Jitterbug Vipers at the Boathouse

Before the Jitterbug Vipers unleashed their Viper Jazz on a standing room only crowd in the Boathouse, Sharron and Jeffro had a renuptual ceremony behind the Boathouse.

What’s a renuptual ceremony? Well, first there was the “Frayed (fraid) knot ceremony where Jeffro and Sha promised to not get married. Then they got married. Then, yesterday, they did it again.

After the ceremony, the attendees all laid on the dance floor and watched the sun dogs in the sky. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a sun dog before- it’s a rainbow directly overhead, best viewed from a prone position after a couple of shots of sotol.

Viper music was developed in the 1940’s to celebrate the underground- specifically pot-smoking- culture that was developing then. It’s a fun, swinging genre that leaves lots of room for virtuoso soloing by the musicians. Greg Harkins, Beth Gallagher, and Cinco laid down some very impressive leads.

Popularized by the gone but damn sure not forgotten Slim Ritchy (The Most Dangerous Guitar Player in Texas), the current line-up of the Jitterbug Vipers keeps the spirit and chops alive and jamming.

The Boathouse was absolutely packed. Some of the tourists seemed confused, and left early. This was not what they expected. Their places were quickly taken by those who “got it,” and the crowd stayed to the end.

The Vipers will be back at the Boathouse tonight. Long-time Terlingua celebrity Uh Clem will be at the Starlight.

Here’s some pics from yesterday- enjoy.

Jacob Jaeger
Jacob Jaeger

Francie Meaux Jeaux
Francie Meaux Jeaux
Greg Harkins, Jacob, and Beth Gallagher played for the renuptual celebration.
Greg Harkins, Jacob, and Beth Gallagher played for the renuptual celebration.
Shannon, Jeffro and Sha help Catfish get his priestly robes straight- he officiated.
Shannon, Jeffro and Sha help Catfish get his priestly robes straight- he officiated.
the solemn ceremony
the solemn ceremony
you may now kiss the bride. again.
you may now kiss the bride. again.
Sha tossed the bouquet. Shannon caught it.
Sha tossed the bouquet. Shannon caught it.
Shannon and Sha with the bouquet
Shannon and Sha with the bouquet
the first dance
the first dance
aw
aw
kicking up heels
kicking up heels
Rory
Rory
Don and Sierra
Don and Sierra
Jitterbug Vipers
Jitterbug Vipers
xylophone?
xylophone?

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