I saw Beat Root Revival yesterday at Gruene Hall, and recommend checking them out. The free show was scheduled for 1-5, but crews were already setting up for LeAnn Rimes’ sold-out, expensive show later in the day (doors at 8). My brother is in a wheelchair, and at roughly 3:45, he was asked to move by the crew setting up the night show. So, we left early. I usually watch shows with my brother, so I doubt we’ll want to go back there for some time. Otherwise, we probably would’ve gone next Sunday afternoon to see Joey McGee (Americana) and LaVelle White (blues). Miss La-Vell turns 89 this year !
Anyway, back to Beat Root. The talented folk duo has three albums out already, and also played some songs from their next album. The guy is from London, and we saw him weeks ago playing guitar to back up traditional country singer Teri Joyce (who was a presenter at Ameripolitan Awards), and the lady is from Belfast. She played four instruments (guitar, flute, tin whistle, and her main instrument, the bodhrán). They’re opening for Hal Ketchum next week and recording a music video at that show.
Today, I plan to see Manzy Lowry with special guest Dallas Moore at Kent Black’s BBQ in San Marcos. Dallas is celebrating his new CD (street date 3/2), and one of the new songs includes a reference to BBQ in San Marcos. Dallas was a presenter at Ameripolitan Awards. Manzy Lowry is based in San Marcos, and I’m curious to learn if and when he has new music on the way. Kent Black’s has been an outstanding venue for us.
I have no firm plans for other concerts or festivals. There are quality shows at “standing room only” venues that simply don’t fit our situation. We also had a negative experience at One World Theatre in Austin a few years back. Various workers there moved us back and forth during a concert, because some ass kept complaining that he couldn’t see past the wheelchair guy. So, one staff member put us one place. Another staff member angrily moved us. Another moved us where the first one had us. One of the earlier ones moved us back. Each one treated us like we were doing something wrong, when all we did was to go where we were told to go. I simply kept quiet, because I knew my brother especially wanted to see that show (The Chieftains), and I didn’t want to take away from his experience.
Mike and the Moonpies are playing a free in-store at Waterloo Records in Austin Wednesday, so if I can get free, I’d like to get to that.
I’m hoping to go to some of the free, “unofficial” showcases at SXSW in March. Although I wasn’t living in Texas yet, I did visit my brother for a few days, so I got to see four outstanding days of free music in Austin. My brother was able to go with me to Threadgill’s for two of the days, and it was a really good venue for him with tons of music (The Railhouse Band, The Jibs, Chris Fullerton, Robyn Ludwick, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, Whitney Rose, Band of Heathens, Michigan Rattlers, Sunny Sweeney, Shinyribs Kinky Friedman, James McMurtry, and Ray Wylie Hubbard). I’m going by memory, so I’m sorry if any skipped my mind. My brother had to work the other two days, so I also did the Thirty Tigers showcase at Yeti HQ (Colter Wall, Whitney Rose, Jason Eady, Blank Range, and Steel Woods), and the Lucy’s Chicken showcase (Jon Langford, Brandy Zdan, Kelley Mickwee, Jesse Dayton, Jason Eady, Ray Wylie Hubbard). Yes, all of that was free, and that was just four days that I happened to be in Texas to attend. There was more stuff for another whole week. I didn’t get to go to the Garth Brooks deal, because even though that was also free, you had to have a ticket, and it was first come, first serve, and I didn’t make the cut.