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Do This, Not That: Look at All the Free, Awesome Weekend Music in Houston
Welcome to “Do This, Not That” — a semi-weekly blog where we act like we are totally the boss of you, and therefore instruct you on what you should, and also shouldn’t, do. As a bonus? This weekend’s do’s are free.
Friday, July 17
Do This: DJ Rolle, Flight 1701, and DJ Sun at The Flat, 6 p.m.
Self-explanatory, really. Go drink frozen mojitos and dance with your entire soul. You’ll be able to afford even more of those mojitos since it’s not costing you $100 gotdamn dollars like Nicki Minaj would.
Or If You Don’t Want to Dance, Maybe Do This: Chase Hamblin & the Roustabouts at MKT Bar, 9 p.m.
Or This: Friday Night’s Upside Down House Party at Avante Garden, 9 p.m.
Or This: Tomar Williams & The FC’s at Big Top Lounge, 8 p.m.
Or This, Maybe: Von Hindenburg at Continental Club, 7 p.m.
But Whatever You Do, Do Not Do That: That Nicki Minaj concert with Meek Mill, etc.
Uh, it’s $100 a ticket. And also it’s Nicki Minaj. Do we really need to continue to encourage such shenanigans by throwing hunnids, hunnids their way? Nope. Nope. Nope. Just take it as nope, ad infinitum.
Saturday, July 18
Do This: Charlie Robinson at Redneck Country Club, 8 p.m.
Yes, you’ll have to brave Michael Berry’s establishment to do so, but it’s a free Charlie Robinson show, and also we’re going to point out going to Michael Berry’s bar is not the worst thing you’ve done on a Saturday night. We know how you are.
Or This: Wasi Townsend at Cafe Luxor, 10 p.m.
Or This: Jimmy Lee Deen at Last Concert Cafe, 7 p.m.
Or Even This: DJ Tempty at MKT Bar, 8 p.m.
But DEFINITELY NOT THIS: Steely Dan at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Okay fine. You can go see Steely Dan, but you better have $129 bucks to spare, because we all know “I spent my rent money on Steely Dan tickets so here’s an IOU and some weed” is not going to cut it with your landlord.
If you can’t safely say that you’ll be able to pull such a feat off, we recommend one of those free shows above instead. Free dollars are awesome dollars.
Sunday, July 19
Do This: Lost Element, In Memory Of and Carter at Scout Bar, 9 p.m.
Clear Lake ain’t that far for some sweet, free jamz. Plus their address out at Scout Bar is technically still in the city of Houston, so…no excuses.
Or If You Don’t Want to Drive to Clear La-Houston, Maybe Do This: DJ Mishka & Eddie at The Flat, 8 p.m.
Or DEFINITELY DO This: Houston Songwriter Series at Dean’s Downtown, 7 p.m.
But Certainly NOT This: Anything Else.
Go to one of the other things listed above instead. Ain’t no party like a Houston songwriter party, especially if they have beers.