Live music in Terlingua – Christmas week, 2013

This week in Terlingua – Christmas Week, 2013

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 –

Starlight Theatre

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


SAT~JASON BLUM 6pm-till?
Sunday is the Hangover Jam, everyone welcome to come play

La Kiva

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

Mark “EYEBALL” Kneeskern at the Starlight Theatre

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” 



Right now, Mark is offering free shipping when you order one of his books.  I’ve got one.  It’s a good, bouncy read.  From his web page: Continue reading “Mark “EYEBALL” Kneeskern at the Starlight Theatre”

CinnabarGanza! Last Minute Low Budget Theatre benefit.

Terlingua’s home-grown theatre troupe, Last Minute Low Budget Productions, held a benefit at the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua, Texas last night.


Trevor Hickle auctions off a print by Voni Glaves (in red).

The Starlight Theatre was packed.

There were live and silent auctions.  Local musicians, plus mandolin whiz, Billy Bright, played and sang. There were some short theatrical skits.  

Several pieces of art by local artists were on offer, but by far the one that generated the most excitement, and the most money, was one by the artist who created the mural behind the stage.  He auctioned off a painting of that very scene.  This is a one of a kind, historically valuable piece of art and the bidding was fierce.  When the dust cleared and the bidding was over, the theatre troupe was ahead by $1,500.   Continue reading “CinnabarGanza! Last Minute Low Budget Theatre benefit.”

Christmas music in the Big Bend 2013

There are several levels of community in Terlingua.

The most visible is the restaurant/bar scene.  That and the mountains are what most visitors see, and it’s an essential part of living in the Big Bend.  Sitting on the porch, strumming guitar and watching the sun set in the East is a Terlingua tradition.

As the sun sets behind the mountains to the West, the mountains of Big Bend National Park reflect the colors- purple, gold, red, pink – in a changing kaleidoscope that’s different every evening and always amazing.  Then, the mountains fade and lose their colors as the light shifts to the clouds above, and it looks like the mountains have a technicolor aura… then that fades, the stars come out, the moon illuminates the desert…

There’s the river community- many Terlingua residents are current or former river guides.  It’s a close-knit community.  A friend who is a long-time guide explained to me that most of the guides are single because they chose the river over relationships, and, in her case, she doesn’t regret that choice at all.

These guides are the kind of people who can take a backpack, a bedroll, and a boat and spend weeks alone or with a group camping under the stars in the canyons carved out by the Rio Grande River.

And then there’s the people who are raising families here and are concerned with the infrastructure of the community.  They’re focused on the school and community service.  You don’t see them much in the bars, but when Christmas rolls around, they’re very visible.

The community choir, led by local Uber-musician, studio owner, and high-school band director, Ted Arbogast, bring their Christmas music show to various venues in the Big Bend.

Here are some pics from the show at the Starlight Theatre.  The choir sang songs of the season.  As they were singing, “Here Comes Santa Claus,” Santa himself walked through the Starlight Theatre.  The choir left the stage and Santa took a seat as the local children lined up to make their xmas requests.

The Terlingua Community Choir

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