The Black Album and black leather highlight the week ahead for music in and around Houston as the city celebrates a world championship with world-class talent and events. From hogs on the historic Strand in Galveston and Mr. Carter visiting the in-laws to a big Party on the Plaza, the stars have aligned for Astros fans to let loose as they are set to toast their team in style over the next week.
Best Show of the Week
At this point does Jay-Z, producer of said Black Album, have to tour anymore? The guy is closing in on billionaire status and he's achieved almost everything a musician and businessman can accomplish, so the only reasons for touring his latest album is either to maintain his profile as the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of the American dream or because he really loves his fans. No matter the reason, droves of hip-hop fans will be at his Toyota Center stop of the 4:44 Tour on Wednesday, November 8, because very few rapper/producers are making impactful music at this level, not to mention, he has a catalogue of hits dating back almost 20 years to pull from.
The biggest question is, will the Queen Bey herself, Beyonce Knowles, make an appearance in her hometown to perform a few songs alongside her world-beating partner? If there’s any stop on this tour where it would happen, this would have to be the one where we get a duet from the power couple who have done a tour together in the past. Fast-rising, 24-year-old Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and Jay-Z protege will open. Tickets start at $39.50, but checking the Toyota Center site, the only seats still available start at $199.50 plus service charges. Doors open at 7 pm.
Biggest Show of the Week
As a former Galveston resident, there are three type of island residents when nearly 600,000 visitors and nearly 300,000 motorcycles descend on the Island throughout the weekend as part of the immense Lone Star Rally. The first type of resident will get out of town, the constant roar too much for them to take; the second will live for three days with earplugs firmly implanted in their skulls; the third will bust out their leather and denim and embrace the sheer madness for what the Lone Star Rally is, which is a really great party with a couple of dozen of bands playing over the course of the weekend.
The Lone Star Rally is one of, if not the biggest (there’s always been arguments over whether the Sturgis, South Dakota rally is bigger), motorcycle enthusiast gatherings in the world. A surprisingly safe and fun event, bikers bust out their tricked out rides and showcase them along The Strand throughout the day, riders filling the bars and cheering on a strong line-up of bands that cater to this sort of crowd. It’s so huge, the City of Galveston commissioned its own economic impact study and the results are impressive.
Performers through Sunday, November 2 include Vanilla Ice, David Allen Coe, Shallow Side, the Zach Tate Band, Tom Keifer and many more. Admission is free.
Best Free Show of the Week
Respect has to be given to The Old 97’s for the sheer longevity of their career. Releasing their first album in 1994, the quartet that got its start in Dallas has produced one of the most respected catalogues of Americana-based rock music, making friends of Hollywood along the way, in no small part due to lead singer Rhett Miller’s good looks, charm and strong songwriting. The band continues to churn out new music, the latest being this year’s Graveyard Whistling.
The band is set to play the Party on the Plaza concert series on Wednesday, November 8, a great venue just outside the George R. Brown Convention Center for any Astros fans that can’t get the celebration out of their system. The best part? The show is free. The Seratones will open.
Other Shows of Note
Friday, November 3
Iron & Wine with John Moreland at the Heights Theater. Tickets are sold out. Doors open at 7 pm.
Sunday, November 5
The Guess Who at Dosey Doe, tickets start at $118 , doors open at 7:30 pm.
Monday, November 6
Toad the Wet Sprocket at the House of Blues, tickets start at $40, doors open at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7
Fall Out Boy with blackbear and Jaden Smith at the Toyota Center, tickets start at $30.50, doors open at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 8
The Jesus and Mary Chain at White Oak Music Hall, tickets are $30 in advance, doors open at 7 p.m.
The Last Bandoleros at the House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room, tickets start at $13, doors open at 7 p.m.