Rudyard's 35th Anniversary Rudyard's, September 13-September 15
For any business to last 35 years is an achievement, but for a bar with local music built into its business model to last three and a half decades is truly remarkable. But Rudyard's has done just that, weathering both the city's economic ups and downs and the music scene's ever-changing weather to earn its nickname "Montrose's Living Room" several times over.
And it still has the best sound in town, which is why the bands love it so much. (Well, that and the burgers.)
This weekend raise a pint or down a shot to the coziest upstairs stage Houston has ever seen or is likely to see, with a colorful cast of Rudz regulars old and not-so-old. Friday it's Born Again Virgins, Bowel, Dollyrockers, Linus Pauling Quartet and Donkey Punch, while Saturday hardly lets up with Something Fierce, Born Liars, Dead Roses, Hell City Kings, and the return of the Flamin' Hellcats.
Sunday starts even earlier -- and is a free show -- with Richard Cagle & the Voodoo Choir, Buckshot Messiahs, Buxton's Sergio Trevino, Free Radicals, and BooTown Presents Turtle Turtle. Rudyard's has a lot to celebrate all right; really, we all do. CHRIS GRAY
Yes, Indeed Festival Last Concert Cafe/Doctor's Office/Houston House of Creeps, September 14
The suddenly hot "Warehouse District" just northeast of downtown seemed like a natural fit for Yes Indeed, the second-year fest headed up by promoter Phil Peterson (Notsuoh, AvantGarden) and Jason Smith of Houston rockers Alkari. Among the more than two dozen acts slated to perform at Last Concert, the Doctor's Office or Houston House of Creeps include Austin's Quiet Company and the Murdocks, Beaumont's Purple, and locals from PersephOne and FLCON FCKER to Jealous Creatures, Electric Attitude, Knights of the Fire Kingdom and Shotgun Funeral.
"I think it's brilliant," Peterson says of the burgeoning music district on downtown's fringes. "It's inexpensive places and an optimal situation. There's rooms there, equipment there. Someone might be living in one house and go record in another house, just for kicks. Then they might go to 713 Studios that's also up there, and then have it mastered on that same block." CHRIS GRAY
Paul Oakenfold Stereo Live, September 14
Paul Oakenfold may be known as an electronic-music legend, but there's a little known-fact about him you should know: Without him, neither DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince nor their awesome jam "Summertime" would exist. Not only did Oakenfold sign that Philly duo during his short stint as a Champion Records A&R rep, but Salt-N-Pepa as well, leaving an impact on hip-hop before discovering his true talent: DJing.
Over the past three decades, Oakenfold has helped to bring electronic music into the mainstream, essentially introducing the entire UK to EDM (then called "acid house") during the '80s via his work with groups like the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. He also pioneered the style known as trance music, with a little help from his cutting-edge technique and penchant for thinking outside the musical box. ANGELICA LEICHT
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