Super Happy Fun Land this evening with Vex, Bald Eagle Burger and Ken Jones' Subpoena.

Are you sure Joe Ely done it this way? Wait a second. Waylon Jennings would have been 75 years old this weekend, and Uncle Lucius, Matt Harlan & Rachel Jones, Brad Boyer and Al Staehely have put together a little tribute at the Firehouse Saloon. The $15 cover goes to the Waylon Fund. Can you believe it's been more than ten years since he died?

Rockers Espantapajaros and Amplified Heat share a wild and wooly bill Saturday at Mango's. Bring earplugs.

One last plug for Houston "jazz" band Free Radicals, who release their first CD in eight years, the whopping 23-track The Freedom Fence, Saturday at Fitz with a slew of special guests: Samaa Soul, Soular Grooves, Havikoro and members of H.I.S.D.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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