"Revealing the facts, and naming the names"



Rockin' South Austin since 1955

1315 S. Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704

Volume XVI, Issue 3.5 * August 30, 2012


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"This is simply one of the greatest clubs in the country. With its rich tradition and great reputation for always having good music, the Continental Club seems to be a hot spot for anyone who really likes music. And if you go, you just may find yourself sitting next to Julia Roberts or Johnny Depp. You never know at the CC. And that's why bigger acts always make a stop here on tour. As far as musicians are concerned, there's no better place to play...or go."


Dianne's Dish

Hello everyone!

Gary Clark Jr. popped into the Club on Monday night. He had time to sit in with Dale Watson (I've told you that you never know who's going to sit in with Dale!) & to sit down with me for a chat. He had a few days off and was able to come home to visit friends & family before heading out to Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival. We were almost able to squeeze in a last minute gig, but it didn't come to pass. He & I laughed about the fact that if his band wasn't available he could do it as a solo again like he used to with his guitar, harp & foot board. In July, 2003 I wrote: "Speaking of Gary Clark Jr., his Wednesday Happy Hour is already a hit! I went to yesterday's show and granted, I was already a fan, but he was blowing me away. With a tack on the bottom of his left shoe, Gary tapped out the time on a big old block of wood, while playing either acoustic or electric guitar, and playing harmonica on the harp rack wrapped around his neck. With eyes mostly closed, he played slide guitar on some songs and picked out bass & lead lines on others. He tipped his hat to his roots by covering songs made famous by artists such as Jimmy Reed, T-Bone Walker, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf and Bob Marley. At the end of songs the audience responded by applauding, yelling, whistling, and calling out his name, to which he responded with a shy smile. With a combination of blues, r&b, reggae, soul & rock, Gary mixed it all up into a recipe of his own. I suspect it's a recipe for success. You're *really* going to want to check this out." One of the things we talked about was our mutual appreciation of the Peterson Brothers Band. Gary said they're going to be comin' up right behind him and he's really impressed by them. Oh, and here's the cover art for Gary's new Warner Bros. Records CD that is due to be released in October.

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1. Dale Watson & his Lone Stars with Gary Clark Jr. photo by Kristin Gunn ©2012. 2. A sneak-peek at GCJr's new cover art!

• "The blues world is saddened to hear that West Coast blues guitar ace Kid Ramos has recently been diagnosed with a type of cancerous lump called sarcoma. Kid has always been the epitome of health and energy and this news is quite shocking. Kid reports that he is up for beating this cancer and is feeling strong physically, mentally and spiritually. A number of benefits are being planned and will be announced shortly. Get well cards can be to Kid Ramos via Delta Groove Productions, 16501 Sherman Way Suite 100, Van Nuys, CA. 91406 USA. Prayers and well-wishes for Kid Ramos' full and speedy recovery." ~Bob Corritore. He has quite a pedigree, playing guitar with folks like James Harman, Roomful of Blues, the Big Rhythm Combo, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and The Mannish Boys. Kid's own roots quartet, Los Fabulocos, has been one of our faves at the Club for a while now. We send him lots of prayers & healing thoughts.



Announcing GrulkeFest: A CELEBRATION OF BRENT / 1961-2012

September 8, ACL Live at The Moody Theater.

With: Doctors’ Mob, Fastball, Glass Eye, the Reivers, Sixteen Deluxe, True Believers, the Wannabes, Wild Seeds and more.

Doors, 5 p.m., Show, 6 p.m. to Midnight

 Tickets, $20, $25, $35.

All proceeds to the Graham Grulke Education Fund.

Tickets on sale Monday, August 27th at 5:00PM, venue box office, Waterloo Records, by phone at 877-4-FLYTIX

The Austin music scene is invited to join the many friends, family and co-workers of SXSW creative director Brent Grulke for a public memorial and benefit concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on September 8.

“Grulkefest: A CELEBRATION OF BRENT / 1961-2012” will feature Doctors’ Mob, Fastball, Glass Eye, the Reivers, Sixteen Deluxe, True Believers, the Wannabes, Wild Seeds and other special guests.

A beloved figure amongst Austin bands and fellow fans for more than 30 years, Grulke died of a heart attack at the age of 51 on August 13. He is survived by his wife, Kristen Brock Grulke, and a seven year-old son, Graham. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Graham Grulke Education Fund.

"The Grulke family has been amazed and consoled by the outpouring of support from Brent's friends and colleagues,” says Brent’s brother, Bradley Grulke. “I admired Brent's professional accomplishments, but I really loved him as just my brother. I'll miss his passion and his laughter."

Says SXSW director Roland Swenson: “SXSW is very grateful to the Moody Theater for providing a large space for the huge number of Brent's friends, and people whose lives he touched through his work, to get together in one place to remember him in a way that he would have enjoyed.”

Most of the bands on the bill date back to Austin’s “New Sincerity” era, a scene that Grulke played a major part in, including his involvement as the co-producer (and liner notes writer) of the 1985 compilation album “Bands on the Block.”

"These are all bands Brent had something to do with, either directly--as sound man, road manager, coach--or indirectly, just by the fact that they wouldn't have been around if Brent hadn't been around,” says Wild Seeds frontman Michael Hall.

Doctors’ Mob, Glass Eye, the Reivers, True Believers and Wild Seeds are all reuniting for the first time in several years specifically to play this show.

"Brent is the connector for all these bands--he was the guy behind the soundboard when they played, he was the guy behind the wheel when they toured,” says Hall. “He was friends with all of them, and he stayed friends with all of them until he died."

And while Sixteen Deluxe belongs to a later Austin music generation, “bands like ours were the direct beneficiaries of Brent's talent and enthusiasm,” says bassist Jeff Copas. “He and SXSW gave us a stage where the whole world could see us play. That opportunity led us all over the map. We're honored to have the chance to try and repay part of that gift to his family.”

While back in the day you would have found the line-up (and Brent himself) at the Beach, the Continental Club or Liberty Lunch, having Austin’s current showcase music venue as the host of “GrulkeFest” is meaningful as well.

As Roland Swenson says, “the last concert many of us attended with Brent was also one of his greatest achievements: coaxing Bruce Springsteen to come to SXSW last March to perform at ACL Live.”

Elizabeth Derczo/512.467.7979/

Sharilyn Mayhugh / 512.225.7999/



What is the Austin American-Statesman reporting?

Austin Music Source

By Pete Mongillo

Austin’s Gary Clark Jr., who will play both nights of Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival this weekend in Philadelphia (and ACL Fest, and just about every other festival this summer), will release his new full-length on Oct. 23 on Warner Bros.
Clark hasn’t announced the title or track-listing for the release, which follows 2011’s popular “Bright Lights” EP. Mike Elizondo, who has worked with Fiona Apple, Mastodon and Dr. Dre, co-produced the album along with Clark.
Clark plays ACL Fest on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2:15 p.m. on the AMD stage.


Amy Cook talks Austin, L.A. and making music that sounds like summer

By Pete Mongillo

The title track of Amy Cook's latest album, "Summer Skin," started as 20 pages of notes. From there the Austin-based singer-songwriter focused the flood of ideas, rhymes and other words until it fit into 4  1/2 minutes not the shortest song in the world, but nothing compared with how it started.
"Songwriting is more like sculpting to me, coming up with an idea, then overdoing it completely, and then whittling it down," Cook said. "I probably need to come up with a better method. I'm not saying it's a good method. It can be frustrating."
"Summer Skin" is in part about Cook's move several years ago from California to Austin. Because of that subject matter, she wanted to record on the West Coast with Los Angeles producer Craig Street, who is best known for his work on Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me." Bassist Me'Shell N'Degeocello, guitarists David Garza (of Austin) and Chris Bruce, and Jonathan Wilson made up her band during the sessions.
Sitting on a balcony at the Hotel Saint Cecilia last week, Cook said that she recently tried to explain to someone what an "L.A." song sounds like. "You can't really describe that, and it's not across the board. An L.A. guitar player to me is just a little more laid-back," she said, before breaking into a vocal rendition — complete with air guitar — of Bruce's solo on the album's second track, "Sun Setting Backwards." The slowed-down crackle of the song places Cook's "L.A." somewhere in or around Laurel Canyon. "That kind of patience, it feels almost like waves."

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I have created a YouTube channel, The Continental Live! and have posted videos with Dale Watson, Stephanie Marler, Cella Blue (White Ghost Shivers), Redd Volkaert, Rick Broussard (Two Hoots & a Holler), Cindy Cashdollar (The Guilty Women, Johnny Nicholas, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Leon Redbone, and on & on), and Dave Alvin (The Blasters, X), more Dale Watson Pt 1 & Pt 2, Teal Collins & Barbara Nesbitt of The Whiskey Sisters, Australian Allan Tomkins of Tomkins Guitars, Ryan Cochran of Jalopy Journal, and Jon Dee Graham. I will continue adding links as I post videos. Anyone you want to hear from, or have a question for? Just let me know and I'll see what I can do to make it happen!


SIMS Foundation News

Please read this moving piece by Kyle Ellison. The story of Sims cannot be forgotten and reminds us of the incredible value The SIMS Foundation brings to Austin.

SIMS Launches Weekly Support Group for Partners of Musicians
The chaotic nature of the music business can create a unique set of stressors for musicians and the people who love them. Touring, working nights, and insecure finances put a strain on the entire family unit. This support group will provide partners of musicians with the tools to deal with these and other issues while creating more stable and fulfilling relationships in the process. Group begins this summer. Contact for more information. 


The Sound of Austin is a coffee-table book by Austin photographer Matthew Sturtevant that benefits HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians! For the very first time, a comprehensive collection: 100 portraits of musicians who define the sound of Austin. We know why we love these musicians and now we hear each artist describe what they love about Austin. Available at Waterloo Records, Whole Foods, Book People, South Congress Books, and other LOCAL businesses. Available now in stores and online! "A Matthew Sturtevant portrait is like a Jimmie Vaughan guitar solo; it's soulfully constructed with economy, dignity and grace." ~Jody Denberg.

• Did you know that this electric bike tour of Austin's music scene features a musician tour guide AND 10% of proceeds go to HAAM to help keep music in Austin alive and well? Check it out!


The Continental Club and The Continental Club Gallery are now using DeliRadio! And it's FREE! Listen to our station here: ContinentalClubATX or check out the player below. When a musician puts their music & show dates in DeliRadio - they'll automatically be joining our venue station, and any other venue's station, for their shows. Our DeliRadio Venue Station is a great way to alert potential and existing fans about shows, and artists can share it with 1 click on Facebook / Twitter or drop it in email blasts.

Wed love for all of our artists to visit - join - and upload some tracks and photos. It's free, takes only a few minutes and can really move sales. You can also sell your music there for no charge. If you're too busy - they'll set up your account for free: It's SO cool!


You can follow us on our Facebook Pages for The Continental Club & CC Gallery in Austin. If you're on Facebook, we'd love to have you "Like" our pages. We also have Twitter accounts for The Continental Club and The Continental Club Gallery that are updated daily (unless it's my day off and I forget). Things change so quickly though that it's always best to double-check with our Austin online calendar (click on Upcoming Shows and then click on calendar date), or call the Austin Club at 512-441-2444 for the most up-to-date information.


Please Note: While I try to be very accurate with lineups, times & cover charges for our shows, last-minute changes and errors can, and sometimes do, occur. Call the Club at 512-441-2444 for the most current information for Austin shows. Also, we are a 21+ venue! No under-21 admissions!


The Continental Club History is always an ongoing project for me. If you have stories or photos to share, I would love to hear/see them! I've posted several photos of the refurbished CC sign from 1987 on our photo page. I'm now I'm also getting together with Mrs. Jeanette Brown regarding the early years - her family owns the 1200 block where Amy's Ice Cream & Zen are located. Mrs. Brown has many early photos & stories for me! Jennifer Luna, the granddaughter of previous operators, Gilbert & Jo Kathryn Grovier, hooked me up with her mother who shared some of her memories of The Continental Club. I've also found a lot of information on The Continental Club's very first residency band - The Mascots - from 1955! You can even hear 6 of their songs on MP3. Click here to learn more, view the photos & find the link to hear the MP3s.


Do you want to see the photos that we take around the Club? Photo links . If you would like to submit photos you've taken, please send JPGs in either of the following formats: approximately 5"x7" @ 300dpi to allow for resizing, or 300 pixels height @ 72dpi.


Are you a customer with questions about upcoming show times, tickets, cover charge etc.? In Austin call: (512) 441-0202 or (512) 441-2444 or e-mail Dianne at In Houston call: (713)529-9899 or (713) 529-9666. Are you a musician inquiring about booking a gig? Booking in Austin: PR in Austin: Dianne,


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Continental Service Club

These are ongoing fundraiser or volunteer opportunities for charitable organizations and/or friends in need that could use your help...

Dianne Scott's Weight Loss Challenge benefits the SIMS Foundation, Austin Pets Alive!, and Shadow Cats Rescue. When you pledge a minimum of $1 for each pound of Dianne's weight loss, you will be offering her support while donating to these 501(c)(3) non-profits. The Challenge will be completed and then renewed every 3 months, allowing the charities to receive larger lump sums in a timely fashion. Weigh-ins will be conducted on or around the 1st of each month by Premiere Lady Fitness, with documenting photographs. You may make your pledge on the Dianne Scott Weight Loss Challenge page, or by e-mailing Dianne. If you are not a Facebook member, you may opt for monthly updates via e-mail. The first weigh-in & photos were done on April 3. The next weigh-ins will be between the 1st-3rd of each month, and the pledges will be due on or about the 4th of each month through ChipIn.

• Formed in 2009, the Pinetop Perkins Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide encouragement and support for young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career. Fulfilling the first part of their mission, the Foundation offers an annual Youth Workshop Series to bring world-renowned blues artists for instruction and mentoring to young musicians. To find out about the 2012 workshop series and to find out more about the foundation's many activities check out the website.

The James Burton Foundation supports music education for those in need through guitar donations and music instruction to schools, hospitals, and community service organizations. Research proves the academic and social value of music education through higher scores across study areas, and improved psychological health among students. However, national, state, and local governments under support music education. The Foundation has given thousands of guitars to schools, and children’s and veteran’s hospitals, and will continue this effort. Now, the Foundation is prepared to expand its music education program, facilities, and partnership outreach through their many community outreach programs. The James Burton Foundation is a 501c3 organization.

Family Eldercare provides essential services to seniors, adults with disabilities and caregivers. Family Eldercare works toward olders and adults with disabilities living in a supportive community with dignity and as much independence as possible. Family Eldercare was founded in 1982 by a group of professionals concerned with supporting the family's role as caregiver for frail elders through training and information. The agency soon expanded to include services to prevent abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of elders and adults with disabilities. Today, Family Eldercare provides a continuum of services on a sliding fee scale to more than 6,000 elders, people with disabilities and their caregivers annually in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. Contact and Staff Information; Map and Directions

Breast cancer Resource Center The Austin chapter could use your support! You can donate via PayPal here. Breast Cancer Resource Centers (BCRC) of Texas is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals affected by breast cancer and their families, caregivers and friends. Staffed by breast cancer survivors, we are a professional organization that eliminates barriers to quality treatment and provides support and information in ways that are as unique as the individuals we serve. Our services are offered at no charge and are available regardless of age, income, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. With information that empowers, a community that understands and help where—and how—you need it most, breast cancer is a journey you don’t have to make alone.

HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians) The mission of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin's low income, uninsured musicians, focusing on prevention and wellness. HAAM needs your help to provide low-cost, primary healthcare services to Austin-area professional musicians. By helping to keep Austin musicians healthy, we can keep our wonderful city as the "Live Music Capital of the World." If you are a working musician looking for information on applying for aid, call 512-322-5177.

SIMS Foundation Confidential Clinical Number: (512) 494-1007; Office Number: (512) 472-1008; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2152, Austin, TX 78768-2152; Email: The SIMS Foundation’s Mission is to provide access to and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin-area musicians and their families. SIMS' therapists offer individual and family, group, and couples counseling and have a variety of specialties to meet our clients' needs. In addition, SIMS provides a full range of addiction recovery services: medical detoxification, inpatient treatment and sober living.

• Three years ago, Austin Pets Alive! set a goal of making Austin a no-kill city and we never once doubted that, of all cities, Austin would be able to do it. On March 1st, 2011, Town Lake Animal Center announced that in the month of February their Live Outcome rate was 92%. The No-Kill goal is 90% so not only did Austin reach No-Kill, we passed it! Donations to Austin Pets Alive! are always gladly accepted. Short on cash? Also, consider that Austin Pets Alive! is always in need of more foster homes too. The number of lives they can save is directly related to the number of foster homes they have. Fostering a pet for as short as 24 hours can save its life. Click the links if you would like to foster a pet or volunteer your time. Austin Pets Alive! has moved to 1156 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78703

Austin Animal Center has moved to its new larger location at Levander Loop, Austin, Texas 78702. 512-978-0500. Please call 3-1-1 for assistance with an animal issue after business hours. After 60 years of operation the Town Lake Animal Center closed on Nov. 9, and reopened as the Austin Animal Center in a new state-of-the art facility that is designed to provide a safer, healthier atmosphere for lost and homeless animals and for visitors who come to get a pet. It’s modern features allow for more efficient and effective care by staff and volunteers, including vastly improved facilities for animals with injuries or illness. Austin Animal services runs the largest animal shelter in Central Texas, providing shelter to more than 23,000 animals each year and animal control services to all of Austin and Travis County. The Animal Center is an open-intake facility where stray and owned animals from Travis County in need of shelter are accepted regardless of age, health, species or breed. It is the goal of the Austin Animal Center to place all adoptable animals in forever homes. Austin Animal Center calling for volunteers!

Humane Society of Williamson County - A non-profit, No-Kill shelter! 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander, Texas 78641. Call (512) 260-3602 for more information. The Humane Society of Williamson County (HSWC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1979. HSWC is 100% funded by donations, grants and fees for services. They receive no government funding. Their mission is to provide innovative programs and services to eliminate pet overpopulation and to improve the lives of pets and people. On March 1, 2007, the HSWC implemented a "No-Kill" sheltering model. With the opening of the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter - the new municipally-operated facility to house all stray and owner-released animals in the area - we have refocused our life-saving efforts towards community services and programs that will enable Williamson County to become a safe place where no adoptable pet is euthanized simply because it cannot find a home. With more clearly focused programs to support our mission, we can achieve more to move our community toward a No-Kill community. The combination of high volume adoptions, accessible and affordable spay/neuter services along with programs to help families keep their pets are the keys to building a No-Kill community. There are no good guys or bad guys in the animal sheltering world. Both "No-Kill" and open-door organizations want euthanasia to end. You can help reduce euthanasia rates by spaying or neutering your pets, adopting from a shelter, and supporting your local animal shelter with monetary donations or volunteer time.


Sound Bites - Austin

Happy Hour

Monday HH @ 6:30-9pm. No cover.- The Whiskey Sisters moved to Thursday Happy Hour, and The Peterson Brothers are now in this Happy Hour spot! They (Glenn - 15, Alex - 13) are keeping the Blues alive, thanks to inspiration from the legends of the past and present. Mentors including Pinetop Perkins, Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and Fernando Jones. They pay homage to their heroes by showcasing their favorite songs, most written long before they were born. They honor their home with a familiar Texas sound, drawn from many local favorites such as W.C. Clark, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Gary Clark, Jr. "These blues-playing, Bastrop-based brothers, singer/guitarist Glenn and bassist Alex, are both too young to vote (Glenn might still be too young to drive, and Alex definitely is). 6 p.m. Free." ~Joe Gross,
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Peterson Bros

Tuesday HH @ 6:30pm-9:30pm. $7 at the door. No advance tickets! - The undisputed Queen of The Continental, Miss Toni Price, continues to pack the house for her Happy Tuesday Hippie Hour! The cover is $7 for an incredible evening of music. She will feature a cast of musicians which will include some of her super-talented sidekicks like Rich Brotherton, Marshall Hood, Warren Hood, Willie Pipkin, and others.
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Toni Price

Wednesday HH @ 7-9:30pm. No cover. -
8/29: Hot Club of Cowtown returns for a couple of months! Hot Club of Cowtown is a hot jazz/western swing trio, comprising; Elana James (vocals, violin), Whit Smith (vocals, guitar), and slap bass player Jake Erwin, who also sing in three-part harmony. “Unfussy and unpretentious, their blend of down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation harks back to a lost era of so-called western swing. When they plunge into Orange Blossom Special your thoughts turn not so much to runaway trains as to a B-52 tearing up a runway.” ~Clive Davis, The Times (London).
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Hot Club of Cowtown

Thursday HH @ 6:30pm-9:00pm. No cover. - The Whiskey Sisters are going to be rockin' the house in a big way every Thursday! The Whiskey Sisters is a co-chick fronted rock/blues/country band! Teal Collins (The Mother Truckers) and Barbara Nesbitt (Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe) met in Austin and decided to get together to sing a tune or two. By the time they reached the first chorus harmonies they knew it was going to be a good thing. They have been working hard to form their new band, The Whiskey Sisters, which is a sound like nothing else you've heard. Joined by crack musicians, they are going to take the world by storm.
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Whiskey Sisters

Friday HH (since January 1988) @ 6:30pm-8:30pm. No cover. - The Blues Specialists have played continuously on Fridays at The Continental Club for 22 years! Although founding members Erbie Bowser & T.D. Bell have passed on, the authentic blues tradition continues with band Mel Davis (T-Bone Walker's nephew - he doesn't brag on it, so I will) on vocals, sax & harmonica and T.D.'s son, Lawrence on keyboards.
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Blues Specialists

Saturday Matinee (since 2001)! Doors open @3:00pm, Show @3:30pm. No cover. - Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) picks & grins for his classic country Saturday matinees with a great cast of players, including Rich Harney, Nate Rowe and Chris Gilson. Redd's playing is so revered that many other musicians come to Redd's shows just to study his technique & sound. He is a Telecaster master with a Sex Drive™, Zia ™ and a Mucho Boosto™ too! *Except 9/1 when Earl Poole Ball's Rockabilly Bluz w/Casper Rawls fills in!
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Redd Volkaert

NEW Sunday Matinee! Doors open @3:00pm, Show @3:30pm. No cover. - This is the much anticipated return of Planet Casper to our weekly lineup! Planet Casper’s revolving cast of stars & superstars will include David Grissom, Warren Hood, "Scrappy" Jud Newcomb, Rich Brotherton, Marvin Dykhuis, Mandy Mercier, Rick Richards, Rosie Flores, Steve Doerr, Robyn Ludwick, Earl Poole Ball, Tracie Lynn, David Halley, Julieann Banks, Glenn Fukunaga, Kevin Smith, Chris Maresh, Randy Glines, David Carroll, Ivan Brown, Nate Rowe, Jackie Newhouse, Sarah Brown, Barry "Frosty" Smith, Ernie Durawa, Lisa Pankratz, Dony Wyn, Eddie Cantu, David Sanger, Jim Starboard, Richard White, and Jon Hahn. What to expect? Just about everything from an all-acoustic front-porch hang to an electric romp through blazing instrumentals. Planet Casper is abundant with surprising and unpredictable treats of musicianship, groove and damn good songs. Strap yourself in -- you never know who might share the planet with Casper that each Sunday afternoon.
9/9: Welcome Planet Casper! This is the much anticipated return of Planet Casper to our weekly lineup! Guests Warren Hood, Nate Rowe and Jim Starboard join Casper on the maiden blast off voyage to Planet Casper 3.0...and it's stone free! Pot luck this Sunday!
9/16: Casper is joined by guests Earl Poole Ball, Dony Wynn and Julieann Banks...Big fun on SoCo!
9/23, Return to Electric Planet with Casper and guests David Grissom, David Carroll, and Jon Hahn...bring your hammer to nail the roof back on after this one!
9/30: Super talented friends "Scrappy" Jud Newcomb, Sarah Brown and Rich White join Casper on the Planet tonight. Don't you dare miss it!


NightTime Residencies

Early Show Sunday Evenings @ 7:30pm. $15 at the door. No advance tickets! - Returning to where it all began, JUNIOR BROWN! Junior Brown & the lovely Tanya Rae will be here most Sundays from now to eternity (or until he gets tired of doing it!) In Junior's hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years (and in a town like Austin, that's saying something). His talents have led major magazines like Musician to herald Junior as a genius. Life magazine honored him as the only contemporary musician included in their "All Time Country Band," and Guitar Player magazine's 1994 "Best of..." listings made him their #1 lap steel player, #2 Country Artist, and #3 country album (Guit With It). Instrumentalist is only one of the hats the 43-year-old is comfortable wearing – along with singer, songwriter, and producer – and he is equally adept and impressive in each role, having turned professional as a teenager in the late 60's. "Junior and Tanya Rae decided to seek out the best environment for their musical vision. The place was Austin, Texas, where the lines between various musical styles and genres have always been a bit blurry. They set up shop at the legendary Continental Club, where slowly but surely their appearances there got people talking." Now after several years of living in Oklahoma they've returned to us! With the addition of the Junior Brown early show, Sundays have become one of our most action-packed, music-filled days of the week. Occasional afternoon benefits will still be scheduled that may take the place of the Early Show.
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Junior Brown

Sunday nights (since July 2000) @10:15pm. $8 at the door. No advance tickets! - Heybale! featuring guitarist and singer Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) and piano man & singer Earl Poole Ball (Johnny Cash) is Austin's best & most popular country supergroup! The lineup includes singer, songwriter, guitarist and SeriusXM host of Outlaw Country and Willie's Place, Dallas Wayne, pedal steel master Johnny "Dumplin" Cox (Ernest Tubb, Jim Ed Brown, Del Reeves, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Mel Tillis), upright bass player Kevin Smith (Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, High Noon) and drummer Tom Lewis (Raul Malo, Jim Lauderdale). It's all Heybale!, all night, and still a bargain at $8!
"When country music was 'discovered' to be more popular than rock and a host of other genres in the 90s it seemed to prompt Nashville and elsewhere to aim to be everything for everyone. To some extent they succeeded, but they gave up something in the process, and if you want to get a taste of what that something is here it is. I love these songs, and the way these guys play them and write them it's obvious they do too. I've seen them a number of times at the Continental and the audience is madeup of a crazy mixture of hipsters, drunks, punks dancing with sexy grandmas and a smattering of Austin's best musicians. The music transcends a lot of the usual barriers. Whether of not you went to church you can still get a little bit of heaven on a Sunday night." ~David Byrne, Talking Heads.
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Monday nights @ 10. $7 at the door. No advance tickets! - Dale Watson & his Lone Stars are in the business of making music on stage for their fans on the dance floor. Traditional country music gets its due when Dale & his Lone Stars are playing it. Dale's originals fit seamlessly with the few covers he throws in. You never know who's going to show up & end up on stage with Dale... James Intveld, Chris Wall, Ian Moore, Gordie "Grady" Johnson, Alan Haynes, Tommy Mack, Hilary York, a fiddle player from Scotland, a harmonica player from Spain... who knows. This just might be the best $7 you'll ever spend! Austin Chronicle Recommended.
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Dale Watson

Tuesday nights @10:00. $6/$7 at the door. No advance tickets! - Tuesday nights will showcase a revolving cast for the month of September.
: TBA @10
9/11: Hard Proof @10
: Pee Wee Moore & The Awful Dreadful Snakes @10
9/25: Milton Hopkins & Jewel Brown @10, Thee Unseen Eye w/Pamela Allen @12
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Hard Proof
PeeWee Moore

Wednesday nights @ 10:30, 12:00. $8 at the door. No advance tickets! - Veteran Austin rocker Jon Dee Graham continues his long-standing Wednesday night residency and is in fine form! He's got a batch of new songs, too! Check out Andy Langer's interview with Jon Dee on's (formerly News8Austin) Backstage Pass. James McMurtry &The Heartless Bastards are here every Wednesday when they're not in the studio or on tour. "James McMurtry is a true Americana poet – actually he is a poet regardless of genre." ~Michael Nesmith. From touching balladry to raucous rockers, this is still one the best "bang for your buck" shows we offer! *September 5 may be the last time you get to see much of James in Austin for awhile. After this show he'll be hitting the road for some pretty extensive touring for the next couple of months.
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James McMurtry
Jon Dee Graham


Best of the Rest

Thursday, August 30, $7 at the door. No advance tickets! -
@ 10:00
Weldon Henson is to country music what an ice cold beer is on a “long, hard, hot, day” – refreshing. The first few notes out of his mouth and you know your witnessing the real deal. Henson’s shows are a throw-back to the vintage honky-tonk and Texas culture that brought your grandparents together combined with the rock ‘n roll attitude and approach of the more modern men of Texas country. You’re in good hands with Henson. Prepare to swing, 2-step, waltz, and even polka to authentic, brand new honky-tonk music. Then sit down for a few and take a deep breath of original and true country music.
@ 12:00: Two Hoots & a Holler. Their Texas roots music merges rockabilly with traditional country and punk rock abandon...“For 20 years Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots and a Holler has epitomized the best aspects of Texas roots music, merging rockabilly with trad-country and adding enough punk abandon and songwriting flair to keep the whole thing from sounding retro-gimmicky or quaint.” ~Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Current.
Video Links:
Two Hoots
Weldon Henson

Friday, August 31, $15 at the door. No advance tickets! -
@ 10:00:
Los Straitjackets
are the surf rockers behind the wrestling masks, from Nashville, Tennessee. The band developed a cult following through its tight instrumentation and gimmicky stage shows. When performing live, band members dress identically, wearing black clothing, gold Aztec medallions, and personalized Mexican wrestling masks. Amis (aka "Daddy-O Grande") is the only member who speaks, introducing songs in fast, badly accented Spanish. They recently released their 12 studio album, Jet Set, via YepRoc Records. The gnarly, surf rocking guitar licks and upbeat tempos the band have built their reputation on are still intact, and the band has a rather funny, throwback kind of video they're premiering on Baeble.
@ 12:00:
Modern Don Juans
are a collaboration of four rock and roll lovers who have been in some of the most prominent rockabilly bands on the scene. Living in Austin, Texas, this Lone Star concoction of Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Blues, and all that is rockin' includes Tony Estrada (Star Mountain Dreamers), Bobby Trimble (Big Sandy & his Fly Rite Boys), Tjarko Jeen (Ronnie Dawson), Todd Wulfmeyer (Marti Brom & her Jet Tone Boys).
Austin360 Also Playing.
Video Links:
Modern Don Juans
Los Straitjackets

Saturday, September 1, $12 at the door. No advance tickets! - "Women of the Blues!"
@ 9:30:
Lou Ann Barton Austin-based vocalist Lou Ann Barton is one of the finest purveyors of raw, unadulterated roadhouse blues from the female gender that you'll ever hear. Like Delbert McClinton, she can belt out a lyric so that she can be heard over a two-guitar band with horns. "She belts out her lyrics in a twangy voice so full of Texas that you can smell the barbecue sauce. She swaggers confidently about the stage, casually tossing her cigarette to the floor as the band kicks in on its first number. The grace, poise, and confidence she projects on-stage is part of a long tradition for women blues singers. The blues world still needs more good female blues singers like Barton.
@ 11:00:
Sharde Thomas & the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band.
"Othar Turner revitalized a style of country blues music integral to African American community life in the Mississippi Delta. The music is often performed at summer gatherings. Led by Sharde Thomas, the granddaughter of Othar Turner, this performance at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival conjurs up the spirit of a July picnic." ~Smithsonian Folklife Festival. African American fife-and-drum music predates the blues. (Turner also played the blues and sometimes mixed the two forms; it's striking, when you hear the results, to experience the blues as a modern, novel element, more individualistic than what came before.)
@ 12:30:
Eve & The Exiles combine blue's grooves with garage-y rock and roll. "Austin-based Eve and the Exiles play Nuggets-worthy, hot and dirty Texas garage rock-blues that sounds like the soundtrack to a wild ‘60s frat party. In fact, the group formed in 2002, led by drummer Mike Buck and singer and guitar slinger Eve Monsees." ~Ponderosa Stomp.
Austin360 Also Playing.
Video Links:
Eve & The Exiles
Rising Star fife & Drum Band
Lou Ann Barton

Sunday, September 2, $10 at the door. Doors open @1:30pm. No advance tickets! - Tribute to Clarence Pierce!
@ 2:00: Texas Eastside Kings
The Texas Eastside Kings have included: Clarence Pierce (vocals, guitar); George Underwood (vocals, guitar); Donald "Duck" Jennings (vocals, trumpet); James Kuykendall (vocals, bass); Willie Sampson (vocals, drums); and Ephraim Owens (trumpet). What do you get when six of East Austin, Texas' finest players get together to jam? A sizzlin' platter of East Austin blues with a side of soul sauce! The Texas Eastside Kings are made up of the musicians that backed and performed with many blues legends.
@ 3:00: The Blues Specialists w/Pamela Allen
. The Blues Specialists are well known to anyone who is a Continental regular. They're still holding down the Friday Happy Hour since January 1988. Pamela Allen sings & plays harp with rockin' blues band, The Biscuit Rollers.
@ 4:00:
Hosea Hargrove
picked up acoustic guitar early on, learning the rudiments of the instrument from his father and Sonny Chase, a local stop-time guitar picker who lived nearby. Some of the first guitars he played were homemade, fashioned out of old cigar boxes and screen door wire. Hosea Hargrove is, quite simply, the real deal. His lean, deliberate style sits comfortably at the nexus between the edgy rural blues of Texas troubadours like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Juke Boy Bonner, and the more modern sounds of their amplified successors.
@ 5:00: Moeller Brothers w/Glenda Sue Hargis
. From Austin, Texas, Glenda started singing at the age of 3 in her uncle, Rev. Mac Robinson's Church in Georgetown, TX. Her dad, Matthew Robinson, Sr. came from a big family of Ministers and sang with the Royal Light Humphries. Glenda's step-dad sang and played bass with the Bells of Joy. Her mother sang in programs in and around Texas and wrote the song "There is a Bright Side Some Where" and gave it to the Mighty Clouds of Joy to record. Glenda started singing in gospel bands, but when she saw her brother, Matthew Robinson, play on stage singing the blues, she knew what she wanted to do with her future. The Moeller Brothers started out a while back when their father came home with an old Kay guitar and a set drums. Soon after,they found the family collection of records.
Digging these records they discovered Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo along with the Rolling Stones and the Kinks. These early discoveries have carried them to backing up alot of their heros! Moeller Brothers have backed up Lazy Lester, Sam Myers, James Cotton, LouAnn Barton and many more, not to mention their current positions as members of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Video Links:
Moeller Brothers
Hosea Hargrove
Blues Specialists
Pamela Allen
Texas Eastside Kings

Thursday, September 6, $7 at the door. No advance tickets! -
@ 10:00
The Sweet Nuthin
started in Austin TX at the beginning of 2011 when they decided it would be a good idea. They are 4 strapping young gents who play rock n roll.
@ 11:00
Ricky Stein and his band started playing in Austin around 2005. Over the course of a few years, the band solidified into a lineup of Phil Morris (bass), Stuart Burns (guitar) and Cliff Real (drums). Steady gigs at the Hole in the Wall led to bigger gigs at the Continental Club and the Saxon Pub and opening shows for Bob Schneider and Alejandro Escovedo. The band released their first album "Crazy Days" in 2009, followed by the EP "In the Red" in 2010 and "Something in the Night" in 2011. The release of "Something in the Night" was followed by the band's first national tour, as well as a solo tour of the UK. "'Crazy Days' puts Stein in the valley between Doug Sahm and Townes Van Zandt. Stein's voice is big and fearless, and his band hammers the groove on 'Shreveport Blues'" ~Michael Corcoran, Austin American-Statesman.
@ 12:30: The Preservation officially formed in November of 2009 and have proven to be an ambitious and accomplished group in the short time since. They recorded and released a demo that Winter and went on tour for 12 straight weeks in the Summer of 2010. In the Fall, they launched a fundraiser on in hopes of recording their first full length album at a level of quality they felt it deserved. In two short months they surpassed their goal of $6,000 raising over $10,000 to put toward recording costs. In February of 2011, they recorded at Public Hi-Fi in Austin, a studio built by Spoon drummer/producer Jim Eno. The album was co-produced and engineered by Brad Bell, a recent Grammy winner for his work on Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.
Video Links:
Ricky Stein
Sweet Nuthin

Friday, September 7, $10 at the door. No advance tickets! -
@ 10:00:
LZ Love is a vocalist, percussionist and songwriter; Born in Chicago, back to Louisiana at age 3, then raised in Berkeley California. As so many great American singers have, LZ began singing gospel in a southern church…at age five. Having sung and toured with a long list of icons including Mary Wells, Joan Armatrading, Billy Preston (the 5th Beatle), Parliament Funkadelic, Luther Vandross and Stephen Marley, her credentials are impressive. "She has an exquisite voice that can cover a range of style from Gospel to Jazz to Blues. If your preference is for strong female vocalist then you will find none better than the veritable LZ Love." ~Iain Youngs, Blues Matters.
@ 12:00:
The Stooges Brass Band
is the premier brass band in New Orleans. Since 1996, their high energy show on the stage and in the streets has engaged audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip-hop beats. The Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety across the USA and the world as a full-blown musical party whether leading a second-line parade or performing their spirited stage show. "The Stooges Brass Band puts on one of the most entertaining, audience-interactive shows of any band on the scene."
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Stooges Brass Band
LZ Love

Saturday, September 8, $10 at the door. No advance tickets! -
@ 10:00:
Warren Hood & The Goods. Warren Hood is an accomplished musician who plays violin, fiddle, mandolin, and composes and sings as well. He lives in Austin, Texas and performs with his local band, Warren Hood and the Hoodlums, in a blend of jazz/blues/newgrass acoustic fusion of music, on Sundays @ Momo's. In the 2005 Austin Chronicle Best Musician Awards, Warren was voted #1-Best String Player and his band was voted 2nd in the bluegrass category, by the Austin readers of this entertainment weekly. Warren is also the fiddler for the Waybacks, a San Francisco based acoustic/Americana "all-terrain" band that tours regularly around the country and is fast gaining notoriety. Hood’s voice, best described as an eerie mixture of warm whiskey and old Billie Holiday tapes, is drenched in southern musical upbringing and carried by undeniable jazz undertones.
@ 12:00:
The Whiskey Sisters. Teal Collins (The Mother Truckers) and Barbara Nesbitt (Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe) met in Austin and decided to get together to sing a song or two. By the time they reached the first chorus harmonies they knew it was going to be a good thing. They have been working hard to form their new band, The Whiskey Sisters, which is a sound like nothing else you’ve heard. Joined by Austin veteran musicians, Etan Sekons on  Guitar (The Rankin Twins), Lonnie Trevino, Jr. on Bass (The SA Moonlighters), Phil Bass on Drums (Monte Montgomery), and Michael Davids on Keyboards (Cari Hutson), they are going to take Texas and the world by storm!
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Whiskey Sisters
Warren Hood

Sunday, September 9, no cover. Doors open @3:00pm. No advance tickets! -
@ 3:30:
Planet Casper! The much anticipated return! Guests Warren Hood, Nate Rowe and Jim Starboard join Casper on the maiden blast off voyage to Planet Casper 3.0...and it's stone free! On 9/16 Casper is joined by guests Earl Poole Ball, Dony Wynn and Julieann Banks...Big fun on SoCo! On 9/23, Return to Electric Planet with Casper and guests David Grissom, David Carroll, and Jon Hahn...bring your hammer to nail the roof back on after this one! On 9/30 super talented friends "Scrappy" Jud Newcomb, Sarah Brown and Rich White join Casper on the Planet tonight. Don't you dare miss it! Planet Casper’s revolving cast of stars & superstars will include David Grissom, Warren Hood, "Scrappy" Jud Newcomb, Rich Brotherton, Marvin Dykhuis, Mandy Mercier, Rick Richards, Rosie Flores, Steve Doerr, Robyn Ludwick, Earl Poole Ball, Tracie Lynn, David Halley, Julieann Banks, Glenn Fukunaga, Kevin Smith, Chris Maresh, Randy Glines, David Carroll, Ivan Brown, Nate Rowe, Jackie Newhouse, Sarah Brown, Barry "Frosty" Smith, Ernie Durawa, Lisa Pankratz, Dony Wyn, Eddie Cantu, David Sanger, Jim Starboard, Richard White, and Jon Hahn. What to expect? Just about everything from an all-acoustic front-porch hang to an electric romp through blazing instrumentals. Planet Casper is abundant with surprising and unpredictable treats of musicianship, groove and damn good songs. Strap yourself in -- you never know who might share the planet with Casper that each Sunday afternoon.
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Planet Casper


Coming.... Monday 9/10: Dale Watson & his Lone Stars @10, $7 at the door; HH: The Peterson Brothers @6:30, no cover.... Tuesday 9/11: Hard Proof @10, $7 at the door; Happy Hour: Toni Price @6:30, $7 at the door... Wednesday 9/12: TBA @12, Jon Dee Graham @10:30, $8 at the door. Happy Hour: Hot Club of Cowtown @6:30pm, no cover.... Thursday 9/13: Beto y los Fairlanes 35th Anniversary Celebration - takin' it back to "Liberty Daze!" @10, $10; Happy Hour: The Whiskey Sisters @6:30pm, no cover.... Friday 9/14: The LeRoi Brothers @12:00, Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns @10, $15; Happy Hour: The Blues Specialists @6:30pm, no cover.... Saturday 9/15: Wayne "The Train" Hancock @12, The O's @10, $10; Matinee: Redd Volkaert @ 3:30, no cover.... Sunday 9/16: Late Show: Heybale! with Redd & Earl & Dallas @10:15, $8; Early Show: Junior Brown & the lovely Tanya Rae @7:30, $15; Matinee: Planet Casper @3:30pm, doors open @3:00pm, no cover... Monday 9/17: Rosie Flores' Birthday Bash! @10, $7 at the door; HH: The Peterson Brothers @6:30, no cover .... Tuesday 9/18: Pee Wee Moore & The Awful Dreadful Snakes @10, $6 at the door; Happy Hour: Toni Price @6:30, $7 at the door... Wednesday 9/19: TBA @12, Jon Dee Graham @10:30, $8 at the door. Happy Hour: Hot Club of Cowtown @6:30pm, no cover.... Thursday 9/20: Modern Don Juans @12:30, Cow Bop @11, The Skeleton Keys @9:30; Happy Hour: The Whiskey Sisters @6:30pm, no cover.... Friday 9/21: Bill Carter & The Blame @12:00, Patricia Vonne @10, $10; Happy Hour: The Blues Specialists @6:30pm, no cover.... Saturday 9/22: Mudphonic @12, Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys release party! @10, $10; Matinee: Redd Volkaert @ 3:30, no cover.... Sunday 9/23: Late Show: Heybale! with Redd & Earl & Dallas @10:15, $8; Early Show: Junior Brown & the lovely Tanya Rae @7:30, $15; Matinee: Planet Casper @3:30pm, doors open @3:00pm, no cover... Monday 9/24: Al Dressen & The Super Swing Revue @10, $7 at the door; HH: The Peterson Brothers @6:30, no cover


Birthdays And Memorials

August Birthdays

Bradley Kopp, Mark Hallman, Ivy Brom (1), "Big" Walter Price, Larry Vanston (2), Randy Weeks, Tony Redman, Andy Haynes, Heather Kinley, Laura Durham (3), Graham Wilkinson, Savannah Welch (4), Marshall Hood, Alyssa Archambault (5), Cory Moore, Pat MacDonald, Gaynielle Neville, Kellie Jo Gonzalez [The Original Ruby Rockit], Sarah Slattery (6), B.J. Thomas, Denny Freeman, Raoul Hernandez, Noska Chickatello, Tracy Brown (7), Tony Villanueva, Ian Moore, Susan Voelz, Kym Olson (8), *Robert Shaw (9), Jimmy Dean, *Alfred "Snuff" Johnson, BB Morse, Billy Block, Will Sexton, Doug Strahan (10), *Ronnie Dawson, Charlie Sexton, Jackie Bristow, Brennen Leigh (11), *Buck Owens, Johnny Reno, Doak Short (12), *Bobby Doyle, Mike Flanigin, Matt McCormick, Charlotte Pickett, Larry England (14), Gary Claxton, Lyman Hardy, Justin Collins, Rick Heysquierdo, Diane Clegg (15), Billy Joe Shaver, *Champ Hood, Robin Rather (16), Eric Johnson, Kevin Welch, Cherry Chainsaw, Kathleen Smith (17), Mark Rubin, Rona Mayer (18), Lois Richwine, Irene Triola Shaver, Shuichi Iwami (19), Don Leady, Robert Williams [Big Sandy] (20), Kenny Rogers, Matt McCormack (21), Dale Hawkins, Corey Keller, Mark Patterson, Cavan Carruth, Ben Sherman (22), Rob Villarreal [Rob's Chop Shop], Susan Adams (23), Mason Williams, Eliza Gilkyson, Bob Futey (24), Rich Brotherton (25), Brannen Temple (26), Charlene Hancock, Yolanda Adams, Sharon Lindsay, Chris Matic (27), Conrad Choucroun, Django Walker, Gary Belvedere (28), Shelley King (30), Scott Rylander (31), Happy 23th Anniversary to HIGH NOON, the rockabilly trio!

August Memorials (date of death)

8/2: Billy Lee Riley (2009); 8/13: Les Paul (2009); 8/15: Erbie Bowser (1995), Ural DeWitty (1995), Jim Dickinson (2009); 8/16: Elvis Presley (1977); 8/20: Danny Roy Young (2008); 8/27: Stevie Ray Vaughan (1990)

September Birthdays

*Boxcar Willie, Archie Bell, Charlie Robison, Chris Rhoades, *Virginia Scott (1), Sam Hurt, Seth Walker, Susan Bollinger (2), Hank Thompson, *Freddie King, Don Harvey, David Green, Kathy Ziegler (3), David Murray, Guy Juke, Tracy Seeger, Jody Bilyeu, Janice Brooks, Ashley Overton (4), Bill Campbell, Dave Pipkin, Bucket (5), David Allan Coe, Gary Myrick, Rhett Miller, Karen Peters, Matteo Bosisio (6), *Buddy Holly (7), *Jimmie Rodgers, Guitar Shorty, Michael Hall, Michelle Vignault, Anna Keyah (8), Miss Pamela Des Barres, Sharon Lohse, Jan Kornstad (9), Rosie Flores, Miles Zuniga, Mark Guerra (10), Hosea Hargrove, Roger Wallace, John Nelson (11), *Kenneth Threadgill, George Jones, *Barry White, Christine Albert, Steve Reynolds, Jennifer Hoskins, Shontae Moeller, Michael Lahrman (12), *Marchel Ivery, Bill Small, Georgianna K. Maxwell, Claudia Parker, Rose Reyes (13), *Hank Williams, *Don Walser, Ames Asbell, Carrie Hill Kinchla (14), Mary McBride, Beaver Nelson, Stephanie Nelson, Jennifer Attal Allen, Karen Salter, Becky Gernand, Giorgio Angelini, Bryan Hibler (15), Terry McBride, Max Crawford, Andrew Duplantis, Paul Minor, Eric C. Hughes, Will Indian, Charles Attal, Mike Stewart (16), *Hank Williams, John Morthland, Tracy Anne Hart, Rachel Lynn, (17), Lance Armstrong, Rodney Craig, Steve Pound, Tricia Gernand (18), Don Raby, Rob Hooper, Corri Mava (20), Bobby Snell, Gary Newcomb (21), Rick Shea, Chris Gunn (22), John Avery Lomax, Scott Garber, Alan Durham (23), Andi Taylor, Mark Gonzales, Traci Goudie (24), Martha Merriell Chang, Brian Salvi, Carrie Weld Grimes, Griff Luneberg (25), Chris Miller, Mike Whitely, Gary Newgord (26), Meat Loaf, Scott Angle, Alex Napier, Jamie Wellwarth, Becky Brewington (27), *Paul Skelton, Tomas Ramirez (28), *Joe "Guitar" Hughes, Alvin Crow, Chris Johnson, Troy Harber, Betsy Moore (29), Johnny Mathis, Gibby Haynes, Kenny Braun, Nick Curran, Noelle DeBruhl, Anthony Bice (30)

September Memorials (date of death)

9/1: Vanessa Alvarez (2006); 9/11: Remember the Heroes of 9/11 in NYC, PA & Washington DC (2001); 9/12: Johnny Cash (2003); 9/13: Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas (2006); 9/19: Toby Solomon; 9/20: Don Walser (2006)

Birthday Legend: * = deceased; italic = Continental Club staff (past & present)


Notable Obituaries - August 2012

Brent William Grulke - b. January 25, 1961 (North Platte, NE) * d. August 13, 2012 (Austin, TX)

Brent Grulke-father, son, husband, writer, raconteur, oenophile, gourmand, Astros fan, road manager, sound man, Creative Director of South by Southwest, irresistible force of nature-died August 13 of cardiac arrest after undergoing oral surgery.

Word of Brent's passing sped around the world to the thousands of people who knew him and counted him as a friend. As these people reached out to others, many of them realized that Brent was how they had met-he was their connection to much of what they knew and loved about Austin. Everything led back to Brent, a big bear of a man with a loud voice, a sweet manner, and a habit of making everyone around him feel happy to be there.

Brent was born in North Platte, Nebraska, on January 25, 1961, a date he liked to call "Brentmas." His family lived in Omaha, Palatine (a suburb of Chicago), and Columbia, Mississippi. He began his record collection there when his mother allowed him to pick a 45 single and he chose the Beatles' "Come Together" b/w "Something."

The family moved to Spring, Texas in 1974, right before he started high school. Brent was a tall, muscular kid and in high school he played tight end on the football team. He also loved reading and playing the guitar, and he would do both late into the night, until his mother told him to turn out the lights and go to bed. He was buying eight-track tapes and records and also making cassette tapes of himself playing his favorite songs and pretending he was a DJ.

He could have gone to college anywhere, but after reading The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, by Jan Reid, a book that told of the richness of the progressive country music scene in Austin, he chose to go to UT, in 1979. Brent moved to Austin and became a student in UT's Radio-Television-Film department.

He began his writing career, doing music reviews for the Daily Texan, and hanging around with young bands. Soon he was running sound for them in local clubs in the growing local music scene; by 1984 he was producing them in the studio. In 1985 he put together a compilation of 18 groups called Bands on the Block, one of the first attempts to chronicle the music scene. Brent (by then a writer for the Austin Chronicle) also wrote the liner notes; "It's rock n roll I like," he wrote, "Let me live how I want to."

Soon he was going on the road with bands as they toured the US-Wild Seeds, Doctors' Mob, True Believers, the Reivers. Brent became as well known as the musicians themselves for his various enthusiasms, including mixing the bands as loud as he possibly could. He was passionate about music and loved staying up late, drinking and telling stories with new friends in new cities.

In 1986 Brent's friend, the tattoo artist Rollo Banks, told him his eyes looked like those of a horse escaping a burning barn-so could he ink that on his right arm? Brent loved the idea as well as the resulting artwork showing a wild-eyed horse peeking through a circle of flames. He began working for SXSW in 1987, first as a stage manager and later as Showcase Production manager. Three years later he also became music editor of the Austin Chronicle. But he wanted a change and the next year moved to Los Angeles, where he worked for Spindletop Records.

He moved back to Austin in 1994 and be became SXSW's Creative Director, responsible for arranging venues and booking bands for a growing music festival. Indeed, Brent put the festival into overdrive. His relationships with people helped bring in more great talent, while he also recruited a hard-working staff. Brent had a lot of faith in people; some thought he was overestimating their abilities, seeing in them better people than they in fact saw in themselves. In return they did amazing work. Under Brent's direction SXSW grew to be the most important music conference in the world, booking 2,286 bands this year.

He also traveled extensively for SXSW-Singapore, Japan, Germany, Argentina, France. Brent was the perfect ambassador for SXSW-gregarious, jovial, funny, smart. He was as passionate about music in the summer of 2012 as was the summer of 1985, returning from Buenos Aires or Koln to tell friends about a great new band he had heard. Brent was proud of his role in helping build the deep, broad Austin music community, but he knew that music wasn't the only thing in life.

He met Kristen Brock in 2002 and started dating; a week later he asked her to marry him. She told him he was nuts but the next day he sent out an Evite that read, "Kristen and Brent to wed." They married and they had a son, Graham, in 2005. Brent adored both Kristen and Graham and the family lived in a gorgeous home in South Austin, where he would play with his son, listen to his CDs, read his books, watch his Astros, make fabulous meals with Kristen, and drink exquisite wine.

His appetites were well-known--for experience, for pleasure, for companionship. More than anything he loved to be with his friends, often at his favorite haunt, the Dog 'n Duck Pub, where he bought far more rounds for them than they bought for him. Brent loved conversation and would talk for hours about things he cared about. He made pronouncements and people listened; he laughed his thunderous laugh and people joined in. He was quite aware of darker twists of fate, pounding his fist on the table and shaking his head at some horrible tragedy. Brent would have been the first to appreciate the cosmic horribleness of the absurd way in which he died. "I mean," he would have said, shaking his head, "I go to the oral surgeon and then have a heart attack? Come on!"

Brent loved to talk, but he also loved to listen. He was genuinely curious about the people around him and the things they knew. Brent would focus closely on what his friends were saying, tuning out all else. He made them feel special, important. Friends would seek him out with their problems and Brent pretty much saved the lives of several of them going through terrible life crises, especially divorce. He grabbed one of them who he knew needed to get out of town and away from a toxic situation-and took him along to a music conference in St. Louis to have some fun. Another he pushed to get a career-changing job. A third he drove with to the Texas coast (with a third friend) taking walks on the beach, eating, drinking, and talking long into the night. You didn't have to drive long distances with Brent to feel his love. He made everyone around him feel good to be alive. It's almost like that was his mission, though he would have scoffed at such an idea. He was just happy to be here, with people who loved him as much as he loved them.

Brent was preceded in death by his parents Beverly and Lawrence Grulke. He is survived by his wife Kristen, his son Graham, his brother Brian, his brother Brad and his wife Laura and their daughters Jordan and Lily, and numerous aunts, uncles, and extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Graham Grulke Education Fund, c/o Brad Grulke, 3601 Bee Creek Rd, Spicewood Texas 78669.

~Michael Hall.


And there you have it until next week,



A Fusion of Art, Funky Jazz and Cocktails

1313A S. Congress Avenue, Austin TX 78704

Two doors up from The Continental Club

Volume XVI, Issue 3.5 * August 30, 2012


Quick Links!

THE CONTINENTAL CLUB: Dianne's DishContinental Service ClubHappy HourNightTime Residencies Best of The RestThe Club's Coming ShowsBirthdays And MemorialsNotable Obituaries

THE CONTINENTAL CLUB GALLERY: Dianne's Gallery DishArtLiteratiMusicThe Gallery's Coming Shows


"The Continental Gallery’s ambience is strikingly different from most other clubs around town, highlighted by the revolving art displays on the walls and relatively quiet live music. Upstairs from The Continental Club, patrons find more secluded seating areas and a ping-pong table. Unique touches like this one are what make the gallery so exciting."


Dianne's Gallery Dish

Hey, y'all!

Mike Flanigin is in California for a recording session. He'll be back on Saturday 9/1 & Sunday 9/2 with Derek O'Brien. On Friday 8/31 Denny Freeman, Jon Blondell & Frosty fill in for him.

Jon Dee Graham returns on Sunday 9/2 with special guest Kenny White.

Marshall Hood will return on Monday 9/3.

Ephraim Owens is back in the Gallery on Tuesday 9/4.

Trube, Farrell & Snizz return on Wednesday 9/5.


Keep readin' & rockin'....



Art show openings will usually take place on the First Thursday of each month at 7pm when the doors open, and will run for the entire month. This will be the general rule, although as with everything in this business, there may be exceptions. Art can also be shown during the day by appointment by sending an email to Steve to make arrangements. Check this section regularly for news on current & upcoming shows.


August Art... Jamie Panzer Art Opening & Variety Show for Black and White Photographs of the Rock and Roll Nightlife Attitude in the Lounge! Jamie Panzer is a multi-media sculptor in Austin who just also, as it so happens, likes to rock & roll (go figure;). Jamie says "These photos were taken over last few years, depicting rockers and revelers. Many of them right here at the Continental Club. I think they'll reflect from the wall to the folks in the Gallery doing the same thing, or at least, maybe inspiring them too. Hope so."


Coming Art Opening... On Thursday, September 6 @7pm we will be very pleased to host Suzanne Pratt's Art Opening! Pratt's Artist Statement:

I strive for a heavy aesthetic with an emphasis on color and transparency—pulling from the sublime in nature; bringing an elemental and ethereal, but playful energy into my work.

I am also interested in eschewing the traditional nature of painting by pushing it beyond the common substrates of canvas and panel and onto unusual surfaces; utilizing unconventional painting methods and techniques to achieve my objective. Specifically, I use transparent, borderless supports for the purpose of putting the viewer’s attention solely on the painting sans distractions. I also pour the paint instead of using brushes or palette knives.

I like the idea of a pliable definition of painting.

Sorry for the watermark - I couldn't find a painting without one.



None at the time.



Mondays, doors @ 8:00pm, no cover all night.
@ 8:30:
Bret Engel and Friends are in the early spot for all of the Mondays in August! Bret's friends will include pedal steel/guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn, percussionist Dony Wynn, and either bassist Gary James, or cellist Brian Standefer.
@ 10:30: Marshall Hood
spent several years playing guitar with The Belleville Outfit and now helms his namesake act, Marshall Hood and the Bads. Marshall also backs up Toni Price at her popular "Hippie Hour" each Tuesday at The Continental Club and is set to release his own album later this year.
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James Hyland

Tuesdays, doors @ 8:00pm.
@ 8:30, $10:
James McMurtry began playing these intimate shows while getting ready to make a solo recording and to debut material, and work on songs for that project. It quickly gained momentum and McMurtry will continue the solo shows. "This intimate space doesn’t get enough credit for its low-key charm — you’d be hard-pressed to find a better listening room in town, perennial favorite the Cactus Cafe excepted. You couldn’t find a better place to see a solo acoustic set from clever Austin troubadour James McMurtry." ~Patrick Caldwell, Austin American-Statesman..
@ 10:30, no cover: The Ephraim Owens Experience is the brainchild of trumpet master in the jazz arena, Ephraim Owen. He is especially well known for his signature solos and ability to improvise. He has an uncanny ability to imagine his music laid on top of anything else he hears, and his adaptability makes him a welcome addition to any lineup. The Austin Chronicle ranks Ephraim as "Best Horn" in Austin.
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Ephraim Owens
James McMurtry

Wednesdays, doors @ 8:00pm, no cover all night.
@ 8:30: Barbara K returns to the Gallery with Mike Hardwick & Hector Munoz accompanying her! “A singer, songwriter, performer, musician and recording artist, who is also a mother, activist, visionary, innovator, entrepreneur and was a partner in Timbuk3, Kooyman is a fan, a believer, a nurturer and an advocate. Now if she only possessed one of those skills it would be amazing. It would be even more stunning if a whole section of those groupings were draped around her shoulders. But since each and every one of those words is appropriate to her, most being simply the opening idea for a whole essay on Barbara, then calling her just a wonderful person, gifted talent and strong performer is limiting rather than extolling." ~Louis Black, Editor of The Austin Chronicle.
@ 10:30: Trube, Farrell & Snizz are Anthony Farrell and Andrew Trube of the Greyhounds, along with drummer Dave "Snizz" Robinson. They bring their mix of funk, soul and r&b to the Gallery every Wednesday night for a real happening scene. When Trube, Farrell are out of town, Snizz puts together a great band of co-horts to fill in. I don't always know about these shows in advance, so check out Trube, Farrell & Snizz on Facebook for the most accurate info. Snizzlestrut fills in for TF&S for the rest of August. It's always a groovin' funky good time!
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Trube, Farrell & Snizz
Barbara K

Thursday, 8/30, doors @ 8:00pm.
@ 8:30, Free for Gals/$5 for Guys!: Dan Dyer's Throwback Thursdays are here, with a couple of exceptions, through the end of August! Dyer’s voice and live performance intensity are raw and hot, yet soulful and sensitive, drawing from a wealth of classic soul, blues, folk, and R&B legends. The audience is treated to a special brand of commotion as Dyer switches from piano to guitar, sometimes performing with a boyish grin, and other times with a perspiring concentration. Whether in an acoustic listening room playing to an intimate audience, or in front of thousands at a music festival, Dyer’s musicality and on-stage magnetism attract and maintain fans from all walks of life.
@ 10:30, no cover: Tameca Jones owns Thursday nights! Coined the "Tina Turner of jazz" due to her long legs, fierce hair, and aggressive vocal stylings, Tameca Jones brews a fragrant potpourri of jazz, blues, rock, and soul with her quintet. She has opened for Smokey Robinson, David Sanborn and Joey Defrancesco, Oleta Adams, Take 6, and many other notable artists. Her honeyed tone and passionate, soulful renditions of jazz and rock classics captivate her audience. Backed by Wayne Salzmann II on drums, Jake Langley on guitar, and a rotating cast of bassists and pianists, her quintet serves honey buttered performances to the hungry patrons of Austin and San Antonio.
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Tameca Jones
Dan Dyer

Friday 8/31, doors @ 8:00pm -
@ 8:30, no cover: The Robert Kraft Trio will be performing American popular song, originals, Seventies pop and soul. It's more about songs than genres. Clean, tight arrangements that emphasize the beauty and lyricism of the songs. If they like a song, they will do it, no matter what era it hails from. Robert Kraft- voice; JD Pendley- guitar; Lindsay Greene- upright bass. You can pick up one of their new CDs too! You can find out a little bit more about Kraft in this article written by his realtors(!). Yes, his realtors. It includes a video done by KXAN on his 100-year old newly relocated house.
@10:30, $5 (or $10/Denny Freeman or David Grissom; or $15/Jimmie Vaughan): Mike Flanigin Trio will be back on Saturday 9/1, but tonight Denny Freeman, Jon Blondell & Frosty fill in for him. Denny Freeman lived and played with Jimmie Vaughan and Stevie Ray Vaughan (in The Cobras) off and on through the 70's and 80's. He has also played and recorded with Lou Ann Barton, Buddy Guy, and Angela Strehli among others After touring for a year and a half with Jimmie Vaughan in the mid nineties, he toured w/Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band until late 2002, playing guitar. It was during this period that Taj's Grammy winning CD, Shoutin' in Key was released. "Playing with an American icon like Taj Mahal was a real honor for me." Freeman was also a guitarist for Bob Dylan from March 2005 until August 2009. He smooths out the rough edges, and soothes the worries of the weekdays with these satisfying, silver-toned weekend nights in the Gallery.
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Denny Freeman
Robert Kraft Trio

Saturday 9/1, doors @ 8:00pm
@ 8:30, no cover: Scarlett Olson moves into the 8:30 spot this week! Scarlett is a songwriter/performer/singer from San Antonio who has developed her own sound, mixing electronica/ rock/ cumbia /reggae/pop. Michael Ramos (Charanga Cakewalk) produced her first album and she is currently working on her second.
@10:30, $5 ($10/Denny Freeman or David Grissom; $15/Jimmie Vaughan): This week's edition of Mike Flanigin Trio is B-3 organist Mike Flanigin with guitarist Derek O'Brien! Derek O’Brien is a Texas-style blues guitarist, sometime bassist and record producer based in Austin, TX. A stalwart of the house band at the famous Austin blues club Antone’s Nightclub, O’Brien is most often found backing up other Austin frontmen, including Delbert McClinton, Lou Ann Barton, The Texas Tornados and almost anyone recording on the Antone’s Records label. O’Brien has also backed up major blues names such as Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. Ted Drozdowski, writing on Gibson Guitars’ website, says, “O’Brien has a terse, arrow-sharp and spare style comparable to Jimmie Vaughan’s – light on flash, but soooo right. Check it out.”
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Mike Flanigin
Derek O'Brien

Sunday 9/2, doors @ 8:00pm
@8:30, $10 - Jon Dee Graham & Friend
welcomes special guest Kenny White! The Jon Dee & Friend Show is an acoustic format with Jon Dee playing guitar, lap steel and who knows what else. Each week he invites a special guest to join him for a semi-acoustic concert punctuated by stories that will bring lots of laughter and maybe even a few tears. Jon Dee has a way of getting his fellow musicians to relax & talk & share stories that you probably haven't ever heard before. It's not just music - it's also part talk show & part comedy hour, and 100% genuine.
For many years, Kenny White was a fixture in the NY studio scene, writing and producing literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. In this capacity, he worked with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs, Kim Carnes Felix Cavaliere, Dobie Gray and Aaron Neville among many others.His relationships with Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin led to his producing Colvin’s Grammy-nominated, “I Don’t Know Why” and to his involvement in Cohn’s eponymous platinum debut record. White went on to produce three records for legendary J. Geils Band leader, Peter Wolf. The second of which, “Sleepless,” garnered the distinction by Rolling Stone magazine of being one of “the 500 greatest albums ever made,” as well as giving Kenny a chance to work with Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Steve Earle. "I’d have to say that Kenny White has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters…and particularly, lyricists. As we say in the trade 'he goes deep.' A true wordsmith AND musician who reveals a fine sense of humor, as well. Put on your headphones and listen carefully.” ~David Crosby.
@10:30, no cover:
Mike Flanigin Trio is B-3 organist Mike Flanigin with drummer Kyle Thompson and guitarist Derek O'Brien! The Mike Flanigin Trio features Mike on Hammond organ amplified through a classic Leslie cabinet. His backing players vary from night to night, but you count on it being the cream of Austin's crop in jazz, blues or funk. Derek O’Brien is a Texas-style blues guitarist, sometime bassist and record producer based in Austin, TX. A stalwart of the house band at the famous Austin blues club Antone’s Nightclub, O’Brien is most often found backing up other Austin frontmen, including Delbert McClinton, Lou Ann Barton, The Texas Tornados and almost anyone recording on the Antone’s Records label. O’Brien has also backed up major blues names such as Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. Ted Drozdowski, writing on Gibson Guitars’ website, says, “O’Brien has a terse, arrow-sharp and spare style comparable to Jimmie Vaughan’s – light on flash, but soooo right. Check it out.”
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Mike Flanigin
Derek O'Brien


Coming... Monday 9/3: Marshall Hood Band @10:30, Bret Engel & Friends @8:30pm, no cover... Tuesday 9/4: Late: Ephraim Owens Experience @10:30, no cover. Early: James McMurtry @8:30... Wednesday 9/5: Trube, Farrell & Snizz @10:30, Barbara K @8:30, no cover... Thursday 9/6: Tameca Jones @10:30, Suzanne Pratt Art Opening @7pm, no cover.... Friday 9/7: The Mike Flanigin Trio @10:30, $5; Early: Robert Kraft Trio @8:30, no cover... Saturday 9/8: The Gallery is closed tonight for a Private Party! See you tomorrow.... Sunday 9/9: The Mike Flanigin Trio w/Jake Langley & Kyle Thompson @10:30, no cover; Early: Jon Dee Graham & Friend @8:30, $10.... Monday 9/10: Marshall Hood @10:30, Bret Engel & Friends @8:30pm, no cover.... Tuesday 9/11: Late: Ephraim Owens Experience @10:30, no cover. Early: Jo Carol Pierce, David Halley & Mary Welch @8:30, $8... Wednesday 9/12: Trube, Farrell & Snizz @10:30, Barbara K @8:30, no cover... Thursday 9/13: Tameca Jones @10:30, TBA @8:30, no cover.... Friday 9/14: The Mike Flanigin Trio @10:30, $5; Early: Robert Kraft Trio @8:30, no cover... Saturday 9/15: The Mike Flanigin Trio @10:30, $5; Early: Scarlett Olson, no cover.... Sunday 9/16: The Mike Flanigin Trio w/Jake Langley & Kyle Thompson @10:30, no cover; Early: Jon Dee Graham & Friend @8:30, $10.... Monday 9/17: Marshall Hood @10:30, Bret Engel & Friends @8:30pm, no cover...

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