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Three Chords and the Truth By Ronnie Narmour

Review: Todd Dorn

Island Moon

February 28, 2013


Mike Williams Every 1st & 3rd Friday And Every Monday (5-7) Free Beer Band Every Thursday (7:00 pm) 321 N Alister * (361) 749-2337

Carol Elliott Every 2nd & 4th Friday (5-7) Open Jam with Uel Jackson Every Sunday (7- 11)

Malteze (of the Dust Devils) and guitar wizard, Ruben V (San Antonio, TX). And in April, keep you eye out for some real surprises like Moon Light Social and Della Mae.

Todd Dorn played Shorty’s last Saturday night. Well, Shorty’s finally came around with a live music performance last week and it was a goodern! Island fave, Todd Dorn (San Antonio, TX) hit town with our favorite bass player in tow, Jay Springer. These two guys have a natural chemistry about them and when you add Shorty’s laid back ambience to that mix, it only gets stronger. Dorn lived and worked in Port A for many moons and moved back to San Antonio a few years ago where he’s been in the process of recording a new CD with Radio Dog recording engineer, Jerry Clayton. While he did live here, Dorn polished his easy going “island” sound that I like to say, goes down as smooth as a mango margarita. Listen to him sing A Million Miles Away and you can easily envision our beach and our town. If I had to pigeon hole his music, I’d say it was country two-stepping with a heavy dose of salt and sand. Todd usually plays SandFest every year so we should be seeing him around the end of April… and that’s a good thing. This show at Shorty’s really hit the spot. Everything about it was perfect.

DO NOT MISS LIST South By South West Music Conference

f(x) will be one of the showcase bands at this year’s SXSW. The 27th South by South West (SXSW) Music and Media Conference will be held in Austin on March 8- 17. Thi s conference has the reputation of being the biggest and most anticipated convergence of all things musical. By day, thousands of conference registrants will network the halls of the Austin Convention Center while doing business at the SXSW Trade Show, sit in on informative panel discussions featuring some of the industry’s key players, listen to the insight of legendary keynote speakers while they plan out their night time party schedules of hundreds upon hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over one hundred stages in downtown Austin. According to their website, “The music event

Green Day will play the SXSW Music Conference in March. has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to over 16,000 registrants. As Austin has grown and diversified, film companies and hightech companies have played a major role in the Austin and the Texas economies. In 1994, SXSW added a film and interactive component to accommodate these growth industries. SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive events together attract approximately 32,000 registrants to Austin every March. SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas.”

You do the math… The cost of a SXSW Music Badge goes from $625 to $795 depending on how early you register. To buy a Platinum Badge, which is an all access pass, prices begins at $1150 and go to $1595 depending on how early you register. It’s sure grown from when I used to attend it throughout the 90’s and it only cost a few hundred dollars to attend. We thought that was high even back then. Multiply 16,000 people times $1595 and, well, I’d say this has turned out to be a worth while endeavor. I know the city of Austin is pretty happy about it. In all the times I attended SXSW as either a talent buyer, a venue operator, a booking agent or a music writer, I was never convinced that I actually profited that greatly from the experience. The return on investment was debatable although the parties were world class.

The Back Porch re-opens in one week…

Cruise Control will play the Back Porch on March 15th. Here we go everybody… hold on tight! Exactly one week from today, on Thursday, March 7th, the Back Porch Bar in Port A will re-open for the 2013 season. This noteworthy event is followed closely by Spring Break and St. Patty’s

The Coast ClubClub Coast Martini Sports Bar

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Samantha Aiken F I N E A RT Every Friday

C Plus Spring Break March 15-16

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Nightly Seafood Specials

Cody Angel with play The Back Porch with Matt Wayne and Company on March 14th. Day. Our old friend, Davin James (Houston, TX), has the honors of being the first band to play the Porch for the season (Friday, March 8th). Davin has played there many, many times and his down home style of country music is always a treat. And on Saturday, the 9th, another old friend, Mike Blakely y los Yahoos (Marble Falls, TX) will perform. Blakely is a celebrated author and musician who helps define the real Texas Country Music sound. On the following weekend, Matt Wayne and Company (Ft. Worth, TX) will play (Thursday, March 14th). This will be the official Spring Break kick-off and our favorite son, Cody Angel, just happens to be the featured lead guitarist for this band. This show should be nuts! Then on Friday, the 15th, the big ten piece horn fueled party band, Cruise Control (Corpus Christi, TX) will bring us some funky, funky dance tunes. This is one of the Porch’s favorite bands who will play throughout the season. And finally on Saturday, March 16th, the upwardly mobile Six Market Boulevard (Stephenville, TX) brings there own version of Americana meets Soul to the house. This is a great line-up to put the Porch in motion. On the remaining two weekends in March, look for local songbird, Melissa Brooke (Port Aransas, TX), Scarecrow People (Corpus Christi, TX), Kevin Higgins & Barbara

Steve Goldstein and Crawford Brown will play the sunrise service this Easter. Gimme that Old Time Religion…

I am in the process of helping my friend, Father James Derkits, of the Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church in Port A, to assemble a sunrise musical performance on Easter Sunday at Robert’s Point Park. James’ idea is to combine some morning church type musicians that already play regularly at his church with some night time string band type musicians to perform old timey gospel hymns together like “I’ll Fly Away” for the service. I have enlisted the excellent capabilities of Steve Goldstein (acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Crawford Brown (stand-up bass and vocals) from the Get Off the Lawn band and the beautiful voice of Dennis Sullivan. Stay tuned. I think this could turn into something very cool. Email me if you are a musician who would like to get involved in this project. A fiddle and dobro player would be great.

And that’s the truth!

Live Music


Thursday, Feb. 28 Free Beer Band @ Tarpon Ice House John Eric @ Island Italian Antone & the All Stars @ Vampires Dr. Rockits Hilda Lamas CD Release Mon-Sat @ House of Rock 10am- 2am Brandon Rhyder, 6 Market Sun Blvd. @ Brewster Street Noon2am Ice House Uel Jackson (4-7) @ Sugar Ray T & the Shack- Rockport City Crew Rich Lockhart @ Scuttlebutt’s Every Friday Friday, March 1 Mike Williams (5-7) @ Tarpon Ice House Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Lounge Samantha Aiken @ Coast Club Uel Jackson @ Grogg (Rockport) Another Level @ Executive Surf Club Full Body Puppets @ South Texas Ice House Medicare Band @ Sharkey’s Gary Moeller @ Coffee Waves ArtWalk w/ 90 Proof @ House of Rock Spazmatics @ Brewster Street Ice House

Monday, March 4 Mike Williams @ Tarpon Ice House Open Jam w/ Antone Perez @ Doctor Rockits


Wednesday, March 6 PA Rockers @ Bernie’s Beach House Naia Kete, Clarissa Serna @ House of Rock

Re-opens March 7 Davin James

March 8

Mike Blakely y los Yahoos

March 9

Matt Wayne Band

March 14

Cruise Control

March 15

Six Market Blvd

March 16

132 W. Cotter, Port Aransas,TX

AshVill Construction LLC

Residential, Multi-Family Saturday, March 2 Uel Jackson @ Tarpon Ice & Commercial New Construction House & Remodels Stevie Start @ Coast Club Mike Williams @ Ashley R. Villarreal Hemingways Rockport (210) 387-2993 Hardside, Afflictive Aaron Murray Nature, Ivy League, Bare (361) 332- 9884 Knuckles, Lazy Eye, Breaking Even @ House of Rock 90 Proof @ Executive Surf Club Josh Ward @ South Texas Ice House Granger Smith, Earl Dibbles, Jr. @ Brewster Street Ice House South Texas Honor Band Orchestra @ UTAMCC Performing Arts Center Stuart Burns @ Coffee Waves Hardside, Breaking Even, Lazy Eye, Bare Knuckles, Ivy League, Afflictive Nature @ House of Rock Sunday, March 3 Open Jam w/ Uel Jackson @ Tarpon Ice House Tumble Dry Low @ Bernie’s Beach House Ballabajoomba Poetry Slam @ House of Rock John Eric Open Jam @ South Texas Ice House Open Jam @ Neptune’s Ricky Nelson Remembered Orchestra @ UTAMCC Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, March 5 Open Mic @ House of Rock As I Lay Dying, Devil Wears Prada, For Today, Color Morale @ Concrete Street Amphitheater

Keepers Horace Caldwell Pier

(361) 749 - 5333 Fishing, Pole Rentals, Beer, Burgers, Wings

The Gaff Beer ● Pizza ● Belt Sander Races (361) 749-5970

Thursday, March 7 The Back Porch Grand Re-Openening Antone & the All Stars @ Dr. Rockits Free Beer Band @ Tarpon Ice House Bart Crow Band, Rob Baird @ Brewster Street Ice House John Eric @ Island Italian Uel Jackson (4-7) @ Sugar Shack- Rockport CC in Motion Film Contest @ House of Rock Friday, March 8 Blind Owls @ Tango Tea Room Carol Elliott (5-7) @ Tarpon Ice House Davin James Unplugged @ Back Porch Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Lounge Samantha Aiken @ Coast Club Hamilton Loomis @ Executive Surf Club David & Barbara Brown @ Coffee Waves The Heroine, Cruz @ House of Rock Saturday, March 9 Mike Blakely y los Yahoos @ Back Porch Stevie Start @ Coast Club Mike Williams @ Hemingways Rockport 2nd Saturday Sing-Along Piano Show @ Brewster Street Ice House Max Stalling @ Executive Surf Club Ken Barnett @ Coffee Waves Mod Sun, Cisco Adler, Tayyib Ali, Pat Brown, Choo Jackson @ House of Rock Sunday, March 10 Natural Vibrations, Bad Chords @ Executive Surf Club AWOLNATION w/ Blondfire, Mother Mother @ Brewster Street Ice House Thousand Foot Krutch, Love & Death, The Wedding, Letter Black @ House of Rock

3C&T 2-28-13  
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