Friday 23 March 2018 – Arnette’s 50th Birthday Party featuring: Bayou Vimana * Satanic Overlords of Rock n Roll * Merkava * Hogleg

Bayou Vimana (Houston, TX)

Without compromise, Bayou Vimana’s signature combination of wailing dual guitars by Chris Chow(WD-40oz, Twenty-Three, Donkey Punch) and Arnett “Pnut” Vaughn(End Result, Small Craft Advisory, Donkey Punch, Transmaniacon MC) layered over the substratal backbone delivered by bassist Kelsey Heath(Childman, The Drunks, Dead Mineral) and drummer James Vidler(Vice Grip, Gerth, Unhinged, Incisor) forges a thunderous distorted melody for vocalist Bryan “Ghetto” Smith(Donkey Punch, Twenty-Three, WD-40oz) to revel the band’s past with stories of bars, booze, fast women, and the pursuit of good times. Playing in, out, around, and sometimes underneath each other in the vibrant downtown Houston music scene from the early ’90s to the present, Bayou Vimana’s members developed close friendships with each other early on while cutting their teeth in different projects at legendary local venues including Emo’s Houston, The Vatican/The Abyss, Goat’s Head Soup, Instant Karma, Blue Iguana, Fitzgerald’s, Mary Jane’s, and The Engine Room. After the highly successful release of their debut 6 song “Origin Sound-Southwing Audio Masters EP” in 2017, Bayou Vimana is set to expand and deliver it’s live show throughout the Southeastern United States and will enter Southwing Audio early Summer 2018 to begin work on their first full-length release.

“Bayou Vimana nicely bridges early 80s sleazy rock and roll with a contemporary attitude. Their music is chock-full of catchy hooks and danceable melodies. It is impossible to not have a great time at their gigs” – Jeff Reno(singer for Khobretti, owner of Feral Noise)

“Houston is the quintessential melting pot, and Bayou Vimana is the quintessential melting pot band.” – Dave Ellington (Guitarist for Bowel, manager at Boondocks)

“As a record label owner, you have to be open to all music. Bayou Vimana brings that old school garage rock sound back into the fold of an over flooding of bands chasing the same sound. With the feel of old AC/DC & Guns N’ Roses to Fu Manchu, you can’t go wrong. If you are a fan of old school rock & roll that grabs your soul, give em a listen.” Big Bald Brian (owner Ossuary Industries)


Satanic Overlords of Rock n Roll (Houston, TX)

Evil Rock N Roll in the vein of the Dwarves, Black Sabbath, Turbonegro and all of the other Devil loving rock bands you seem to enjoy!




Merkava (Houston, TX)




Hogleg (Houston, TX)

Houston rock and roll, includes members from Dixie Waste, Poor Dumb Bastards, Red Hawk, with ex Born again Virgins vocalist James Redd.





Friday 23 March 2018 – Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Allegra Hyde with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Josie Mitchell, and Annie Shepherd (6:30-9pm, FREE)


Gulf Coast Literary Journal Presents
Gulf Coast Reading Series

Allegra Hyde
with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Josie Mitchell, and Annie Shepherd
Friday March 23, 2017
Doors open at 6:30. Reading will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Join Gulf Coast for a feature reading by Allegra Hyde, accompanied by writers from University of Houston’s nationally acclaimed Creative Writing Program. 

Allegra Hyde‘s debut story collection, Of This New World, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award through the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series. Her stories and essays have been published by Tin House, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and other venues. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, as well as support from The Elizabeth George Foundation, the Lucas Artist Residency Program, the Jentel Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission. Currently, sheteaches fiction at the University of Houston.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is the author of the forthcoming novel House of Stone (Atlantic Books, UK, June 2018, W. W. Norton, USA, January 2019). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2015), where she was a recipient of the Maytag and TWF Fellowships, as well as a Rydson Award, she is a native of Zimbabwe, has lived in South Africa and the USA, and is a recipient of the Inprint Fondren Foundation/Michael and Nina Zilkha Fellowship at the UH Creative Writing Program. Shadows, her short story collection, was published to critical acclaim by Kwela in South Africa (2013) and awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. Novuyo has received writing residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Programme and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has work forthcoming in McSweeney’s (Issue 52, March 2018) and The Displaced (Abrams Press, April 2018), an anthology edited by the Pulitzer Prize winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen. Novuyo serves on the Editorial Advisory Board and is a Fiction Editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature based New York.

Josie Mitchell is in her third year of her MFA at the University of Houston. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she received a BFA in Creative Writing. Before moving to Houston, she worked as a preschool teacher in Dalian, China, where her Chinese name translated to “Dumpling”. Josie is a Non-Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast and student advisor to the UH undergraduate literary magazine, Glass Mountain. She is from San Diego, California, and is at work on a story collection set there. It’s called, Fuck You, El Niño.

Annie Shepherd taught ESL in China for two years before returning to her home state of Texas to obtain an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University. Prior to entering the PhD program in fiction at University of Houston, she taught writing and literature at Texas State University and University of the Incarnate Word. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in North American Review, The Greensboro Review, and North Dakota Quarterly.



The  Gulf Coast Literary Journal is a literary magazine founded by Donald Barthelme and Philip Lopate over twenty years ago, Gulf Coast continues to be published today out of the creative writing department of the University of Houston. We publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, and reviews, as well as a full-color visual art features and critical art writing.  For subscription information and submission guidelines: 

Thursday 22 March 2018 – Chris Watts * Charlie and the Regrets

Chris Watts (Pineville, LA)

“Without the darkness I doubt you’d see the stars,” says East Nashville songwriter Chris Watts. From suffering a gunshot wound as a Louisiana National Guardsman on Hurricane Katrina duty to cutting his teeth at the raucous honky-tonks of Music City’s Broadway Ave., the Louisiana native has certainly seen both.

Watts incorporates this bent-but-not-broken ethos into his own brand of Deep South Americana music. Southern-fried in hardship and hope, Watts sets equal parts country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll to the backdrop of the swampy Louisiana backroads he grew up on.  The end result hits the palate like a cold mint julep on a sticky day: earthy, fun, and bittersweet.

Watts has shared his Deep South Americana on prominent stages across the country, including Asheville’s Isis Theater, the Key West Songwriter’s Festival, House of Blues New Orleans, AMA Americanafest in Nashville, Music City’s historic Exit/In, City Winery, and the world-famous listening room Bluebird Café. He’s opened for internationally touring acts ranging from Sammy Kershaw to Snoop Dogg, and his songs have appeared on some of America’s most acclaimed terrestrial radio stations, including WWOZ New Orleans and WSM Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry.

His debut EP ‘The God’s Own Truth’ was named “Best of 2016” (The Revue). He will release the rock guitar-driven ‘American Kind,’ the first single from his debut full-length solo album, in early 2018. “Watts sings in the title track ‘I may never be Bob Dylan,’ but he has a knack for melody, lyrics, and truth that shows promise as an artist coming into his own.” (No Depression).


Charlie and the Regrets (Houston, TX)

Charlie and The Regrets is a Houston based alt-country/Americana band that brings the standout lap steel work of Willy T. to frontman Charlie’s narrative songwriting to create their unique Gulf Coast flavor of alt-Country.

Since the release of their 2015 EP, the band has made several radio and television appearances and played venues across Texas and the Gulf coast including: The House of Blues (Houston), Adair’s Saloon (Dallas), The Raven Tower (Houston), The Rattle Inn (Austin), Fitzgerald’s (Houston), Poodie’s Hilltop Cafe (Austin), The Firehouse Saloon (Houston), The Old Quarter (Galveston), Longhorn Saloon (Vinton, LA).  Cuts from the EP are regularly played on KPFT 90.1 FM and the band gets regular mentions in Free Press Houston features on “The Best Of” Houston entertainment lists.


Thursday 22 March 2018 – Thursday Night Dart Tourney at Rudz (7-10pm)


Every Thursday, Houston Darts Association and Rudyard’s hosts a Blind Draw Doubles tournament with registration starting at 7:00pm and first throw at 7:30pm.  Cash prizes are handed out to the top finishers and half of the tournament pot is graciously matched by Rudyard’s to juice up stakes.  The BBD tournament will include a best of three format, starting with 501 and Cricket, and team member’s randomly matched before the tournament starts.  Entry fee’s will be determined at the start of the tournament but are generally $5 with optional buy-in’s for a mystery out.  If there are enough interested following the BBD tournament we will follow up with a singles tournament of similar fashion.

Shoot well everyone!

** Membership in the HDA is absolutely NOT required to enter and all skill levels are welcome. **

Wednesday 21 March 2018 – r/Houston Board Gaming at Rudyard’s Pub (6:30-9:30pm)

r/Houston Board Gaming at Rudyard’s Pub!

Every Wednesday Night


Come have a drink, meet some interesting people, and play some awesome board games. Our meeting place is Rudyard’s Pub on Waugh. They have damn good food and a decent beer selection. Three parking lots to the North, West, and South West and some street parking a block over.

If you are new to the world of modern board games have no fear, everyone is awesome and you’ll have a great time. We have all types of games; social games with easy rules and lots of interaction or more competitive games as well as cooperative ones. TableTop on youtube is a good place to get a feel for the types of games we usually play.

We average around 30 people and we’re upstairs in the private event area.

Join our Facebook group:

Tuesday 20 March 2018 – Grown Up Storytime (8pm & 10pm shows)

Grown-Up Generic


The Grown-up Storytime series takes place the third Tuesday of every month at 8pm and 10pm (that’s right, TWO shows per night) at Rudyard’s British Pub, a bar and venue located in the heart of Montrose. You send us stories, we pick the best ones, and assign them to a rotating crack-squad of expert story readers who show up the night of and wow our socks and/or pants off. It’s on a Tuesday – what else are you going to do? AND…it’s only $5.

Interested in submitting a story or reading someone else’s story?!? Email us at or fill out the handy dandy form below!

“…totally amazing, super original and completely hilarious show, Grown-Up Storytime.”
~ Lydia O’Neil of

“a party!”
~Salvador Chevez

“How has Houston survived without [the] monthly “Grown-up Storytime” comedy bash?”
~Joel Luks of CultureMap

Monday 19 March 2018 – Rudyard’s Open Mic Comedy Night (Free!! doors 7:30pm)



Houston Press Best of 2013 Winner
Best Open-Mike Comedy Night Houston 2013
“With a decent amount of local talent, Houston deserves more stages to feature homegrown comics. Thankfully, Rudz has stepped forward to devote one night a week to nurturing newcomers and showcasing seasoned vets…you can check out a rotating cast of characters, for free — you’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a more fun way to spend a Monday night. Especially if your next Monday night involves going to a funeral. Trust us, this’ll be waaaay funnier.” – Houston Press
Our Free Comedy Open Mic Show Opens At 7:30. Show starts at 8:00