Continental Club, July 10
A child prodigy who came up under the influence of his legendary father, bandleader, and producer Johnny Otis, by his teens Shuggie Otis was both recording and hanging out with Frank Zappa. A pro since he was 12 playing in his father’s band – with a disguise of dark glasses and a moustache so he could pass for being of age – by age 15 Otis was being invited to record with anyone who was anyone, including Bob Dylan alumni Al Kooper. Now 61, Otis has popped back into the public consciousness and been actively touring for several years; he’s also working on new material with a new label. His 1974 LP Information Inspiration is one of the classics of the era. This show offers an opportunity to see one of the more inventive and forward-looking guitarists and composers of a golden era in pop music. With Trudy Lynn and DJ Flash Gordon Parks. (WILLIAM MICHAEL SMITH)
Kristen Kelly, Breelan Angel
Firehouse Saloon, July 10
A former bartender who cites Merle Haggard as her biggest influence, Kristen Kelly sounds right at home in today's country scene, and in fact was named to CMT's most recent “Next Women of Country” honor roll. Raised near Waco, Kelly can do upbeat and bright (“Kiss By Kiss”), soulful and blue (“He Loves to Make Me Cry”) or sassy and no-nonsense (“Ex-Old Man”); on last month's Fire EP, she's also game for a few “Bad Decisions.” Joining her Friday is Baytown native and New Braunfels-based Breelan Angel, Kelly's “Next Women” classmate and owner of a regional hit in early 2015 with “Pocket Change.” Then in March, she became the first-ever female artist to score an official Bud Light sponsorship, perhaps the highest possible honor a Texas country singer can be given.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, July 11
A welcome shot of girl-rock at 94.5 The Buzz's annual "Weenie Roast" — otherwise featuring usual glum-rock suspects like Shinedown, Nothing More and Houston's own Blue October (sorry, guys) — Meg Myers comes off like more of a millennial Shirley Manson. Originally from Tennessee, the 29-year-old Myers pairs a perfectly pop-suited voice with music supplied by her producer/mentor Doctor Rosen Rosen, which draws on soul-baring R-rated singer-songwriters like Fiona Apple and lite-industrial leading ladies like Republica's Saffron. (Remember them?) With only a pair of EPs to her name but plenty of YouTube views for videos like “Sorry,” “Desire” and “Go,” Myers is still only beginning to realize her potential. Keep an eye on this one.
T.I., Boosie Badazz
NRG Arena, July 11
Two kingpins of gritty Southern rap co-headline this “Houston Summer Jam,” which (let's be honest) could be the biggest unofficial strippers' convention in town since the OTC. Ladies of the pole and the men who tip them would have a boring life indeed without the steady stream of adult-oriented anthems created by the ATL's trap-rap trailblazer and Baton Rouge-born quote machine. Now both residents of Atlanta, T.I. and Boosie are respectively pushing Paperwork and Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, their recent deluxe-album/mission statements that cut straight to the heart of each man's tireless hustle. Saturday, don't be surprised to see a walk-on by H-Town's own Trae Tha Truth, who is looking ahead to his next album, Tha Truth, due later this month on T.I.'s Grand Hustle label.
SIX MORE SHOWS WORTH CONSIDERING
Houston Press Cocktails & Covers: The Molly Ringwalds will have you sitting “Pretty In Pink,” unless you're dancing with yourself. (House of Blues, July 10)
Moe Bandy: Peerless honky-tonk poet behind “It's a Cheatin' Situation,” “Barstool Mountain” and lots more. (Redneck Country Club, July 10)
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Superjoint: Phil Anselmo's rowdy bunch asking, giving no quarter. (Fitzgerald's, July 11)
Invincible Czars: Austin avant-jazz/soundtrack specialists always have something fun and offbeat planned. (Continental Club, July 11)
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