February 27, 2014
Three Chords and the Truth Port A Mardi Gras Parade & Ponty Bone…
By Ronnie Narmour firstname.lastname@example.org
On a foggy night in the Gulf of Mexico…
Todd Dorn performed along with Amy Myers and Woody Lawson at Giggity’s last Friday night Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones will play Giggity’s on Fat Tuesday, March 4th. Then on Fat Tuesday, March 4th, the action is definitely on the streets and in the bars of Port A Ghost ship. The Polyanna docked up when the 19th Annual Mardi Gras Parade finally during dense fog in Port A arrives. The “floats” (and I use the term loosely) line-up in front of the Gaff on Beach Street It’s time to wipe February off the map and all afternoon. There is no official registration. welcome March… the gateway to Spring, or Anyone and everyone is welcome to be in this as we call it in Texas, the ten minutes between parade, just get in line. The parade will depart Winter and Summer. And on the “just to state the Gaff (ground zero) at 5:00 and head west the obvious” front, how about that fog lately? down Beach Street to Alister, make a right to The weather guys call it “sea fog”… something Cotter, jog around the flat’s area and go left at about the temperatures of the land, the sea and the Tarpon Inn to Station Street then go right, the air not being in sync. It was so thick last back down to Beach. Last year the head met night, you couldn’t see more than a quarter mile. the tail. It was the biggest parade so far and I really dig it. In my little pea brain, Sherlock parade founder, Janet Planet, tells me she Holmes is lurking around every corner and expects this year to be even bigger. As far as I think I just spotted the Loch Ness Monster. live music is concerned, I know Giggity’s will Where I live, by the wetlands near the ship have the great accordion master, Ponty Bone channel, I hear loud fog horns blasting all night and the Squeezetones (Austin, TX) playing from the big ships… this is perfect fodder for a directly after the parade (approximately 6:00) mystery novel. Throw in some coyotes howling and Shorty’s will have the Mike Williams and and a deranged man in a powered wheel chair Rocky Arnold Dixie Land Jazz Band playing rolling down the streets at midnight and we may on the porch as the parade goes by and will have something. Wait a minute, that’s all real continue to play through the evening. Also, the PA Rockers will be playing at Bernie’s. There stuff around here (no offense Greg). is no cover for any of these shows and if you’ve Barefoot Mardi Gras & Earfood… never seen Ponty Bone, you’re in for a real treat. Ponty knows the inside of a roadhouse like the back of his squeeze box. This is rompin’ stompin’ zydeco roots and blues at its best and NOT TO BE MISSED. I think they’ll probably have some mud bugs or etoufe’ and Hurricane specials going on… the owner, Edwin Myers, is from Southern Louisiana. And this just in, The Gaff will have live music on their front stage from Jef With One F. Miss Neesie and Earfood will play Barefoot
Mardi Gras on Padre Island March 1st. Depending on your point of view, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is: IT’S MARDI GRAS TIME!!! And I have some great parties to tell you about. The bad news is: Mardi Gras will be immediately followed by Spring Break where a kazillion crazed college students will descend upon us with little or no mercy… not to mention the battalion of cops sent here to maintain order by micro-inspecting our every move. But, let’s talk about the good stuff… the 5th Annual Barefoot Mardi Gras Parade and Party will hit the beaches of Padre Island this Saturday, March 1st. This family friendly parade will start at 12:00 on Ranch Road 22 at the beach and the “adults only” party afterwards will go from 6-9 at the Briscoe King Pavillion on Padre Balli Road and features the rockin’ roots and zydeco big band, Miss Neesie and the Earfood (San Antonio, TX). I’ve been to several of these soirees and will attest, these people know how to throw down. The $25-$30 ticket price includes a traditional Louisiana style dinner and usually sells out (get your tickets early www. barefootmardigras.com). This event goes to benefit the Big Brothers and Sisters Foundation.
Music by Todd Dorn and the Sea Drifters, a silent auction, a cake walk, a Cajun lotto and food vendors. This event goes to benefit the Jody McCormick Vocational Scholarship Fund.
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Around town last weekend… I saw several good shows around the island last week. Trop-rocker Jerry Diaz (Beaumont, TX) played a show at Shorty’s to a flock of raucous Parrot Heads. Those guys are party animals. I also caught shows by Todd Dorn and the Sea Drifters (San Antonio, TX), Lyrical Bynge (Corpus Christi, TX) at Giggity’s and Tiffany Tuesday at Shorty’s. Also, Larry Joe Taylor (Stephenville, TX) and Richard Leigh (Nashville, TN) had a show at the Third Coast Theater and were running around town all weekend. I saw them a couple of times at Shorty’s and Giggity’s just hanging out. BTW, you really do need to catch Todd Dorn if you haven’t already. He’s really something special.
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Thursday, February 27 Free Beer Band @ Giggity’s AC ED, Flix, Murk @ House of Rock Fabian Rivera @ Scuttlebutt’s Cody Canada & The Departed @ Brewster Street
Friday, February 28 Riptide @ Giggity’s Russell Edge @ Shorty’s Danny & Taxi Piano Sing Along @ South Texas Ice House Medicare Band (6-9) @ Sharkey’s Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Catherine Denise @ Dr. Rockits Robert Brown @ Scuttlebutt’s Flashback @ Executive Surf Club Daves Duo @ Katz 21 Saturday, March 1 Three Way Street @ Giggity’s Uel Jackson @ Shorty’s Mark McKinny @ Third Coast Theater Miss Neesie & Earfood @ Barefoot Mardi Gras Doug Stone @ South Texas Ice House Jon Wolfe, Jason Suthern @ Brewster Street First Saturday Jam @ Farley Boat Works Hilda Lamas @ Executive Surf Club Chris Saenz @ Scuttlebutt’s Now & Zen @ Katz 21 Sunday , March 2 Antone & the All Stars @ Giggity’s John Eric @ Scuttlebutt’s Monday, March 3 Open Mic @ Scuttlebutt’s Open Jam @ Dr. Rockits Fat Tuesday, March 4 Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones @ Giggity’s Mike Williams & Rocky Arnold Dixie Land Jazz @ Giggity’s PA Rockers @ Bernies Open Mic @ House of Rock John Eric @ Scuttlebutt’s The Groove @ Katz 21
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