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Grady Gaines, the Upsetter

7 years ago by William Michael Smith
Grady Gaines, who in a few years would be playing in the most important rock and roll band on the planet, was 12 years old throwing newspapers when he got the idea he wanted to play saxophone. "There was no air conditioning, so the windows were open and I kept...
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Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters / Calvin Owens

Houston's reigning blues horn kings couldn't have more different approaches to music. Sax man Gaines -- perhaps because of the years he's spent playing requests at Etta's, Sierra Grill and innumerable weddings -- is something of a musical chameleon, and Jump Start is as stylistically varied as one of his...
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The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Kenny Chesney, Grady Gaines, Slash, The Nightowls, Drake, etc.

4 years ago by Chris Gray
Kenny Chesney BBVA Compass Stadium, May 22 Kenny Chesney is getting up there in years, but his latter-day career has given him a sort of gravitas he didn't have in his youth. In those days his albums were pretty much standard-issue '90s hat-act country, not that bad but more than...
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Six People Most Affected By Texans' Decision Not To Extend Jadeveon Clowney's Contract

13 hours ago by Sean Pendergast
Amid the predictable contractual outcome between the two sides, the saga between the Houston Texans and defensive end/linebacker Jadeveon Clowney took some interesting turns on Monday afternoon.  The 3 p.m. deadline for a new deal came and went, and to the surprise of virtually nobody, the Texans and Clowney did...
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Skarnales, Escovedo, Gaines Make Rockin' Nightlife Tour

8 years ago by William Michael Smith
Friday was one of those nights when Rocks Off wished we operated one of those "show you the nightlife" tour buses filled with people from Omaha, Chicago, Des Moines, and Berlin. When's the last time Houston had a gentle north wind cooling the evening in mid-May? Once the sun went...
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Ring In The New Year: A Guide To 2017 New Year's Eve Parties in Houston

2 years ago by David Garrick
It's the time of year again when those who drink too much only several times a year and Uber prices will both be on the rise. However, New Year's Eve isn't a holiday that has to be filled with negativity either. Sure, if you're eating out at a fancy restaurant,...
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The 2014 Class of the Houston Music Hall of Fame

5 years ago by Chris Gray
We could not be happier with the response to the creation of the Houston Music Hall of Fame. It was amazing to see the Houston music scene come together last year at the Houston Press Music Awards to pay tribute to those who came before and helped build the Houston...
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Steve Krase Has a Case of the Blues

2 years ago by Bob Ruggiero
“How does a kid from Long Island end up being friend with these blues legends? It could only happen in Houston.”
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An Afternoon Peering Into Houston's Musical Soul

3 years ago by Matthew Keever
Growing up, Trudy Lynn didn’t listen to the blues. Truth be told, the Fifth Ward native and blues icon would have preferred to hear Elvis Presley. But coming up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, her musical career spanned multiple genres. The blues followed a stint in R&B music, and it was...
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Boogie, Blues & Brews

7 years ago by Chris Gray
League City celebrates its 50th birthday with a brand-new weekend festival dedicated to the sounds of the Gulf Coast. Friday's zydeco night pumps, with Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws and a Tex-Mex twist from Houston's Nick Gaitan & the Umbrella Man. Rockabilly cats the Octanes open Saturday before hours...

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