Give Thanks For Great Music!

Come get your fill as House of Rock serves up a heaping feast of music this Thanksgiving week.


What’s a Thanksgiving Eve without Sweet Daddy? The veteran Corpus Christi rockers once again will deliver their hard-rocking original tunes in the annual Wednesday night festivities at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by Anchor Babies (Corpus Christi hard rock band) and Black Lung Conspiracy (Corpus Christi hardcore/metal band). Doors are at 8:30 p.m.


Singer-songwriter Chavar Dontae brings his music — indiesoulrocknroll — to House of Rock on Thursday. He’ll be joined by Violet Crush (Corpus Christi alternative rock band) and Jimmy Wilden (Corpus Christ roots singer-songwriter). Doors are at 9 p.m. Dontae’s original songs mix soul, rock and indie electronic music in a fresh way with hints of influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Prince to Imogen Heap, MGMT and Cee-Lo Green.


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Girl in a Coma’s Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva continue to make beautiful Chicana punk rock with their side project, Fea, which appears Saturday at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by Ese (Houston punk rock band) and The Knockouts. Doors are at 8:30 p.m. The group has a new lead singer (Letty “Fea”) and guitarist (Aaron “Feo”) from the last time they played at HOR but continues along the same punk path laden with with inspirations of Bikini Kill, Alice Bag and Les Butcherettes.

This Week’s Events at House of Rock

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Corpus Christi folk/Americana singer-songwriters Hope & Hostility performs Wednesday at House of Rock. Doors at 8 p.m. The talented roots group released its superb debut album, “Heart/Aches,” earlier this year.

Pake Rossi returns to House of Rock on Thursday with Shayna Sands. Doors at 9 p.m. Austin-based singer-songwriter Rossi blends rock, country, folk and blues with a roots attitude. The show will be his first in Corpus Christi since last December. He’ll be joined by Sands, a Corpus Christi singer-songwriter and fellow roots-rocker, who has plenty to say in song and a great voice to express it with.

San Antonio alternative rock band Nancy Silva Project is building buzz in its hometown and beyond with heavy guitar licks and plenty of swagger. The group will play Friday with Violet Crush (Corpus Christi alternative rock band) and Civil Lion Rebels (Corpus Christi female-fronted alternative rock band) at House of Rock. Doors at 9 p.m. Silva brings her songs to life with a passionate, energetic vocals. Check out the group’s 2013 album, “A Part of Me,” on iTunes.

Local talent gets the spotlight Saturday at House of Rock with The Blind Owls (retro/garage rockers), The Golden Meanies (alternative/psych rock trio), Peace and Quiet (alternative/shoe gaze/psych rock) and The Tropical. Doors at 9 p.m.

Nic Armstrong, Otis the Destroyer & more on Friday; Red Dragon Cartel this Sunday

November-Gig---Na-Otis-BeyondersNic Armstrong provides the British beat deep in the heart of Texas and will be bringing it to the stage Friday at House of Rock. Nic Armstrong the Thieves will be joined by Otis the Destroyer and Denim Hares. Doors are at 9 p.m.

Born and raised in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Armstrong arrived in Austin in the mid-2000s with critics taking notice of his debut album “The Greatest White Liar.” Utilizing and drawing from a wide field of current and off-kilter resources and influences, he composes scratchy, hook-laden, left-field, rock ‘n’ roll with a dip of tobacco psychology. Temporarily confined to playing select showcases and residencies, Armstrong released an EP, “Pocketless Shirt,” in 2013.

Otis the Destroyer was born out of the demise of Jake E Lee 2Austin rock band The Couch, who played House of Rock in 2013, opening for Girl in a Coma. The psych rock group is working on its full length debut while it has been building up buzz around Austin with its live performances.

Metal/rock/blues guitar virtuoso Jake E. Lee has a new album and will be showing off his hot licks in his latest band Red Dragon Cartel on Sunday at House of Rock. Doors are at 7 p.m. Joining Red Dragon Cartel are Andy Timmons Band, Switchblade Jesus and Cathouse.

Lee took the place of the deceased Randy Rhoads as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sin.” He’s also been a part of Ratt and had his own groups Rough Cutt and Badlands. Lee didn’t record or perform much between 1998 and 2014 until he Red Dragon Cartel released its debut album in January. The new album, made up ideas he stockpiled during the years of dormancy, showcases his skills as a composer, Lee said. “I was never too comfortable being seen as just a shred guy,” he says. “I was always more interested in the song,” he told Guitar World in an interview. The tour will reunite Lee with his former bassist from Badlands, Greg Chaisson, who was welcomed into the group in November.

Punk Rock, Reggae and Pink Floyd Tribute This Weekend at House of Rock



Japanese action comic punk band Peelander-Z brings its colorful, high-energy act to House of Rock on Wednesday. They’ll be joined by The Johnny Five and DJ Johnny Hotcakes. Doors are at 8 p.m. Formed in 1998 in NYC by Peelander-Red, Peelander-Yellow and Peelander-Blue (they all hail from the Z area of Planet Peelander and their colors are their skins, their story says), the group has spread to other colors of the rainbow as new members have been introduced. What hasn’t changed its Peelander-Z’s intense punk energy that thrives on audience participation.




7 Seconds continues its three-decade run of playing the finest hardcore punk Thursday at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by The Briefs (Seattle pop punk band), The Interrupters (L.A. ska band) and Avenue Rockers (Corpus Christi punk rock band). 7 Seconds is one of the oldest continuously active bands in hardcore, forming during the first wave of California punk in the 1980s after relocating from Reno, Nevada. They are considered by many as godfathers of the modern hardcore movement. The Briefs rock out in 1977-era punk fashion and count Buzzcocks, The Adverts and The Undertones as influences.



Any Colour You Like offers up it finest Pink Floyd tribute Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 10 p.m. Named after track 8 of “The Dark Side of the Moon,” expect classic covers of Floyd classics and tasty jams.

Artist Kyrie Coye will have her artwork on display in the venue during ArtWalk. Kyrie Coye is an expressive artist raised in Port Allen,La. She discovered her talents at a young age experimenting with painting and applying makeup. Kyrie is now pursuing her career as both an Esthetician and an artist. She expresses her emotions through abstract art, using positive energy and music to help her create her pieces. She has learned through the years that she expresses herself best by using her hands to transfer her feelings into art.

The Supervillains are back Saturday at House of Rock with their super blend of reggae, rock, punk and ska. They’ll be joined by Through The Roots (Cali-reggae rockers). Doors are at 7 p.m. The Florida-bred swamp reggae rockers enjoys bending musical genres, partying hard, touring the world and leaving tales of joy and destruction in their wake.

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Events All Weekend at House of Rock


House of Rock has all the treats — no tricks — for three days this Halloween, starting on Devils’ Night and finishing on Dia de los Muertos.

Thursday: Devils’ Night kicks off the festivities Thursday at House of Rock. Hardcore bands Fortunes, Stand Strong, Voices, Resurrect the Auspex, No Harm, As Above and So Below are featured. Doors are at 7 p.m.

Friday: DJ Johnny Hotcakes and The Electrotypes will provide the soundtrack to this year’s 10th annual Zombie Prom on Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. Show off your costume creativity and come dressed as your best zombie or ghoul for a chance to be crowned king or queen of Zombie Prom.

Saturday: Girl in a Coma’s Nina Diaz will headline the Dia de los Muertos Festival afterparty Saturday inside House of Rock. The show follows the downtown street festival at 11 p.m. with Corpus Christi’s own Lady Katherine. Diaz, on break from Girl in a Coma, debuted music from her solo project in June in Austin. The album is slated to come out before the end of 2014. The HOR kitchen also will be getting in on the festival fun with street tacos, made fresh just for the party.

Ape Machine to Rock the Venue This Thursday with Switchblade Jesus & more

Ape Machine’s name is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment. The Portland, Ore., rock band plays Thursday at House of Rock with Switchblade Jesus and The Burning of Rome. Doors are at 9 p.m.

With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, Ape Machine’s music carries an organic depth and warmth that recalls rock’s glorious early years while infusing modern sensibility. The group shows and earth-shaking ability to rock and has been called “a rock ‘n’ roll band with a finger on the pulse of the ’70s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation

Michael O’Connor Song Swap, The Contortionist & Film Screening this Weekend


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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.


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.


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.

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