Yeah, I know I'm late -- had a whole ton of stuff planned for yesterday, including getting some blog-time in, but then my father-in-law came over and decided it was time to re-panel the wall of the toolshed and add a lean-to for the lawnmower, and it blew my whole goddamn day & left me aching and beat into the evening. (Yes, these are the things you sometimes must do as a homeowner, particularly if you happen to have an aging, obsessive-compulsive pseudo-handyman for a father-in-law.)
At any rate, what's done is done, so here we are; by the time you read this, the par-tay has already started (it was supposed to kick off at 4PM) over at Rudyard's for the second cool-ass benefit show of the week, the Rudz Bike Bonanza. This shindig benefits the Third Ward Bike Shop, part of Workshop Houston that helps residents of Third Ward (and elsewhere) learn how to build and maintain their very own bikes without the cost of fancy bike parts or snooty pro-shop people. It's a cool deal that deserves a heck of a lot of support.
The Bonanza's kinda bike-focused, obviously, with a bicycle swap meet and what Rudz is calling "cycling side events" (not sure what that means), but there's also free (I think? don't quote me on that...) beer from the Real Ale Brewing Company & New Belgium Brewing, and starting at 7:30PM, a triumvirate of three of H-town's best indie-rock-ish bands will take the stage. The $5 cover/donation (I'm sure you can donate more if you feel like it) not only gets you the cycling insanity, but also sets by Bright Men of Learning, Bring Back the Guns, & Spain Colored Orange.
If you haven't heard any of the three of these bands, just take my word for it: they're freakin' great. Seriously. Go see them, and enjoy the simultaneous joy of awesomely awesome music and warm shininess from helping somebody else out. It's a good thing.
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