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Three Chords and the Truth By Ronnie Narmour Finally, we get our islands back for a while. Spring is upon us and there’s nothing on the horizon but great live music and beautiful weather. I’ve got a couple of shows that I’ve recently seen to tell you about and the party of the century that I insist you go to. Be sure to check out the band listings in the LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT box at the bottom of the page and get out there and support live music. There’s plenty of it. But, as for now, times a wasting...let’s roll. Emory Quinn Emory Quinn (San Antonio, TX) played the Back Porch on St. Patty’s Day. I walked into this show think-






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All of them are all equally skilled on every instrument and each player knows exactly when to take their ride. Their songs are intricate and complex and they make it look like child’s play. I’m sure they complete each other’s sentences. This is a true musical brotherhood. At this show at the Ice House, BCBC played for the better part of five hours with only a couple of short breaks. And they played as hard and as passionate for the half dozen or so that stuck it out to the bitter end as they did for the 100 or so that were there at the start. I heard everything from Doc Watson to Stephane Grappelli during their show, but the best stuff was their originals which were nothing short of present day masterpieces (Gypsy Jig, She’s Sexy When She Comes, Shine a Light, Hillbilly Bubble, etc.). I know their mountain ancestors must be beaming with pride.

Although I was deeply impressed with the smooth yet passionate vocals of Clint Bracher, I felt the standout in this band was with the multi-instrumentation of Nathan The Brown Chicken Brown Cow played the Tarpon Ice Rigney. This young man was a monster. House on March 19th. He flat roared on the many stringed instruments that he played adding sweet leads on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. I’ve seldom heard such clean and tasty ber and they loved the people they’d met here in Port A passages. Combined with the three part harmonies and and Padre, so wouldn’t miss playing here again for the “extra effort” bass lines of Case Bell, this band was a world, come next winter. And, the Tarpon Ice House was and will be the perfect rustic setting for this act It was an pleasure to watch. absolute magical night. The band released their fourth CD entitled, See You at the Next Light in 2010. The ten songs on it are a rootsy DO NOT MISS LIST blend of country and rock and have enough hooks and Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones catchy melodies to keep them on your mind. I especially liked Whiskey In My Whiskey. I think these boys have got Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones (Austin, TX) will it going on. They’ve found a balance in their music that play the Tarpon Ice House on Saturday, April 2nd. This keeps a harmonic edge on their country twang reminis- will be a very special night as it is Tarpon owner, Paul Fain’s 50th birthday. Katy bar the door. This is going to cent of the Eagles or the Wallflowers. It’s nice. be some fun. If I know the folks at the Ice House, this Brown Chicken Brown Cow

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blowout will be of historical importance. Paul’s sister, Tanya Fain and her husband French Smith, are bringing Ponty down as a birthday gift. Tanya and French are old time music promoters from Austin, but now live in Port A. Having put on hundreds of shows and festivals in Austin through the years, Tanya hand selected Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones for this special event. And for good reason...they are the rootsy, high powered party band that’s perfect for Paul’s 50th Birthday party. I suggest wearing sensible shoes. Ponty Bone is nothing short of an authentic Texas accordion king. He was raised in San Antonio where he began studying the accordion at the age of five. He moved to Lubbock in the early 70’s to go to Texas Tech and hooked up with Joe Ely and Jimmy Dale Gilmore, helping to change the face of country music. The accordion maestro, Flaco Jimenez, has called Ponty, “The Real McCoy of soulful accordion playing.” He has shared stages with The Clash, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Ronnie Lane, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, Gary P. Nunn, Omar & The Howlers, both Bruce & Charlie Robison, Terri Hendrix and Timbuk 3, to name a few.


There you have it, the scene is set for one world class party for Paul. Hope you can make it! I wouldn’t miss it for love or money. This is the stuff my DO NOT MISS LIST lives for. Happy birthday, Paul! And that’s the truth!

Paul Fain, on left, will celebrate his 50th birthday on April 2nd.

Friday, March 25th

Carol Elliott @ Tarpon Ice House (5-7) TBA @ Tarpon Ice House

Carol Elliott @ Tarpon Ice House (5-7)

Norm & Amanda @ Hook’s B-B-Q

TBA @ Tarpon Ice House

The Spazmatics @ Brewster Street

Cody Angel @ Back Porch

Cruise Control @ Executive Surf Club

Mike Williams @ Bancock Star

Justin Estes @ Scuttlebutt’s

Richard Lockhart & Luis V. @ Hooks B-B-Q

Saturday, April 2nd


Five Card Draw @ Brewster Street Brian Winfrey @ Island Italian

Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones @ Tarpon Ice House Frank Rodarte @ Back Porch

Justin Estes @ Scuttlebutt’s 4th Annual “No Excuses” Music Fest @ Gulf Coast Racing Ray T & the City Crew @ The Flats Crisis/ Fell/ Returning Hate/ Labeling Theory/ Laoric @ House of Rock Nightshift @ Holiday Inn Sandbar Carlton Pride & Mighty Zion @ Padre Island Burger Co.

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Clarissa Serna @ Revolution Bar and Grill Open Mic w/ Rev. Fred @ House of Rock

Wednesday, April 6th

Larry Joe Taylor/ Davin James @ Third Coast Studio

Fabian @ Scuttlebutt’s

Ruben Limas @ Island Italian

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Thursday, April 7th

Live Music EveryFriday

Stuart Burns & 4 Min. Ride @ Tarpon Ice House John Eric @ Island Italian Nathan Strubhart @ Scuttlebutt’s

Acoustic Open Jam @ Tarpon Ice House

Friday, April 8th

Emily @ Hooks B-B-Q (noon)

Ginger Leigh @ Back Porch

House of Pain/ Big B/ DIRTBALL/ Sozay @ Brewster Street

Carol Elliott @ Tarpon Ice House (5-7)

Colin Roche @ Scuttlebutts

TBA @ Tarpon Ice House

Monday, March 28th

Emily @ Hooks B-B-Q

Nathan Strubhart @ Scuttlebutt’s

Brian Winfrey @ Island Italian

Tuesday, March 29th

Justin Estes @ Scuttlebutt’s

Jason Phillips @ Scuttlebutt’s Scarecrow People @ Executive Surf Club Reno & the Groove Getters @ Dr. Rockits

Fabian @ Scuttlebutt’s HOBO @ House of Rock

Thursday, March 31st Stuart Burns & 4 Minute Ride @ Tarpon Ice House Wade Bowen/ Scott Wiggins Band @ Brewster Street Black Top Gypsy @ Executive Surf Club John Eric @ Island Italian

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Open Mic @ Executive Surf Club

4th Annual “No Excuses” Music Fest @ Gulf Coast Racing

Open Mic @ Executive Surf Club

Tim McGraw @ American Bank Center Bright Light Social Hour/Witness by Proxy @ House of Rock

Happy 50th Birthday Paul!! From Your Friends & Family!

Friday, April 1st

Scarecrow People @ Brewster Street Flashback @ Executive Surf Club Trans Siberian Orchestra @ Salina Auditorium

Saturday, April 9th The Models @ Back Porch The Ones @ Tarpon Ice House Dave Bottlehead Miller @ Hooks B-B-Q Stonesour/Theory/Skillet @ Concrete Street Rubin Limas @ Island Italian Rick Cates @ Scuttlebutt’s Haochen Zhang @ A&M Performing Arts Center

Nathan Strubhart @ Scuttlebutt’s Latin Talk @ Martini Bar

Colin Roach @ Scuttlebutt’s

Reno & the Groove Getters @ Doctor Rockits

Rick Cates @ Scuttlebutt’s

Wednesday, March 30th

Sunday, April 3rd Acoustic Open Jam @ Tarpon Ice House

Jason Phillips @ Scuttlebutt’s

Middle of the Road @ Brewster Street

Clarissa Serna @ Revolution Bar & Grill

Rick Cates @ Scuttlebutt’s

Scarecrow People @ Executive Surf Club

Richard Lockhart with Luis V. and Bottlehead @ Hooks B-B-Q


Bleed the Machine/ Ruined Faith/ Fall @ Zero’s

Tuesday, April 5th

Mike Williams @ Bancock Star

Sunday, March 27th

Rubin Limas @ Island Italian

Monday, April 4th

The Ones @ Tarpon Ice House

Matt Hole & Hot Rod Gang/ Chad Thomas @ Executive Surf Club

Hilda Lamas @ Executive Surf Club

Johnsmith @ Burning Bush Coffee House

Cruise Control @ Back Porch



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Saturday, March 26th

Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones will play the Tarpon Ice House on Saturday, April 2nd.


from his own “Frio City Road Polka” to a cover of Don Santiago Jimenez’s classic “Viva Seguin”; from the blues of Memphis Slim to “Don’t You Lie to Me” by zydeco king Clifton Chenier and back to originals such as “Flattown Boogie.” There’s nothing fake, flashy or faddish about the music - or the presentation - of Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones. The man and the band play enduring, endearing Texas folk music with a driving beat.”

San Antonio music writer, Jim Beal, has said this of Ponty Bone, “ His music fuses blues, zydeco, Cajun and conjunto for a sound that shows the power and the playfulness of roots music and the subtle talents of the band. Unconcerned about musical boundaries - and secure in his knowledge of the range of his big Italian piano-key accordion - Bone easily moves

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Every Fri. Happy Hour With Carol Elliott Every Thurs. Stuart Burns & 4 Min. Ride The Ones Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones Apr 2 Gigi Love Mar 16 & Apr 9 Apr 16 Paul’s 50th Birthday!!

The band had been to Albuquerque, Taos, Eureka Springs and Denton just before hitting our islands and was heading for BeauEmory Quinn played the Back Porch on March 17th. mont, New Orleans and the West Virginia ing this band was another cookie cutter version of the State Fair next. They were more excited about playing on redundant “Texas Country” format that’s dominating the streets of New Orleans than they were the State Fair. the airwaves and young girl’s hearts these days. What They told me they’d be back around Texas next DecemI saw were some exceptionally talented young men with an endearing stage presence. The band consists of Nathan Emory Rigney on vocals, guitar, mandolin and fiddle, Clint Quinn Bracher on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Case Bell on bass and vocals and Erik Frankson on drums. These guys are frat brothers from A&M that started making music together around 2007. They still have young shiny faces and a refreshing child like enthusiasm for playing music.

The Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band (1992 Dodge Van, USA) played the Tarpon Ice House on March 19th. It had been one year to the date that BCBC had played our islands and there was a buzz around town about their return. They play authentic mountain folk and bluegrass music but with their own slant. A purist might find fault in their renditions but there’s no denying that these boys play the tightest arrangements on the planet They live to play their music twenty four hours a day. They are originally from the hills of West Virginia but call their old Dodge van home, traveling year round from gig to gig with no real home base. Their daily routine is to wake and bake and play music all day long, every day, no matter whose listening or not. And it shows. They pass around their guitars, stand up bass, mandolins and banjos to each other as easily as trading lies.

March 25, 2011

Sing Along Pianos @ Brewster Street

Scarecrow People @ Back Porch

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Carlton Pride @ Mighty Zion

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