The Wayback Machine: 15, 10 and Five Years Ago in Houston Music

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One the first week of June, 1993…Killbilly played the Brazos Bottom Grill out in Richmond…Siren held it down all weekend at Club Rock and Roll (128 Westheimer)…Little Brian played the Continental Zydeco Ballroom in Fifth Ward…People with Hands were at Dan Electros…Emo’s weekly line-up was as follows: The Cows, Janitor Joe, Hammerbox, Yuk, Buzzfish, Bazooka, Duck Butter…Joe Rockhead played Fitz’s with Zagman and Mochila Moon…Art Garfunkel was at the Arena…Stereo MCs and Sunscream were at the Lone Star Amphitheatre (on Westpark) for a KRBE shindig…Only the good die young I) Walter Hyatt came to the Mucky. Hyatt would perish in the Val-U-Jet crash less than two years later; Only the good die young II) Hometown hero Bill Hicks killed 'em at Rockefeller's and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about two weeks later. Eight months later he was gone…Zen Archer was at Party on the Plaza…Thrill Cat released an album at the Satellite, where Mary Cutrufello also performed later in the week…The Hightailers performed at the Last Concert Café.

On the first week of June, 1998…George Strait, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery, Jesse Dayton, Asleep at the Wheel, Lila McCann and Lee Ann Womack all performed at Rice Stadium, of all places…Hobart Rowland reported on the demise of FM radio station The Planet. (It became regional Mexican station Estereo Latino.)…Los Skarnales, Holey Guacamole, Chadd Thomas and the Crazy Kings, and Vent-o-Lators all performed at Fitzgerald’s in celebration of the release of the compilation Texas Ska Vol. 1…Jay Hooks and Big Daddy Gumbeaux celebrated the one-year anniversary of Silky’s Blues Bar, which is now Chaise Lounge…Bo Diddley (R.I.P.) performed at Billy Blues…The Derailers and a new-in-Texas Reckless Kelly each performed at the Satellite…Slaid Cleaves came to Anderson Fair…Braid was at Zelda’s, Nashville Pussy at Numbers (with Pure Rubbish and Gaunt opening), and Bobby Womack and Betty Wright at the Arena…Horseshoe was at the Blue Iguana (Drunk again, GW?)…Chlorine played Numbers with Brother Cane…The Linus Pauling Quartet released a CD at Rudyard’s, and the Sloan Family Band (featuring Hilary and Miss Leslie) was at Hickory Hollow…The Hightailers performed at the Last Concert Café.

On the first week of June, 2003…Medicine Show played both Brasil and Helios and Rooney was at the Engine Room…Tony Vega played Cosmos…Those Peabody’s were at Fat Cat’s…Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon were together in The Woodlands…Oscar Perry was at Shakespeare’s while Guy Schwartz was at St. Pete’s…Pilot Radio, the John Sparrow, Walking 49 and Washed were on a bill at Fitz’s…Lil’ Troy was at the Engine Room…The Natural History was at Fat Cat’s…Los Fantastics, Sound Patrol and Neutral Sisters were at Fitz’s, but I don’t think Sound Patrol made that gig…Elsewhere, tons and tons of shitty stuck-in-the-90s bands played everywhere from Montgomery County to the beach… The Hightailers performed at the Last Concert Café.

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