Monday, June 23, 2008

Cool houses, part 1

coverThe weekend had a theme to it with 2 annual events -- houses and buildings. Friday was the one with the live music. (see later postings for the rest of the cool house theme) It's a benefit for Family Eldercare, held outdoors at Threadgill's always sometime around the Summer Solstice, starting at 8AM and going until nearly 7PM. The event is held to purchase fans for elderly people who may not be able to afford air conditioning, so it's a good cause. Lots of people die in this oppressive heat. Pictured on the right is Bobby Whitlock and his musician-wife CoCo Carmel. Bobby has quite a history, as he was a member and an integral part of the sounds of both Delaney & Bonnie and Derek & The Dominoes (Eric Clapton). He's been in Austin for about a year and a half. [their official site]

coverUsually it's as hot as a blast furnace during this thing, and in the past I have stuck it out, sunburn and all. But the excessive heat we've had so early in this year has turned me into a bit of a wimp, so I decided to just go for the early morning. Friday turned out to be the coolest day we've had for a month, and only got up to about 92 (there was even rain in some places!), a one-day break from the triple digits. That's Paula Nelson (who usually has "Willie's daughter" automatically added to her name) and George DeVore. By 10AM I'd seen two bands, and KSGR lets us rummage their promo CD bins where I got a free copy of Steve Earle's latest record, Washington Square. Have not yet had a good listen to it though.

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