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Come Fly a Kite A Free Event by the Mayor’s Fitness Council
Sometimes getting fit starts with just getting outdoors, moving around and having fun…like flying a kite in the park! Join us at Cole Park on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 11 am to 3 pm for the Inaugural Kite Festival. The Mayor’s Fitness Council is partnering with a local group of kite enthusiasts to bring you this FREE event! It will feature stunt kite flying demonstrations by Carter Tate, exhibits and demonstrations by the Texas State Aquarium, dance and stand routines by the Moody High School Strutters, kiteboarding demonstrations by the Central Texas Kiteboarding Association, kite flying contests led by the Moody High School Key Club, along with more activities for the entire family to enjoy. Don’t have a kite? Not a problem as there will supplies provided in the kite making area. Everyone is encouraged to make this a family event. Pack a healthy picnic and join us in Cole Park! For more information about the event and schedule of activities, visit www.ccmayorsfitnesscouncil.com. The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to providing quality, affordable, enrichment programs for all ages and interests. For more information about the wide variety of programs and services offered by the department, visit www.ccparkandrec.com. We invite everyone to Live. Learn. Play! Event Info: Inaugural Kite Festival Cole Park. Downtown Corpus Christi TX Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 11 am to 3 pm
The Department of Theater and Dance presents Theophilus North, Tuesday November 19- Saturday November 23 at 7:30pm, and Sunday November 24 at 2pm in the Wilson Theatre in the Center for the Arts building. From Off-Broadway comes this astonishing charmer of a play, based upon the semi-autobiographical final work of three-time Pulitzer Prize– winning icon of American letters, Thornton Wilder. Set in the tiny resort town of Newport, RI, during the height of the Jazz Age in summer, 1926, Theophilus North follows the exploits of the title character as he searches for adventure and his place in the world. Quitting his teaching position in New Jersey, and stranded in Newport after his jalopy breaks down, thirty-year-old Theophilus takes odd jobs in houses of the wealthy, infiltrating himself into the lives and troubles of Newport’s residents, both upstairs and downstairs. But the greatest adventure in store is not at all what he has imagined… Tickets are $10 for Adults, $6.50 for students, and $5 for
New Films Featured on Texas Archive of the Moving Image Website On-the-set footage of Texas film and television productions, Dallas-produced industrial films and home movies from families in the Panhandle and West Texas are among the more than 150 new additions to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) this summer. The films were digitized via the Texas Moving Image Archive Program (TMIAP), the Texas Film Commission's free film and video digitization initiative partnership with TAMI, and can be accessed at TexasArchive.org. Videos from Texas Entertainment Tonight producer Jim Ruddy document the production of PBS series "Wishbone" in Dallas and 1990s GenX staple "Reality Bites" in Houston. Ruddy's collection also includes footage of Texas actors Matthew McConaughey and Patrick Swayze, as well as interviews related to the Luby's Massacre and the Selena murder trial. Industrial films for Mary Kay, Southwestern Bell, the U.S. Marines and Texas Electric by Bill Stokes Productions are artifacts of Dallas' rich commercial filmmaking history. New films from the Special Collections of the University of
TAMUCC students with a valid Sanddollar ID. Tickets can be purchased online at http:// cla.tamucc.edu/theatre/, or in person at the Box office, located in the Center for the Arts, between 12 and 2pm the week of the show. FMI contact Olivia at 361-825-3756.
Texas at El Paso include 1945 color footage of the campus, as well as documentaries on migrant farmers and the El Paso music scene. Daily life in Texas is captured through home movies from families in Odessa, Dimmitt and El Paso. Take a look at TAMI's New Releases series for more details, available at this link. Throughout the TMIAP partnership, TAMI has digitized more than 15,000 films, many collected via a series of educational events called the Texas Film Round-Up. In 2014, the Round-Up will travel to Nacogdoches, San Angelo and Amarillo to seek out new film contributions. The Texas Film Round-Up won the American Association for State and Local History's highest honor in 2010 for leadership and innovation in history. Founded in 2002 by film archivist and University of Texas at Austin professor Dr. Caroline Frick, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas' film heritage. Read more about TAMI at www.texasarchive.org.
Event Info: Theophilus North Wilson Theatre in the Center for the Arts TAMU Corpus Christi TX Nov 19 – 24, 2013 Tickets On Sale Now: cla.tamucc.edu/theatre
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1st Impression J. Michael Dolan (:19) If the first impression of your crazy, creative, genius work raises eyebrows, drops jaws, tempts the gate keepers, and gets the door of opportunity to open…even just a crack, then that will provoke us to want more, learn more, probe more, and take more of our limited time to click through your world. However, if what we find when we enter your world disappoints us, or doesn’t live up to that first impression, then you’ve probably lost our trust forever, and it will take a monster effort to provoke us to return and click through your world again. The first sweet, scrumptious, juicy bite sets our taste buds up for the rest of the peach. But do subsequent bites live up to that first delectable delight?
J. Michael Dolan (::29) I’ve seen’um all in the past three decades of my showbiz career. Here are just a few sins that artists & entrepreneurs consistently commit— against themselves: — Allowing personal dramas to thwart a worthwhile project. — Resisting “change” as if it were the enemy. — Faking it! — Setting attainable goals instead of impossible ones. — Sabotaging the project ¾ of the way through. — Procrastinating until you have to run a “mad -dash” to the finish. — Permitting “pettiness” to dictate the to-do list. — Surrendering to the voice of doubt, ignoring the whisper of confidence.
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— Allowing others to dictate your destiny. — Denying the value of building a tribe. — Righteously prophesying the demise of Social Media. — Resisting the “Tech Revolution” — Denying the “Connection Revolution.” — Allowing fear to prevent you from raising the bar. — Believing the demon of doubt is actually the voice of reason. — “Knowing” the high-road, but taking the low-road. — Waiting to become rich or famous, before helping others. What did I miss?
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Show Info: Fun Fun Fun Fest #7 Austin TX 1111--8-13 @ 11pm Theater Stage 1111--10 10--13 @ 5:25pm Yellow Stage Website: www.sarahsilverman.com Social: sarahsilverman Words by Scott Yager, The Sound Magazine
STEAM: You're a part of the James Franco roast...for you,
be and why it works when it does. who is the list worthy of being roasted? Who would you STEAM: What are your thoughts on Adam Carollaâ€™s compick? Is it better to roast accomplished people in their ments that overall, men are funnier than women, when he prime like Franco or notorious figures like Flavor Flav? sites you as a specific example of how women CAN be very SARAH: It's always best to roast someone who has had a funny, but overall numbers wise are inferior when it comes great career and is loved. The conceit in a roast is that you to humor? love each other and the brutal jokes have no ill will behind SARAH: I don't know what to say about Carolla. He's so out them. It's not always the case, but it's how it's supposed to
of touch and then arrogant on top of it. It's a brutal combination. He used to be so funny and he is smart in many ways. But a good friend said it best - it's like watching your friend turn into the Glenn Beck of comedy. There's certainly an audience for it.
STEAM: Any plans to put together another show like The Sarah Silverman Show?
SARAH: I do wanna do TV again but I don't know what.
in daydream mode but I hope it comes to me soon...
you ever be interested in hosting a late night show opposite your ex Jimmy Kimmel?
I know what goes into doing a show like that every single night, and I don't think that would make me happy. It's really a whole life. Non-stop work. You finish one show and you get about ten seconds of feeling you've accomplished something before the stress of the next day sets in. It's intense.
STEAM: What was it like acting in Take This Waltz? Was it a hard decision whether to do the fully nude scene?
SARAH: It was a great experience.
I loved it. No real decision went in to the nude scene. Sarah Polley called me about it and I wanted to do my part in facilitating her idea of what the movie should be. It was interesting. It's just a body. It's just my shell.
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NOV CONCERT CALENDAR FRI NOV 1 Galactic Stubbs Austin Dirty River Boys Gruene Hall New Braunfels Paramore, Metric & HelloGoodbye Austin360 Amphitheater Austin Rusted Root The Belmont – Austin Austin Clint Black One World Theatre Austin Bands of America Alamodome San Antonio Selena Gomez AT&T Center San Antonio Bart Crow Cowboys Dancehall San Antonio SAT NOV 2 Max Stalling/Jason Suthern Brewster Street Icehouse Corpus Christi Don Williams American Bank Center Corpus Christi Soja, Nahko & Medicine for the People Stubbs BBQ - Indoor Stage Austin Jamey Johnson Gruene Hall New Braunfels Devotchka ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin A Silent Film The Parish Austin Coheed and Cambria White Rabbit San Antonio
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Red Elvises Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio
Jay Mohr Charline McCombs Empire Theatre San Antonio Emmanuel McAllan Convention Center McAllan SUN NOV 3 Sergio Mendes One World Theatre Austin Doobie Brothers Majestic Theatre San Antonio GZA ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin The Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Emo's East Austin MON NOV 4 Clutch the Sword House of Rock Corpus Christi TUE NOV 5 Kevin Devine Stubbs BBQ - Indoor Stage Austin Doobie Brothers Paramount Theatre Austin, TX Clutch Emo's East Austin Nine Inch Nails AT&T Center San Antonio WED NOV 6 Mary Chapin Carpenter Paramount Theatre - Austin, TX John Legend Bass Concert Hall Austin
Bands of America Alamodome San Antonio
THU NOV 7 Bart Crow Brewster Street Icehouse Corpus Christi
Streetlight Manifesto The Korova
Corey Smith Antones
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Radney Foster Trio Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio Bob Schnieder ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX FRI NOV 8 Cro-Mags w/More! Zeros Hard Rock Club Corpus Christi
MON NOV 11 Gorjira House of Rock Corpus Christi Motion City Soundtrack & Relient K Emo's East Austin, TX TUE NOV 12 Rickie Lee Jones One World Theatre Austin, TX
The Business House of Rock Corpus Christi
Austin, TX Cypress Hill Pharr Events Center Pharr
FRI NOV 22 Will Hoge House of Rock Corpus Christi
SAT NOV 16 Vallejo House of Rock Corpus Christi Jason Boland & the Stragglers Gruene Hall New Braunfels
The Fresh Beat Band Majestic Theatre San Antonio
Zoe Pharr Events Center Pharr
Sarah Jarosz Gruene Hall New Braunfels
Drake & Miguel AT&T Center San Antonio
Sting ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX
Gov't Mule Stubbs BBQ - Indoor Stage Austin, TX
Janelle Monae ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX
Ray Wylie Hubbard Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio
Bingo Players & Bassjackers Emo's East Austin, TX
WED NOV 13 The Fresh Beat Band ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX
The Head and The Heart Stubbs BBQ - Outdoor Stage Austin, TX
Eli Young Band ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX Thompson Square Cowboys Dancehall San Antonio SAT NOV 9 Bernhoft The Parish Austin, TX Band of Heathens Gruene Hall New Braunfels Motion City Soundtrack & Relient K White Rabbit San Antonio Teo Gonzalez McAllan Convention Center McAllan SUN NOV 10 Harry Connick Jr. Bass Concert Hall Austin, TX Anjelah Johnson McAllan Convention Center McAllan Fortunate Youth House of Rock Corpus Christi
Peter Case Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio Mike Doughty The Belmont - Austin Austin, TX THR NOV 14 Turnpike Troubadours/Sons of Fathers Brewster Street Icehouse Corpus Christi Scotty McCreery Stubbs BBQ - Outdoor Stage Austin, TX
Brandon Rhyder Gruene Hall New Braunfels Adventure Club Emo's East Austin, TX Bart Crow Antones Austin, TX Whitney Cummings Charline McCombs Empire Theatre San Antonio SAT NOV 23 Built To Spill Stubbs BBQ - Outdoor Stage Austin, TX Cody Canada & the Departed Gruene Hall New Braunfels
Kreator & Overkill Backstage Live San Antonio
Alkaline Trio & New Found Glory Emo's East Austin, TX
Celtic Thunder Majestic Theatre San Antonio SUN NOV 17 Korn & Rob Zombie Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi Black Taxi House of Rock Corpus Christi
Bob Schneider ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX Eli Young Band & Josh Abbott Band Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi
WED NOV 20 Jackyl Antones Austin, TX
SUN NOV24 ASAP Ferg Antones Austin, TX
Steve Vai Backstage Live San Antonio
Kathy Griffin Majestic Theatre San Antonio
FRI NOV 15 Gary Allan Cowboys Dancehall San Antonio
THR NOV 21 Bob Schneider/Mike & The Motorcars Brewster Street Icehouse Corpus Christi
WED NOV 27 Roger Creagerw/Clayton Gardner Brewster Street Icehouse Corpus Christi
Ray Wylie Hubbard Stateside At Paramount Theatre TX Austin, TX
Steve Vai Paramount Theatre - Austin, TX Austin, TX
Harry Connick Jr. Majestic Theatre San Antonio Pink AT&T Center San Antonio
Polica Emo's East
Dwight Yoakam ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX
Randy Rogers Band ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX Aaron Watson Gruene Hall New Braunfels
CC Museum of Science & History; Corpus Christi
Mustang Island State Park; Port Aransas
Texas State Aquarium Corpus Christi
Art Museum of South Texas Downtown Corpus Christi
National Seashore North Padre Island
Alamo Mission San Antonio
USS Lexington; North Beach, Corpus Christi
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center Corpus Christi
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Gin Blossoms Unplugged Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio Gary Clark Jr. Stubbs BBQ - Outdoor Stage Austin, TX James Murphy Emo's East Austin, TX Randy Rogers Band Pharr Events Center Pharr SAT NOV 30 JR Castillo/the Rankin Twins Brewster Street Icehouse Corpus Christi Joe Bonamassa ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX Bob Schneider Solo Show Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio
Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball 11/10 Corpus Christi TUESDAY Texas Conference for Women 11/19 Austin Convention Center Austin WEDNESDAY Farmers Market Wednesdays Tango Tea Room Corpus Christi THURSDAY First Thursday 11/7 South Congress Austin ¡Caliente! 11/7 Art Center of Corpus Christi Corpus Christi
Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing Lila Cockrell Theatre San Antonio
Teresa Caputo American Bank Center Corpus Christi
The Nutcracker Majestic Theatre San Antonio
Frida, un retablo 11/14 Art Center of Corpus Christi
Gary Clark Jr. Antones Austin, TX
FRIDAY Kingsville Zombie Walk 11/1 Kingsville Pavilion Kingsville
Kevin Fowler Cowboys Dancehall San Antonio
Birdies for the Blind Golf Tournament 11/1
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CC Country Club Corpus Christi
American Bank Center Corpus Christi
First Friday ArtWalk 11/1 Corpus Christi
Ranch Hand Breakfast 11/23 King Ranch Kingsville
Christmas Pagents 11/22 Various Locations Kingsville SATURDAY Farmers Market Saturdays Market on Everhart Corpus Christi Pearl Farmers Market Saturdays Pearl Amphitheater San Antonio George West Storyfest 11/2 George West Marina Market Days & MusicWalk 11/2 Corpus Christi HBO World Champ. Boxing 11/9 American Bank Center Corpus Christi Kite Festival 11/9 Cole Park Corpus Christi Bike Rodeo & Helmet Giveaway 11/16 Driscoll Children’s Hospital Corpus Christi PBR 2014 Season Opener 11/16 Cowboys Dancehall San Antonio Ballroom With a Twist 11/17
MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS 50th Annual Greek Fest 11/1-3 St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Corpus Christi Farm & Ranch Expo/Tractor Pull 11/8 & 9 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio Alex Rubio & Oscar Martinez 11/1-27 (W-Su) Islander Art Gallery Corpus Christi The Peddler Show 11/8-10 Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds Robstown River Rock Fest & Bike Rally 11/8 & 9 Con Can Ranch Hand Festival & Art Round Up 11/22-24 Downtown Kingsville Kingsville Rockport Film Festival 11/1 & 2 Center for the Arts Rockport Young Frankenstein 11/15-16 & 21-23 Sue Sellors Finley Proscenium Theatre, Fine Arts Center, DMC East Corpus Christi
Wizard World Comic Con 11/22-24 Austin Christmas Showcase 11/16-17 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio N American Jewelry & Gift Show 11/8-10 McAllan Convention Center McAllan Feria de Santa Cecilia 11/29-12/1 Market Square San Antonio Wurstfest 11/1-10 New Braunfels Texas Renaissance Festival Weekends Plantersville A Chrsitmas Affair 11/20-24 Palmer Event Center
CLUB LISTINGS Brewster Street Ice House 1724 N. Tancahua, Corpus Christi Throw down Thursday’s ! Frontier Saloon 9709 Leopard St, Corpus Christi Live Texas Country Every Saturday Night! Come watch MLB NFL and NASCAR on our big screens! House of Rock 511 Starr St Corpus Christi
Great live music all month long! Sam’s Burger joint 330 E Grayson San Antonio Voted San Antonio’s Best Live Music Venue! 7 Brothers Saloon Highway 181, Normanna TX Live music! Don’t want to drive home? Stay in our RV Park! South Texas Ice House 6601 Everhart Rd, Corpus Christi Great live music on Fridays and Saturdays! Best burgers in town – Try one and you’ll see! The Phoenix Saloon 193 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels Karaoke, Acoustic Happy Hour, & Live Music! Theo’s Billiards 5815 Weber Rd, Corpus Christi Free pool every day until 7 pm!! Theo’s Bonshakers 4528 Weber Rd. Corpus Christi South Texas’ Only Rockabilly Club! Zeros Hard Rock Club 6327 McArdle Rd Corpus Christi Like us on facebook and never miss a show! Facebook.com/zerosrockclub
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Historic Gruene New Braunfels
Art Center of Corpus Christi Corpus Christi
Natural Bridge Caverns San Antonio
The Riverwalk San Antonio
San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium San Antonio
Aransas Pass Aquatic Center Aransas Pass
Morgan’s Wonderland San Antonio (F-Su)
Barton Springs Austin
Six Flags San Antonio (Sa-Su)
We just haven’t had time to stop and learn a few new originals or actually go into a studio. I have made it a point that this year we will record three songs in a studio because we are always being asked for CDs. Now that we’re going into the off-season, the holidays and the non-tourist season, we really hope we can get into a studio. I’d really like to record a full album with eight originals and two or three covers.
STEAM Who is the songwriter for your group?
JC I am and I have books of lyrics and sheets all over the place. Actually, writing the lyrics isn’t hard for me; it’s putting the arrangements together.
STEAM Who does the booking and do you have any favorite venues?
Bob Dudak, John Cortez, Cody Strong STEAM I’ve see the John Cortez Band play a number of times – Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and even in San Antonio. Has the JCB always been a trio?
JC Yeah we have. We’ve invited people to jam with us, but the band itself is a trio. I play lead and sing, Bob Dudak is on bass. He’s from Cincinnati originally and has been playing professionally since the 60s. Our current drummer is Cody Strong, who is a Del Mar student. Josh Lee was the drummer before Cody and will still play with us every now and then. Actually, Cody and Josh are best friends and when one can’t make a show the other will and that’s really how Cody got in, because Josh left to go to school in Tennessee. Kind of a dream of mine would be to add a keyboard player so we could do more Led Zeppelin and Doors music; one of these days, just not yet.
STEAM How did you get hooked up with Bob and Cody?
JC There used to be this little place, like a warehouse, next to Sound Vibrations that people would rent for jams and parties, so I used to go jam with my friend Mario and he told me that if we could pull a bass player in we could do some gigs. I went to Guitar Center, because I really didn’t know where to go to find a bass player, and I ran into this guy named Jimmy Vaughn (from Corpus Christi) who suggested I give Bob a call. I called Bob and after telling him I was into Hendrickson and Stevie Ray Vaughn he did-
n’t sound interested. Then about a week later he called to see if I wanted to jam and see how it would go. So Bob, Mario, and I sat down and jammed and I said by the way we have a job on Saturday. Bob and I have been playing together since. Mario was too busy with work and other things, so after he left we went through a few drummers before Josh came in. Josh is a jazz trained player, who was first chair and has national awards. He is amazing, but he left to go to Tennessee for school and that’s when Cody came in. Cody has a lot of technical skills like Josh, but is a rock drummer learning jazz.
STEAM How long have you been playing? JC I’ve been playing off and on since high school, but seriously for about six years.
STEAM So you started a little later as a musician. Why is that and what made you decide to commit?
JC I played in the jazz band and messed around on guitar in high school, but football and sports took the majority of my attention. The main reason I didn’t play in a band after high school was because I had a scholarship to play football at TAMU Kingsville as a placekicker and I was a fine arts major. Then after college, I had a few NFL tryouts here and there but that’s about all. I really committed to music when I think everything else was over. No, seriously I had been going to the open jams and occasionally go
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Words By Tamma Hicks, STEAM Mag. jam at a gig, but I wasn’t really in a band, per se. Finally I just said, you know, maybe I should put my own thing together so, this really is my first band. My first real gig was in Flour Bluff at a place called The Porch, which isn’t there anymore. I think it’s where Laguna Reef Restaurant is now. There was bike run that a friend of ours said they wanted us to play at, which was OK because all we did was jam and play loud.
STEAM Do you have a CD or any originals? JC No CD. We do some originals but as for recording it just seems like we are too busy and have so many other things going on.
JC I do the booking and the main clubs in Corpus Christi are House of Rock, Executive Surf Club, South Texas Ice House, Doctor Rockits, and places like The Flats in Port Aransas. We’ve played just about everywhere in Corpus Christi and the surrounding area; it may have only been once or twice, but we’ve played there. Fortunately, we’ve gone from playing every club we could to being a little more selective and playing the ones that we go over well in. We played at Concrete Street Amphitheater once to open for Billy Squire and we’ve played a few shows at Brewster Street Icehouse. In San Antonio we play at Sam’s Burger Joint quite often and are part of the Blues Society there. That’s where we
opened for Chris Duarte, Mike Milligan, Mike Zito, Rick Trevino, Ruben V, and hosted the open jam. We also did a Hendrix tribute at Sam’s with Swan Song, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, and after their manager saw us he booked us for a week in Dallas. This year we were booked at the Stevie Ray Vaughn Remembrance Concert in Dallas; unfortunately, we had to cancel, but they have already booked us for next year! We’ve also played in Houston, down in the Valley, and in Victoria, but not as much as we’d like. We are talking with Chris Duarte about doing a short Texas tour which would be great. STEAM So you’ve said you are a Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn fan, so who else is been an influence on your playing? JC I like a lot of the old guys like Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, BB King, Albert King, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, Randy Hanson, Mike Milligan, Buddy Guy and the list goes on… basically the core unit of the blues. Really, all the people that Stevie Ray Vaughn’s music introduced me to. I remember the first time I heard Stevie Ray Vaughn. I was 16 and driving to a baseball game when I heard Texas Flood on the radio. His music just grabbed me because it was so different than what I was into; Dokken, Whitesnake, and you know all the late 80s, early 90s rock bands, which I still love listening to. As soon as I could I went to Camelot Music and I told the clerk that I needed this guy’s tape and they sold me Stevie Ray Vaughn’s current album. The tape was great, but it wasn’t the right one, so I saved up and bought it. Then I was freaked out when I got home and saw the song Mary Had a Little Lamb! Then I learned that BB King had done it too and I was OK. Other guitar influences are Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery who are great jazz players. I’m not much into the country music, but Vince Gill and Brad Paisley are just monster guitarists. Ian Moore is another guitar player that influenced me in the 90s. He had dropped out of the scene for a while, but he’s back now. We opened for him not too long ago at the House of Rock and that was great.
STEAM You know what I like about Stevie Ray Vaughn, is that he was so committed to what he was playing and so demanding; it’s really evidenced in his music. JC That’s what I learned from him and in playing like him I have worn down the neck of my guitar so that I have grooves. I try to play the same whether it’s 10 people hundred people per thousand people. It’s hard, but no matter the size of the audience I want them all to walk away with the feeling that they heard a good blues band and they enjoyed the music. I’m not worried about selling a million or becoming a big star I just want to have fun, play some good music, and make some money if I can.
Anyway, we will be playing a full set of SRV songs and opening for us is Ray T and the City Crew, who are out of Port Aransas. Closing the show is Cathouse and they do more of original rock and blues. It’s going to be a great show, but remember you need a ticket!
STEAM What equipment do you use? JC I use a Fender Strat that has just been a great guitar. I play hard, so I use heavy strings. My main amp is a ‘72 Fender Twin and a ‘67 Deluxe Reverb that was given to me. I have Ibanez and Maxim screamer pedals and I use a Crybaby Wah. Then we play Hendrix I use a Voodoo Lab Octavia. STEAM I love the sound of old amps; there’s just something about the tones they bring out. OK, so where can people find your schedule? JC You can find us under JohnCortezBand on ReverbNation, Facebook, and YouTube. We don’t have a website, but we are working on it. STEAM Besides a Texas tour with Chris Durante, are you interested in going out on your own? JC We’ve talked about going out for 3, 4, or 5 days, but it’s just so expensive and clubs really don’t pay a lot for touring bands and, of course, the hard part is that many clubs are Friday and Saturday. STEAM One last thing for you: Tell me about the show you’re doing at the House the Rock in Corpus Christi. JC On November 14th we’re doing a Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute. It is a free show with a ticket or $5 at the door – so go come see one of our shows, go to House of Rock, and check on Facebook to get your ticket!
SHOW INFO: 11.14.13 HOUSE OF ROCK, CORPUS CHRISTI SOCIAL: JOHNCORTEZBAND FACEBOOK, REVERBNATION, & YOUTUBE
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CALENDAR—STEAM PICKS One of my favorite new artists FRI NOV 1 Dirty River Boys Gruene Hall New Braunfels SAT NOV 2 Jay Mohr Charline McCombs Empire Theatre San Antonio TUE NOV 5 Nine Inch Nails AT&T Center San Antonio WED NOV 6 John Legend Bass Concert Hall Austin THU NOV 7 Radney Foster Trio Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio SUN NOV 10 Harry Connick Jr. Bass Concert Hall Austin, TX MON NOV 11 Motion City Soundtrack & Relient K Emo's East Austin, TX TUE NOV 12 Rickie Lee Jones One World Theatre Austin, TX THR NOV 14 Scotty McCreery Stubbs BBQ Austin, TX
FRI NOV 15 Gary Allan Cowboys Dancehall San Antonio SAT NOV 16 Sting ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX WED NOV 20 Steve Vai Backstage Live San Antonio THR NOV 21 Dwight Yoakam ACL Live At The Moody Theater Austin, TX FRI NOV 22 Whitney Cummings Charline McCombs Empire Theatre San Antonio SUN NOV24 ASAP Ferg Antones Austin, TX FRI NOV 29 Gin Blossoms Unplugged Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio SAT NOV 30 Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing Lila Cockrell Theatre San Antonio
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this year is Sam Riggs, originally from Florida, now making his home in Austin, Texas. Riggs followed his heart instead of his head singer Sarah Jarosz when he decided to knows her way leave the family homearound the big city. stead in the Florida and Let’s check her timemake music his career with line shall we? She choice. His day job was Dale Ma tin signed to Sugar Hill Records working as a welder but his at the age of 16, earned her heart was into music, and first Grammy nomination at 18 and after a friend loaned him a CD by graduated with honors from the prestigious Reckless Kelly, he knew that Texas New England Conservatory of Music at 22 was where he needed to be. Fortunately years old. Not bad for a small town girl, for Riggs, one of the first Texas musidon’t you agree? During her final semester cians to take him under his wing was of college she wrote and recorded her new Ray Wylie Hubbard. “He opened my album, ‘Build Me Up From Bones.’ Sarah eyes to songwriting,” explains Riggs, recorded the album in Nashville and co“and I could see the idiot I had been produced it with longtime collaborator Gary and the idiot I was going to be. He Paczosa. Since its release on September 24, helped me to navigate that. He taught the new CD has been praised by critics and me what it really is to be a songwriter.” publications all across America. Her skills on Riggs and his band The Night People banjo, guitar and mandolin must be seen to released the ‘Lighthouse’ EP in 2012 be believed. Be sure to catch her in concert and just issued their first full length CD at the Paramount Theatre in Austin on Nolast month titled ‘Outrun the Sun.’ See vember 7, at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels the CD review section of this issue to on November 8 and at the Rice Festival in read more about it. Check out their Fischer, Texas on November 9. website and Facebook page to keep tabs on this fantastic new band that’s making Like Kevin Fowler, John David Kent also major noise on the Texas music scene. got his start in a rock band. At the ripe old age of 16 he was signed to a major label with She might be from the small Texas the band Radish. World travels and appeartown of Wimberley, but 22 year old ances on David Letterman and Conan fol-
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lowed. When John decided to go solo, he already had a well thought out game plan. He built his own studio, started his own record label and formed his own band. In 2011 he released his self-titled debut CD and his sophomore album, ‘Before The Sun Comes Up,’ hit the streets on October 1, 2013. He’s been touring all over the Lone Star State promoting the new album, so check out his website at johndavidkent.com to find out when he this great new Texas artist is in your neck of the woods.
When it comes to Texas songwriters, no one can come close to Kris Kristofferson. If a better songwriter is out there, I haven’t heard about them yet. That’s why I was so excited to learn that the popular TV series, “Troubadour, TX” will present a one hour special titled “An Evening with Kris Kristofferson.” The show will air in November and December on local PBS stations. The special will feature rare one-on-one conversations and musical performances by the legendary artist. The series is now in its third season and is hosted by singer songwriter Stacy Dean Campbell. Kris has appeared in brief segments this season, offering thoughts and suggestions about the craft of songwriting. Once he agreed to be the subject of an hour long special, he lent his full support and granted the series full access to his life. It will be a rare glimpse into the life of one the greatest songwriters of our time. Check out their website at TroubadourTX.com for a full schedule and air date of the upcoming episodes. - - www.martinsmusic.com - -
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The 17th Street Entertainment District in McAllen TX Offers Something The 17th Street Entertainment District is For Everyone one of the highlights of living in McAllen. The entertainment and recreational resources of this lively corner of McAllen can lure even the most apathetic homebody out for a memorable night on the town. If you’re not yet aware of the diverse activities and events going on every night in McAllen, you should consider exploring the area a bit more. The 17th Street Entertainment District is first and foremost home to some of the best bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in town. Whatever your culinary preferences, you’ll find a dish that hits the spot among the many offerings in the District. If you’re looking for classic bar food, try The Flying Walrus or Parlay’s Sports Bar. There are several steakhouses in the District, including The Patio on Guerra and Argenta. If you are in the mood for Mexican, try Frida’s Grill and Cantina. Nightclubs of the 17th Street Entertainment District include Le Rouge, Bar 201, Vice, and Emiliano’s. All of these clubs are located right on 17th Street and you can easily hit all of them in one evening. Of the four clubs, Emiliano’s most consistently receives favorable reviews and has been praised for its music and ambiance. Additional nightclub possibilities in the District include Vault Nightclub, DB Lounge, and Opera. Avid theatergoers should certainly visit Cine El Rey and become familiar with its cinematic offerings. Cine El Rey shows a variety of different types of film and has a long history of entertaining McAllen residents. Those more inclined to attend musical rather than cinematic performances can see live music at several different venues in the 17th Street Entertainment District. Lumen Lounge, The Flying Walrus, and The Patio on Guerra, among others, all feature
EVENT CALENDAR STEAM PICKS EVENTS 26th Annual Classic Car Fest 11/17 McAllan Convention Center McAllan Kingsville Zombie Walk 11/1 Kingsville Pavilion Kingsville Ranch Hand Festival & Art Round Up 11/22-24 Downtown Kingsville Kingsville N American Jewelry & Gift Show 11/8-10 McAllan Convention Center McAllan CONCERTS SAT NOV 2 Emmanuel McAllan Convention Center McAllan SAT NOV 9 Teo Gonzalez McAllan Convention Center McAllan
By Jeff Adkins JCI Photography photoblog.jcibom.com live music on a regular basis. These 17th Street attractions include a variety of different scenes and crowds with something to attract individuals with diverse tastes and styles. From low-key bars where one can sit down for a chat with friends, to hectic clubs where one can dance the night away, the 17th Street Entertainment District is truly a multi-faceted entertainment spot where anyone can be captivated by one of the many entertainment opportunities available to McAllen residents and visitors.
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SUN NOV 10 Anjelah Johnson McAllan Convention Center McAllan FRI NOV 15 Cypress Hill Pharr Events Center Pharr SAT NOV 16 Zoe Pharr Events Center Pharr FRI NOV 29 Randy Rogers Band Pharr Events Center Pharr
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who want to go on the road, and it’s like if you can’t ride twenty hours in the van and have a couple hours on stage make it worth your while you shouldn’t be a musician. All the guys I looked up to that hit the road, ya know like B.B King and Ray Charles and Freddie King all those cats played night after night at hundred seats clubs all over the country and drove in cars and station wagons. I’ve gotta van they only had small cars. It’s the life I’ve chose.
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STEAM: Back to the album. You are the lead vocalists and guitarist, but the album doesn’t feel guitar centric it feels bigger than that with all the horns and keys on it.
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PA: Well you know the type of guitar player I am and the guys I follow behind are more the Cornell Dupree, james Burton, Steve Cropper, and of course B.B King types. STEAM: The album has a very B.B King feel to it.
Pete Anderson is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Producer and groundbreaking guitarist, who melds blues and country to forge a style all his own. Known as a pioneer in the roots-rock genre and an early champion of the Americana movement, he had a hand in introducing the world to artists such as Michelle Shocked, Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores and perhaps most famously, his musical partner of 20 years, Dwight Yoakam. Pete recently released his seventh solo record Birds Above Guitarland, on his own label Little Dog Records, I got to chat with him on tour in Austin Texas and get to the heart of this guitar player’s guitar player. STEAM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. We are supposed to talk about some guitar stuff and your new album it is your seventh, tell us about the title Birds Above Guitarland. PA: Sure. Birds Above Guitarland is the new record and it came out September 17th and that’s what happens when you ask your ten year old daughter to name her father’s record. STEAM: Her name is Grace right? I saw her listed in the album credits. PA: Yep, she named it she drew some art work on it and she has a little guest appearance on the end of “36 Hour Day.” She was in the vocal booth with me and she was shouting out when I was doing the vocals during the breaks we were dancing and doing the funky popcorn and shouting out like James Brown. “Do the popcorn.” I’ll tell you what, she only ten but she is savvy enough to know that the mic was on and she designed it so she would get on the CD. I had her do some art work for the album, some birds 14 STEAM MAGAZINE NOV 2013 WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/STEAMTX
PA: You know surprisingly enough I talk to people and I say “play me the record where B.B plays three or four solos in a row.” It n e v e r happened, t h e y played one chorus and they w e r e done, and it was beautiful. Play me the Muddy Waters record where he lets the harp player go on and on it doesn’t happen. The lessons are out there for us to learn if we want to learn them. I’m one who thinks that songs come first; I ‘m song centric. STEAM: It’s time to get to the guitar questions. I’m’ sure you’ve heard them all but let’s give it a go. STEAM: Why did you choose to play guitar?
and stuff. I love the title it’s kind of like one of those old jazz records where it doesn’t have anything to do with any of the songs, but it is descriptive in its own strange way. I am a pretty guitar centric musician so it’s a lot about the guitar. It started with the last record when I decided to start my career as a guitar player artist. I’ve been a guitar playing producer for many years and I wanted to change the paradigm from being a producer who played guitar to being a guitar player who produces records. So my main function on a daily basis is to play the guitar. I was turning my day job around. Guitar has always been my passion. All I really want to do is play guitar in front of people. You know there a lot of things that go into that, right, especially if you don’t want to do it at the corner of your street and hope people show up. So you gotta make a record, put a band together, and travel, there’s a lot of things. But the end result is I get up in front of people and play guitar and for me the hour and half two hours on stage washes away everything else I had to do. STEAM: All the glamorous stuff. PA: Yeah exactly the glamorous stuff. I get young guys
PA: Sometimes things choose you. I don’t know that we choose it. When I was a little boy growing it was the popular thing to ask “what do you want to be when you grow up?” back in the late fifties there wasn’t a hell of lot of options. The last thing my parents wanted to hear growing up in Detroit was,”I want to be an auto worker.” They wanted something better for me. I saw Elvis Presley on television and I thought,”man now that’s a good job.” The symbol of that guitar I saw Elvis holding was the coolest. I loved the sound of the guitar; of course it was Scotty Moore. Really about eight years old I started my quest for guitar. I told my mom I want to learn guitar and she took me to the East Detroit conservatory of music and the guy said, “Your too small to learn guitar, we’re gonna put you on Hawaiian guitar, then when you get older you can play guitar.” It was a scam to get my mother’s money, right. They gave me a Gene Autrey Stella with a flip nut that was really high like a Dobro and the guy gave me finger picks and a steel slab not a slide. I played Goodnight Ladies on this guitar for about three weeks on the coffee table. After a while I just put it around my neck and started beating on it. When I was sixteen I said “I’m gonna get a guitar damn it.” I went and got my money out of the bank and walked down to the same place the East Detroit conservatory of music, looked around and saw this
gut string guitar. I didn’t know shit about them, fortunately it was German made, so I bought that fifty dollar gut string acoustic and a Bob Dylan song book, that’s how it all started. STEAM: Why do you think guitar players have Gear Acquisition Syndrome? PA: Why? Well I had it because I had sonic necessities that I was chasing, I was chasing Holy Grail. I‘ve gotta have a sunburst Tele with a rosewood finger board because they sound the best and I searched and searched. I’ve gotta have a black face pre CBS twin because they sound the best. So that was my thing and then once I established a guitar and amplifier for me personally I didn’t wonder very far. I was only trying to make my stuff sound better and work better. I think it’s become a boutique industry. And a lot of the boutique guys are making stuff better than the vintage stuff. Acquisition becomes part of that. I’m not sure that acquisition is as big to the majority of professional guys. I think it is more tools, I want the best tools. For me it was “I want my stuff to sound great.” I ‘ve always got my dream of
getting this and that set up, but it’s been a long time since I’ve said ‘man I need a 56 Strat.” That’s stuff is way in my past. Guitar is a unique instrument. If you really distil it down there are only two instruments in the world that you can accompany yourself on; piano and guitar. That’s it. You can’t accompany yourself on the saxophone. Guitar is like playing one handed piano, it’s very unique that you can get up to speed fairly easy and accompany yourself. You could on piano too but it’s hard to drag the piano around to parties and out in the field or in your car. Guitar goes anywhere, guitar is a beautiful instrument it’s a great friend and it’ll stay your friend forever. It’s attractive that way to everybody who wants to play it. Depending on your level of interest you always want to get something that looks better or is better to play or you saw somebody play something and you gotta have it because you think you’ll sound like them. STEAM: The best answer ever. That says it all; your Doctoral thesis on the guitar. To read more of Pete Anderson’s interview by Rick J Bowen visit: www.steammagazine.net! Read Rick’s CD Review of Pete Anderson Birds Above Guitarland on page 26! WWW.STEAMMAGAZINE.NET NOV 2013 STEAM MAGAZINE 15
foundation that I can do anything I believe I can; right or wrong.
STEAM Your imagination is so deep and realistic. I have to wonder, are you a big science fiction fan?
CD Yah, I’ve always been sort of a nerd in that regard. My favorite genre is horror, but it doesn’t come out as much in my artwork; although, I do have a slight dark edge in some works.
STEAM I guess it’s just the way I see art or the way I see your art, but I see a lot of inspiration and thought-provoking ideas. Can you describe a few for me?
CD Sure. Desire for example goes in the dark direction. That’s about wanting things that can never be obtained. It’s about people that spin their wheels in pursuit of things that don’t matter. Another that is dark, or at least has dark tendencies, is Narcissism, the bird and the boat. People will look at it and say it’s so peaceful and serene; once they find out the name their comments change direction. It’s now lonely, searching but only for its own shadow. That’s really about someone who is so involved in their own introspection that they lose track of the world around them.
STEAM I don’t always claim to see exactly what the artist is trying to ABOVE Between the Cracks; BELOW LEFT InfiniTea; BELOW RIGHT Phone Booth
getting across. So, will you tell me about the Crack House?
CD Oh, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone call it the “Crack House” before; now you’ve ruined it for me. Actually, Between the Cracks is about people in society that everyone overlooks; the people that fall in between the cracks, behind the weeds. The indigent people, homeless people, the mentally challenged, and others that we marginalize to where they don’t exist. Again, it’s my dark side coming out.
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The telephone booth was something I saw on TV where an aquarium company had turned a real phone booth into an aquarium and I decided I would try to build it in 3D. My thought was to take this beautiful object and put it in a not so nice part of town for contrast.
STEAM Okay, before I go, I have to ask you a couple of nerdy questions. What is your computer set up like?
CD I have one computer and my husband, who is also graphic designer, has one. However, we have, I believe, 10 server stations that are connected to both computers and that’s what we use for rendering. Some of my renderings will take over 48 hours to complete. By the way, there are companies that you can do this with online but it’s more cost effective for us to maintain our own.
STEAM As we all know from experience technology changes constantly. How often do you upgrade your programs? Do you purchase them every time or do you wait to see if they get the bugs out and then buy?
CD There are some programs, like some of the Photoshop filter add-ins, that I’ve never upgraded. However, my main programs I upgrade every year when they come out because there are system, technology, and user gains for each.
STEAM Thank you for sharing your story and art with us. You have such an honest outlook on life, it’s very refreshing. Beautiful. www.curious3d.com
CLOCKWISE FROM THE TOP Winter Garden; Locked Out; Narcissism; Desire; Leaf Peepers
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I remember hearing you the first time in 1999, Smoke Rings in the Dark. That is still one of my favorite songs.
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That’s great; it’s still one of my favorite songs to play. Right now, my favorite song is It Ain’t the Whiskey. It’s a real strong song and I have been playing it for about three years acoustically in my shows. I think It Ain’t the Whiskey is the strongest on the record besides Every Storm. It’s really fun to play. We’ve played it live at every show and it goes over very well; we have a great response to it. STEAM How do you pick the songs for your albums because I know you don’t write every one?
Usually what I do is I write for a year and I don’t look back at them during that year. I just write. Then I go through a stage, like I am now, where I go back and harvest them. I will pull all the tapes and advanced each song with guitars; some of them I will pick to demo. Next I’ll take those demos and sweep the whole town to see what everyone else is writing and I try to find some hits and then I’ll compare that to what I’m doing and pick them up. Some of the time if I don’t hear what I’m looking for I’ll go back and write more. I just try to be very honest about the songs selected for my projects, whether I write it or not. That way if I’m not writing well, it keeps me current.
I noticed on your website that you don’t have a lot of tour dates left for 2013 and not many listed for 2014. GA Actually, the meat of our tours is during the summer, during Festival season. We have done about 90 shows this year and there are probably 15 acoustic shows in November and December that are not on the website.
I am really looking forward to seeing you in San Antonio at Cowboys Dancehall on November 15th. I know a lot of artists will go out to small clubs and try out their new material or to just play and not tell anyone. Is that something you do? GA Not anymore. When we first started to tour, like on the Brooks & Dunn tour, we only played for about 20 minutes and, if we felt we needed more play time, we would go to a club and sit in.
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I think people assume the West Coast is all rock with little country, so growing up in California did you always believe you would be a country artist? GA My dad and brother play and I’ve played country music in bars with them since I was 12. However, I was in several pop punk rock bands when I was in eighth to probably the 11th grades, but country was always my favorite. It’s what I wanted to do and what I cut my teeth on. I remember going to the Highwaymen’s tour and just being blown away. That’s when I knew country was the genre I wanted
to be in. And really, California has a lot of country like Buck Owen, Merle Hager. Dwight Yoakum was a huge influence while I was in high school and that was also the time where there was just a slug of bands out there. I think we were just at the tail end of the urban cowboy era, where everyone had a band and played in a bar. Texas still has a lot of live music, but the rest of the country is full of DJ stuff now. STEAM Something I noticed on your website is that it didn’t list any awards. I saw your number one hits and your platinum and gold albums listed, but it doesn’t say anything about awards. What awards have you received? GA None. I have always been pretty much an outsider group. I don’t campaign for awards so we haven’t won anything.
Really? I guess I’m kind of shocked because I’ve been to your shows which are great and your music stands on its own and, in my opinion you are in your peak now. GA Well, the ACM’s are coming up and with this new album, it’s been out since January, I don’t think we’ve even got in a nod or second glance even though it came out as number one on the pop charts and on the country charts. STEAM I know you’ve played a lot in Texas, have you ever played Gruene Hall?
I have a long time ago. Hanna-McEuen opened for us, I think back in 2005 or so. That’s where I met Jamie (Hanna) and now he plays for me. STEAM Do you have a core band or do you use piece players? GA Well I’ll tell you, holding a band together is a lot like nailing Jell-O to a tree. I’ve been very fortunate in that we don’t go through a lot of turnover. Some of my guys have been with me for 15 years and a few as little as a year. STEAM You know it seems like just yesterday that I was hearing your music the first time, so when you say 15 years it blows my mind. GA Yeah, I’ve been on this record contract for 18 years now. I started out on Decca who was bought out by MCA and here I am.
Every artist has to start somewhere and, basically, have a fall back plan. What do you think you would be doing if it hadn’t been for music? GA Before I got my contract I built spec homes, so I’m sure that if I hadn’t gone the way I did I would probably still be in construction. Actually up until about three years ago, I still had that thought in the back of my head, “If I don’t make it, I can always go back to construction.”
Well, I’m glad you finally gave up on construction!
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better than going out with the girls, hitting a good restaurant, and hearing some good music 6601 Everhart Rd and it only makes it Corpus Christi TX better when you 361-814-2010 can do both in one place! I’ve met the owner a few times TOP: Bacon Cheddar Burger with Shoestring Onion Rings and the BBQ Burger with Wide-cut Onion Rings; MIDDLE: The Bacon Cheddar Burger; BOTTOM: Loaded Fries and a Bud Light. and he bragged about their burgers, so a few Fridays ago I grabbed some friends and headed to it’s beautiful! South Texas Ice House Bar & Grill. We got their a little late for dinner and too ear-
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South Texas Ice House just went through a remodel in which they enlarged their seating area, opened a second bar, and added a smoking area. Their huge dance floor fills up as soon as the music starts and whether you are into rocking the night away (Fridays) or two-stepping to some of the state’s best musicians (Saturdays), or just letting your hair down before the week starts with John Eric on Sundays – This is the place to be! To tell you the truth – 22 STEAM MAGAZINE NOV 2013 WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/STEAMTX
ly for the music crowd so seating wasn’t hard to find. Our waitress was spot on and had great suggestions. Although our table stuck with an old stand-by, Bud Light, both bars are fully stocked and the bartenders are well versed in making drinks your heart desires.
We started off with the Loaded Fries which was a yummy take on potato skins and one plate was plenty for us. South Texas Ice House now has
“Blackboard Specials”. These specials change daily and are not on their menu. The first meal to our table was the Blackboard Special: three soft chicken tacos with chips and salsa. The grilled chicken and peppers made this a very light meal and we really enjoyed it. The best part of going with a group like this is that we all get to sample everything, so when the Beef Quesadillas arrived on our table not only were they delicious, easy to share, but gone quickly.
Finally the burgers arrived! As I said the owner brags about them and he absolutely has a right too! First, we dived into the Cheddar Bacon burger. A half pound patty crossed with two large slices of bacon smothered with cheddar. The BBQ burger was covered with a sweet tangy sauce and piled high with shoestring onion rings and was quickly divided. Even though these burgers were wonderful my favorite part of these dishes was the onion rings. The batter South Texas Ice House uses had just the right flakiness, pepper, and tang. Of course as we finished our meals our discussion went from family and shopping to what our workouts were going to be like for the next week to burn off all the calories!
TOP: Beef Quesadillas MIDDLE: The Blackboard Special—Three Soft Chicken Tacos with Chips BOTTOM: A table of happy party goers!
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Raising Frontier Veggies From GRIT magazine, by Jerry Schleicher
The John John Gilliard Gilliard family family in in their their garden, garden, 1889, 1889, in in Custer Custer County, County, The Neb. PHOTO PHOTO COURTESY COURTESY OF OF THE THE LIBRARY LIBRARY OF OF CONGRESS CONGRESS Neb. PHOTO COURTESY COURTESY OF OF THE THE LIBRARY LIBRARY OF OF CONGRESS CONGRESS PHOTO
You and I both know that raising a vegetable garden isn’t a task for weaklings. There’s a considerable amount of labor involved in preparing the seedbed and bending, stooping and kneeling to plant the seeds and seedlings. More stoop labor required to check your plants for signs of disease and insect feeding, and to drag the hoses around. And that doesn’t count the work invested in digging beets and potatoes, picking beans and peas, and searching for the cucumbers that always hide under the vines, just out of reach. But if you think gardening is tough today, imagine yourself back in the frontier West 150 years ago. In the days before supermarkets and farmers’ markets, the only way to supply your family with fresh produce was to raise it yourself. If you were a settler moving west to claim a homestead, you likely brought along precious portions of vegetable seeds sewn into the hem of a dress or lining of a coat: turnips, corn, beans, squash, beet and carrot seed, perhaps tomato or melon seeds. Once you’d dug a well and built a home, the next step was to raise enough food to feed yourself and your family. That meant breaking the sod, planting your little hoard of seeds, and carrying water to them in a bucket. If you were industrious – and lucky – your garden might furnish sufficient produce to supplement a frontier diet largely dependent on wild game and beef from a butchered cow or oxen. Maybe there were near-
by patches of wild chokecherries, elderberries, currants, or wild grapes or plums that you could put up as preserves. If, on the other hand, luck was against you, hordes of locusts or grasshoppers might devour your garden, a sudden hail storm might flatten it, or a prairie fire might destroy everything in its path. Free-ranging cattle might even trample your garden. That’s right, cattle. In the spring of 1886, before ranches were fenced, homesteaders along western Nebraska’s North Platte River Valley grew incensed at the damages caused to their crops and gardens by cattle belonging to the free-range cattle companies. Several of the settlers rounded up about 500 head of cattle belonging to the Bay State Cattle Co., and sent word to the ranch foreman that his herd would be held until damages of $1,500 were paid. The ranch foreman quickly sent for two trusted men and ordered them to recover the cattle, at the point of a gun if necessary. While the settlers never did get paid for their ruined crops, Nebraska voters enacted a herd law the following year, making cattle owners responsible for damages to crops and gardens. Those who didn’t have a garden often went months without vegetables. The diets of the soldiers assigned to frontier Army posts in the 1850s and 1860s consisted primarily of salt pork, bacon, flour, beans and coffee, occasionally supplemented by buffalo, deer, antelope or other game. Because of the scarcity of vegetables, and a lack of vitamin C in their diet, it wasn’t un-
common for soldiers to suffer from scurvy. In his book, The Indian War of 1864, Capt. Eugene Ware wrote that following an outbreak of scurvy at the Army post at Julesburg, Colorado Territory, the post physician sent the men out to gather a bushel of prickly pear “hands.” Writes Ware, “Dr. Wisely scraped off the bristles and prickles, cut them into pieces, and boiled them with sugar, thus creating a variety of applesauce, which was not altogether undesirable. Those men who were afflicted (with scurvy) were immediately cured, and the Doctor continued to use the remedy all of the winter.” Some Army posts occasionally received tins of desiccated vegetables. Each tin contained flattened “cakes” of
steamed, dried and pressed onions, cabbages, beets, turnips, carrots and peppers. “They were intended to be put into the soups, and were largely used by us for that purpose,” Ware reported. “They were very nutritious, and it was convenient, when we went on scouts, for the boys to break off a piece and put it in a saddle pocket. The boys would nibble at it as they were riding along. It was a kind of leguminous bread, and they ate about as much of it dry as they did putting it into soups.” Prickly pear applesauce? Try putting that on the dinner table next Thanksgiving.
The Ganson Farm in 1906 in Buffalo County, Neb. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Excerpted from GRIT, Celebrating Rural America Since 1882. To read more articles from GRIT, please visit www.Grit.com or call (866) 624-9388 to subscribe. Copyright 2013 by Ogden Publications Inc.
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basically that was after turning Addidas in to a brand that music-heads wore as much as athletes. Anything in the future that you guys have that you are working on?
STEAM: On the album Follow the Leader do you regret starting the album on track 13? KORN: We just wanted to mess with people (laughing). It was plain and simple and that’s it. A lot of people got tricked so bad that they took back their cd’s saying “no there’s nothing on this CD”. There were a lot of returns actually, because of it. So I guess the joke was on us. STEAM: So I guess you guys won’t do that again, is that what I’m hearing? KORN: No, probably not. STEAM: Your latest album was heavily influenced by Dubstep, has Jon’s recent path in to the dubstep arena affected Korn at all or your songwriting process in general? KORN: I think that we still do what we do, but I think that it has definitely brought some new life into what we do as well. For Jon it brought new life into his music, something that is hard to do after 20 years in the business. That being said we’re still Korn you know? STEAM: You have a lot of heavy hitter producers on that album, how long was Jon into the dubstep scene before he approached the rest of the band with it? KORN: Jon came into the studio one day and rattled off a bunch of names of up and coming DJ’s and producers, so we called them up to see if some of them wanted to come down and play. We just wanted to see who we could collaborate with. Some of them were in to it, some of them weren’t. STEAM: I’m just listing off the names here: Skrillex, Excision, Twelfth Planet. Out of all of the producers you worked with, especially now that Skrillex has become a very house hold name, who was your favorite producer to work with? KORN: Twelfth Planet was my favorite but I was not
SHOW INFO: 11.17.13 @ CONCRETE STREET AMPHITHEATER CORPUS CHRISTI TX WEBSITE: WWW.KORN.COM SOCIAL: KORN involved with most of the producers that was more on Jon’s end. STEAM: Okay, let’s get off the dubstep train and focus on you…the guitarist, what is your favorite riff, so far, from being with Korn? KORN: You know what, there is one song called It’s Me Again, while there are tons, that has to be one of my favorites, it’s crazy. STEAM: What is it like working with Fieldy, how do you describe his playing style? It doesn’t really seem like anybody is really able to mimic it. KORN: I don’t know what he is doing half of the time (laughing). It’s just like, when he and our band are playing together, it becomes like one instrument. He creates a nice groove for me to play like anything I want off the top of it. He makes a great beat. STEAM: Is there any point in the future when you can see Dave (Original Drummer) might return to the band? KORN: I would like to think so, I would hope he will at some point. Hopefully we can put everything aside one day. STEAM: Talk a little bit about the endorsement deals as it seems to be a pretty popular thing nowadays. You guys work with puma and
KORN: Music is such a popular element right now, pretty much mixing with everything. It is important for bands right now to, you know, get money, and that helps promote. Still waiting on that lucrative ‘Corn’ food endorsement deal though (laughing). STEAM: Korn literally took over the rock scene in the mid-90’s, have you seen anybody in the mid to late 2000s that really had such an effect on the rock scene that kind of stands alongside with you, that pretty much just took over a decade? KORN: I think the band Muse has done a really good job. As far a like a heavier band goes, I think the band Mars Volta has had a steady run as well. STEAM: We have a bunch of Korn fans here in the office, and one song that they’ve always liked to hear you perform is Ball Tongue, does that ever make it in to the set list? KORN: We have been playing a few old songs, so we’ll try to work that back in to the set at your request. I love doing the back-up vocals on that because it’s just full on screaming. STEAM: What’s next for Korn, are you going to stick with what you did on the last album, are you going to go back to the roots, just switch things up a little bit? KORN: I think we’re going to keep going with stuff that’s a bit more simple and easy, but we still like that electronic feel. Words By James Webster & Derek Signore Photo by Stefano Micchia & Fadewood Studios
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The real magic with Whiskey Rodeo isn’t their recorded work, it’s their live shows. These guys are just a blast to see in concert. It’s always a challenge to capture a live setting in the sterile confines of a studio, which in this case is ‘the Smash Pad’ in New Braunfels. Having said that, the band do a fantastic job of getting damn close on their latest CD, titled ‘Purgatory Road.’ Leading off with the Son House classic ‘John the Revelator,’ they raise the bar as soon as the music starts. This band means business and aren’t shy about letting you know it. Originals like the title track, named after a famous road in the Texas hill country, and ‘Texas Devil’ effortlessly mix vintage blues with just the right touch of southern swamp rock. Think John Fogerty covering a John Lee Hooker tune. They add their own cool adult rap to Queen’s classic ‘Fat Bottom Girls,’ a song that you just know goes over great in their live set. Made up of Greg Francescon on vocals and guitar, Chase Carpini on guitar, Andrae Blissett on drums and Patrick Smith on bass, they have a nice full sound that manages to keep the music raw and edgy as needed. The CD is a keeper for sure but don’t stop here, track this band down and catch one of their live shows, that’s where they really seal the deal. They close the CD with ‘Alcohol Rodeo’ and you can just tell they are having a damn good time, which is what rock & roll is supposed to be about.
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The big horn arrangement s were done by Lee Thornburg and are woven into the album with art, beginning with the opening track “Outta’ The Fire,” and its loping forties dance hall swing, and the james Brown styled funk ”36 Hour Day.” Anderson does some sad and lonely crooning on the country tinged blues “Talkin’Bout Lonely,” and Dona Oxford rips some barrelhouse piano on the jump blues ”Talkin’ My Baby Down.” Anderson doesn’t hold back contempt for Wall Street on the Latin soul fueled “Big Money.” The broke down zydeco swing “Empty Everything,” is a too close to home blues for baby boomers with “Empty Nest” syndrome. The retro spy movie instrumental “Red Sunset Blues,’ with its super reverb guitar strains is bookended by two versions of the East L.A tango “Rock In My Shoes.” The first version with Anderson on vocals and the second a bonus track featuring some scalding seductive vocals from Delaney and Bonnie scion Bekka Bramlett; a real treat for the listener to hear how each twist and turn both sides of the story.
In spite of its title Birds Above Guitarland, the new album from veteran axe man Pete Anderson is not a completely guitar centric record. The collection of eleven new songs with a bonus track focus on Anderson as a vocalist by surrounding him with a large horn infused ensemble in a classic rhythm and blues setting reminiscent of Ray Charles or B.B King. But make no mistake Anderson who is an underground guitar hero, best known for his tenure with Dwight Yoakam, gives us plenty of tasty guitar throughout as well as playing the electric bass and a bit of harmonica. The By Rick J Bowen: twitter.com/ tracks were written and recorded at AnderRickJBowen; www.nodepression.com/ son’s “home Studio,” The Nest; a state of profile/RickJBowen; www.facebook.com/ art facility he built at his home in Glendale and co produced with his long time key- stacyjonesband; www.stacyjonesband.com
pop sounding ‘Long Shot,’ a song that will have you singing along within a minute of the first line. These guys aren’t light weights, so hang in there until they hit full stride on ‘Oilfield Town,’ a mere three tracks in. This one will hit you between the eyes with the lyrics and the music. ‘Collide’ describes a typical night on the town after a messy breakup. Been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. They slow things down for ‘The Chase’ and ‘Someone Else’s Love Song,’ mainly to show Vision Entertainment you they have a sensitive side. It’s short lived because they charge back with ‘Fire & DynaHot out of the gate, from Austin, by mite’ and the previously mentioned ‘Angola’s way of Florida, comes one of the Lament.’ They have that cool Avett Brothers best new groups I’ve heard in a long vibe, mixed with Bob Schneider’s Austin cool time. Their new CD is called ‘Outrun groove and then add some classic rock like the Sun’ and simply put, this is one REO Speedwagon and that paints a fair porgreat album. In fact, you should buy trait of what Riggs and the Night People sound today. When you get your copy, like. It’s all good to these ears, a fresh sound check out ‘Angola’s Lament.’ This is in a cluster of wanna-bees that can only hope a song that will make you crank up to someday be this good. the volume and drive 90 mph down a country road. OK, maybe you shouldn’t do that, but trust me, By Dale Martin: you’re going to want to. The album www.martinsmusic.com starts innocently enough with the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7: super sensitive over the last few years? Do you think a comic as dirty as you could have "made it" in today's day and age? SARAH: I think comedy is the saving grace of today's anal America. It's so weird. It's a very fear-based time. VERY “us” and “them”. It's like a mutated version of the 50s but without the innocence. It's a very fear based money addicted culture. I have to believe good will come out of it, an equal and opposite force. Wow I'm not being funny at all in this interview... STEAM: Following up on that question, we saw your appearance on 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee', do you prefer interviews that will run online only because you can be yourself without the selfcensorship of cable programming? SARAH: I liked it a lot but I love doing talk shows too. Sometimes... when I can get myself out of my apartment at all...
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