Hank’s Music News | February 2015

Hello, Music Fans, Friends, and Family!

Our shows in December and early January went fabulously. We picked up serious new fans at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, some of whom bought tickets to Jimmy LaFave’s sold-out New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Threadgill’s Old No. 1, a show we were honored to open, and we received a standing ovation for our set with Durawa at Strange Brew, Lounge Side. We are liking this a lot!

We have had a surprise January booking arrive, on very short notice, which has prompted the early issuance of my February newsletter. We will cover for Riley Osbourn and Floyd Domino who have been holding down Wednesday nights at Threadgill’s Old No. 1 with their Four Hands Boogie Woogie presentation. Here’s the scoop, and a look at a few other events, where Hank will appear as a sideman, and where Shaidri will appear with her other duo partner, Ezra Reynolds, keyboards and vocals.

Wednesday, January 28 7PM to 9:30PM
Threadgill’s North ~ aka “Old No. 1”
6416 North Lamar Blvd. * (512) 451-5440

Admission is free, tips are appreciated, the sound and the mixmaster are excellent, and so are the food and the hospitality. We played our first-ever duo gig in Austin here in June of 2008, and always enjoy returning. Eddie and Sandra Wilson and the whole Threadgill’s crew have given us tremendous support.

Tuesday, February 10 7PM to 9PM
Hank plays Sideman for DC Bloom
The Carousel Lounge
1110 E 52nd St, Austin, Texas 78723 * (512) 452-6790

I will ride shotgun with DC Bloom, on whose most recent CD, The Rest is Commentary, I laid down a few mandolin and vocal tracks. I’m working with DC on his next album, helping with production. I enjoy him, and his music, and this should be fun. I’ll bring a guitar and a mandolin, and try not to get dizzy on the merry-go-round!

Wednesday, March 18 1PM to 1:30PM
Tom Corbett + Hank Alrich = TOM HANK!
A DC Bloom SXSX Showcase Presentation

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

This summary judgement of two guys who both play guitar and mandolin and write songs and make lots of silly jokes bodes well for the planet and the universe. You can’t have too much of this, unless you already have too much of it. Apt catchphrases to describe this act include “Almost famous in the slow moving pictures!”, and “Armed with string instruments and short attention spans!” If you think that sounds ridiculous you may just be right, but you will never know if you don’t catch their show. If this is their first, be alarmed that it will not be their last. They might also draft a young female vocalist, who plays fiddle. Developing…

Thursday, March 19 4:00PM to 4:45PM
Hank & Shaidri, and probably other pickers, too!
John Conquest 3rd Coast Music NotSxSW Showcase
Giddy Ups Saloon

12000 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78748

Hank & Shaidri will bring some boot-scootin’ Americana to Giddy Ups Saloon, a favorite venue of ours in deep South Austin. Watch this space for news of additional pickers who will join us! Expect the unexpected! Thanks to John Conquest and his 3rd Coast Music magazine to another NotSxSW showcase opportunity.

Friday, March 20 11AM ~ The Shaidri Show, with Ezra Reynolds, Keyboard
3rd Coast Music NotSxSW “Girl Friday – All Women, All Day” Showcase
G&S Lounge Main Bar

2420 South 1st Street
Austin TX 78704

Fans of Shaidri Alrich who would love to hear her sing lead for an entire set, take note: the place to be is G & S Lounge, in the Main Bar room, where Shaidri, with her bandmate Ezra Reynolds on piano, will deliver a solo set for John Conquest’s 3rd Coast Music “Girl Friday ~ All Women, All Day” showcase series. Other band members may be announced as we get closer to the date.

Saturday, March 21 2:30PM to 3:15PM
Hank & Shaidri, a NotSxSW 3rd Coast Music Showcase
G&S Lounge Music Room

2420 South 1st Street
Austin TX 78704

Hank & Shaidri return to the G & S Lounge Music Room for another fine and fun showcase under the John Conquest 3rd Coast Music banner. No two sets the same, and a great chance to hear us up close and personally, for little outlay. G & S Lounge is superbly stocked with a huge variety of brewed, fermented, and distilled beverages, and this year will have food trailers on site, making possible an all-in-one experience encompassing music, food, and drink. This, ladies and gentlemen, is South Austin in superb form. We may well be joined by other pickers. Updates will follow!

Sunday, March 22 11:00AM to 1:00PM
Bluegrass Brunch ~ Hank & Shaidri with Special Guest Tom Corbett
Threadgill’s North ~ aka “Old No. 1”

6416 North Lamar Blvd. * (512) 451-5440

We always enjoy playing Threadgill’s “Old No. 1″, the scene of so much outstanding Austin music history. This time we are extra-pleased to have the luminous Tom Corbett with us, mostly on mandolin, with some extra guitar work on the side. Tom is one of the world’s great pickers, and a marvelous human being, too.

The original Threadgill’s in north Austin has been our center as we’ve developed our music over the last few years. Eddie Wilson gave us our first Austin set there in June of 2008, one thing has definitely led to another, and we still consider this our musical home in Austin. Bluegrass Brunch is a marvelous affair, offering a complete Brunch Buffet featuring Migas, Grits, Biscuits & Gravy, Bacon & Sausage, an Omelet Station, Pancakes, Fresh Fruit and more. Have all that managed and wrangled by the stellar Threadgill’s crew of hospitable humans, add a good sound system and operator, and we’re ready to brunch in the name of bluegrass! Having Tom with us will make it just that much more tasty!

Sunday, March 22 7:30 to 8:20 PM
Hank & Shaidri’s “Last Call” for NotSxSW 2015

G&S Lounge Music Room
2420 South 1st Street
Austin TX 78704

Here we go! Last Call for our 2015 NotSxSW showcases, and it’s a nice one, with nearly a full hour to play. Thanks to Mark Viator & Susan Maxey, co-hosting in the name of John Conquest’s 3rd Coast Music magazine, for this happy opportunity! Catch their set, too, at 4:30PM, all at G and S Lounge in South Austin.

Come relax into a beverage and help us see this party on its way. Note that we will be followed by the inimitable John Lilly! You know we will be staying for his set! You should do that, too. (Not to be bossy or anything like that!)

Wednesday, March 25 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Hank & Shaidri, Texas Radio Live Broadcast, with David Arnsberger

Güero’s Taco Bar
1412 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704 USA

We are delighted to have been invited to be guests of David Arnsberger on his Texas Radio Live broadcast from Guero’s Taco Bar in South Austin TX. We will open the show for headliner Sahara Smith. This should be a lot of musical fun for us, plus there’s tacos!

That’s it for the moment. Please join us where and when you can. Playing 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.

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