SUNDAY: MICHAEL O’CONNOR SONG SWAP
Corpus Christi’s Michael O’Connor and Taylor Pie return home with special guest Jeff Plankenhorn for a song swarm show Sunday at House of Rock. Doors are at 5 p.m. What is a song swarm? O’Connor explains the format: “A song swarm is not like a song swap when you go to see a concert with three songwriters sitting on the stage, two of them with guitars folded in their lap, looking bored or drinking their beer while the third sings his song only to have the whole thing rotate and start over with the other two looking. No, a swarm is not like that. There are three songwriters on stage, but we have all written songs together and we perform together and back each other up as instant sidemen, like a band … only it’s not a band because bands break up. It is something very special and very cool when I get to spend time with Plankenhorn or Pie, even better when we can all get together in the same room at the same time.”
This will be O’Connors first time back to Texas since relocating to Colorado. Pie, born in Jacksonville, Texas, moved to Corpus Christi in teens and was a founding member of the Pozo Seco Singers folk group in the 1960s. Her songs have been covered by Tanya Tucker, Bette Midler, Forrester Sisters, Mickey Gilley and Terri Hendrix. Plankenhorn is a multi-instrumentalist who has played with everyone from Ray Wylie Hubbard to Ruthie Foster to Slaid Cleaves and more while releasing his own solo albums.
SATURDAY: THE CONTORTIONIST
Warped time signatures, percussive mathematics, spider-fingered fretwork, dazzlingly atmospheric keyboards and immediately arresting vocals collide as The Contortionist plays Saturday at House of Rock. They will be joined by Intervals and Polyphia. Doors are at 6 p.m. The Indiana based prog-metal alchemists conjure the kinetic texture of Rush, the cinematic musicality of Dream Theater, the heavy but heady metallic might of jazzy death wizards Cynic and the studied experimental precision of Between the Buried and Me while simultaneously fashioning an overall sound uniquely their own.
FRIDAY: DREADTIME STORIES SCREENING
Just in time for Halloween, STX Media Studios is presenting a free screening of its “Dreadtime Stories,” a horror anthology by executive producer Sal Hernandez and directed by Jacob Grim on Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 7 p.m. “Dreadtime Stories” is a film consisting of 10 tales of terror. Full of nightmarish monsters and dastardly doings, STX Media promises that you will be sleeping with the lights on after you see it.