9 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Alkari, Black Bananas, Chico Trujillo, Etc.

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Pot-luck show of the weekend: ElecTrick, The Space Villains and Los Area 51 tonight at Rudyard's. Free.

It's the big Art Car Weekend, if you haven't heard, and you can get a peek at Saturday's parade at Discovery Green tonight at 6:30 with two solid hours of a murderer's row of local blues greats honoring their elder statesman, I.J. Gosey. Scheduled to appear are Texas Johnny Brown, Trudy Lynn, Sonny Boy Terry, Gloria Edwards, Lady D, Jewel Dixon, Golden Boy and more, backed by Blues 4 Two Plus 2 (Peewee Stephens, Pops Stewart, Don Kesee and Chris Perry). There will be a special presentation to Gosey himself and his patron Mr. Gino, owner of the venerable Sunnyside juke joint, by Houston blues scholar Dr. Roger Wood.

The Station Museum of Contemporary Art (1502 W. Alabama) is hosting this year's Free Press Summer Fest Artist Series Poster Show, featuring artists such as Jermaine Rogers, Shelby Hohl, Brian Taylor and many others showing off the posters they created for some of this year's headliners like Afrojack Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, the Descendents and Pink Floyd the Flaming Lips. Keep the FPSF party going Saturday with the chance to win a Fancy Pants pass for your entire team in the Summer Fest Scavenger Quest. Meet at Fitzgerald's at 2 p.m.

Houston rockers Alkari release their new CD Blackout Falls with a "who isn't playing?" upstairs/downstairs show at Fitz Saturday with the Dead Revolt, New York City Queens, Michael Booher (formerly of Austin's Zykos), Featherface and Super Robot Party (down), then Three Wheeler, The Wheel Workers, Electric Attitude, the Manichean and themselves (up). Man-about-town Mills-McCoin, recently of the Rock & Roll Circus, acts as emcee. Watch an upcoming issue of the Press for a review of Blackout Falls; it's a keeper. Free for 21 and up; $5 for under.

This sounds scary, but it could be fun, too: A '90s dance party Saturday at Boondocks. That flyer is enough to make us want to go all by itself, especially if someone promises to run that Fresh Prince of Bel-Air clip where Carlton went on Soul Train. Free for 21 & up.

We're still getting over MCA's death, but even the Beastie Boys would gladly tell you that you can't front on Houston mellow fellow Devin the Dude, who released "You'll Be Satisfied," the first single from his upcoming Seriously Trippin EP, last week. Devin blows smoke up House of Blues Saturday night with his trusty friends the Coughee Brothaz. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of the show.

Chilean rocker Chico Trujillo wraps up his leg of Texas shows Sunday at the Continental Club. Expect dancing, and lots of it: Trujillo brought "an orgy of percussion layered with brass, organ, ska guitar and even some prominent slide-whistling" to his appearance at iFest last month, wrote Rocks Off's Nathan Smith. Los Skarnales open, making this sound even better, and doors open at 7 p.m (better still). Tickets at Sig's Lagoon's Web site.

Mmmmm...Cop Warmth...Mango's. Sunday. White Suns, the Chemicals, Noguey and Electric Sleep will do their best to make sure you won't even make it that far.

If you remember Royal Trux and then RTX, two of the trashiest bands in the entire annals of '90s and '00s scuzz-rock, you'll want to be at Walter's Sunday for the "Drag City All-Stars Show" featuring Black Bananas, RTX queen Jennifer Herrema's latest endeavor into the realms of sleaze and noise. Joining her are Dwarr, described as a "cult bedroom-metal legend," and Magik Markers.

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