Thursday, March 29, 2007

Saturday, 8:30pm - 11:30pm Cornell Hurd Band

"We're gonna play, and some of you are gonna dance. Holy mackerel, it's the Cornell Hurd Band!"

Amid a brassy crush of guitars, piano, steel, fiddle, drums, bass, and sax, Cornell Hurd and his ninepiece band swing into "I Don't Care What It Is That You Did When You Lived in Fort Worth." In this atmosphere, heavy on the Mexican decor, icons, and portraits of south-of-the-border folk heroes, a wheezy blast of conjunto or norteño might be de rigueur, but the sound accompanying this Western swing number is the scraping of chairs on Jovita's wooden deck. Longhairs, gray hairs, and the occasional couple under 40 rise from their tables and step onto the dance floor for the first of two solid hours of music.

"Entertainment" might be a better word for what Hurd and company serve up every Thursday at the South Austin Mexican food mainstay, their sets encompassing a wide margin of music, dancing, probably dinner, and definitely laughs. Yuks go with CHB's sweeping swing like Western shirts and cowboy hats, though Hurd and his troupe balk at the notion of being called a comedy band. It's about the music, he insists, and he's right: Those packing the dance floor at Jovita's for the last 10
years or the band's monthly Broken Spoke gigs aren't looking for snake-oil schtick between the shuffles. They want to dance like the dickens. Cornell Hurd and his band of merry musicians are only too happy to oblige.

The guitars twang, the steel zings, the fiddle weeps, and the dance floor is shoulder-to-shoulder. Standing about 6 feet 4 inches in hat and boots, Hurd surveys the room and leans to the microphone.

"Welcome to Texas, where we still love our women."

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Friday, 8:30pm - 11pm Li'l Cap'n Travis

Once in a great long while a group comes along with uncommon grit, gusto and tenderness.Li'l Cap'n Travis is just such a group. This band of Texas roqueros is riding up on a sun and sand-washed horizon with saddlebags full offireworks, fire-water and honky-tonk fever dreams. Listen for the thundering hooves.

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Thursday, 8:30pm - 11pm White Ghost Shivers

WHITE GHOST SHIVERS have been peeling faces off of the unexpecting for seven years now. We revel in string band music from the 20's and 30's, mixing early jazz, hokum, vaudeville, ragtime, western swing, and hillbilly, while at the same time unleashing the gutterous underbelly of a pseudo-rock world gone wrong... Yeeha!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

All Hail Tim Hale!

Not only is he a speaker but he's now a sponsor. Fossil is Design Ranch's latest and greatest sponsor.

Thank you Tim Hale! You see him - give him a kiss on the mouth for me.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Yee Haw!

Yee Haw is in town for SXSW and they are giving a lecture on the following Tuesday. Yee Haw is speaking at Design Ranch this year and come out and see you great these guys are.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Hideout
617 Congress Ave, Austin (map)

$10 for AIGA Members.
$15 for Non-Members.
Free for AIGA Student Members

Followed by a reception at the historic State Theater
713 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701
Open to the Public

Friday, March 09, 2007

I have seen it and it is good.

Thank you Meggan Webber. Meggan is designing this year's DR Book. She works at a little shop here in austin called Pentagram. Yeah. Its stupid good.

Again Williamson "The Best Printer on the Planet" Printing is making it happen.