The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: NOFX, Hope For Haiyan, Blaggards, etc.
It's pretty obvious that NOFX is legit when fellow oi! legends Rancid cover their songs, like they did on the BYO Split Series, Vol 3. But even without that validation, NOFX would still have some pretty unimpeachable street cred, given that 1994's Punk in Drublic is now heralded as one of the classic '90s punk albums.
Tracks like "Please Play This Song On the Radio" helped hammer the band's anti-commercial, politically charged mindset home, and they're just as true to those roots today. After all these years, they still won't sign to a mainstream label -- can't get any more punk than that. With Dillinger Four and Implants. ANGELICA LEICHT
Nelson Mandela Celebration
Emancipation Park, December 14 (10 a.m.)
Between the mass gathering of heads of state and celebrities, President Obama's selfie and the sign-language interpreter's bizarre behavior, Nelson Mandela's memorial service this week was one of the more memorable world events in recent memory. Saturday Houston's South African community gathers in this historic Third Ward park to salute the global avatar of freedom. Plans call for official proclamations, a cultural ceremony by Impande Ye Africa, artists, poets, and a musical performance by Houston's Neutral Sister Kyra Noons, among others. CHRIS GRAY
Last month's Haiyan was one of the most destructive typhoons in history; at least 5,200 people are confirmed dead in the Phillipines and damage estimates across Southeast Asia have exceeded $10 billion. That kind of devastation can be hard to fathom, but with one of the largest Filipino communities in the South (and the largest in Texas), Houston has hardly been shy about aiding the relief effort.
Many Filipinos here are concentrated in southwest Houston and the Alief area, so Stereo Live makes a natural spot for Saturday's fundraiser that aims to lighten people's spirits as much as their wallets. Scheduled to perform are former American Idol Season 9 finalist Andrew Garcia, Jeremy Passion of "I Don't Care" YouTube fame, and the MosWanted men from America's Best Dance Crew, among many others. CHRIS GRAY
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