Craig Xen and CJ Ramone
Hip-hop artist Craig Xen‘s zen comes from when he’s in the zone performing. He’ll be at House of Rock on Friday with Mateo Sun and Blake. Doors are at 7 p.m. Xen carries on the tradition of Houston hip-hop while blazing his own trail. He grew up around the scene — his uncle produced some of the Geto Boys — and he was influenced by DJ Screw and Scarface. The positivity of Lil B and the energy of Eminem also greatly influenced Xen. Blake, a San Antonio hip-hop artist, collaborates with Mateo Sun, an R&B singer-songwriter originally from Cincinnati.
CJ Ramone proudly keeps the spirit and legacy of the Ramones going while forging his own legacy. CJ Ramone will be joined by Noah and the Beyonders (music by Corpus local Noah Drumright of Right Turn Clyde, with help from members of Sweet Daddy and more), The Reely Rotnz (addictive power pop Rotn Roll) and Drastic Actions for the Go Skate Day After Party on Saturday at House of Rock. Doors are at 8 p.m. CJ Ramone debuted with Ramones in 1989 and played with the group until their retirement in 1996. He was the youngest member by nine years and is credited by band members with infusing the group with youth and keeping it going. Prior to the Ramones he was in Guitar Pete’s Axe Attack. He was in a group Los Gusanos while in the Ramones and formed Bad Chopper afterward. He also played in the Ramainz, a Ramones tribute band formed by Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone and Dee Dee’s wife Barbara Zampini. As a solo artist, he has released two solo albums, “Reconquista” and “Last Chance to Dance.” Joining him are Steve Soto and Dan Root from the Adolescents and Pete Sosa from the Street Dogs on drums. They’ll be playing songs from both solo albums of course, a few of your favorite Ramones songs.