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September 3rd, 2010
The Weekend: A last breath of the summer


Legendary guitar guru Monte Montgomery will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse on Saturday.

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The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882, but it really took hold after following the deaths of a number of workers perpetrated by the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike of 1894. President Grover Cleveland helped rush legislation through to make it a national holiday to convince labor in this country that the government was for them.

Now, of course, many laborers work through Labor Day. Clerks are a particularly obvious example.

The original plans for Labor Day suggested a street parade followed by a festival for workers.

Most of us get the day off. But we sure wish there were a parade and a big festival.

There are plenty of festive things to do this weekend, including a couple of festivals. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, September 3

The Weekend starts off with Bill Jerram at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) tonight at 6 p.m. Jerram’s classic rock stylings are a great way to usher in the three-day weekend.

It sure would certainly make life easier if it had a scorecard to mark off accomplishments and win prizes. Life isn’t a game though, so a scorecard of any kind would be sort of pointless. If you long for a scorecard, how about a rousing game of bingo with great prizes? Head on down to the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) for a great bingo game that’s lots of fun. Better still are the tasty snacks sold by the fine women of the Ladies Auxiliary. Proceeds benefit their veterans programs. So, score one for you for helping out.

It’s a high school football smorgasbord tonight with a variety of games. Hays will battle Anderson at Bob Shelton Stadium at 7:30 p.m. San Marcos Academy will square up at home against San Antonio Brooks Academy. The Wimberley Texans play at home versus Dripping Springs. Lehman will play tonight away at San Antonio Edison, if you’d like a drive with your football game.

At 7 p.m., the Texas State women’s soccer team plays the University of California Riverside at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

At 8:15 p.m. barring rain, Gregg-Clarke Park (1300 West Center Street in Kyle) will host the movie Astro Boy. The animated feature stars the voices of Nicholas Cage and Donald Sutherland. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket and some snacks and enjoy the fading summer’s night.

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again — there is no band quite like Chasca, appearing tonight at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) at 8 p.m. The band is an experience, and you’ll dig the music and the theater that they managed to combine in each riveting show. There’s no cover at the Gray Horse tonight, so buy a drink and tip your bartender.

The always entertaining Luke Wilson will play his bluesy country tonight at Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels). He can really write a moving song. The real surprise of the gig may be Andrew Anderson, who opens. Anderson has a real feel for country and bluegrass that belies his Idaho nativity. He plays with a vigor that will astound you. Tickets are $6, and this show is worth every penny of it.

Triple Crown regular Scott Biram will raise more than a little dust tonight there at 9 p.m. He’s a one man wrecking crew who plays in a passionate flurry of guitar frenzy and gut-wrenching vocals. He’s the Charles Bukowski of Texas music.

We pity the music fan who has to make up her mind about what to see tonight. But the Cheatham Street Warehouse is really bringing it tonight with two blockbuster locals whom you should get to know soon, if you aren’t fans already. The extraordinary Jordan Minor is an excellent songwriter and guitarist who will wow you with his finesses and beautifully worded songs. He’s got a great voice to go along with them. On the bill with Minor is the explosive Javi Garcia and the Cold Cold Ground. Garcia’s got a voice that melts metal with its raw power. The band is a powder keg, always ready to explode. Awesome show.

Saturday, September 4

Get up with the sun today to be at Wimberley Market Days ( Lions Park), which gets going at 7 a.m. It’s the oldest outdoor market in the Hill Country and the second largest such market in the state. With more than 475 booths full of food, antiques, hand made items, and a variety of et ceteras, you’ll not be bored as you perambulate around the market. Music, food and fun for all ages. Admission is free. Parking is $3 and well worth it.

It’s also Kyle Market Days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in City Square Park (between Center Street, Main Street, Burleson Road and Miller Street). Arts, crafts, fresh produce and food await your consumption. Today, the Lehman High School Lobo Band will play from 9-11 a.m. At noon, Texas FX will take the stage. Great music for the day, and lots of fun for all.

Last, but certainly not least, is Market on the Square in lovely downtown San Marcos on the San Antonio Street side of courthouse square. There is always music and fresh produce and lots of surprises, as well. The market goes from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

At 1 p.m., Gruene Hall will host the Jeff Strahan Band. The band brings the rockin’ party wherever it goes. There’s no cover and the joint will jump.

Wimberley Glassworks (6469 Ranch Road 12) will have a wine and cheese reception today from 2-5 p.m., featuring its amazing outdoor lighting creations. Throughout the Labor Day weekend, the glassworkers will show their amazing hand blown sconces, accent lighting and pendants. Design consultants and artisans will be available to help you from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

While you’re that close to Wimberley, you may want to stop by Wimberley Valley Spirits (1 Brookmeadow No. 1) for their free wine tasting from 3-6 p.m. Wine specials will be featured as well.

St. John’s Church (624 East Hopkins Street) Fiesta is tonight from 6-11 p.m. There will be train rides for the children, food booths, Tejano music and a silent auction. There will be arts and crafts featured, too. It’s a nice way to celebrate the beginning of fall and say goodbye to the summer.

Charlie Robison will be at Gruene Hall tonight for “part one” of his birthday bash. His birthday is technically Sept. 1, but let’s not split any hairs over it since the evening should be a fun one. He is joined tonight by the ever harmonious Trishas. It will be a rollicking night of country harmonies. Tickets are $25.

Tonight, the Gray Horse Saloon will feature the Smoky Hill String Band, while, on the other end of town, Triple Crown will have an evening of wordsmiths. In addition to celebrating Muggzy Flowz CD release, the night will include Word Association, Wargasm, Stormshadow and Chief on Wheels.

There are some people who just are born to play the guitar. One thinks of her own personal favorites, whether it’s Django Reinhardt or Chet Atkins (our favorite is probably John Fahey or Leo Kottke) but almost everyone who hears Monte Montgomery vaults him to the top of the list. Guitar Player Magazine listed him as one of the “Top 50 All-Time Greatest Guitar Players.” He’s an extraordinary talent and he will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. His remarkable work will resonate with you long after you have seen him. This is a don’t miss gig.

Sunday, September 5

The Coveters are a group of musicians from a variety of other bands who have formed an exciting side project into a great band. The Coveters features Warren Hood of the Waybacks/Warren Hood and the Hoodlums fame and Ed Juri from Band of Heathens. The band includes regular Austin musicians Suzanna Choffell, Dan Dyer, Jeff Botta and Brad Houser. Their sound is unique and satisfying, and you can hear it today at Gruene Hall from 1-5 p.m. No cover.

The Texas State women’s soccer team takes on Navy today at the Bobcat Soccer Complex at 1 p.m., if you’re in the mood for some sports.

Kyle Wayne Kutscher Band plays its alt-country Americana at the Cheatham Street Warehouse today from 4-8 p.m. Playing what Kutscher calls “Texas Black Dirt Country,” you’ll just call it good.

At 4 p.m., you can see some exciting live sports unlike any other as the Unicycle Football league plays the second game of its season in the parking lot of the San Marcos Farmers Market (204 South Edward Gary Street). The Unicychos will face the Berzerkerz today in what should be an exciting match. In Unicycle football, by the way, the coin toss is replaced by a joust on unicycles. This, alone, is worth the seeing.

Charlie Robison needed two nights for his birthday bash at Gruene Hall, and this is night two. Opening for Robison tonight at 8 p.m. is the San Antonio based band Emory Quinn. Tickets are $25.

You could step up to the mic yourself tonight at Triple Crown or Riley’s Tavern, if you feel like singing. You could just sing along with karaoke at the Gray Horse if you’d rather.

If you want some really riveting television, tonight TCM will run 10 episodes of March of Time. At its peak, this series of news documentaries kept the public informed before television and lasted from 1935 to 1951, Particularly shocking is the episode called “Inside Nazi Germany,” filmed in 1937, which gave the public its first real glimpse of the Third Reich. Then, of course, there is the classic end line pronounced at the end of each episode by narrator Westbrook Van Voorhis, “Time marches on!”

Don’t forget the San Marcos River Reggae Fest on Monday from 1-11 p.m. at San Marcos Plaza Park (206 North C. M. Allen Parkway). If you’re a fan of the infectious reggae beat, you will not be disappointed as the festival includes the Original Wailers, The Movement, Full Service, Ashes of Babylon, Carlton Pride And Zion, Tin Can Phone and Chris Boomer. There will be booths with items for sale as well. Tickets are $12 at the door, children eight and younger are admitted free.

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