Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Robert Plant, MDC, Change In the Game, etc.,

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Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters
Bayou Music Center, June 21

Robert Plant's new project is already on the short list of most awkwardly named bands to visit Houston this year. (Does it have to be "Robert Plant Presents"?) Still, the recent Austin transplant gets a pass because, well, it's Robert Plant on a theater tour. His Web site promises the tour touches every aspect of Plant's distinguished career, and a YouTube teaser shows the group absolutely on fire on "Black Dog."

Plant's new ensemble of expert instrumentalists features everything from a master of the ritti (one-string African violin) and ex-member of psychedelic Britpoppers Cast, but the most interesting player (perhaps) is John Baggott, a former member of Massive Attack and one of the originators of the dusky Bristol-spawned '90s sound known as "trip-hop." CHRIS GRAY

Industry Nite
Ayva Center (9371 Richmond), June 22

Even with Houston's considerable African immigrant population, concerts by African artists remain rare outside iFest and the odd SPA event. That alone makes Saturday's show sponsored by Spinlet, a San Francisco-based company that offers digital distribution to emerging West African talent - mostly Nigerians here - worth checking out.

Heading up this tour is Tuface Idibia (better known as 2Face), a former member of the Plantashun Boyz who has become a popular hip-hop/R&B singer in his own right. Joining him is Ice Prince, who was recently called "Nigeria's hottest rapper" for his dancehall-ish style; D'Prince, younger brother of producer/songwriter/music-biz mogul Don Jazzy; and Seyi Shey, now on her own after a tenure in UK soul-pop group From Above. CHRIS GRAY

Bret Michaels
Nutty Jerry's, June 22

Ironically, Bret Michaels' stint as front man for '80s glam-rock band Poison is probably one of the lesser-known roles he's played as a celebrity at this point. In his post-Poison years, he's become much more than the guy busting out "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Today Michaels is virtual one-man reality-TV network thanks to Rock of Love -- the single most successful reality show in VH1's history -- its on-the-road counterpart Rock of Love Bus, Celebrity Apprentice and now Rock My RV, where the rocker plays interior designer on one of the Travel Channel's hottest new shows.

But Michaels keeps his own wheels rolling in concert too, touring with his solo band and resurrecting hits like "Nothing but a Good Time" and the more recent Miley Cyrus-assisted tune "Nothing to Love." ANGELICA LEICHT

Location Info


Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Nutty Jerry's (Winnie)

18291 Englin Road, Winnie, TX

Category: Music

Ayva Center

9371 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: General

Walters Downtown

1120 Naylor, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Concert Pub (North)

2470 FM 1960, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Texas Dancehall And Saloon -- Spring

19959 Holzwarth, Spring, TX

Category: Music

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Arena Theatre

7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Scout Bar

18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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