The Pachanga Tour, Icky Hollow, and more this weekend at House of Rock!



Pachanga first launched as a Latin-themed music, cultural arts and food festival in 2008 on Austin’s East Side. Now it’s a traveling show as The Red Bull Panamérika Pachanga Tour, featuring Bogota’s Bomba Estereo and Oakland, California’s Los Rakas, stops at House of Rock on Thursday. Doors are at 8 p.m.

Vocalist Liliana “Li” Saumet and founder Simon Mejia rock out in equal parts electronica and traditional beats, such as salsa and cumbia. The band launched in 2005 and has played at South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival as well as Coachella in California.

Bilingual hip-hop duo Los Rakas features Panamanian-American cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun. A West Coast dance club sensation, Los Rakas has enjoyed mainstream exposure when the act was featured on the track “I Screwed Up” on legendary new wave act Blondie’s 2014 release, “Blondie 4(0) Ever.”

The Red Bull tour is playing four Texas cities on this first run: El Paso, Corpus Christi, Houston and San Antonio.



Alternative rock band Icky Hollow takes the stage Friday at House of Rock. The recently reformed band, originally from Louisiana, has made a fresh start in Houston and is making a name for itself as it has landed a recording contract with a label in England and has headed out on its own headlining tour.

Mud River (hard rock band from Laredo), RESZ (original rock band from Corpus Christi) and Dr. No (six-piece rock cover band from Corpus Christi) will join them.


Skrewface (five piece, thrash/metal band from Corpus Christi) plays Saturday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. Black Lung Conspiracy (5-piece, hardcore/thrash/cross over band from Corpus Christi), Numb to the Blow (five-piece southern metal band from Corpus Christi) and Defiled Creation (five-piece death metal/thrash band from Corpus Christi) are also on the bill.

Fortunate Youth bring their positive vibes to House of Rock, September 5th


A change of seasons means it’s time for dub/roots/reggae artist Fortunate Youth to head back out on the road. The group follows up its spring headlining tour with its Fall With Friends Tour, which stops Friday at House of Rock.

They will be joined by Ashes of Babylon (Lake Charles, La., reggae band), The Steppas (roots/reggae from Hawaii) and Ease Up (Southern California ska/reggae/rock band). Doors are at 8 p.m.

Fortunate Youth, a collaboration of South Bay reggae standouts, formed when musicians from various bands teamed up for a six-piece collaboration that combines rootsy vibes with groove-filled bass lines, multiple harmonies, boisterous guitar solos and heavy keys. Fortunate Youth takes a high-energy approach and provides positive stage vibes to give an unforgettable show.

Their 2013 release, “It’s All A Jam,” hit numerous charts including No. 1 on Billboard reggae charts, No. 10 on the Billboard Pacific Heatseekers chart, No. 23 on the Billboard National Heatseekers chart along with No. 1 on iTunes reggae charts and No. 46 on the iTunes overall charts.

Tribal Seeds return to House of Rock


Reggae rocks the house this Wednesday as Tribal Seeds, New Kingston and The Expanders take the stage at House of Rock. Doors are at 7 p.m.

From San Diego, Calif., award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds has become known for its spiritually-driven, refreshing rock vibe infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer, keyboards, vocals), Tribal Seeds’ unmatched musical talent and authentic sound have brought the group to the forefront of the reggae rock genre.

The band released its highly-anticipated fourth album, “Representing” earlier this year and saw it debut at No. 1 on the Billboard reggae charts as well as the iTunes and Amazon charts. The new album is sure to not only reaffirm but solidify the group’s blend of roots and new era rock/reggae.

Fall 2013 saw Brooklyn’s New Kingston cross the United States on the band’s first major solo tour. The group is three brothers and their father, who plays bass. Together they incorporate R&B, hip-hop and jazz with their heritage genre of reggae to form a multidimensional sound. They have released two full-length albums, “In The Streets” (2010) featuring Collie Buddz and Mr. Vegas and “Kingston University” (2012) featuring J. Boog.

The Expanders have come to be known for a vintage “rockers” style of reggae, played in the tradition of classic 1970s Jamaican groups like The Ethiopians, Culture, and The Mighty Diamonds. The Beat magazine credits the group as having recreated “the old classic Kingston rocksteady sound to a T.

Hip-Hop, Power Pop, and Metal this Thursday and Friday


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What’s heavier than heavy? How about a co-headlining tour of Oceano and I Declare War? The two groups stop by House of Rock on Thursday during the Heavier Than Heavy Tour with The Last Ten Seconds of Life and Barrier. Doors are at 6 p.m.

Conceived in 2006, Oceano is comprised of former members of several Chicago metal outfits, and together are rapidly becoming one of the standouts of the Chicago extreme metal scene. Describing themselves as one of the angriest bands on Earth, Oceano channel this through their music, creating in the process some of the heaviest, most guttural and all-out brutal music to be found anywhere.

Seattle’s I Declare War is a force to be reckoned with in the death core scene. The technical skill of the band is showcased when they find themselves in front of fans and fellow musicians.


Wild Party Live at 5

Wild Party gets its groove on early and often with its bright, power pop. They’ll be playing the early show Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 5 p.m.

The San Antonio quartet quickly gained attention in the U.K. with its debut “Phantom Pop” and is now building attention in the U.S. with its DIY approach. Their follow-up release was the EP “All Nighter” and will soon be releasing its latest album “Phantom Pop.”

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In Friday’s late show, hip hop and more takes center stage with Liquid Assassin, Error: Defect, Big Body Hella, U.S.E and Shattered Mic. Doors are at 7 p.m.

Liquid Assassin is a solo artist from Minnesota who was one half the group Grave Plott. Liquid Assassin has released four solo albums, including 2013’s “Mongrel.”  Error: Defect is a metal/hip hop/hardcore band from Falfurrias. They have a demo available at the show.

Open Mic Night With Rev Matt Martinez Every Tuesday at House of Rock

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Hosted by Reverend Matt Martinez, Open Mic Night at House of Rock happens every Tuesday night, with sign up starting at 8 p.m. and all performances starting at 9 p.m. All acts and all ages are welcome to participate.

“I feel it’s very important to a growing musician,” Rev. Matt said. “There really is nothing better for you than a nurturing environment when it comes to playing original music. It’s really cool to see a young band or musician come out and have that rough nervous start, then after a few weeks or months they grow into this epic rock band.”

Now with the Kitchen open, Open Mic Night specials are being served. Order a large 1 topping pizza and 4 canned drinks for only $20 Tuesday night only!

So come out, meet Rev. Matt Martinez, get some grub and see what new acts you can find at House of Rock.

Hard Rock and Americana Folk Music Here at House of Rock



The veteran hard rock combo Sweet Daddy isn’t in regular action, but seems to come out when we need them most. Sweet Daddy is this week’s After Work Concert Series at 5 p.m. Thursday at House of Rock. 

With Nathan McLain on vocals and guitars, Jerry Moore on vocals and bass, Chris Garcia on vocals and guitar and Kele Moore on vocals and drums, has made minimal changes to its lineup since forming in 1992. Doors are at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 5:30, ending by 8 — a great chance to grab dinner from the HOR kitchen and see an early show.



Corpus Christi band Hope & Hostility has simple goals: to bring hope back into a world of hostility and to love regardless of race, gender, religious or world views, sexual preference or physical appearance … to LOVE period. And to dominate the world with three-part harmonies.

The folk/Americana/rock band plays Friday at House of Rock. Gary Robert Golden Jr. (lead vocals, guitar), Bethany Golden (lead vocals, multi-instrumentalist) and Jimmy Wilden (lead vocals and guitar) are on a journey, writing and recording music directly influenced by their faith and obstacles they have overcome and expressing a wide range of music that influences the way they approach songwriting. Shae Vivant joins on drums and percussion and Devin Lyon on lead guitar. The group returns to HOR on Sept. 20 to celebrate its upcoming album with a release party.

Hawthorne Heights 10 Year Anniversary Tour comes to House of Rock

Dayton, Ohio, post-hardcore rockers Hawthorne Heights revisit their roots with a special presentation of their 2004 debut album “The Silence in Black and White” on Monday at House of Rock, playing it in its entirety along with songs from the group’s 13-year career.

That debut album, with standout track “Ohio is for Lovers,” propelled them onto bigger success they later reached with the release of “If Only You Were Lonely,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts in 2006.

Anchored by original members JT Woodruff (lead vocals), Micah Carli (lead guitar) and Matt Ridenour (bass), the band has released five original albums, including last year’s “Zero.” In honor of the 10-year anniversary revisit, Hawthorne Heights released an acoustic version of “The Silence in Black and White” in May.

They’ll be joined by New Empire, Cupid’s Victim and An Everyday Tradition. Doors are at 7 p.m.

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