Thursday, September 01 – Rogue Improv

Rogue Improv – (Houston, TX )

Rogue Improv is a long form improv comedy ensemble performing shows every Thursday (except for the last Thursday each month) beginning at 8:00 p.m. at Rudyard’s British Pub at 2010 Waugh, Houston, TX, 77006. $5 cash admission, great bar, great food.

In each show, Rogue takes a suggestion from the audience, using it as the inspiration to create a completely improvised, unscripted, 25-30 minute theat…rical universe. Rogue concentrates on “grounded” improv that instinctively creates the funny. Come see it to believe it. Rogue also offers classes for new aspiring improvisers and workshops for parties and corporate events.

Thursday, September 1 – Rest^vrant

Rest^vrant (Victoria, TX)

Troy Olaf Murrah and J State met at either a keg party or a football game while attending rival junior high schools in a small South Texas town called Victoria. They didn’t start playing music as a band until years later after moving to Los Angeles to write the Great American Bromantic Comedy screenplay and work at a slot car race track/Cirque du Soleil respectively. Their musical collaboration be…gan one fateful evening after “last call.” An indefatigable desire to keep the good times rolling would inspire the well-intentioned abuse of a Wurlitzer organ, an empty beer box and some slide guitar that went deep into the night in the confines of a moldy Silverlake apartment . This was the first Restavrant show, played to a drunken friend who was so riveted he promptly passed out. Some of the artists that inspired this radness are Mississippi Fred Mcdowell, The Fall, Too $hort, Doo Rag, George Jones, A Tribe Called Quest, Ugly Casanova, Hank Williams, Bo Diddley, Bobby Fuller, Mel Brooks, Desmond Dekker and the Aces, The Country Teasers, The Pogues, The D.O.C., Joseph Cornell, Run D.M.C., Halle Berry, Chuck Berry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cap n Jazz, Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston, The Clash, Afrika Bambaata, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Mance Lipscomb, The Pharcyde and Val Kilmer.



Rudyard’s Pub 33rd Anniversary Party with Automatic Thrill * Texxxas,* Richard Cagle & the Voodoo Choir

Here’s to 33 years of fun in the Montrose!
Come eat & drink & collect raffle tickets for the Great Bar Stuff Giveaway from 6-9pm downstairs! Get a raffle ticket for each purchase starting at 4pm. 

The door opens at 9pm for the bands – &, yes, Kiddos, it’s free! The bands?

Automatic Thrill (Houston, TX) –

Houston’s very own heavy metal, rock’n’roll, local band developed for your aural pleasure.

Tony Fulco-singer

Stevie Sims-drummer

Ryan Poole-guitar

Travis Massacre-guitar

Chadwick Davis-bass



Texxxas – (Sorry No Info on line)

The vision/concept for this album came to me several years ago. I knew I wanted to produce a Blues album, but instead of putting together a band, writing the songs, rehearsing and then recording, I wanted to do it all at once. I wanted it to be a true Zen moment. So, I invited some of the best musicians in Houston to join me in this adventure. The simple concept for each session is; four of us walk into our garage studio without knowing what we’re going to play. “Not caring about yesterday or what’s going to happen tomorrow. It’s just about what happens this moment”. In most of the sessions, the players had never met each other, much less ever played together. We wrote the song right then, and turned on the recorder to capture the results. Streaming our parts is the best way to describe it. Each of the songs on this album took an average of two and a half hours to write and record. After the initial songs were written and recorded, I brought in Rick Thompson to play keys on all of them, Gary Sapone played Harmonica on two of the tunes, James Hoover replaced my bass on Uptown/Downtown, and Gideon Cheshire helped me fine tune the lyrics. I’m proud of the outcome of this project and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it. The Blues is all about feeling, and on this project, we all poured our hearts into it.

Saturday, August 27, 2011 – Punk Rock Payback: Poor Dumb Bastards * The Hates * The Wrong Ones

Poor Dumb Bastards (Houston, TX) – PDB was formed in March 1991 by long time hetero life partners and musical collaborators, Mike Porterfield and Byron Dean. The initial interest was to find a means to get into Emo’s for free, later they discovered Emo’s was always free. Drawing on their collective influences and experiences from some of their earlier work, bands like Cretinoid, Plutonium Flatheads and the Byron Weird Group, Mike and Byron set out create a genre all their own, hence “Texas Drunk Rock” was born. Add the non bass playing talents of Steve Scholtes and the competent, metronomic drumming of Chi Chi Macoola, and PDB were able to carve their initials on the bathroom door of the Texas music scene. Through the many years and many lineup changes, but these Ill-minded sewer rockers have stayed true to their founding principals. POWER, PERFORMANCE, PERVERSION

Punk Rock Payback. Wear your PDB gear get in free. (in a stroke of marketing genius, t-shirts will be available at the door).
Lineup to be annouced.   One “lucky” Bitch or Bastard will have the thrill of lifetime, the opportuity to design the evenings attire for the Big Bastard himself…No electricity or fireworks please… ”  – Poor Dumb Bastards


The Hates (Houston, TX)

Legendary newspaper journalist Bert Woodall might just have hit the nail on the head, by giving the HATES the epithet: “Houston’s First and Last Punk Band”.

Almost 30 years since the band’s formation, prime mover Christian Arnheiter a.k.a. Christian Anarchy is the only original member left, but his band has become an institution that still wreaks some old-school punk rock havoc upon the Houston, Texas music scene.

On January 4, 1996 Hobart Rowland of the Houston Press said:

Christian Arnheiter has every excuse to sit and sulk. For two decades, his band the Hates has been thrashing away in blissful obscurity, all the while upholding the tattered flag of the punk aesthetic. And now he has to watch as bands such as Green Day, Rancid and the Offspring cash in on the resurgence of a sound that his Houston group had a hand in fashioning in the first place. If he had a mind to, Arnheiter might muster up a few putdowns to go with his been there, done that attitude. But instead of anger, all Arnheiter can come up with is indifference. True punks, Arnheiter will tell you, stow their frustration. They save it for their songs; they use it for inspiration; they take it out on their guitars. And rest assured, Arnheiter is as true as they come, a living, breathing, Mohawked anachronism.


The Wrong Ones (Houston, TX)

“The end of the world has been on people’s minds lately, what with the Mayans apparently penciling in the apocalypse next year and the Rapture rain-checked for October of this ‘un. That preoccupation with the end of the world is why we skipped straight to ‘Doomsday Transmission” on the Wrongs Ones’ new album, Deceiver (Cutthroat Records).

In most of their moments, the Wrong Ones are a textbook punk band. That’s not meant as a knock against them, but what expectations you hold in your head when you’re told that an album is a punk album will be met within standard parameters when you throw on Deceiver. True, it’s a bit angrier than modern punk, and there is a curious lack of artistic difference in that sung vitriol.” – Houston Press





Friday, August 26, 2011 – Tody Castillo * Milk Bomb

Tody Castillo (Houston, TX)

Steve Earle first heard Tody Castillo’s music when shopping for producers for Townes, his recent tribute to Townes Van Zandt. One listen to Castillo’s songs gave Earle enough confidence to hire Houston producer Steve Christensen, who helped produce and engineer the recording of Windhorse.  Born out of personal tragedy, yet teeming with hope, the songs on Windhorse show Castillo’s depth of songwriting. They range from the dreamy lullaby to all-out rock-and-roll anthems.  Castillo played most of the instruments on the recording, as well as being the only writer and singer.  His beautiful voice has range and depth rarely found in today’s rock scene.  This work maintains the cross-genre appeal that helped his 2005 self-titled release find a broad audience, earning the musician Houston Press‘ Best Unsigned Act award in 2005 (along with nominations for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Best Rock/Pop). The album was also the top-selling release at Cactus Music and Video in 2005, outselling even the likes of Coldplay.

“This record unique for me because I’m such a different person,” Castillo says. “I released the first record in February 2005, a few months after I got married. A few months after that, I lost my brother due to an accident. That kind of thing is devastating. My wife then lost someone close in her family as well at the end of 2005. We joked about that year as being ‘the year of the death.’ The following year while playing and promoting the first record, my first son was born.  So I lost a brother, and became a husband and a father all around the same time. This record is about that.”

Recorded during coffee-fueled sessions at The Treehouse, the Houston Heights garage apartment studio of Steve Christensen, Windhorse is a series of intimate snapshots into Castillo’s life. The heartbreak over the death of his brother and the joy of becoming a father echo throughout this work.  Musicians Eddy Hobizal, Chris Masterson (currently with Son Volt), Steve Brown, and Ryan Biddle helped the duo by adding their skills to the piano, guitar, bass, and percussion on several songs.

Album highlights include “The Shape Of My Heart,” “Spoken Up Sooner,” “The Other Side of Love,” “Hearts On A String,” and “Mustang Island”.



Sunday, August 21, 2011 – Buxton * The Donkeys * Steve Reno

Buxton (Houston, TX) -Press Reviews from the 7″ ‘Feather / Flint’..
“…The kind of future collectible thing you’ll want to own when they become famous…One of Houston’s finest bands” The Houston Chronicle

“Feathers alone is my call for song of the year…It’s the stuff that will get you dancing and will take your darkest days and make them bright and joyous.” Ramon Medina, Free Press Houston

“…The 7 incher from Heaven to bring Houstonians what they love.” IndieHouston

“…These songs are good. Damn good.” Michael Dallas Miller, Dryvetyme Onlyne

“…Quickly becoming a Houston trademark” Craig Hlavaty, Houston Press

“The songs are classics; they definitely pay the past a nod, but the band has built solid tunes on a time-tested foundation and then adorned it with a dash of modernity, giving them a timeless quality.” Marc Brubaker, Houstonist

“If there’s an award for Best Hooky Riff of the Year, these guys should be in the running.” Jeremy Hart, Space City Rock

The Donkeys (San Diego, CA) – We would love to be able to say that the Donkeys are simply four California beach bums who love to surf, drink cheap beer and jam as the sun sets over the Pacific. The long legacy of music hailing from California — from Bakersfield to the Beach Boys, Sweetheart of the Rodeo through Slanted and Enchanted — has shaped our sense that everything and everyone “out west” is laid back, comfortable and cool.

And to be fair, when it comes to the Donkeys, some of this mystique is true — two of the band’s members are indeed surfers, and all four have been known to down a six pack or two. But like California, the real-life Donkeys (best friends from Southern California, Timothy DeNardo, Jessie Gulati, Anthony Lukens and Sam Sprague) are much more… real. If their backstory contains those top-down cars and suntanned utopian surf tableaus, it also contains the malaise and the escape fantasies familiar to all suburban kids of the 80s and 90s. Miraculously, the music manages to comfortably communicate both moods at once. Any expression of existential ennui — “is this all there is?” — is simultaneously soothed by an unrushed guitar lick and a harmonized twang that becomes almost, dare we say, meditative.

Part of this magic comes from the fact that there’s no artifice to the Donkeys’ songs, from the matter-of-fact breakup blues of “Boot on the Seat” to the playful recollections of a late, drunken night narrated on “Nice Train.” These are everyday lives in the postmodern world expressed with a deep respect for classic songs from the 70s through the 90s — for spacey grooves and soulful, jangly swagger — that elevates the subject matter beyond the ordinary. Living on the Other Side, the band’s second album, is not meant to hit you over the head with a flamboyant single — instead, imagine Ray Davies jamming with the Byrds, or a Gene Clark-fronted Buffalo Springfield — and you’ll get a sense of the tradition that informs this band.

Living on the Other Side is about rolling down the windows, cranking up the stereo, and hitting the open road. Maybe you’re running away, and maybe you’re not, but either way, everything’s going to be alright.

 Steve Reno (Houston, TX) –

Steve Reno was born and grew up in California, but has lived half his life in Texas,which makes him comfortable enough to say” I told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!” He has played in bands in LA and Houston since he was in high school. It wasn’t until a few years ago that he started playing solo acoustic gigs.

At this time he is releasing a new album entitled ” Soft Shoulders”. His musical style has been described as old school( he disagrees, says it is stone age). It is also called folk and Americana. Whatever you call it, it’s all for fun and fun for all.