Category: Concert Reviews

Pushing Chain- The Americana- Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen It was a cold wind that blew through the Americana parking lot Monday night and blew in Boyd Blomberg and Adam Moe (AKA Pushing Chain) from Minnesota. Adam remarked inside that he had to put on a long-sleeve shirt, snickering to himself a bit to see Texans shivering in the low…


Helene Cronin, Brian Kalinec and KJ- The Americana- Review

Written by James Killen What a great way to end a long work week, traipsing over to the Americana for a little Kerrville-class folk music on a Friday. Houston guitar player (and singer songwriter), Brian Kalinec and his annual music partner from Pennsylvania, KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner, were joined by Dallas area Kerrville winner, Helene Cronin on…


Jackson Emmer, Alex Coba, Jordi Baizan- McGonigel’s Mucky Duck- Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen Houston singer/songwriter, Jordi Baizan has been playing around town (and beyond) a lot of late. I saw that he had the early show at the Duck Thursday night and it’s been a while since I’ve seen him play. The rumor has been that he has a new disc coming out of…


Mike Stinson – The Mucky Duck – Houston, TX – Review

Written by Jane Ponte It has been said in the past that Mike Stinson was one of Los Angeles’ “best kept secrets.” The operative word in that sentence is “was,” because California’s loss is clearly Texas’ gain. Stinson moved to Houston about 10 years ago, and we’ve been the lucky recipients of his rock-solid quirkiness…


Samantha Fish / John Egan – Heights Theater- Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen I’ve had several people whose opinions on music I respect, tell me that I had to catch blues lady, Samantha Fish. I got my opportunity Friday night at the iconic Heights Theater. A Kansas City native, Fish struck me as a hard working guitarist having written and released two studio albums…


The Bottle Rockets- Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Tx – Review

Written by James Killen If this show was any indicator of Tuesday nights at Main Street Crossing, I would risk a last minute trip out there to catch a show on some other Tuesday. The usually packed venue was only about half full for the Bottle Rockets’ first showing in Tomball, but it would seem…


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…