Tonight, see how - or where, anyway - the beautiful people kick back at House of Blues' new weekly "Rock & Roll"
night in the venue's ultra-plush and oddly brothel-like Foundation Room (entrance on Dallas Street), with no cover, $3 beer and whiskey, tunes curated by Metropol/Stuka/Mink veteran Tim Murrah. "We are gonna grime it up," promises promoter Jagi Katial. We're there.
Also tonight, the Tontons
will debut several songs from the local quartet's forthcoming full-length - which they just wrapped and will be released next month - in their opening set for Strokes offshoot Little Joy at Warehouse Live.
According to the Texas '60s Music Refuge message board
, local musician, engineer and "Daddy Banjo" inventor Frank Davis
- who recorded the Thirteenth Floor Elevators and many other artists for Houston's International Artists Records in the '60s - may sit in with the Hemmer Ridge Mountain Boys this Saturday at the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
in Galveston. Old Quarter owner Wrecks Bell is the HRMB's bassist.
Beloved West U R&B dive the Gallant Knight
, which closed in 2006 after more than 20 years, reopens June 19 at 2511 Bissonnet, not far from its old Holcombe location. Faye Robinson & the Midtown Players do the (re)opening-night honors.
Local booking agency Smash the Mic is sponsoring a tribute to Willie D
next Thursday, June 18, to boost the embattled Geto Boy's
spirits (and perhaps his bank account). Doors open at 9 p.m. at Planeta Bar-Rio, 6400 Richmond; more information at www.smashthemic.com
Tickets for Free Press Houston
's Summer Fest
, featuring Of Montreal, Broken Social Scene, Explosions in the Sky, Octopus Project and every local band you ever heard of August 8 and 9 at Eleanor Tinsley Park, are available now at both Pegstar
and the Free Press' Web sites
. Come Friday, you Internet-phobes can buy them at Mango's, Cut Loose, Cactus Music and Vinal Edge. They're seven bucks, a deal hard to beat with a stick.
Tamale king and Tejano rap star Chingo Bling
Twittered today that he's looking for a producer able to build tracks "like sum keri hilson, lil kim, fergie or the new day 26." Contact Mr. Bling, who would also apparently like to star in a movie with Baby Bash, here
, we suppose.
Harry Keane, Jr., one of the men responsible for creating American Idol
, is working with Metroplex-based Perission Entertainment to on the upcoming reality show America's Next Girl Band
. Producers are looking for women ages 15-26 who can play guitar, bass, drums or keyboards (or sing, of course) and - since Perission bills itself as "Family Entertainment the Way It Should Be" - probably shouldn't have that many tattoos or drop the f-bomb in their lyrics too often. Auditions are going on now; see www.perission.com
Oh, and we almost forgot: Britney Spears
returns to Toyota Center September 16. Tickets go on sale next Friday at www.toyotacentertix.com