2012-05-28/06-03 Weekly LOVIEE

Due to computer problems earlier in the week, this was delayed slightly. So this is going to be a bit brief by comparison. I have received news about several great events coming up this summer, so the brevity of the listings here should be short-lived. Do note that a couple of these are copied over from the ongoing LOVIEE since I’m not sure who’s still looking there, and there are things there too good to simply be forgotten.

Thursday 05-31

House of Blues Jetspeed Live Showcase, 1204 Caroline, 8 pm, $10 in advance/$12 at door, tickets available online. Also featuring Low Man’s Joe, Inner Image, Holly Hicks Band, Strait Laced Scarlet, Lonestar Massacre. 12-M05-6

The Mink: open mic night; music, poetry, and comedy acts allowed. 3718 Main, signup 8pm, acts start at 9pm. Z-24 (recurs weekly)

Opening Friday 06-01 And Continuing

Suchu Dance’s 10th Annual Big Range Dance Festival, Barnevelder MAC, 2201 Preston, Fri & Sat 8pm. A showcase of choreography from both veterans and new blood, artist driven and artist produced. 12-BRDF

Friday 06-01

2600 Magazine meeting, The Galleria,┬áNinfa’s Express next to Nordstrom’s (in Galleria IV), 6pm-?. Gathering of computer and technology enthusiasts centered around the magazine’s readership. Z-14 (recurs monthly)

Runaway Sun “Let’s Run” Release Party, Continental Club, 3700 Main, 8pm, $10. The local blues-rock act is back in town after a tour of the south. “Let’s Run”, the second full-length album from Runaway Sun, has actually been out for a couple of weeks, but this will be the first local show by the band since the tour. Clory Martin, guest vocalist on two tracks of the band’s first album, will be the opening act.

Sunday 06-03

Crawfish Boil, Whatever Bar, 11902 Jones Rd, $20. 12-W22-5

 

2012-05-21/27 Weekly LOVIEE

Not a whole lot this week but hopefully something for almost everyone. Most of the events aren’t scheduled until June; the monthly LOVIEE covers until mid-June this time around so I’ll be making late additions over the next few days.

Wednesday 05-23

Ray Wylie Hubbard/Mason Lankford, 111 W. Main (Tomball), show 7pm, $25 seated/$15 standing. 12-W21-1

Thursday 05-24

Greg Laswell/Elizabeth Ziman, Dosey Doe, 25911 Interstate 45 (Spring/The Woodlands), show 7pm, $12. Greg Laswell is a solo folk-rock act based in San Diego. Elizabeth Ziman is best known as lead singer of Elizabeth and the Catapult, one of those bands I knew I was going to love halfway into listening to one song; she is based in Brooklyn (NYC). (It is just Elizabeth, not the full band.) Local country/folk artist Shellee Coley is the opening act, whose performance is almost worth the price of admission by itself. 12-W21-2

The Tontons/Buxton, Discovery Green, 6:30pm. Part of the Thursday Concerts presented by UHD. 12-W21-4

Thursday 05-24 And Ongoing

The Mink: open mic night; music, poetry, and comedy acts allowed. 3718 Main, signup 8pm, acts start at 9pm. Z-24

Friday 05-25

Ruby Revue Burlesque Show, House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, doors 9pm/show 10pm, 21+, $20 advance/$22 day of. 12-W21-3

Friday 05-25, Saturday 05-26 And Continuing

American Falls, DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, pay-what-you-can, tickets available online, Fri-Sat, 8pm. From playwright Miki Johnson, a play which follows a day in the lives of eight people (six living, two dead) in the small Idaho town after which the play is titled. Presented by Catastrophic Theatre. 12-AMFALLS

Sunday 05-27

Crawfish Boil, Mezzanine Lounge, 2200 Southwest Freeway #150, 2pm until supply exhausted, $20 with/$25 without additional purchase from bar (all you can eat). Bags, basketball, beer pong, flip cup, and other activities; drink specials include $3.50 beer pints and shot wheel, $4 Bloody Mary Bar and SoCo Fiery Pepper shots. LAST WEEK. 12-MEZZCFB

 

Recap: Low Man’s Joe/Hounds of Jezebel/etc, BFE Rock Club (12-M05-4)

To say this show had high expectations from me was an understatement. This was my first time at BFE Rock Club, and long-time readers of my blog can probably guess that the main draw for me was Low Man’s Joe. Despite the fact LMJ played several shows after the first time I saw them live in the spring of 2009, I wasn’t able to make it to any of them. So this was a big deal for me. I would find out soon that I wasn’t the only one. More on that later…

I arrived shortly before 9pm and the first act, Eficin, would not take the stage until 9:30pm. So I had a pretty good opportunity to check out the place. It’s pretty much your standard music-oriented venue, with the exception that there are video games, pool tables, and dart boards which see a fair amount of use given that not everyone will be a huge fan of every musical act to take the stage.

Eficin, BFE 2012-05-18

Eficin takes the stage at around 9:30pm (my first picture has a timestamp of 9:35pm). They set up with an additional drumset on the lower stage as Serpent’s Son had already set up their drums in the usual drum slot. This was my first time seeing Eficin, though to better familiarize myself with the band I would leave at the end with a four-track demo from the band on CD-R. They started with a tune called “Destruction”, later in the set was one of the songs from the demo, “Hitman”. I will admit Eficin is a bit outside what I consider my usual personal tastes in music, but speaking objectively I see a lot of talent and a lot of potential in this act.

Next would come Serpent’s Son, who took the stage at around 10:05pm (my first picture timestamp was 10:15pm). For some reason I wasn’t expecting their set to begin this soon and so half-missed the first song or two of the set, still playing Cattle Drive on the Megatouch machine at the bar. It’s no big deal, though, as I got to see enough of Serpent’s Son. I don’t remember much of their set list, but I do look forward to seeing them perform again.

It would be a good twenty minutes after the conclusion of Serpent Son’s set before Low Man’s Joe (LMJ) would take the stage. And the entire set was simply amazing, from beginning to end. They opened with one of the new songs, “Crazy Carnival”. Since it’s not on an album yet, and I don’t yet see video of the actual performance at BFE, for the benefit of those who don’t know the song or who have never heard of LMJ until now, here is “Crazy Carnival” being performed by LMJ at Acadia back in March. This song has me instantly wanting to buy the album it’s on, the same way I bought the first album (titled “Where I Stand”) for “I’m Alive” back in 2009. After this song, my memory of the set list gets a bit fuzzy, but I remember “Troubled Child” and “Temptation” from the album in the middle of the set, and an amazingly strong close with “Radio Saved My Life Tonight” also from the album (with a segue into The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” in the middle, which honestly I’d like to see performed as a separate song one day). The sum total of all this: if there was any doubt in my mind that the LMJ crew still had their mojo, that doubt was long gone after this set (actually, by the end of “Crazy Carnival”).

It was pretty obvious after LMJ left the stage that a large portion of the crowd was there to see only LMJ as when Hounds of Jezebel (HOJ) started playing, the area near the stage was empty by comparison. I honestly did try to maintain at least some of the enthusiasm for HOJ, as they certainly deserved it. This proved quite difficult for two reasons: first, I was already nearing exhaustion; second, it’s really hard to maintain the same level of energy with maybe five or six hardcore fans in the audience versus fifty or sixty (or more, as I think we may have had close to 100 people there during the LMJ set). I’m not familiar at all with HOJ’s repertoire so I’m not even going to try to remember specific songs they played, I enjoyed the set and definitely hope to hear them play again soon. Their style is a bit more metal than LMJ, yet isn’t the “scream metal” some people hate; I did think highly enough of what I heard to make a last-minute addition to the weekly LOVIEE of HOJ’s show at Dan Electro’s the following night, and will probably be featuring them again on the blog in the future. HOJ also has an album due to come out “late June or early July” with a show smack dab in the middle of that time frame which is a possible album release show.

Anyway, I definitely needed a break after the HOJ set, so I missed the vast majority of the 12 Gauge Awakening set, instead spending the time near the pool tables and then later outside. The crowd had thinned out to mostly the other band members, the diehard party animals with no set bedtime, a photographer (not sure if she was BFE staff or just doing some freelance photojournalism), and of course, one exhausted blogger trying to recover before the walk home (that’s me). I did get to talk to some of the members of Eficin and a couple of the members of (I think) Hounds of Jezebel (and for whatever reason I’m at a complete loss for names right now, I know you guys told me but my memory isn’t what it used to be). By the time 2am rolled around, I was ready to head out. I had a blast, and I hope this is the first of many great shows at BFE I’m able to attend.

 

2012-05-17/20 Weekly LOVIEE

It’s a packed weekend with something for everyone. We’re closing in fast on the summer. Or, depending on how you look at it, we’re already in the middle of the summer (judging by the weather) and the calendar’s a month behind.

My goal is still to have these posted earlier in the week. I had intended to have this up, at the latest, by Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Thursday 05-17

Musiqa’s Spring Loft Concert: Alternate Tracks, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose, 6:30pm, no tickets/admission price mentioned. From the description on fresharts.org: “Musiqa’s spring loft concert presents premieres of six alternative soundtracks based on selected scenes from popular films.” 12-W20-1

Friday 05-18

Low Man’s Joe/Hounds of Jezebel, BFE Rock Club, 11538 Jones Rd, show 8:30pm. Some of you may have been wondering what happened to Low Man’s Joe. Well, wonder no more; Low Man’s Joe is back in action with a concert in northwest Houston, taking the stage at 10:30pm. This doubles as a celebration of lead singer Bret Gyrich’s birthday. Hounds of Jezebel will take the stage at 11:30pm. Filling out the schedule will be Eficin, Serpent’s Son, and 12 Gauge Awakening. 12-M05-4

Opening Saturday 05-19

Super Eight, 1824 Spring Street, reception Sat 5:30-9pm. Free admission, complimentary drinks and food from Karbach Brewery, Beavers, Dragon Bowl, Dripping Springs Vodka, and tunes from DJ SUN. Eight established and up-and-coming artists showcase some of their newest work. Exhibit continues through May 24th. 12-SUPEREIGHT

Saturday 05-19

Bar Olympics, Mezzanine Lounge, 2200 Southwest Freeway #150, sign-in 2pm/games start 3pm, $40/4 person team. Events will include: Golden Tee Closest to the Pin, 301 darts, basketball hoops shootout, blackjack, flip cup, and 9 ball pool. Team members get 2 free drink tickets, $7 pitchers, premium gift bag, and a limited edition Mezzanine Lounge koozie. 12-M05-5

.38 Special/Blackberry Smoke/Folk Family Revival, Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., 8:30pm, $10-$15. In order: .38 Special helped define arena rock in the 1980s, and are based in Jacksonville, Florida; Blackberry Smoke is a country/southern rock act based in Atlanta, Georgia; and Folk Family Revival is an Americana band based in Magnolia (Houston area). 12-W20-4

Dave Matthews Band/Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive (The Woodlands), 7pm, $40.50-$75. The former is a rock/country/pop band active who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary; the latter is best known for their hit “Home” featured in NFL commercials during the summer and fall of 2011. 12-W20-5

Hounds of Jezebel, Dan Electro’s, 1031 E. 24th, 9pm, $5. 12-W20-2

Scoot-In Outdoor Screening, Sequicentennial Park, 500 Preston, 8:30pm. Aurora Picture Show presents a series of short films about alternative forms of transportation. The food truck Good Dog Hot Dog will be on site, as well as Saint Arnold Brewery. Part of the Insight|Out festival presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. 12-W20-6

Sunday 05-20

Crawfish Boil, Mezzanine Lounge, 2200 Southwest Freeway #150, 2pm until supply exhausted, $20 with/$25 without additional purchase from bar (all you can eat). Bags, basketball, beer pong, flip cup, and other activities; drink specials include $3.50 beer pints and shot wheel, $4 Bloody Mary Bar and SoCo Fiery Pepper shots. 12-MEZZCFB

Winter Wallace/The Rocketboys/Poor Pilate/England in 1819, Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak, doors 8pm, $8(+fees for online). Joining two fixtures of the local music scene (those being Winter Wallace and Poor Pilate) are The Rocketboys,hailing from Austin, and England in 1819, who are based in Baton Rouge. 12-W20-7