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Volume 68, Issue 53, Thursday, November 7, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Scarface headlines Houston Music Festival

By Daniel R. Huron
The Daily Cougar

Thereis no football game this weekend at Reliant Stadium, but that doesnit mean the building wonit be bumping.

Local legend Scarface will be just one performer at the 2002 Houston Music Festival this Saturday at Reliant. Nelly, Ashanti, The Gap Band and Lil Flip are among the other artists set to appear.

But of course, the cityis local stages offers up a ton of other possibilities for your musical enjoyment.

The Fabulous Satellite Lounge

The original saxophone player for Little Richard has released a new CD and heis in Houston to celebrate. Grady Gaines and The Texas Upsetters will be holding their CD release party for Jump Start on Friday.

Austin-based band Soulhat, featuring Kevin McKinney and Pete Riley, will be opening for Edwin McCain on Saturday. McCain probably will be trying out some of his new stuff from his album in the works, The Austin Sessions. The album includes material co-written by McCain and a few cover songs.

Remember that surf-guitar theme music from Pulp Fiction? Dick Dale, the man who crafted that classic tune, will be at the lounge on Sunday. Although Dale hasnit come out with an album since his 1997 compilation MOM II: Music For Our Mother Ocean, the artist has been making waves since he and Del-Tones bandmates debuted in 1962 with Surfersi Choice.

The Engine Room

Slop Jar Junior and Spoonfed Tribe will perform at the Engine Room on Friday.

Saturday nightis lineup will feature Mindset, Graf Siva, Trashcan Punch and Super Dirty.

The Engine Room doors will open at 11 a.m. Saturday for the Exposure Music Festival. The always entertaining Battle of the Bands competition will culminate with a special performance from alternative rockers Imperial Teen.


Friday offers a huge night of music at Fitzgeraldis. But, when isnit there a busy night at Fitzis?

Downstairs will feature One Man Army and The Applicators. One Man Armyis show should be filled with tracks from its latest album Rumors and Headlines, which dropped Oct. 15. The Bay Area-based bandis latest CD was well-received by both critics and fans.

Dynamite Boy, Next to Nothing, The Tie That Binds and Never Heard of It will perform upstairs.

The ultimate Pink Floyd tribute band, Us and Them, will perform Saturday. The show starts at 9:30 p.m., and in true Pink Floyd style, the show will last four hours.

The Sidecar Pub

Naked Content, Michael, Satellite Bishops and Floodgate will perform Friday. This could mark the last performance by Michael.

Saturday at the Sidecar Pub will feature Canvas, Walking Timebombs and Jeff Boortz.

This weekis edition of the Sunday Evening Acoustic Series will feature performances by Beaver Nelson, Adam Carroll and Steve Poltz.

Nelson, who just released his latest work, Legends of the Super Heroes, broke out with his hit debut album, Last Hurrah.

At just 26 years of age, Carroll has been recognized for his sharp songwriting. His 1999 debut album South of Town is still making its round.

... but not least

Havenit found what youire looking for? Check the rest of the acts scattered around the town. Beenie Man, Smilez and Southstar, Kirk Davis and Lil Keke will be just a few performers at the Royal Hall on Friday.

H-Townis Arena Theater will host Sonu Nigam and Priyanshu on Friday. Saturday at the Arena Theater will feature two Grammy-nominated artists, Al Jarreau and Nnenna Freelon.

Freelon, a five-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist, will belt out tunes from her latest album, Tales of Wonder, which was released this past June.

The Houston-based pipe and drum ensemble, Clandestine, will take the stage at McGonigelis Mucky Duck on Saturday.

Megga Banton and Delly Ranks will perform at Reception Hall on Saturday.

Mary Janeis stage will be busy when Piebald, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists. Koufax and Kissing Chaos perform Saturday.

Julia Sets and Fantasy Four will take the stage at Rudyardis on Sunday.

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