Rock Baby Rock It 11

One of Houston's premier rockabilly events since 2000, Rock Baby Rock It takes over the Continental compound this weekend under a cloud of tragedy. Former Houstonian and popular Austin musician Chadd Thomas, whose band the Crazy Kings headlined last year's Rock Baby Rock It, was found dead in a South Austin parking lot the morning of July 11, and his death was later ruled a homicide. Rock Baby Rock It organizer Edgar "Big E" Salazar says the festival's 11th installment will include a tribute to Thomas, but really, the whole thing already is. Friday, Houston's Octanes headline the Continental behind their strong recent full-length Roots, Rock & Romance, alongside Corsicana "wild man" Mack Stevens and Dallas's Drop Top Rockets, while locals Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys do two sets of their hazy Hank Williams-isms next door at the Big Top. Saturday, the party expands to the Continental patio ("Pachinko Stage"), where Louisiana lightning Dash Rip Rock caps off an afternoon featuring Houston punk institution the Hates and psychobilly undertakers 13 Black Coffins. Inside, rockabilly veterans Pep Torres and Ray Campi cap off a lineup that also includes Houston's Luxurious Panthers, Austin's Bellfuries and a performance by Dem Damn Dames burlesque troupe; Chadd Thomas's good friends the Hotrod Hillbillies step on the gas at the Big Top.

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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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