Thursday 16 July 2015 – My Houston 2040 Meeting (5-7pm, free and open to the public)




Houston’s monthly Happy Hour meeting of the minds

Co-hosted by Houston Tomorrow, Air Alliance Houston, Better Houston, Citizens’ Transportation Coalition, CNU (Congress for the New Urbanism), and Community Artists’ Collective.

Third Thursday of every month
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Rudyard’s Upstairs, 2010 Waugh Drive (map)
Free and open to the public.
Food and drinks available at bar.

The Idea
Houston Tomorrow, Air Alliance Houston, Better Houston, Citizens’ Transportation Coalition, CNU (Congress for the New Urbanism), and Community Artists’ Collective agree that Houstonians can build a better Houston today by thinking about the Houston we may inherit in 2040 and the Houston we want in 2040. Each happy hour will include time for networking and socializing, a topical speaker who will give an informational presentation on Houston urbanism, transportation planning, culture, environment, and more, and a visionary speaker who will give their “My Houston 2040” talk:

– What do you think Houston will be like in 2040?
– What do you want Houston to be like in 2040?
– What do you want us to do to make Houston like you want it to be in 2040?

Please join us at our monthly gathering in the second floor room at Rudyard’s Pub for lively discussion on how YOU would envision Houston to be in the year 2040.

Saturday and Sunday July 4th and 5th, 2015 – Past, Present & Perlick – A Celebration of Working at Rudz

The day has come to retire the Perlick keg box from service. If you have worked at Rudyard’s, you have most likely worked with this guy. Rumor has it that the Perlick come over from Kipling back in 1980 or 81. What is certain, I’ll never forget buying the bar in 1993 & this being the first piece of equipment I had to get serviced. It was an old cranky workhorse then & 22 years later it still is. In the world of refrigeration, this guy is as venerable as Methuselah. He has served countless pints of beer & undergone numerous work-arounds to accomplish that. Whether you worked directly with the Perlick or in the kitchen or on the door or barbacking, part of the team working with you was the Perlick. Come raise a toast & a shot to celebrate the passing of this keg box. Celebrate the time you spent at Rudz with others who worked along side you or before or after. The check in table in the back dart room is where you pick up your tickets to use your employee discount for drinks & sign the photograph I’ve had printed to commemorate you all. There’s gonna be some BBQ on Sunday as well. Since it’s the 4th of July weekend, the gathering is all weekend long to fit your schedule. See you then!



Thursday 12 March 2015 – My Houston 2040 meeting with speakers Christof Spieler and Chris Wise of Buxton with musical guests Hearts of Animals & Joe Mathlete – [doors 5:30]


Houston 2040
Houston’s monthly Happy Hour meeting of the minds

Hearts of Animals “creates a perfect mix of lush starry-eyed dream pop and stuttered homegrown electronics” according to Insound Newsletter.

Christof Spieler just helped reimagine Houston METRO‘s entire local bus system. Come hear what he thinks we should reimagine next.

Joe Mathlete of The Mathletes‘ songs “are wonderfully human, the sort of dealing-with-one-another songs that maybe you don’t necessarily get the first time around but that haunt you for years to come,” according to Space City Rock.

Chris Wise plays bass in Houston’s BUXTON and will give his My Houston 2040 vision answering these three questions:
1. What do you think Houston will be like in 2040?
2. What do you want Houston to be like in 2040?
3. What do you want us to do to make Houston like you want it to be in 2040?

Tickets $5 presale – $8 at the door
21 and up

5:30 Networking
6:00 My Houston 2040 – Chris
6:45 Joe Mathlete
7:30 What’s next? – Christof
8:15 Hearts of Animals

My Houston 2040 is a partnership of Air Alliance Houston, Apa Houston,Citizens’ Transportation Coalition (CTC), Community Artists’ Collective,Houston Tomorrow, and CNU-Houston

Saturday 17 January 2015 – CCSD’S Third Annual Festivus for the Rest of Us featuring Screech of Death * Killer Hearts * Chain Reactors

Ladies and gents, the gentlemen of CCSD cordially invite you to our 3rd annual Festivus for the Rest of Us!
Cover is $10 at the door.
Come out for a good time with cool folks and great music!

The festivities will include:

The Airing of Grievances – moan and groan about what bothered you during 2014
Feats of Strength – compete for bar money!
Drink specials will be announced the day of the party.

The band lineup:

Screech of Death (Houston, TX)

“..the righteously named Screech of Death, a relatively new “midtempo old-school punk” combination of two Texas punk warriors and one L.A. import. The Californian is Lisafer, Screech of Death’s lead singer and bassist, whose impressive rap sheet includes hitches with storied goth-punks 45 Grave, D.I., Nina Hagen and most recently Snapper, which also featured Rikk Agnew of the Adolescents.

Joining her is drummer Arthur Hayes, an original member of notorious cornholers the Hickoids as well as The Next and Mystery Date, and a longtime San Antonio scenester who used to book bands at legendary Alamo City dive Tacoland. Although it’s his first band playing guitar, J.R. Delgado’s local punk credentials span notable names like Doomsday Massacre, the Party Owls, Anarchitex and Sugar Shack; he also owned and operated landmark punk/alternative club the Axiom long before east downtown’s so-called “Warehouse District” was trendy.” – Houston Press



Killer Hearts (Houston, TX)

PABLO ONO: Past Bands – BlackNovas, Die Cobra, Electric Frankenstein, Texas Terri Bomb! and The Guillotines.
BRANDON PROBLEM CHILD: Past Bands – The Wrong Ones, The Guillotines and The Pretty Faces.
GIL LIRA: Past Bands – Down and Dirties, Bickly, The Swamps and Supergrave
Juan Uceda: Past Bands – Mohammed Ali – Supergrave.

After leaving The Guillotines, Pablo and Brandon got together with Gil and Juan to see what damage they could do to the music scene in Houston as well as to each other by combining all of their similar collective influences with what they have been doing for over a decade with their own past bands. The Killer Hearts were born on the first night the guys got together, which saw the blossoming of 10 rough, but loud ideas which soon became about 6 full songs by their 2nd practice. Their ability to play off of each other effortlessly, proves they are not only true vets of the punk rock n roll genre that they have been apart of for most of their lives, but truly love what they do as well. Their music has found it’s own sound and it’s furious, dirty, sleazy, grooving, rock ‘n’ fuckin’ roll. The chemistry between the band not only shows with their live show, but you can truly hear the different aspect that each and every member brings to the table.


Chain Reactors (Houston, TX)

Chain Reactors draws from 80s and 90s hardcore, but you can still hear nods to wider rock and roll influences such as Splodgenessabounds and Fleetwood Mac. Chain Reactors takes you to a world where Jesus didn’t wear sandals, and you could drive with an open container.





Thursday 08 January 2015 – My Houston 2040: 2015 Kickoff Party featuring Woozy Helmet, Free Radicals, and Joe Mathlete (6pm-11:30pm)

Start 2015 looking to the future of the Houston region at the My Houston 2040 Kickoff Party with local visionaries, local bands, and local beers on tap.

Local Bands:
Free Radicals :
Joe Mathlete (of The Mathletes):

MaDiana Diaz
Matthias Jung
Nick Cooper
Ty Mahany
and more

$8, 21 and up, 6 – 11:30 pm

Ask yourself these three questions:
– What do you think Houston will be like in 2040?
– What do you want Houston to be like in 2040?
– What do you think we need to do to make Houston the way you want it to be in 2040?

Along with the featured visionaries, we will have time for open mic, if you wanna bring your 1 or 3 minute vision for Houston’s future.

Comments on the Houston – Houston-Galveston Area Council ( ) 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan will be due the day after the party. You will be able to make meaningful comments in several forms at the event. (My Houston 2040 is hosted by independent nonprofits, not H-GAC).

Get involved in local campaigns to make Houston the way you want it to be in 2040 at the event. Petitions, signing up to get involved, and letter writing will be available at the event for several campaigns.

All proceeds after paying the bands and staff will be used by the nonprofits involved to host more visionary events throughout 2015.

Saturday 13 December 2014 – Charity Gigs: Communities for Schools (Toy Drive) w/ The Grizzly Band, Brand New Hearts, Only Beast, Knights of the Fire Kingdom


Grizzly (Houston, TX)

The Grizzly Band, better known as Grizzly, consists of band members Chad (Vox/Rhythm Guitar), Matt (Backup Vox/Lead Guitar), Joseph (Bass), and Nate (Drums).

“After the band finished up its setlist, the audience was not ready to call it a night. Despite amps being shut off and the house music rising up, the audience was non-relenting in their demand for more songs from their hometown band. So, the band retook the stage and ripped into another classic Grizzly tune, Nightmare Lady. This has always been one of my favorite tunes from the band, next to the seldom played Stage Dive. Grizzly keeps moving up through bigger venues, more cities and better exposure. Take my advice and get out to a show soon so you can tell folks how you saw them back in the clubs. Believe me, that day will come.” – Samuel Barker – Houston Music Review

“There was reprieve in the cards for my cochleae. At Dean’s, Grizzly stomped out an appealingly hard honky-tonk sound that culminated in a nice, crunchy cover of “Folsom Prison Blues,” complete with wailing guitar solo attached.” – Nathan Smith – Houston Press

“In a world of rock radio stations that keep getting weaker, It’s refreshing to know that there are a few Texas boys with balls that still put out some good rock and roll. They call it, “Southern Whiskey Punk.’ It’s what you get when you mix two parts Rancid, one part Supersuckers, a splash of Mean Gene Kelton mixed in a country shaker, and served up with a Dropkick Murphys chaser. It goes down hard, but definitely good! There is no gimmick to this band! The song “One more day” which is on the new album “Come And Take It” due out in March has an anthem quality to it that’ll make you want to throw up a fist, kiss your ole lady and drink a cold lone star beer.” – MissVHaven – Tip Out Magazine

“There’s nothing better on the Fourth of July than stumbling across a new band from your hometown whose surly, punk-flavored roots-rock is as American as hot dogs and waterboarding. That’s what happened to Rocks Off this past Independence Day when, while wandering around the Island taking pictures, we stumbled across Grizzly at Eric Tucker’s Continental July 4 party.” – Chris Gray – Houston Press – Rocks Off




Brand New Hearts (Houston, TX)


“One was a quartet of guys from the teeny little town of Magnolia who called themselves Ultramagg. They were one of the best damn emo(-ish) bands this city had seen, in my humble opinion, and they played every show like they were destroying the stage at some arena-sized show in front of a jam-packed crowd of crazed fans. They were heavy, they were melodic, and they were awesome. Frontman/guitaristNathan Parsons wrote the kind of songs I wished I could’ve written, and it killed me when they stepped out of the limelight and put down the guitars and drumsticks.

Then there was Ben Murphy, who fronted or played with a slew of bands back in those days, from Pop Deflation to We’ve Got Airplanesand up through Panic in Detroit and Lucky Motors and beyond (and who most recently worked his magic in the sadly-defunct Bright Men of Learning). I can vividly remember watching Ben play guitar at one We’ve Got Airplanes show and feeling my jaw literally drop as I tried to figure how he was making the sounds that were coming out of the speaker.

Back in those early band days, we — like every band in this town — had trouble finding and keeping a drummer. We auditioned a ton of ‘em, honestly, and one of the few that utterly bowled me over was a guy named Jeff Senske. The man played like a hard-hitting metronome and was one of the best, tightest drummers I’ve heard before or since, up there with Sugar’s Malcolm Travis or Superchunk’s Jon Wurster. (Plus, he makes the best Drummer Faces ever.) Luckily for him, he came to his senses and demurred when we asked him to join the band, but we went on to be in damn near every good band that came after, including Trompedo and the aforementioned Bright Men of Learning.

Last but not least, there was Bring Back The Guns, aka Groceries, aka Gandhi in Evags, aka at least three or four more names I can’t recall. At one point, I’d pinned my hopes on BTTG to be The Band, the one who’d finally make the Music World At Large sit up and pay attention. The band’s skewed-yet-addictive brand of indie-rock was fun as hell but weird enough to make you scratch your head; in a lot of ways, looking back, they were about five years ahead of their time. And after releasing an EP, an album, and a couple of 7″s, they called it quits and went their separate ways, leaving myself and a bunch of other devoted fans sad and disappointed.

I say all this, by the way, both to set the stage somewhat and explain why I was so freaking excited to get word of the existence of Brand New Hearts a month or so back. I’d heard from Nathan Parsons back in the fall, when he nonchalantly mentioned he was trying to get a band together, and a couple of months later, BNH appeared, a band that boasted Parsons, Murphy, Senske, and Ryan Hull of Bring Back The Guns. It was damn-near perfect, at least on paper.

And, happily, from the snippets I’ve been able to hear so far, it’s damn-near perfect in reality, as well. The band comes off like the best elements of all the component bands/musicians, all mashed together into a glorious, rough-edged, insanely catchy whole, and I can’t wait to see ‘em live.” – Space City Rock


Only Beast (Houston, TX)

Sometimes people say things about Only Beast. Here are some of those things:

“Of course, one of the more impressive three pieces in Houston, Only Beast will bring their Sleater Kinney meets Yeah Yeah Yeahs sound to the show after Kirby. If you haven’t seen Only Beast, I’d seriously suggest catching them, as they have such a magnetic energy, that you’re mesmerized by their stage presence. Their singer Danielle Renèe might be one of the strongest vocalists in Houston that you’ll hear in a long time.” – David Garrick, Free Press Houston
“Houston’s Only Beast are a fascinating band, combining elements of post-punk, progressive rock, and goth rock into a sound all their own, with vocalist Danielle Renee wailing atop the mélange like a 21st century Siouxsie Sioux.” – Kelly Minnis, 979 Represent
“Only Beast has a great sound and are true professionals. This makes them a credit to Houston rock and any lineup they are on.” – Debrah Skelton, Red Publication
“I stumbled across Only Beast simply because of their name and instantly became enamored of their dynamic and incredible front woman Danielle Renee, and the sheer raw power of the rock and roll that comes pouring out of her throat. Let’s turn our attention now to another key ingredient […] drummer John Salinas. The man is like some sort of ordered chaos who beats up and down the sides of songs in a whirlwind of rhythm that always feels like its on the verge of falling apart, the way a death-defying trapeze act does. It never falls, though.” – Jef With One F, Houston Press
“Only Beast – friends have raved about ‘em for a while now […] their blues-tinged prog-rock is pretty damn mesmerizing, especially with frontwoman Danielle on the mic. Definitely going to have to hear more …” – Jeremy Hart, Space City Rock

“An explosive mix of stripped-down, no nonsense punk, melodic rock, and blues. Their live performances are sure to melt your face off, make your ears bleed, and give your musical soul the nitrous-oxide high it was looking for.”- Nathan Hudgins

“Anti-matter in leprous hands. They will summon demons and use them as coffee tables to prop their feet on.”- Stephan B. Wyatt


Knights of the Fire Kingdom (Houston, TX)

A Solemn Brotherhood Forever Sworn By Blood-Oath to Combat the Forces of That Which Does Not Rock

“After Roky Moon & BOLT splintered this past spring, drummer Jeoaf Johnson and guitarist Aaron Echegaray didn’t stay lost at sea for long. Johnson assembled his own band, the Knights of the Fire Kingdom, bringing his gravelly bellow up front to sing lead and play guitar. Echegaray joined the Knights a few months in — his brother Marcus is the drummer, so it was a no-brainer. Since May, the group has been gigging regularly around the area, playing a debut show out in Beaumont to get loose for a few Walters and Fitz shows here. Mixing the flavors of Drive Like Jehu, Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate has proved successful for the band, which has gained steam all summer. Expect a full-length album in the near future.” – Houston Press

Saturday 15 November 2014 – Houston NORML November Mixer with Katherine A. Neill [Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute] (6:00 – 8:30pm) followed by Dirty Seeds * Destroyer of Light * Downer * Hydrilla (Doors 9pm)

Houston NORML November Mixer

with Katherine A. Neill

[Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute]

(6:00 – 8:30pm)

Our November Mixer will feature special guest speaker Katharine A. Neill, Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute. We will also be discussing the “No Excuse November” campaign to pledge to meet with our legislators to discuss the cannabis legislation that will come up during the 2015 legislative session.

This social and educational event will be held on Saturday Nov. 15th at Rudyard’s British Pub (upstairs) from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

Rudyard’s will be serving food and there is a bar upstairs just for us. Make sure to join us for this event, bring some friends, and expand your knowledge of drug policy.

The Dirty Seeds will play a concert here after our event. Doors open at 9pm. Show starts at 10pm. We must leave the upstairs area at 8:30 so the band can set up. Those who wish to attend the concert will need to purchase a ticket for $7 and can go back upstairs at 9. Those who do not wish to attend the concert can hang out downstairs after our event.

Katharine A. Neill, Ph.D. is the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute Drug Policy Program . Her current research focuses on state sentencing policies for drug offenders and the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. Neill’s other research interests include criminal justice policy, the private prison industry and the use of public-private partnerships to deliver public services. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals in various policy areas, including crime, energy and environmental policy.

Neill received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from George Mason University. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University before going on to complete her Ph.D. in public administration and urban policy. She received the Old Dominion University Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award in 2014 and the Simon Scholarship for Academic Performance in 2011 and 2012.

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Followed by 
Dirty Seeds * Destroyer of Light * Downer * Hydrilla
(Doors 9pm)

The Dirty Seeds (Houston, TX)

Frustrated with a music scene dominated by wuss rock and sad emo kids, The Dirty Seeds have sprouted to bring real rock music to Houston. Laying down grooves as heavy and dirty as the Houston air, The Dirty Seeds are making their way to a venue near you to save your earholes from the skinny jeans/guyliner wearing bands you’ve become accustomed to.


Destroyer of Light (Austin, TX)

Austin-based doom band, Destroyer of Light, formed in the beginning of 2012. Each member coming from different bands wanted create slow, heavy, riff-induced music and bring it to the masses. Gathering influences from a variety of different styles, each member brings their flavor to the table, and the music speaks for itself. Destroyer of Light is a 4-piece band consisting of Steve Colca on guitars/vocals, Keegan Kjeldsen on lead guitar, Mark Mars on bass, and Kelly “Penny” Turner on drums. As of now, a Self-Titled EP has been released for distribution digitally and soon vinyl providing 6 songs. With this release, they plan to tour, share, and promote the music in anyway possible. May the power of the riff compel you!

“These are officially some awesome riffs. There’s a bit of formula to them: 

– start each song with EYEHATEGOD style feedback 
– follow into a Sleep/Electric Wizard-style riff 
– turn that into a swamp soaked, then desert dried mix of St. Vitus and Candlemass 
– finally, end with a big heap of Crowbar and Autopsy 
– for extra flavour: sprinkle liberally with growls and more feedback 

That, by the way, is a compliment, and so is this: most of 5th track, ‘The Swamp’ sounds like what I imagine Mercyful Fate would be if King Diamond dropped from so much countertenor and did more baritone. ” –


“Downer” (Houston, TX)

This band from Houston, Texas has nailed the lost art of 90’s alternative rock and sprinkled it with a littler flavor of classic rock. Ricky Dee brings brings out a noisy tone from his guitar and sings in a mixture of their influences. Noe Kimes has excellent fills pouring out of his bass which many bassists don’t succeed in. Antwon Thrash brings a thrash approach to his drums and he is good at it. On their Soundcloud account there’s a drum solo entitled “Drunk Zolo.” Listen to it to understand how destructive the drummer really is. “Brief Conclusions” has a strong “Velvet Underground” influence especially in the laid back vocal melody sung in the style of Lou Reed. “Wake Up” is a noisy Mudhoney inspired jam. The song is layered completely with a loud fuzzy bass. “Kocaine” starts with a subtle bass line and then it’s thrown into a fast current of a wild river. There’s a solo that might melt your ears. “That Day Long” is a really catchy 80’s punk rock like gem. The vocals are sung in a “Hendrix” manner. The bassist really shines on this track. “Downer” has found a way to pay tribute to their influence and make original music at the same time. They don’t fall pray into sounding like a copycat band. If you feel nostalgic of the rock music of the 90’s this is the band to check out. ~The Musical Junkie~

It is called “Downer” with quotations because life appears to be one big downer, a big drag, a losing game at times, but then again life is like a quote… And you interpret it how you want, you define your own “truth”.


Hydrilla (Deer Park,TX)

Born in January of 2013, Hydrilla is Texas Death Rock from Houston, TX. Texas Death Rock = rock, metal, groove, doom, stoner, heavy, sludge, power.




doors 9, 21+, $7