The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Victor Wooten, Merchandise, etc.
Victor Wooten is the kind of musician who leaves other musicians, especially bass players, in awe. One of his four older brothers taught Wooten the four-string arts at age three, and he's gone on to a distinguished career that includes stints with both jazz-fusion master Stanley Clarke and progressive-bluegrass pickers Béla Fleck & the Flecktones.
Today Wooten owns a Nashville studio and runs his own record label, VIX Records, which is releasing two albums this month: The instrumental Sword and Stone, and Words and Tones, which welcomes vocalists such as Sharon Jones, Meshell Ndegeocello and Beyoncé backup singer Divinity Roxx. Tuesday's show is a benefit for the Brittany Williams Scholarship Fund. See arts.sanjac.edu for info. CHRIS GRAY
Barely out of high school, Good Charlotte-esque Oklahoma pop-punk heartthrobs the All-American Rejects reached base in their first at-bat when "Swing, Swing," the leadoff single from their eponymous 2002 debut, hit Billboard's Modern Rock Top 10 and, not surprisingly, soon got sucked up by EA Sports for its MVP Baseball video-game franchise.
But front man Tyson Ritter and his cohorts have kept right on swinging, charting three songs from 2005's Move Along and reaching the Top 5 with 2008's "Gives You Hell." Now pushing this year's Kids In the Street (and pushing the term "kids" a little), the Rejects nontheless impressed allmusic.com, which called it "their richest and most varied album to date." With Boys Like Girls. CHRIS GRAY
Blues & Burgers
Discovery Green, Wednesday (11:30 a.m.)
The Houston Blues Museum is hoping to jump-start its campaign to find a permanent building - and, just as importantly, find some funds to help them secure that building - by reminding us all that many of Houston's great blues players are still alive and well, right in our midst, and performing on a regular basis.
All this month, local musicians including Milton Hopkins, Texas Johnny Brown, Grady Gaines, Diunna Greenleaf and many more will present a series of lunchtime concerts at Discovery Green's "Blues and Burgers" series honoring Duke/Peacock Records, the legendary Houston label that gave the world everything from Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog" to Bobby "Blue" Bland's Two Steps From the Blues. It's free, but bring your checkbook please. CHRIS GRAY