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August 14th, 2009
Music reigns and rains (if only)

Buster Jiggs will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse on Saturday.

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San Marcos is a town that is one in a million for a lot of reasons. The town square is vital with small businesses and happy pedestrians. The river is a beautiful marvel of nature. The citizens are engaged in the business of being good citizens and neighbors. The college students coming back into town for the fall add a vitality and enthusiasm for life. In other words, this joint is jumpin’.

One of the greatest things about San Marcos is the music. Music is as important to the human spirit as air is to breathing. We are loaded with that spirit enhancing substance.

This weekend, whatever venue you choose, you are going to see some exceptional talent. Whether you see Buster Jiggs and Javi Garcia and the Cold Cold Ground at the Cheatham Street on Saturday, or you spend your time at Tantra listening to Cosmic Jaguar, or you hear the Native American rhythms at the Activity Center, you are going to experience some great music.

The list this weekend does not have even one mediocre choice at any venue. How many cities can say that? So this weekend, go out and see the live music of your choice. Your spirit can use the lift, and you’ll gain a new appreciation of our beloved town.

Of course, there’s much more than music this weekend. Here are a few examples.

Friday, August 14

The weekend kicks off with the multi-faceted RC Banks at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) at 6 p.m. Banks has been around the musical block, and he brings all his experience from the Danglin’ Wranglers to zydeco to country blues to his current music. You’ll never regret seeing him live, but you’ll live to regret it if you don’t.

Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 RR 12) offers two musical delights tonight. At 6 p.m., you can hear Children’s Music with Andy Hartsock. Stay a bit longer and take in the folkways sounds of Molly Hayes at 8 p.m.

Bingo! Bingo! Bingo! The cage starts turning for Friday Night Bingo at the Wimberley VFW Post (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) at 6:30 p.m. There are prizes galore and concessions sold by the fine women of the Ladies Auxiliary.

It’s Scrapbooking Night at the Ernest Kimbro Building at Kyle Elementary School (500 West Blanco Street in Kyle). The cutting and pasting begins at 7 p.m. Pre-registration is required, so if you didn’t sign up for tonight’s adventure with altered clipboards, be sure to call ahead at (512) 262-3939. The fee for use of the space, scrapbook tools and assistance is $5. You are required to bring your own materials and photos.

The weather has blessedly cooled off, and it might be a good night to watch a movie out in the more comfortable evening weather. Kyle’s Gregg-Clarke Park (1180 West Center Street) will feature a screening of the new “Journey to the Center of the Earth” in 3D. The movie starts 30 minutes after sunset. Bring a blanket to sit upon, some popcorn and a light sweater, just in case it gets chilly.

It’s a good weekend to enjoy the Wimberley Players in “Stop the World I Want To Get Off” at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road). The heart-stopping music and world-stopping action begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) features a real Texas throw-down with two mighty popular bands, Big John Mills and Texas Road Dawgs and Dr. G. and the Mudcats. Pickin’, grinnin’, singin’ and zingin’ await at your delight there starting at 9 p.m.

Tantra Coffeehouse (217 West Hopkins Street) features the sparkling and spirited tones of Carrie Ann and the Apocalyptics. Carrie Ann Buchanan has one of the prettiest voices you will ever hear. She can belt ’em out and she can beguile you with sweet tones. You don’t want to miss her. The music starts cookin’ at 9 p.m.

If you’ve a mind to do a little two-steppin’ tonight, you will be charmed by Miss Leslie and Her Juke Jointers at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102). Not only do they swing the country blues, but Miss Leslie will remind you of all the country greats you’ve only heard on YouTube. She has the depth of Loretta and Dolly, a soupcon of Jeannie C. and a whole lot of Patsy in her. The band is a country-flavored treat.

Triple Crown features a triple bill of refreshingly eclectic artists starting out with the punk lounge tango of Mr. Lewis & The Funeral Five. They are a piquant twist of grapefruit on the cocktail of music. The Dimestore Troubadours, appearing with them, are a delicious mix of ’20s jangle and jive and Rob Zombie-esque darkness. Rounding out the bill is the ever-amazing Teddy and Marge. If you had to pick an ensemble to go with this show, we would say break out that Zoot suit, dye your hair green and paint your nails black. Then you’ll be ready for anything.

Saturday, August 15

It’s Gruene Market Days in the Gruene Historic District today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearly 100 vendors offer crafts, art, collectibles and Texas hot sauces, nuts and honey. There’s an ATM on site, just in case you can’t resist the charms of turned wood or unique jewelry.

If you have kids in high school you’ll want to take note that the San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street) is holding its free ACT/SAT prep class today from 1-5 p.m. Almost every student could profit from learning testing strategies. Anything that gives your child a competitive edge when looking for a college is a great service.

The San Marcos Activity Center (501 East Hopkins Street) will host the Eagle and Condor: Powwow and Aztec Dance and Dialog from 2-5 p.m. today. The event focuses on a prophecy that is present in many Native American Traditions.

The Eagle of the North and the Condor of the South speak of reuniting these different cultures and bringing the world into balance. There will be dancing, song, poetry and a panel discussion.

After the discussion will be a reception with samples of Native American food. The photo-ops abound for taking pictures with all the dancers. Should be a fascinating afternoon.

If you missed Carrie Ann and the Apocalyptics last night at Tantra, fear not. They will be at Wake the Dead this evening at 7 p.m. They will amaze you.

Tonight at 8 p.m., you can still see the production of the Wimberley Players halting the earth in “Stop the World I Want to Get Off.” Listening to the music and the play is a lovely way to spend an evening.

Cosmic Jaguar, a talented husband and wife duo with more than just a bit of Mayan vibrations, will appear at Tantra Coffeehouse tonight. Their distinctive electronica feels as though it is balancing out the earth as you hear it. They can tell you why. You’ll enjoy chatting with them. They start at 8:30 p.m.

Tonight finds the Cheatham Street Warehouse offering the inimitable Buster Jiggs and Javi Garcia and the Cold Cold Ground. Both bands are so good you’ll feel like you’ve seen a flash of future stars fully made. Buster Jiggs gets our vote for catchy song lyrics, especially on tunes like “Duct Tape.” Javi Garcia is the most unique and stirring mix of rock blasted with country that is or was.

Luke Adair and Blue Farm Show can lilt and twang with the best of them, and they do it all with dazzling proficiency. They make you feel like you are listening to your grandpa’s favorite country/bluegrass radio station while riding a rocket to the moon. They’ve got it all and they’re at Riley’s tonight at 9 p.m.

Portland’s Hairspray Blues tops the bill tonight at Triple Crown. The band is composed of garage rockin’, semi-punky experimentalists who will rock your socks off. You can avoid this by not wearing socks, but we’re not sure that’s a good idea as you can safely lose your socks and still enjoy the music. They are joined by The Jocks and Molly & the Hatchets.

Sunday, August 16

Gruene Market Days continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The weather is cooling off a bit and it might be a nice day to spend outdoors perusing the many wares.

You could start your day out with a good cup of Joe and a little music. Wake the Dead has got you covered with Day Jazz with Scotty, Ike and Josh from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nice way to start out a day, we think.

At 2:30 today, the Wimberley players present a matinee performance of “Stop the World I Want to Get Off.” Tickets are $15. You can buy them online at ( or call (512) 847-0575.

The Tom Teboe Band will make with the dance music at the Geronimo VFW (6808 North Highway 123) Sunday Dance in beautiful downtown Geronimo. Rumor has it that the lead singer is a hunky New Braunfels fireman. Whoo-hoo! The dancing is from 3-6 p.m., but the hall and the kitchen open at 2 p.m., so you get a snack first before you tear up the floor.

Tense? Cranky? Shoulders tight? Bob Steine can make you feel better with a chair massage at Wake the Dead today. He’ll work his magic from 4-7 p.m.

It’s open mic night at Triple Crown and Riley’s so now’s the time to hone your skills without having to pay the bills with them.

It’s Elvis Day on TCM today. He’ll swivel those hips, curl his lip and make girls swoon all day. Tonight’s features are “It Happened At The World’s Fair” at 7 p.m. and “King Creole” at 9 p.m. “It Happened at the World’s Fair” features a very young Kurt Russell kicking the king in shins. “King Creole” is classic stuff.

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0 thoughts on “Music reigns and rains (if only)

  1. I agree that San Marcos is a great venue for music with many clubs and eating establishments providing music. I have to brag that at Cancun Rob’s this Saturday night my son (Kings, Queens and Lovers) plays from 9 – 11. This is a group of teen agers that formed a band in high school and have become very good. If you like the blues sound then they are for you. They play at Pluckers on the first and second Tuesday of the month and are a headline band in Waco for a Fall Festival in September. The nice thing about playing at Rob’s is that you never know how it will finish. Last Friday they played there and Wilson joined in with a harmonica, Juliana came on stage and sang some really great blues melodies and for the last number George (plays guitar for Hal Ketchem) were all on stage for a great jam session. Check it out and support the music scene in San Marcos

  2. A word about Tom Teboe, although he’s a nice looking fireman, what you folks need to do is go hear his fine voice and great traditional country tunes. Excellent dance music, for folks that love to do that,as I do. Totally entertaining a must to go to.

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