at Fitz on Friday
By Ellen Simonson
Daily Cougar Staff
Fans of the funny, as well as the infectious,
will find themselves in for a treat Friday night as native Texas band Slobberbone
Photo courtesy of Atlantic
Denton's own Slobberbone
(above) will perform at Fitzgerald's on Friday.
The group achieved nationwide notoriety
recently when its song "Gimme Back My Dog" from the album Everything You
Thought Was Right Was
Wrong Today was mentioned by a character
in Stephen King's novel Black House. The Denton-based band, which is known
for its enticing mix
of punk-rock energy and country realism,
will perform at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Dr.
Also on Friday, Harris and Ryden, a band
"proudly sponsored by Lone Star Beer," will be performing at the Firehouse
Saloon, located at Hwy. 59
and Fountainview Street. Stephen Harris
and Chris Ryden were both raised around San Antonio; although they went
to the same high school,
they met in Wyoming and decided to move
back to Texas to pursue a musical career. Since then, the band has opened
for such luminaries as
Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, Lyle Lovett
and Pat Green.
Austin band the Gourds will visit the Continental
Club on Friday. The band, which achieved anonymous fame (a tricky feat)
with a cover of Snoop
Dogg's "Gin and Juice" that was mistakenly
credited to Phish on file-swapping sites such as Napster, mixes humor and
talent in equal parts.
Houston's own The Colour Clear will be
performing Saturday night at Fitzgerald's with Arizenme, Austin's Coexist
and Flowers to Hide. Famed
Texas blues guitarist Bobby Mack will
be in town Saturday as well, playing at the Cactus Moon Blues Café
at 7 West Main St. in Humble with his
band Night Train.
If that's not enough blues for you, Van
Wilks will be at the Sidecar Pub, 11202 Huffmeister Rd., on Saturday night.
Wilks has been a part of the
Austin music scene for over three decades,
and his band (also called Van Wilks) has been heralded by the Austin American-Statesman
perfect cross between Jimi Hendrix and
On Sunday, perennial metalheads Judas Priest
will stop in Houston for a show at the Aerial Theater, 520 Texas Ave. The
headbangers have been around since the
1970s, but became popular in the '80s with songs like "Breakin' the Law."