Normally Rocks Off's first post of every week is our selections for the best shows happening in Houston for that given Monday through Thursday. This week we'd like to try something a little different.
Houston being what it is (a city we love, of course), the weekday live-music options can be somewhat limited. Recently Rocks Off has found ourselves filling up our weekly best-shows post with a few of the same recurring shows: Free Radicals at AvantGarden, Tianna Hall at Sambuca or John Egan at the Big Easy (Mondays); Little Joe Washington at Boondocks (Tuesdays); Paul Ramirez Band at the Continental Club (Wednesdays).
We encourage you to visit one or more of those gigs again this week if you're so inclined. We also pledge to work a few more local early-week recurring gigs into the best-shows soon. But just for this week, we're going to highlight one show, Scoremore's Jambalaya festival. Not only is it just about the only non-recurring gig in Houston between now and Thursday worth mentioning; we're not going to lie, we have a bunch of Jambalaya tickets to give away -- like a lot -- and we need to do it rather quickly.
Texas rap entrepreneurs Scoremore Shows, which the Houston Press profiled in a February 2013 cover story, have graciously given us an assload of Jambalaya tickets to give away. Scoremore is also bringing Jambalaya to Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth as a sort of Memorial Day weekend pre-party, but Houston gets the first stop this Thursday at Bayou Music Center.
Headlining are EarlWolf, the Odd Future-spawned duo of Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, and ex-OutKast smoothie Big Boi. A little further down the bill are Toronto EDM manipulators Zeds Dead, L.A. mixmaster RL Grime, and Oaktown indie-rapper G-Eazy. (Sadly, Araabmuzik had to cancel last week.)
So now you know who's playing Jambalaya, here's what we've got: 71 pair of Jambalaya tickets to give away between right now and noon Wednesday. We had 75, but gave away four in a little "pre-sale" Jambalaya contest we did on Twitter last Friday afternoon. All you have to do is send an email to music at houstonpress dot com and ask for them. (Nicely.)
Please, please, puh-leeze put the words "Jambalaya contest" in the subject field por favor. Limit one pair per winner.
Scoremore is also throwing a two-for-one Jambalaya deal at West Houston skateshop Kingpinz (8584 Westheimer). Call 713-783-5506 or tweet them (@kingpinz) to inquire about availability, but surely there's some left.
Soundcloud samples of a few Jambalaya folks:
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