Legendary Legion Jam #3 (Legiondary!)

The Third Legendary Jam was a blast.

There were a lot of “usual suspects” on stage, as well as a few new faces:  Ted, James, and Greg were 1st timers and were delightful.

There was also a little drama, which has led to the “No Whiners, No Banjos” rule which will be strictly enforced at future jams.

Ted Arbogast and Charlotte
Ted Arbogast and Charlotte

Jeremy, of the Austin Bike Zoo was in Attendance, along with a full house of Ranch and South County characters.

The food situation was sketchy for a while, Ron brought crawfish and there was whiskey fudge… all hopes for a balanced meal were seemingly dashed until Bobby showed up with BBQ pork, brisket, and sloppy joe fixin’s.

 

Ted and Charlotte.
Ted and Charlotte.

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Brewski Salmineo and Friends at the Starlight, Terlingua, Tx.

Last night (2/15/13) Bruce Salmon brought a crew of top hands from Austin to the Starlight for a night of eclectic music.

On Bass:  Brad Houser, who plays with Patrice Pike, the Dead Kenny Gs, and was in the New Bohemians.

On Drums:  Dony Wynn, whose “other” gig is playing in Robert Plant’s band.  He’s played with Brooks and Dunn, Robert Palmer, and Knuckle Yummy – and a LOT of other bands you’ve loved.

On Violin – the Berklee trained Michelle Alany.  I’m not familiar with her background, but when she started rocking her violin in F#, I knew she was a talent to be reckoned with.

Michelle Alany

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Terlingua to Austin

The link between Austin and Terlingua keeps getting stronger.

Spider House - Austin, Texas - Pat O'Bryan
Spider House – Austin, Texas

Cognitive dissonance ensued – Jim Keveany and I talked about how strange it was to see THOSE faces in THIS place.  And yet, it worked.

A group of Terlinguaists occupied Spider House Ballroom near the U.T. campus Monday night.  They brought their own crowd with them, which was augmented with Austinites with a Terlingua connection.

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Master of Sparks

Slightly off topic – this didn’t happen in Terlingua.  In fact, I don’t think Billy’s ever been to Terlingua.  But it is, by gawd, Texas cool.

I got to participate in a photo/video shoot with Billy in Houston.  My buddy and photography mentor, Rodney Bursiel, was doing the shoot for “Cowboys and Indians” magazine.  I was there to drive, help schlepp gear, and make the “behind the scenes” video and photos.

Me and the “Master of Sparks,” Billy Gibbons.

We hung out with Billy all day.  Went to his recording studio where ZZ Top has cut their last five CDs.  Checked out his gear and got some recording tips – Billy’s surprisingly tech savvy.  Got to hear stories of Jimi Hendrix, Joey Long, and some obscure Texas musicians that influenced Billy as well as the stories behind a lot of ZZ Top’s songs.   Like a good Terlingua songwriter, Billy is just telling you about his life in his songs.  He’s had an interesting life.

We ended the day with a Mexican Food feast and shots of Pura Vida tequila.

I’ll be posting some photos.   I’ll print out some of the good ones and bring ’em to the legion for the next Jam.  The video will probably end up online at some point- that’s Rodney’s call.

I’ll be back in the ‘bend next week and we’ll start planning the Legendary Legion Jam #3.

Legendary Legion Jam #2

The second Legiondary jam was a blast.

On a stunning full-moon night, in the desert about 25 miles North of the Mexican border, a group of musicians – from Dallas, Austin, Fort Davis, Terlingua – got together to play music and hang out.

Word got around, and some of the locals showed up to join the party.

It’s a good thing it was a warm night.  There’s no way that everybody who showed up would have fit into the American Legion hall.

I took video – 2 cameras – which means there’s a total of 12 hours of video that somebody gets to wade through to find the good parts.  In the mean time, there were a LOT of photographers there.  Looking through my shots, I think I got some good ones.  I don’t have time to whup ’em into shape, so I’m just posting snapshots here to give you an idea of what the evening was like.

Thanks to all the pickers and singers who played for free.  You’ll be gratified to know that we raised almost $200 for the Crisis Breadbasket Center.  That will feed some people.

We’ll be doing Legiondary Jam #3 in February.  Check back here for dates and details.

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Terlingua Live Music – Legendary Legion Jam #2

The next “Legendary Legion Jam” is gonna be Sunday, Jan. 27, at the American Legion Post 653.  Once again, the musicians will be playing for free.  No cover charge.  We will be aggressively raising funds for the local food bank – bring food or money if you can.

Scroll down a little to see pics and stuff from the first jam.  It was indeed legendary.

I’m still firming up the line-up, but it looks like:

“King” George Goss and friends

Jim and Anna Keaveny

Pablo Menudo

Mike Dwyer

Trevor Hickle

Laird Considine

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Townes Van Zandt Wake and Jam – Starlight Theatre

On New Year’s Day, Jon Hogan and Maria Moss hosted the 2nd annual Townes Van Zandt Wake and Jam at the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua, Texas.

It was a packed house and many notable musicians, including Butch Hancock, were there.   The music and emotion  transcended the atrocious PA mix.

It was a Terlingua-style jam, with a full stage of heart-felt pickin’ and remembering Townes.

Chris Baker, Butch Hancock, Emilie Klepper

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Pat O’Bryan’s Legendary Legion Jam #1

New Year’s Eve Eve, the night before New Year’s Eve, is traditionally a night when musicians get together and party.

Nobody has a gig the night before New Year’s Eve.

This started out as an idea I had to have a pickin’ party and get-together with my local musician friends.  Then, they invited some friends.  Then, word got around and some other pickers decided to come party with us.

I set up a small PA system and a video camera.

Production notes courtesy of David Shane Duke

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