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Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and, for those who don't want to watch this Chiefs/49ers matchup at home, here is a rundown of spots where you can eat, drink, and watch the dashing and charismatic Patrick Mahomes take on the chiseled Jimmy Garoppolo. (Meanwhile, we'll try to endure all the announcer mentions of the 49ers' Richard Sherman's smack talk or Mahomes' "cannon arm.") And of course, the commercials!

Who'll win? We'll leave the prognosticating to our Gow Media colleagues at SportsMap. Scream for your team, and be careful out there, football fans.

The Barking Pig
The Pig will have an axes-and-cocktails pre-game party — and that's exactly what you think it is. You can get really tipsy and toss some axes before the big game. $10 for 10 throws and $20 to enter the tournament. 1 pm.

Bobcat Teddy's Ice House
The ice house will celebrate the day with an old-fashioned tailgating party. They'll provide the entertainment, the game projection and the booze. You just invite your friends and cook up your favorites to share. Noon.

Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill Downtown
The popular spot will, of course, also get their tailgate on, as they show the game on 20-plus TV screens and huge projectors. There will also be a full kitchen, drink specials, and live music during halftime and after the game. 21 and up only. 3 pm.

Five Central
This spot seems to be ready to offer up a swanky, Super Bowl-viewing experience. There will be brunch from 11 am to 4 pm, immediately followed by the big show. Drink specials will be flowing during the game, as well as music from a few DJs. 11 am.

Hard Rock Cafe
The temple of hamburgers and rock memorabilia will have pre-order packages (big-game spread for $100, $25 and $100 beer buckets) available as well as all-day drink and food specials (tailgate menu starting at $25, $5 house margaritas). 11 am.

Lucky's Pub
Lucky's will have a list of things going for its all-day, Super Bowl party: drink specials, football bingo, football squares, crawfish and shrimp by the pound, and DJs who will keep the music spinning both before and after the game. 21 and up only. 11 am.

Pearl Bar Houston
Pearl will literally get things boiling with a crawfish-boil pregame: $5.99 for a pound or $14.99 for three pounds. (Corn, sausage, and potatoes will also be available.) And don't forget about the $2.75 mimosas and $5.75 beer specials. 3 pm.

Penny Whistle Pub
Expect a potluck vibe before the game. They will provide the pizza, and you can bring your favorite dish that you usually whip up on this day. The spot will also be pouring $5 drafts. 4 pm.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
The beloved brewery will show the big game on a 16-foot super-screen. But before that, they will play the Puppy Bowl, starting at 2. BARC will also be around with mobile pet adoptions and a 9-foot-tall fire hydrant for all the Instagram shots. 11 am.

The Shiloh Club
The Heights dive will have hotdogs ready for people to munch on during its party. They will also have five-beer bucket specials for $13.50, along with $3 party shots, $4 Fireball shots, $5 Jameson shots, and $3 "Shiloh" Washington apple shots. 5 pm.

Toast the Big Game at Christian's Tailgate.

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Toast the Big Game at Christian's Tailgate.
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Where to have the best time in Houston on Super Bowl Sunday

Total Touchdown

When the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs, where will you be? If you're looking for a good time while watching the game, you'll be at Pour Behavior for the Super Bowl viewing party.

The 18,000-square-foot Midtown venue has proven time and again that it's the place to watch sports in Houston, and Sunday's showdown is no exception.

Get ready to see the big game on all 42 of Pour Behavior's 65-inch TVs, plus the two 220-inch HD LED video walls. It's all supported by crystal-clear, state-of-the art sound, so you won't miss a single call.

Of course, you'll be wanting to chow down while watching Jimmy Garoppolo battle Patrick Mahomes, and Pour Behavior's scratch kitchen has all the snacks covered. Get any of its 12-inch, Neapolitan-style, brick-oven pizzas for only $10 during the game, from the Italian Job with house-made Italian sausage and fig balsamic to the Tater Tot with bacon, truffle oil, and a cage-free fried egg. Not feeling the 'za? Then order off the extensive food menu that's way more than typical bar food.

For drinks, make sure everyone has a cold one with $20 beer buckets and $30 Bud Light towers. The venue's signature craft cocktails also fit the bill, with options ranging from the Bacardi-based Pour Decisions to the spiked, sparkling beverages that are bottled on-site.

During commercials or if the game lags, turn your attention to the giant Jenga and Connect 4 that will be set up along with cornhole for impromptu tournaments.

No matter who takes home the trophy, you'll be a winner for having found the best spot in Houston for Super Bowl Sunday.

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Pour Behavior is located in Midtown at 2211 Travis St., and its toll-free phone number is 833-O-BEHAVE.

Watch the game on Pour Behavior's 42 giant TVs, plus two video walls.

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Watch the game on Pour Behavior's 42 giant TVs, plus two video walls.
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Where to watch the Super Bowl in Houston: 12 best bars, restaurants, and breweries for the big game

Where to watch the Super Bowl

Usually on Super Bowl Sunday, people are at home watching it — by themselves or with family and friends. But there are those who dare to venture outside their domiciles, and view the big game among equally enthused strangers, soaking up all the beer and food specials that are generally on hand.

And why not? This year's game looks poised to be at least as exciting as last year's. The Patriots, crusty veterans, squaring off against the rising star Los Angeles Rams: Brady versus Goff, Belichick versus McVay, C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley versus the stout Pats defense. Never mind that the Rams' presence is tainted by the horrendous non-call at the end of the NFC Championship game — it isn't their fault that the refs swallowed their whistles at the exact wrong moment and ruined the Saints' shot at glory.

We'll leave the game analysis to our Gow Media colleagues at ESPN 97.5. But maybe take the under. If that turns out to be wrong, at least it won't be the worst sports prediction ever made on this website.

BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures
Watch the game on the restaurant’s 100-inch projector screen while enjoying its Sunday supper menu of pork ribs and chicken wings. Get either classic Buffalo or sweet chili lime wings (six for $6, 12 for $12), half or full racks of pork ribs ($10/$20), or a half rack, six wings, and two sides (fries, mashed potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, etc) for $20.

Big City Wings
The locally-owned wing joint with seven Houston-area locations will feature 25 boneless wings for $14.99 (dine-in only). In addition, enjoy happy hour pricing all day, which means $4 frozen drinks, $2 Mexican drafts, $4 pints of craft beer, $3.25 glasses of wine, and $2.50 well drinks.

Biggio’s Sports Bar
Get a little of that Vegas sportsbook vibe at this establishment in downtown’s Marriott Marquis hotel. For $500, high rollers can reserve a VIP booth that comes with four dozen Buffalo wings, six flatbreads, two dozen sliders, chips and salsa, and water. Alcohol will be charged based on consumption.

For something a little more personal, groups of two or more may reserve seats in the 18 leather recliners that face the bar’s massive, 30-foot projector screen. Each seat costs $25 and has a minimum spend of $25. Reserve by calling 346-888-3921.

Chicago Bar and Grill
Get the full bar-and-grill experience at this Super Bowl party. We got $3 beers, margaritas and daquiris, $4 wells, 60-cent wings and a complimentary buffet during the game, which will be shown on a 120-inch, full HD jumbo screen. There will also be a live performance from the band Hard 2 Fine after the game.

Eagle Houston
Who the hell said gay bars can't have Super Bowl parties too? This particular place will have a "Big Game Crawfish Boil," where you can chow down on crawfish for $7.99 a pound. (You can also get 3 pounds for $20, with corn and potatoes for $1 each and sausage for $3.) $20 domestic beer buckets will also be served.

Guava Lamp
The best spot in town to get your karaoke on will have a Super Bowl party. (But management says they're mostly doing it to watch Adam Levine during the Maroon 5 halftime show.) They'll also have complimentary food, $3 domestics, $2 shot specials and, yes, karaoke after the game.

La Cantina by La Calle
Usually, the downtown taco spot devotes itself to soccer, combat sports, and wrestling, but it’ll be all football on Super Sunday. Reserve a seat in advance to get free pozole with any drink purchase. Drink specials include Jello shots, $3.99 Bud Light drafts, and a michelada bar.

Lucky’s Lodge
The casual EaDo spot will have Buck’s Barbeque Co on hand with free whole hog barbecue from 2 pm until it runs out, $25 beef ribs, and the rest of pitmaster Jim Buchanan’s menu. Match all the smoky goodness with drink specials such as $4 can of Love Street, $21 buckets of bottled beer, $3 pints of Bud Light, $4 Jim Beam, $6 Makers Mark, and more.

Feeling lucky? Play Super Bowl bingo, enter raffles at halftime and the end of the game for a 70-inch TV, and buy squares.

Post Lounge
The lounge will not have just a regular, ol' Super Bowl Party. Oh no -- this will be a silent Super Bowl party! Headphones will be given out with three listening options: the big game (of course!), a channel that plays trap, hip-hop & R & B and a channel that plays reggae, classic hip-hop, and Afro beats.

360 Midtown Bar
This midtown watering hole is using the game as an opportunity to have a viewing party and an afterparty. Along with playing the game on 15 big screens and a patio projector, there will also be multiple DJs, live music, model hosts, tacos and crawfish, drink specials during the game and some other special stuff.

Revelry on Richmond
The swanky sports bar and craft-beer haven will be pulling out the big guns for its party: bucket specials, beer specials and shot specials all day. People can guarantee a good spot for the game by reserving a bar seat for $25 (you get a free pint of beer) or a table, which can go between $400 and $1000.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Houston’s oldest craft brewery has two options for football fans. Pre-game at the brewery with the sixth-annual Super Beef Sunday (11 am to 2:30 pm). Organized by the Houston BBQ Festival, the event features legendary Texas barbecue joint Louie Mueller Barbecue plus up-and-comers Eaker Barbecue and Eddie O’s Barbecue. The $50 ticket includes samples from all three pitmasters plus beer from the Saint Arnold’s taps.

Alternatively, watch the game on a massive projector screen while sitting on the patio at the brewery’s restaurant. It will be open for regular hours (11 am to 10 pm) with chef Ryan Savoie’s creative menu and a full lineup of Saint Arnold brews.

Pre-game with brisket at Super Beef Sunday.

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Pre-game with brisket at Super Beef Sunday.
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Watch out for these 5 'hot' takes in the wake of Super Bowl LII

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Super Bowl LII turned out to be a thriller, and the Philadelphia Eagles are your new NFL champions.

As always, there will be instant overreactions. If there is one thing you can count on, it's "hot takes" from talking heads and writers hoping to boost ratings and page views. Here are five that you'll see today that are silly, "hot take" clickbait-type stuff — and why they won't happen.

1. The Eagles should trade Carson Wentz.
Hey, they just won their first ever Super Bowl with Nick Foles at quarterback. Why can't they do it again? What do you think the Browns would pay for Wentz? Philly could load up on draft picks and make multiple runs with Foles at quarterback.

The reality: Wentz is a special talent who will be the man in Philly for a long time. Foles was terrific in the playoffs and should start somewhere. But this is Wentz's team moving forward.

2. Tom Brady is done.
He gave up a strip sack fumble in the clutch on Sunday and can no longer mount comebacks. At 40, it is time to hang it up.

The reality: Um, he did the comeback thing just two weeks ago. He threw for over 500 yards against the Eagles. Brady can probably play until he is 50.

3. The Patriots lost three Super Bowls. They aren't that great.

The reality: This is the greatest dynasty of the Super Bowl era. Five titles, eight trips to the Super Bowl, a contender year in and year out. That they have been this good this long in the salary cap era trumps anything done before.

4. The Patriots won't get out of the AFC next year.

The reality: While they will be favored, this might not be a stretch. The Steelers still have the most offensive talent in football. Jacksonville is not a fluke and will be back in the mix next year. Even the Texans with a healthy Deshaun Watson could be a threat. But New England will enter the season as favorites to make the Super Bowl again unless Bill Belichick bails.

5. This was the best Super Bowl ever.

The reality: Um, remember last year? Possibly top five and it was a great game to watch, but it is not in the same category as some of the other Super Bowls. But you can bet someone will be spouting that today.

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Fred Faour is the editor of SportsMap, and hosts "The Blitz" weekdays at 4 pm on ESPN 97.5.

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J.J. Watt wins the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award thanks to his tireless Harvey relief

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Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is the NFL’s Man of the Year.

Watt won the Walter Payton Award Saturday, February 3, during the NFL Honors show, beating out Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson. Both were deserving, but Watt’s efforts after Hurricane Harvey all but made him a shoo-in.

As the damage from the storm was becoming clear, Watt posted a video online with a goal of raising $200,000 to help the city recover from Harvey’s devastation. Watt’s efforts drew national attention, and 19 days later he had raised an amazing $37 million, with donations from many celebrities from all over the country. Watt became one of the faces of recovery in the storm’s aftermath, giving hope to a battered city.

When Watt was named one of the three finalists, he tweeted out this: “Humbled & honored to even be mentioned in the same breath as Walter Payton. Also happy to share the nomination with @BenjaminSWatson and @gregolsen88 who are both extremely deserving. This is so much bigger than just one man. It’s about the good in all of humanity.”

Olsen and Watson have helped numerous people through their charitable foundations and epitomize what is best in people. Watt put an entire city on his shoulders in the aftermath of a disaster and made the world take notice.

The 28-year-old Watt would go on to miss most of the 2017 season with a broken leg. A three-time defensive player of the year, Watt has been the face of the franchise for most of his Texans career, which began in 2011. But his off-field efforts were much more important.

On the field, the Texans are hoping a healthy Watt and quarterback Deshaun Watson can propel them back to the playoffs next year.

Off the field, they already have a champion.

Many Houston athletes stepped up in the wake of the storm, but Watt’s contributions will not soon be forgotten. The NFL got it right by naming him the Walter Payton Man of the Year.

For all Watt has done on the field, he will always be remembered for his efforts off it when a city needed him the most.

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Fred Faour is the editor of SportsMap, and hosts "The Blitz" weekdays at 4 pm on ESPN 97.5.

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The year in music: the buzz that defined the Houston scene in 2017

Music Year In Review

Arguably no other city captured more national and international attention this year than Houston — from the Super Bowl to Hurricane Harvey, and the magical Astros World Series run. The same can be said for the music scene that drew attention for major events and a fast growing, strong local coalition of talented musicians, promoters and event organizers putting on world-class shows and festivals.

These are some of the highlights from the past year that had audiences buzzing:

Super Bowl madness
The sheer amount of star wattage surrounding the Super Bowl, the Mecca of American sports, was nothing short of spectacular. The hottest ticket in town in a sea of huge parties came in the form of Club Nomadic, a pop-up music venue downtown that hosted the biggest names in music, sports and entertainment over the course of the week leading up to the big game. Those able to find a way into the venue experienced exhilarating late night performances by Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift (in her only live set in 2017) that won’t soon be forgotten.

Not to be outdone, the free, highly attended Super Bowl Live shows at Discovery Green offered the best in Texas-bred talent. Houston's own Solange heated up a packed crowd with an immaculate, choreographed Thursday set, followed by rapturous shows by Southern rockers ZZ Top and The Suffers (both Houston-based), as well as Leon Bridges and Gary Clark Jr.

Lady Gaga, who created buzz during her stay in the week before the big game on February 5, capped off a hugely successful Super Bowl week with a critically acclaimed half-time performance in what many consider the best Super Bowl ever played.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concerts push the envelope
Yee-haw! The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo broke records in 2017 with over 2.6 million attendees walking through the turnstiles. Live music shows in NRG Stadium brought the crowds as well over three-plus weeks of programming. There were the requisite country stars, including Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Aaron Watson. There were pop stars Alicia Keys, and Demi Lovato too.

But a big shout out goes to the programmers, who booked out-of-the-box acts, including DJ duo The Chainsmokers and pop-punk trio Blink-182, the former that turned the dirt and dust of NRG into one huge, family friendly rave.

U2 reminds us of their greatness with The Joshua Tree
Ireland's mega-act U2 had recently fallen on hard times following the iPhone debacle and a string of middling albums. Genius move then to hit the road last spring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album that made them legends: The Joshua Tree. The minimal (for them anyway) stage set-up allowed Bono and company to give as intimate a performance you can to 70,000 fans at NRG Stadium in May, all who were treated to some of the most iconic rock tunes of all time. One of the shows of the year, no doubt.

May flowers bring June showers at FPSF
Another year, another Free Press Summer Fest hampered by rain. Three years in a row, Mother Nature shut down portions of the festival at Eleanor Tinsley Park with several lightning delays and rain storms, including the headline performance of pop star Lorde. Thankfully, organizers are still committed to giving Houston music fans a warm weather festival. The Free Press Summer Fest will now be rebranded as the In Bloom Festival and will move from the unpredictable month of June to a more weather-friendly March date in 2018.

Fourth of July festivities make everyone want to DNCE
The Freedom Over Texas Festival brought the fun to Fourth of July with Joe Jonas-led band DNCE and rising country star Hunter Hayes at Buffalo Bayou Park. The event drew attendees with a multitude of food trucks and a massive fireworks display.

A reunited Guns N' Roses shred through all the hits
Fans of Axl Rose, Slash and the boys gave thanks to a much welcomed reunion of the classic band line-up and were treated to a ultra-long set of hit after hit when the huge Not In This Lifetime tour rolled through town in early August. The Los Angeles-based legends followed up the show with a victory lap, bringing the tour to the more intimate confines at Toyota Center later in the year.

Hurricane Harvey impacts local music scene
The record shattering rainfall and flooding of Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston residents and businesses when it made landfall in late August. Musicians of all levels and those who work in the music industry weren't prone to the effects of the storm, with many losing instruments and venues facing damage and lost revenue due to show cancellations. Thankfully, a tight-knit local scene rose to the occasion to immediately provide aid to those in need with several relief shows that showed the true heart of Houston as a music town.

Depeche Mode brings the revolution to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The band that sold more concert tickets than any other music act in 2017 brought its Global Spirit tour to the packed out Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion that lapped up nearly four decades of new wave hits. Perhaps no other tour spoke to the current political climate in such an artfully tasteful way, but David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher made sure that fun was first and foremost the order of the night.

Texas Monthly recognizes the growing talent of the Houston music scene
All of those who work in the local music industry know something positive has been happening in the HOU the last few years. Once a city that many acts would skip over in favor of other forward thinking cities, Houston's time has come as a first-class music destination in addition to producing great talent - Solange, The Suffers, The Tontons, Bun B, Paul Wall, Wild Moccasins and many more - events with a wide range of music-centered venues. Texas Monthly expressed as much in it's October music issue that featured a huge amount of love for the the movers and shakers of the Bayou City.

Day for Night gives Houston a world-class festival
Following the line-up announcement a few months earlier, expectations were high for Day for Night, an interactive arts meets progressive music event in downtown Houston in mid-December. In only its third year, the festival delivered on the potential of previous editions, drawing a killer line-up - Nine Inch Nails, St. Vincent, Justice and Radiohead's Thom Yorke - and some of the best visual artists in the world.

The national and international music community took notice, with coverage from industry tentpole Billboard magazine and respected publication Consequence of Sound naming it the Festival of the Year. The scary part is organizers are just getting started and music fans should be extremely excited about where Day for Night will go in subsequent years.

Depeche Mode's Global Spirit tour stop at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was one of the best shows of the year in Houston.

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Depeche Mode's Global Spirit tour stop at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was one of the best shows of the year in Houston.
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Iconic Austin blues club brings the show to fans with new indie livestreaming platform

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If legendary Austin blues club Antone’s is your vibe, but the drive to Capital City isn't, you’re in luck. Antone’s Nightclub launched a new service for livestreaming its shows in November.

Kicking off with New Orleans-based funk and jam band Dumpstaphunk, for their special “Phunksgiving” show last month with Michael Hale Trio, the full lineup is delineated on the Antone’s website. Specifics were still loose before the launch, allowing the famous blues club to call the shots. The partner agency that created the streaming service, 3rd + Lamar, created the system to give Antone’s as much freedom as possible.

"Partnering with Antone's to build their livestreaming platform and produce each of their shows is an incredible opportunity for 3rd + Lamar," said the agency’s co-founder Nick Schenck in a press release. "The amazing talent that performs at Antone's – and their fans worldwide – deserve best-in-class live production quality, and we're thrilled to play a part in this operation."

Not that Antone’s needed to stand out more in the music industry (the nearly 50-year-old venue has always been one of the best places to see both local and national talent), but this achievement places it among relatively few venues across the country, especially those that operate their system independently.

The intimate Antone's shows are filmed by four Blackmagic 4K cinema cameras on tracks overhead, which ensure that the whole space is easily visible without having camera operators amid the audience.

“We did over 430 individually ticketed shows in 2019 and we felt like we were bursting at the seams,” said Antone’s owner Will Bridges. “Then when livestreams became more prominent during the pandemic we realized, this is our opportunity to take Antone’s outside of our four walls. … [W]e see people in the comment threads all the time saying ‘If I could only be teleported to Antone’s!’ Well now they can.”

The release emphasizes that the system means Antone’s “fully retain[s] ownership of their content, which can then be utilized at their discretion.” It also calls the service “an add-on option for all artists performing at Antone’s,” positioning the service as not just an audience luxury but a performer’s low-cost marketing tool. Suddenly, artists playing at Antone’s are afforded a choice without needing to be invited to record or pay an independent video team, while reaching even more viewers with no extra time spent advertising.

“Our ultimate goal is to make these amazing musical experiences accessible to everyone. Life is busy, but we want to give everyone the opportunity to participate no matter where they are or what they have going on,” said Bridges. “We want to make livestreams from Antone’s totally commonplace. When we announce our upcoming shows, fans have two options: watch it at the club our watch it at home.”

Livestreams are at antonesnightclub.com, and links also appear with each applicable event across the site. Prices are listed on the website, and livestreams start 10-20 minutes before each show.

Alt-rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers heading to Houston for 2023 North American tour

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One of alternative rock's most pioneering and enduring acts is headed to Houston to close out a highly anticipated North American tour next year. Red Hot Chili Peppers will play Minute Maid Park on Thursday, May 25, 2023 as part of a North American trek that kicks off in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 29.

Houston lands the honor of the closeout city for the North American tour (the band will also play a slew of dates in Europe). Effortlessly hip, celeb-fave modern rock band The Strokes will support the Chili Peppers, along with the talented bassist-vocalist Thundercat.

Tickets go on sale this week at 10 am Friday, December 9 online.

Houston fans who can't get enough can also catch the Chili Peppers when they hit The Alamodome in San Antonio on Wednesday, May 17 — the only other Texas date.

Aside from The Strokes and Thundercat, supporting acts along the way include Iggy Pop, The Roots, The Mars Volta, St. Vincent, City and Colour, and King Princess.

Touring in support of their two No. 1 studio albums released in 2022, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen, the Chili Peppers have been played sold-out shows in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and more with major names such as Notable artists such as A$AP Rocky, Anderson.Paak, Beck, and HAIM.

The first rock band in 17 years to score two No. 1 albums in one year, the band has been red hot on the Billboard charts and at the MTV Video Music Awards, where they received the Global Icon Award and brought the house down with a performance of the No. 1 single “Black Summer,'' which also won the award for Best Rock Video.

Fronted by the impossibly chiseled and ageless (he's 60!) Anthony Kiedis, the Chili Peppers formed in 1983. Unabashedly proud of their LA roots, the band burst onto the scene with early singles such as "Higher Ground" and "Give It Away," both showcases of bassist Flea's slappin', funk-fueled basslines.

Throughout the peak of alternative music in the '90s, the band saw tragedy, personnel changes at guitar, and reinventions — Kiedes' rap-singing, Flea's bass grooves, and singalong choruses all constants over the decades.

While many '90s alt-rock acts fizzled, the Chili Peppers stayed relevant; the band boasts two anthemic singles with more than 1 billion streams — "Californication" and "Under the Bridge" — and more than 25 million followers on Spotify.

Expect this show to be packed with Gen Xers and new fans for what promises to be one hot minute.

Red Hot Chili Peppers 2023 tour dates:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – Vancouver – BC Place
  • Saturday, April 1 – Las Vegas – Allegiant Stadium
  • Thursday, April 6 – Fargo, North Dakota – FargoDome
  • Saturday, April 8 – Minneapolis – US Bank Stadium
  • Friday, April 14 – Syracuse, New York – JMA Wireless Dome
  • Friday, May 12 – San Diego – Snap Dragon Stadium
  • Sunday, May 14 – Phoenix – State Farm Stadium
  • Wednesday, May 17 – San Antonio – Alamodome
  • Friday, May 19 – Gulf Shores, Alabama – Hangout Music Festival
  • Thursday, May 25 – Houston – Minute Maid Park

Fan-favorite, wood-fired Houston pizzeria quietly opens in the Heights

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A popular Houston pizzeria has opened its second location in the Heights. The Gypsy Poet has begun a quiet soft opening in the former Fegen’s space at 1050 Studewood St.

Since its 2019 debut in Midtown, the Gypsy Poet has earned a devoted following for its wood-fired pizzas. The restaurant’s personal-sized, 13-inch pizzas exist somewhere on the spectrum between traditional Neapolitan and classic New York — too crispy for the Italians but not quite foldable like an East Coast slice. Options include a classic Margherita and the signature Fancy Backpacker, which is topped with prosciutto, truffle oil, and arugula.

Part of the restaurant’s appeal stems from its friendly service and easy going atmosphere. It regularly hosts informal musical performances and other artistic happenings.

Taken together, Gypsy Poet has earned legions on fans. Yelp users ranked it as Texas’s second best restaurant in 2021. More recently, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy awarded it a high 7.8 rating during a pizza review.

The restaurant opens at a time of transition for pizzerias in the Heights. Dallas-based Neapolitan restaurant Cane Rosso closed last year, and suburban favorite Crust Pizza Co. opened this summer in the former Mellow Mushroom space at N. Shepherd and 20th.

The Heights location of Gypsy Poet will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 5-9 pm; Friday from 12-2 pm and 5-10 pm; Saturday 2-10 pm; and Sunday 2-9 pm.