Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Southern Hustlin' Show Cancelled

According to the Beaumont Civic Center, the May 2 local stop of the Southern Hustlin' Tour has been cancelled.

The tour features hip-hop artists Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Plies, Boosie, Trina, Shawty Lo.

For more info, call 409-838-3435.

Or hit the Beaumont Civic Center online:

ZZ Top Redux

[EDIT: KBTV reports that the ZZ Top show this weekend has been cancelled - but will be rescheduled. ]

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Of course ZZ Top is back for its annual visit to Ford Park.

No, wait, that's not right. Not "annual." It only seems like the legendary Texas-blues-rock trio has been here every year since Ford Park opened - probably because ZZ Top's shows have been Ford Pavilion's biggest draws EVER [and so much damn time passes between shows in the outdoor venue].

For this year's SETX stop, ZZ Top headlines the "Rompin' Stompin' Texas Jam" with special guest Montgomery Gentry, Saturday May 3 at the otherwise under-used Ford Pavilion, 5115 I-10 South in Beaumont, Texas.

The official press release for the event says that "the 2008 Ford Pavilion season will officially begin" with the event, but I haven't heard of any other shows in the pavilion's "season." We'll see.

I'm just wondering what's going to piss people off this time around. At the first ZZ Top Ford Park bash, some fans were outraged that Hank Williams Jr. [gasp!] CURSED onstage - and at the second show, a LOT of fans saw red when Kid Rock did ONE song. Yeah, that sucked. They say the third times's a charm, but you know how it goes - most times "they" don't know shit.

"The Rompin' Stompin' Texas Jam," presented by Coondog Productions & SK Productions, features a "pre-show tailgate party" at 3 p.m. in the Ford Park Midway with a car show, bike rally and live local music. Gates to the Pavilion will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $78.50, $64.50, $48.50 and $34.50 [for lawn seating], to which I say "Holy crap!"

If you wanna get tix by phone, call 409-833-7747 [SETX], 337-474-4900 [Louisiana], 713-629-3700 [Houston] or go online at

Info Dump:
According to local legend, ZZ Top played its first paid gig in 1970 at a Beaumont show, thanks to local DJ Al Caldwell. So the otherwise Houston-based band has been considered a "local" act by longtime fans. The band's biggest songs include "Tush," "Pearl Necklace," "Cheap Sunglasses," "LaGrange," "Under Pressure" "Gimme All Your Lovin,'" "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," "TV Dinner" and "She's Just Killin' Me."

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Things go better with FIRE!

Her name is Firecracker. She's a firedancer. Originally from SETX, she's been in Austin for a while. Now she's back home, creating handmade jewelry and firedancing - most recently at The Art Studio's band night April 19 in downtown Beaumont. As you can see, she's badass.
Thanks to Nepenthe for the cool pic.
Check out Firecracker's MySpace page at:

Oh No!

The last show? I love these guys!

Pic and e-mail from Molly - KFG 04/18/08 at The Vortex

I ask for show pics and BOOM I get e-mail. I love it. Here's a cool shout out from Molly who caught BOTH The Clutch show at Antone's and the KFG set at The Vortex on April 18. She and her man Mike are troopers like that.

She writes: "Thanks Brent. We had fun. I look at the roll of pics and get drunk just looking at them. Ah the whiskey does it everytime. Oh and the massive bruise I got when I did not get out of the way fast enough. Playing with those rowdy boys in front of the stage at my age just makes me feel young again. Thank you for the good times and the provocation of my pursuing a dream of getting my shit together and perform. Molly"

No Molly. Thank YOU.

Again, send any and all local show pics to:

Pics from Wormdirt 04/18/08 at The Vortex

Here are some shots of local punk rock band Wormdirt tearing up The Vortex on April 18. Thanks to Meredith and Chris for the pics.

By the way, Wormdirt is one of the best fuckin' bands in SETX. Check 'em out on their official MySpace page at:

Seriously, you should go there right now.

Hey, wanna see YOUR show pics on the blog? It's easy. Send 'em to:

Monday, April 28, 2008

Warren on KFG's return 04/18-19/08

On his blog, KFG [KungFuGrip] guitarist/vocalist Warren Lutz writes:

"It happened. Eleven years later, Kung Fu Grip returned to the scene of the crimes (of which there were many) and ripped it up. We rocked. We sucked. We were loud. Every band we played with was better than us, but we still felt like kings. I saw people who were KIDS when I last saw them, now grown up, and playing in their own bands. They said we were the shit. I admit, that felt gooooood. There were no kids, no wife, and no money. For a week, I lived off Lone Star Beer and V8s. Check out the pint of whisky in my back pocket. There's not a lot I can write about it, except I love Brent, Tom and Pete like brothers, and I never even realized it. There's something to be said about music, punk rock, friends, alcohol and freedom, but I'll be damned if I know what it is. I'll regret a lot of things on my deathbed, I'm sure. This ain't one of 'em."

Tag Warren's excellent blog Dead Wall Window at:

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bones 05/02/08 at Vortex

Grimy swamp blues duo Bones appears in concert May 2 at The Vortex in Beaumont.

Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Michael Miller [guitar/bass/vocals] and Scott Campbell [drums] describe their sound as "a sex induced heart attack."

AntiGravity Magazine in New Orleans says of the act: "Bones comes off like a sex-crazed pit bull broken free of its leash: focused, furious, and practically unstoppable."

Bones is performing in support of the new CD "Sounds From The Id." The duo says of the album on the band's MySpace blog: "I have to say, it's the best stuff we have done so far. I told everyone we were recording a dance album, as a joke, but this reality is stranger than fiction. ... To all the hot women who have been making our shows so raw and fun, we have a gift for you."

Sounds like this is going to be a show not to miss. I'll post more details on opening acts when they come in.

The Vortex is located at 2350 North 11th Street in Beaumont, Texas.

Call (409) 892-5766 for more details.

Visit Bones online [and listen to some of their smokin' tunes] at:

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Madison Monroe 04/26/08

Local Texas music singer-songwriter Madison Monroe performs a set tonight - at Antone's - OR The Star Bar - on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont.

The confusion is due to conflicting information coming out of Crockett Street, which lists his show [as of Saturday afternoon] being at Antone's and/or The Star Bar.

Monroe [formerly of the Austin-based band Amos Moses] is offering a showcase of his solo material tonight as part of the big "Beaumont Boys" bash [featuring Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Bird] at Crockett Street. While Chesnutt, Byrd and others will be performing on the outdoor stage, Monroe will be inside on the Antone's and/or The Star Bar stage[s] - which may end up being closer to cold beer either way you look at it.

Madison gave me an advance CD of his new album "No Boundaries," and lemme tell ya, it's some great Texas music. The 11 tracks of blended rock/country/blues include "Back To You," "Seeing Lies," "Walls," "Long Stem Roses," "In The Mood," "Out Of The Blue," "Tainted Glass," "A Lot About Lovin'," "Loaded," "What's Inside" and "With You."

Monroe's showtime tonight is still up in the air at this point as well. Call Antone's at (409) 832-2944 for more details.

Check out Madison Monroe's MySpace for more:

And here's Monroe's other official web site:

Black Math Experiment at The Vortex 04/26/08

Houston-based rock band Black Math Experiment performs tonight at The Vortex, 2350 North 11th Street, in Beaumont, Texas.

The Black Math Experiment has become somewhat famous among horror fans thanks to their song “You Cannot Kill David Arquette." Legend has it that while promoting his horror fillm "The Tripper," Arquette tracked the band down and reportedly fed them cupcakes. In return, the band made Arquette an honorary member - and continue to honor him onstage with a framed photograph surrounded by candles.

The band's lineup includes Justin Nemeti/bass, Brian Coleman/drums, Bill Curtner/guitars, Christi Lain/vocals and Jef [yeah, with one F]/vocals. Black Math Experiment lists My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult, Blondie, The Pixies, The Ramones and Devo among its musical influences.

If you've never been to The Vortex, what the hell are you waiting for? It's only one of the best live music venues in SETX, not to mention the best bar in Beaumont. Showtime at The Vortex tonight is rumored to be around 10 p.m. and the cover is said to be $5. Give 'em a call at (409) 892-5766.

Check out Black Math Experiment at:

"Beaumont Boys" 04/26/08

Fun fact about Mark Chesnutt: Famed photographer Keith Carter's nickname for Chesnutt is "Bono."

Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd - two of our very own homegrown country superstars - headline a Crockett Street block party for charity in downtown Beaumont tonight. Special guests include Zona Jones, Britt Godwin, Skeeter Jones and the Beer Can Band and others.

Like many of us here, I've known Chesnutt and Byrd for a helluva long time. They're both great guys that blow most of that Nashville country-pop-crap away - AND they both stick to their SETX roots.

So as a friend, here's my personal message to the boys:

Guys, leave the cowboy hats at home. They're just props. You don't need 'em.

Mark, remember when you used to open your shows with Van Halen's "Runnin' With The Devil" ... ? [Awesome!]. Tracy, remember when you used to tear it up and drop a Steve Earle cover into your set? [Hell yeah, dude! Steve Fuckin' Earle!]. You guys have never been like all those other cookie-cutter hat acts - and you both have always done things your own way.

Seriously, ditch the hats. Your authentic Texas music and entertaining stage shows never needed them. Just get out there and rock-n-twang. And let the hair fly free.

The Beaumont Boys Bash starts at 4:30 p.m. today at Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont. Advance tickets are $12 [available at Fast Lane stores] and the at-the-gate price is $15.

For more details, check out the Beaumont Boys site at: