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HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Mikey & the Drags, "Garage-Rockin' Good Times"

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In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.

To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for? You're speaking with Mikey and we're nominated for Best Garage.

Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Andrew Lee, drums; Austin Sepulvado, organ/vocals; Chris Oddo, bass/vocals; and Mikey, guitar/lead vocals.

Describe your band in four to seven words. Garage-rockin' good times.

Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? I would have to say The Sonics. They were so ahead of their time and knew how to write a rockin' tune!

What recordings (if any) do you have readily available? Currently we have our 45 available at some of the coolest record stores in Houston (Cactus, Heights Vinyl, Vinal Edge, Sig's Lagoon). And on our Bandcamp.

Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? We were nominated in the same category last year.

Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? We usually play at least twice month in town. The venues we've found ourselves playing frequently are Mango's, the Big Top, the Continental, and Fitzgerald's.

What is the next step for your band? We're releasing a six-track cassette tape in August. We're about to start recording the tracks for our next 45 soon. And if all pans out right, we're hoping to tour in November!

Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Houston music is a melting pot. There's something for everybody!

Mikey & the Drags' HPMA showcase spot is 8 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at MKT Bar, 1001 Austin. See more about the band at mikeythedrags.bandcamp.com/ or facebook.com/mikeyandthedragsband.

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