San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

September 11th, 2009
Weekend: United We Sing, play football, eat catfish

The Couch will be at Tantra on Saturday night.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

Texas is one of the places in this country where seldom is heard a discouraging word about rain. As the rain softly falls and settles into the thirsty ground, Texans, in this part of the woods anyway, smile with relief.

It may be inconvenient for driving, your new silk jacket may get watermarked, there may be some mud to walk through or around, but ain’t nobody complainin’ ’bout this.

As Shakespeare put it, “There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” It’s amazing how just a little twist in our perspective shows us the good in something often thought of as inconvenient. There’s a lesson in there somewhere, but we’ll let you decide what it is.

Meanwhile, as always, music reigns (and rains) in San Marcos this weekend. There are plenty of things to do in and out of the rain this weekend. Here are just a few of them.

Friday, September 11

The San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins) offers you a free yoga class today at 5 p.m. A certified Sivananda Yoga instructor will guide you through the moves. Make sure to wear loose clothing and bring a blanket or towel to sit upon. Yoga is a good way to gain focus and relaxation at the same time.

The early gig at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) at 6 p.m. is the Bill Jerram Band. Jerram can really belt out a tune, and the band specializes in all forms of classic rock. This band is proficient and dynamic. Hearing it play live is a great way to start out a weekend.

Wake the Dead Coffee House features its popular Music for Kiddos with Andy Hartsock as it serves up coffee, music and fun. Nice combo.

It’s Scrapbooking Night in Kyle at the Ernest Kimbro Building (500 West Blanco Street) at Kyle Elementary School at 7 p.m. Pre- registration is required and the fee is $5 per participant. Tonight’s theme is “Hybrid Scrapbooking, Thinking Ahead.” Call (512) 262-3939 for more information.

Friday Night Bingo is a regular and cherished tradition at the Wimberley VFW Post (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road). The basket turns, the cards get marked and the prizes get awarded starting at 7 p.m. tonight. There are concessions sold by the lovely and charming Ladies Auxiliary as well.

The very talented Molly Hayes will be at Wake the Dead Coffee House tonight at 7 p.m. She’s got a compelling voice and sings a heartfelt and clever song. Think of a younger Jonatha Brooke with more Texas in her (and who shouldn’t have a little more Texas in ’em?)

Texas State is playing host to the CenturyTel Premier Volleyball Tournament this weekend with the Texas State, Texas A&M, Texas Southern and Hofstra women’s volleyball teams battling it out. You can see the action at Strahan Coliseum on the Texas State campus for only $5 as Texas State takes on Hofstra tonight at 7 p.m.

For high school football, you’ve got some home game choices. The San Marcos Baptist Academy Bears face the Runge Yellowjackets at 7 p.m. Or you can watch the Hays Rebels take on the Bowie Bulldogs at Bob Shelton Stadium (4298 Jack C Hays Trail) at 7:30 p.m. It’s Parents Night at Bobcat Stadium, where you can see the San Marcos Rattlers battle the Lampasas Badgers at 7:30 p.m.

The hook-laden, indie-Country rockers Honeybrowne will be making with the tunes at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight (119 Cheatham Street). The equally spirited Django Walker Band also is playing. Should be a very satisfying evening of country rock. The music starts its magic at 8 p.m.

Weldon Henson plays good old Texas swing with a modern twist. He’ll be at Riley’s tonight (8894 FM 1102) at 9 p.m. Just try to keep your feet from tappin’ when he plays. We dare ya.

At Tantra Coffeehouse (217 West Hopkins) Earle Brown will fill the coffee-flavored air with bluesy-rockification at 9 p.m. Meanwhile, out at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR2) Chasca will make with its glam rockin’, power poppin’ song stylings at 10 p.m. If you catch them both, you will feel like you went through a time warp.

Triple Crown is hosting the incredible open beats of Dusty Grin. If you dig the hip-hop rhythms and raps, you will be blown away by the solid poetry of the street that this guy lands. Joining him will be Omnii, Promise and some special guests. Should be a very interesting night. The party gets started at 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 12

This morning, Gregg-Clarke Park (1300 West Center Street) in Kyle plays host to the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competitions starting at 9 a.m. This is the NFL sanctioned event in which boys and girls ages 8-15 to compete individually against their peers in punting, passing, and placekicking skills.

At 10 a.m., the San Marcos Patriots will present “We Have Not Forgotten,” a day of celebration and remembrance at the Veramendi Park Plaza Gazebo (400 East Hopkins Street) beginning at 10 a.m. Bring a picnic and blanket to sit upon. The Patriots will provide the music and the speakers.

Guests scheduled to speak include Dr. Donna Campbell and George Morovich, both candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives 25th Congressional seat, Rodney Van Oudekerke (retired San Marcos police officer), Richard Mills (retired Michigan State Trooper), Teresa Alvelo, Laurie Bartlett, Don Crawford and Anne Angelo.

The Texas State women’s volleyball team will close out the CenturyTel Premier Tournament at Strahan Coliseum with a game against Texas A&M. Tickets are 5$ and the ball starts flying over the net at 2 p.m.

Chuck’s Wagon is a country rock band from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. We don’t think the band does a cover of the theme song from “Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo” but if it did, it would sound like pure country. The geographic distance from Texas gives the band a fresh perspective and a sharp ear for country and bluegrass. It’s hard not to like a band that, in addition to citing Randy Rogers, Garth Brooks and Johnny Cash as influences, also list folks like Pure Prairie League, Son Volt and the Supersuckers. The playing at Riley’s tonight at 8 p.m. We think you’ll be wowed by the energy and fire. Chuck’s Wagon is so hot, it could dry the state out again.

There is lot more music tonight with Van Sanchez at Wake the Dead Coffee House at 8 p.m. The legendary Monte Montgomery will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse and Sasquatch Holler, the “house” bluegrass band, will play at the Gray Horse Saloon.

The Couch is a band with wildly devoted local fans, playing at Tantra tonight at 10 p.m. You can hear why for yourself.

Triple Crown features a night of pscho-rockabilly with the shiverin’ tones of the Flametrick Subs at 10 p.m. The Harlots, appearing on the bill with them, are a delightful mix of rockabilly and the Clash.

Sunday, September 13

Start out your day with some music at Wake the Dead Coffee House where Scotty and Friends will get your blood moving at 11 a.m.. The coffee ain’t bad either.

From noon until 5 p.m., you can get a fried catfish dinner at the Manchaca Fire Hall (1310 FM 1626), peruse the silent auction and bid on a delicious baked good at the cakewalk. The event is a benefit to get some new equipment for the beloved Fire Hall. A $15 donation will get you a plate of the delicious, golden, deep-fried goodness that is catfish. It has always seemed, to us anyway, that catfish and turkeys were the creatures God made ugly and mean enough so’s you wouldn’t feel guilty eatin’ ’em.

The Heart of Texas Chorus will be united with some pretty amazing local barbershop choruses and gospel groups as they sing a free concert at Evans Auditorium today at 3 p.m. “United We Sing” is a don’t- miss event this weekend as these songbirds pay tribute to the men and women of the military and honor the memories of the victims of 9-11.

The “First Family of Hill Country Music,” the Ash Family, will blend soothing harmonies at the Cheatham Street Warehouse today from 4-7 p.m. These folks are one of the many reasons why Hays County is regarded as an extraordinary musical cornucopia.

The mics are open at Riley’s with Glenn Allan tonight at 9 p.m. They are also open at Triple Crown with Grant Ewing, Holly Aiken and Nate Hinds for guidance. If you’d rather have a little help, then head over to the Gray Horse for Island Time Karaoke. You’ve got plenty of choices for singing your little heart out.

You could stay home tonight to watch the MTV Video Music Awards as they lay the final brick in the Jackson franchise. They air, with some little fanfare, the trailer for “This Is It,”  the film of Michael Jackson practicing and performing for his last tour before his untimely demise.

The producers culled through some 100 hours of behind-the-scenes footage, so it shouldn’t be the same stuff you’ve seen ad infinitum in the days following Jackson’s death. The film will have world-wide release and a limited engagement in October.

In addition to the Jackson film, the scheduled performers include Beyonce’, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Pink, Taylor Swift and Muse. The event starts at 8 p.m., but if you miss they’ll show it again next Sunday.

And, of course, there is always Sunday Night Football.

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