Hank’s Music News | December 2014

Hello, Music Fans, Friends, and Family!

You may well have wondered, “Where did Hank & Shaidri go this summer?” Well, they went to work on other things! Shaidri is Vice President of Operations for Go Dance, Austin’s premier social dance instruction studio. Go Dance recently brought two new venues into action with the additions of the Lakeway and Westgate center locations. To say Shaidri’s work schedule has been full is to understate the matter considerably!

In the meantime, background work to put in place important factors for the next album project proceeds steadily. Importantly, a steady flow of excellent new material portends very well both for the studio and the stage.

We have three fine Hank & Shaidri shows lined up in Austin this winter, two in December and one in early January, plus a couple of appearances of each without the other, both of which should be worth catching.

Here’s the scoop!

Sunday, December 7 ~ 12:30PM
Shaidri Alrich & Ezra Reynolds First Show!

2014 Violet Crown Arts Festival

Shaidri Alrich and Ezra Reynolds sing classic country and folk duets, accompanied by themselves on guitar and piano. The 2014 Violet Crown Arts Festival features over 60 local artists and craftsmen, and is free entry to browse and listen to music. Come early on Sunday to hear them from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. That is Hank’s plan for Sunday afternoon!

Sunday, December 7 – 7:00PM
DC Bloom’s Almost Patented Songwriters in the Half-Round
Hank Alrich, Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes, with Host DC Bloom

The Whip In
1950 S. Interstate Hwy. 35
Austin, TX 78704

DC Bloom’s series “Rhymes, Beers and Wine: Songwriters in the Round” at the Whip In hosts many fine writers, and certainly Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes uphold that standard in their own inimitable, and powerful blues material and delivery.

Hank has lots of songs that don’t fit what Hank & Shaidri do, so this will be a fun opportunity for him to play some of those. Even better, quite a few of these are ripe for some rockin’ blues support of the very kind that Ann and Steve can deliver. Chances are good that this will be one of the most stompin’ down sessions so far of DC Bloom’s songwriters rounds!

And there is more: Hank played on a couple of tracks from DC’s new album, The Rest is Commentary, so expect some sweet accompaniment there, too.

The Whip In has an extensive selection craft beers and quality wines, as well as some tasty food, including good vegetarian fare.

Friday, December 19 – 12:00 Noon
Hank & Shaidri, The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
With Special Guests Andrew Hardin and Chris Alcaraz
The Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704, USA

We are delighted once again to be included in this marvelous music festival, embedded in one of the world’s premier seasonal arts and crafts festivals. It’s a grand thing anytime our name shows up close to Ray Wylie Hubbard’s!

We will play two sets, approximately one hour each. We have a nice selection of songs we’ve written since we last did this, and we are looking forward to sharing some of those from this delightful stage.

For this special occasion, we will bring a special band, with Chris Alcaraz joining us on upright bass, as well as the legendary Andrew Hardin on guitar.

This is the 39th edition of The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, an event that began the very first year that Hank assumed management of Armadillo World Headquarters, the still-unequaled-in-Texas concert venue that put Austin on the international live music map.

The music festival within the The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar offers music lovers a chance to hear their favorite Texas-centric artists in a setting where the sound is excellent and never too loud, from a stage on which musicians feel right at home. Take this opportunity to hear Hank & Shaidri, in concert!

Wednesday, December 31 7PM to January 1 1AM
Jimmy LaFave’s New Years Eve Concert

Threadgill’s North ~ aka “Old No. 1”
6416 North Lamar Blvd. * (512) 451-5440

We are excited to get to open Jimmy LaFave’s New Year’s Eve concert at this marvelous venue. Threadgill’s has been our launching pad here in Austin, and returning to play there always feels like a special event for us. No need to underscore that getting to open any show for Jimmy is a special event! Thank you, Jimmy, and thank you, Threadgill’s!

Seating at Kenneth Threadgill’s original location is limited, and this event has sold out consistently for years. You can find the details at: http://www.threadgills.com/events/new-years-eve-jimmy-lafave/ .

Cover price includes a 4-Course Meal • Champagne Toast at Midnight • Party Hats • Black-Eyed Pea Shooters • and Jimmy LaFave, with Hank & Shaidri.

Seating for diners will begin at 7:00PM.
Dinner service will commence at 7:30PM.
Hank & Shaidri Alrich will open the show at 9:00PM.
Jimmy will take the stage from 10pm-12:30PM.

Tuesday, January 6 – 6:00PM
Hank & Shaidri, Guests with Durawa!

Strange Brew Loungeside
5326 Manchaca Road
Austin TX 78745

We feel honored to have been invited back by Ernie Durawa to be a guest artist with his band Durawa, with Will Knaak on guitar and Chris Alcaraz on bass, for a slot in their weekly Strange Brew Lounge Side series. Look for this one to be a little more country, a little bit more rockin’ than our usual Hank & Shaidri set! What a way to start 2015! No foolin’! Thank you, Ernie. We had so dang much fun last time!

That’s it for the close-up future. Join us where and when you can. Playing the music for you is what drives us to drive places! Thanks for your support. It means a lot.

May kindness be our watchword, and cooperation our mantra. May love and laughter prevail. These are trying times. Let us try to make them better, for everyone.

To Book Hank & Shaidri Contact Hank via: amp@nv.net