I've been a fan of Jimmie Vaughn for nearly 30 years. And if you've never heard the early '80s blues rave-up albums he recorded for A&M with his fellow Texans, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, then you're missing out on some terrific party music.

Vaughn hits The State Room on Tuesday night with Tilt-A-Whirl, which has been his ongoing musical project for several years since he and the T-Birds parted ways. And while he plays a completely different style of blues than his more famous, departed younger brother, Stevie Ray, Jimmie is a terrific bluesman in his own right and has taste, tone and chops for days. This is a chance to see a legendary Texas guitarist in an up-close setting. Tickets are still available.

And over at The Complex, you can jam out Monday night with '90s hair rockers Mr. Big. They're touring behind their latest album, "What If ...", which a buddy of mine tells me is really good. Go figure. And with chops monsters Paul G