Knights of the Fire Kingdom
Fitzgerald’s, July 3
Houst on’s Knights of the Fire Kingdom play the kind of over-the-top thrill-seeking rock that is almost pure id, celebrating the kind of eternal adolescence that pulls as much from Monty Python as Led Zeppelin. Without a second thought, the five-piece taps easily and unapologetically into the spirit of past riff-monsters like Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Foo Fighters, a state of mind where everything becomes more awesome the louder it gets. Earlier this month the Knights released an explosive video for “Church of the Retarded,” an advance volley from their self-titled debut LP that should be in physical form in time for Friday’s release party, where some free T-shirts provided by Houston's Caught In Customs will be available while they last. Take cover. With We Were Wolves, Satellite d’Homme and Brand New Hearts.
Arena Theatre, July 3
Despite only producing two studio albums and one live record, the women of Floetry (Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart) have fingerprints all over 21st century pop music. For starters, in spite of the tiny catalog the duo has sold 1.5 million albums. Since relocating to the U.S. in 2000, writing has been just as important as performing for them, as authors of hits for a bevy of high-profile R&B acts from Michael Jackson (“Butterflies”) to Jill Scott and neo-soul sensation Bilal. While solo careers have kept the duo from performing together over the past decade, these British ladies have reunited in 2015 for a string of tour dates that should satisfy old fans and possibly bring in some new ones. (WILLIAM MICHAEL SMITH)
Freedom Over Texas
Eleanor Tinsley Park, July 4
After reaching out in recent years to acts like Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and two not-untalented cast members of ABC’s Nashville, the City of Houston’s official July 4 celebration has a distinctly Texas twist this time. The Southwest Airlines stage features gentleman cowboy Clint Black in a rare non-rodeo hometown appearance, as well as straight-arrow country star Josh Turner (“Long Black Train,” “Time Is Love”) and one of Louisiana’s leading musical ambassadors, the inimitable Buckwheat Zydeco. Over at the Dr Pepper Stage — even the sponsors are homegrown here — are the super-sized salsa sounds of locals La Orquesta Salmerum; Thunder Soul, alumni of Houston’s legendary Kashmere Stage Band; badass blues belter Shemeika Copeland, daughter of Houston-born R&B legend Johnny Clyde Copeland; and Jimmie Vaughan’s Tilt-a-Whirl Band, the silky-smooth Gulf Coast revue with real bite thanks to Lou Ann Barton’s tart vocals and its leader’s signature guitar sting. By the way, organizers assure us that Eleanor Tinsley Park is recovered sufficiently from the Memorial Day floods to host the event, which itself is reason enough to celebrate. Gates open at 4 p.m.; see houstontx.gov/july4/ for more details.
SEVEN MORE SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
"Get In the Truck, Sissy: an Urban Cowboy Party": "Are you a real cowboy?" Only one way to find out, complete with a Dolly Parton lookalike contest. (Big Star Bar, July 3)
Kitty Kitty Bang Bang: How about a little red, white & blue burlesque? (Prohibition Supper Club & Bar, July 4)
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