The Five Best Shows in Houston This Week: Old 97's, Zakk Wylde, Kashmere Stage Band, etc.
Since approximately Labor Day 2013 -- so about six months now -- 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 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.
For Debonair's Memorial Day edition (no cover before 9 p.m.), Tay and Brad welcome Zachary-Devon, Anzeo David, Tawn Peron, Ray Mundo and, as always, that butter-smooth Debonair House Band. The party never stops on Instagram at @DebonairLoungeHTX, too. CHRIS GRAY
Unless we missed a show (they're here a lot), last time Houston saw the Old 97's they were celebrating the 15th anniversary of 1997's Too Far to Care, the Dallas veterans' blistering grab at the major-label brass ring that became an alt-country touchstone despite never quite getting the mainstream attention it deserved. Now they're back behind an album many critics are saying is their best since that one, Most Messed Up, another sheaf of quick-witted war stories from one of the most romantic Texas bar bands in history, with the benefit of that much more muscle memory and soulful wisdom. CHRIS GRAY
Little Joe Washington
Boondocks, May 27
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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