Sunday, May 04, 2008

These week in the venues - Favorites playing

Just catching up here with a quick post on our shows this week. Thursday was The South Austin Jug Band at Shady Grove. It was a free show, and we managed to get some decent seats this time (hard to do at Shady these days). I took this video that features Brian Beken (fiddle), Matt Mefford (bass) and Dennis Ludiker (mandolin). The one little spot in there where it sounds muffled is where a butt eclipses the microphone, but it's not a total eclipse and doesn't last long. I don't know the name of this song. Dennis, on the far end there, just won the Texas State Fiddle Championship. James Hyland (kind of the band leader but not in this video clip) announced it by saying that when you win something in Texas, you get a belt buckle. Brian is also an outstanding player on fiddle, mando and guitar too. I am amazed at how many great players there are around here. The Jug Band is still evolving with new vibes mixed with the old.

Dennis will be playing at Mandolin Mayhem at Threadgill's next Sunday with Sarah Jarosz and Kym Warner of The Greencards (who are playing there on Friday) and I'm sure there will be guests too, so we're looking forward to that.

Saturday night it was Del Castillo at Antone's, (pictured are guitarist brothers Rick and Mark del Castillo) and I don't think I've ever seen the band having such fun on stage. It was a fantastic show, and I'm so glad we went, even with the 5 hours of standing on concrete that is included in an Antone's show (the music takes the pain away). All the regular fans/friends were there at stage-side so it was nice to see everybody. Same thing for Shady Grove. We see friends everywhere we go.

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