The Best Shows in Houston This Weekend: The Beans, Wynonna, B.B. King, Yo Gotti, etc.
Houston natives The Beans have been playing together only since 2010, but their raw, psych-driven blues-rock has made them local standouts. Kick-starting things in a classroom at the University of St Thomas, where drummer Brendan Hall's dad is a professor, they've already landed significant gigs, including a SXSW 2013 spot and some sweet stage time at last year's Free Press Summer Fest.
Vocalist Sam Griffin's howl and the band's rockin' stage show hint at rock legends like Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin, for starters. Not too shabby for a few dudes from UST, now is it? With The Couch and the Docs. ANGELICA LEICHT
With "Mama He's Crazy" (and mama herself) now long in her rearview mirror, Wynonna Judd remains one of country music's most soul-stirring vocalists. Anyone who may have forgotten that while she stepped away to other enterprises -- she's written both 2007 best-selling memoir Coming Home to Myself and the 2012 novel Restless Heart, with the eclectic album Sing: Chapter 1 in between -- got a quick reminder when she sang a heavens-opening "How Great Thou Art" at her friend George Jones' funeral at the Grand Old Opry last May.
Now with a band packing a healthy dose of rock and R&B, the Big Noise, Wynonna can tear it up on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "The House Is Rockin'" as much as she can tug at those heartstrings on "Why Not Me." CHRIS GRAY
Rocksteady Mondays at the Flat have long been a gathering spot for some of Houston's hippest music fans, a turntable-driven adventure that strays far and wide but always strikes the right groove. At the helm has been the genial DJ Sun, whose first-ever full-length album, One Hundred, was one of the best Houston releases of 2013. He took over as managing partner of the cozy Montrose club last year, fine-tuning everything from the bar menu to the mid-century modernist aesthetic.
This Saturday, The Flat is throwing itself a grand reopening party of sorts, with an early-evening screening of the Sun-centered documentary short TSUN SET and performance by scholarly DJ/producer King Britt of Digable Planets fame. CHRIS GRAY
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