Friday, June 03, 2005

First Thursday and Wednesday too.

A break in the weather has made it nice for some evening outdoor activity. Wednesday night, Doyle Bramhall played free at Scholz Bier Garten. Doyle is a local legend, he was in Jimmie Vaughan's band when Stevie was a 12 year old kid, and when you hear SRV sing you are really hearing Doyle. Mike Keller is in his band, and Mike is one of the best electric blues players in Austin. That's a high compliment, but Mike is just awesome. I danced all evening. How could anyone resist?

On First Thursday we started at the Treehouse Grill to hear Mundi, which was billed as a First Thursday event, but in reality if you have to be seated by a waiter at a table with a white tablecloth and overpriced drinks. I really like this band that we recently discovered, but the atmosphere in the place was all wrong for First Thursday so we left to join the crowds on South Congress where there are bands playing every few feet, dancing in the streets and on the sidewalk, art cars, and lots and lots of funky shopping. Watched a good Zydeco band and a good Latin band (don't even know their names), and Gary Primich played as usual at Jo's. This event seems to be really growing, there must be a hundred more kiosks than there used to be. Got a slinky dress at that great thrift store for $12, and a cute pewter dragon pendant for $5. It was another beautiful hot and dry night.

3 comments:

Jeen Lilly said...

Austin envy, Austin envy...
first Thursday, huh?...

Do you know in New Zealand the first of the month is know as "White Rabbit Day"?

now... did you care..?

Blueberry said...

I have country envy for New Zealand. It's beautiful, and Bag End is there. White Rabbit Day? Is it anything to do with rabbits?

Jeen Lilly said...

lol. yes and no.

according to the information posted HERE it seems the reason for the connection to the first of the month is lost to antiquity, and some very interesting reasons have been put forward for why a rabbit based on scholarly reseach of the hunter / gatherer relationship with the wiley wabbit.

funny but in all my web research I haven't seen the correspondence to the old habitat of the lunar hare -- the full moon is called a white rabbit, and the benevolence of the moon goddess would literally shine down on the person who called attention to her, first.

full moon = first day of the lunar month... so ... wouldn't it rightly be done ON the full moon, rather than the first of the month? did it lose it's symbolic roots when the calendar went Patriarchal?...

That's the story I was told and it's as good as any; and better than some. *-)

I understand first Thursday was a tradition that started at Jo's Coffee?...

rambling musing...
You know -- there are only 365 days of the year and every day marks something special: what a great mind set that would be to live in!... or do you think we'd be so busy celebrating our Holidays nothing much would ever get done of the mundane variety?...