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March 2, 2012

Island Moon

Three Chords and the Truth

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WELCOME SPRING BREAKERS Carol Elliott Every Friday 5-7

By Ronnie Narmour

Mandy Rowden March 2 & 3 Joe Mack March 31 Change is in the air. Can you feel it? We can just about close the book on winter and start thinking about tuning up those lawn mowers. Spring break will rear its ugly head in a week or two…the good news is my beloved Back Porch will soon be open and the live music scene will really start popping again. But, what I’ve enjoyed most about this winter on the island has been the open jams. I commend both Jerod Clark and Ricke Burnett for their efforts at the Flats and Tarpon Ice House, respectively, with building a couple of successful events. The number of musicians showing up to play each week has consistently grown and the caliber of talent gets better and better each week. Good job guys! Another cool thing about March is the annual South By Southwest music conference in Austin. Hundreds of aspiring bands, as well as music professionals of every kind, flock to Austin from absolutely everywhere in the world to network and party. I haven’t been to SXSW in a while but I known it’s grown to be Austin’s largest single attraction and is attracting huge talent. This year Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will actually play. But right now, time’s a wasting…let’s roll!

Ray T injured in motorcycle accident

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Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Paul Butterfield, John Mayall and Muddy Waters… that’s the good stuff, people. I thought both artists played exceptionally clean with soulful, uncluttered passages. LeRoux is quite good and has a nice finger picking style. He also played a few originals and even a Cole Porter song.

Michael O’Connor

Michael O’Connor will play the House of Rock on March 8 Michael O’Connor (Brenham, TX) will play the House of Rock on March 8. Originally from Corpus Christi, O’Connor is often considered one of the top sidemen on the Texas curcuit. His guitar accompaniments for such artists as Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll and Susan Gibson are in high demand. O’Connor happily spent most of the last decade devoting more time to sideman gigs than on his solo career. But with the release of Devil Stole the Moon, the 45-year-old songwriter is gearing up to take center stage. “I’ll still be doing some selective sideman gigs, but I’m going to be concentrating more on doing my own thing,” he says, “It’s just time for a change.” Jim Beal, of the San Antonio Express-News, says of O’Connor, “...a collection of songs that take unvarnished looks at not-so-beautiful losers who populate the margins: the has-beens, the never-will-bes.

the tempo or instruments. The Ruben V shows become enlivened jams inciting the audience into a musical frenzy. He keeps the audience entertained and coming back for more. I like the way Ruben puts it, “My guitar might change shape and size; but, those six strings will always be a part of who I am and who I have grown up to be.”

The Kydells

Bruce Robison Bruce Robison (Austin, TX) will perform at the Third Coast Theater in Port A on March 3. Singer-songwriter, Robison is the brother of Charlie Robison and hails from Bandera, Texas. He has released nine studio recordings since 1996 and had songs recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and George Strait. His latest album, From the Top, was produced by Rodney Crowell. He has been married to singer-songwriter, Kelly Willis, since in 1996 and often performs with her as a duo.

Dicky Neely and Guy LeRoux Dicky Neely (Flour Bluff, TX) and Guy LeRoux (Corpus Christi, TX) played the Port Aransas Community Theater on February 20, as part of the Port A Parks and Rec’s Winter Sounds series. Neely is a longtime island fixture who plays a tasty blues harmonica and sings. He was accompanied on guitar by LeRoux. The audience at the PACT was 99% Winter Texans and half dozen locals (who all sat in the front row). The duo ran through a set of blues standards by the likes of Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson. Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Little Walter, John Lee Hooker,

Ruben V


Ray Tijerina was injured in a motorcycle accident last week Ray Tijerina, bandleader of Ray T and the City Crew (Aransas Pass, TX), was in a bad motorcycle accident on February 9 around 11:30 pm. The accident occurred on Hyway 361 between Ingleside and Aransas Pass and involved a pickup truck who stopped in the road causing Tijerina to T-bone into him at 55 mph. According to his rhythm guitar player and cousin, Juan Jimenez, Tijerina suffered a broken leg in two places (snapping both his fibula and tibula), several fractured ribs, lacerations to his lungs and liver and a ruptured spleen. He had a female passenger with him who is also in ICU at Spohn Memorial Hospital with similar injuries. The driver of the truck was arrested for DWI. Tijerina does not have medical insurance and a bank account has been set up for donations at Wells Fargo Bank under Estevan Reynaldo Tijerina (DOB: 03-011973). Big John and Lynda Coward, owners of the Flat’s Lounge in Port Aransas, tell me they will be having a benefit for Ray soon. I’ll let you know when. Say a little prayer for brother Ray, he’s got a rough road ahead of him.

With the line ‘a bar tab twice as long as Billy Gibbons’ beard,’ even losers win.”

Free Beer Band Every Thursday (7:00pm) Open Jam Every Sunday The Kydells March 16,17,18

Ruben V will play the Back Porch on March 10

The Kydells will play the Tarpon Ice House on March 16, 17 and 18. This is a band who lives all over the country. Holly Hendricks on vocals and percussion lives in Montana, Lee Baker on guitar and vocals lives in Austin, Milton Gore on vocals, guitar and mandolin and Dave Lora on upright bass live in North Carolina. The band plays a kind of hybrid of country, blues, Texas roadhouse and Appalachian blue grass with amazing harmonies. They first got together in North Carolina in 1995 and only get back together every so often. They recorded their first album in 1998 and just finished their second recently. This will definitely be a DO NOT MISS show in the same vein as the Shoemaker Brothers.

Ruben V (San Antonio, TX) will play the Back Porch on Saturday, March 10. Yes folks, And that’s the truth! it’s finally here. The Back Porch th opens on the 8 and our old friend, Ruben Vela gets the honor of playing the first show of the season. I’ve known V since the early 90’s and have seen him play dozens of times. He is truly a master guitarist with a large array of song styles that include blues, rock, Latin and Americana. V has a vivacious energy about him that pulls you in. Every show is different; he has a vast catalog of songs to pull from. They may The Kydells will play the Tarpon Ice House on play a familiar song but change March 16-18

Live Music Tonight

Jason Phillips @ Scuttlebutt’s Beer & Berto @ House of Rock Thursday, March 8th

Thursday, March 1st Free Beer Band @ Tarpon Ice House


Goodnight Avenue @ Executive Surf Club Rich Lockhart @ Scuttlebutt’s Whiskey Myers/ Kyle Bennett Band @ Brewster Street John Cortez @ Doctor Rockits

Free Beer Band @ Tarpon Ice House Aaron Einhouse @ Executive Surf Club Stephen James & Shakedown @ Doctor Rockits Aaron Watson/ Jason March 9 Scarecrow People Cassidy @ Brewster March 10 Ruben V Street March 15 Cody Angel Colin Roche @ March 16 Emory Quinn Scuttlebutt’s March 17 Cruise Control Micheal O’Connor/ Rev. Fred Cook @ House of West Cotter Street Port A Rock

Live Music


Friday, March 9th

Friday, March 2nd Carol Elliott (5-7) @ Tarpon Ice House Mandy Rowden @ Tarpon Ice House Trysum @ Executive Surf Club Spazmatics @ Brewster Street Bar Nutz @ House of Rock Taylor Tumlinson @ Scuttlebutt’s Charlie & the Cool Cats @ Doctor Rockits

Get Well Soon Ray T

Mon-Sat 10am- 2am Sun Noon- 2am Live Music EveryFriday

Saturday, March 3rd

Guy LeRoux and Dicky Neely performed at the Port Aransas Community Theater on Feb. 20th

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Daily Lunch Specials Private Dinner Parties, Personal Chef, Weddings

Bruce Robison @ 3rd Coast Theater Mandy Rowden @ Tarpon Ice House Ballyhoo!/ Tin Can Phone/ Weekday Boys @ House of Rock London Lobster Steam & Such @ Brewster Street Ice House Carlton Pride and Zion @ Executive Surf Club Another Level @ Doctor Rockits Middle of the Road @ Brewster Street Sunday, March 4th Trans Siberian Orchestra @ American Bank Center Victory by Birthright/ ECHO/ Rezs @ House of Rock Open Jam w/ Ricke Burnet @ Tarpon Ice House Kurt Grein @ Scuttlebutt’s The Weekday Boys @ Doctor Rockits

Scarecrow People @ Back Porch |Carol Elliott (5-7) @ Tarpon Ice House Cirque du Soliel presents Dralion @ American Bank Center Scarecrow People @ Back Porch The Groove @ Executive Surf Club The Business/ Downtown Strutts/ The Booked @ House of Rock Antone & the All Stars @ Doctor Rockits Justin Estes @ Scuttlebutt’s Another Level @ Brewster Street Saturday, March 10th Ruben V @ Back Porch Cody Angel @ Wild Horse

Phil Pritchett/ Lighter Ray @ Executive Surf Club 2nd Saturday Sing-Along Piano Show @ Brewster Street Michael Holt & Trophy 500 @ Doctor Rockits Lost Trailers/ Lighter Ray @ Brewster Street CC Symphony Orchestra @ Performing Arts Center TAMUCC

Moby Dicks Seafood, Steaks & Oysters Tiki Bar

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Monday, March 5th Open Jam w/ Antone Perez @ Doctor Rockits Fabian Rivera @ Scuttlebutt’s D.R.I./ The Booked/ Switchblade Jesus/ Greedy Mouth @ House of Rock

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Open Jam w/ Ricke Burnet @ Tarpon Ice House Kabomba/ Peace & Quiet @ Doctor Rockits Ballabajoomba @ House of Rock Monday, March 12th

Open Jam w/ Antone Perez @ Doctor Rockits Acoustic Night w/ Art Barrera @ House of Rock

Tuesday, March 6th

Lisabellas Bistro & Bar

Sunday, March 11th

Justin Estes Band @ Doctor Rockits Blake Sparks @ Scuttlebutt’s Open Mic w/ Rev. Matt Martinez @ House of Rock Wednesday, March 7th Open Jam w/ Wolf Jaw @ Flats Lounge Flat Broke @ Doctor Rockits

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Tuesday, March 13th Justin Estes Band @ Doctor Rockits Open Mic w/ Rev. Matt Martinez @ House of Rock Wednesday, March 14th Open Jam w/ Wolf Jaw @ Flats Lounge Sunglasses and Mushrooms @ Doctor Rockits Death by Stereo/ The Sparring @ House of rock

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