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Bayou Beat: Live Nation Goes All In, ZZ Top Tickets Up for Grabs, Meridian Rocks the Sabbath and More

Live Nation has outdone itself on its latest "No Service Fee" Wednesday. All day, $29.99 buys a lawn ticket - one lawn ticket, mind you - parking, all those pesky fees, a hot dog and a soda for any participating show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Once they figure out how to make beer a part of this (stupid TABC), it's really going to go through the roof.

Speaking of, Rocks Off still has a four-pack of lawn tickets up for grabs in our ZZ Top/Steven Tyler lookalike contest. We've only got a couple of entries so far, and as you can see from the photo above, the field is pretty much wide open. Email those pictures to [email protected] or [email protected].

Meridian is starting its "Rock the Sabbath" weekly wind-down (or wind-up) this Sunday in the club's new Meridian Sports Bar. DJ Bakka provides the power chords. Check these out: $2 domestic drafts, $3 wells, $4 Big Daddy's Bloody Marys, no cover for 21 and up. Rocks Off smells trouble. Starts at 9 p.m.

Want to read the full text of the resolution honoring Michael Jackson that Houston congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee introduced into the House this week? (Strangely enough, it was read before the House Foreign Affairs committee.) Click here. The Maya Angelou poem Queen Latifah read at Jackson's funeral Tuesday is here.

Curious how George Harrison got that guitar tone on "Tomorrow Never Knows" or which Beatles were actually in the same room with each other while recording Abbey Road? Ask Recording the Beatles authors Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan Sunday at the Hard Rock Cafe. Kehew and Ryan, who have also spun the knobs for Fiona Apple, Fleetwood Mac and the Ramones, will discuss the book starting at 2 p.m. The event is free for Recording Academy members and $50 for non-members. See [email protected] to get in.

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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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