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January 2013 ........South Belt • Clear Lake • Bay Area • Galveston 10 ........Cover Story: Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack 15 ......................Featured Chef: Carole Barnett 16 ................2013 Epicurean Evening Preview 19 ........................New Restaurant: Golden Sea 20 ..................Featured Artist: Andrea Schutter 22 ........................Fit 2B SCENE: Greg Williams 23 ........................Fit Column: Get Bikini Ready 25 ..................................Cultural Arts Calendar • ................................Weekends on the Water • ............................................Map: Attractions • ............................Map: Where to Eat & Drink • ................................................On The Water - - - - FLIP SIDE - - - -

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“Food so good, makes ya wanna licks yo fingas!” By Adam Donaghey Kemah's own Cajun rascals Boudreaux and Thibodeaux have been at it again – concocting brand new menu items and introducing new friends over at Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack, located a stone's throw from the Kemah Boardwalk. Over the holidays they'd given us all quite a scare when they took a trip back home deep in the heart of Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin (that big ole' swamp next to N'awlins). Homesick as they were, we thought we'd lost them forever. Luckily, on their way they saw a sign that read “N'awlins Left,” and they came right back. The journey wasn't wasted, however, for along the way – amidst catchin' catfish, giggin' frogs and trampin' flounder – Boudreaux and Thibodeaux managed to expand the Swamp Shack menu; they also found another critter to showcase at the restaurant! That critter is a Dwarf Caiman (alligator) who will join the three Caiman amigos – Cujo, Cujack and Cujill – who presently reside at the Swamp Shack. Unlike his buddies, however, the new addition is nearly five feet long! Families who wish to dine with the Caimans should look out for the new Alligator Table – coming soon, the table will feature an aquarium under glass. Bring the kiddos and they can get their pictures taken with the Caimans! Brand new food options at the Swamp Shack make the latest menu the most wellrounded it's ever been. While the restaurant specializes in seafood and Cajun dishes, not everything is spicy

and there's plenty of meaty treats for the land food lover as well, including steaks, burgers, sandwiches and chicken dishes. Personally, I'm a seafood lover, so when I met with owner Alan Franks to chat about the new additions (Boudreaux and Thibodeaux were off setting trotlines), I was excited to try the Blackened Catfish, topped with alligator etouffee. The fish was fresh and the sauce was the perfect blend of spices and alligator meat. Other new entrees include mash-ups of classic dishes – all with a Cajun flair. Tex-Mex is a Bay Area favorite so Enchiladas of the Sea should be a popular choice. The enchiladas are corn tortillas wrapped around crawfish, shrimp, crab and spinach with three cheese chipotle cream sauce, avocado and sour cream. The Stuffed T-Bone takes a classic 16-ounce T-Bone steak (blackened or grilled) and stuffs it with Cajun goodies and covers it with a delightful Pontchartrain sauce. The Trout Medallions are served Cajun style as well – the two trout filets are blackened and wrapped around Cajun stuffing and topped with six blackened shrimp and Pontchartrain sauce.

the lighter appetite, try the new Crab Corn Bisque – a delicious creamy soup filled with fresh crab and kernel corn with just the right spices. Of course, if you've just got a hankering for some fresh boiled seafood, look no further than the Swamp Shack. In addition to all the boiled mudbuggs (crawfish), shrimp, crabs and lobster you could want inside the restaurant (try the Boiled Seafood Feast!), you can also order live crawfish to go or catered via Fire & Ice Crawfish. - Cont. on Page 24

A brand new appetizer that truly makes my mouth water is the Crabvocado – a half avocado deep fried to golden brown and topped with shrimp, crawfish and crab in white wine cream sauce. And for


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The Scene’s Great Chefs An On-Going Series Chef Carole Barnett Pod-zu’s at Clifton By The Sea 10 Grand Avenue, Bacliff, 77518 Background / Experience: I have 23+ years of senior management experience in the medical field that has prepared me for the business side of the hospitality industry. About three years ago, with the support of my family and friends, I decided to cash in my 401k and followed my dream to be a chef… And I haven’t looked back! Experience: My grandmother was a huge influence on me, and I have been in the kitchen since I was 4 years old making cookies and whatever else. When I decided to go to cooking school, the choice was the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas and earned an Associates of Applied Science. My apprenticeship was at the five-star Stephen Pyles Restaurant and my internship followed at Morton’s Steakhouse where I was a Pantry/Pastry Cook. During this time, I was a Cook Supervisor and a Kitchen Production Manager for various hospitality management companies. I have worked hard and earned seven certifications in my field. Highlights/Awards: Iron Chef Battle with Chef Mike Scott 2010, Michelin Star Chef 2010, Texas Chefs Associa-

tion Circle of Honor dinner 2011, Super Bowl XLV Taste of the NFL 2011, Texas Chefs Association Scholarship Recipient 2011, and the American Culinary Federation National Convention Outstanding Volunteer Award 2011. Your Specialty and Signature Dish: Cajun cuisine with Southern comfort sex appeal. My access to heirloom recipes and creativity when tweaking recipes makes my ettoufee, bisques, gumbo, and comfort food something special. Have you ever prepared a meal for anyone famous or infamous? The list is a mighty one: Shakira, Ricky Martin, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Ronnie Milsap, Jerry Jones and his VIP guests, Carlos Santana, and Kid Rock (who commented it was the best Key Lime Pie he had ever eaten). Please share a special cooking tip or technique with our readers: Quality counts! To keep your guests coming back, you must choose quality ingredients and be consistent with the quality of your dishes. Take the time to prepare your stocks and roux.


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A Taste Of Space 2013 EPICUREAN EVENING AT SPACE CENTER HOUSTON Thursday, February 7 • 6:30 to 9 p.m. Get "A Taste of Space" at Epicurean Evening, sponsored by Ron Carter Cadillac Hyundai Clear Lake on Thursday, February 7. This much-anticipated "taste of the town", produced by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, will once again take place at Space Center Houston. Purchase your pre-sale tickets for only $30 and enjoy the best cuisine Clear Lake/Bay Area Houston has to offer. This year they are offering special Berkeley Eye Associates Early Entry wristbands for $50. A limited number of these are available, call the Chamber for details. These wristbands allow you to sample and enjoy the best that the Clear Lake Area has to offer 45 minutes before the rest of the crowd. Adult entry tickets includes unlimited food, three beer and wine coupons, access to Space Center Houston's current exhibit, Pepsi Kids Space Place, the silent auction and live entertainment. Businesses can participate in Epicurean Evening as a booth participant or a sponsor. Hurry, the booths have sold out quick in the past, so don't hesitate to contact Shari Sweeney at the Chamber at or 281-488-7676. Kids tickets are $10 (4 years to 12 years); group discounts are available; children 3 years and under are free. Ticket also available at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (1201 NASA Parkway, Houston 77058 • 281-488-7676) and at Randall's at Clear Lake City Blvd. and at South Shore Harbour As of press time, additional sponsors include: Space Center Houston, City of Nassau Bay, JSC Federal Credit Union, Kemah Boardwalk, Budweiser, Miller Lite, Martha Turner Properties, The SCENE Magazine, Texas First Bank, Visiting Angles Living Assistance Services and Voyager at Space Center.







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GOLDEN SEA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR By Rhonda Meredith In November 2012, Golden Sea Seafood was established at 1415 Highway 146 in Kemah and began serving a wide variety of seafood specialties sure to please. Owner Leroy Ngo was raised in Seabrook and his extensive restaurant knowledge was gained while working within Golden Sea Wholesale Seafood, his family’s Seabrook business, located under the Kemah Bridge. The tried and true family flavors and satisfying food combinations ensure there is truly something for everyone during lunch or dinner. Some highlights from the vast menu include the Live Cherry Stone Clams from Oregon. They are covered in butter and steamed to perfection. The Seafood Eggrolls are wrapped with crab finger, shrimp, and fish. Generous lunch specials are offered daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are more than two dozen selections to choose from ranging from appetizers, “off the fryer,” steak, burgers, po-boys, “hot off the grill,” and house specials. The restaurants' signature dishes include the Golden Seafood Pasta (shrimp, mussels, and squid topped off with crab cake and a special homemade cheese and creamy sauce,) Seafood Pasta (topped off with shrimp, mussels, scallops, and squid,) Fish tacos, Blackened Alligator, and Shrimp Fried Rice (served with two eggrolls.) And that’s only scratching the surface because the options abound with salads, po-boys, hamburgers, sandwiches, steaks, seasonal crab, lobster, and crawfish served boiled or steamed. Food discounts are given to Kemah and Seabrook city employees. Golden Sea Seafood has lovely happy hour specials that will have you feeling “happy” in no time! During the regular daily happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a domestic draft is as little as $2 and a house special margarita is only $3. A reverse happy hour is from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, some specials are well drinks for $2.50 and “you-call-its” for a mere $4. On Sundays, happy hour is all day! The restaurant has a large collection of wines nestled behind their beautiful dark mahogany wood and glass block bar. Pick a spot and enjoy a game on one of the six TVs. Golden Sea Seafood has an overall casual environment. There is a brighter side suitable for families and a more intimate side complete with custom lighting. It’s a great spot for a date night. For your catering needs, a select menu is available for corporate or private parties. The venue is also able to host your event.







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By Kelley Dawson Happy New Year! If you want to make a New Year’s resolution, now is the time. Long-time Bay Area resident and professional makeup and hair artist, Andrea Schutter says she can change your life and perceptions with the stroke of her airbrush. Her brush has touched the faces of actors such as Tom Hanks to presidents of the United States and CEOs of major oil and gas companies. A student from O’Connell Preparatory School in Galveston, Schutter is a master of air brush art. Schutter’s art started as water color and developed into stained glass. The logistical placement of shape and color soon evolved into another art form. Currently, her favorite medium is the human skin. She loves transforming the every day person into the extraordinary. “From beautifying someone for a wedding or going all out like an Avatar,” Schutter said, she revels in any body-painting transformation. She stated, “Color excites me.” Her body painting evokes movement and majesty. It’s life-like art consisting of the bone structure and skin. “It’s a live canvas,” she added. Schutter is most proud of showing people how to accentuate their best qualities. “It’s the most awarding part of my job,” she said. Schutter also added that it is much more difficult to paint on a 3-D subject such as person than canvas. She said whether it’s the face or the entire body, she strives to make her subjects comfortable and feel good about themselves. When it comes to everyday make-up artistry, Schutter shared how much she loves to show people how to accentuate their best qualities. She boasted, “It’s so empowering to build confidence in others.” Her client list is varied from Texan’s Quarterback Matt Shaub’s commercial endorsements, to Halloween party-goers wanting award-winning costumes, to brides wanting to look their most beautiful on their special day.

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Fit to Be SCENE: Greg Williams

Weight loss inspires new business to help busy people lead healthy lifestyle started watching what I put into my body,” he said.

By Twila Lindblade Greg Williams knows firsthand how tough it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a business owner and manager, he is constantly on the go and doesn’t always have time to cook. Fast food and eating at fine dining restaurants can become expensive and often the restaurants do not offer a lot of healthy alternatives.

Greg lost the first 20 pounds using Crossfit and the final 40 pounds by paying attention to his meals and following the clean Paleo diet, he said. In July 2012, just 7 months after he began the new eating regimen, he decided to create Paleo Pals.

“Everything on the go is greasy and processed,” he said. After losing 60 pounds, Greg was inspired to create Paleo Pals in Seabrook. The Paleo or “caveman” diet is based on lean meats and proteins, vegetables and nutritious carbohydrates. “It is all-natural, heart healthy and clean,” Greg said. The New England Journal of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, The American Society for Nutrition and several other resources have concluded that a Paleo lifestyle can lead to significant improvements in health, energy, and overall physical fitness. Greg weighed 272 pounds when he started the journey to become healthy. He began by using the Crossfit workout routine once a week. Crossfit is a combination of cardiovascular fitness and weight training and takes place in a group setting. “I didn’t change my eating right away, but I cut back my alcohol intake and a saw some results. Then I started doing Crossfit two times a week and saw more results. I finally

Paleo Pals offers prepared healthy meals for folks on the go. Greg insists that his food has flavor and could compete with any other restaurant. The meals are prepared using Greg’s own recipes and simple, but healthy spices. Although he follows a strict clean diet now, Greg still appreciates the good flavor of food.


“I’m still a fat kid at heart. My food is good and it has flavor. It’s not your ordinary health food,” he said. BEFORE

Greg, who is also the general manager of Cabo Clear Lake and owner of the Smoothie Shoppe of Seabrook, admits that it is difficult to maintain workouts with such a busy lifestyle. But, he believes that many people have similar challenges and hopes Paleo Pals can aid in creating a healthier lifestyle for everyone.

“It’s really hard. I try my best to get my workouts in, and I slip up and might miss a few,” he said. Greg said despite following the Paleo or caveman-style of eating, he has never been on a diet. - Continued on Page 23



Fit to Be SCENE | Guest Columnist yond the minimum, I ask you to remember that six packs are made in the kitchen. You want to show the goods, you've got to stop eating the goods! A solid nutrition plan will turbo boost your hard work in the gym! If you want guidance, I recommend seeking the help of a professional, since there is so much contradictory advice out there! There's a study for any fad diet you can imagine, but they are all biased and not necessarily founded in valid science!

MERRY NEW YEAR!! Now that the calendar has flipped and the Mayans were wrong, let's work on the future! So we all wanna have the six pack for bikini season! Now here in South Texas that means late February, so let's get serious! First thing you need to consider is frequency. You just gotta get in the gym more! The minimum to show results in your physique is 3 times a week! Any less and you don't provide the reinforcement of activity that your body needs to burn calories adequately. Behaviorally you don't lose track of your goals. It's just so easy to put off thinking about those goals later, but later is just a formless goal and doesn't keep your eyes on the prize. Keep your initial plan in focus! Working out 3 times a week is the minimum you'll need to hit a solid goal for bikini season, and if the minimum weren't good enough, it wouldn't be the minimum, would it?

Now if you just want to fit in smaller pants for your new year's resolution (see my previous column about goal setting), then you'll want to plan for success! Plan at least 3 days per week to hit the gym – preferably non sequential days, unless you strive for hardcore mode, where you'll see 5 days in the gym. More frequent visits to the gym will grant you better results, just keep in mind that you'll need days to recover. Your recovery is just as important as your workouts. You gain more muscle in rest than overworking in the gym. A split routine will benefit you more than total body workouts if you

Now for those of you who shoot for beFit to be SCENE - Cont. from Page 22

“It’s simply changing the way you eat and watching what you put into your body,” he said. Although Greg is often in the nightclub atmosphere, he also abstains from drinking alcohol. “It’s just a personal choice. I don’t think I


plan on living in the gym. This allows other body parts to rest whilst you focus on one movement group per day! For this I recommend push/pull/ squat as a breakdown. No reason you can't repeat this for two cycles per week, hitting every muscle group twice per week. Just remember, beauty is about symmetry, so you'll want to hit everything equally, so don't skip leg days, ya wimps! Keep the kegs stout! Now, GET IN THE GYM!! – Rick Hunter Rick Hunter is a personal trainer and founder of founder of MEathead's Fitness. After being an Occupational Therapy practitioner for 10 years, Rick decided to turn his focus into the preventative side of medicine. Since 2001, he has helped transform lives in various settings and worked with various athletes ranging from wanting to look better in clothes to figure/fitness competitors to elite martial artists to powerlifters. He has used NASM (PES and SFS) and IFPA National Certifications, and is studying the Anatomy Trains system to master postural correction. Find Rick at 713459-3427 or on Facebook.

would have been as successful without eliminating it,” he said.

competing in 5K and themed obstacle course races when his schedule permits.

After following the clean diet and healthy lifestyle for so long, Greg said he doesn’t really watch the scales and doesn’t crave the foods he was accustomed to eating before. He aims for at least 3 to 4 Crossfit workouts each week and enjoys

Paleo Pals is located at 2100 NASA Road 1, #101B, at the Smoothie Shoppe that is inside Crossfit Unity Seabrook. For more information about menu items and prices, check out Paleo Pals on Facebook. Online ordering will be available soon.



Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack: Cont. from Page 10 Last year at the peak of the season, the Swamp Shack was serving 7 to 8,000 pounds of cooked crawfish weekly! Other popular favorites include the Louisiana Swamp Gumbo – your choice of shrimp and crab or chicken and sausage, with celery, bell pepper, onion, okra, and top secret spices in a dark rich golden brown roux; a huge variety of smoked oysters, including the Smoked Pontchartrain Oysters – topped with garlic butter, Pontchartrain sauce, shrimp and Mozzarella; the Swamp Tacos – your choice of alligator, fish or shrimp (blackened, grilled or fried), with shredded cabbage, pico, cilantro, Mozzarella cheese and Cajun ranch on corn tortillas; or my personal favorite appetizer, the Alligator Eggs – six scallops wrapped in bacon and deep fried. The Swamp Shack takes its desserts seriously as well. The Brownie Explosion, the most popular dessert item on the menu, is a whopping three brownie pies topped with a mound of ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrup. However the two new menu items may just give it a run for it's money. The Lilly Pad Key Lime Pie takes a graham cracker crust and fills it with fresh lime pie filling, covered with whipped cream and sprinkled with graham crackers. Or try the Crown Royal Bread Pudding – Thibodeaux's secret recipe mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar vanilla and Crown Royal sauce on top of bread pudding. If you like your sweets in a glass and of the alcoholic variety, you can't go wrong with Boudreaux's Ultimate Rita or the Swamp Shack Swamp Juice, which includes Rum, Coconut Rum, Melon Liqueur, Pineapple and Grenadine. For a true dessert, indulge in the Swamp Grasshopper – Green crème de mint, cream de cocoa and ice cream. Don't forget to take home a souvenir on your next trip. There's plenty of alligator merchandise including alligator heads and back scratchers; and Swamp Shack goodies such as glasses, beer koozies, t-shirts and ball caps. Coming in late January you'll be able to take Boudreaux's secret Cajun spices home with you! Located at the base of the Kemah bridge next to Molly's, Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack is a fun alternative to the restaurants along the Kemah Boardwalk. Unique and funky, the friendly atmosphere is a comfortable change of pace when compared to other high quality seafood restaurants – and with a killer view of the Kemah Marina. Live music takes place on the weekends currently; during the spring, summer and fall months there's live music seven days a week. The Swamp Shack is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Check out their highly rated Trip Advisor reviews or, for a laugh, look them up on YouTube. For more information, go to their website at or call 281-334-5000. If you would like to order live crawfish or need your next crawfish boil catered, call Fire & Ice Crawfish at 713-530-2011.





Jan. 15: Lakeview Guild Meeting. 3rd Monday each month 7 p.m., Selling raffle tickets to win a quilt, check website for location, for information,


Feb.22-24: “ce•les•tail me•chan•ics” Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre (BAHBT) Performances at University of Houston – Clear Lake, Bayou Theatre, Bay Area Blvd. For Tickets and Times refer to website or email, 281-480-1617

Pasadena Little Theatre,, Fri, Sat. 8 p,m. & Sun. 3 p.m., 4318 Allen Genoa Rd, Pasadena 713-941-1758

CHILDREN’S ART Library Story Times for Children Evelyn Meador Library (Pre- K): 10:30 a.m., 2400 N. Meyer, Seabrook. Storytelling by Mrs. Pearson every Wednesday morning, 281-474-9142,

Freeman Memorial Library: Book Babies on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.; Toddler Time on Monday,


Jan 3: Bay Area Photo Club, Clear Lake County Building located 5001 East NASA Parkway. Doors open at 7pm. Email for monthly information;,


Jan. 11 – Feb. 3: Suitehearts, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 15 – March 10: The Cripple of Inishmaan, Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Bay Area Harbour Playhouse 3803 Hwy. 3 Dickinson, 281-337-SHOW

Jan. 11 – 27: Spider’s Web, Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. & Sunday 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 – March 10: Plaza Suite, Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. & Sunday 2:30 p.m. Clear Creek Country Theatre 18091 Upper Bay Rd, Nassau Bay, 382-335-5228 Jan. 12: Steve Soloman’s “My Mother’s Italians,” 8 p.m. Jan. 19 (7:30pm) & 20 (3pm): The Oak Ridge Boys Jan. 26: Ed Asner as FDR.,The Grand 1894 Opera, 2020 Post Office St., Galveston, for tickets call 409-763-7173, Jan. 25 - Feb.10: Never Too Late,






Breakfast on Bayou 8:00 a.m. Ages 5 – adult, Reservations required on events, 8500 Bay Area Blvd., 281-474-2551, Battleship Texas, State Historic Site: 3255 Highway 134, La Porte, 281-479-2431

Butler Longhorn Museum: League City, 1220 Coryell, League City, 281-332-1393, Dec. 3 -17: “Bricks for Kids” –After School Art with Legos Bay Area Museum - Lunar Rendezvous Exhibit and Space memorabilia: Open Tuesday - Sunday, Holiday Open House Dec. 9, 5- 7 p.m. Call for reservations for the dinner. Clear Lake Park, 5000 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, 281-326-5960, Galveston Railroad Museum: Train Rides every Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 2602 Santa Fe, Galveston, , 409-765-5700

Tuesday & Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. ~ New Special Display: In conjunction with the Gulf Coast Film Festival, new displays and presentations on books about films, film history and the art of film making. 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, Call for more information, 281488-1906.

Helen Hall Library: Toddlers on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; Pre-K Story time on Thursday at 1 p.m.; 100 W. Walker, League City La Porte Library: Tuesday is Story Time with Mr. Mark at 10:15 a.m.; Thursdays are with Mr. D. at 10:15 a.m. & 11 a.m.; Arts on Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m.; 600 S. Broadway, La Porte, 281-471-4022,


1940 Air Terminal Museum: Hobby Airport, 713-454-1940,

Armand Bayou Nature Center: Open Tuesday - Saturday, Sunset Cruise 6:00 p.m.


League City Historical Society West Bay Common Museum: Open Monday - Friday. Call for group reservations, 210 Kansas Avenue, League City, 281-554-2994,

Lone Star Flight Museum: Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 2002 Terminal Dr., Galveston, 409-740-7722, Warbird Rides available. Call for more information.

San Jacinto Monument & Museum: Daily 9a.m. - 6 p.m.; La Porte, 281-479-2421,

Texas City Museum: Open Tuesday - Sunday; 409 6th St. N., Texas City, 409-6435799, ut.htm Email to be included in The SCENE’s Arts Calendar.


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A Special Guide To CLEAR LAKE & GALVESTON About the Clear Lake/Bay Area: Located midway between the skyscrapers of Houston and the beaches of Galveston, the NASA, Clear Lake/Bay Area is a unique area featuring the home of manned space flight and the third largest boating market in the nation. Although big city excitement and island beaches are each just minutes away, the Clear Lake/Bay Area has been described as the “Jewel of Houston” and is full of attractions of its own. Boating activities and water recreation provide hours of fun and relaxation in the presence of the water's natural beauty. Surrounded by water, the land is fertile and offers lush foliage including many evergreen trees and plants. In addition to the area’s natural beauty, technology and history are woven together at the Johnson Space Center, where our nation's astronauts are trained and each manned space flight is monitored. The facility offers an official visitors center, better known as Space Center Houston. This area is also home to a surprisingly high number of quality restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs – including many overlooking the water and accessible via boat. Clear Lake is The SCENE is the official guide to the Clear Lake, Bay Area and Galveston Entertainment Districts. Look for our special Convention & Visitors Bureau racks in hotels and visitors centers.

also a live music lover’s paradise with more than 40 venus offering live performances on a regular basis. The Clear Lake/Bay Area is also geared toward families with a number of amusement parks, game facilities and family festivals.

Featured Attractions

1. Space Center Houston

Visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Applaud the accomplishments of NASA and the U.S. manned space flight program at Space Center Houston. You will relive the past achievements of the space program and witness today's history in the making. Everything you see in the facility is realistic. Space Center Houston's creators kept in close contact with NASA to ensure the most accurate experience. Each attraction is self-guided so you can spend as much time, or as little time, in each areas as desired. Most guests spend four to six hours in the Center. Operating Hours: 9am-7pm (Weekdays); 9am-7pm (Weekends). Discount Tickets: Discount Space Center Houston tickets available at Bay Area Houston Visitors Center. 281-474-9700.

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1. 146 Roadhouse ............................3435 Hwy 146 (Bacliff) 2. Allegria Wine & Cocktail Lounge..................15210 Hwy 3 3. Amadeus Italian Restaurant ........700 Kipp Ave. (Kemah) 4. Bada Bing ........................2925 Gulf Freeway (@ FM 646) 5. Bakkhus Taverna Greek................605 6th Street (Kemah) 6. Beach Hut ........................731 Seawall Blvd. (Galveston) 7. Berryhill Baja Grill & Cantina............19431 Gatebrook Dr. 8. Berryhill Baja Grill & Cantina ........2660 Marina Bay Drive 9. Bombay Tadka ............................17926 Hwy 3, Suite 101 10. Big Ben ............................................20237 Gulf Freeway 11. Boondoggles ..................................4106 NASA Parkway 12. Bullrito’s ....................1820 Nasa Parkway (Nassau Bay) 13. Bullrito’s ..................12617 Underwood Road (La Porte) 14. Bullrito’s ........................3709 Center Street (Deer Park) 15. Bullrito’s............4802 E Sam Houston Pkwy (Pasadena) 16. Cabo ............................2513 NASA Parkway (Seabrook) 17. Casper’s Billiards..................137 21st Street (San Leon) 18. Classic Cafe......................................2511 Nasa Parkway 19. Clear Creek Winery ..........................709 Harris (Kemah) 20. Club Pride....................229 E. NASA Parkway (Webster) 21. Chelsea Wine Bar ............4106 Nasa Pkwy # F (El Lago) 22. Chitsuru Sushi & Hibachi ..2860 Gulf Freeway S, Ste. A 23. Coastal Crossing Grill ......113 East Sealy Street (Alvin) 24. Cock-Eyed Seagull ......................1010B E. Nasa Road 1 25. Coffee Oasis ....................................4650 Nasa Parkway 26. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack ........309 4th Street(Kemah) 27. Cuisine of India ................................1212 Nasa Parkway 28. Cullen’s Upscale Am. Grille ............11500 Space Center 29. Dempsey’s Sports Pub ..20801 Gulf Freeway (Webster) 30. Dan’s Pizza Company ................................15148 Hwy 3 31. Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse ..........2111 FM 517 32. Don Pico’s - Clear Lake ..................2110 Bay Area Blvd. 33. Don Pico’s - Pasadena ..............4940 Fairmont Parkway 34. Don Pico’s - Pearland ..............9811 Broadway (FM518) 35. D’Vine Wine - Galveston ..............................2110 Strand 36. Esteban's Cafe & Cantina..............402 West Main Street 37. Fatty’s..................................1717 2nd Street (Seabrook) 38. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ..............20760 Gulf Frwy 39. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ................1300 Broadway 40. Fox and Hound ................................12802 Gulf Freeway

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41. Gabacho’s Mexican Grill ......................4449 NASA Rd. 1 42. Gio’s Flying Pizza ....................................630 FM 517 Rd 43. Golden Sea Seafood ...........1415 Highway 146 (Kemah) 44. Gordon St. Tavern....................114N. Gordon St. (Alvin) 45. Hugh & Jeff’s Car Wash & Grill ............1232 W. FM 646 46. Jackie’s Brickhouse ..1051 Marina Bay Drive (FM 2094) 47. Jackie B’s Sports.Spirits..................352 N. Gulf Freeway 48. Joe Lee’s Seafood Kitchen ..........1108 Marina Bay Drive 49. Katie’s......................................................315 Grand Ave. 50. Kemah Asian Cafe ....................1201 Hwy 146 (Kemah) 51. La Brisa - Bacliff ......................................4001 Hwy 146 52. La Brisa - League City ..........501 Wesley Drive (@ I-45) 53. Laredo’s TexMex ....2119 Bayport Boulevard (Hwy 146) 54. Las Haciendas • NASA ......................1020 NASA Rd. 1 55. Las Haciendas • I-45 ......................12933 Gulf Freeway 56. Latitudes Restaurant ........1817 Ave K (San Leon) NEW! 57. Luna’s Restaurant (Hilton) ............3000 NASA Parkway 58. Main 101 Grill & Bar ..............101 E. Main St. (La Porte) 59. Main Event ......................................1125 Magnolia Ave. 60. Mainly Drinks ..................223 W. Main Street (La Porte) 61. Mamacita’s - Clear Lake........................515 E Nasa Rd 1 62. Mamacita’s - Pasadena ..............7325 Spencer Highway 63. Maribelle’s ....................................3136-C NASA Road 1 64. Mario’s Italian • Seabrook ......1304 Bayport (HWY146) 65. Mario’s Italian • Webster ................618 NASA Parkway 66. Masa Sushi Fusion ..............................977 Nasa Road 1 67. Masa Sushi Sake Bar ............................1804 W. FM 646 68. Mattia’s Trattoria ......3202 Marina Bay Drive (FM 2094) 69. Mediterraneo Market & Cafe ........18033 Upper Bay Rd. 70. Mely’s - League City......2951 Marina Bay Dr. (FM 2094) 71. Merlion on 4th ........................................1301 4th Street 72. Michiru Sushi & Asian Bar 20911 Gulf Freeway, Suite A 73. Monkey Bar ..........................................605 6th Street C 74. Nick’s Pizza, Pasta & Gelato 210 S. Hwy 3 (League City) 75. Noah’s Ark Restaurant..............4438 Boulevard (Bacliff) 76. Opus Bistro ........................................1002 Aspen Road 77. Palapa’s......................................608 6th Street (Kemah) 78. Pelican Grill ..................3142 Nasa Parkway (Seabrook) 79. Pier 27 Tavern ................3202 Marina Bay Blvd. Suite F 80. Pod-zus At Clifton By The Sea ....10 Grand Ave (Bacliff)


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League City 51st Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade sets sail Upcoming Calendar Bright lights and boats of all kinds traveled Clear Lake December 8 for the League City 51st Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake, produced by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Decorated sail and power boats entertained thousands of spectators with their lights, music, dancers and designs. Sponsors included Title Sponsor City of League City; Gold Anchor Sponsors were the City of Nassau Bay, Bay Area Citizen and Houston Chronicle; Bronze Anchor Sponsors Kemah Boardwalk, City of Kemah and City of Seabrook and Anchor Line sponsors, Hollis, Huff, Lewis & Co. P.C. and South Shore Harbour Resort & Marina.

HYC Midwinter Regatta Sat & Sun, Feb 9 & 10 • Galv. Bay HYC Spring Series #1 Sun, March 17 • Galv. Bay Elissa Regatta Sat & Sun, April 6 & 7 • Galv. Bay Houston Yacht Club 281-471-1255

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J105 Midwinter Champs Fri.-Sun., March 8-10 • Galv. Lakewood Yacht Club • 281-474-2511

Icicle Series Races Icicle Race 1 ........Sat., January 5 Icicle Race 2 ......Sat., January 12 Icicle Race 3 ......Sat., January 19 Icicle Race 4 ......Sat., January 26 Icicle Race 5 ......Sat., February 2

GBCA Spring Regatta Sat & Sun, March 16 & 17 • Galv.Bay

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DYKES ON BIKES - Continued Jeppesen’s 1930’s Ford. “A bunch of lesbians on motorcycles drove by and everyone said ‘What the hell? Dykes on bikes? That would make a hell of a band name!’” said Corona. “Later on when we all got together, it was an easy decision. Most people don’t realize, until they’ve seen us perform, that we aren’t women or lesbians. But we love women all the same!”

the inspiration from that lifestyle that is the basis for our music,” said Corona. “We don’t stick to any format. If it makes you want to haul ass or break sh#t; we run with it. The performance is all about having a good time, drinking Lone Star Beer and going home covered in it.”

Dykes On Bykes has spent the past couple of years building a solid fan base. “We are very grateful to all of our fans, friends and family for all the support they have shown us in the past few years. It’s pretty damn cool to see so many people come out and support wearing your band’s shirt. We wouldn’t get anywhere if it weren’t for our amazing fans,” said Corona. As far as receiving the Buzz award, Corona said, “We were nominated last year in the same category and for best new band, but we were definitely surprised to get the win. Our music isn’t exactly radio friendly so it’s pretty bad ass to get that recognition from The Buzz, especially when you’re up against so many talented musicians. Scout Bar has helped us out tremendously by giving us the opportunity to play in front of some awesome crowds.” Corona goes on to say, “The best part to me is having the honor of working with all the great musicians in the area, the national acts from all over, and hanging out with like-minded people who share the same passion for rock and roll.” “And the worst part is the broken equipment. We are collecting a pile of destroyed guitars, pedals and PA speakers,” said guitarist Jeppesen. All in all, the “like-minded people” reference is a good way to describe the inner workings of Dykes On Bykes. The guys are local and live in the Seabrook, League City, Webster and Pasadena areas. The musicians balance full-time jobs, and building and fabricating hot rods and motorcycles for pleasure. “It’s

“It’s a ‘live fast’ lifestyle,” said Jeppesen. “Great men live dangerously; small men don't take chances... Found that on a fortune cookie!” Dykes On Bykes released their first album “Your Mom Likes My Byke” in mid-2012. “A big thanks goes out to Big Door Studios, Edwin Goldman, and Roland Belmarez,” said Corona. “It’s available at iTunes and Amazon, but we’d much rather you come party with the Dykes and come get one from us!” The band also had the opportunity to work with local musician Chris Hardy on the “Will Play For Food” compilation album. “All of the proceeds went to the Houston food bank to feed the hungry. We are always excited to give back to our community.” 2013 is going to be busy. “We’re planning on heading out to Arizona to play some supporting shows with the Moonlight Howlers whose management company is helping us to branch out to that area,” said Corona. "And we are taking some time to finish up some new ideas and music and starting to work on a new album that we hope to have out sometime later this year.” Dykes On Bykes is on and should be “liked” at

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Loose Notes: Continued from Page 38 day gathering. Musically, Saint played forth on his Fender and in a manner that best can be described as "skateboarding" - an enjoyable treat to take in. Take in a couple sets of The 007 Band when you get your chance! VIVA! - One of the things the Mayans' end of the world reminded us is to live life to the fullest. Turns out there's a spot on Cabo’s Monday Night Open Mic

the SCENE where such living is the norm and that would be at Cabo's Monday Night Open Mic. This gig starts later in the evening after many turn in for the night for work the next morning. However here, things start rolling after swing shift lets out, people arrive ready to roll and with only a few hours before the law says its time to go home. And boy, does this crowd know how to make the best of it! The music at this jam

kicks off with host band, Mama Tried, testing out a few numbers, the likes of a Phish or Grateful Dead festival - Fluidic and looooong... The stage is staffed with a bona fide sound engineer, Cisco, handling the *wide* variety of musicians coming together on complex originals in a collaborative cohesive environment. In other words - great sounding jams – the likes you'll probably never catch anywhere else but at Cabo's Monday Night Open Mic. Good stuff!

ROCK & ROLL HEAVEN - This year, we lost two musicians whom we covered in The SCENE. Mark Abrahamian, guitarist for Starship, died this year at the age of 46. Abrahamian had played since 2000 for the band, whose lineage reaches back to the 1960s with Jefferson Airplane and as Jefferson Starship in the 1980s. We lost another local musical force. Stephen Arthur who passed

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away after a 4.5 year battle with brain cancer. Stephen was one of the original members of the 'Fab 40' as well as the Mockingbyrds and several other bands. The music and friendship of both will be missed.

IT'S A WRAP - And with that, we look ahead to the year 2013. May the coming year be your year, may your hurdles be only temporary, and may the music always be a part of your life. We'll see you out there on The SCENE!





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Questions Asked" list. Over the years, both places easily handle large holiday gatherings. We caught Fal Skye on stage at Sherlock's, and at Scout Bar, the holiday return of Brian Carrion (who is thriving as he follows his musical passions in Nashville) with the C.B. Kings. Can you do us a favor? Sherlock's bartender Mandi has what should be a great 2013 shaping up. Stop by, enjoy a drink and be sure to tip her (and all your servers) well. Your karma will flourish! Hold Fast Fables @ Union Tavern

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House for our hurricane hangout this year – A story line we had. Nonetheless, this Jim Shortt favorite hangout remains on our go-to list for the upHold Fast Fables @ Union Tavern coming year. Union Tavern tweaked their Feng Shui perfectly as we counted no fewer than 15 perfect gatherings happening at once. Hold Fast Fables was on stage and scores my Inventive Music Recipes of the year starting with a Reggae foundation and stirring in light percussion and classical/SpanCB Kings @ Scout Bar ish fiddle for their unique blend that's tasty to the ears and mind. Band member Marc Borde tells me the group is laying down tracks for

EASY TO SPOT & HARD TO FIND - Are southpaw guitarists playing right handed axes. When you spot one, you've simply got to put everything on 007 Band @ hold and give them an ear Cock-eyed which we did at a recent Seagull Cock-eyed Seagull holiday gathering. (The Seagull staff has got to be one of the friendliest flocks around.) Technically, such playing is somewhat akin to mandolin'ing, and by default, we note such musicians making it on stage as *crazy raw talent* - The good stuff! Until recently, we'd seen only two of such performers (Chris Elliott of the Bodacious Tatas and 007 Band @ Ben Rowe of the band Cock-eyed Rowe) on the SCENE and Seagull with delight, adding a third to the list going by the name of Rob Saint of The 007 Band – A band first spotted on the SCENE at Zone 504, of course. Stage wise, this trio of Rob, Richard Denson (Drums), &

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Signature Drinks: SCOUT BAR THE DIRTY BLONDE – She’s the one who stands up front by the stage dancing and singing the words to every song the band is playing. Maybe you know her? Maybe you are her. Or for one night, you just want to be her… Chances

are you will not forget her. The “Dirty Blonde” is a shot that packs a punch with Jägermeister, peach schnapps, and pineapple juice. BIG ASS BEER – Check, check… One, two… One, two, three… It only takes $3 to get this keepsake Scout Bar glass to be used over and over again. Think more along the lines of a “band aid” and less “groupie.” For just 2 bucks a time, you get the glass filled up to the top with a cold domestic beer, or for $3, an imported one. Selections include Shiner, Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Bud Light Lime, Dos XX, etc. The lime garnish is optional, but an excellent choice! THE WILD CHILD – Whether you are with the band or not, a brand label whiskey is what legends are made of. The “Wild Child” drink is for whoever the world of rock and roll has claimed… This is for those who are serious about music and bleed audio. Prepared at It's for the strong willed and SCOUT BAR features Wild Turkey, peach 18307 Egret Bay Blvd schnapps, sweet and sour, 281-335-0002 and a splash of orange juice. The cherry on top said bye-bye a long time ago. Good night and thank you Houston!

By Rhonda Meredith




Free admission. Full bar, regular menu and crawfish available for an additional cost. All ages welcome. Saturday, Feb. 2 - Masquerade Ball at Zone 504 – 9 pm until close. Hosting Krewe du Lac’s first ever masquerade party at Zone 504 on the first weekend of Mardi Gras. Enjoy live zydeco music, Hurricane drinks on special, and all the Krewe du Lac faithful. Come out wearing your Mardi Gras beads and masks. This is gonna be great! Free admission. 21 and over only. Find them on Facebook Sunday, Feb. 3 - Superbowl in New Orleans. Texans Maybe? Saturday, Feb. 9 - Yachty Gras Boat Parade & Public Cruise. Be part of the annual Yachty Gras Boat Parade by land or by sea. Travel along the Kemah channel and world famous Kemah Boardwalk. Travel in style aboard the Boardwalk FantaSea! Boarding 6:30pm. Cruising 7 to 9:30pm. Be part of the Parade! BEADS BEADS BEADS! For reservations, ticket prices and all the info, call 281-535-8100. Or find your spot along the world fa-



mous Kemah Boardwalk. For more information visit Tuesday, Feb. 21 - Fat Tuesday on The Strand in Galveston. Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade and Krewe Babalu Balcony Party – As the Krewe du Lac float rolls with the parade along the streets of The Strand Uptown District many of Krewe du Lac’s revelers will be on the Krewe Babalu balcony for the best parade view. Toss beads, enjoy live music, toast beverages from the cash bar or dance the night away as we bid fare thee well to another Mardi Gras season. Tickets just $20. Ages 21 & over only. Email or call Annabelle Ruch at 832-7717661 for more information. 2013 Sponsors include The SCENE, T-Bone Tom's, Herbert's Fun Shop, FantaSea, Houston Party Boats, JML Publishing, Joe Deflora, Art City & All Points Productions. Special appreciation to The City of Kemah for its continued support.

Krewe Du Lac Christmas Toy Drive Pub Crawl

Benefitting Kemah Police Charities • Hosted by T-bone Tom’s, Bakkhus Taverna, Zone 504 & Alan’s Swamp Shack

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Who’s Ready For Mardi Gras? Kemah’s Official Krewe Is! This year the Krewe du Lac, the Official Krewe of Kemah, moves into its second decade. The 2013 season will celebrate “France” and salute the Kings and Queens of years gone by, who will be honored in 2013 and shall preside over the festivities once again. Local groups, businesses & friends are encouraged to create their own "satellite Krewes" with parade entries and their own Royal Court. Krewe du Lac will help promote their parties and special events as well as welcome them to Krewe du Lac events. The Krewe du Lac mission is to celebrate the traditions of Mardi Gras and the French culture, assist others in similar pursuits though participation and education while having a blast. Some events, such as the Parade and Mardi Pardi on February 2 are family friendly while other events are for adults.

2013 Krewe du Lac Schedule 11th Annual Mardi Gras • Kemah, Texas Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 • King’s Cake Party at T-Bone Tom's 2 to 5pm: free and open to the public. Enjoy a slice

of King's Cake, beads and live music by The Grateful Geezers. Come decked out in your best Pirate Attire (optional). Tickets for the Royal Ball will be on sale. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 - Royal Ball aboard Spirit of Texas Paddlewheeler departs Endeavour Marina at 8 pm. Cocktail attire (Men - Jacket required, tie optional) Classy Pirate attire is always acceptable. Preboarding social at Sam’s Boat in front of the marina starts at 6:30pm. Presen-



tation of the Kemah Krewes Royalty, live music, dancing, light appetizers, adult beverages. 2.5-hour cruise around Clear Lake. Cost $75 per person. Must be at least 21.

Krewes Into Kemah Weekend • Feb.1-3 Friday, Feb. 1 - Krewes Into Kemah Kick Off Party hosted annually by Bakkhus Taverna on 6th Street in the Lighthouse District. Starts at 8pm. Annual bash includes live music for dancing on the patio and lots of Krewe fun! Compete in the Best Decorated Mardi Gras Umbrella Contest. No cover charge. Full menu and full bar available for an additional cost. All ages welcome. Saturday, Feb. 2 - Galloway Gallop Fun Run starts the day with a BANG! The run begins at 8 am with a certified 10K and 5K race followed by a Kid K Dash at 9am. As always, the Galloway Gallop features a beautiful scenic course, great prizes and a fantastic finish-line party that includes refreshments, music and children’s activities and is known as one of the most family friendly & fun races in the Bay Area. Cash, costume and door prizes are awarded. Register online at or by downloading a form from the Events page at Fees vary by age group. Saturday, Feb. 2 - Kemah Mardi Gras Parade. Participants line up behind T-Bone Tom’s at 10 am. The parade begins 11 am at the corner of 5th and Bradford Streets. The frolicking procession travels north up Bradford St. to the Kemah Boardwalk and back down Kipp Street along Galveston Bay and ends at the Jimmy Walker Community Center on 9th Street. The judging stand is located in front of Kemah Coach at 600 9th Street. No fee. Registration available online now. Saturday, Feb. 2 - Post Parade Mardi Pardi. An annual tradition! T-Bone Tom’s Backyard. Noon to dusk. Enjoy live music with The Zydeco Dots, costume contest, parade awards presentation, arts & crafts booths, raffle benefitting Spina Bifida kids camp, moonwalk, face painting and much more. This annual celebration is a colorful crowd pleaser. Very family friendly.





THE SCENE: LOCAL LIVE MUSIC GUIDE THE SCENE MAGAZINE • PROVIDING THE BEST COVERAGE OF THE CLEAR LAKE/BAY AREA LIVE MUSIC SCENE the SCENE at Zone 504 will get discovered and hired out and about on the beat. This time around, we caught Flip Side which pulled it off nicely for the Crawlers. Zone 504 and live music. Watch 'em....

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Loose Notes Andy Eng by

Well, the world didn't end, and – if anything – the Mayans gave us a reason to live life to the fullest! Whew, did you ever!

During December, we joined the many SCENE readers kicking back, visiting family and friends, taking stock, sharing stories, planning the times ahead, and enjoying what our area has to offer, great places and super live music! Let's run through the month... LARGEST TURNOUT EVER - And that would be the annual Krewe du Lac Pub Crawl & Toy Drive. This year, an extra truck was brought in to handle the outrageously generous haul of toys destined to brighten lives of the most important people of all, the little ones. T-Bone Tom's did a fantastic job hosting the annual kick-off with Andy and The Dreamsicles spinning up the Fun Meter. The Dreamsicles are adding a full horn section to handle frequent song requests such as songs by Chicago. Pretty cool, eh? Keep these cats on your 2013 watch list. Should be a blast! Crawlers prevailed throughout Kemah Lighthouse District stopping along at Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack before heading over to the historical Zone 504 and Bakkhus Taverna. Hoo-boy, what a blast! You folks want in on a secret? Catch the live music acts appearing at Zone 504 as they've a great ear and eye for talent. Typically, bands first appearing on

OVER THE TOP - Enter the folks at Jackie's Brickhouse and in their consistent try-something-new manner, decided to adopt a family Photo by Jim Tacl for the Christmas holidays. My buddy and coach Jim Tacl caught what went down as the Jackie's Gang gathered a *very* healthy 5-figure collection complete with Santa for the stressed family. What is interesting about the Jackie's Brickhouse location is that it hosts some of the humdingiest benefit fundraisers around. Cheers to Jackie's Brickhouse for keeping the fire going! Speaking of keeping it going... BACK IN THE GROOVE - John and his team at Dempsey's are simply incredible. Not only do they successfully relocate to a central location in record time, they're back at it hosting parking lot parties and last month hosted a benefit for the Sandy Hook tragedy. Turn out was decent for a midweek event and the music lineup diversely solid with Dead Man's Ransom

(lyrically hitting the heart of the matter), Jacob Minter (a new eclectic free-form jazz artist), and the ever powerful and present Chris Hardy. Sonically, the new Dempsey's is more intimate and with the kitchen back in gear (including their infamous 5-pound burger challenge) could very well be Clear Lake's answer to the likes of the Mucky Duck or the Coffee Oasis, but with "an edge." OUT AND ABOUT - We were with many of you enjoying the holidays with family and friends. The groove was perfect and exactly what the doctor ordered. The Tree House threw a whale of a Christmas party with Drive Train on the stage. Fortunately, we didn't need The Tree - Continued on Page 38




Seen by The SCENE

2012 TEXAS BUZZ MUSIC AWARDS Andy Eng photos

The 2012 Texas Buzz Music Awards were tops this year with a strong lineup of nominees and winners. Entertaining the full house this year was Recovery Room, Six Gun Sound, and Rainchild (with cameo appearance of DownFall 2012). Throughout the year, The SCENE Magazine has been privileged to have covered many of the musicians and artists and we look forward to an even better 2013. Congratulations to all the winners, nominees, A.D. Rountree and 94.5FM The Buzz, Thomas Wilson & Scout Bar, and most importantly, to all of you for making local Texas Live Music amongst the best thing happening! Vocalist....................................Blake Ortiz (Born From Ruins) Drummer ..........................................Alex Slay (The Hunger) Bass..................................................Hector Porras (Saturate) Guitarist.................. Bradden Navarre (Positive Disturbance) Best Hard Rock & Metal ........................................Saturate Best Punk Hard Core Indie Rock ................Dykes on Bikes Best Alternative Rock ....................................Another Run Best New Band ..........................................Recovery Room Best Rock Band.................................................... Rainchild Best Live Performance ....Born From Ruins (Labor Day show) Band of the Year .......................... The Last Place You Look




The Dope Show – A Tribute To Marilyn Mason

“WE’RE ALL STARS NOW IN THE DOPE SHOW!” By Rhonda Meredith Four years ago, an idea came to life and The Dope Show, a Marilyn Manson tribute band, performed for the first time on stage. “It was for fun,” said founder and vocalist Chris Navasatis who goes by “The Rev” in this case. “We didn’t sing his singles or hits… It was more of Manson’s obscure songs that he really didn’t do live.”

tion against buying into fame, and mass culture. Further references are made to the obvious attractions and glamour of the world of stardom, obsession, and the absurdity of such a world. Manson chides society for partaking in Andy Warhol's prediction that everyone "will be world-famous for fifteen minutes." Manson declares that "we're all stars now, in the dope show." The song was nominated for a 1999 Grammy award. Redemption Photo graphy X

Fast forward to the end of 2012 and The Dope Show makes its reappearance with renewed vigor to the delight of area Manson fans with an updated hard driving, surrealistic stage show. Navasatis said he has the best of both worlds since he is also the founder of ERASETHEVIRUS, an original industrial metal band that is wildly popular in the Houston area. But what is it about Marilyn Manson specifically that lures in legions of fans, including Navasatis? “Manson and I sound the same already. Plus, my band members aren’t scared to wear the makeup. And like a paradox, it may be about the money.” The name "The Dope Show" is a song from Manson's 1998 album Mechanical Animals, also released in September of that year as the album's lead single. It is described as "a full bump and grind song with a stripper beat." In keeping with the album's themes of narcissism and consumerism, the lyrics are an admoni-

“We bring out all of the props, outfit changes, stilts, etc.” said Navasatis.”But we always want people to know that it is ERASETHEVIRUS doing Manson and in our kind of way.” Rounding out the members of The Dope Show is Epoc on keyboards, Mangy on bass, Josh 5 on guitar, and the infamous Slay on drums. Manson reminds us in song and lyrics that life is not about being a sheep of the world, it's about the momentum of fans that believe and embrace the sub-culture of the individual, which actually is where the real culture is.

The Dope Show will be headlining at Scout Bar on Saturday, January 12. For more information about the band or show, visit or the venue at

MATTIA’S - Continued from Page 51 The late night menu is available from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. It’s important to start your week off right, so make plans to attend Mattia’s Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a tasty mixture of breakfast and lunch items, a variety of fresh seafood, salads, desserts, and bottomless mimosas. Sunday's happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. Pianist Cindy Thomas and accordionist Joe Brikha both perform during the brunch. Also, in the coming weeks, Mattia’s will begin to offer cigars for sale to the gentlemen who prefer to sit on the veranda and enjoy the flavor of a fine cigar and cognac, or their favorite libation, while enjoying the



water/fire fountain and watch the game on T.V. Mattia’s Trattoria Piano Bar will indeed broaden your appreciation of the Italian culture with unforgettable cuisine and entertaining live music. Arrive by land or water.


ENERGIZER THA DJ - Continued then I practiced until I felt comfortable.” The charismatic DJ has earned the honor of being’s “DJ of The Year” and has performed at venues in major cities like Hollywood, Miami, Orlando, Springfield, Charlotte, New York, Chicago, DC, Las Vegas, all over Louisiana, and has sold out crowds all throughout the Southeast Texas region. ENERGIZER THA DJ has created over 50 mix tapes and owns a highly extensive music collection of mp3’s and a quantity of “a good 1,000 vinyl records.” He doesn’t specifically favor any one particular artist because it’s the “actual energy that comes from the records” that matters.

and don't fear the competition because great athletes make other great athletes better. It’s the same with DJ’ing.”

It may appear that DJ’ing is simple. You just get up and spin a few records, right? “For the most part it may look easy, but DJ’ing is highly demanding, even with the most fundamental skill set. There's a certain level of focus and concentration that's involved in the craft and I'm real big on moods and energy, so it's imperative that I'm in a good place (mentally) while entertaining others! The best part of the job is being able to express yourself through music.” ENERGIZER THA DJ has stood apart from the crowd with his drive to succeed in his craft. He takes advantage of the technology available and his “set up” is basically “an industry standard” with “a few secret weapons” that make him “stand out sonically” and “trademark his brand.”

His positive outlook is essential to live the life he strives to lead. “Just be the best ‘you’ that you can be. Love yourself and respect others.... Cherish what they have to offer and all the knowledge that can be gained. Always bring something to the table so that others can learn from you. You don't have to know where the stairs will end for you to take the next step! This is how I see life as ever changing and forever evolving into new twists, turns, and probabilities.” The New Year is shaping up to be another anthem year with appearances in Hollywood and Puerto Rico coming up, All-Star weekend in Houston, the Super Bowl in New Orleans, and heading back overseas! ENERGIZER THA DJ stays busy heading up his business Eardrum Productions/ Go DJ Music Group as well. Catch ENERGIZER THA DJ locally at Pier 27 Tavern. “I love the whole Pier 27 crew. They treat me like family and love my art and craft. Their high expectations in me as an artist make me strive to be a better DJ every time I perform. Shun, Bobbie, Q, and the bartenders show me so much love. It’s humbling, motivating, and inspiring.” Check out The SCENE Magazine for Pier 27 Tavern’s entertainment schedule. For more information on ENERGIZER THA DJ, connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or via email at

“I just love mixing & remixing records live. To stay on top you have to practice, study, and practice more. You must perform and execute like it’s your last time

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SCENE HAPPY HOUR GUIDE ------------------Where: 707 Hwy. 146 (Kemah) When: “Happy Hour & a Half” Mon-Fri • 5-6:30pm What: 99¢ Fish or Shrimp Taco, $1.49 Shrimp Cocktail, 99¢ Dom Draft (16 oz. Glass) $3 Half Pitchers (Domestic) $6 Pitchers (Domestic) Excluding holidays


Where: 1010 B NASA Rd. 1 When: Mon-Fri 2-8 pm What: $1.50 Dom Drafts, $4.50 Dom. Pitchers, $1.75 Dom. Bottles; $2.75 Well Drinks

Where: 352 N. Gulf Frwy, League City 11am-7pm 7 days a week: $1 draft Bug & Miller Light, $2.50 wells, $2 dom bottles. All day Sun., Mon., Tues.: $1 drafts, $2 dom bottles, $2.50 wells & $3 shot specials


-------------------Where: 2416 Bay Area Blvd. When: M - Sat Open 9pm; All day Sunday What: $2 Dom drafts, $2.25 select drafts, $2.50 house wine, $2.50-2.75 select calls, $3 super calls, $7 Dom. pitchers, $8 select import pitchers


Where: 315 Grand Ave. When: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm What: $2 Dom Draft, $2 Dom Longnecks, $3 Wells. (On Mon. & Wed.: $2 Ritas; On Sun.: $2 Well Vodka Drinks (noon to 7pm)



JAPANESE SAKE BAR Where: 1804 W. FM 646 When/What: Tues & Wed is $1 Hot Sake starting at 5pm. Thursday is Ladies Night with $1 Lady Cosmos on the Rocks.

Where 1026 FM 2094 (Clear Lake Shores) When: All Day, Every Day What: $2.75 Domestics, $3.50 Imports



Where: 901 NASA Rd.1 When: M-F, 11 to 7pm; Sat 116pm; Sun noon-6pm What: $3 Screwdrivers & Bloody Marys, $3.25 Well Drinks; $2.50 dom beer

Where: 1202 Bayport Boulevard (Hwy 146 in Seabrook) When: Monday - Friday 4-6:30 What: $2 Domestic Pints, $2.50 Import Pints, $1.50 PBR, $3 Wells



------------------Where: 605 A 6th Street

When: M - Fri., 11am to 7pm What: $2 Dom Pints, $3 Wells, $4 Wine by glass, $4 Ouzo shots ($3 Mimosas & Bloody Marys Sunday)


Where: 1303 NASA Parkway What/When: Everyday 11am7pm; $2 Domestic Beer; $2.50 Imports & $3 House Wine


Where: 3101 NASA Parkway, in Endeavour Marina (Seabrook) What: Happy Hour Mon-Fri 11AM-8PM: Wells $2.50; Calls $3.50; Dom. Pints $2.75; Dom. Bottles $3; Premium & Import Pints $.50 OFF Friday all day Party on the LakeHappy Hour All Day & Night w/ $2 Dom. Bottles; $2 Wells; $3 Calls; $3 Jagers; $3 Rumples

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Where: 1717 2nd Street. When: Mon-Fri 2-7PM What: Sat. $4 Long Island Iced Tea & $3 St. Arnold; Sun $3 Shiner & $2.50 Bloody Marys, M-F $2.25 Wells, $2.50 Doms., $3 Prems.

Where: 1840 NASA Parkway in Nassau Bay Townsquare When: Wed-Sat All-Day What: $2 Dom., $3 Import & $4 Wine

Where: 504 Kipp Ave. (Kemah) What/When: Mon. Karaoke, $2 Dom & $3 Import Bottles. Tues.: Tues. Dart Tourneys: $3 Wells & Shot Specials. Wed. Be Your Own DJ: $2 Dom & $3 Import Pints. Thurs. NEW! Live Music Acoustic Sets: 3 U-Call-Its (Excludes Premiums)

Where: 2513 NASA Parkway on the water in Seabrook. When: MonThurs 4 to 7pm; Friday AWOL Happy Hour 4-9pm (Live Music) What: Happy Hour pricing $1 off everything in the house.

-------------------Where: 435 El Dorado Blvd # A When: 2-8pm daily. What: FREE Billiards, Steel Tip Darts and Great Specials

------------------Where: 3202 Marina Bay Dr. When: M-F: 37pm What: $2 16oz Dom Drafts, $2 Dom. Bottles, $2 Wells, $3 House Wine


Where: 1415 Hwy 146, Kemah What: $2 Dom. Draft; $2.50 Dom. Bottle; $3.50 import; $2.50 wells When: Mon-Thurs 11-7PM Fri-Sat 11-7PM and reverse Happy Hour 9-midnight Happy Hour All Day Sunday


Where: NASA Rd @ I-45 What: $1.75 Dom. Draft, $2.75 Ritas, $3 Imports, $2.50 Dom. Bottle, $5 Haciendaritas When: Mon-Fri 11-7 pm

All information in the SCENE Happy Hour Guide is believed to be true and accurate as of press time. But prices and special are subject to change. THE SCENE




Featured Bartender LINDSAY @ FATTY’S

Where: 515 E. NASA Rd. 1 When: Mon-Wed 11-10pm; Thurs-Sat 11-7pm What: $3.95 Ritas, $1.75 Domestic Draft

By Rhonda Meredith

-------------------Where: 4438 Boulevard When: MF 9am 5pm What: $1.75 Draft Beer, $2.25 Wells. Plus, Saturday 8am - 4pm & all Sunday, $2.25 Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers & Mimosas

-------------------Where: 1051 Marina Bay Drive When: Mon-Thur 11am-7pm; Fri 11-9pm & Sat-Sun 11am6pm What: $2 Pints, $3 Wells, $5.50 Pitchers and $12 Buckets

-------------------Where: 3136C NASA Parkway When: 11am to 7pm Daily; FriSat Power Hour 8-10pm What: $2 Dom. bottle beer; $2 Wells/ Calls; $3 Premiums & $4 Super Premiums


Roger’s Bar & Grill Where: 1271 Deke Slayton Blvd (FM 518) League City, What/When: 3-11PM everyday. $2 well, $3 Domestic, $4 Monster Mugs, Frozens, LIT’s, & Wine, $5 Sangrias

-------------------Where: 1817 Avenue K, on Galveston Bay in San Leon

When: We offer happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily Appetizer Specials for All Texans Games; $2 Domestic Bottles; $2.50 Import and Craft Bottles; $3.50 Wells; $2 Draft All Day Every Day with 10 Beers on Tap; $1 Jello Shots All Day Every Day. Saturdays and Sundays we offer $2.50 Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Screwdrivers.


One, two, three… The bubbly blonde has over three and a half years of bartending experience and has been at Fatty’s since August.

Where: 21st St & E. Bayshore Dr., San Leon When: All Day/Every Day What: 2 Longnecks Sunday $2 Bloody Marys


Where: 3202 Marina Bay Drive, League City, TX 77573 When: Sunday Brunch 11am3pm fresh seafood variety, lunch & breakfast items, salads, desserts & bottomless mimosas happy hour 3pm-7pm Meatball Mondays with Pasta & Salad. Happy hour 5-7pm Tuesday & Wednesday: happy hour 5-7pm followed by free dance lessons Thursday Ladies Night half off wines, well drinks, margaritas & martinis Friday & Saturday happy hour 11am-7pm


Must love dogs! When not at work, she regularly takes all three of her dachshunds to the dog park.

Her signature drink to make is Sex With An Alligator. (They say once you go alligator… Never mind!) This tasty beverage has a fruity flavor made with a melon flavored liqueur, Razzamatazz on the bottom, Jägermeister on the top, and a splash of pineapple juice.

Are dogs better than men? She smiles and says “Well, they don’t talk back!”

A Red Raider at heart! Lindsay was living in Lubbock and pursuing a business marketing degree from Texas Tech. And now, with only a year left, she is considering finishing her degree at the University of Houston.

It’s a new year - Lindsay won’t be missing 2012 and resolves to have more fun, have peace, and live simply in 2013.

No to snow! The La Porte native is happier with beach weather rather than cold, snowy weather. She prefers movies over books. Lindsay doesn’t like


scary movies and recommends seeing “Django Unchained” even though it is a little long.

Yellow may be her favorite color, but… Lindsay predicts the Houston Texans will take their “Battle Red” far into the playoffs.

Some of her favorite music is from: Norah Jones, Linkin Park, Jack Johnson, and Michael Buble. You may not know… She loves seafood and scrapbooking!





MATTIA’S TRATTORIA PIANO BAR: A Warm Atmosphere Where Fun Takes Center Stage By Rhonda Meredith Within Mattia’s Trattoria Piano Bar’s rustic setting at 3202 Marina Bay Drive in Kemah is a celebration of Italian culture with food, drink, and live musical entertainment. Houston’s own premier multi-talented musician Daniel Rose and his “orchestra” performs each night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Rose has been playing music for over 50 years and is skilled in the art of playing the keyboards, guitar, sax, flute, conga drums, and oboe. Often he trades out these instruments in the same song! Rose adds new songs to his repertoire weekly, takes requests and features local talent on a rotating basis. "The fresh music and changing line up keeps the entertainment interesting and up-beat,” said Mattia’s Trattoria Piano Bar owner Mattia D’Errico. On most Friday and Saturday nights, the smooth croons of Phil Johnson, also widely known as the Barry White of Houston, can be heard alongside the beautiful vocals of songstress Liberty. However, you may find Liberty, who has a flair with the Latino crowd, as well as other singers and entertainers performing on additional nights as well. Other popular musicians and singers perform at Mattia’s such as singers Patty Valencia and Mickey Hobbs, Jazz saxophonist Donald Bonner, guitarist Greg Tillman, and pianist Mike McCulloch. You can even catch the band “Andy & The Dreamsicles” performing a few times each month on varying nights. Visit for the most current information.

ties among family and friends. In fact, no one who enters an Italian home should fail to receive an offering of food and drink. And it is no different at Mattia’s Trattoria Piano Bar. “Our house is your house,” said D’Errico. Mattia’s Chef Laurence Weddel prepares D’Errico’s tried and true family recipes from Naples, Italy. All of Mattia’s dishes find favor in pairing up with a selection from the restaurant’s extensive and unique wine list. The wine varieties are from different regions of Italy, California, Oregon, and Washington State selections with local and other Texas wines coming soon! “We also offer personal temperature controlled wine lockers and sell any wine at our wholesale cost with a slight corkage fee when we serve the bottle at their table,” said D’Errico. “If there is a special wine that you desire, we will order it for your occasion, with enough advance notice.” Mattia’s Trattoria Piano Bar has just started serving a variety of espresso drinks and will soon offer Italian pastries from D’Errico’s home town Gloversville, New York. This sounds good any time during the day or night! On Mondays through Wednesdays, happy hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary ballroom dance lessons are offered after happy hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Mattia’s celebrates Ladies Night on Thursdays with half off well drinks, wines & beers, margaritas and martinis.

It’s a distinctly laid back and warm atmosphere where feeling as part of the “family” and having a good time takes center stage.

Mattia’s opens earlier for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. An extended happy hour starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

In the Italian culture, food is a means for establishing and maintaining

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Who You Need To Know About • Right Now!

By Rhonda Meredith Dykes On Bykes is a Bay Area high speed rock and roll band comprised of members who have a fondness for Lone Star Beer, hot rods, motorcycles, and a passion for music. 2012 was a break out year for Dykes On Bykes as they opened up for Reverend Horton Heat during the inaugural year of Ratstock, as well as Public Image Ltd. at Scout Bar, became sponsored by Lone Star Beer, and released an album. The band was recently bestowed with the 2012 Best Punk/Hardcore/Indie Band of the Year award from the 94.5 Texas Buzz show. Deserving of the accepted award are members Matt Fuentes (guitars, vocals,) Farrell Jeppesen (guitar,) Derrick Mauk (bass,) and Brad Corona (drums.) Dykes On Bykes has been around for about five years with the current line-up having been together 2.5 years. “We started VERY small, practicing in friends' garages, and taking every opportunity to play.

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Originally, our performances were all about seeing how loud we could be and how many people we could piss off,” said drummer Brad Corona. “Swinging from rafters and setting things on fire were pretty normal. Since then, I really feel like we’ve developed our own style. Not much has changed on stage, but we take a lot of pride in our music.” The band’s unique and catchy name came about when Jeppesen and Fuentes were working on - Continued on Page 35

Cassette Tape Saturday, Jan. 12 UNION TAVERN

ENERGIZER THA DJ: KEEPING DIVERSE MUSIC LOVERS ENTERTAINED By Rhonda Meredith There is something very special about ENERGIZER THA DJ. The hardworking and talented DJ has appeared on Master of The Mix (Season 2) on BET/Centric Networks, My Sweet Sixteen on MTV, Basketball Wives of L.A. on VH1, and has opened for the certified Platinum and Gold American rapper and recording artist Lil Wayne. In fact, ENERGIZER THA DJ convinced Lil Wayne and fellow rapper Swiss Beatz to perform as he DJ’d the performance at Beyonce’s little sister Solange’s birthday party. ENERGIZER THA DJ makes multiple monthly appearances at Pier 27 Tavern on 3202 Marina Bay Drive

in South Shore Harbour. “The crowd at Pier 27 Tavern is a very diverse crowd. My first night at Pier 27, I recall playing at least six genres of music! In my craft, it has helped me appreciate a place like Pier 27 because you never know what exactly you’re going to get. The crowd loves their music! As a DJ, you couldn't ask for a better situation.... They are diverse music lovers.” The Houston native graduated from Willowridge High School in 2001 and Texas Southern University in 2005. He has been DJ’ing for eight years now. “I literally picked up the basic concepts of DJ’ing from watching and observing DJ’s through the years. I bought a pair of turntables, mixer, and vinyl - Continued on Page 46

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Guitar Strings & Sailboat Things This is a story of three musicians, a 26-foot sailboat, 300+ miles of Texas coastline, 33 concerts in 38 days during an epic adventure.

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Guitar Strings & Sailboat Things

Written by Marc Borde & Ryan Beard

Borde, Beard & Ennis

THE TOUR: Three musicians, a 26-foot sailboat, 300 miles of Texas coastline, 33 concerts in 38 days and an epic adventure to support their groundbreaking album, Guitar Strings & Sailboat Things, and promote Texas independent music, coastal communities, sailing, environmental awareness, teamwork and more.

Guitar Strings & Sailboat Things

THE ALBUM: The Guitar Strings & Sailboat Things album was recorded aboard the 26-foot Alyzarian in the heat of the Texas summer with no special effects. The album is pure acoustic music and raw vocals enhanced by the boat's natural ambiance. It’s a folk-style album with a reggae bluegrass vibe that represents the Texas coast.







This is the story of three musicians who formed a

band and recorded an album of original music inside a

26-foot sailboat before going off on a one-of-a-kind sailing

tour of the Texas Gulf Coast playing 33 shows in 38 days.

THE BOOK: The Crew share their epic adventure on the high seas with a one-of-a-kind book, available in two editions. A special, autographed and numbered Limited Edition – First Printing with the CD disk of Guitar Strings & Sailboat Things included has almost sold out. Shaped like a Scan the QRC Code vinyl record cover giving it a unique feel, the Limto view the Trailer ited Edition utilizes an aggressive layout style with visuals and QRC codes allowing readers to access bonus content (videos, photo galleries and music). A 6-by-9-inch coffee-table style Special Edition book will be released in early November in time for Christmas. Learn more at

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UPCOMING ENTERTAINMENT Thursdays in January ......................Acoustic Sets Friday, January 4 ....................................Footpie Saturday, January 5 ..........................Threadbelly Friday, January 11 ..............................DJ Adrian Saturday, January 12..........................After Party Friday, Jan.18 ........Hold Fast Bables / The Crew Saturday, Jan. 19 ............Flipside SUNDAY $2 Pints & Friday, Jan. 25 ..........Beggars, Inc $2 Bloody Marys Saturday, Jan. 26 ....Infinity's Twin


MAMA CASS Friday, February 1 ............Footpie KARAOKE; $2 Dom & $3 Import Bottles Saturday, February 2 KREWE du LAC MARDI GRAS TUESDAY DART TOURNEYS; KICKOFF PARTY featuring JABO $ 3 Wells & Shot Specials & the SOUTHSIDE PLAYBOYS

WEDNESDAY BE YOUR OWN DJ; $ 2 Dom & $ 3 Import Pints



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