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By Ronnie Narmour There are no more holidays until Halloween and the kids are all back in school…so now we get our island back…right? I caught a few good shows over the past couple of weeks. Mr. Mo and the Famous Unknowns (Port Aransas, TX) played the Wing Ding at the Gaff over Labor Day and put on a fine show. I was also impressed with the reggae outfit, Sol Tribe (San Antonio, TX), who played the Tarpon Ice House. They had a sweet island groove going and some nice vocals. I want to remind you about the big Hank 3 show coming to the House of Rock on the 12th. Also, a fabulous Latino/Cubano big band from Austin, Grupo Fantasma will be playing at the Executive Surf Club on the 15th. And, don’t miss Ginger Leigh at the Back Porch on September 23rd. She is a really great performer and singer/songwriter. So is Ruben V who will be at the Porch the next night. My heart is heavy for the victims of more than 60 wildfires that raged across Central Texas over the Labor Day Weekend. The hardest hit was in Bastrop County. As of this writing, more than 5000 people have been evacuated, nearly 500 homes destroyed and two people have died. My family lives in that area and the hellish chain of events have been harrowing. Anyone interested in helping these victims with donations can contact the “Distribution Center for Victims of the Bastrop County Fires” on Facebook. Count your blessings every day, people. And, on the local scene, wunderkind Cody Angel, who finally graduated from Port A High School and went away to South Plains College to pursue music related studies, has been checking in lately. He changed his Facebook status to “Current City: Plainview, TX”. He is in three schools bands and seems to be taking the Great Plains by storm…dust storm that is. I understand he got his first dose of a real West Texas dust storm and was left speechless. That’s a first for Cody. But, right now time’s a wasting…let’s roll!

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name was a household word and Roadstar Productions was the biggest events company in town. Of course, there are many others that stepped up to the plate, but French Smith and Tanya Fain’s efforts made an enormous impact on the city of Austin. Today Austin can boast over 250 live music venues and estimates 50,000 live music performances there each year. Matt Curtis, communications director for the Mayor’s office recently stated, “Music is not only a big part of our creative culture, it’s also an enormous economic asset. 10 years ago, a City study showed that Austin’s music industry generated over $600 million per year in economic activity.  Since that time we’ve added the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and, South by Southwest has grown dramatically. Those two events alone are estimated to generate nearly $200 million in annual economic impact.  So my guess would be that music is now well over a billiondollar-a-year industry in Austin.”  We congratulate French and Tanya on this well deserved recognition and are proud they have chosen Port Aransas as their home now. (By the way, Tanya is the sister of Paul Fain, owner of the Tarpon Ice House, and still dabbles in bringing shows there, from time to time). Here’s to French and Tanya…hip, hip hooray!

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than a bullet. It was truly a sight to behold. I especially dug it when he picked up a Corona bottle off a table and ripped it up with some real deal bottleneck. This is one guy who never really got his fair due but is unquestionably an incredibly talented blues guitarist.

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for “Best Country Instrumental Performance” in 2002 for co-writing the Dixie Chicks’ song, Lil’ Jack Slade. She also received the “Art of Peace Award” from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, honoring her for creating art in the service of peace, justice, and human understanding. Not a bad list of credentials for a gal once so shy she played Open Mic’s with her back to the audience, some 19 years ago. Kind of makes you wonder how far she can go in the next 19 years. This sweet lady is pure magic and I wouldn’t miss this show for love or money.

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Terri Hendrix will play the House of Rock on Sept. 15th


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Terri Hendrix

Terri Hendrix (San Marcos, TX) will play the Alan Haynes (Austin, TX) played the House House of Rock on September 15th. The Grammy of Rock Blues Festival on September 3rd. Origi- award winning singer-songwriter and multi-innally from Houston, TX, Alan Haynes’ resume strumentalist will share the HoR stage with two of reads like a blues player’s Who’s Who. He has the best in the business, Lloyd Maines and Miperformed with such blues greats as Stevie Ray chael O’Connor. Hendrix has 14 CDs out since Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds (with 1996 and has won many impressive awards inJimmie Vaughan), Albert Collins, John Lee cluding the Austin Music Award for “Best Folk Hooker, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin, Bonnie Act,” “Best Singer-Songwriter” and “Best New Raitt, Robert Cray, Bugs Henderson, Gregg Band”; the Austin American Statesman Music Martin, Joe Walsh, Leroy Parnell, Willie Nel- Critics Poll for “Best New Artist”; and the San son, John Mayall, James Cotton, Denny Free- Antonio Current’s Music Awards for “Best Folk/ man, Austin’s Sexton brothers (Will & Char- Acoustic Band”, “Songwriter of the Year”, “Felie), Derek O’Brien, Doyle Bramhall II, and the male Entertainer of the Year” and “Female Vogreat Johnny Winter (who he claims as a ma- calist of the Year”…not to mention her Grammy jor inspiration). This influence can be heard especially in Alan’s passionate and throaty singing style. He’s opened for the Talking Heads, Muddy Waters, and Buddy Guy and has toured with Albert King and Bobby Blue Friday, Sept. 9th Bland, to name a few. For six years in The Ones @ Back Porch the 1990’s Alan was the house band at Periphery/Human Abstract/Textures/Contortionists/Buried Under the legendary Antone’s Blues Club in Texas/Fall @ House of Rock The Pictures @ Brewster Street Austin, TX.

Rosie Flores (Austin, TX) will play Doctor Rockits on September 24th. Rosie Flores whips the best of rock and roll, honky tonk, early rockabilly, blues, and jazz with the traditional sounds of her roots in San Antonio, TX. She took flight in Southern California, and has been a major figure in the Los Angeles, Austin, TX and Nashville music scenes – as well as Europe and Japan. I first saw her perform as an opening act for Rodney Crowell at Slim’s in San Francisco in the mid 80’s, and have been a fan ever since. Critical raves from prestigious publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player magazine, an LA Weekly Music Award for Best Rockabilly Swing Artist, a 2007 cover story in the Austin Chronicle, and the proclamation of Rosie Flores Day in August 2006 by Austin Mayor Will Wynn was topped off by an induction into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007. She was recently voted as one of the “Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time” by Venuszine. Rosie’s solo recordings have found homes on both the Billboard and Gavin charts and are featured in seven motion pictures. Her revved-up performances from California to New York have won legions of fans and earned appearances on such nationally broadcast television programs as “Austin City Limits” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brian.” This is definitely a DO NOT MISS show.

And that’s the truth!

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French Smith and Tanya Fain received Austin Music Award

French Smith

Mr. Mo & the Famous Unknowns @ Hooks B-B-Q Emily @ Wildhorse Get Off the Lawn @ Coffee Waves Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Lounge Time Pilots @ Executive Surf Club Antone & the Atomic Blues Band @ Dr. Rockits Brian Winfrey @ Island Italian George Ensle @ Roberts Point Park

I want to give a shout-out to Port A residents, French Smith and his wife, Tayna Fain. The City of Austin recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of declaring their city the “Live Music Capital of the World” by giving out “Austin Music Awards” to those who helped make the city worthy of such a moniker. French Smith is one of those people honored at City Hall on August 25th. In the 70’s French Smith owned the popular Discovery Records on the drag in Austin and was involved in booking the storied Armadillo World Headquarters. In 1980 he established his production company, Roadstar Productions and began doing concerts in Austin by the hundreds. Highlights would include The T-Bird Riverfest (Fabulous Thunderbirds) at Auditorium Shores, Austin Freedom Festivals at Zilker Park, Louisiana Swamp Romp, City of Austin Sesquicentennial Concert and Texas State Sesquicentennial Concert.  Additionally he created the Old Pecan Street Festival in the early 80’s, which is still held twice each year on 6th Street in downtown Austin. Smith’s wife, Tanya Fain, handled all the marketing and promotions for each music event and coproduced all of French’s shows. I lived in Austin and worked on 6th Street during this time and can attest that French Smith was “the man.” This was a time when the live music scene was just starting to explode and Smith was one of the guys who put Austin on the map. His

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Alan Haynes playing some bottleneck at the House of Rock Blues Festival on Sept. 3rd Hayne’s put on a text book example of a blues show. Working as a three piece, he spent most of his set on the floor in front of the stage, walking through the audience. I’ve known Alan for the better part of 25 years and he’s never sounded better. His guitar playing is amazing…clean as a whistle and faster

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Tuesday, Sept. 13th Open Mic w/ Rev. Fred @ House of Rock Antone & the Atomic Blues Band @ Dr. Rockits

Wednesday, Sept. 14th Flatbroke @ House of Rock Cold/One Eyed Doll/The Next Day @ Brewster Street Steven James & the Shakedown @ Dr. Rockits John Eric @ Pelicans Lounge

Thursday, Sept. 15th Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines/Michael O’Connor @ House of Rock Aaron Watson/James Lann @ Brewster Street Grupo Fantasma @ Executive Surf Club John Cortez @ Dr. Rockits Free Beer @ Tarpon Ice House Scarecrow People @ Back Porch Another Level @ Brewster Street Richard Lockhart Band @ Hooks B-B-Q

HOBO @ The Gaff Matt Ahern @ Wildhorse Stuart Burns @ Coffee Waves Friends and Lovers @ House of Rock Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Lounge The Groove @ Executive Surf Club John Cortez @ Dr. Rockits Brian Winfrey @ Island Italian

Saturday, Sept. 17th Aaron Einhouse @ Back Porch Metal Shop @ Brewster Street Richard Lockhart Band @ Hooks B-B-Q Jim Dugan @ The Gaff Billy Dean @ Executive Surf Club C-Roots @ Coffee Waves Mighty Org @ Dr. Rockits Ruben Limas @ Island Italian Stuart Burns @ Wildhorse ECHO/Witness by Proxy @ House of Rock

Sunday, Sept. 18th At My Signal/Dear Grace/Oh? The Irony @ House of Rock Acoustic Jam w/ Van Blize @ Tarpon Ice House Blindfold @ Dr. Rockits Pirate Ball @ The Gaff

Acoustic Jam w/ Van Blize @ Tarpon Ice House Green Mountain Grass @ Dr. Rockits Hank Williams III @ House of Rock Open Jam w/ Antone Perez @ Dr. Rockits



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Cruise Control @ Back Porch Sing Along Piano Bar @ Brewster Street Seed @ Hooks B-B-Q Austin Forrest @ Wildhorse Beltsander Races w/ Willie @ The Gaff Javas Big Texas Tiki Tour/Burlesque Show @ House of Rock Acoustic Breeze @ Coffee Waves Bus Stop Stallions @ Executive Surf Club Duke E. Brown @ Dr. Rockits Ruben Limas @ Island Italian

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Tuesday, Sept. 20th Agnostic Front/Mongoloids/ Naysayer @ House of Rock Antone & the Atomic Blues Band @ Dr. Rockits Clarissa Serna @ Revolution Bar & Grill

Wednesday, Sept. 21st Neil Edwards Band @ Dr. Rockits John Eric @ Pelicans Lounge

Thursday, Sept. 22nd Ballabajoomba Poetry Slam @ House of Rock Roger Creager @ Brewster Street John Cortez @ Dr. Rockits Free Beer @ Tarpon Ice House

Friday, Sept. 23rd Ginger Leigh @ Back Porch Le Freak @ Brewster Street Acoustic Breeze @ Coffee Waves Maya Guirao @ Wildhorse DJ Duss/The Vettes/Raspas/Johnny Hotcakes @ House of Rock Ray T & the City Crew @ Flats Lounge Scarecrow People @ Executive Surf Club Mondo & the 3rd Coast Rhythm Section @ Dr. Rockits Brian Winfrey @ Island Italian

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