Let’s Get Crazy: The Best of The Week
Sometimes there are just as many chances to laugh in public as there are to get down. Granted, this weekend will feature the legendary rap sounds of Slick Rick, but you also have more than enough chances to see some great local and touring comedy. Hold your sides, here’s where your plans are made.
It’s not often, that you can go see someone in the midst of blowing up at a venue that’s not immensely oversized. However on Thursday the 10th, T.Mills will be bringing his “All I Wanna Do” tour to Houston, in the midst of his blowing up. If the small string of exposure from Mills over the past several years wasn’t enough, his recent pop hit, “All I Wanna’ Do” single is kind of insanely hard to forget. Rumor has it that his performances are kind of crazy and super energetic. If you’re a fan, then you should probably grab your tickets quick, seeing that the Studio at Warehouse Live can sell out fast. The doors are at 8:00 and the tickets are $17.00 for the all ages show.
Of course, rap pop might not be your bag, which is completely understandable. You’re lucky in that Fitzgerald’s downstairs has you covered when John Amar makes his return to Houston from his recent digs in the windy city. A Houston native, Amar has a kind of pop meets EDM sound, mixed with almost hip hop type vocals. It should be quite the affair with locals BLSHS and Flcon Fcker adding their usual charm and pop melodies. PILOT opens things up with an 8:00 door and tickets from $5.00 for 21 & up and $10.00 for under 21.
On Friday, there are more than enough things to do. This can all start off with the Slick Rick show at Warehouse Live. Let’s get this straight, Slick Rick is a legend and if you agree then you should grab your tickets ASAP and make it out for his 25th Anniversary Tour. “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” was one of those albums a white kid from the suburbs like me would hide from his Conservative parents’ eyes. If Rick doesn’t sell it for you enough, Kyle Hubbard will be making a very rare appearance with Roosh Williams and Gabe Bravo, to name a few; making up his backing crew. This is seriously a not to be missed show for any fan of hip hop. The doors are at 8:00 and tickets are $23.00 for this all ages show.
Also on Friday, the dreamy noise pop of Austin’s Pure X will be stopping by Fitzgerald’s downstairs. The kind of cool thing about Pure X is that if you ever wanted to know what the world sounds like if it was always a pot induced 1972 type of place, these guys are it. Their 2013 album, “Angels” is that exactly, and great music to just chill to. The acid laced pop stylings of Children of Pop will definitely win you over with their infectious sound. The avant garde noise experimentation of M Geddes Gengras will open things up with an 8:00 door and tickets falling between $10.00 and $13.00, depending on when you snatch them up.
There’s also some laughs to be had when the Sin City Plaza hosts their comedy night on the 11th as well. If you like to laugh, you like naked women, and you like them together, then this is the bill for you. This looks to be a possible new spot for you to catch some of Houston’s funniest in a strange setting. Hosted by newcomer comedian Coleman Cox, the show this week will feature Micah Green, Jus Jaden, Barry Laminack, MyCal De’de, Zach Dickson, and Mickey Housley. The doors are at $9.00 and the cover is a mere $10.00, which is the cheapest thing you’ll get at a strip club in your life.
Over at Rudyard’s on Friday, you can catch a FREE show upstairs when Sans Euphoria makes their debut. The hardcore sounds of Bury The Crown will be on board with the melodic and fast paced Another Run opening things up. The doors are at 9:00 and it’s 21 & up.
Not to be overshadowed by strippers and comedy, The Beta Theater will host the Triple Header show, also on Friday. The lineup consists of the hilarity from host Bob Morrissey, alongside some of Houston’s newest and brightest comedians. Away from the open mic scene, each comic will be performing a twenty minute set at the show. This time the show will feature Matt Hunt, Ashton Womack, and Tim Williams. It all starts at 7:00 with a pay what you want policy, and as always BYOB.
On Saturday, be prepared for rock meets sideshow, when Mills McCoin hosts his Rock ‘N Roll Circus at the Orange Show. In it’s third year, the show will feature arousing cavalcade of bearded ladies, fortune tellers, clowns and contortionists; with the likes of the Stranger Danger Thrillshow as well. There will also be music from BLACKIE, and The New Mercies. Tickets range between $15.00 and $20.00 and things get started around 7:00 with the doors opening at 6:00.
Of course, you can also keep the comedy train rolling by heading over to House of Blues on Saturday for comedian Aisha Tyler. If you’ve seen “Archer,” the revival of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?,” or laughed at the only funny person occasionally on that fake version of “The View” on CBS called “The Talk;” then you should know who Tyler is. There appears to be no opener, but the tickets are at a fair price at $25.25. The doors are at 7:00 and it’s a 21 & up show.
It goes without saying that “The Dude”from “The Big Lebowski,” Jeff Bridges has a band. I’ll give Bridges the benefit of the doubt that it’s not nearly as bad as when Eddie Murphy or Bruce Willis decided to become musicians; but it is still an actor in a band. Rumor has it that after the filming of “Crazy Heart,” Bridges couldn’t stop the musical side of his personna. If you think this might be up your alley, he’s playing over at Warehouse Live on Saturday the 12th with his band The Abiders. I’ll admit, it was listenable and much better than what I thought it might sound like. The ticket price of $37.00 will either scare you off or at least peak your curiosity. The doors are at 8:00 and the record spinning duo of Craig Hlavaty & Dave Wrangler known as Vinyl Ranch will be opening things up.
On Sunday, the comedic talents of Brian Zeolla will be hosting his monthly show, The Level up at Rudyard’s. This month, comedian Dave Ross of The Terrified with Dave Ross podcast on the Nerdist network will be bringing his very Montrose friendly brand of comedy to the upstairs stage. With Jaffer Khan as the feature performer and the always funny Tim Williams and Nick Meriwether on the bill, you should be laughing till your sides ache. The doors are at 7:300 with the show starting at 8:00. The tickets are at an insanely low $5.00 price.
Of course, if you’re the type of person who “Heard It In a Love Song,” then you should make your way out to the woodlands for The Marshall Tucker Band. Playing over at Dosey Doe Coffee, it’s worth the drive if you’re a fan of the band who’s had a big number of hits that you know the moment you hear them. As with most shows at Dosey Doe, dinner is included with the ticket price, that in this case runs from $98.00 to $138.00. Things get started at 7:30 and it’s a must see for anyone who has $100 bucks and is a fan.
On Tuesday the 15th, the storied metal sounds of Anvil will be playing the downstairs at Fitzgerald’s. You may know these guys from the sad yet triumphant documentary, “The Story of Anvil.” They will be joined by Houston’s Burn The Boats and a band whose literal name is ASS. The tight and energetic performance of the Motley Crue meets Queensryche sounding The Mercury Cure open things up at this all ages show. The doors are at 7:00 and the tickets are between $15.00 and $17.00.
It’s a strange weekend that’s filled with more laughs than music. Of course, if you think that Jeff Bridges singing is funny, then you should have a greater weekend than most. The sheer fact that you can see Slick Rick in the same weekend that you can see Dave Ross or Aisha Tyler just proves that Houston is more entertaining than most places.