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Houston Press Music Awards wrap-up

July 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Sunday’s Houston Press Music Awards showcases were the highlight of the summer so far for local music. As always, it was good to see so many familiar faces and old friends out and about in downtown Houston, watching some of the city’s finest musicians.

Benjamin Wesley

A friend and I started at the usual spot and then headed for a short jaunt to see Benjamin Wesley, who whipped through a long set full of new songs and the standards from this year’s Geschichte EP. Wesley chided the crowd in RocBar for not standing–however, I was impressed by the number of people dancing and singing along to his songs.

Next, we hit a very packed Flying Saucer to catch the set by Runaway Sun, a band I have heard good things about from several people but which failed to impress me. I’ll try again some other time.

LL Cooper

Mechanical Boy

After a steamy walk to House Of Blues, we caught sets by Karina Nistal (felt like I was crashing someone’s wedding reception), LL Cooper (a good, rootsy live act), and Mechanical Boy (good as usual), before heading to ISIS to see Buxton‘s impressive show. The band led a decent-sized crowd through their best songs. Members of The Tontons, Young Mammals, Wild Moccasins, and more cheered on the band–who deserve to win. It was great to see so many young local musicians out supporting their peers.


Congratulations to Houston Press, which once again made downtown Houston into a fantasy land of live music–if only for a few hours. You can read more coverage in the PressRocks Off blog.

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