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September 10th, 2010
The Weekend: Legends in music, locals in football


The world renowned Joe Ely will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse on Saturday.

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Each September, we have an irresistible urge to get a new lunchbox, a package of Mirado Black Warrior Pencils (best pencils ever) and a few new notebooks.

We saw a Spongebob Squarepants lunchbox we almost bought two weeks ago. Then, we remembered there would be no school to which to tote that lunchbox, even if we did make a peanut butter sandwich and some brownies to pack. Hardly seems worth buying a cool lunchbox to show off to your business associates. They’d probably have you carted off to the loony bin when they saw you with it.

We did buy the pencils, however. The pencil is a much maligned writing instrument that we could not live without. We write with it, draw with it, make lists with it. When we say we’ll “pencil you in” we mean it quite literally. It’s not as contemporary as a roller ball pen or a blackberry but, then, it doesn’t run out of ink, or break in the pocket leaking ink everywhere, or get stolen. It might merely get lost.

Pencils have the forgiveness of an eraser, which we often find necessary. Erasable ink has not yet been perfected, as far as we can see. Pencils write smoothly and make that business like sound when one writes that creates the impression that the work has importance.

Plus, there is nothing like the perfume of a freshly sharpened pencil.

We may not be the sharpest pencil in the box. But we own one.

You might want to pencil in a few of the wonderful thing there are to do this weekend. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, September 10

Texas State is hosting the CenturyLink Premier women’s volleyball tournament this weekend. Four colleges will compete. Today at 5 p.m., Alabama’s Crimson Tide takes on Tennessee-Martin in Strahan Coliseum. At 7 p.m., Texas State faces North Texas at the same venue.

Texas State’s coach Karen Chisum recently racked up 700 career wins when Texas State beat Prairie View A&M. The action today should be fast and furious. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children aged three to 12, and children younger than three are admitted free.

At 6 p.m., Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street)  will start out the weekend’s music with the Ricky Lugo Project at 6 p.m. The funky jazzy salsa beats will seduce you. Listening to Lugo’s band is a great way to put your weekend into a mellow groove.

The bingo is hot and heavy at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road), even as the weather is cooling. Very cool, too, are the snacks sold by the caring hands of the women of the Ladies Auxiliary. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

Friday Night lights will flood the high school football fields as San Marcos takes on Hays at Bob Shelton Stadium (4298 Jack C. Hays Trail in Buda.) Dripping Springs will face Manor at home (940 US 290 West in Dripping Springs) and Wimberley will square up against Smithville at home (100 Carney Lane in Wimberley). All games start at 7:30 p.m. Should be a beautiful night for some football. Go local teams!

Gruene Hall features the talents of Claude Russell Bridges, aka Hank Wilson, aka the legendary Leon Russell. He’ll be up in the spotlight at 8 p.m. Go to for ticket availability. Continuing the onslaught of Alabamans this weekend, blues guitarist Chris Simmons opens.

The extremely proficient and cunningly named Redneck Jedi play straight up classic Texas rock. Jedi has enough power to blow up a yuppie deathstar, and you can hear this for yourself tonight at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 Ranch Road 12) starting at 8 p.m.

The EmilyAnn Theatre (1101 FM 2325) presents Shakespeare’s still controversial play “The Taming of the Shrew” tonight at 8 p.m. The tussles of Katerina and Petruchio are both alarming and amusing, and make for a rousing good play. The language, well wrought as it is, sometimes smacks of misogyny, but Shakespearian scholar Harold Bloom points out that Kate’s speech in the end should be taken with a touch of iron, since women control men by acting as though they are being controlled. We bow to Harold Bloom. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Kirsten Kelly and the Modern Day Drifters have a new CD, “Peacekeeper,” to celebrate, and they will celebrate it tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight at 9 p.m. Kelly’s got a voice that can fill with heartache or strike as sharply as flint, and the Modern Day Drifters do more than drift beside her with their country style. Should be a great show.

If you are lucky enough to be at Triple Crown tonight, you will dig the sound of Helix. The music is loaded with charm, brass and percussion, and redolent with salsa influences and big band bravado. Helix is joined by ultra sharp funky rhythms of Houston’s Plump. The joint will jump.

Saturday, September 11

The City of San Marcos will have a remembrance ceremony for those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack of 9/11 at 9 a.m. in front of City Hall (630 East Hopkins Street). The program will include an honor guard of San Marcos firefighters and police, a flag ceremony with the flag that flew over San Marcos the day of the attack, and the traditional tolling of the bell. San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz will read a proclamation and a moment of silence will be observed. The public is invited to attend. You may also bring flowers throughout the day to place by the 9/11 memorial wreath beside the fire bell in front of City Hall.

The Gruene Historic District in New Braunfels will be the scene of the Texas Metal Arts Festival. This popular festival showcases Texas metal crafters’ extraordinary artworks, garden decorations, jewelry and more handcrafted items for sale. Forty Texas artists ranging from goldsmiths to tinsmiths to silversmiths and blacksmiths will show their work at this “Red Hot n’ Hammered” show. You’ll be wowed by the sculpture, and it’s never too early to think about one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. The even goes from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. Admission is free.

North Texas will face Tennesse-Martin in volleyball at the CenturyLink Premier Tournament at Strahan Coliseum. Closing the event will be the big match-up at 2 p.m., when Texas State takes on the Crimson Tide of Alabama at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults. Should be an action packed day.

Gruene Hall hosts Austin’s The Preservation, a band dedicated to preserving the style and music of the Kinks. Although, really, it’s just all about good music. The Preservation recently returned from a successful cross country tour. This band brings it.

The award winning photos from San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance’s (SMGA’s) Naturescapes photo contest will be at the San Marcos Activity Center (625 East Hopkins) tonight as the the winners are announced at a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. In addition there will be exciting items to bid on in a silent auction. The photographs are an awe-inspiring look at our area. All the photos were required to be taken in the area for award consideration. Every year, the photos are just gorgeous and poignant. This is surely a don’t miss event. Your heart will swell with local pride.

It’s Texas State’s football home opener against Southern Arkansas at Bobcat Stadium tonight at 6 p.m. While the Bobcats suffered defeat last week in Houston, freshman quarterback Tyler Arndt showed some grit. Tonight’s game should be a good one. General admission tickets are $15.

Almost every band we talk to mentions Caravan Go as a favorite. When you hear this band, it will be one of your favorites, too. Move over, Dave Matthews, Caravan Go has stolen your seat on the bus to world domination. With just a bit of experimental spice, Caravan Go is cooking up some mighty tasty rock/americana sounds. The band is at the Gray Horse tonight. Joining Caravan Go is the rocking Eric Larson and Peacemaker. Larson was a key player in the long lamented Johnny Law, and it’s great to hear he’s on the trail with a band full of spit and vinegar. This is a genuinely stand-out show. No cover. It’s a gift.

Whiskey River Band from Victoria will provide the boot scootin’ tootin’ at the Saturday night country dance at the Geronimo VFW (6806 North Highway 123) in Seguin. A $7 donation at the door goes to the VFW’s many veterans programs. Old time country music with a beat you can dance, to? We’d give that a “10” on the Dick Clark music rating meter.

It’s hard to believe, but the movie “10 Things I Hate About You” was based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Far better to see the EmilyAnn Theatre’s version tonight than sit through that cinematic yawn. Plus, it’s the bard! The curtain rises at 8 p.m.

Jason Boland and the Stragglers play a sincere and honest Red Dirt/Texas music that will set your toes to tappin’ and your heart to achin’. They will be a Gruene Hall tonight with the popular Midnight River Choir opening at 9 p.m.

Clay McClinton has a voice full of Texas blues with more than a soupcon of country in it. The Clay McClinton Band will be at Riley’s Tavern tonight (8894 FM 1102) chasing away any gloom in your heart and putting an ant in your boot so that your feet will want to move.

Triple Crown celebrates the return of the students with the popular Organics tonight. They are joined by the Ghost of Dixie, which can presumably play without the aid of Jennifer Love Hewitt or Patricia Arquette. But, of course, the band we don’t want to miss is the formidable Chasca, with its glam stylings and vibrant stage presence. Go for the music and stay for the thought-provoking fun.

It’s a weekend full of legends what with Leon Russell at Gruene Hall yesterday and the inimitable Joe Ely taking the stage at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight at 9 p.m. The Texas native has done everything from playing with the Flatlanders to taking care of Llamas at a Ringling Brothers Circus to playing with everybody who ever mattered in music from opening for the Clash to his own Los Super Seven. He’s unplugged tonight, so you get the opportunity to feel the vibe of each song through his acoustic guitar. He’s a Texas treasure, and you probably already know that. If they don’t teach you about Joe Ely in the Texas schools systems, then they oughta start.

Sunday, September 12

It’s the second day of the Texas Metal Arts Festival in New Braunfels. Forty featured metal artists, including San Marcos locals Eric Slocombe and Jamie Kimmel Shelton will be featured for your perusal. Admission is free and the art and jewelry and engravings are truly worth seeing and purchasing. The show goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gruene Hall features another Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist this morning at 10:30 a.m. Led by popular Gruene Hall country musician favorite Bret Graham, the brunch also features the Gospel Silvertones. Oh, and the food catered by the Gristmill features local sausage and biscuits and gravy and all manner of delicious goodies. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for kids. It’s always wise to get your tickets as early as possible. Bret Graham’s band plays a gig at Gruene Hall after the brunch, so you’ve got good music to hear while you are unable to move from being so stuffed.

The “first family of  Hill Country music,” the Ash Family will harmonize sweetly at a smoke-free show at the Cheatham Street Warehouse today. The Ashes will blend their dulcet tones from 4-8 p.m.

The Unicycle Football League plays a game today at the San Marcos Farmer’s Market parking lot (204 South Edward Gary Street) at 4 p.m. Hell on Wheel vies with the ILL Eagles as they joust for starting field position and then play football on unicycles. If it sounds interesting, you don’t know the half of it. If it sounds harder than pedestrian football, you’re right. The players and the fans enjoy the game. You should check it out.

Speaking of legends, Fabrizio Poggi is an Italian Hohner Award winning harmonica player who has played with the best musicians in the world from Jerry Jeff Walker to Ponty Bone and back again. He leads a band with the impossibly colorful name Fabrizio Poggi and Chicken Mambo. The name may be comic, but the music is seriously heartfelt and astonishingly moving. Poggi and his band will be at Gruene Hall tonight. No cover. Yet another musical gift.

If you want to be a singing legend in your own time (or in your own mind, anyway), you can step up to an open mic at Triple Crown or Riley’s Tavern tonight. If legendary is too big a burden for you, then try the karaoke at the Gray Horse.

The world will stop in Texas for a couple of hours as the Dallas Cowboys play the Washington Redskins on FedEx Field in Landover, MD, at 8 p.m. on NBC. How will newby Redskins Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan fare in their new environs? Will Tony Romo step up to greatness? We’ll probably all be watching.

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