Saturday 23 March 2019 – Possessed by Paul James, Doug Kosmo, Grifters & Shills

Possessed by Paul James (Kendal County, TX)
https://www.facebook.com/PossessedbyPaulJamesOfficial/

Fans of singer/songwriter and one man band Possessed By Paul James my be surprised to find out that playing music is not his only passion. Though he somehow finds the time to make appearances all over the US and Europe throughout the year, down in the Texas Hill Country he’s in charge of an elementary school special education classroom, teaching children with intellectual disabilities. And you may think that with juggling so many responsibilities between music and work that he wouldn’t have the energy or the time to excel at either one. But Possessed by Paul James is not your average musician, or teacher. – Saving Country Music

 

DKosmo

D. Kosmo (Houston, TX)
https://www.facebook.com/DKosmo/

“D. Kosmo sings dirty tunes from someplace down deeper than the devil.” David Garrick~Houston Press

 

Grifters and Shills (Houston, TX)
https://www.facebook.com/griftersandshills/

Grifters & Shills – amplifyin’ and testifyin’ for your soul.

His was hard rock and heavy metal. Hers was the classic sound of the East Texas piney woods. Theirs was a fiery collision, bearing forth a sound that was at once novel and instantly familiar–nodding to roots seated deep in high lonesome harmonies and back porch blues, while peering out at a scorched path bound by modern assertions and contemporary commentary.

Behind Grifters & Shills is John and Rebecca Stoll, native Texans who met in a classic rock/blues jam band in 2008. Between them they discovered a magnetic chemistry that manifested not only in music, but in all aspects of their relationship. When they began playing as a two-piece band, they found a unique voice in the combination of Rebecca’s East Texas vocal stylings and John’s formidable guitar work. They immediately began writing their own songs, while testing the waters of vocal harmonies and adding an array of instrumentation to their arsenal. A typical show will feature a delightful range of electric instruments, including John’s archtop guitar, Rebecca’s bass, a driving stomp board, a couple of cigar box guitars, a handful of harmonicas, and an occasional kazoo.

They call it high lonesome heavy metal, and together, this two-person, dozen-instrument act provides a show full of sound a fury, punctuated with raw, quiet vulnerability, forging new trails and shining new light on familiar ground.

 

Friday 22 March 2019 – Eagle Claw, Sleeping Ancient, Mr. Plow

Eagle Claw (Austin, TX)
https://www.facebook.com/eagleclawhurts/

Austin TX’s instruMETAL outfit EAGLE CLAW plays heavy, loud music. From the very beginning, vocals were never in the plan for this creatively destructive four piece. Taking up where other instrumental bands leave off, Eagle Claw carved out their own niche within the instrumental genre. Dynamic and engaging, but ultimately all things metal. 

 

sleepingancient

Sleeping Ancient (Houston, TX)
https://www.facebook.com/sleepingancient/

Sleeping Ancient is an instrumental, sludge-rock band from Houston, TX

 

MrPlow

Mr. Plow (Houston, TX)
http://mrplow.com/

They’re one of those bands who, if I ever got that label going that I keep talking (mostly to myself) about, I’d reissue all three of their albums as soon as humanly possible, just in hopes of getting the word out about them to one or two more people. Quality rock like that which they proffered on Head On, Cock Fights and Pony Racin’ and especially Asteroid 25399 is a rare and special thing, and to see it go unheralded for so long is a shame. In this age of constant reunions, it doesn’t seem to much to ask: can’t a brother get a little Mr. Plow?” – The Obelisk

 

Thursday 21 March 2019 – Thursday Night Dart Tourney at Rudz (7-10pm)

 

Every Thursday, Houston Darts Association and Rudyard’s hosts a Blind Draw Doubles tournament with registration starting at 7:30pm and first throw at 8:00pm.  Cash prizes are handed out to the top finishers and half of the tournament pot is graciously matched by Rudyard’s to juice up stakes.  The BBD tournament will include a best of three format, starting with 501 and Cricket, and team member’s randomly matched before the tournament starts.  Entry fee’s will be determined at the start of the tournament but are generally $5 with optional buy-in’s for a mystery out.  If there are enough interested following the BBD tournament we will follow up with a singles tournament of similar fashion.

Shoot well everyone!

** Membership in the HDA is absolutely NOT required to enter and all skill levels are welcome. **

Tuesday 19 March 2019 – Grown Up Storytime (8pm show only)

Grown-Up Generic

 

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?

$5 – tickets only available at the door, cash or card.

**Important Note** We are only doing an 8pm show for now, spread the word!

Monday 18 March 2019 – Rudyard’s Open Mic Comedy Night (Free!! doors 7:30pm)

 

 

Houston Press Best of 2013 Winner
Best Open-Mike Comedy Night Houston 2013
“With a decent amount of local talent, Houston deserves more stages to feature homegrown comics. Thankfully, Rudz has stepped forward to devote one night a week to nurturing newcomers and showcasing seasoned vets…you can check out a rotating cast of characters, for free — you’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a more fun way to spend a Monday night. Especially if your next Monday night involves going to a funeral. Trust us, this’ll be waaaay funnier.” – Houston Press
Our Free Comedy Open Mic Show Opens At 7:30. Show starts at 8:00

Saturday 16 March 2019 – Stonecutters, Protest, Doomstress

Stonecutters (Louisville, KY)
http://www.stonecuttersdestroy.com/

Louisville KY’s Stonecutters: Comprised of genuine 502 metal scene veterans, battle tested; past, present and future!

Stonecutters is led by Vocalist/Guitarist Brian Omer a veteran in the Louisville Metal & Hardcore scene. Playing with Louisville natives My Own Victim who issued four albums out on Century Media and did several tours across Europe and United States. From the ashes of MOV Brian Omer put together Stonecutters with 3 other like minded musicians, which illustrates punishing, brutal, beautiful, soothing, and primal music for these uncertain and turbulent times. With influences ranging from Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Death, Neurosis, Motorhead, Sick Of It All & early Metallica; Stonecutters illustrates a mixture of these influences all rolled up into a very unique format. 

 

Protest (Dallas, TX)
https://www.facebook.com/protestband

Hailing from Dallas TX, PROTEST is known for one thing, an unrelenting, no bullshit metal onslaught on stage. The band effortlessly blending it’s thrash roots with a modern twist of hardcore and denim shredding old school metal attitude. 

 

 

Doomstress (Houston, TX)
https://doomstress.bandcamp.com/

In March of 2016, burning passion, relentless drive, and an undying love for heavy metal music is what fueled bassist/lead vocalist Doomstress Alexis to bring to life the powerful entity that is Doomstress. In May of 2016, Doomstress arose before the people with Supernatural Kvlt Sounds, an EP of material rooted in doom, NWOBHM, and occult rock with influences such as Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Cathedral, and Uriah Heap. These influences can be easily identified in Doomstress’ heavy grooves, layered twin guitars, strong melodic vocals, and a thunderous yet dynamic rhythm section.

When asked what inspires her lyrics, Doomstress Alexis said, “Honestly, real world news makes for good doom music.” Finding inspiration in current events, personal experiences, and at times even social and political commentary, Doomstress creates songs that, opposed to being preachy, are engaging. “While the personal experiences come through in the songs, it’s easy for the listener to find themselves in these songs and to make that connection.”