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Three Chords and the Truth By Ronnie Narmour

Came on vacation… left on probation.

Island Moon

March 14, 2013


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Well, the big news around here this week has been police domination at spring break. You can’t swing a cat with hitting a cop. And not these state troopers, all in the name Giggity’s finally opens… only did they come in mass (and I do mean of spring break mania. Look, I’m Well Giggity’s finally mass), they also came in every cop variation all for police protection and support opened their doors. You may imaginable, short of the National Guard. them one hundred per cent in any remember the veil of secrecy Currently, we have city, county, state and attempt to serve the public when that proprietor, Edwin Myers, federal peace officers swarming Port A like legitimately needed, they have a wrapped around this place angry hornets. Homeland Security was seen hard, thankless job. But these strong located in the flats area in Port. searching cars on the ferry, dressed in tactical arm tactics by out of town cops are I couldn’t pull any information gear and toting machine guns. And, from what killing the goose that laid the golden out of him… including when I’ve observed, the “Bully of the Week Award” egg. Every business owner I’ve would the place open, what Ray T and the City Crew play the Flats goes to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) talked to is both horrified and angry. bands would be playing there Lounge every Friday night. who seem to be trying to set a world’s record And just to be clear, this column is Blake Pickett, Amy Myers, and what kind of food would editorial. I am giving for most arrests in the shortest amount Ice House and Scarecrow People (Corpus Howie Andersen and Edwin be served. I just happened to MY opinion only of time. They appear to be absolutely Christi, TX) at Lisabella’s in Cinnamon Shores. Myers finally opened be going by the other night here. Let me know everywhere and are pulling people over On Friday the 15th, the big horn powered party Giggity’s in Port A. and it had people coming and what you think. for the slightest infractions. I’ve heard going, so I figured, “Now I band, Cruise Control (Corpus Christi, TX) horror stories from friends who have get my answers.” My first impression was that will play the Back Porch. Bring your dancing My, My, My, It’s My been stopped and searched because their the joint looks great. It’s got a huge 80 foot bar shoes! Crooner Mike Williams will play the World… front bumper was over the crosswalk in the middle of the room that’s as black and Ice House from 5-7 and Uel Jackson will take line at a stop sign or they didn’t turn I also caught some good shiny as a brand new speed boat. It feels like over from 7- midnight. Or favorite vampire their blinker on quick enough before band, Ray T & the Bob Reed and Betsy shows at the Tarpon Ice House a bar should feel… dark as a tomb but they turned. I’ve also heard several City Crew (Aransas last week. Carol Elliott’s citizens voice concerns about the unsafe Bowen performed their performance on Friday had a lighted in just the right places. The food Pass, TX) will play is basically southern seafood… mostly manner that these out of town police are original songs at the couple of added attractions. their regular Friday fried stuff, Po Boy sandwiches, burgers Tarpon Ice House. driving in our town. They have been gig at the Flat’s Elliott has been conducting and wings. I had the seafood platter seen speeding repeatedly in highly Lounge, Three a songwriting class and two of her students, and have no complaints there but watch populated areas on the beach and city streets. I both Winter Texans; Colorado Bob Reed and Way Street (Port out for those wings… you might need know there was at least one wreck where a DPS Minnesota Betsy Bowen, performed the songs Aransas, TX) will officer made a U-turn in front of a SUV on 361. they had written for her class… a final exam a fire extinguisher. They have a big TV complex behind the bar and a couple of Jered Clark, Dennis Sullivan, Uel christen Giggity’s stage, the amazing of sorts. Bob’s wife Carolyn had also written a pool tables plus one of those internet song for the class but wasn’t able to attend the juke boxes that can play any song and Jackson and Bobby McDonough hot, funky duo, performance so Bob played and sang her song, the house sound system kicks. I can’t play the weekly jam at the Tarpon C-Plus will play the Ice House every Sunday. Coast Club… they’ll Dear John. All of the songs were delightful. I wait to hear a band in there. Three also be back on particularly enjoyed Bowen’s quizzical number, Way Street will play there this Friday. I My My My, It’s My World where she asked for liked it. It felt very comfortable. Well worth the Saturday. The big show on Friday is in Corpus solutions to such worldly questions as, “How do wait. Congratulations Edwin, Amy, Howie and at Concrete Street with Randy Rogers, Casey Donahew, Kevin Fowler and Cody Johnson. dolphins kiss? Do breezes live in trees and can Blake… you’ve done a great job! On Saturday the 16th, Six Market Boulevard turtles swim in loops?” It was really special! (Stephenville, TX) will be at the Back Porch, DO NOT MISS LIST We jammin’… Scarecrow People will be back at Lisabellas, Spring Break Recommendations… blues boy John Cortez will play the Flat’s, Hold on to you hats folks, I’ve got a lot to tell island country crooner, Todd Dorn will play you about. First and foremost, our Prodigal son, Shorty’s Place. Also on Saturday, the Tango Tea Cody Angel will play the Back Porch tonight, Room in Corpus will host the Corpus Christi Thursday March 14th. Cody will be performing Drum & Dance Revival. Next weekend don’t as a blues trio with the great Antone Perez miss Melissa Brooke at the Porch. Be safe on drums and John Schubert on bass. Also everybody… it’s nuts out there right now. A DPS officer conducts a field sobriety test on tonight, catch the Free Beer Band at the Tarpon And that’s the truth! a Port A visitor.

Live Music

Photo by Ronnie Narmour.

Who does police the police?

I’ve talked to several city leaders who are understandably perplexed at this situation. They see what’s going on but there’s really nothing they can do. They don’t have the authority to tell state of federal cops how to conduct themselves. Mayor Keith McMullen did tell me that he plans to have a conversation with City Manager, Dave Parsons to address this situation before the 2014 Spring Break. When I asked my editor, “who does police the police?” his reply was, ‘We do … the news media.” I want to know who ordered this directive and why. I’ve driven down the beach many times this week and am aware of how many kids there are out there… thousands of them. The situation needs to have police supervision and a lot of it. Anything could happen, especially when you add booze and hormones to the mix. Every year there are senseless fights and idiotic behavior that requires police attention, but that shouldn’t make it right to subject EVERYONE in their path to such aggressive scrutiny from


James Derkit played the Open Mic at the Tarpon Ice House last Sunday. The weekly jam at the Ice House last Sunday was killer. They had a number of great local musicians on hand including Dennis Sullivan, Tiffany Tuesday, Kit Gutherz, Jered Clark and James Derkit. These guys kept the ball rolling for four straight hours and, I must say, the music sounded great. I really recommend this event. It’s always fun and uplifting and anyone can get into the act.

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Thursday, March 14 Cody Angel Band @ Back Porch Free Beer Band @ Tarpon Ice House Welcome Spring Scarecrow People @ Lisabella’s Mon-Sat John Cortez @ Dr. Rockits 10am- 2am Attack Attack, Oh Sleeper, Sun Capture the Crown, For a Noon2am King, Indirections, Mariam @ House of Rock Ray T & the John Eric @ Island Italian City Crew Uel Jackson (4-7) @ Sugar Shack- Rockport Every Friday Friday, March 15 Cruise Control @ Back Porch Mike Williams (5-7), Uel Jackson (7-11) @ Tarpon Ice House Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Lounge Three Way Street @ Giggity’s C Plus @ Coast Club Randy Rogers, Casey Donahew, Kevin Fowler, Cody Johnson @ Concrete Street Palacios Brothers @ Dr. Rockits Revival Tour, Chuck Ragan, Jenny Owen Young, Matt Pryor @ House of Rock Scarecrow People @ Executive Surf Club Spark in the Dark @ Coffee Waves Saturday, March 16 Six Market Blvd @ Back Porch C Plus @ Coast Club Scarecrow People @ Lisabella’s John Cortez @ Flat’s Lounge Todd Dorn @ Shorty’s Place Corpus Christi Drum & Dance Revival @ Water Street Village Mike Williams & Rocky Arnold Jazz Quartet @ Hemingways Rockport Matt Hole @ Executive Surf Club Metal Shop @ Brewster Street Ice House Dead Island Spring Break Party @ House of Rock Andrew Foster @ Coffee Waves Pride and Joy @ Dr. Rockits Uel Jackson @ Hammerheads (Rockport) Sunday, St. Patty’s Day Lyrical Bynge @ Executive Surf Club Open Jam w/ Uel Jackson @ Tarpon Ice House Uel Jackson (2:30- 6) @ Shorty’s Place Tumble Dry Low @ Bernie’s Beach House

Sunday, St. Patty’s Day... continued John Eric Open Jam @ South Texas Ice House Open Jam @ Neptune’s Someone Like You @ Dr. Rockits


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