Category: Concert Reviews

Jason Mraz – Smart Financial Center – Sugarland, TX – Review

Written by Dave Clements I was hoping we were closing in on another mild Christmas here in the Lone Star State. However, the weather on this night seemed more like a New England Winter setting with a blustery wind that was way too cold for me.  Fortunately this didn’t interfere at all with the happenings…


Chris Isaak – House of Blues – Houston, TX – Review

Written by Eddie Ferranti This year Christmas came early for us in the form of a Chris Isaak concert at the House of Blues in Houston.  It had been over two years since he appeared at this same venue and he was no worse for wear.  Backed by his band of thirty-three years Isaak cooed,…


Gary Clark Jr. – Revention Music Center – Houston, TX – Review

Written by Eddie Ferranti To say Gary Clark Junior has come a long way since the days he hung out underage in clubs with his cousin W.C. Clark is an understatement indeed.  Being in the great music Mecca of Austin, Texas for years gave him the bare bones roots of his blazing bluesy style. His…


Samantha Fish – Downtown Alive @ Rock N’ Bowl – Lafayette, La. – Review

Written by Eddie Ferranti  An annual trip to Louisiana for a getaway from the rat race of Houston is a must for us.  Friendly first people who are proud to say “we dance like nobody’s watching” embodies their cool attitude.  Of course good Cajun food is a slam dunk – throw your diet away and…


Billy Gibbons – Revention Music Center – Houston, TX – Review

Written by Jim Bille Billy Gibbons returned home to Houston with his current tour in support of his new release ‘Big Bad Blues’. New material from the CD was featured heavily throughout the show along with a few sprinkles of classic ZZ Top for good measure so there was plenty of Billy Boogie to go around. Gibbons…


Shelley King – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Houston, TX – Review

Written by Eddie Ferranti The phrase “blast from the past” usually involves a good experience in life.  Recently for Rose and I the spectacular blast was in the form of sweetheart Shelley King.  It had been too many years ago that we visited Dan Electros guitar bar on a rainy evening to catch her for…


Mary Chapin Carpenter- Heights Theater- Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen It seems a bit hard to believe that Mary Chapin Carpenter has been touring for 30 years. Houston was lucky to have her choose to celebrate this 30 years on the road by performing at the intimate Heights Theater to an understandably sold out house. She is touring behind the release…


Southwest Regional Folk Alliance – Austin, Texas – Review

Written by James Killen Another SWRFA has come and gone. Another weekend of fun, fellowship, networking and music was had by many in the Holiday in at the junction of 290 East and IH35. While HMR has been represented at the conference for a number of years, personally, 2018 was only my second SWRFA experience….


Mike and the Moonpies – Redneck Country Club – Stafford, TX – Review

Written by Eddie Ferranti The fun in covering live music is discovering new venues. In the case of the Redneck Country Club in Stafford, Texas it is a case of rediscovering a blast from the past.  RCC is celebrating five years of running this October.  We had supported it the first two years, but dropped…


Folk Family Revival- The Mucky Duck- Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen The Lankford brothers and Caleb (AKA Folk Family Revival) showed up Friday night at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck for the 9:30 show. They’ve been honing their act around Houston over the last few years to a fine sharp edge. This evening the band was trying out many of their newer songs that…