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Three Chords and the Truth By Ronnie Narmour

Go Spurs Go… As I write this, my beloved Spurs are at war with the Miami Heat battling for another NBA championship and the combat has been intense. I love my Spurs but had to make an uncomfortable call today. It’s Tiffany Tuesday at Giggity’s and the game goes on at 8 PM. Tiffany’s weekly Tiffany Tuesday is not a Spurs fan variety show also goes

a baseball game on tonight?” I’m thinking Uggg… this isn’t going to be easy. “No, Tiff… it’s a basketball game, and a big one and I’m just fearful that there will be a bunch of loud Spurs fans at the club and they will be yelling at the TV while you’re trying to play music, so do you think we could wait until the game is over to start your show tonight… pretty please?” Dead silence. “Who? The Spurs? Ok, I guess. If y’all want to watch some stupid baseball game instead of hearing music, I’ll play along but you’re gonna have to throw in a burger!” I was so relieved that she wasn’t offended that I spewed out a “Oh my God. Thank you! I thank you, the Spurs thank you and all of Port A thanks you… and by the way, this was all the owner, Edwin’s, decision. He made me do this. It was him not me.” Go Spurs Go!!!

The Black Marlin is off and running…

Ray Wylie Hubbard played the Black Marlin last Saturday

Black Betty played Tiffany Tuesday’s at Giggity’s last week on at 8 PM. The conversation I had with Tiffany went something like this… “Tiff, hi. Listen… I know you go on at 8 tonight and have a special guest coming and everything for your wonderful and completely delightful show that I absolutely adore and that you have put a lot of planning into, and I know it’s going to be great, but you know, the Spurs are also playing at the same time tonight and I don’t want to deter any attention from your performance… so do you think we could wait until the Spurs game is over to start your show tonight?” Dead silence. Finally Tiffany says “Who? The Spurs? There’s

David Perez and the Tejas Brothers played the Back Porch last Saturday.

Davin James played the Back Porch last Friday.

The Black Marlin Bar and Grill, located at the La Palmilla Golf Course in Port A, kicked off their summer concert series last Saturday with an impressive show by Ray Wylie Hubbard (Wimberley, TX). This show was the first of ten weekly shows to be held each Saturday through August 9th with a number of high profile Texas acts such as Hal Ketchum, Junior Brown, Brian Keane and the Rankin Twins. The show last Saturday was textbook Ray Wylie. He played all his hits and told all his jokes and seemed generally pleased with the environment and the audience, who were more than receptive. The Black Marlin management had decided to make this a “free show” in the eleventh hour and Hubbard alluded to this several times in the evening, offering, “You get what you paid for.” It was a beautiful evening for this outdoor event and this new venue did an excellent job in their first endeavor of putting on a fairly big show at a golf course bar. It was definitely a comfortable and classy setting. Back Porch you better look out! Junior Brown (Austin, TX) is slated to play this coming Saturday. Brown is known for his high speed guitar virtuosity on an instrument he invented called a “guit-steel”, which is a hybrid double necked six string guitar and steel guitar combo which he has named “Big Red”. He has released nine studio albums in his career, has charted twice on the Billboard country singles

Mandy Rowden and Billy Abel played Shorty’s last weekend


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Island Moon charts and also won the CMA Country Music Video of the Year award in 1996. In the mid-1980’s he taught guitar at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music at Rogers State University, in Claremore, Oklahoma. The Black Marlin will limit ticket sales to all of these shows to 150 and you can purchase advanced tickets on their website: www.

Summer is here and music abounds…

show at Brewster Street on a tour being billed as the “Hold My Beer and Watch This” tour.Tickets are $20 Advanced and $25 DOS. And on Thursday at Brewster, another Americana favorite, Stoney LaRue will play a show with The Washers. Also on Thursday, Tiffany will play the Gaff and troprockers, Aloha Dave and the Tourists, (Corpus Christi, TX) will play the Back Porch. There is a bunch of good shows this Friday the 13th: blues belter par excellent, Shelley King (Austin, TX) will play Shorty’s… don’t miss that one, The Thieving Birds will play J.T. Coldfire played Stingrays, the amazing Uncle Lucius his CD Release party (Austin, TX) will play the Back Porch and Jimmy Simmons and Three Way at Giggity’s last Street will play Giggity’s. And on Saturday Saturday the 14th, the Whiskey Sisters (Austin, TX) will bring their rocking sockin’ show to the Porch, Todd Dorn and the Sea Drifters (San Antonio, TX) will play Giggity’s, our favorite string band, Independent Thieves (Corpus Christi, TX) will play Shorty’s and HOBO plus the Rocky Bottow String Band will play the Handsome Sailor Beach Club over in Aransas Pass on Conn Brown Harbor. Man, that’s a bunch of hard decisions to make right there.

It was another great week of live music here on our little island. I caught shows by Jim Dugan at Giggity’s, Waterloo Revival (Austin, TX), Davin James (Spring, TX) and the Tejas Brothers (Ft. Worth, TX) at the Back Porch, Uel Jackson (Port Aransas, TX) and Mandy Rowden & Billy Abel (Austin, TX) at Shorty’s, and a CD release party from J.T. Coldfire (Austin, TX) at Giggity’s. All of these shows were on fire. Coldfire played to a SRO crowd to promote his new release. You would have needed Coming next week… a shoe horn to get anymore And coming next week: on Wednesday people into that room. Same th the 18 , the Queen of Oklahoma herself, thing at Shorty’s Saturday night Carter Sampson (OKC, OK) will play when Uel Jackson played his MISS that one. On regular “First Saturday” show. Uel Jackson played Giggity’s. DO NOT th Thursday the 19 , my favorite priest, Uel is one of the islands hardest Shorty’s last James Derkits will bring his band, The working entertainers and truly a Saturday Knotty Pines to the Gaff, Jerry Diaz treasure to our growing music and Hannah’s Reef will play the Porch scene. It was great to see Davin James back for his first show this summer… he is first class, and Pete Benz (Austin, TX) will play a special all the way. I’m proud to report that summer is show at Shorty’s and J.B. and the Moonshine Band will play a show at Brewster with Josh here and music abounds. Grider. On Friday the 20th, the great Shinyribs will play the Porch. This definitely a DO NOT DO NOT MISS LIST MISS show. Shinyribs is fronted by Kevin Coming this week… Russell of The Gourds. Also on Friday, Aloha Dave will be playing the city’s summer concert series, Sunset Sounds, at Roberts Point Park, Matt Hole and the Hot Rod Gang will bring their jumping rockabilly show to Giggity’s, Gary P. Nunn (Austin, TX) will play the Porch and none other than Hal Ketchum will play the Black Marlin.

On the horizon…

Junior Brown will play the Black Marlin this Saturday On Tuesday, the 10th, Texas Country superstars , Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will play a

And on the near horizon, watch for shows by Green Light Pistol, Brandon Rhyder, Hold Fast Fables, Melissa Brooke, Tommy Alverson, Mike Milligan, The Rankin Twins, Joe King Carrasco, Passing Strangers and Pere Devlin & Texas Moon. Be safe out there!

♫ ♪ And that’s the truth! ♪ ♫

Live Music Tonight

Thursday, June 12 Aloha Dave @ Back Porch Free Beer Band @ Giggity’s Tiffany @ The Gaff Stoney LaRue, The Washers @ Brewster Street Brian & Diana @ Doc’s Seafood Double R Nothing @ Katz 21 Leopold & His Fiction @ House of Rock Starlite and the Moonbeams @ Dr. Rockits Robert Brown @ Scuttlebutt’s

Friday, June 13 Shelley King @ Shorty’s Three Way Street @ Giggity’s Uncle Lucius @ Back Porch Christian @ The Gaff Thieving Birds @ Stingrays David Martinez, Flatbroke @ Executive Surf Club Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Lounge Scarecrow People @ Brewster Street Ice House Brian & Diana @ Doc’s Seafood Latin Talk @ Katz 21 Another Level @ Dr. Rockits Brian Permenter @ Scuttlebutt’s Tiffany @ Cinnamon Shores Saturday, June 14 Independent Thieves @ Shorty’s Todd Dorn & the Sea Drifters @ Giggity’s Belstsander Races w/ Uncle Willey, Russell Edge @ The Gaff Whiskey Sisters @ Back Porch Junior Brown @ The Black Marlin HOBO, Rocky Bottom String Band @ Handsome Sailor Beach Club Sing Along Piano Show @ Brewster Street Ice House Stevie Start @ Doc’s Seafood Double R Nothing @ Katz 21 Stache Dash @ House of Rock

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