7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Prom Night, Rocky Hill, Yann Tiersen, Etc.

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Sorry we're late this week, but the good ol' Allen Oldies Band wants to help you start your weekend by rocking your socks off this evening at Natachee's Supper & Punch. Also, it's Prom Night down the street at the Continental Club.

Boondocks is promising "Nu Disco, Italo, Cosmic Synth, Nu No Wave, Punk Funk, Early House & Electro, Nu Indie Dance" at this month's Slave to the Beat, hosted tonight by Ceeplus Bad Knives, Mr. Castillo and guest Scorpio. That all sounds very sophisticated, but we hope they save a little room for Donna Summer's "Last Dance," too.

Don't forget one of the Houston Press's featured artists this week, Grady Gaines, celebrates his 78th birthday by blowing a mean sax at The Big Easy. The dance floor here is going to be fun.

Longtime local blues-rocker Kenny Cordray (co-author of ZZ Top's "Francine") teams up with ex-Heart bassist Mark Andes's group Love Street to release his new album It Takes Everything tonight at Warehouse Live. Special guests, and there are many, include Sol 34 and the Apostles. Cordray also plays an in-store 1 p.m. Saturday at Cactus Music.

Also at Cactus Saturday, at 2 p.m. -- and this is so cool Rocks Off was going to write an entire blog about it until the day got away from us -- is a listening party for Rocky Hill's album The Lost Legend. If that name sounds familiar, Rocky Hill was the older brother of this weekend's birthday boy Dusty Hill and the original guitarist in American Blues, the band composed of the Hill brothers and a certain drummer named Frank Beard. Sadly, Rocky Hill died in 2009, but some considered him the best blues guitarist to ever come from Texas, Johnny Winter and Top's Billy F. Gibbons included. For any number of reasons, The Lost Legend is only being released now (hence the name, we suppose). Rocks Off will have more on this Monday.

The third of Saturday's Cactus in-stores is French Amélie composer Yann Tiersen, who brings his Europop touring band to Fitzgerald's later that evening.

This weekend's "Rock Without Shame" pick is easy: .38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Folk Family Revival at Sam Houston Race Park. Hold on loosely.

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