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Bob Kinney Photos of Not SXSW 2014

March 25, 2014 1 comment

Goggling NotSXSW & you found yourself on my 2014 website?
Plan to post my NotSXSW 2015 Favorites in February — please start checking back then —

Here are photos I took of my favorite singer-songwriter – bands during NotSXSW 2014 here in South – East – and North Central Austin from March 12 thru 16.

David Olney & Sergio Webb –
Sublime Shows of Powerful Words and Great Guitar Picks

Peelander-Z – Peelander is Fun – is their motto – lots of photos posted since their show is so Visually Fun – especially when kids are there.

Mike Stinson at Maria’s Taco Express – Most welcomed LA transplant to Austin though he lives in Houston – Great wordsmith who gives new literary meaning to “pregnant pause” before pause in a favorite “Got No One To Drink With Anymore” song.

Irene Kelley – thanks to Mary Sack for turning me onto Irene and her Pennsylvania Coal album.

Rod Picott – thanks again to Mary Sack for encouraging me to listen to Rod. Real Country with a Touch of Welding in a welcoming personality and comfortable stage presence.

Amanda Pearcy is a Transplant Treasure now in Austin for several years. She has put together the best band I have seen play with her – by far. When John Conquest of Third Coast Music magazine names Amanda’s album “Royal Street” the Best of 2013 that means a lot … and then some!

More Not SXSW 2014 music photos after photos of Peelander-Z kids show

Amanda Pearcy

Amanda Pearcy

Amanda Pearcy's "Royal Street" is Best Album in 2013 - John Conquest

Amanda Pearcy’s “Royal Street” is Best Album in 2013 – John Conquest

Mary Sack promotes Great Musicians

Mary Sack promotes Great Musicians

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Huggy Tiger joins Peelander-Z

Huggy Tiger joins Peelander-Z

Peelander Pink on Center Stage

Peelander Pink on Center Stage

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Here is the Mike that Peelander-Z  asks about - Where's Mike?

Here is the Mike that Peelander-Z asks about – Where’s Mike?

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Chris - new Peelander-Green - is best Peelander drummer I've seen - Last Stop > Drummer in a Christian Metal band.

Chris – new Peelander-Green – is best Peelander drummer I’ve seen – Last Stop > Drummer in a Christian Metal band.

Peelander Yellow is a gifted artist as well as a musician. Check out his murals at Hole in the Wall ... and Peelander t-shirt designs.

Peelander Yellow is a gifted artist as well as a musician. Check out his murals at Hole in the Wall … and Peelander t-shirt designs.

Peelander Pink - Center Stage

Peelander Pink – Center Stage

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Peelander Is Fun

Peelander Is Fun

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Bowling

Bowling

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Austin Alternative NotSXSW 2014

March 8, 2014 1 comment

You can experience great music shows without being surrounded by SXSW hipsters clogging up downtown Austin streets that are covered in corporate slime every March

Launched some years ago by John Conquest – perceptive music writer and editor of Third Coast music magazine – NotSXSW is held each March during the same time SXSW is doing its thing north of Lady Bird Lake. Held in South and East Austin, NotSXSW has the same vibe SXSW had in its early years before the record companies, other corporations and C3 booking turned it into what it is now.

NotSXSW shows by two of my favorite musicians – David Olney and Peelander-Z – are followed by day-to-day recommendations of great music to experience.

John Conquest’s full listing on NotSXSW shows – http://www.countryrootsmusic.com/3rdcm/NotSXSW.html

All shows are free and – like our NotSXSW iconic slogan proclaims – “You Don’t Need a Stinkin’ Wristband.”

John Conquest founded and guides NotSXSW every March.

John Conquest founded and guides NotSXSW every March.


Bob Kinney Words & Photos


David Olney and Sergio Webb – One Day Only Thursday March 13

Once you experience David and Sergio you will return again and again

Once you experience David and Sergio you will return again and again

I’ve been a Big Fan of David and Sergio for many years. David’s songs really are short stories & his stage presence will blow you away while Sergio’s amazing guitar work complements David’s words so well.

3 Songs on David Olney Website
Postcard from Mexico – Go Down Dupree – Jerusalem Tomorrow
http://www.davidolney.com/music-video/

Sergio slated to go on solo at 3pm & David & Sergio together at 4pm as part of Conquest’s new East Nashville Special Day at G&S Lounge from 1pm to 1am.
David and Sergio will then play at Giddy’s Up’s bar a short drive south in Manchaca from 6 to 7pm

Peelander-Z
In all my decades of experiencing music there is nothing like a Peelander-Z show. You look around and see everyone in the audience with a Big Ass Grin on Their Face from first song to last.

Peelander brings a Big Smile to kids of all ages

Peelander brings a Big Smile to kids of all ages

For Very Family Friendly the Best Option is Peelander’s annual Mad Tiger Fest Sunday March 16 at Kenny Durham’s Backyard on 11th Street next to Victory Grill from noon to 5pm. About one hundred kids will be in front of the stage admiring the creative craziness of those four adults on stage. Opening for Peelander will be the Octopus Project – Anthrr.p.s. Arts All Stars (NAME) – and the McCallum High School Samba Nights.

The Peelander-Z Family

The Peelander-Z Family

Selection of Music Videos on Peelander-Z website
http://peelander-z.com/video/music-videos/

Other Peelander Shows

Chicken Ranch Records Showcase at Valhala on Red River – 21 & over – Tuesday March 11 with Peelander going on about 11pm

Ranch by Chicken Ranch show at Hole in the Wall on Guadalupe Wednesday March 12 from noon to 7pm with Peelander on about 6pm – all ages

Peelander plays around 4pm Friday March 14 at the Grackle on East 6th – it’s usually pretty crowded.

In addition, Peelander is taking part in a music benefit for cancer-stricken children at Fader Fort on East 7th Street Friday March 15 around 11am – $25 donation requested.


Other Great Musicians

Amanda Pearcy – winner of John Conquest/Third Coast Music’s Best Album in 2013 “Royal Street” – at several venues throughout the week –
https://www.facebook.com/events/593907014036770/

Amanda Pearcy - heartfelt songs

Amanda Pearcy – heartfelt songs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cFjcnjYjLo

Mike Stinson at Little Longhorn Friday March 14 @9pm

Mike Stinson welcomes the New Year at Ginny's Little Longhorn

Mike Stinson welcomes the New Year at Ginny’s Little Longhorn


http://mikestinson.net/?page_id=18


Bill Kirchen
– Master of the Telecaster – at G&S Lounge Saturday March 15 @6pm

Bill Kirchen - from Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen up to present day - still drivin' his Hot Rod Lincoln

Bill Kirchen – from Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen up to present day – still drivin’ his Hot Rod Lincoln


http://billkirchen.com/videos


John Fullbright
at G&S Music Room Saturday March 15 at 6:30pm

please read my post link about the Wonder of John Fullbright. Woody Guthrie Smiles.

please read my post link about the Wonder of John Fullbright. Woody Guthrie Smiles.


http://www.johnfullbrightmusic.com/video/
https://bobkinney.wordpress.com/?s=john+fullbright

Bob Kinney Words & Photos

Day-by-Day Recommendations

Wednesday March 12

La Snacks – Austin band who just celebrated their tenth anniversary – plays at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River @8pm

One Good Lung – Austin band – plays Heavy Metal Parking Lot at Lost Well 12:45pm – $12

G&S Lounge – Ray Bonneville @8pm – Gurf Morlix @9pm

Amelia’s – Hank & Shaidri Alrich @ 1pm – Bob Cheevers @3pm

Dogwood Club James McMurtry 11am – Jon Dee Graham noon – Los Lonely Boys 4pm – Billy Joe Shaver 6pm – Dave & Phil Alvin 6:55pm

Thursday March 13

My neighbor Merideth’s band – Coeds – plays the DC versus World Party at New Movement Theater 616 Lavaca @5:30

David Olney and Sergio Webb in Austin today only – see near top of this post for times.

John Conquest has put together a show of musicians from East Nashville – scene of a burgeoning Americana scene much like Austin’s – for the first time. One hour shows beginning with Chuck Mead at 1pm and concluding with Beth Lee & The Breakups twelve hours later. Lineup at LINK to John’s Thursday listings.

Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay at G&S Music room @noon

Leeann Atherton at Amelia’s @4pm

Amanda Pearcy at Giddy Up’s @9pm

Betty Soo at G&S Music Room @10:30pm

Friday March 14

John Conquest’s annual Tribute to Women Musicians from noon to midnight at G&S Lounge and Amelia’s and Giddy Up
Bob Favorites – Brennen Leigh at Amelia’s @2pm – Amanda Pearcy at Giddy Up’s @6pm – Teri Joyce & The Tagalongs at Giddy Up’s @8pm – Amanda Pearcy at G&S Lounge @9pm – Betty Soo at G&S Music Room @10:30pm

Mike Stinson at Little Longhorn @9pm

Saturday March 15

G&S Lounge – Roy Heinrich & The Pickups @noon – Jim Stringer & The AM Band @1pm – Bill Kirchen @6pm

G&S Music Room – John Fullbright @6:30pm

Giddy Up’s – Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay @7pm – Teri Joyce & The Tagalongs @8pm – Roy Heinrich & The Pickups @10pm

One Good Lung plays at Whoopsy Fest in Nomads @1am – $??

Sunday March 16

G&S Music Room – James Hand @7:30pm
Amelia’s – Teri Joyce @2pm
Whip In – Amanda Pearcy @ 12:10pm – Gurf Morlix @2:30pm


Other Free Shows


Grand Ole Austin Friday March 14 at Maria’s Taco Express
https://www.facebook.com/events/484686288302456/


South by San Jose 2014

https://www.sanjosehotel.com/events/south-x-san-jose/

Threadgill’s South

http://www.threadgills.com/events/

Bob Kinney Words & Photos

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“The Crapstall Street Boys” – A Trouble Puppet Marvel

March 4, 2014 1 comment
Chris Owens Photo

Chris Owens Photo

Having experienced “The Crapstall Street Boys” Trouble Puppet Show during Frontera Fest several months ago in Austin, I was looking forward to the fuller 90-some-minute version of the Connor Hopkins creation that opened Feb 20 and concludes the next two weekends in March – Thursday to Saturday 6 thru 8 and 12 thru 15 at 8pm, as well as a Sunday March 9 show at 6pm.

Bob Kinney Words & Chris Owens Photos

The heartfelt and cleverly staged play focuses on You Lad (puppeteered by Caroline Reck), the unfortunate son of so-called parents who did not even bother to name him and are only in his life for the money they can get.

Set in a grimy industrial town in the UK where what’s best for the ever-domineering Torch & Pitchfork Corporation LLC is forced upon those who labor within it, the play opens with You Lad cuddled on his sparse blanket on the floor in a dirty corner of the family living room – sadly his bedroom.

You Lad’s pitiful parents decide to limit his already meager meals to cut down on family expenses. Little Pig (puppeteered by Noel Gaulin) – the only playmate who resonates with him – one day is gone. Word in the neighborhood is that the Monsters must have taken him away.

Trouble Puppet Photo

Trouble Puppet Photo

You Lad’s parents then sell him to the Torch & Pitchfork mega-factory for a few coins and the boy enters a new – even more depressing – existence where he is paid but then has to give back most of his sparse paycheck to the Torch & Pitchfork’s company store for uneatable gruel and sub-marginal lodging.

The factory boys work long shifts interrupted by a few hours of sleep and then it’s back to work day after day after day in the spirit of the corporation’s motto – “Hard Work is its Own Reward.” Failure to perform to the company’s unachievable standards results in the cruel Boss’ verdict – No Rations Tonight – time and time again. You Lad discovered his lost friend Little Pig is working in the factory.

Building on Trouble Puppet’s eerily beautiful production of Connor Hopkins’ “The Head” play last year where video and noise abounded, this performance includes grainy camera shots and a variety of instrumental music and factory noise.

I leave how the play unfolds and concludes to your viewing before “The Crapstall Street Boys” closes March 15. I promise – you will be smiling when you leave. While the play is unrelentingly grim – it does end on an uplifting and joyously explosive moment when the boys finally win and are free.

As a journalist, I especially enjoyed the depiction of television “journalism” Torch & Pitchfork-style where the message is always the same (aka Fox News’ daily Talking Points) and the newsroom’s clocks remain out of sync.

Bob Kinney Words & Chris Owens Photos

Chris Owens Photo

Chris Owens Photo



Trouble Puppet Website

http://www.troublepuppet.com


Events Pages

http://www.crapstall.brownpapertickets.com


Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/groups/TroublePuppet/

Folks who made this possible –
Puppeters –
Caroline Reck – Dallas Tate – Elyce McMaster Lahay – Gricelda Silva – Jose Villarreal – Nathan Lahay – Noel Gaulin – and, Travis Bedard

News Anchor/Torch & Pitchfork Spokesperson –

Connor Hopkins
Narrator – Caroline Reck
Artistic Director, Author, Set Design, Puppet Design, Director & Lead Builder – Connor Hopkins
Media Design and Integration, Sound Design –
K. Eliot Haynes
Producing Partner, Front of House, Media Board Operator
– Kathryn Rogers
Stage Manager – Samantha Accettulli
Costume design – Lucie Cunningham (puppets) and Jennifer Davis (puppeteers)
Light Board Operator – Kim Soriano

Bob Kinney Words & Chris Owens Photos

Chris Owens Photo

Chris Owens Photo

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