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April 26, 2012

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Three Chords TARPON MUSIC BASH MAY 18-19 Free Beer Band and the Truth Three Way Street

Every Thursday (7:00 pm)

May 4

By Ronnie Narmour

Billy Snipes May 5 There’s a lot to talk about. Music is busting out everywhere. Times a wasting…let’s roll!

Open Jam Every Sunday With Rockin’ Ricke (5:00 pm) 321 N Alister * (361) 749-2337 Al Barlow (New Braunsfel, TX). Al always brings a herd of his Hill Country musician friends with him and it’s an absolutely delightful event. Look for such artists as Mandy Rowden, Scott and Smiley, Rusty Cofield, Dallas Burrow and Music from the Karma Farm. I talked to Al on the phone and he tells me he’ll have the whole list of acts for me shortly. Stay posted, this bash is a blast.

in Rockport. The musical line-up includes Another Level, Aqua Vox and the most incredible Carolyn Wonderland on the 26th. The line-up on the 27th is Carol Elliott, Bo Porter and Larry Joe Taylor. For details go to

29th Annual Songwriters Showcase Joe Ely and Robby Gjersoe played the House of Rock on April 29th. The great Joe Ely played the House of Rock last Sunday…

Tiffany and the Lost Boys played the Tarpon Ice House on Tuesday. Impromptu music at the Ice House… every day! As the season heats up around here, so does the live music scene. The impromptu gatherings of local musicians around the Tarpon Ice House continue to blow my mind. Billed as Denny and the Jets last week, locals Jack Gant, Denny Larkin and Robbie Owens showed up out of nowhere and put on one heck of a show. I can see these boys catching tread. And, when it looks like nobody else is booked at the Ice House, Mr. Mo usually steps up to the plate at the last minute. He did so last week with the amazing drummer, Chris Vanderkohn and guitarist, Dan McLeod, in tow and got a huge crowd going. You never know who’s going to show up and play at the last minute. This Tuesday was a hoot. This really sweet girl, Tiffany, who lives across the street on the roof of Castaways, came over late in the day and said she had these guys from the Hill Country who wanted to play with her and would it be all right…yeah, sure. They called themselves the Lost Boys. Tiffany showed up, The Lost Boys didn’t but it didn’t matter. Tiffany put on one hell of a show by herself. I’m seeing a singer-songwriter open mic in the making here. And the Open Jam over there every Sunday has really started to explode. It’s always a lot of fun and gets bigger and bigger every week. There’s no egos and anyone and everyone is invited to participate. They have a PA set up with a bunch of amps and instruments ready to use. It’s kind of exciting to see who’s name makes it to the chalk board out front late in the afternoon. Really, you should check it out. It’s really spontaneous.

Well, I finally made it off the island last Sunday and went into town to see the great Joe Ely at the House of Rock. He’s sounding as fabulous as ever. To my surprise, there were only about 50 people in attendance but Joe played like it was to 5000. He had a new guy with him…a lead guitarist from Chicago named Robby Gjersoe. I’ve seen some of the best guitarist ever accompany Ely through the years (Rick Hulett, Jessie Taylor, David Grissom, etc) and thought this gentleman certainly held his own. His passages were clean and warm and never cluttered up the mix. I thought he was a nice addition to Ely’s show. Joe played his songbook and even opened up the set list for requests. It was a wonderful, intimate show with the old master from Lubbock. I went back stage after the performance and talked to Joe for a while. He was asking me if there were any good gigs in Port A…hmmm. I can think of a few.

The 29th Annual Songwriters Showcase in Port A will be on May 21st at Roberts Point Park in the grassy Chili Field area. Musicians include Preecher Williams, Triggerfish, Mark Wilks, Guy Le Roux, Melissa Brooke, Perry Wing, Hamp Brockman & Janet Drew, Tyler McCumber, L. Leon Sands, Carol Elliott, Dave “Bottlehead” Miller and Havana Daydream. Bring you lawn chairs and coolers. Admission is $7. This event has showcased Port A’s amazing musical talent for almost three decades. It was originally held at the Tarpon Inn and is a fund raiser for the Art Center for the Islands.

Rockport Music Festival

DO NOT MISS LIST Discover Downtown Music and Film Festival The Discover Downtown Music and Film Festival will be held at the site of the old auditorium on Shoreline Drive in Corpus on May 18th and 19th. On Friday night they will be showing the movie, The Legend of Billie Jean and on Saturday, the music starts at 1:00 p.m. and features (in order of appearance) Scarecrow People, Slaid Cleaves, The Most, HOBO, Cold Irons, Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns and Todd Snider. Go to www. for more information.

Tarpon Music Bash The Third Annual Tarpon Music Bash will be held on May 18 and 19. This is a fun one hosted by the happiest singer-songwriter on the planet,

Back Porch news…

Carolyn Wonderland will play the Rockport Festival of Wine and Food over Memorial Day Weekend. Rockport Festival of Food and Wine The Rockport Festival of Food and Wine will be over the Memorial Day weekend, on Ma y 26th and 27th at the Texas Maritime Museum

played the Back Porch on April 28th.

The Rockport Music Festival will be held at Fulton Harbour Park on June 7- 9. This is the second year for this festival and features the strongest line-up I’ve seen in the Coastal Bend. On Thursday, the VIP private party will have Delbert McClinton (Ft. Worth, TX) and Toni Price (Austin,TX). Wow! On Friday the 8th the festival goes country with none other than Rodney Crowell (Nashville, TN) and Hayes Carll (Houston, TX). And the big news is that on Saturday, the show features the great Los Lobos (East Los Angeles, CA), Marcia Ball (Austin, TX), The Blues Broads (Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, Annie Sampson and Dorothy Morrison), The RMF All Stars (Derrick O’Brien, Chris Layton and David Grissom and Greezy Wheels (Austin, TX). It would take my entire column to tell you about these artists, and I plan to do just that in the coming weeks. Suffice it to say, I’m totally impressed. Go to for ticket info (hint: the VIP tickets are really worth the extra money.)

And that’s the truth!

Live Music Tonight

Tuesday, May 8th

Antone & the All Stars @ Doctor Rockits Open Mic w/ Rev. Matt Martinex @ House of Rock

Thursday, May 3rd

The surprise performance of the week goes to Charlie Monague who played the Back Porch last Saturday. I wasn’t familiar with him but this guy has got some chops. He’s got a strong band and a really dynamic vocal delivery. His songs were hard driving and high energy…he really had a strong stage presence. I liked him. In the coming weeks, the Porch will host shows in May by Cruise Control, Jon Wolfe, Ruben V, The Dust Devils, Davin James, W.C. Clark, Gary P. Nunn and the always amazing Charlie Montague Larry Joe Taylor.

The Blues Broads Annie Sampson, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, Dorothy Morrison will play the Rockport Music Festival on June 9th.

Wednesday, May 9th

The Shakedown @ Executive Surf Club Duke E. Brown @ Doctor Rockits On Blast Stand Up Comedy Show @ House of Rock Mike Williams @ Thai Sushi Cafe Friday, May 4


Al Barlow will host the Tarpon Music Bash on May 18 and 19.

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