Sunday, April 19, 2009

Music weekend

A great weekend of music, starting Friday at the Old Settler's Music Festival. Rain was coming down in buckets, along with thunder and lightning - not what you want for an outdoor festival. It caused delays but they managed to only cancel one act, and The Greencards - the main ones we were there to see - were only delayed for 1 hour. Rain continued to spit during the evening, causing rain ponchos to come off and go back on a ridiculous number of times. The band has a new record out on Tuesday, and if you are around here you can see them at Waterloo Records at 5pm for a free show and meet/greet. It's a great CD! They don't come to Austin often enough these days.

Saturday, there was a jam-packed day at Old Settler's with no rain, but we didn't go because of the Gary Louris/Mark Olson show(s). They are ex-Jayhawks frontmen, and you probably know that we looove the Jayhawks here at Texas Oasis. They did a free in-store at Waterloo Records at 5pm. Here's a pic from that, and we caught the song "Two Angels" on video at this link.
The show at Antone's had Pinetop Perkins opening. He is 95 years years old. I got his autograph, and he seemed extremely frail. It took him a really long time to write out his name, but he sure didn't have any problem finding his way around the keyboard. He not only keeps performing, but he tours as well. There was a great backing band of some of the best blues musicians in Austin.

I was first in line (typical me) because I got dropped off in front of Antone's right after the record store show while MrB went home for cat-duties. It was an all-seated general admission show, and I was skeptical about that (Antone's seldom has chairs in it) but I have to admit that it worked out great for this. Here's a video from the show, a beauty called "Two Hearts."

Sunday we took a pass on activities and caught up on chores and work. It was a gorgeous weather day.

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