10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: November 9-11

Categories: Only In Houston

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The Island Reunion
Walters, November 10
Recently the Houston Press's David Ensminger did two articles on our Rocks Off music blog about the place punk rock and New Wave sprang up in Houston, a scrappy and resilient little club near 59 and Main known alternately as Paradise Island, Rock Island and then simply The Island. It had its good points (the sound) and bad points (the ceiling tended to cave in), and stayed open long enough to welcome R.E.M., Echo & the Bunnymen, Dead Kennedys, Butthole Surfers, and a teeming little local scene in its own right.

An impressive representation of that scene will gather to remember the Island Saturday at Walters, arguably its closest modern counterpart (sorry, Fitz). A few groups on the bill -- MyDolls, and Anarchitex and the Hates especially -- have remained more or less active since the Island was open, while hoping to shake off a few more cobwebs are Doomsday Massacre, AK-47, the Degenerates, Bevatron and Gary Yokie. CHRIS GRAY


Face to Face
Fitzgerald's, November 11
One of the most influential acts of the '90s, Face to Face comes to Houston Sunday for an acoustic gig, quite a change from the band's wall of pop-punk noise. F2F will be playing songs from 1999's Ignorance is Bliss, paring down the lineup to just singer/guitarist Trever Keith and bassist/singer Scott Shiflett. The Bliss material is somewhat of a black sheep in the F2F family of albums, so the duo has decided to give the songs a more intimate presentation live. CRAIG HLAVATY


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FOUR MORE SHOWS WORTH CONSIDERING

Pamela York: One of Austin's most-respected jazz singers goes toward the light on new disc Lay Down This World: Hymns and Spirituals. (Dowling Music, 2615 Southwest Fwy. at Kirby, 7 p.m. November 9)

Seldom-glimpsed locals -- these days, anyway -- Black Congress and Young Mammals get loud, obnoxious and indie up in the Heights with Fletcher C. Johnson. (Big Star Bar, November 9)

Remember that Springboard South music festival back in May? It's having a kickoff party for the next one Sunday, featuring local roustabout Chase Hamblin. This would also be an excellent opportunity to check out longtime Houston DJ Outlaw Dave's new joint if you haven't already done so. (Outlaw Dave's Worldwide Headquarters, 6502 Washington, November 10)

Blues for Food: Anyone who's anyone in the Houston blues scene -- like all of these people -- performs for the Houston Food Bank at Sunday's annual food drive. Bring a canned good or cash donation. (The Shakespeare Pub, November 11)



Location Info

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Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Shakespeare Pub

14129 Memorial, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Outlaw Dave's Worldwide Headquarters

6502 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Star Bar

1005 W. 19th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Dowling Music

2615 SW Freeway # 220, Houston, TX

Category: General

Walter's Downtown

1120 Naylor, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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