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February 26th, 2010
The Weekend: Music, history and art just like downtown

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The aptly named StandOuts play at the Gray Horse Saloon on Saturday.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

One of the great things about watching the Olympics is the amazing information one learns about various sports.

Scott Hamilton explained in detail how a skater should land after a triple lutz, giving us a better appreciation of Kim Yu Na’s gold medal performance.

The foggy, icy conditions for the slalom races showed us what happens when a skier wipes out on the course. It was the agony of defeat for two skiers that time.

Shaun White, a guy born in San Diego, CA, shows us how to “feel” the snow as he zips along. Apolo Ohno demonstrates speed and determination.

We have watched hours of late night Olympic curling and, now that we’ve seen both the men’s and women’s teams, we can honestly say, “What the hay is going on in that sport?” We listened to the commentators, we watched with interest and heard the enthusiastic crowds. The broom work is fascinating. The rocks have different weights, like bowling balls do, and they slide at different speeds.

There’s a target on the ice that we think they are supposed to hit, or maybe they’re not supposed to hit it but they’re supposed to knock the other “rocks” out. Maybe. Never have we watched a sport that was more perplexing and less explained by the commentators. Maybe we should have taken that popular curling class when we were in school, if there had been one.

If we didn’t know any better, we’d say they were just making up the rules as they went along. It was more confusing than that game of flamingo croquet in Alice in Wonderland. It must be noted, that we still watched it. It was less confusing than the nightly news, anyway.

If you are confused about what to do this weekend, that we can handle. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, February 27

Certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor Tina Baumgartner will help you stretch, relax and rejuvenate for the weekend ahead at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins Street, at 5 p.m. Wear your comfy clothes and bring a blanket or towel to sit upon. Yoga says, good to do yoga, it is. Oh wait, it’s Yoda who says that. It’s still true, though.

Ricky Lugo will be at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) at 6 p.m. His band’s smooth, mellow Latin sound has won awards and gigs at impressive venues like Carlos Santana’s restaurant Maria Maria and Antone’s in Austin. Listening to Lugo is a great way to start out the weekend.

From 5-6:30 p.m. Modern Music Concert I will take place at the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus of Texas State. The concert is part of the International Joint Conference on Latin American Music and Modern Music, which is free and open to the public. No less than 16 pieces of modern music will have their world premiere at this event. For a full listing of all the music go to http://www.txstate.edu/musicconf/ for a downloadable version of the program.

Way back in the 1980s, there were some sad trends like leg warmers and fingerless gloves, but one of the most unhappy ones started in the era would have to be the ubiquitous-at-the-time “Dorf” sports video. Surely, you remember Tim Conway’s hapless, knee-high character whose videos sold in the millions? If you do not, count yourself lucky. In 2001, Conway made “Dorf da Bingo King,” explaining the game of bingo and proving that even Dorf can jump the shark, small though the leap may have been. You won’t see Dorf at the Wimberley VFW’s (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) Friday night bingo game, but you will find people having a fun time when the wheel starts spinning at 7 p.m. There is the added charm of the delightful concessions sold by the capable hands of the Ladies Auxiliary.

The Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road) hosts the musical stylings of “1940’s Radio Hour,” a tune-filled fun and poignant look at a World War II Christmas radio broadcast. The Wimberley players sing a variety of nostalgic hits in this entertaining show. Tickets are $18.

The International Joint Conference on Latin American Music and Modern Music presents the second part of its Modern Music concert staring at 8 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall on the Campus of Texas State. The program features a half dozen world premieres of modern music pieces. This is an extraordinary gift to be able to see this kind of musicianship free of charge.

If your kind of modern music wears a cowboy hat and plays a pedal steel guitar, then you should head over to Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) and hear the classic country stylings of Horse Opera playing tonight at 8:30 p.m.

In a great weekend of music, the Cheatham Street Warehouse always manages to shine, and shine they do, hosting the critically acclaimed Band Of Heathens tonight at 9 p.m. Band of Heathens has received a lot of justifiable buzzword popularity since appearing on Austin City Limits last year on the same program as Elvis Costello. The always-lively Dr. G and the Mudcats open.

Jesse Felder’s voice drives the soulful sound of the Austin-based Bus to Brooklyn, appearing at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12). His vocals are a cross between Eddie Vedder and Charlie Post, and the music is strong and solid. While that may seem like high praise, the band lives up to it. If you have never heard of the band, you are in for a very pleasant surprise when you hear it tonight.

The word “fluff” has a rich rock and roll history. Fluf is a band out of San Diego that had more than a few fans back in the 90s. A Fluffer-nutter is a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich reputedly eaten by Elvis on occasion. Glenn Tilbrook (formerly of the Squeeze) now plays with a band called the Fluffers. Put all that together, and you almost get a picture of Fluffers Union, who will play at Triple Crown tonight. The band is cheeky and proficient. Also on the bill is Wailing Walls, which sort of occupy the same space as the Fluffers, and Austin alterna-songbird Clay Nightingale. Great night, as usual, at Triple Crown.

Saturday, February 28

You’ll want to get up pretty early if you want to get the good stuff at the church-wide garage sale at San Marcos First Baptist Church when the doors open at 7 a.m. You can skip breakfast, though, and pick up a breakfast taco sold by the youth program. All proceeds go to fund youth camps. The action will be over by noon, so go early.

Topher Sipes and Kellen Stanley have their remarkable artwork displayed at Jo on the Go (312 University Drive) for a few precious last days. The exhibit ends on the last day of Feb., so go get a cup of coffee and enjoy the artwork before it’s too late. Jo on the Go is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

The third modern music concert at the International Joint Conference on Latin American Music and Modern Music takes place at Texas State today in the Music Building Recital Hall from  2-3:30 p.m. Yet another five world premiere pieces will be featured in addition to recent modern pieces that are sure to intrigue the music lover.

At 8 p.m., finishing off the conference, Evans Auditorium will host the internationally acclaimed Salsa del Rio for a free concert. Winners of a 2006 Downbeat Magazine award for best rock, pop or blues album for its release “Lloraras y lloraras,” this Texas State ensemble from the School of Music will delight the lucky attendees. Again, what a musical blessing to have this great music so readily available to us.

For a full program of events visit  http://www.txstate.edu/musicconf/ or drop by Music Building and pick up a copy.

The Wimberley Players will charm audiences with standard classic tunes like “Blue Moon” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” as they present the musical, “1940’s Radio Hour” tonight at 8 p.m. It is a touching and nostalgic look back at the music, joys and worries of the WWII era.

Riley’s Tavern will feature Andrea Marie and the Magnolia Band. If you like steel pedal guitar, mandolin and a classic country sound, you should not miss this gig. Andrea Marie has a voice tinged with heartache in just the right match for the music. The band is also not afraid to rock.

My, my, look at this. In a day full of classic modern musical compositions and lectures at Texas State, some of it just boils down to a palpable unalloyed pleasure in music. If you want to see and hear that in action, then you’re lookin’ at Ponty Bone. For more than 40 years, Ponty has been integral to Texas music and all things Zydeco. He has introduced many of us to the sounds of the bajo sexto and has played on the same stage with everyone from the Clash to Flaco Jimenez. The man takes a squeeze box and turns it into a singing star. He’ll be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight, and we daresay you’ll see more than a few music conference participants attending.

The StandOuts are, actually, what they claim to be. They stand out as a band with their infectious funky pop sounds. The addition of a horn section has kicked these guys into the stratosphere. They will be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight, and they are a don’t miss for your late night listening pleasure.

Triple Crown features its triple threat Saturday, once again with the popular local musical heroes, the Couch, CactusRash, Blind Pets. It’s a gig that will clear out the cobwebs with bluesy rock and good vibes.

Sunday, February 28

Today the Hays County CROP Hunger Walk starts out at the Price Seniors Center (222 West San Antonio) at 1:30 p.m. Part of the funds raised will go to the Hays County Food Bank, always a good cause. It’s a 1.5-mile walk so it’s not too taxing for most. Call Kate Shaw at the food bank to register at (512) 392-8300.

The Wimberley Players’ matinee of “1940s Radio Hour” begins at 2:30 p.m. The nostalgic musical takes a fun and poignant look at the war years, recreating a World War II Christmas radio broadcast. The Wimberley Playhouse will be a jumpin’ joint.

Longtime resident Ollie Giles is the subject of the current Hays County Historical Commission’s “Voices of Hays County” video series. A member of the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame, Giles has spent 50 years here living, working and raising children and consciousness on a variety of issues. At 4 p.m., a screening of Giles’ “Voices” video will begin at Jackson Chapel (524 Centre Street). The event is open to the public and free of charge. Everyone who knows her can tell you she is cheese and crackers with no mustard, i.e., she speaks it true.

Cheatham Street Warehouse features a Sunday afternoon concert with the Samantha Finlay Band from 4-8 p.m. Finlay’s voice is beguiling and it’s hard thinking of a better way to spend an afternoon than listening to her band.

The work week looms, sorry to remind you, and if you long to break out of that day job and into the wonderful world of pop stardom, you need an act. You can practice it at the open mics tonight at Riley’s and the Triple Crown. What they can’t help you with is the eventual disappointment you will have with the music “business” and the fickle nature of pop culture. You could decide to just sing a bit of karaoke at the Gray Horse Saloon. It’s all the benefit of singing in public without the worldwide humiliation.

Tonight, the closing ceremonies for the Olympics are on NBC. If you want to spend the entire night in front of the set, you can see Charlton Heston race chariots with Stephen Boyd as TCM presents all four hours of the epic Ben Hur starting at 7 p.m. It will be letterboxed, so you’ll actually get to see all the horses on the track at once. You could spend an hour less with Liza Minelli in her career-making role in Cabaret on Ovation. If all this sound exactly like what we said last weekend, well, it is. Our “doof” gene kicked in and we wrote the wrong week’s schedule. We got it right this time though.

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0 thoughts on “The Weekend: Music, history and art just like downtown

  1. Good music is at many of the downtown establishments and one that was missed is at the Getaway Saturday evening – the Red Rooster Review (named best band in Hays County) plays some blues and soul with a few rock songs inserted. It is a band relatively new to the scene but already has a good following and has been playing here in San Marcos, New Braunfels with scheduled appearances in San Antonio later. Some of you bikers might remember them for the Tuesday night band at Pluckers last summer. Getaway is not a big place yet on the local music scene but it is getting to be a good spot for some great local music.

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