Odd Pairs: Ten Upcoming Nights of Music Bring Wild Variations
Diversity is a big deal in H-Town. In fact, our cultural diversity creates such a wide variety of musical styles, it is hard to figure out just what kind of music town we are. In places like Memphis, Nashville, Seattle and even Austin, it's fairly easy to recognize the sound that informs, if not completely identifies, an artist band with his home town.
Photo by groovehouse Try to guess who's playing the same night as Toadies.
Here, we have a little bit of everything. Blues, jazz, Latin, country, rock, metal, r&b and hip-hop are all a part of our music scene, which is what makes it more difficult for us to define ourselves musically, at least in part. Make no mistake, this is a strength, but it can also be a frustrating source of angst for a city that often suffers from a collective self-esteem problem.
When glancing through the glut (and it is a glut) of upcoming shows, we noticed that many upcoming evenings play directly to the very diversity that makes us who we are. Our sister blog, Eating Our Words, does a regular feature called "Odd Pair," focused on putting two strange food items together and seeing what happens. Ten times over the next month, Houston music will have some odd pairs of its own.
Thursday, April 14
Willie and Bret?
The Avett Brothers - Verizon Wireless Theater
Dokken - Numbers
This is just the first of what could easily be deemed the "then and now" concert series, with '80s hair band Dokken and modern indie-bluegrass-pop outfit The Avett Brothers. The venues seem appropriate, although in the '80s, the poor goths wouldn't have known what to do with Don Dokken and his crew. Maybe weep softly in the corner.
Winner: The Avett Brothers
Pete Yorn (House of Blues) and ReBirth Brass Band (Warehouse Live) are also in town that same night. Talk about diversity.
Friday, April 15
Ronnie Misap - Grand Opera House (Galveston)
Toadies - Warehouse Live
We love us some old-school country. In fact, we got the chance to see Ronnie Milsap at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo back in the '70s when we were just wee tikes. Trying to imagine him paired up with Dallas grunge rockers Toadies is like trying to imagine Tammy Wynette hooking up with Kanye West...so help me, Jesus.
Catch Milsap at the second show on Saturday and everybody wins.
Saturday, April 16
Hard Drive Tour Featuring Saliva - Verizon Wireless Theater
Lil' Wayne - Toyota Center
Main Street around midnight should be a very interesting place to be on this night. The Hard Drive Tour makes its stop in Houston with some angry rockers like Saliva, who will "Click Click Boom" your ass back to the stone age. On the other side of downtown, rapper Lil' Wayne hopefully will avoid the "drank" while hanging in H-Town, since he was residing on Rikers Island just last year. Ironically, if it were Limp Bizkit at Verizon, it wouldn't shock us to see Fred Durst and Lil' Wayne doing a duet on top of the Houston Pavilions.
Winner: Lil' Wayne
We'll take some smoke and sizzurp over a pissed-off dude juiced on Red Bull and adrenaline every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
Saturday, April 23
The Psychedelic Furs - Warehouse Live
Ricky Martin - Toyota Center
So close and yet, so far, the Furs and Latin pretty boy Martin will be separated by only mere blocks, but it may as well be an ocean for all they have in common. The '80s new wavers are just one of a number of acts from the shoulder pads-and-parachute pants era to grace Houston in the next few weeks, Duran Duran chief among them. Martin will continue to live the...we swore we wouldn't break out the "la vida loca" puns and we stick by that. If nothing else, the traffic in that area should be very interesting.
Winner: The Psychedelic Furs
Hard to resist our youth on this one. Plus, we'll be worn out from that rockin' James Taylor show the night before.
Tuesday, April 26
Rooney - Warehouse Live
Tony Bennett - Jones Hall
One is considered by manyto be the classic crooning voice of a generation. One has a front man whose cousin is Sofia Coppola and who appeared on The OC as himself. Oh, how things change. Rooney is actually not a bad power pop band, and they may have been one of the few artists not to duet with Bennett, which is really a plus for them. Bennett, God bless him, never had the voice of Mel Torme or the charisma of Frank Sinatra, but damn if he doesn't keep on keeping on.
Winner: Tony Bennett
If those aren't weird enough for you, you can catch George Thorogood or Charlie Sheen instead. Did we mention the night before is Yanni? What the hell, universe?