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Three Chords and the Truth

June 19, 2014

Island Moon

Giggity’s open jam…

By Ronnie Narmour

Why I live in Port A…

The Knotty Pines will play the Gaff tonight. Nicole Buitron-Bickerton and Ruben Limas performing at the Giggity’s Open Jam last Monday This is one of the reasons I live in Port A and not San Antonio or Austin. Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs on their fifth national championship! What a classy outfit they are. I actually found myself passing through San Antonio last Friday afternoon, but at a snail’s pace. I got caught up in one doozey of a traffic jam on Loop 410 and sure didn’t have much good to say about the city at that particular moment. I spent a good hour stuck in traffic. But, I finally did made it to Bastrop to see the family and found out the ROT (Republic of Texas) biker rally was in Austin all weekend and the city was saturated with thousands of bikes and bikers. So I decided to park it at my sister’s house and never did make it into Austin to listen to music like I normally do. I did go into downtown Bastrop on Saturday night just to see if there was any live music scene going on there and found a little bit at some of the

I went by Giggity’s on Monday night to see my pal, Ruben Limas, and to see who might show up for their weekly open jam. The club has all the backline set up to accommodate most any form of musician who might want to play (drums, bass and guitar amps, microphones, full PA, etc). One conclusion I came to at the last couple of jams is that this town needs more drummers. Rusty Hicks and Preecher Williams have been good to show up and play but if they aren’t there the drum kit sits empty. But you can always count on resident bass player, Chris Jordan, to be there, and they do get a good share of guitarists and acoustic performers. It’s fun to see who might walk through the door. One surprise was an island friend I’ve known for several years and had no idea she was so talented. Enter the charming Nicole Buitron-Bickerton, who is also a manager at Jay’s Spaghetti Works. She’s been holding out on us. Nicole pulled out a ukulele and took the stage with Ruben (who just happened to have a ukulele, too) and belted out a few songs like she was playing the Lincoln Center. She performed one cool song a cappella with Ruben on drums (who knew Ruben could play drums?) and blew our minds. I think this gal needs more encouragement. She’s pretty darn good. BTW, the jam is hosted by Ruben Limas, Stevie Start and Jef (With one F) Wilson, who rotate the duties each week. Next week will be Jef Wilson.

The Cowboy Church in Elgin, TX restaurants…but not much. The impression I got was that if you wanted to hear any music down there, you were going to have to buy dinner to do it. I’ll have to dig a little deeper into that community to find more music the next time I go. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction… the internet wasn’t much help. I did get up and go with my sister to the Cowboy Church in Elgin on Sunday morning. All I can say is that it’s certainly a lot different than my church, Trinity By the Sea, in Port A. The pastor wore a cowboy hat and had a head-set mic (à la Michael Jackson) and a teleprompter and used one of those clickers that TV weathermen use for the giant video screen above the stage. They had a full electric band on stage singing religious songs with a country slant and part of the service was video presentations about their recent youth activities. It was fairly high tech. They did a children’s sermon that was called the “little corral” and there were a lot of cowboys there who all took their hats off when they prayed. It was an unusual setting for a church service but the message was the same and the congregation was certainly spirited. It’s always great to get out of town but even greater to get back home. It becomes more apparent with every trip why I choose to live in Port Aransas.


Uke time...Nicole Buitron-Bickerton and Ruben Limas performing at the Giggity’s Open Jam last Monday DO NOT MISS LIST Coming this weekend… Today, Thursday the 19th, our favorite priest, James Derkits, will play the Gaff with his band, The Knotty Pines from 6-7, followed by Kevin Schubert and Two Day Suitcase (Austin, TX) from 7-9. Kevin (also an Episcopalian priest) also plays congas in the Knotty Pines. These bands are made up of musicians who Derkits


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has known and played with for many years. The music is nearly all original and as engaging as it gets. I saw them at the Gaff some months ago and really liked what I heard. Bring the kids and dogs for this one. It’s a family affair. Hal Ketchum will play the Black Marlin Also on Thursday, trop rockers, Jerry Diaz this Saturday and Hanna’s Reef, will return to the Back albums and 26 singles since 1988. Also on Porch. You can best believe there will be Saturday, Gary P. Nunn (Austin, TX) will take significant Parrot us home to the armadillo one more time, at the Head sightings for Back Porch, Lyrical Bynge (Corpus Christi, that one. I just love TX) will rock Giggity’s and Stevie Start will their steel drum. play Shorty’s. On Friday, the 20th, Coming next weekend… the great Shinyribs Coming next Thursday the 26th, Green Light (Austin, TX) will play the Back Pistol will play the Porch and Brandon Rhyder th Porch. Shinyribs will play Brewster Street. On Friday the 27 , Kevin Russel aka is the alter-ego of the amazing harmonies of Hold Fast Fables Shinyribs will play the Kevin Russell, (Galveston, TX) will return to Shorty’s… DO Back Porch this Friday founding member NOT MISS that one. Also on the 27th, local and frontman for rising star Melissa Brooke will bring her new The Gourds (“I got my mind on my money Dallas band back to Giggity’s for a look-see and my money on my mind”). Also on Friday, and Tommy Alversonthwill play the Back Porch. rockabilly wild man, Matt Hole and the Hot On Saturday the 28 , the adorable Rankin Rod Gang will play Giggity’s, blues rocker, Twins will play the Black Marlin, jumping John Cortez will play Shorty’s and trop blues sensation, Mike Milligan and the Altar rockers, Aloha Dave and the Tourists will Boys (Austin, TX) will return to Giggity’s. the Passing Strangers (San play another installment of Antonio, TX) will play the City of Port Aransas’ Brewster Street and the Sunset Sounds summer king of Tex-Mex, Joe King concert series at Roberts Carrasco will play the Point Park. Bring your lawn Back Porch… that will be a chairs and ice chests for this guaranteed good time. great Port A tradition put on by the good folks at Parks 4th of July weekend… and Rec. Friday sounds like Briefly, the weekend of the a good night to bar hop in 4th will have the Independent Port A. On Saturday, the Thieves, Statesboro Revue, 21st, Hal Ketchum will be Todd Dorn, Larry Joe playing the Black Marlin. Taylor, Jason Eady and Ketchum is probably best the Thieving Birds… stay known for the early 90’s hits, tuned. Small Town Saturday Night and Past the Point of Rescue, ♫♪ both of which reached And, that’s the number 2 on Billboard’s Joe King Carrasco will play the Hot Country Singles charts. truth!! Back Porch on June 28th. He has released 10 studio

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