Ben Danaher will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse on Saturday.
BY HAP MANSFIELD
Sunday, somebody’s going to have to open up the passing lanes, dominate the line of scrimmage, try the hurry-up offense, establish a running game and march down the field. There will be blown coverage, double coverage and blocking at the point of attack.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and the sports clichés will be flying faster than the speeding bullet you’ll want to put into your own head after listening to them.
We all know that God doesn’t take sides in football and that “wanting it more” doesn’t actually help you win the game unless you are better than the other team and get a few lucky breaks. We try to tolerate some of the hype, but it certainly gets thick on the pregame shows.
Luckily, this is the biggest, or second biggest, “food holiday” of the year so, at least, the eatin’ will be good.
It’s a great weekend for other activities, too. Here are just a few suggestions.
Friday, February 4
The music starts out tonight with the Rick Lugo Band’s CD release party at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street) at 6 p.m. Lugo’s band plays rock and blues with ease. The band will be celebrating the release of its new CD, “Flight of the Spirits.”
Do you like hot music? At 7 p.m., the Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration starts off with a lecture by Grammy Award-winning jazz historian Dan Morgenstern at Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State. The lecture will be followed by a concert with an all-star band featuring legendary trumpeters Mike Williams and Marvin Stamm, tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence of the Count Basie Band, and drummer Arthur Latin of Harry Connick Jr.’s band. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
The EmilyAnn Theatre’s indoor Studio Theatre will feature “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” The four-woman musical is about love and marriage, using popular songs from the ’60s to highlight what the women are talking about. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students.
Wake the Dead Coffee Dead (1432 RR 12) will feature art with Ashleigh Stone, including face-painting and a pre-show special appearance by the phenomenal “cerebral glam” band Chasca at 8 p.m. tonight. Should be a lot of fun, and just the thing to cure the winter doldrums.
Speaking of Chasca, after dropping in at Wake the Dead, the band will be at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) for a full set of Chasca-tastic songs. Chasca’s sets are musical performance art, and you’ll never regret seeing them do their quirky, refreshing stuff. The music will start up around 9 p.m. It’s a party.
Slim Bawb and Gator Bait will be at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102). These guys are a joy to hear. They grab a song by the shoulders and shake every note of music and every possible beat of rhythm out of it. If they can’t make you happy, you must need a nap. They’re fun. Ask them to play “Don’t Mess With My Tutu.” You’ll smile, you’ll tap your feet, and you’ll smile some more.
The country-folk-Americana of the Turnpike Troubadours will delight you with their songs touched with warmth, humor and life. That Kyle Nix plays a mighty good fiddle, too. The whole band will charm you if you catch it tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street). The troubadours are joined by Shane Smith, who opens at 9 p.m.
Austin’s the Blue Hit always reminds us of a freshly minted and modern version of New Jersey indie band The Cucumbers. Maybe it’s because Grace Rowland’s vocals are so compelling, or because the band has a good balance of whimsy and fierceness. Blue Hit is at the Triple Crown tonight.
Saturday, February 5
New Braunfels’ Farm to Market (148 South Castell Avenue) is open every Saturday, rain or shine. The market features more than 50 vendors who purvey fresh produce, cheeses, meats, jams, art and more. The market goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Wittliff Collections’ newest exhibit is “Big Bend: Land of Texas Imagination.” It features photographs and literary works, all dealing with the mythic Big Bend area in the western part of the state along the Mexican border. The exhibit is open from 1-5 p.m. today and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
At 4 p.m., the Texas Music Educators Association Region 18 Middle School Choir will perform. You will see lots of kids from San Marcos CISD who made the cut singing at this event and we think you’ll be impressed. It takes place at the San Marcos High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
Evans Auditorium will host a Hill Country Jazz Festival Awards concert with guest musician Marvin Stamm, the legendary jazz trumpeter. The horn blows at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 general admission and $5 for Texas State students. This is a good day to see real bad cat. The event is sponsored by Texas State’s School of Music.
The Brauntex Theatre (290 West San Antonio Street, New Braunfels) presents the ultimate ABBA concert with “adbacadabra.” The performance will feature authentic dress, dance and live music that promises to be faithful when reproducing the hits of the ’70s Swedish band. Tickets can be obtained by calling (830) 627-0808.
Lesser Antilles and Hell Camino will play at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight starting around 8 p.m. Riley’s features the irrepressible Beaumonts and the always intriguing Mr. Lewis and the Funeral Five.
Tonight, the Cheatham Street Warehouse will present a giant talent it helped to nurture, Ben Danaher. Danaher writes a thoughtful and heartfelt tune. The talented Court Nance will open.
The Triple Crown has a full docket with Adam Johnson and the Pay Me’s, Devil’s Hollow and Beans & Rice. The joint will most decidedly jump.
Sunday, February 6
It’s Super Bowl day, a day for making hot wings and guacamole and getting ready for the (hopefully) heart-pounding action. From 1-4 p.m. the Boys and Girls Clubs will host a Super Bowl tailgate party at 400 Uhland Road. There will be games, free eats and a Madden 11 tournament to keep you busy. The event also features a chili cook-off and a “Teens Got Talent” show. Sounds like a party.
If you’d rather avoid the pre-game sports shows, why not head over to the San Marcos Farmer’s Market parking lot ( Edward Gary Street) to watch a rousing game of unicycle football. The Hot Dogs will play the Berzerkez today at 4 p.m. It would be fun to watch some live sports before the Super Bowl starts. Those pre-game shows always make one want to throw hot wings and guacamole at the television, anyway.
Super Bowl XLV will be on FOX starting at 5:30 p.m., when the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Should be a pretty rough and tumble game. The Black Eyed Peas at half-time seem promising, too.
Of course, you could watch the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. It’s Puppy Bowl VII, and the competition will be cute and cuddly.
The mics are open tonight at Riley’s Tavern and the Triple Crown if you’d rather sing than watch football. There’s karaoke at the Gray Horse Saloon, too.Email | Print