Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Dirty Bourbon River Show, Chief Keef, etc.

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Dirty Bourbon River Show, The Bluebonnets
Continental Club, July 13

As you might expect, Dirty Bourbon River Show describes themselves as " New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock," and the songs fit the description. And you might say, "Only in New Orleans," but the five-piece belongs squarely in the same old-timey gonzo camp as Austin's White Ghost Shivers or Houston's own Sideshow Tramps.

But DBRS, which started in early 2009, has released albums at the same rate that other bands tweet or update their Facebook status. Released in May, most recent release Volume Four is their seventh album in just over three years. The Bluebonnets is Austin-based ex-Go-Go Kathy Valentine's new roots-rock band, and should be well worth showing up early for.

Chief Keef
Warehouse Live, July 14

This show should be an event, if nothing else, and could turn out to be one of Houston's most memorable rap concerts of 2013 if the headliner doesn't find himself in some kind of trouble between now and Sunday. (It's about 50/50.) Still not yet 18, Chief Keef leaped straight from the high-school mixtape circuit of his native Chicago to Interscope Records, home to one of the rapper's most discernible influences in 50 Cent, which gave him the biggest and loudest megaphone in 2012 debut Finally Rich. This happened in a matter of months, too.

Lewd and confrontational, but also clever and insightful (after a fashion), Keef delivers hyper-explicit raps with the kind of braggadocio that only comes to the very young, over synth-heavy, cut-and-paste electro-rap tracks like "Love Sosa" and "Hate Being Sober" that -- oddly enough -- rival only Keef's wigged-out rhymes in their catchiness.



  • Pearl Gem, Nervana, Alyson Chayns: The Houston Press' Cocktails & Covers series goes grunge. (House of Blues -- Bronze Peacock Room, July 12)
  • John Mayer: Still tickets left for the pop star-cum-bluesman, touring 2012's hit album Born & Raised. With "Home" boy Phillip Phillips. (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, July 12)
  • Appleseed Cast: Complex, influential emo-indie rockers (or something like that) are back on tour after a short hiatus. (Fitzgerald's, July 12)
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band: Big, brawny, blues-rock, played at some length. (House of Blues, July 12)
  • Inspector 7, Los Skarnales: Ska-punk, and lots of it. (Walters, July 12)
  • Punk Rock Pool Party: Featuring the Hates and Darwin's Finches; see last week's Rocks Off feature on the Jamail Skatepark. (Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark, July 13)
  • Paul Wall, Lil Keke, K-Rino: "Texas Massacre XIV" with three true H-Town heavyweights and a passel of local openers: Roosh Williams, Kyle Hubbard, D-Risha, Renzo and lots more. (Fitzgerald's, July 13)
  • The Freakouts: 7-inch release party. See our Rocks Off 100 profile of singer Ash Kay from earlier this week. (Fitzgerald's, July 13)
  • Junior Brown: Master of the guit-steel, up close where you can see him. (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, July 13)
  • Everclear, Live, Filter, Sponge: Much more on this "Summerland" tour coming up later today. (Proof Bar + Patio, July 14)

Location Info


Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues-- Bronze Peacock Room

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2706 White Oak, Houston, 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

Walters Downtown

1120 Naylor, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Valdo's Mexican Cafe - CLOSED

804 Preston St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Proof Rooftop Lounge

2600 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Having Chief Keef as one of the top shows makes me sad about the music scene. Good thing K-Rino is performing to make up for it.

Dallas Hölmes
Dallas Hölmes

staying in this weekend but next weekend going to the 30footANNIVERSARY show...

Robin Hardy Cooper
Robin Hardy Cooper

Saw Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd last night! They rocked it!!!

MadMac topcommenter

DBRS might the greatest thing since instant grits but that promo photo looks MICKEYMOUSE.

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