Chris Picks

Each week Chris brings you the best in music, dance, arts and entertainment opportunities in Austin and surrounding areas.


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Blues you can use

APRIL 24-30

Last call! Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil has 4 more shows this week(end) in the new Rollins Theatre at the Long Center. Response has been good, and last night's performance was completely sold out, woo hoo! My work is mostly done, though I do check in each evening to make sure there are no costume emergencies before showtime.

So what's next? Well, let's see. There's a performance art piece I'm about to get started on, and I'm playing lots of music (look for me to announce my first semi-professional bassoon gig in June).
And I've got a meeting in May that may lead to Something Big, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

And... this is way cool... Mr. Ben has a show this weekend! I'll be sitting in the audience enjoying his performance this time rather than the other way around. More about that later, so keep reading.

And now, in the Oh those wacky Australians and their Grandiose Beer Commercials! category, I give you this week's video. All I can say is the beer industry in Australia must have a HUGE advertising budget! (But do they even need to advertise?)

Thursday, April 24

Cornell Hurd Band
Jovita’s / 1619 S. 1st; 447-7825 / 8 pm

Austin Swing Syndicate Spring Fling
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 8 pm; $5 & $7
With live music by the Jitterbug Vipers.

Jesse Dayton
Broken Spoke / 3201 S. Lamar; 442-6189 / 9 pm

Thursday-Sunday, thru April 27

Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil

Rollins Theatre, Long Center for the Performing Arts / S. 1st at Riverside / 8 pm (3 pm on Sundays); $10 & $12
This is a fabulous collaboration between ACC & ProArts Collective in the brand-spanking-new Rollins Theatre! And I did the costuming, woo hoo, something I've been wanting to do for a long, long time!

Friday, April 25

From Mozart to Zanzibar
Bates Recital Hall
/ UT Music building / 8 pm; free
The UT Middle Eastern Ensemble joins forces with the UT Early Music Esemble to bring you an amazing array of music, including guest artists Reha Sagbas (kanun) and Selma Sagbas (voice) from Turkey. Should be a wonderful evening. AND... you will see and hear Mr. Ben on drum! How cool is that!

Just Desserts
Waterloo Ice House / 6th & Lamar / 9 pm; $6-10
Yes, Virginia, there will be a dance floor.

Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies
Tree House Italian Grill / 2201 College Ave; 443-4200 / 7:30 pm

DJd Milonga
Copa / 217 Congress Ave; 479-5002 / 7 pm

The Eggmen
The Oasis / 6550 Comanche Trail 266-2442 (family)

Los Super Vatos
Flamingo Cantina / 515 E. 6th; 494-9336 / midnight
Yeah, it's late, but come on -- it's Bubba Hernandez!

Saturday, April 26

Sunset Valley Artfest
Toney Berger Center / Hwy 290 W between Brodie Lane & Westgate Blvd / 9am - 6 pm; no cover (family)

Celebrating the visual arts -- and with live music, of course, by by the Bowie H.S. Steel Drum Ensemble, Jazz Puerto Rico, the Old Holdouts bluegrass band, Dr. Zog Band and the Texana Dames to close out the day.

Charles Thibodeaux & The Austin Cajun Aces
Evangeline Cafe / 8106 Brodie Lane; 282-2596 / 4-6 pm
It's crawfish season, and the Evangeline Cafe is having a crawfish boil, mmmmmm.

Silver Thistles Pipes & Drums Ceilidh
Scholzgarten / 1807 San Jacinto / 6-10 pm; $10 (family)
This is a benefit for Austin's only youth pipes & drums band. Celtic music, Scottish Highland and Country dancing, food, drink, raffle and more for the whole family.

The Eggmen
Nutty Brown / 12225 Highway 290 West; 301-4648 / 7:30 pm; $5 (family)

Jim Stringer & the AM Band
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Road; 458-1813 / 9 pm

Sandstorm Picnic
Moose Lodge / 2103 E.M. Franklin / 7 pm; $10
This appears to be a showcase of the best new music coming out of Lubbock these days. As we all know, Lubbock has a rich musical history, and it sounds like the future is still bright.

Sunday, April 27

The Brew
The Oasis / 6550 Comanche Trail 266-2442
Sunday night salsa has returned!

Giant City Sextet
Saengerrunde Hall / 1607 San Jacinto / 7:30 pm; $7-$10
We're starting to see more Sunday evening dances in this fabulous venue. That's a GOOD thing!

Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 10 pm; $7

Monday, April 28

Uptown Swingsters
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30 pm (no cover)

Charles Thibodeaux & The Austin Cajun Aces
Evangeline Cafe / 8106 Brodie Lane; 282-2596 / 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 29

Planet Casper
Continental Club / 1315 S. Congress; 441-2444 / 6:30 pm

DJd Swing Dance
The Fed / 24th at San Gabriel / 9:40 pm
This is the weekly FREE dance after Four on the Floor's lessons.

Wednesday, April 30

Oliver Rajamani
Pharas Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Restaurant / 111 E. North Loop / 8 pm

The Brew
Speakeasy / 412 Congress; 476-8017 / 9:30 pm

Lucky Strikes
Joe DiMaggio's / 11410 Century Oaks Terrace (The Domain) / 7 pm

Erik Hokkanen's Gypsy Tribe
Lambert’s / 401 W. 2nd; 494-1500 / 6:30 pm

Roger Wallace
Ginny’s Little Longhorn / 5434 Burnet Rd; 458-1813 / 9 pm


Houston, TX
Saturdays & Sundays, April 19-27
Houston International Festival
Downtown Houston
This year's spotlight is "Out of Africa" and will feature Buddy Guy, The Neville Brothers, The Wailers, Hugh Masekela, The National Dance Theater Of Ethiopia, Habib Koite, The Garifuna Collective, Emeline Michel, Shemeka Copeland, Bettye Lavette, The Lowrider Band, Grupo Fantasma, Samarabalouf, Charlie Musselwhite, Sonny Landreth, Trombone Shorty, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Red Stick Ramblers, Soul Rebels, Step Rideau, Terrance Simien and many more!!! Click the link for all the details.


Sunday, May 4
Gulf Coast Extravaganza
Threadgill’s / 301 W. Riverside; 472-9304 / 4-9 pm; $10 (family)
Live cajun music by Larry Lange & his Lonely Knights (Austin) and L'Angelus (Lafayette). This is a fund-raiser for KOOP radio. You know you want to go.

See ya on the dance floor,



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