Thursday, October 25, 2007

Continental Confidential 10/25/07

Continental Confidential

"Revealing the facts, and naming the names"


The Continental Club

Rockin' South Austin since 1957

1315 S. Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704

Volume XI, Issue 5.4 .. Austin TX .. October 25, 2007


"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 such as Rev. Horton Heat or Spoon 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! I think I've found a solution to the slow (and sometimes impossible) loading Confidentials. I have gone back and deleted all of the videos from previous posts and will now have them
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SoundBites - Austin

Happy Hour

Monday HH @ 6:30. No cover
- Formed in Austin, Texas late 2003, the Monday Happy Hour band, Paris 49, gathers 5 guys who share the same passion for American Jazz and its interpretation by Django Reinhardt's various bands of the 30's and 40's. The sound is the blend of 2 electrified Gypsy guitars and the tenor saxophone for a thick and surreal effect. Upright bass and drums work intricately together, flirting
with a Be-Bop beat, while never really stating it. Renowned local and touring artists have enjoyed sitting in with the band... this show is improvised! *Paris 49 will be off on 10/29 and Django's Moustache will fill in
Video Links:
Django's Moustache

Tuesday HH @ 6:30. $5 - Planet Casper takes on the Tuesday residency full-time. Because of the caliber of talent that Casper is drawing from (i.e. David Grissom, Warren Hood, "Scrappy" Jud Newcomb, Rich Brotherton, Marvin Dykhuis) we have a $5 cover charge for this Happy Hour. What a hip way to spend a Tuesday evening! *Except 10/30 when Toni Price returns for Hippie Halloween, accompanied by Rich Brotherton ($10)! And it's a pre-CD release party too. Toni comes back on November 9 & 10 for the official release parties!
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Planet Casper w/David Grissom & Rich Brotherton

Wednesday HH @ 6:30. No cover
- Elana James takes over the Happy Hour spot as often as she's available! "There is no mystery about how Texas Elana James ended up playing fiddle for Bob Dylan's touring band in 2004 - she is an incredibly talented violinist, blending everything from classic touches of Stephane Grapelli to hints of mod trad-master Mark O'Connor in an energetic, engaging style that says a lot about
both her own personality and the music she loves. James matches her bow work with a sweet, sassy purr of a voice, and turns both to the task of rendering a contemporary take on some very traditional western swing and jazz ideas." ~Rolling Stone, Australia. Elana is here for the entire month of October!
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Elana James

Thursday HH, @ 6:30pm. $5 - The Mother Truckers are rockin' country! With irreverent, harmony driven country, they deliver non-traditional lyrics and blazing guitars. From sin to redemption and heartbreak to salvation. We have them every Thursday, just for you. *Except when Kevin Sekhani celebrates his birthday with a performance on 10/25, no cover.
Video Links:
Mother Truckers

Friday HH, @ 6:30pm. No cover
- The Blues Specialists have played continuously on Fridays at The Continental Club for 20 years! Although founding members ErbieBowser & T.D. Bell have passed on, the authentic blues tradition continues with band leader Mel Davis on vocals, sax & harmonica and T.D.'s son, Lawrence Bell on keyboards.

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Blues Specialists

Saturday Matinee, @ 3pm. No cover
- Redd Volkaert, formerly a guitarist for Merle Haggard, picks & grins for his classic country Saturday matinees with a great cast of players. Redd's playing is so revered that many other musicians come to Redd's
shows just to study his technique & sound. And to see what saying he has on his T-shirt. Redd returns on 10/27!
Video Links:
Redd Volkaert

NightTime Residencies

Sunday night @ 10. $6
- Heybale! featuring Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) & Earl Poole Ball (Johnny Cash) is Austin's best & most popular country supergroup! The lineup includes singer/guitarist Gary Claxton, upright bass player Kevin Smith (Dwight Yoakam, High Noon) and drummer Tom Lewis (Raul Malo, Jim Lauderdale). On the last Sunday of each month we will present the Heybale Orchestra w/special guests Cindy Cashdollar, and/or Elana James, and/or Erik Hokkanen, according to who's available! It's all Heybale, all night, and still a bargain at $6!

Monday nights @ 10. $5
- Dale Watson & his Lone Stars are in the business of making music on stage for their fans on the dance floor. 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, a fiddle player from Scotland, a harmonica player from Spain... who knows. His latest tune is "The Ballad of Billy Joe
(Where Do You Want It)," and if you're from Texas you'll know the rest of the story. And of course, he's still doing "Redd Volkaert, The Man With Ten Thumbs." This just might be the best $5 you'll ever spend on a Monday night. Dale returns on 10/29!
Video Links:
Dale Watson

Tuesday nights @ 10. $5
- Barfield, "The Tyrant of Texas Funk" is all fresh & ready to tear it up! Their Southern funk 'n' rock 'n' soul shows have become legendary for the bootie-shakin' that goes on. They're going to be keeping the 10pm spot, splitting the night with Chicken Strut who will have the midnight spot. And who is Chicken Strut? The funkiest small combo around! *Heads Up!! Coming 11/6 & 11/20, and 12/11 & 12/18: Alejandro Escovedo @ 10, Barfield, The Tyrant @ 12!! $7 cover!
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Wednesday nights @ 10:30, 12:00. $7
- Songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Jon Dee Graham and his band The Fighting Cocks bring Americana/rock/alt country to the 10pm spot on Wednesdays. Jon Dee is gone for a couple of months, but we've got some terrific fill-ins for him! He returns to his residency on December 5. James McMurtry & The Heartless Bastards are also here every Wednesday that they're not on the road or in the studio. Both of these songwriters produce literate, intelligent, intuitive material. And they can run the gamut from touching balladry to raucous rockers.
*Except 10/31 & 11/7: Halloween with Dustin Welch @ 10, James McMurtry @ 12, and 11/14, 11/21 & 11/28 when Fastball takes the 10pm spot, followed by James McMurtry @ 12
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James McMurtry
Dustin Welch

Best of the Rest

Thursday October 25 @ 10:00, 11:15, 12:30. $7 - The Doc Marshalls have influences ranging from traditionalists such as Buck Owens and Johnny Cash to innovators like Gram Parsons and Dwight Yoakam. This New York City-based (New York City?? ~Pace Picante) five-piece delivers an honest, unflinching honky tonk sound. Not content to remain within the confines of a typical roots band, they also boast a raucous set of Cajun breakdowns and Zydeco shuffles. The Tiny Adventurers "play heavy meadow music: a remorseless, aromatic blend of underwater malt shop rock, village green organ jams and seventies soundtrack reveries." Tiny Adventurers feature members of Austin's Li'l Cap'n Travis -Matt Kinsey (guitar, vocals), Jeff Johnston (Farfisa, saxophone) and Gary Newcomb (bass, omnichord) and the Mittens' Carrie Contey on the battle skins. Since splitting from the Weary Boys, Mario Matteoli has been spreading his country/folk tunes all over Texas. With his current band he's sounding even more rockin' than ever, and it works beautifully. Michael Corcoran, Austin American-Statesman, has said "Matteoli flaps his weary wings all over 'Hard Luck Hittin' giving flight to his introspection with a tuneful delivery and the pure instincts of a true artist.".
Video Links:
Mario Matteoli
Tiny Adventurers
Doc Marshalls

Friday October 26 @ 10:00, 12:00. $10
- The Mother Truckers
tell original tales with their powerful blend of pristine vocals mixed with the razors edge of rockin' country. The core of the group is the singing/songwriting team of Josh Zee and Teal Collins.. "Principal songwriters and co-lead vocalists Josh Zee and Teal Collins exude effortless chemistry. So often, when a band has two distinct songwriters, their fans fall into camps that favor one or the other, not with The Mother Truckers . Not only is the whole band on the same page, they finish each other's sentences." ~Dante Domonick, Austin Music Magazine. Attention Solid Chrome Dancers! Jesse Dayton is in the building! Not since Doug Sahm has an artist so naturally encompassed the diversity of Texas' musical heritage as Jesse Dayton. "More hooks than your grandad's tackle box." ~The Chicago Tribune. Holdin' Our Own And Other Country Gold Duets, the new duets record with Jesse Dayton and Brennen Leigh is coming soon! You can preview it in the video trailer below.
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Jesse Dayton

Saturday October 27, @ 9:30, 11:00, 12:15. Diamond Smugglers' Halloween Show $10 - The Ron Titter Band opens up this All Hallow's Eve Party! If you love honest, fun, catchy, and care-free music about all things amusing, aggravating, and meaningful, then you need to slip out of your skivvies, and into a warm set of The Ron Titter Band. Drawing a set from both radio hits and deeper cuts, Magnifico! has spent countless hours learning the intricate progressions and notoriously complex backing vocals to do the music justice. "We all love Queen," says member David Wyatt, "but we use the 'tribute' moniker reluctantly." Whereas cover bands generally play music by multiple artists, most tribute bands focus on just one band and even go so far as dressing as specific members and taking on their speaking affectations. "No." replies singer Zach Hall, "I'm not speaking with a British accent and I'm not growing a mustache." But he may well wear tights. Considering Magnifico! is playing the music of one of the flashiest groups of all time - they intend to be appropriately bawdy. The hosts of this Halloween bash, The Diamond Smugglers' Brother Love emerged from the heavens with the golden throat of an angel and the cocky swagger of the devil. He picked a band of rag tag musicians, who were only too happy to bathe in his glory, playing for peanuts and his sloppy seconds. Not everyone could be comfortable in the presence of such undeniable star power such as Brother Love but these plucky lads and ladies have the talent and chutzpah to back up the greatest entertainer of our generation. Since then, they have pleasured audiences across the nation with their rock hard sound and throbbing stage presence. We are all God's children bubbola, but he loves the Smugglers best.

Thursday November 1 @ 9:30, 10:45, 12:30. $6 - Pop/folk rockers Nana & The Afternoon open up the show @ 9:30. The Stingers ATX have developed their own modern hybrid of Jamaican rocksteady/ska and classic American doo-wop soul with solid roots-reggae rhythms, melodic horn lines, and tight 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies. Psychobilly punkers Flametrick Subs say they sound like "Johnny Cash shooting speed in the graveyard...with the Devil," and boy, do they ever! I don't know if Satan's Cheerleaders will be with them or not, but even without those sassy girls the Subs are a sight to behold. And they can lay it down with the best of 'em.
Video Links:
The Stingers
Flametrick Subs

Friday November 2 Fat Caddy Records Presents @ 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:30. $8 - Direct from 2006’s Austin Music Award for "Best Local Label," Fat Caddy Records is proud to present their third anniversary show. Old favorites as well as new songs not yet released can be expected from the performances. Fat Caddy Records’ roster of artists is primarily based in the roots-rock tradition, and each artist on the label brings a special blend of songwriting skills along with an ear for melody. Most recently, Fat Caddy Records released Macon Greyson’s 20th Century Accidents. Releases from Brian Keane and Austin Collins will be forthcoming in 2008. Additionally, the showcase will be recorded for release as a Fat Caddy “Family Scrapbook” early next year. Previous scrapbooks from anniversary shows in 2005 and 2006 are known for their inclusion of previously unreleased songs from Fat Caddy artists. Black Water Gospel @ 9, Brian Keane @ 10, Macon Greyson @ 11, and Austin Collins @ 12:30.
Video Links:
Macon Greyson

Saturday November 3, @ 10:00, 12:00. $15 - TBA. The Red Elvises founding members Igor Yuzov and Oleg Bernov have been conquering the hearts of screaming fans all over the world for over 10 years with upbeat music and amusing lyrics that demand, quite literally at times, that you "shake your ass." Constantly touring the globe, with tours all over America as well as Europe and Russia, and continuing to release albums on their own label, Red Elvises are known to be "the hardest working band in show business." They are also known to be extremely talented, over-the-top showmen, complete with head-to-toe animal print suits, a bright red 4 foot wide bass balalaika, pelvic gyrations, audience conga lines and a drum "solo" that includes the entire band playing one drum set simultaneously. These acts, among others, continually justify their title as the world's greatest "Rokenrol Vaudevillians"
Video Links:
The Red Elvises


Sunday 11/4, $6: Heybale w/Redd & Earl @ 10.... Monday 11/5, $5: Dale Watson & his Lone Stars @ 10; Happy Hour, no cover: Paris 49 @ 6:30.... Tuesday 11/6, $7: Barfield, Alejandro Escovedo @ 10; Happy Hour, $5: Planet Casper @ 6:30 w/David Grissom & Warren Hood.... Wednesday 11/7, $7: James McMurtry, Dustin Welch & The House Band @ 10; Happy Hour, no cover: TBA @ 6:30... Thursday 11/8, $7: Texas Sapphires, *Deke Dickerson* @ 10, Happy Hour, $5: TBA @ 6:30.... Friday 11/9, $25: *Toni Price* release party! Teisco del Rey @ 10; Happy Hour, no cover: The Blues Specialists @ 6:30.... Saturday 11/10, $25: *Toni Price* release party! The LeRoi Brothers @ 10; Matinee, no cover: Redd Volkaert @ 3pm.... Sunday 11/11, $6: Heybale w/Redd & Earl @ 10.... Monday 11/12, $5: Dale Watson & his Lone Stars @ 10; Happy Hour, no cover: Paris 49 @ 6:30.... Tuesday 11/13, $7: Barfield, TBA @ 10; Happy Hour, $5: Planet Casper w/ David Grissom & Warren Hood @ 6:30.... Wednesday 11/14, $7: James McMurtry, Fastball @ 10; Happy Hour, no cover: TBA @ 6:30... Thursday 11/15, $7: Deguello, Chili Cold Blood, Kathy Valentine & The Impossible @ 10, Happy Hour, $5: Elana James @ 6:30.... Friday 11/16, $?: TBA, TBA @ 10; Happy Hour, no cover: The Blues Specialists @ 6:30.... Saturday 11/17, $10: Gary Clark Jr., Barfield @ 10; Matinee, no cover: TBA @ 3pm.... Sunday 11/18, $6: Heybale w/Redd & Earl @ 10


Music History 101: October 25-November 1

October 25

- Johann Strauss was born in Vienna, Austria. ‘The Waltz King’: composer: On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Emperor Waltz, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Wine, Women and Song; operettas: Die Fledermaus, A Night in Venice, The Gypsy Baron; died June 3, 1899

1912 - Minnie Pearl (Sarah Ophelia Colley) was born in Centerville, Tennessee. Country Music Hall of Fame comedienne: “Howdee!”: On Stage America, Hee Haw, Grand Ole Opry; singer: Giddyup Go-Answer; CMA Hall of Famer; died Mar 4, 1996

1962 - Chart Toppers
Monster Mash
- Bobby “Boris” Picket
Do You Love Me - The Contours
He’s a Rebel - The Crystals
Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson

1964 - “And now, rrrrright here on this stage....” The Rolling Stones were introduced to American audiences on The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV.

1969 - Canada’s The Guess Who got a gold record for the single, Laughing.

1971 - Midori (Goto) was born in Osaka, Japan. Musician: violin; created Midori and Friends foundation [musicians travel to NY public schools to give concerts and classes]

1974 - The single, Skin Tight, by The Ohio Players, went gold on this day.

1975 - Elton John’s Los Angeles concert was sold out at Dodger Stadium. 110,000 people saw the two shows, on October 25 and 26, 1975, the first in that stadium since The Beatles played there in 1965. John’s weekend stand in L.A. was the finale to his concert tour of the western U.S.

1980 - Barbra Streisand’s Woman in Love, from the number one album, Guilty, was the number one song in the U.S. Both the album and the single were #1 for three weeks.

1984 - John Cougar Mellencamp reached the two-million-dollar sales mark withUh-Huh. Also, country group Alabama went to the three-million-dollar mark with two albums this day: Feels So Right and Mountain Music.

1986 - New Jersey-based rock band Bon Jovi rose to number one in the U.S. with their Slippery When Wet album. It was the number one album for eight - count ’em - eight weeks. Track listing: Let It Rock, You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin’ on a Prayer, Social Disease, Wanted Dead or Alive, Raise Your Hands, Without Love, I’d Die for You, Never Say Goodbye, Wild in the Streets.

1991 - Rock-and-roll impresario Bill Graham was killed in a helicopter crash in Sonoma County, Calif. Also killed were his girlfriend, Melissa Gold, and pilot, Steve Kahn.

1992 - Country Music Hall of Fame singer, songwriter, TV host Roger Miller died in Los Angeles at 56 years of age. During his oustanding career, Miller collected eleven Grammys, a platinum single, six gold singles, and five gold albums. Miller’s most memorable songs (written and/or performed by him) were: King of the Road, Chug-a-Lug, Little Green Apples, Dang Me, England Swings, Engine Engine Number Nine, In the Summer Time, Do-Wacka-Do, Kansas City Star, You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd.

1998 - For the first time, all of the top five songs of the week were new entries: 1) Cher, Believe; 2) George Michael, Outside; 3) U2, Sweetest Thing; 4) Culture Club, I Just Wanna Be Loved; 5) Alanis Morissette, Thank U.

October 26

1911 - Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Singer: God’s Gonna Separate the Wheat from the Tares, Move on Up a Little Higher, The Lord’s Prayer; in film: St. Louis Blues; LP: I Sing Because I’m Happy, The World’s Greatest Gospel Singer; died Jan 27, 1972

1934 - Cole Porter recorded his own composition titled, You’re the Top, from the show Anything Goes, on Victor.

1935 - A talented twelve-year-old sang on Wallace Beery’s NBC radio show on NBC. Judy Garland delighted the appreciative audience. The young girl would soon be in pictures and at the top of stardom. It would be only four years before Ms. Garland (George Jessel gave her the name, thinking it would be better than her own, Frances Gumm) captured the hearts of moviegoers everywhere with her performance as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

1951 - William ‘Bootsy’ Collins was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Musician: bass, singer: group: Parliament-Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove, Atomic Dog

1963 - Chart Toppers
Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
Be My Baby - The Ronettes
Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Love’s Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1965 - The Beatles received MBE medals from the Queen of England, as they became Members of the British Empire. Ceremonies were held at Buckingham Palace. John Lennon returned his medal four years later in protest of Britain’s involvement in the Nigerian Civil War.

1967 - Keith Urban was born in Whangarei, New Zealand. Musician: guitar, singer: But for the Grace of God, Days Go By, Raining on Sunday, You Think of Me, You Look Good in My Shirt, Song for Dad

1971 - Memphis minister Al Green received a gold record for his single, Tired of Being Alone.

1984 - Barbra Streisand won multiplatinum certification for three albums that reached the four-million-dollar sales mark. Greatest Hits, Vol. II, Guilty, and A Star is Born (with Kris Kristofferson) were honored.

1992 - Pearl Jam set a first-week sales record, selling 950,000 copies of their Vs. album. (The record was broken in 1998 by Garth Brooks and in 1999 by the Backstreet Boys.)

October 27

1933 - Floyd Cramer was born in Samti Louisiana. Pianist: Last Date, On the Rebound, San Antonio Rose; died Dec 31, 1997

1941 - Everything I Love, by Buddy Clark, was recorded this day on the Okeh label (number 6469).

- (Melvin) Lee Greenwood was born in South Gate, California. CMA Male Vocalist of the Year [1983, 1984]: Dixie Road, Hearts Aren’t Made to Break [They’re Made to Love], Going, Going, Gone, Mornin’ Ride, I Don’t Mind the Thorns [If You’re the Boss], God Bless the U.S.A.; musician: sax, piano: band leader: Trick

1960 - Singer Ben E. King recorded Spanish Harlem and Stand By Me. Both songs hit the top-ten the following year, and "Stand By Me" did it again in 1986.

1963 - Peter, Paul and Mary were sitting pretty at #1 and #2 on the U.S. album chart with Peter, Paul and Mary and In the Wind.

1975 - Rocker Bruce Springsteen appeared on the cover of both TIME and Newsweek. Things were certainly going well for ‘The Boss’ that week.

1990 - Janet Jackson’s Black Cat popped up to #1 for a week in the U.S. The single was one of the tracks on her number-one album of a year earlier, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.

October 28

1936 - Charlie Daniels was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. CMA Award-winning musician [1979]: guitar, fiddle; singer: group: Charlie Daniels Band: The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Uneasy Rider, Still in Saigon; in film: Urban Cowboy

1961 - Brian Epstein, a record store owner in London, was asked by a customer for a copy of the record, My Bonnie, by a group known as The Silver Beatles. He didn’t have it in stock so he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group. He signed to manage them in a matter of days and renamed them The Beatles.

1965 - Chart Toppers
Yesterday - The Beatles
Treat Her Right - Roy Head
A Lover’s Concerto - The Toys
Hello Vietnam - Johnny Wright

1978 - Nick Gilder’s Hot Child in the City was the number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The hit was a track from Gilder’s City Nights album.

1983 - Chart Toppers
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Making Love Out of Nothing at All - Air Supply
Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
Lady Down on Love - Alabama

2005 - Elvis Presley topped Forbes magazine’s list of Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities for the fifth successive year, earning US$45 million in royalties. Elvis was followed by Charles M. Schulz ($35M), John Lennon ($22M), Andy Warhol ($16M), and Dr. Seuss ($10M).

October 29

1930 - The tune, It Must Be True, was recorded on Victor by Bing Crosby, who sang with Gus Arnheim and his orchestra.

1937 - Sonny Osborne was born in Hyden, Kentucky. Musician: 5-string banjo, singer: baritone: group: Osborne Brothers: Up this Hill and Down, Rocky Top, Tennessee Hound Dog, Georgia Pinewoods

1961 - The top, pop song on the charts belonged to Dion (DiMucci). Runaround Sue was in its second week at the tiptop of the top-tune tabulation (it was in the top 40 for three months).

1970 - Neil Diamond received a nice package: a gold record for the hit, Cracklin’ Rosie.

1981 - Loretta Lynn received a gold record for her album, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.

1983 - After four weeks at #1 on the pop music charts, Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart slipped to #2, replaced by Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

1983 - Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon became the longest-charting album of all timewhen it logged its 491st week on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The previous champ had been Johnny’s Greatest Hits, by Johnny Mathis (490 weeks: April 1958-July 1968). Dark Side of the Moon stayed on the chart for 724 consecutive weeks (740 weeks altogether) and didn’t drop off until July 13, 1988. Michael Jackson’s Thriller sold the most copies ever -- 40 million -- but it spent ‘only’ 122 weeks on the album chart.

1987 - Jazz great Woody Herman died in Los Angeles at age 74. The government had just seized his home for back taxes. (His band manager, Abe Turchen, had not paid taxes on musician salaries for three years.)

1990 - The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1993 - Chart Toppers
Dreamlover - Mariah Carey
Just Kickin’ It - Xscape
I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) - Meat Loaf
Easy Come, Easy Go - George Strait

October 30

1914 - Patsy Montana was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Singer: I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart, Gold Coast Express, The She Buckaroo, The Wheel of the Wagon Is Broken, Lone Star; died May 3, 1996

1939 - Eddie Holland was born in Detroit, Michigan. Songwriter: writing team: Holland-Dozier-Holland: Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, I Hear a Symphony, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Reach Out, I’ll Be There; team inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [1990]); singer: Jamie

1939 - Grace Slick (Wing) was born in Evanston, Illinois. Singer: group: Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship: Somebody to Love, White Rabbit, Rejoice, Miracles, Count on Me, Runaway, We Built This City, Sara

1947 - Timothy B. Schmit was born in Oakland, California. Musician: bass guitar, singer: group: Poco: Crazy Love, Heart of the Night; Eagles: Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, Heartache Tonight, The Long Run, I Can’t Tell You Why

1958 - Chart Toppers
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
It’s Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio
City Lights - Ray Price

1964 - Roy Orbison went gold with his hit single, Oh, Pretty Woman.

1965 - I Hear a Symphony, by The Supremes, debuted on Billboard’s Top-40 chart. It became The Supremes’ sixth #1 hit.

1972 - A command performance was given for the Queen of England by Elton John.

1976 - The group, Chicago, started its second (and final) week at number one on the pop singles charts with, If You Leave Me Now. The hottest LP was Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life. The album was number one for a total of 14 weeks.

1984 - Barry Manilow opened at Radio City Music Hall, New York. His concerts sold out to the tune of $1.9 million, besting (by $100,000) the record set by Diana Ross.

1984 - Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, aka The Blues Brothers (Jake and Elwood), hit the two-million-dollar sales mark with their LP, Briefcase Full of Blues.

1993 - Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell II - Back Into Hell was the #1 album in the U.S. One of the album’s singles, I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That, hit #1 in twenty-five countries. Meat Loaf (his real name is Marvin Lee Aday) did a 215-show tour to promote the album.

1995 - David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, The Velvet Underground, and Pete Seeger were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

October 31

1912 - Dale Evans (Frances Octavia Smith) was born in Uvalde, Texas. Singer, songwriter: Happy Trails to You; actress: The Roy Rogers Show, Roy Rogers movies; wife of ‘King of the Cowboys’ Roy Rogers; died Feb 7, 2001

1930 - In a rare recording, William ‘Count’ Basie sang with Bennie Moten’s orchestra, Somebody Stole My Gal, on Victor.

1937 - Tom Paxton was born in Chicago, Illinois. Folk singer, songwriter, musician: guitar: I Can’t Help but Wonder Where I’m Bound, The Last Thing on My Mind, Goin’ to the Zoo, The Willing Conscript, Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation, Leaving London, All the Way Home, Is This Anyway to Run an Airline, Talking Vietnam Pot-Luck Blues, Forest Lawn

1944 - Kinky (Richard) Friedman was born in Chicago, Illinois. Singer, bandleader: Texas Jewboys: Let Saigons be Bygones, We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You, They Ain’t Making Jews like Jesus Anymore, Asshole from El Paso

1964 - The Supremes Baby Love was the number one single for four week, while Barbra Streisand’s People was #1 on U.S. album charts for five weeks.

1972 - Curtis Mayfield received a gold record for Freddie’s Dead from the flick, Superfly.

1984 - Caribbean Queen became a gold record for Billy Ocean. It was Ocean’s second hit song and the only one of his 11 hits to become a million-seller. He would have two other #1 songs and a pair of #2 hits, but none as big as Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run). Billy’s from Trinidad, you know. His real name: Leslie Sebastian Charles.

1986 - Chart Toppers
True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
Typical Male - Tina Turner
I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On - Robert Palmer
Cry - Crystal Gayle

November 1

1894 - The publication, Billboard Advertising, made it to desks for the first time. The periodical cost 10 cents. A subscription to the weekly magazine currently costs about $250 a year and is known as Billboard, the longtime bible of the radio and music industry.

1937 - ‘Whispering’ Bill (James) Anderson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Songwriter: City Lights, I Missed Me, Happy Birthday to Me; singer: Still, Three Times a Lady, My Life, 8x10; [w/Jan Howard]: For Loving You, If It’s All the Same to You, Someday We’ll Be Together; member of Grand Ole Opry

1940 - Barry Sadler was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Songwriter, singer: Ballad of the Green Berets; died Nov 5, 1989

1947 - Eddy Arnold began a 21-week run at #1 on U.S. country music charts with I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms). It was the biggest hit of Arnold’s illustrious career.

1957 - Lyle Lovett was born in Klein, Texas. Grammy Award-winning singer: Best Male Country Vocal [1989]; Cowboy Man, songwriter: This Old Porch [w/Robert Earl Keen], You Can’t Resist It, Closing Time, If I Had a Boat; actor: Ready to Wear, Short Cuts, The Playe

1968 - George Harrison’s soundtrack LP, Wonderwall, was released. It was the first solo album by one of The Beatles. The album was also the first on the new Apple label.

1969 - Abbey Road, by The Beatles, was #1 on U.S. album charts. Although Let It Be was the last Beatles album of new material to be released, Abbey Road was, in fact, the last album The Beatles recorded. The album, number one for eleven weeks, consisted of: Come Together, Something, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Oh! Darling, Octopus’s Garden, I Want You (She's So Heavy), Here Comes the Sun, Because, You Never Give Me Your Money. Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam, She Came in Through the Bathroom Window, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End, Her Majesty.

1969 - And speaking of lasts, Elvis Presley hit number one in the U.S. with Suspicious Minds. It was his first #1 pop single since Good Luck Charm in 1962 and his last #1 pop single.

1975 - Elton John’s Island Girl hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song parked itself at the top of the hit heap for 3 weeks.

1986 - Boston’s Third Stage album hit the big time this day as it became the number oneAmanda, We’re Ready, The Launch, Cool the Engines, My Destination, A New World, To Be a Man, I Think I Like It, Can’tcha Say, Still in Love, Hollyann. album in the U.S. Memorable (and not so memorable) tracks on the album: Amanda, We’re Ready, The Launch, Cool the Engines, My Destination, A New World, To Be a Man, I Think I Like It, Can’tcha Say, Still in Love, Hollyann.

1996 - Chart Toppers
Macarena (bayside boys mix) - Los Del Rio
It’s All Coming Back to Me Now - Celine Dion
No Diggity - Blackstreet (Featuring Dr. Dre)
Like the Rain - Clint Black


October Birthdays

Melanie Louise, JonnaRose Turnbull, Gabi Tuschak, Susie Drinkwine (1), Snoopy, Leon Rausch, Kelly Willis, Bruce Salmon, Charles Attal (2), *Albert Collins, *Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lindsey Buckingham, Lewis Cowdry, Chris Gaffney, Tammy Sajak (3), Barbara K. (4), *B.W. Stevenson, Steve Miller, Helen Jean Hamlin, Farrell Kubena, Amanda Brown (5), Dino Lee, Jeanne Arquel, Leslie Travis (6), Dale Watson, James "Levi" Barnes (7), *John Lennon, Gene Kurtz, Ponty Bone, Dub Maines (9), *Ivory Joe Hunter, Diunna Greenleaf, Darin Murphy, J'nette Ward (10), *Pete Drake, Frank Pugliese, Jon Langford, Allen Hill, Lisa Mathison,*Dale Watkins, Kate Tomich (11), Bob Schneider, Eve Monsees, Mike Musgrove (12), Todd Wolfson, Kevin Klauber (13), Natalie Maines, Chris Thomas [King], Johnny Goudie, Mark Younger-Smith (14), Rod Moag, Sid King, Artly Snuff, Dave Mintz (15), Thierry LaCoz, Greg Marengi, Wig (16), Karen Poston, Kristi Holdgrafer (17), Chuck Berry, Lisa Timick (18), Wanda Jackson, Bobby Horton, Kristen Williamson (20), Maryann Price, Cheney Moore (21), *Bobby Fuller (22), Cheryl G. Smith, Cat Kirkwood (23), Jason Lindsay (24), *J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, *Walter Hyatt, Kevin Sekhani, Tina Boone, AmeyLu Muirhead Weas (25), Eric Carter, Valerie Shields, Lisa Antonini (26), Gretchen Harries Graham (28), Brad Newton, Andrew Stearns (29), Bobby Morris, Tracy Gossard (30), Kinky Friedman, Sumter Bruton, Calvin Russell, Dan Rather, Johnny Moeller, Sue Zola [The Glitter Art Diva] (31)

October Memorials (date of death)

Janis Joplin (10/4/70), Gene Vincent (10/12/71), Freddie Fender (10/14/06), Rosa Parks (10/24/05)

November Birthdays

*Sippie Wallace, Kinky Friedman, Lyle Lovett (1), Ed Verosky (2), Delbert McClinton (4), Ephraim Owens, Jon Sanchez, Steve Smith, Bob Graham (5), *Doug Sahm, *Tary Owens, Guy Clark (6), Stephen Bruton, Curtis Clarke (7), Bonnie Raitt (8), Carolyn Wonderland, The Devine Miss Betty (9), Bobby Trimble, Dawn Shipley (10), Dave Alvin, Andy Langer, Justin Granade (11), Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmy Redondo (13), T. Tex Edwards (14), Jack Ingram (15), W.C. Clark, Ron Deutsch (16), Vicki Knopfler (17), Laura Doss (18), Eric Hisaw (19), Ruth Ellsworth, Jimmy Mathis, Linda Carson (20), Larry Thoren (21), Joanne Betters (22), Peggy Wright (23), *Scott Joplin (24), Cathy Jean Balch (25), *Jimi Hendrix (27), Libbi Bosworth, Dottie Swenson (28), Mason Ruffner (29), Guy Forsyth (30)

November Memorials (date of death)

*Carl "Fast-Black" Miller (10), "Shoeshine" Charley Miller (14)

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


Notable Obituaries - October 2007

Teresa Brewer, 76; 1950s pop singer

By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 19, 2007
Teresa Brewer, a singer who found fame as a novelty vocalist in 1950 with the chart-topping "Music! Music! Music!" but reinvented herself as a jazz stylist who performed with some of the genre's biggest names, has died. She was 76.

Brewer died of a neuromuscular disease Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., said Bill Munroe, a family spokesman.

Ed Sullivan introduced her as "the little girl with the big voice" when she was a regular on his television show, and the petite 100-pounder sang her way through the 1950s with a string of successful recordings that included another No. 1 hit, the sentimental ballad "Till I Waltz Again With You," which reportedly sold more than 1 million copies.

With rock 'n' roll changing the pop landscape -- and four daughters to raise -- Brewer pulled back from performing in the 1960s to focus on her family.

"One time she said her children were her biggest hits," Munroe told The Times on Thursday. "She was very down-to-earth, not pretentious at all, very charming and quick-witted."

After marrying her second husband -- jazz producer Bob Thiele -- she segued into jazz in the 1970s and became known for recording with such legends as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.

At her best, Brewer could "swing with a loose and easy fervor, aided greatly by the distinguished company" she kept, Richard S. Ginell wrote of her jazz performances in the All Music Internet database.

She was born Theresa Breuer on May 7, 1931, in Toledo, Ohio, the eldest of five children of a glass inspector for the Libby Owens Co. and his homemaker wife.

At 2, Brewer made her public debut singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on a children's radio program in Toledo. She was paid in cupcakes and cookies from the show's sponsor.

Three years later, she won a competition that led to appearances on the popular radio talent show "Major Bowes Amateur Hour." She spent the next seven years touring with a Bowes' troupe.

When she was 12, her parents insisted that she return to Toledo to concentrate on school, but as a high school junior, Brewer dropped out. She headed to New York City and performed in several talent shows that led to her first recording contract.

By then, she had slightly altered the spelling of her first and last names because "it was easier to read in marquee lights," according to a 1980 Toledo magazine story.

She soon was married and recording such 1950s hits as "Jilted," "Ricochet" and the blues ballad "Pledging My Love." She once estimated that she had made 300 records by the mid-1960s.

For decades, she also regularly performed in Las Vegas and on the national nightclub circuit.

Cast in the 1953 film "Those Redheads From Seattle," Brewer dyed her blond hair but turned down Paramount's offer of a long-term contract, according to the biography on her website. She wanted to remain on the East Coast with her family and build a part-time singing career from there.

In 1972, Brewer was divorced from Bill Monahan and married Thiele, who produced some of her early hits. He also wrote Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," which Brewer recorded. Thiele died in 1996.

Brewer continued performing and recording into the early 1990s.

The high-pitched voice that could easily go from a squeak to a roar became smoother with age, and critics noted that Brewer embraced jazz with the same vocal exuberance she had displayed in the 1950s.

"I always liked her because she had laughter and the sound of rippling water in her voice," said Jim Dawson, an author of pop music books. "Listening to Teresa Brewer, you couldn't be sad for long."

Brewer is survived by four daughters, Kathleen, Susan, Megan and Michelle; a brother, Henry; four grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.


The Continental Club Gallery

A Fusion of Art, Funky Jazz and Cocktails

1313A S. Congress Avenue, Austin TX 78704

Two doors up from The Continental Club

Volume XI, Issue #5.4 ... October 25, 2007


"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."



Art show openings will take place on the First Thursday of each month, and the shows will run for the entire month. This will be the general rule, although as with everything in this business, there may be exceptions. Check this section regularly for news on current & upcoming shows.


October... Tracy Anne Hart of Heights Gallery in Houston returns for the month of October. Tracy was born in Elgin, Illinois and moved to Houston, Texas in 1969. She is a second generation photographer. She has been co-owner of The Heights Gallery (in Houston) since 1984, and regularly exhibits there.

Hart is perhaps best known for her black and white concert portraits of Stevie Ray Vaughan taken between 1983 and 1990 and widely published and shown worldwide. She has donated many of the prints to charity auctions, where her work is sought after by fundraisers and collectors alike.

She has been photographing the natural and cultural landscape for over 20 years. She continues to explore subjects as diverse as the geometric symmetry and beauty of her native state's architecture and elevated train lines, and her adopted state's incredible music and Hill Country cypress trees. Hart has an affinity for objects of intensity and iconic strength and grace, whether organic or forged by human hands. Her work embodies the correlation between spirituality and science, flesh, wood, steel and stone, emulsion and emotion. Little wonder, then that her favorite photographic quote comes from Edward Weston: "that the camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether polished steel or palpitation flesh."

Stevie Ray Vaughan 1983, Tracy Anne Hart
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Charlie Sexton, Tracy Anne Hart

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Coming.... Thursday, November 1 @ 7pm: Ricardo Acevedo.
Richard (Ricardo) Acevedo was born of Yaqui-Mexican & Finlandian decent. Raised in Southern California, he pursued artistic endeavors throughout life, originally in the visual arts which morphed into music and performance by the 1980's and then returned full circle...
Acevedo moved to Flagstaff AZ ('93-'98), and was co-creator of the Difference Machine Art Space. He studied under & collaborated with southwest experimental filmmaker & photographer Larry Holloway, James Tyrell, artist Craig "Vern Bob Wire" Baumhoffer and created music with progressive guitarist Rick Anderson in the group Rye Catchers. Acevedo formed "In the RA Studios" fall of 1995. He moved to Austin, TX in July of 1998 and immediately set about incorporating more technology into the artistic vision that had been defined while in Arizona via the scanning and manipulating of photo negatives to create painterly photo-graphic art and the use of digital video in the creation of linear & non filmic art.



Mondays in October & November @ 10. No cover - Son Y No Son is an established Austin Latin dance ensemble led by Rey Arteaga and accompanied by some of the best musicians in Austin. Son Y No Son performs Cuban Son, Colombian Cumbia, Mexican Sones and Boleros, Brazilian Chorinho, but are known to play way outside of those genres when inspired. The individual members like all kinds of music and have many shared musical tastes and play in an array of other bands and other projects.

Tuesdays in October & November @ 10
. 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

Wednesdays in October & November @ 10
. No cover - Trube, Farrell & Sniz are Anthony Farrell, Andrew Trube of the Greyhounds, and Dave "Sniz" Robinson. They bring their mix of funk, soul and r&b to the Gallery every Wednesday night.
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Trube, Farrell & Sniz

Thursdays in October & November @ 10
. No cover - Paris 49 gathers 5 guys who share the same passion for American Jazz and its interpretation by Django Reinhardt's various bands of the 30's and 40's. The sound is the blend of 2 electrified Gypsy guitars and the tenor saxophone; a thick and surreal effect. Upright bass and drums work intricately together, flirting with a Be-Bop beat, while never really stating it. *Paris 49 is off for part of October, and Chris Vestre Group will fill in on 10/25.

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in October & November @ 10
. No cover - Mike Flanigin's B-3 Trio features Mike on Hammond B-3 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. Possible guitarists include Derek O'Brien, Johnny Moeller, Mike Keller, and Dave Biller. Drummers may be Damien Llanes, Chris "Whipper" Layton, or George Raines. Whether the show is jazz, blues or funk or some combination of all of them depends solely on who the backing band is, since Flanigin does it all with finesse.
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Mike Flanigin



Coming.... Saturday, November 3 @ 8:00pm - The Texas Book Festival in partnership with American Short Fiction will present Lit Smackdown: Fiction vs. Nonfiction. Which is better: fiction or nonfiction? We jest, but the question isn't that funny to publishers - it's getting harder and harder to sell new fiction while books based in reality draw more and more attention from readers and reviewers. American Short Fiction, the Festival, and the Continental Club are hosting a faceoff between some of the country's most exciting young talent - writers we've divided into two camps, fiction and nonfiction, even though most of them have dabbled in both forms. On the nonfiction team, we've got George Saunders, Emily Rapp, Vendela Vida, and Andrew Helfer; playing for the fiction team are Maxine Swann, Wesley Stace, Eric Martin, and Amanda Eyre Ward. Emcee for the night is humorist Owen Egerton, the author of the story collection How Best to Avoid Dying and the novel Marshall Hollenzer Is Driving. He is also the co-creator of "The Sinus Show." The event is open and free to the public but seating is limited. The authors' books will be for sale.


The Continental Club

Bringing the Continental tradition to Downtown Houston

3700 Main St, Houston TX 77002

Volume XI, Issue #5.4 ... October 25, 2007


"A spin-off of an Austin landmark, this club located in a booming section of Midtown plays host to popular retro roots, rockabilly, country and swing acts like Big Sandy and Flaco Jimenez, who perform on a red velvet-curtained stage; vintage neon light fixtures shine from high metal ceilings in the space that was once a general store, where pool tables, a back-room bar and an outdoor patio offer a respite from the music."


The Space City Music Spin

When you come visit us on Main St, don't forget the good eats at Tacos A Go-Go, 3704 Main, a funky taco joint right between the Continental Club, Sigs Lagoon, and Shoeshine Charlie's Big Top (The Big Top). You can place your order, return to your drink at The Big Top, and they will bring your order to you. Now that's service!


Hey, y'all, the Continental Confidential can now be found on our MySpace Blog, as well as on the website!


Check out our schedules below for both The Continental Club and for THE BIG TOP. Tickets for select shows, which will be noted in the schedule, will be available at Sig's Lagoon, 3710 Main St., (713) 533-9525.

Email me if you need more details on the shows, or give us a call (713) 529-9899.

Keep Rockin’ Houston,


This week's shows at The Continental Club, Houston...

Thursday 10/25 @ 10 - B-Side Players with special guests Salvador Santana Band and Cipes and The People
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B-Side Players
Salvador Santana
Cipes and The People

Friday 10/26 - Opie Hendrix & The Texas Tallboys, LL Cooper, and Angie Stevens
@ 10
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Opie Hendrix (explicit lyrics)
L.L. Cooper
Angie Stevens

Saturday 10/27 - Fastball @ 11:30 plus Dune TX @ 10. Doors open @ 8pm.
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Dune TX


Upcoming shows at The Continental Club, Houston...

Wednesday 10/31 @ 9 - Eric Tucker's Wicked Wednesdays Halloween Party! w/Reverend Vince Anderson and Whiskey Boat.
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Reverend Vince Anderson

Thursday 11/1 @ 10 - Rocrament.

Friday 11/2 - Side Show Tramps (formerly Rx Medicine Show) @ 11:30, plus Clouseaux @ 10.
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Side Show Tramps

Saturday 11/3 - Ian McLagan & The Bump Band @ 11, and Ragged Hearts @ 9. Doors open @ 8pm. Happy Birthday, Quinn!
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Ian McLagan


Weekly Residencies at The Continental Club, Houston...

Every Monday @ 8:00 - The beautiful Tango music of pianist Glover Gill begins at 8:00 p.m. and El Orbits hit the stage at 9:00 p.m. for swing, country, soul and a little of everything else. The delicious martinis are only $3 and the Lone Star pints are just $2.

Every Tuesday @ 9:00 - Goodtrain Recording Sessions is an ever evolving/ revolving family of musicians/ artists/ friends & family. Its only goal is to have a good time and play some groovy music. Doors open @ 8pm. No cover!

Thursday Nights 7:00 -10:00 - FREE! BEETLE is an unbelievable band; “close your eyes” and you are there. Beetle weaves their way through all the fun of The Beatles songs, playing “Hard Days Night”, “Lucy in the Sky”, “Hello Goodbye”, and “She Loves You, YEAH, YEAH,YEAH” they cover all the favorites. Paul on bass, Jim on guitar, Jamie on guitar, and BK Ringo Jamison on the Drums, This Fab four will have you dancing the evening away week after week. TACO A GO GO will be on hand to feed you some of their fantastic food! The Big Top opens at 5pm for Happy Hour.

Friday Nights 7:00-9:30. No Cover - Molly and the Ringwalds are giving you the best in 80’s Pop Rock. From “My Sharona” to “Jesse’s Girl” the '80s come screaming back to you! Songs you thought you forgot, but you seem to know every word. We’re going to party like it’s 1989. There will be a FREE '80s NACHO BUFFET, plus many other special surprises like Ringwald Karaoke. Bring your friends! Here comes the weekend! The Big Top opens at 5pm for Happy Hour.


Shoeshine Charlie's Big Top Lounge

No Phone - No Pool - No Pets

3714 Main St, Houston TX 77002

Three doors down from The Continental Club

Volume XI, Issue #5.4 ... October 25, 2007


"Basically the chill out room to Houston's venerable hard-partying Continental Club, Shoeshine Charlie's Big Top Lounge, while not being as raucous as its adjacent bar brother, is really no slouch when it comes to the hip and boisterous drinking scene. When you step inside to this local Houston bar the decor will definitely make you do a double take, but don't worry, despite the circus atmosphere the only freaks here are the ones you came in with and the only high wire acts are downing canned PBR's while slamming shots. On some nights, Shoeshine Charlie's Big Top Lounge has some local live music treat their patrons to a riff or two."


This week's shows at Shoeshine Charlie's BIG TOP Lounge...

The Big Top opens at 5pm for Happy Hour on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday!


Upcoming shows at Shoeshine Charlie's BIG TOP Lounge...

Friday, 11/2 @ 10 - Paul Beebe

Weekly Residencies at Shoeshine Charlie's BIG TOP Lounge...

Every Sunday - Big E's Sunday Night Hop! Rockabilly Show! No cover!

Every Tuesday @ 9 - LE HOT CLUB! Doors open @ 8, No cover!

Every Wednesday @ 10 - PETER & JAMES, No cover!

Every Thursday @ 10 - The Umbrella Man, No cover!


Email me if you need more details on the shows, or give us a call. (713) 529-9899. If you are interested in holding a party at the Continental Club or The Big Top, drop us a line for details, we hold all kinds of cool events here. Keep Rockin’ Houston.