THURSDAY: NATURAL VIBRATIONS
Natural Vibrations started as most bands do, playing backyard parties for the love of music. The reggae rockers grew into playing some of Hawaii’s biggest shows and venues before sharing its music with the rest of the world.
Natural Vibrations returns to House of Rock on Thursday night. They’ll be joined by local reggae rockers High-Bred Roots and Flatbroke. Doors are at 8:30 p.m. Since 1996, Natural Vibrations has combined the good vibes of reggae with a natural dance energy to keep its musical party going.
FRIDAY: INK SLINGERS BALL
Latvian artist Paulis Liepa is this year’s featured artist as the South Texas printmaking slam dance known as Ink Slingers Ball returns for a fourth year Friday at House of Rock. Liepa, who is known for his cardboard cut and collagraph prints, leads a wide-range of respected printmaking artists who practice a wide variety of styles and will be selling their art at highly-affordable prices.
The lineup includes Tom Huck, Carlos Hernandez, Dennis McNett, Matt Rebholz (art from his graphic novel also will be featured in the Art Tunnel at Retama Park from 6-9 p.m.), Curtis Jones, Ryan O’Malley, Julia Curran, Ricardo Ruiz, Travis Lawrence, The Amazing Hancock Brothers, Cassie White, Alamo Basement, Annalise Natasha Gratovich, Mike Pennekamp, Jesus De La Rosa, Dan Heskamp, Jack-Arthur Wood Jr. and Gamblin Artists Colors.
Houston rockers Funeral Horse will be joined by Corpus Christi garage rock revivalists The Blind Owls and Kingsville rock duo The Most.
Doors are at 6 p.m.
SUNDAY: CHUCK RAGAN
For about two decades, Chuck Ragan has covered a lot of ground — traveling the world and making music that ranges from straight up punk with Hot Water Music to his more recent incarnation as a folk singer-songwriter.
On his third solo album, the spirit of giving it his all is what separates Ragan from other songwriters and also is what makes the album timeless in a tradition that dates back to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. “I used to build houses with a good friend of mine and even though I’m doing this now the parallels in our lives are still identical,” Ragan said. “One thing he said with me that really stuck was that we have two choices in life: you either roll with the punches or lie down—and only one of those is a choice for people like us. Being a musician is a lot easier than some of the other jobs I’ve had, but I’ve still made the choice to work hard and keep going. And that’s a rule I live by every single day.”
Ragan will play with Johnny Two Bags on Sunday at House of Rock. Doors are at 7:30.