There is an alarming quantity of very high quality live music going on in the Big Bend this xmas season. I’m personally delighted to see Slim Richey will be in town. Butch Hancock will join a very talented group of performers for the Townes Van Zant Memorial concert. There’s something cool going on pretty much every night – get out and support live Terlingua Music!
Check out the listings below –
Monday – Dec 23 – Burger Night with Dr. Fun
Tuesday – Dec 24 – Uh Clem
Wednesday – Dec 25 – Christmas with The Whitmores
Thursday – Dec 26 – Trevor Reichman & Emilie Clepper
Friday – Dec 27 – Paper Moon Shiners
Saturday – Dec 28 – Hogan & Moss
Sunday – Dec 29 – Trevor Reichman 5pm-8pm
Ghosts Along the Brazos 8:30pm
Monday – Dec 30 – Slim Richey & The Jitterbug Vipers
Tuesday – Dec 31 – Uh Clem 6pm-8pm
New Years Eve with Radio La Chuzma 9pm
Wednesday – Jan 1 – Townes Van Zandt Memorial
Thursday – Jan 2 – The Desert Blossom Pearls 9pm
Tim Beck & Friends 10pm
This Week @ THE HIGH SIERRA / ELDORADO HOTEL
FRI~TREVOR REICHMAN 7pm
SAT~RACHEL LAVEN STRING BAND 3pm-6pm
SAT~JASON BLUM 6pm-till?
Sunday is the Hangover Jam, everyone welcome to come play
NEW YEARS EVE PARTY TUES STARTS AT 9 pm.
Wednesday – Open Mic (are we really doing open mic on xmas night?)
12/28/13 The Lavens!
New Year’s Eve – The Fabulous Vortexans – Texas Blues
Live music in the Thirsty Goat Saloon
December 23rd – Trevor Hickle
December 24th & 25th – Jason Blum
December 26th – The Whitmores
December 27th & 28th – Slim Richey and the Jitterbug Vipers
December 29th – Jon Hogan and Maria Moss
December 30th – Jason Blum
December 31st – Slim Richey and the Jitterbug Vipers
January 1st – Jason Blum
Tonight, after playing tub bass with Jeff Gavin at the High Sierra, local author and entertainer – and world-class hitchhiker, Mark Kneeskern, performed some scenes from his book, “THE LAST AMERICAN HITCH-HIKER”
You can’t really understand Terlingua, or Terlingua Americana Music, without coming to grips with the other side of the border- and the nearest border crossing is at Boquillas, Mexico. Unfortunately, for the past 11 years, that’s been hard to do because the border has been closed.
Recently, a new border crossing to Boquillas, Mexico was opened in the Big Bend National Park. I made this crossing in the 70’s, and don’t remember much about it… but, I do remember that the process was informal. You just drove to the crossing, took the little boat across the river, trekked up the hill, and bought cheap tacos and beer.
Now, getting to Boquillas is a little more complicated. After driving an hour and a quarter from Study Butte through the park, you first go to the store at Rio Grande Village, where you buy your tickets for the boat- $5/per person.
Then, a short drive to the Boquillas crossing, a $2,000,000+ Homeland Security compound (my buddy Lance, who builds things, figures he could’a built it for $100,000… where does the money go?) where you show your passport and receive official permission to cross the border.
The crossing closes at 6:00 PM. I talked to the guard who told me the rules: “no mercy, no quarter.” If you haven’t been fully processed back into the U.S. by 6:00, you have to stay in Mexico. “Back at ya,” was my unspoken reply. Continue reading “Day-trip – Boquillas Mexico”
Terlingua, Texas musicians and community to the rescue!
*** Want to donate to the Terlingua Arts and Music departments? Click the paypal “donate” button – all proceeds will go to the Art and Music Departments at the Terlingua School. ***
When I found out that the music and art teachers in Terlingua were buying music and art supplies for their students out of their meagre paychecks, I found myself channeling the Big Lebowski: “This will not stand!”
As I shared this information with others in the community, the response was pretty much the same.
Rather than focus on why this situation exists, we just fixed it by funding the art and music departments.
On Sunday, August 25th, local artists, musicians and community members gathered at the Starlight Theatre in the Terlingua Ghost Town to raise money for the Terlingua School music and art programs.
We passed the tip jar around, there were silent- and loud- auctions, some people donated by using the above PayPal button – and by the end of the night we had raised over $800. That will buy a lot of paint, reeds, etc.
The Starlight donated beer and food for the musicians and gave us a great, historic venue for the benefit – thanks Buckner, Sonny, Diego, Kathy and all the rest of the gang at the Starlight!
Many local artists and authors donated their work for the auction, and the bidding was fierce. All proceeds go to the kids.
Herman and Deanna (High Sierra Bar and Grill) donated a case of beer for the auction. Ed won.
The musicians donated their time and talent. We are lucky to live in a community that is so rich in brilliant and giving performers and artists. Each act played a short set and still the music went on for over six hours.
The Terlingua Music Concert Series is going through some changes. It’s a good thing.
First – there will be no Legiondary Jam at the American Legion in July. The legion is going through some changes, too, and a lot of our favorite musicians will be in Santa Fe then, cheering Greg Grymes on as he makes his new CD.
August will be all about the Terlingua School.
After the “Second Sunday” jam at the high sierra, I was talking to the track coach. He said, “I’ve got a group that I think can take State this year- if only we could afford track shoes.”
So, the second Sunday in August we’re having a “Second Sunday” jam at the High Sierra Bar and Grill in Terlingua. We’re going to raise enough money to buy the team shoes.
Later in the month- similar deal. The local art and music teachers have been buying supplies for their students out of their paychecks – and they’re about the lowest paid teachers in the State of Texas. I’m not going to talk about the lack of support for Art, Music, and education in general in Texas except to say that it would be nice to vote in some representatives who have the kids best interest at heart.
What we’re going to do is fund those programs ourselves. I’ll announce the details as soon as I’ve confirmed the date and location.
Living in Terlingua, Texas opens up a universe of possibilities. All you have to do is adjust your concept of “neighborhood,” and you have access to a variety of fascinating experiences.
Living at Terlingua Ranch is one experience. Isolation. Off the grid. Technicolor sunsets. Wild, unpredictable weather.
Terlingua Ghost Town is a whole ‘nother experience. Great food, music on the porch and in the bars, and some very eccentric characters to hang out with.
Last weekend, LaRoja and I spent the weekend in Lajitas visiting with Trevor Hickle and his family. Lajitas is a resort, so we luxuriated in the pool, had dinner delivered to Trevor’s place, did some pickin’, and ended up in a very nice suite.
This weekend, we joined Jalapeno Schwartz for a grand tour of Marfa.
JP (Jalapeno) Schwartz is a country doctor, volunteer public radio DJ, and local celebrity. He and LaRoja have known each other since they were in college.
The immigration conversation gets a lot more interesting when both sides have a say. It would be even more interesting if the U.S. government would listen to the people actually involved in that conversation.
What they would hear is, “yes, there are border problems elsewhere. We don’t have those problems here. We’d like our border crossing opened, preferably with a nice bridge, please.”
The people in this particular conversation are the residents of South Brewster County and our neighbors to the South.
You may call them illegal aliens or wetbacks. Down here, we call them neighbors and friends.
The people of Lajitas – neighbors from both sides of the Rio Grande – came together to show their love, support, and willingness to work together to get the border crossing re-opened.
The unintended consequences of closing the borders have been devastating. Families divided, friends separated, economies adversely affected.
Simple things, like getting groceries, gasoline, or visiting grandma have turned in to multi-hour ordeals involving driving to the nearest “legal” border crossing and then driving back on the other side.
It’s time. It’s time to admit that we made a mistake and fix it.