Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holidays in Austin - Part 3

We've been getting out for live music and other stuff. Low key but high quality. This first video is from a house concert (on Sunday the 19th) by my friends Milkdrive, who are also some of the finest musicians you can find. This is not our video. Let's see... how to describe this music... acoustic progressive, jazzgrass, I don't know but it's pretty.
That's Brian Beken (fiddle), Noah Jeffries (guitar), Matt Mefford (bass) and Dennis Ludiker (mandolin).

Last night we went to see the Dennis Ludiker Trio, and this incarnation has the phenomenal Billy Bright on mando and Dennis on fiddle (with Jesse Dalton on bass). However, the smokin' hot jam featured in the video (ours this time) has both Dennis and Billy on mandos. I am still waiting to get the fiddler's name and the name of this song... which I might describe as blazing Brazilgrass. Your description may vary. ;-)

We pulled out all the party animal stops, and went to the weekly event Wednesday midnights at the Alamo Drafthouse called "Weird Wednesdays." This was an unimaginably bad B-movie called "The Magic Christmas Tree" and is described by Alamo staff this way:

Special seasonal reprise of the Christmas-killing hit! Here it is: the evil holiday movie we've all secretly been waiting for. It made its producers wealthy men and turned a generation of children into santaphobic sociopaths. We are still paying the cost. It's a very strange film and we're not sure why anyone would make it, but two words come to mind: Malicious Intent. Why else would the young hero be abducted by a witch and forced to uh, plant Satan's magic seed in his backyard? The seed grows into a tree that gives him three wishes. Then the kid abducts Santa Claus, straps him to a chair and abuses him until he gets all the toys in the world. Plus there's a long race between a lawnmower and a turtle and more tomfoolery presided over by the powers of Darkness, including the appearance of a giant who says inappropriate things. We cannot be held responsible for any lasting trauma. (Lars)
...and in IMDB user comments this way.
Whee-doggy, we went to a midnight flick and got to see 6th Street, which was hopping as always.

The holidaze continue. More soon.


Dr. Monkey Hussein Monkerstein said...

Rock on my friend.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I love house concerts! They're so intimate yet fabulous all at the same time.