Chris Gray Day will be held in Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at The Continental Club complex, at 3701 Main, affectionately known to locals that live near and haunt the grounds as "The Island". Today Rocks Off gets to announce the first round of bands playing that day's festivities, benefiting Chris's medical bills, which are mounting.
The bonanza of bands gets started at 10 a.m. and runs until they throw us out (or 2 a.m., whichever you prefer. During the day, kids are allowed in the venues accompanied by a parent or guardian, but in the evening, the event is 21 and up.
The lineup was in part curated by Gray himself, from bands that submitted their info for the cause. A lot of these artists have an emotional connection with him, and he has covered many of them extensively for the Houston Press. These are our family friends in a sense.
You can purchase tickets for CGD or donate a little bit of cash at this Houston Press website, and this WordPress site is updated with the latest news on the benefit. As with the Austin show, expect us to drop a few more names as the event draws closer. Sadly, Bono has not returned my calls about U2 performing Achtung Baby in its entirety at the benefit.
The schedule is still somewhat tentative and could change, but basically this is it.
10 a.m. -- The Allen Oldies Band 11 a.m. -- David Beebee 3 12 p.m. -- Little Joe Washington 1 p.m. -- Texas Johnny Brown 2 p.m. -- Jesse Dayton & Friends 3 p.m. -- Flying Fish Sailors 4 p.m. -- Orange Is In 5 p.m. -- Texas Tycoons 6 p.m. -- Paula Nelson Band 7 p.m. -- Spain Colored Orange 8 p.m. -- CHangoMan 9 p.m. -- Electric Attitude 10 p.m. -- Wild Moccasins 11 p.m. -- Buxton 12 a.m. -- Pale 1 a.m. -- Horseshoe
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11:30 a.m. -- Umbrella Man 12:30 p.m. -- John Egan 1:30 p.m. -- Matt Harlan 2:30 p.m. -- Young Girls 3:30 p.m. -- Chase Hamblin 4:30 p.m. -- Allison Fisher Band 5:30 p.m. -- Miss Leslie 6:30 p.m. -- Jean Caffeine 7:30 p.m. -- TBA 8:30 p.m. -- Benjamin Wesley 9:30 p.m. -- The Mathletes 10:30 p.m. -- Poor Pilate 11:30 p.m. -- The Handshake 12:30 p.m. -- thelastplaceyoulook
Pachinko Hut (weather permitting, fingers crossed)
12:15 p.m. -- Paul Ramirez Band 1:15 p.m. -- Governors Chair 2:15 p.m. -- Zydeco Dots 3:15 p.m. -- Bright Men of Learning 4:15 p.m. -- ADream Asleep 5:15 p.m. -- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 6:15 p.m. -- Jealous Creatures 7:15 p.m. -- TBA 8:15 p.m. -- 4 Barrel Ramblers 9:15 p.m. -- TBA