Sunday 12 February 2012 (4-8PM) – Occupy Wallspace 2 – For Love and Art: Art Show & Valentine’s Market

OCCUPY WALL SPACE 2:
FOR LOVE AND ART – A Valentine’s Market
local art, photography, gifts, craft and folly
4 to 8 pm Sunday Feb 12, 2012

…for lovers of all types including the broken-hearted…

Agape love, romantic love, love of friends, love of life, love of family, love of food and drink, love thy neighbor, loveboat, mile high love, love is a four-letter word, love of humanity, Eros, unconditional love (dog)

Mark your Calendar – Support Main Street’s Economy for Valentine’s Day!

Artists: B.D. Himes, Bhavana, Lynn Chapman, Tracy Pierce, Tara Jordan-Greenleaf, Gordon Greenleaf, Robin Winfrey, Jphnnny Big Beer Rojas

Market: Deborah Steinau Jewelry,  Judy Malone-stein Jewelry, Jay Hamburger Hawaiian T-Shirts, Ya-Ya’s Homemade Chocolate, Greenleaf’s Local Honey, French Postcard Art, Mata Hari Photos, Other Pin-Ups, Nautical Collectibles, Mermaid Bottle Openers, Other Gift Items

Saturday 11 February 2012 – Feo Y Loco

Feo Y Loco (Houston, TX)
“The weirdest thing we’ve ever seen.”
The New York Daily News, New York, New York

“Almost every song leaves you apprehensive,
because if this stuff really happens, we’re all in a world of shit.”
The Crested Butte Chronicle and Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado

“We can’t figure out who they sound like.”
The Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas

“If their songs were made into a movie,
that movie would make Pulp Fiction seem like a picnic with nuns.”
The Santa Clara Press, Santa Clara, CA

“Stay away from my sister, you goombahs.”
Salvatore “Greasy Finger” Tortolini, Bayonne, New Jersey

Thursday 09 February 2012 – 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.

Saturday 04 February 2012 – Possessed by Paul James * Westbound

Possessed By Paul James (Austin, TX)

Possessed By Paul James is the stage name of multi-instrumentalist Konrad Wert. He was raised Mennonite with Amish roots in the swamps of Immokalee, Florida and presently resides with his wife and son in the Hill Country of Texas.  Wert’s performances are so energetic that he could easily be mistaken for a small crowd. His songs are very honest. Not only are they completely personal and sincere, but they transcend identity and touch on the human condition.  “Possessed is just… possessed by experiences and family (Paul and Melvin James),” Wert says. ”…I connect with that, with the beauty of the brokenness, innocence and/or ugliness.”
PPJ has been around now since 2006 touring domestically and internationally while finding a balance between family and the opportunities of music.  “The goal is to be able to share and benefit both my family and those willing to listen.  That is a success in my opinion and thus far it seems to be working it’s way out.”
In 2006 SYA Records of Milan, Italy pressed Wert’s first LP ‘Possessed by Paul James’ followed by his first European tour.  In 2007 while touring overseas the Rev. Beatman of Voodoo Rhythm Records came to a PPJ show and liked what he heard and saw.  Thus in 2008 ‘Cold and Blind’ was released, Wert’s second album.  Presently we are awaiting PPJ’s 3rd record, ‘Feed the Family’ this time with the intent of going completely independent, pressing both CD, LP and 7-inch.
Needless to say it has been a slow and steady road for the music of Possessed by Paul James.  As Wert likes to put it, “This isn’t a race.  No one is coming in first or last, it’s simply a marathon in the process of music and that feels best.”

Westbound (Houston, TX)

Westbound is a high-energy Roots and Americana band from Houston, TX, featuring Rebecca on lead vocals and John on acoustic guitar, banjo, resonator guitar, backing vocals, stomp-box percussion and harmonica. The band is on constant regional tour in the Southeast U.S. in 2011, in support of their album Blackjack Road. Westbound is recording their second album in late 2011 / early 2012, and on national tour of the U.S. in Summer 2012.

Friday 03 February 2012 – The Journey Agents * Achachay * Electric Attitude * Brandon West

Journey Agents (Houston, TX)

The Journey Agents (commonly referred to as the J.A.’s) are a Houston-based, six member funk ensemble. The music, simply and conveniently classified as funk, is all original (barring the occasional Curtis Mayfield or Lonnie Liston Smith jam) and often explores other territories as well. Latin, percussion-heavy samba rhythms, textures of jazz, and energy of rock are elements that can also be found in the grease bucket. Cosmic, spacy vibes, yet earth-rooted and tightly arranged movements, are designed to be crowd-centric. A phased out Rhodes piano is a common centerpiece, and is punctuated by the warm tube glow, mid 70’s virtuosity and analogue know-how of the players (whose collective name was modeled after a piece by Rashaan Roland Kirk.) The band’s shared passion for the likes of the Isley Brothers and Roy Ayers is a clear central influential force. The lyrical content often revolves around such politically charged, spiritually aware themes as fried chicken and Cadillacs – subjects many musicians and global leaders are afraid to touch. But the JA’s be puttin’ it in yo earhole anyhow.

2010 & 2011 Houston Press Music Awards nominees for Best R&B/Funk/Soul

Achachay (Austin, TX)

Achachay! Is the brain- child of three hyperfunkadelicsuperbadslappin’ dudes from Austin, TX. They seek to bring the groove to you and yours’ booties on the dance floor.

Ryan: Achachay! is unique because we refuse to settle and write songs that sound like what is deemed “popular”. We are trying to get people back on the dance floor with groovy tunes and infectious beats created by dedicated musicians. We pull from a ton of influences and don’t shy away from having songs that don’t all sound similar: you might here ska, samba, jazz, and funk all in one song. We realize there is no easy, golden ticket for success: we love to play and we are willing to work harder and tour more than everyone else to get to the place we feel our music deserves.

Jordan: Yes, it starts with our music, and continues with our mission, our attitude, and our purpose. We live everyday to make the world a better a place. We live everyday to wake the world up from the inside out. It starts with us individually, personally, and the small things we create. Achachay! will always make something you’ve never heard before, from us or anyone else. It will always be created with the intention of being fully honest, fully embracing, and fully inspiring. Whether it inspires you to dance or cry depends on the honesty of the moments we make it in. Our attitude is one of passion, service, and love, and our purpose wrapped up in all of these things. True superstars shine creative light from every fiber of our being. We share something meaningful with the world and make every being in it better for it.

Electric Attitude (Houston, TX)

2011 Houston Press Music Award Winner – “Best Soul/Funk/R&B”

“Electric Attitude may hail from Houston, but there’s some serious Detroit mojo running through the [band’s] veins — the Detroit of the White Stripes and Electric Six, not Iggy and the MC5. Cross-breeding Blake Shepard’s lusty, high-pitched yowl and sprawling guitar with thumpingly precise rhythms, “City’s Gonna Get You, Sucka!” and “Pistolwhip” stop off at Little Steven’s Underground Garage on their way to the dance floor. Potent stuff.” -Chris Gray (Music Editor – Houston Press)

Houston-based singer Blake Shepard, bassist Kwesi Sackey, and guitarist Jordan Bell formed Electric Attitude in the summer of 2007 to take their individual influences in the genres of rock, blues, funk and soul, and fuse them into a modern sound for crowds to stop standing with their hands in their pockets, and grab somebody and dance. With a new drummer manning the skins, and the addition of James Murphy on the saxophone, Electric Attitude turned a lot of heads at SXSW 2010, playing 6 shows in 2 days and leaving sweaty dance floors in their wake. Summer 2010 saw EA hit the Midwest on their 12-date “Breakdown and Shake Tour” in support of 2009’s EP “Laser Laser Laser Beams”, and since then the party hasn’t stopped. Next up was an opening slot for Semi Precious Weapons (fresh off a sold-out tour with Lady Gaga), and the winter months saw the band sharing the stage with such diverse National/International acts as Warpaint, Bonobo, Daniel Johnston, Dengue Fever, Ume, Girl In A Coma, Built By Snow, Yppah, and Thavius Beck. 2011 has proven to be a year of milestones for Electric Attitude, starting with playing to a packed house as the opener for 100 Monkeys on the Main Stage of House of Blues – Houston, as well as taking home the trophy for “Best Soul/Funk/R&B” in the Houston Press Music Awards. EA is keeping the momentum rolling into the studio, as tracking for the new album has started at The Womb in Austin, TX and the full length is slated to hit the streets in spring of 2012.

 

Brandon West (Houston, TX)

This Friday, Dance Dance Dance, Sweat!

 

Thursday 02 February 2012 – Gut Radio

Gut Radio (Baytown, TX)

It was kind of like Chernobyl, but better.

One day, special agent Red Taint noticed that crew leader Death Shark was online, so he sent a Fb text. Through a short conversation the two realized that they would be converging on the same metropolitan area within a few months. A few months after this indeed happened, a pact was made that the bearded rock and roll that would espouse from their alliance would shake the earth from the sonic orgasm that is….

Thursday 02 February 2012 – 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.