The Lucky Tomblin Band will be at Cheatham Street Warehouse for BIGFest on Saturday night.
By HAP MANSFIELD
It’s that time of year when a quiescently frozen treat, i.e., a popsicle, is an essential part of life. The somewhat alarming term, “quiescently frozen” which adorns frozen ice pops, just means that they are frozen without churning the way ice cream must be frozen.
Our mother always made those loaded-with-white-sugar frozen Kool-Aid pops in paper cups because she thought they were somehow better for you. Of course, our favorite flavors were pops you could not make. Our brother liked root beer frozen ice pops. We liked the banana flavored ones. Mom always bought the root beer pops. After all these years, we’re still a little miffed about that. According to the Popsicle website, cherry is the most popular flavor.
Whatever the flavor, that icy sweetness on the tongue in the middle of summer seems like some sort of sweet and happy miracle. They always make you feel like a kid.
We think the reason they resonate so strongly is that they were actually invented in the early 1900s by an eleven-year old kid. You can make cool, rickety stuff with the sticks, too.
But the banana ones are the best. Just sayin’.
Speaking of treats, this weekend is filled with musical treats and more. Here are just a few suggestions for your weekend enjoyment.
Friday, June 25
A San Marcos favorite, Mark Jungers, starts out the weekend’s music at 6 p.m. tonight at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street). Jungers started out life as a farm boy who helped carry on the family farm after the early death of his father. There’s a lot of no-nonsense grit in Jungers that seems to stem from his early life and colors his music with a rich Americana paintbrush.
It’s the start of BIGFest, the annual Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) event that brings a cornucopia of musicians from across the state together in support of the non-profit Cheatham Street Music Foundation. Tonight’s talent includes Court Nance, Jason “Baby Face” Bednorz, Zac Barfield, Pake Rossi, Jon Brewer, Tony Taylor, Ben Danaher, Javi Garcia, James Pardo, Jimmy Permenter, Victor Holk, Dewey Wayne, Nathan Daniel, Tres Womack and The Chubby Knuckle Choir, Kyle Wayne Kutscher Band, Ben Morris & The Great American Boxcar Chorus, and Midnight River Choir. Not too shabby for ten bucks, eh? It’s worth noting that all the bands listed for the weekend have donated their time and talent to this festival.
WikiHow, the online how-to manual written by volunteer contributors, has a plethora of interesting and frivolous things one is instructed on how to do. One of the funniest, we think, is how to play Bulls**t Bingo. It’s a game to be played at boring businesses meetings where players make up a “bingo” card full of business cliches and mark them as they are being said in the meeting. Example phrases might be “grow the business,” “ramp up our efforts,” “think outside the box,” “at the end of the day” and “paradigm”. Obviously one does not tell one’s boss that the game is being played by yelling “Bingo!” The subsequent explanation for it might get you fired. It’s probably a lot safer to play actual bingo tonight at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road), and the prizes are far better. Nicer, still, are the snacks sold by the lovely women of the Ladies Auxiliary. The cage turns at 7 p.m.
Buda’s Parks and Recreation Department presents free concerts and movies held in City Park on Main Street in the heart of downtown Buda on Friday nights. Tonight, it’s a concert featuring Curtis Grimes and Aaron Navarro. Grimes is an Upshur County native who got both academic and baseball scholarships to Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. He ended up at Texas State and got caught in the magic of the area. His voice and music are exceptionally good, and he plays a very tasty country sound. Austin native Narvarro’s band is classic new country fare that will delight the listener. Great free concert.
The gritty voiced Houston native Bonnie Bishop has been making waves in country music ever since she came on the scene with her first full length album, “Long Way Home,” in 2004. She has been praised by everyone from Walt Wilkins to Ray Wylie Hubbard. She’ll be a Gruene Hall tonight with Adam Hood. Tickets are $8 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Peewee Moore’s country sound has a tinge of the sorrows of the Appalachians and the locomotive steam power of his native area of Chattanooga,TN. He plays a spirited brand of road house honky-tonk, too. He’ll be a Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight. If he plays the extraordinary “Nickajack Dam,” you’ll be branded with it for life.
Okay, you say, enough with the country music. This is San Marcos, where music comes in all genres. So, there are two other excellent choices for your listening pleasure.
The Archibalds’ songs are so catchy and sincere. You’ll be charmed by this Austin-based indie-rock band. They are joined by the purveyors of remarkably delicious pop-rock tunes, Gleeson. Also on the bill is Wild Wild Life, whose music is a bit more starry-eyed and psychadelic. All in all, a really great lineup.
At the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12), the Olive Street Band will be joined by Achachay. We can’t put a finger on exactly why, but Achachy reminds us a little of the Minute Men. They aren’t punks, they don’t race through songs, so it must be the fact that they are a trio with an intense and sincere delivery. If D. Boone had grown up a lot more funky, maybe he’d have started Achachay. The band’s funk, by the way, is almost luxurious.
Saturday, June 26
We’ve often said that what this town needs is a good Bunny Hop contest. Okay, we’ve never said it, but it would be fun and there is one at Market on the Square at noon today. Market on the Square, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Marcos courthouse square, is featuring Bike Day, encouraging folks to use the ultimate source of renewable energy — themselves.
Included in the day are bike workshops and bike tune-ups, in addition to the loads of fresh produce. Music, provided by Tantra Coffeehouse, will feature Ben Patterson, Adam Moss, Ryan McGillicuddy and Grace Parker. There will be free bike stuff from sponsor Al’s Freewheelin’, and bike experts from sponsor The Hub, too. Other sponsors include Texas Heat Custom Screenprinting and the San Marcos Community Bike Project. The Saturday market is presented by the San Marcos Main Street Program and the San Marcos Farmers Market Association. Oh. And it’s really fun for all ages.
All those years of throwing a Frisbee in college when you should have been studying will not go for naught. You could have what it takes to be a disc golfer. Steeplechase Park (1300 Lehman Road) in Kyle is home to an 18-hole double tee-box disc golf course designed by two-time world disc golf champion John Houck. The course also features a driving range and practice holes for disc golfers. This weekend, it will host the Heart of Texas (HOT) third annual Kyle Open Disc Golf Tournament. The tourney starts at 9:30 a.m. Go out to observe the pros in action before you make it your career choice.
The Wimberley Veterinary Clinic (12605 RR 12) is holding a “Bathing for Bucks” fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit Wimberley Adoption Group (WAG) Rescue. Bring your canine pal in for a well-deserved bath to keep him smelling sweet while helping a fine non-profit dog rescue organization. The cost is $15 for small dogs and $20 for large dogs. You and your dog will love it.
BIGFest will start up at noon today. An all-day ticket is a mere $15. The lineup for today includes Missoula Slim, Aaron Allan, Tony Wilson, Gary Lovelady, Hunter McKithan, Heath Webb, The Hogg Maulies, Aaron Einhouse Band, BettySoo, Ashley Nicole Monical, Jessica Shepherd, Sam Riggs Band, Richard Bowden, Jimmy Baldwin, Floyd Tolston, Grant Ewing, Sterling Finlay, Samantha Finlay, Lincoln Durham, Jorge Rodriguez Band, The McKay Brothers, Doctor G. & The Mudcats and the Lucky Tomblin Band. Check at www.cheathamstreetfoundation.org. for specific times.
Veterans of the infamous Heybale!, Gary Claxton, Erik Hokkanen and Friends, will be at Gruene Hall today at 1 p.m. There’s no cover for the gig, and it is certainly worth one.
At the San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street), Dr. Mario Garza will give a lecture “Untold Truths” from 1-4 p.m. According to the Indigenous Cultures Institute, many people who identify themselves as Latino, Mexican or Hispanic are actually of Coahuiltecan ancestry. Garza will discuss social and historical factors that influenced Hispanics to reject their Native American heritage and embrace the Spanish-European identity. However, regardless of your ancestry, the lecture should prove interesting, due to Dr. Garza’s knowledge of the subject matter.
Have you ever had fantasies of the Palacios Nazaries at the Alahambra, living like a sultan surrounded by bejeweled dancers and good food? The closest thing you may find to that dream is the Sultan’s Feast-Dinner and bellydance show hosted by the San Marcos Activity Center (501 East Hopkins Street). The event is presented by Midnight Breeze Dance company and will feature a Middle Eastern meal served as you watch the two-hour show. You’ll feel like a sultan but don’t ask your sultana (wife/girlfriend) to peel you a grape. That would be carrying the fantasy a bit too far. Tickets are $14 at the door.
Bo Porter will be at Riley’s Tavern tonight at 9 p.m., and he plays the jumpingest honky-tonk with which you’ll ever want to cut a rug. For those of you who know we aren’t talking about the carpeting industry, get yourself out there for a little happy terpsichorean fun.
Arizona’s Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers wrote the 2007 Arizona Diamondback’s theme song “D’backs Swing” and we are always prejudiced in favor of baseball. Roger also has his own brand of tequila, Mexican Moonshine. The band’s brand of rocking pop is a mighty smooth and intoxicating blend, too. They’ll be at Gruene Hall tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Wear your hemp sandals and keep your drinking to papaya juice at the all-organic Triple Crown gig tonight. It’s not a naturopathic event, it’s just that the bands both sport the word as the Organics and Organic Think Machine hit the stage tonight. The Organics are a tad more experimental with a metal Ska groove. Organic Think Machine has band members who play the harmonica and the baritone sax for an unusually quirky rock pop. You’ll love the mix. Their song “Cement and Plastic” has been on constant play for us all week.
The StandOuts, as we have said many times, are more than aptly named. They bring a big funky rock sound to the Gray Horse Saloon at 9:30 p.m.. They are an understandably big hit with the crowd.
Sunday, June 27
The HOT disc golf tournament continues this morning in Steeplechase Park in Kyle at 9:30 a.m. While disc golf may not be everyone’s cup of Gatorade, it is making big gains in popularity all around the country. Might be fun to go have a look-see.
BIGFEST closes in on its final day today. Tickets are only $15 for a full day of awesome music, and the proceeds go to the Cheatham Street Music Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of Texas music. Today’s music starts at 1 p.m. and includes the talents of the one and only Kent Finlay, Mike Ethan Messick, a Big John Mills acoustic set, Paul Eason, Brennan Leigh, Jordan Minor, Walt Wilkins, Shad Blair, Clay McClinton, Ty Dietz, George Ensle, Matt Harlan, Brian Kalinec, Tim Henderson, Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus, the inimitable Redd Volkaert, Texas Renegade, John Arthur Martinez, Zack Walther and The Cronkites, Big John Mills and The Texas Road Dawgs, and the Josh Abbott Band. Wow.
You will not believe how incredibly talented Austin’s Fireants are. We are astounded that musicians so accomplished, with a true feel for gypsy/americana/bluegrass, are all still in their teens. You’ll be knocked out by their proficiency if you see them this afternoon at Gruene Hall. No cover.
If you’d care to take a spin around the dance floor, you couldn’t do much better than the Sunday afternoon dance at the Geronimo VFW (6808 SH 123) in beautiful downtown Geronimo. The kitchen opens at 1:30 p.m., if you’d like a homemade sandwich before dancing to the classic country sounds of the Tim Teboe band from 3- 6:30 p.m. A $7 donation at the door goes towards the Auxiliary’s veterans programs.
The Zydeco squeezebox master Ponty Bone will be at Gruene Hall tonight. There’s not much that can set your week on a positive note like Ponty Bone. No cover tonight, either. The music starts up at 5 p.m.
If you’ve heard even half of the good music that poured out of this area this weekend, you may be saying, “Sure, these people are good but when is it my turn to sing?” Well, how about tonight? The mics are open at Riley’s and Triple Crown, and there’s karaoke at the Gray Horse Saloon. Now get up there, if you dare, and sing.
CBS will air the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at 8 p.m., when people you don’t know will win awards for shows you don’t have the time to watch anymore. ABC Family presents, starting at 7 p.m., dueling Willie Wonka pictures with first the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton version, and then the Gene Wilder one.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) features what may be the strangest musical movie ever made, “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” The story of a mad piano teacher enslaving 500 boys to play a enormous piano is the only movie written by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess), who wrote both the screenplay and the lyrics. It may be a little scary for children (it was for us, anyway) but it’s always fun to see Hans Conried.
A popsicle might be good right now, too.