Thursday 26 January 2012 – Rudyard’s Beer Tasting Dinner with Joe Apa Featuring selections from Real Ale Brewing Company

Join us on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00PM as we welcome the guys from Real Ale. Past Real Ale tastings have always had something special and this one is no exception. On tap will be Anniversary XV (Russian Imper…ial Stout), Hans Pils, Kracken {French oak barrel-aged Sisyphus(Barleywine)} and a special cask of ESB; bottle selction will feature Lost Gold IPA. Sign up at the bar with a bartender or call in your reservation at 713-521-0521. Seating is limited and there’s a discount for those who sign up before Monday, January 23rd.

Tastings feature 5 courses paired with 5 beers; for the Real Ale Tasting cost is $50 per person ($45 per person before Monday, January 23rd)

Tuesday 24 January 2012 – Mike Stinson * Delicate Cutters

   Mike Stinson (Houston, TX)

“Named “Best Country-Western Artist in L.A.” by Los Angeles magazine and called “the uncrowned king of the L.A. neo-honky tonkers” by Billboard, Mike Stinson is in a class by himself among Southern California country performers.

The universally respected singer-songwriter has issued two widely admired independent albums, Jack of All Heartache and Last Fool at the Bar, and 2009 will see the release of his third CD, The Jukebox In Your Heart, produced by the noted Austin, Texas musician Jesse Dayton and recorded at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studios.

Active on the booming Los Angeles country-rock scene since 2001, Virginia-born Stinson draws inspiration from such stylistic progenitors as Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, George Jones, Bob Dylan, and Gram Parsons. He has made the honky-tonk template his own, spinning a distinctive take on the barroom muse in sharply-crafted songs that are by turns rousingly comic and profoundly heartbreaking. His evocative wordplay, emotional directness, and down-to-earth sincerity as both a songsmith and performer have forged an abiding bond with his fans.

Other performers have caught on to Stinson’s impassioned writing: His contemporary classic “The Late Great Golden State” has been covered by both Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton. His music has also made inroads in Hollywood: Stinson’s songs have been heard on the soundtracks to the hit TV shows Mad Men, Weeds, and Cold Case, and in the feature comedy National Lampoon’s Adam and Eve.

A knock-‘em-down live performer, Stinson has attracted a legion of devoted followers with eight years of saloon-rocking shows. He is a perennially popular attraction, and plays packed-to-the-walls residencies at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown L.A., the Cinema Bar in Culver City, and the Grand Ole Echo at the Echo in Echo Park.” – Chris Morris

    Delicate Cutters (Birmingham, Al.)

It opens with a plea.  While everything around us, world events, work, technology, all seem to push and shout at us to “Go! Go! Go!” Some Creatures, Delicate Cutters’ first recording for Skybucket Records, emerges as a sobering voice, calling on us to slow down, savor these moments, this music, each other…  Over the course of the thirteen tracks comprising Some Creatures, Delicate Cutters examine themes of transition, family, impermanence and loss, delivering a message rich with hope, compassion and a powerful understanding of how these shared experiences connect us with one another.

Following extensive performances across the southeast in support of 2006’s We Are Not Lovers, Delicate Cutters reconvened in 2009, pared down from a quintet to a quartet, to begin working on the songs that would become Some Creatures.  This paring down offered new opportunities for Janet Simpson to explore more space in her songwriting.  This space provides an opportunity for each player’s own voice and expression to be explored in the ensemble.   The result is a set songs that are trim without being spare, a focused album of unified vision.

Kevin Nicholson, a well-known fiddle player in the southeastern U.S.’s Irish music scene, helps propel the emotional intensity of the album.  Ferocious at times, at others subdued and textural, his play sets a deft balance with Janet’s vocal and instrumental work.  Chance Shirley, in addition to leading the rhythm section, brings his experience as a film director to the band, enhancing the cinematic scope of the album, a fact evidenced by the licensing of one of the album’s tracks in the upcoming film L.A. I Hate You starring Malcolm McDowell.  Bass player Brian Moon also produced the album, his intimacy with songs apparent in the rewards found in repeated intentional listens.

Having completed Some Creatures, Delicate Cutters have resumed writing and performing across the Southeast as they gear up for the album’s early 2011 release.

Saturday 21 January 2012 – One Red Martian * The Beans

One Red Martian (Dallas, TX) –
Some of today’s greatest rock bands, including Muse and Kings of Leon, incubated their unique sonic signatures far away from big city “scenes” and have preserved them with close-knit, unchanging line-ups. Following in this formidable tradition comes One Red Martian: three brothers and a childhood friend who first made music in rural Upstate New York.

Though they relocated to Dallas in 2008, ORM’s unusually organic coming-together as teenagers four years earlier (the oldest member of the band is still just 21) has forever shaped them. “That’s a huge part of how we got to where we are today,” says singer/guitarist Jimi Woodul. “It’s even more intense than that now, because we’re better musicians and we’re more dedicated… [But] in many ways it’s very much similar to when we were just up in my family’s barn playing music.”

One Red Martian fuse influences from their parents’ record collections (Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, classic blues) with more contemporary fare (from Josh Ritter to Rage Against the Machine) into what they intriguingly dub “intensely lyrical ballad rock” and “genre-busting piano metal”.

“We want our songs to really say something,” says Jimi. “But, at the same time, we also want to be the heaviest piano band ever. We were very influenced by Ben Folds and Muse, but we wanted to take it a step further and make it as heavy as we can while still retaining some real substance in the lyrics and having extreme dynamics.”

Following their debut full-length, Studio Dog Sessions, self-recorded in their high school music room on borrowed equipment in ’08, ORM have now realized their aural ambitions with newly-released Spit My Brain. “we’re much more proficient with our instruments and much tighter as a live band [now],” Jimi, the band’s principal songwriter, explains. “and it was easier to go for more bold concepts lyrically because I’ve just become a better writer. The concepts are much more defined. I guess the theme of the album is seeing yourself as outside of yourself and having everybody else see that very pure view of yourself – you’re spitting your brain outside of your body.”

Recorded over 10 days in Texas, Spit My Brain includes the title track (the most personal song I’ve ever written”) and “Demondroid”, which was mixed by legendary rock producer Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt etc.) yet, while Spit is their finest recorded statement to date, One Red Martian remain focused on live performance. “When I hear a band and they’re totally sublime performers, with totally sympathetic vibrations going out into the crowd, it does something to me inside that I would like to give to somebody else,” says the singer. “And I think we’re capable of giving somebody that feeling.”

“We’re so committed to doing this, [but] it’s not really like we’re committed to success – It’s that we really, honestly want to make really great music…and nothing really gets in the way of that.”

The Beans (Houston, TX)

“Having been drawn to the show solely based on the novelty of a band and a venue both named for “the musical fruit” (yes, we’re really that dorky), we were shocked when The Beans turned out what would be our undisputed favorite performance of the day. We love rock bands with a dirty, unpredictable, slightly reckless quality, especially when paired with distinct and unusual vocals, and these guys certainly delivered the goods. They closed with a full-on psychedelic freakout that had the guitar player literally banging the strings of his instrument, laid flat on the ground. When a friend texted us asking if we’d seen anything good, we replied, “The Beans are the shit. Period”.” – Houston Press

Friday 20 January 2012 – Zen Archer * Masada * Darwin Prophet & The Chronus Mirror

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.

 

 

 

 

Masada (Reunited members of the Zealots)

“The Zealots, a new wave party band in Nacodgoches, TX. … playing the piney woods circuit. Imagine a punkish band with Marshall stacks showing up at a honkey tonk down a bunch of dirt roads deep in the east Texas woods……remember that scene from the Blues Brothers with the chicken wire in front of the stage? It was just like that!” – Russell Callendar (Ex-Zealots)

 

Darwin Prophet &  The Chronus Mirror (Houston, TX)

The Chronus Mirror, like everything on Planet Mi, is made of harmony, there for it has two realities: The Chronus Mirror live (and in linear) is:
Darwin Prophet : songs, voice, guitar, keys
Maestro Lewis Case : violin & assorted stringed instruments
Krystal O : viola, voice, percussion
Tank Solo: Nematic telepathic resonator replicating what can’t be played in linear due to gravity’s limitations & lack of limbs (samples & Darwin tracked bass,pianos,guitars,noises & chutzpah)

The Chronus Mirror on Planet Mi (and in All Time) is the device thru which Mian travelers manipulate mercury & bend the rings of concentric infinity into a single moment, passing thru centuries & visiting myriad spaces and places in history.
To learn more of Mi, visit the Isle of Bliss at darwinprophet.com. All
this skull feeding thought culminates in a fabulous rock show, led by
a mischievous firehead thru the haunting spectrum of legend, woven by
the sibyl of space rock steam pop. Become someone you believe in.

Transmission from Darwin Prophet of the Thematic Guild:

Sharing my Present on this planet with the multiverse of sound in my cage, my focus here is to translate the relative theory of thematic timing through concentric infinity, a concept we call All Time and to share with you beautiful minds the collected color and creative chaos stored in the haloseum of my experience. I am Darwin Prophet, traveler and aural exhibitionist from Planet Mi, the third sphere following the Phantom in the Galaxy Solfege.

Gathering intelligent life forms manifesting memorable art and encouraging the power of individualism is my goal where ever I am in the mobius. I am a member of the Thematic Guild of Planet Mi, and a leader of the subgrid NeoWave Elitists, the progenetors of Art for Art’s Survival – a reflection of the Aesthetic Movement of Victorian England combined with a musical empathy of Earth’s 20th Century new wave phase. Travelers ride the ages unbound by linear, defying gravity, relying on the mercurial nature of Mians to flow in & out of the history and future of the cosmos, bringing harmonic regeneration to life forms everywhere. We call it Timing
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During the circle of time known as now, I am finding more and more reflections, here in linear, of those stepping in and out of phase…in the guise of Steampunk,
embraced by synchronistic notions Airships are collecting round the earth, and the children of the evolution are emerging from the vapid chaos of the 21st century shallows.For all of you creators, I think the best description of our sound is NeoWave Pre-Raphealite Steam Pop.And I shall call you SkullFeeders, because you fill the worlds with thought, and that is what feeds the entire planet of Mi.

 

Thursday 19 January 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.

Tuesday 17 January 2011 – Bootown Presents: Grown Up Storytime #43

Bootown – (Houston, TX )

The Grown-up Storytime series is a late-night event that takes place the third Tuesday of every month 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?

Interested in submitting a story or reading someone else’s story?!? Email us at grownupstorytime@bootown.o​rg

Saturday 14 January 2012 – Worlds Most Dangerous (Final Show) * The Burns

“After 5 crazy ass years we are calling it quits. Come party with us one last time at Rudyards in Houston TX. Our buddies in the Burns will be opening the show for us. More details soon to come. We hope to see all of our friends through the years there.” – WMD

 

 

World’s Most Dangerous (Houston, TX)

Born out of the belly of Hurricane Katrina, the sounds of the Crescent and Bayou Cities collided, forming the foundation of the WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS. With an allstar lineup the boys took their unique flavor of southern rock, blues, and punk to the masses along the Gulfcoast. Known for their explosive live shows and “life of the party” atmosphere, the boys from the South continue to represent hard rock-n-roll. With your help they will dominate the world.

Southern Fried Throwdown, the band’s debut full length CD is now available through the band’s myspace page & online stores  and a regional tour will follow.  The band is also seeking management and label interests.

 

The Burns (Houston, TX)

Formed in the summer of 07 we are a by product of the Texas bands, Simpleton, Dive and Donkey Punch. Our sound is a product of a variety of musical interests varying from classic country to hard rock. Our set consists of both electric and acoustic material.