One Band, One Local Bar, All Night Long. What'll It Be?

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Ramones at Mango's
The first album I remember owning (and loving) was The Ramones' self-titled debut that my Dad gave me around the age of five, which I've always assumed was the reason I listen to what I do. Sadly, the group stopped performing together in the 90s, and Joey Ramone passed away when I was in the sixth grade.

So my pick would have to be catching Ramones at Mango's, which seems like the perfect place to catch a show of theirs. Of course, this is fantasy, and I know that Mango's wasn't around during Ramones' hay day, but it's intimate and dirty enough to feel punk rock. And of course I'd want to see the band in their Rocket to Russia or Road to Ruin era, when they'd built up enough of a discography to play a somewhat long set seeing as they were known for their short, fast tracks.

But if I'm being honest, I'd catch the group anywhere if I had the chance to see Joey Ramone in all of his tall, lanky glory. ALYSSA DUPREE


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Sly & the Family Stone at AvantGarden
If the space-time continuum could allow it, I'd pick 1970s Sly & The Family Stone playing under a perfect Houston night at present-day AvantGarden's courtyard.

The building has that San Francisco vibe associated with the band's origins. There they would be, as they were 40 years ago, huge afros and all. We'd dance our asses off to a set that opened with "I Want to Take You Higher." Larry Graham would slap-pop the bass all over an eight-minute run of "Dance to the Music" and everything would end with the band's soulful version of "Que Sera, Sera."

And, if the wormhole could stay open just a little longer, we'd catch the Ramones at Notsuoh later that night. JESSE SENDEJAS JR.


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12 comments
Stephen Duran Atw
Stephen Duran Atw

Tony Henry, Wasi Townsend, or the Journey Agents... Either way, it would be local!!!

Ricardo Moya
Ricardo Moya

Girl in a Coma. Or Nina Diaz doing a solo performance.

Eric Walters
Eric Walters

Placebo at Fitzgerald's, then dinner at BBs after.

Al_Sharpton
Al_Sharpton

1970 Led Zeppelin at House of Blues.  You get all of their first two albums (plus their huge catalog of live-only numbers), the third album, and flashes of their fourth, all without Jimmy Page being strung out on heroin.

Ricardo Moya
Ricardo Moya

House of Blues location maybe? Or something smaller but easy to get to.

Ricardo Moya
Ricardo Moya

Girl in a Coma. Or an even more special treat: Nina Diaz, from GIAC, doing one of her solo performances.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

Beatles circa 1963 @ Rudyard's. No contest. The Who circa 1970 a distant second maybe at House of Blues as long as I get to be down front.

Summer Joy Davis
Summer Joy Davis

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Official Page) semi acoustic show at The Continental Club, Houston, TX. :)

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