The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Anvil, Dick Dale, YG, etc.
Since approximately Labor Day 2013, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- this week features Jonathas, Silvanus LaToison, Nadia and, as always, "Pan Fried" DJ Motai and that smooth-ass Debonair house band -- strutting their stuff for one of the most stylish audiences in town.
Hosted by local scenesters Tay Mitch and Brad Gilmore, whom Channel 39's Newsfix called "ebony and ivory at its finest," these few hours will have you looking forward to every Monday...just not Tuesdays. The party never stops on Instagram at @DebonairLoungeHTX, too. CHRIS GRAY
Most rock bands don't last 36 days, let alone 36 years. But that's exactly how long Canada's Anvil has spent recording and touring -- mostly in complete obscurity. Despite ample opportunity, Anvil refused to quit, and in 2008 filmmaker/former Anvil roadie Sacha Gervasi shone a light on the band's never-say-die pluckiness with the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. If your cable package includes VH1 Classic, chances are you've seen it.
It's not hard to understand why the heavy-metal trio has never cut their hair or hung up their high-tops: these guys can play. On ancient cuts like "School Love" and newer thumpers such as "This is Thirteen," Anvil displays a talent and energy that's got to be difficult to put on a shelf and leave behind. NATHAN SMITH
Little Joe Washington
Boondocks, March 11
Out of a Third Ward blues-guitar school that has now graduated to the great beyond Albert Collins, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Johnny Guitar Watson and Joe Guitar Hughes, Little Joe Washington is the last man standing. And he's hardly standing still: he's also pedaling his Schwinn from gig to gig, Fender strapped to his back, doing things with it you've never heard before and never will again, and then passing his hat around for tips. After Joe's hospitalization for liver and kidney trouble last fall, he's back playing gigs... again. JOHN NOVA LOMAX/CHRIS GRAY
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