Two Upcoming Benefits Well Worth Your Time And Money

Magnolia City Mixtape has already reported on actor/vodka mogul/sunglasses model/blues aficionado Dan Aykyroyd's impending visit to Houston, where he'll serve as grand marshal in the

2010 Art Car Parade


host a night of local blues

at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room Saturday, May 8, a couple of times. That HOB show, featuring Little Joe Washington, Texas Johnny Boy, Milton Hopkins and Diunna Greenleaf - who also performs from noon-1:30 p.m. tomorrow at

Discovery Green's "Blues & Burgers"

series - is a benefit for the

International House of Blues Foundation

. Thursday,


is sponsoring a cocktail-party fundraiser for

Girls Rock Camp Houston

from 5-10 p.m. at


to help the nascent local chapter of the international music-education/empowerment coalition raise money for instruments, supplies, refreshments and whatnot for GRCH's first camp at U of H from August 9-13.


will match all donations up to $500, and a $50 donation will land you a Runaways gift bag (while they last) with the '70s rockers' ex-lead singer Cherie Currie's memoir,

Neon Angel

; a CD of

Jett Rock: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' Greatest Hits

; T-shirt and poster; and two passes to Flora Sigismondi's biopic

The Runaways

, which opens in Houston theaters Friday. Rocks Off is fairly sure attending either one of these benefits - or both - will not give you a bad reputation.

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