Wednesday 19 June 2019 – Pegstar Presents: Royal Thunder, Dead Now

Royal Thunder (Atlanta, Ga)

Rising out of Atlanta, Georgia, Royal Thunder have been conjuring stoner rock grooves out of the Southern heat since they were formed in 2006 by guitarist Josh Weaver. Featuring singer and bassist Mlny Parsonz, drummer Lee Smith, and guitarist Josh Coleman, the band’s hazy psychedelic sound evokes the early days of stoner and space rock, with Parsonz’s soulful vocals bringing an element of dark drama to the band’s swaggering sound. Royal Thunder made their recorded debut in 2009 with a self-titled EP, which the band self-released before signing to Relapse shortly thereafter, and the label re-released the album the following year. Their first full-length, CVI, arrived in 2012, followed in 2015 by a sophomore outing, Crooked Doors. Royal Thunder returned in 2017 with Wick, their most ambitious album to date. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi



Dead Now (Atlanta, GA)

Consisting of current and former members of Torche, Riddle of Steel, Tilts and Day Old Man, DEAD NOW are a veritable power-trio who play dynamic, melodic heavy rock that is best enjoyed LOUD!


Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Pegstar Presents: Royal Thunder, Dead Now
All ages, doors 8pm
Advance $10.00 / Day Of: $12.00 / Day Of Box Office: $13.00
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Saturday 15 June 2019 – Pyreship, Omotai, Glassing, Searing Arrow


Pyreship (Houston, TX)

Houston is most often noted for bland pop and indie.  What is most often overlooked is it’s small but indelibly black-blooded metal scene.  Informed equally by West Coast doom and post metal, Floridian death metal and Georgia sludge, it’s the unexpected scream at a hipster’s dinner party.

Houston sludge thugs PyreShip expertly blend post metal and doom with a raft of 90’s slowcore and noise rock influences. Comprised of four road-hardened musicians, PyreShip’s songs are reflective of their formative environment – stripped down, unpretentious, and resilient.

Live, the music is meant to be both heard and felt, with Steve Smith’s relentless jackhammer beats melding seamlessly with the molten slag spilling out of George Lusito’s bass amp.  Co-guitarists Jason Jordan and Sam Waters stoke the bellows.  PyreShip is one of the few remaining bands running an unapologetically monolithic backline.  They use it to slam out slow, deliberate riffs that resonate long after the show has ended and the crowd dispersed.


Omotai (Houston, TX)

Omotai is a rarity in the world of the heavy – a curious stylistic alloy, a band wielding the stoner metal truncheon with math rock deliberation. The apoplexy of each gnashing riff, conveyed live via a massive wall of amplification, is enough to bring flesh as well as the surrounding atmosphere to a target resonance, the audience appropriated as a biological component of the sonic transmission.
The Houston metal outfit was formed in December 2009 by Sam Waters (guitar, vocals) and Anthony Vallejo (drums, vocals). They recruited Melissa Lonchambon Ryan (bass guitar, vocals) a month later and hit the studio almost immediately to pump out their debut EP Peace Through Fear, taking cues from 80’s thrash, 90’s noise rock, grindcore and sludge. Their sophomore effort, Terrestrial Grief, distilled Peace’s strongest points, upping the math and whiplash quotients by several orders of magnitude.

Rapidly garnering a rep for punishingly loud live performances, with an emphasis on speed and aberrant rhythms, the trio toured the US between 2010 and 2012, sharpening their skills alongside Yob, the Sword, Big Business, Hammerhead and countless other bands. In 2013, after constant writing and the third release,Fresh Hell, looming, they took on guitarist/vocalist Jamie Ross. It’s proven a smart investment for the band, with Ross’s shred adding a new dimension to Ryan and Waters’ already pummeling wall of riffery.


Glassing (Austin, TX)

Cold sand on a barren coastline. Spectral blackness. Godless nights. The calmness of undisturbed water. The illusion of belonging. Death As A Gift. These are but a minute illustration of the vast array of themes and explorations deliberated upon by Austin, TX trio GLASSING on their sophomore opus Spotted Horse. Weaving together layers upon layers of dense textures, swirling blast beats and looming atmospheres, GLASSING excel at the art of organized chaos through sound. Across 10 songs and 44 minutes, GLASSING blend elements of black metal and post-hardcore with ambient explorations, dream-pop sensibilities and grinding walls of sound that defy categorization. Spotted Horse is, at its core, a construction of dynamic, beautifully unsettling soundscapes and nothingness unsurfaced.


Searing Arrow (Houston, TX)


Friday 14 June 2019 – Zen Archer, The Aaron Clift Experiment

Zen Archer (Houston, TX)

The band started in 1988 and have put out 7 albums including -Under the Sun, What Goes Around and Dream Machine. The band was voted 2nd best band [ZZ TOP was 1st] in a Houston Press Music poll. They received extensive radio play in the 90’s on regional radio and sold thousands of albums . The group continues to play in various formations working on new material and putting out it’s own brand of prog/pop/rock.


The Aaron Clift Experiment (Austin, TX)

The Aaron Clift Experiment is a dynamic progressive rock band based in Austin, Texas.  The group’s multi-faceted sound is an innovative blend of classic rock, modern rock, and classical all anchored by the band’s dedication to high-quality songwriting and musicianship.
“Intricate and subtle yet with raw passion at its heart, The Aaron Clift Experiment is one of the most exciting and interesting bands currently writing and playing music today,” said Martin Hutchinson of Progradar after first hearing the group.  Hutchinson’s enthusiasm has been echoed by other media outlets worldwide, including Prog Magazine, who nominated the band for Best Unsigned Artist of 2013 and for the Progressive Music Award in 2016. – Prog Magazine

Thursday 13 June 2019 – Chris Welch, The Mighty Orq, Charlie and the Regrets (doors 7pm)

Chris Welch (Denton, TX)

Chris Welch is a veteran of the North Texas music scene. Beginning in 2003 with Denton’s Pinebox Serenade, Welch fronted one of DFW’s preeminent alt country acts, releasing four albums in 10 years supported by tours in the South and the Midwest. Beyond Pinebox, Welch contributed vocals and lead guitar to two albums with Irish folk band The Jakeys as well as lead vocals and guitar to two albums with Blues rock band Old Warhorse. Currently a solo R&B/Soul artist backed by The Cicada Killers, Welch brings influences Eddie Hinton, Otis Redding, Dan Penn, Alex Chilton, James Carr, and others to the vibrant post-rock, post-alt, roots-forward North Texas Music scene. His next album is forthcoming from Goliad Media.


The Mighty Orq (Houston, TX)

Since 2002 The Mighty Orq has been performing solo and with his band across the US and Europe. He has won multiple awards, released seven albums, and an instructional DVD for solo resonator slide guitar. He is a uniquely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a focus in the American Roots Music genres.


Charlie and the Regrets (Houston, TX)

We are a Houston based alt-country/Americana band.  Since the release of our 2015 EP, we have made several radio and television appearances and played venues across Texas and the Gulf coast including: Gruene Hall (New Braunfels), The Old Quarter (Galveston), The Continental Club (Houston), 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), 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.

Saturday 08 June 2019 – The Hates, Yes Men, Head Split

The Hates (Houston, TX)

The Hates has been called “Houston’s first and last punk band”, and with over thirty years of blood, sweat, and that familiar mohawk, those words may be more true than their author ever knew. From his very first live show in 1978, Christian Arnheiter (now Kidd) has steered this legendary band through decades of disco, pop, new wave, hair bands, hip-hop, crossover country, and now the newest fad of tribute bands to keep punk rock alive.

In a time when many early eighties groups are getting back together to play reunion shows, the Hates have the distinction of being the oldest continuously performing unsigned punk band. And despite the love/hate relationship the local music scene has had with punk rock over the years, the Bayou City will always be their home.



Yes Men (Houston, TX)

Yes Men is a hard rock/punk n roll band from Houston, consisting of JP Hopper on lead vocals/guitar, Colin Wooten on bass guitar/vocals, Donte Burks on lead guitar, and Edward Aguilar on drums. Tracks from rehearsal Jan. 2016. We play a simple yet rocking style of hard rock, with JP’s lyrics often having a political slight, seeing the issues from both sides of the coin. While most of our tracks on here were pre Donte era, being recorded with former guitarist Gary Clayton in early 2016 at a random rehearsal, we have been working on our album sporadically since fall of that year.


Head Split (Houston, TX)



Friday 07 June 2019 – Satanic Overlords Of Rock N Roll Record Release Party with Killer Hearts, Hells Engine, The Velostacks, The Dirty Shakes

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!



Killer Hearts (Houston, TX)

 TKH – featuring members of Electric Frankenstein, Texas Terri & The Stiff Ones, Down & Dirties and The Wrong Ones
“Killer Hearts are a searing rock n roll band from Houston. – These guys are impressive to see live and they have the rock ‘n’ roll power ” -David Garrick, FPH


Hell’s Engine (Houston, TX)

Under dogs of the scene with a very big, nasty bite…. These four Houston punk rock n’ rollas originally formed in 2004, and after both a hiatus and some restructuring, reformed in 2015. With only a self-titled demo recording to claim, they’ve recently hit the studio and released a new EP. If that’s not enough, their single “Chopper Slut” will be released on a 7-inch vinyl split with New Jersey’s Electric Frankenstein on Self Destructo records this fall, 2016. With influences like Turbonegro, Motorhead and D.R.I…… Hell’s Engine will surely not be running low on fuel anytime soon.



The Velostacks (Houston, TX)

Motorcycles. Leather. Rock n’ Roll. Vive La Velostacks!!! Although originally starting in 2013, it was 2014 that saw The Velostacks transition from a nearly dead idea to a one of Houston’s hardest working rock n’ roll bands. Following a chance meeting at a motorcycle rally, Curtis W. DeGidio (Chrome Kickers, Chelsea Hotel, The Guillotines) and Donnie Stokes (UGH, Satanic Overlords of Rock n’ Roll) quickly went to work. Houston music scene legend, J.R. Delgado (Sugarshack, Humungos, Screech of Death) was brought aboard on bass guitar, with Arthur Hayes (The Next) jumping in on drums and Richard Crishock (Mister Pink, Texas Mod Crushers, Johnny Rioux and the Seven One Three) rounding out on lead guitar. After playing a fury of shows around Houston and Austin, Dave Ng (Latchkey Kids) was brought aboard to take over drums. Playing many gigs and constantly writing, The Velostacks recorded the “I Live and Die for Rock n’ Roll”, b/w “FU and Your Cocaine & “Brain Dead Cagers” single. As the undisputed kings of motorcycle leather rock n’ roll, The Velostacks, with help of their dedicated fan base ,The Sleazestack Militia, declared their intent of raising Hell and taking names. Late 2015 saw more personnel changes as Curtis moved from rhythm guitar to guitar and lead vocals. Bass duties were picked up by Houston’s rock n’ roll legend Christian “The GFN” Best (The Down and Dirties, Hell City Kings, Whiskey River Revival) and drums passed to Nate Bandor (The Grizzly Band). With this lineup, their first LP “Black Magic & Motor Oil” was released early 2017.



The Dirsty Shakes (Houston, TX)

We play the kind of Rock ‘n’ Roll you wished existed.