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Bayou Beat: B L A C K I E on Tour, Michael Jackson Tribute at Discovery Green, Ticket Deals and More

Above is some video from B L A C K I E's performance Monday night at New Orleans' Dragon's Den, the first show of his mini-tour. The feedback-loving local rapper visits Baltimore Friday and Brooklyn's Afro!!Punk!!Fest!! Sunday.

Rocks Off has heard through the proverbial grapevine that there's a Michael Jackson tribute at Discovery Green tomorrow at 6 p.m. Dance Houston and several other local dance groups will be demonstrating how to do the "Thriller" dance just like those Filipino inmates.

Congratulations to @clickwindrepeat, who snagged the first T-shirt in our HPMA trivia Twitter contest. Keep DMing your guesses to @hprocksoff or @houstonpress for a chance to win four passes to the July 26 nominee showcase, though.

Also congratulations to Rocks Off's own Craig Hlavaty, who took second place in Internet Opinion at the Houston Press Club's Lone Star Awards over the weekend for his review of last November's Metallica show, which began with a "15-minute long manic jam of jangled nerves and sweat." Metal!

In this week's installment of Live Nation's "No Service Fee Wednesday," the promoter has cut fees from its four-pack and six-pack package deals good for any outdoor amphitheater show. See here for details. Meanwhile, the Arena Theatre is offering a two-for-one deal - buy one $50 ticket for Boyz II Men/Eric Benet tomorrow night and you get the exact same seat free for next week's Brian McKnight show.

Our own Hair Balls blog reports Geto Boy Willie D pled not guilty to all 15 counts of federal wire fraud he was indicted on and arrested back in May. D's next court appearance is a pre-trial conference scheduled for July 27.

If you're in Austin over the long holiday weekend, Eastside venue the Scoot Inn (1308 E. 4th St.) is hosting a memorial for late garage-rock pioneer Sky Sunlight Saxon, best known as founder and frontman of "You're Pushin' Too Hard" group the Seeds, at 6 p.m. Sunday. Dogs welcome.

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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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