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  • Originally posted by chopitulas View Post
    I am going to Austin next week. I will see Israel Nash, a real favorite of mine, do a record release party for his "Topaz" album. Hopefully, I can see Bob Schneider the night before though that will be a tough ticket in Austin. And I will pop in the Continental Club somewhere along the way. Looking forward to it as it has been a while since I've been there and I have some usual spots to hit that thankfully still are there...Waterloo Records, Greens Mesquite, Torchy's Tacos, Joes Coffee. Coming back with a bag of tamales from Polvo's, that I know.
    Oh, man... dyin' for a Polvo's breakfast taco right about now. I looked at the joint where Israel is playin' (took me a minute to realize that it's a re-branding) and it seems like a people-crush weekend night at Easy Tiger... not sure why I'd feel weird about it after being vaccinated - other than the usual "weird" I get from wading into a elbow-to-elbow crowd anywhere. Guessin' that they'll have some kind of crowd size limits, or are things completely open now? I have to get back to a few places myself next trip to south Austin, Lucy's and Sam's Town Point on pedal steel Mondays! Drink a hundred Topo Chicos for me.

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    • Originally posted by duende View Post

      Oh, man... dyin' for a Polvo's breakfast taco right about now. I looked at the joint where Israel is playin' (took me a minute to realize that it's a re-branding) and it seems like a people-crush weekend night at Easy Tiger... not sure why I'd feel weird about it after being vaccinated - other than the usual "weird" I get from wading into a elbow-to-elbow crowd anywhere. Guessin' that they'll have some kind of crowd size limits, or are things completely open now? I have to get back to a few places myself next trip to south Austin, Lucy's and Sam's Town Point on pedal steel Mondays! Drink a hundred Topo Chicos for me.
      10 years sober so no beer for me (which will be a change since the last time I was there and found out about micheladas at the Hotel San Jose.) The last thing I'll do before I leave is pick up that bag of 12 tamales and have a breakfast taco at Polvo's. There are a lot of Mexican choices in Austin but that place is old school just how I like it. The queso is great, too. And I am sure there are hipper BBQ places than Green's Mesquite but that place works for me, as well. Can't really go wrong in Austin for Tex-Mex or BBQ, 'eh... I would think TX is completely open at this point. I thought Asshole Abbott made that move a while ago but it may be club life is just returning. I know the Continental Club just started having shows again.

      Israel is playing a different kinda venue once a gas station. I saw something about it being "cashless" as well as them charging you some strange $5.00 surcharge at the door only payable via PayPal. Huh? It looks like it has an outdoor area but I think Israel will be inside. Yeah, be my first time in a crowd situation like that other than a recent trip to Frenchmen St. to see my buddy play at Bamboula's (which is operating like there never was a virus) but I guess I will feel OK being double vaxed.

      And if you haven't checked out his new album "Topaz," it is a fine piece of work. He had A LOT of time to mess around with it at his home studio in Dripping Springs over the last year and the production is immaculate. But, despite all that is going on, the hooks come through. I think I have put that on more than any other album this year and find myself singing the hooks all the time. It will be interesting to see how he translates the big production on the album in the live setting but I am sure his band will be quite capable as evidenced by this recent rehearsal footage I ran into on FB.

      https://tinyurl.com/3zswb8wn
      Last edited by chopitulas; 1 week ago.

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      • Originally posted by chopitulas View Post

        10 years sober so no beer for me (which will be a change since the last time I was there and found out about micheladas at the Hotel San Jose.) The last thing I'll do before I leave is pick up that bag of 12 tamales and have a breakfast taco at Polvo's. There are a lot of Mexican choices in Austin but that place is old school just how I like it. The queso is great, too. And I am sure there are hipper BBQ places than Green's Mesquite but that place works for me, as well. Can't really go wrong in Austin for Tex-Mex or BBQ, 'eh... I would think TX is completely open at this point. I thought Asshole Abbott made that move a while ago but it may be club life is just returning. I know the Continental Club just started having shows again.

        Israel is playing a different kinda venue once a gas station. I saw something about it being "cashless" as well as them charging you some strange $5.00 surcharge at the door only payable via PayPal. Huh? It looks like it has an outdoor area but I think Israel will be inside. Yeah, be my first time in a crowd situation like that other than a recent trip to Frenchmen St. to see my buddy play at Bamboula's (which is operating like there never was a virus) but I guess I will feel OK being double vaxed.

        And if you haven't checked out his new album "Topaz," it is a fine piece of work. He had A LOT of time to mess around with it at his home studio in Dripping Springs over the last year and the production is immaculate. But, despite all that is going on, the hooks come through. I think I have put that on more than any other album this year and find myself singing the hooks all the time. It will be interesting to see how he translates the big production on the album in the live setting but I am sure his band will be quite capable as evidenced by this recent rehearsal footage I ran into on FB.

        https://tinyurl.com/3zswb8wn
        I am big Israel Nash fan as well. Saw him pre-pandemic at Johnny Brenda’s, a bar/music club in Philly. He and his band were excellent and had no trouble recreating his sound on a live stage. Of course, this did not include anything from “Topaz.” But I have no doubt that they can pull it off. It’s a great record.

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        • Originally posted by chopitulas View Post

          10 years sober so no beer for me (which will be a change since the last time I was there and found out about micheladas at the Hotel San Jose.) The last thing I'll do before I leave is pick up that bag of 12 tamales and have a breakfast taco at Polvo's. There are a lot of Mexican choices in Austin but that place is old school just how I like it. The queso is great, too. And I am sure there are hipper BBQ places than Green's Mesquite but that place works for me, as well. Can't really go wrong in Austin for Tex-Mex or BBQ, 'eh... I would think TX is completely open at this point. I thought Asshole Abbott made that move a while ago but it may be club life is just returning. I know the Continental Club just started having shows again.

          Israel is playing a different kinda venue once a gas station. I saw something about it being "cashless" as well as them charging you some strange $5.00 surcharge at the door only payable via PayPal. Huh? It looks like it has an outdoor area but I think Israel will be inside. Yeah, be my first time in a crowd situation like that other than a recent trip to Frenchmen St. to see my buddy play at Bamboula's (which is operating like there never was a virus) but I guess I will feel OK being double vaxed.

          And if you haven't checked out his new album "Topaz," it is a fine piece of work. He had A LOT of time to mess around with it at his home studio in Dripping Springs over the last year and the production is immaculate. But, despite all that is going on, the hooks come through. I think I have put that on more than any other album this year and find myself singing the hooks all the time. It will be interesting to see how he translates the big production on the album in the live setting but I am sure his band will be quite capable as evidenced by this recent rehearsal footage I ran into on FB.

          https://tinyurl.com/3zswb8wn
          Just spent a week there. Most music venues were open and back to normal. I hit Stubb's twice(soldout for Black Pumas), The Mohawk(soldout fot Heartless Bastards), Sagebrush, Saxon Pub, White Horse, Continental, Continental Gallery & C-Boy's multiple times. Antone's(still seating like Tip's) and Sam's were open but no one playing at either that I wanted to see.

          And yes, many places for Mex & BBQ. I hit many over the last week. I like old school Mexican but also love newer places like ATX, Suerte or Comedor.

          Franklin BBQ is takeout only until Sept but plenty of other places around town. I hit La Barbecue (best restrooms - check out both!), Terry Black's and Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ which is unfortunately moving out of Austin. They were all very good.

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          • Originally posted by steeleye View Post

            I am big Israel Nash fan as well. Saw him pre-pandemic at Johnny Brenda’s, a bar/music club in Philly. He and his band were excellent and had no trouble recreating his sound on a live stage. Of course, this did not include anything from “Topaz.” But I have no doubt that they can pull it off. It’s a great record.
            Right on! I saw a reviewer say they were unfamiliar with him but saw a live show and were amazed how BIG their sound was. I am sure he applies the same attention to detail as he does in the studio to his live show. The sound on the rehearsal footage I posted is fantastic...sounds great in headphones.
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            • Originally posted by jjazznj View Post

              Just spent a week there. Most music venues were open and back to normal. I hit Stubb's twice(soldout for Black Pumas), The Mohawk(soldout fot Heartless Bastards), Sagebrush, Saxon Pub, White Horse, Continental, Continental Gallery & C-Boy's multiple times. Antone's(still seating like Tip's) and Sam's were open but no one playing at either that I wanted to see.

              And yes, many places for Mex & BBQ. I hit many over the last week. I like old school Mexican but also love newer places like ATX, Suerte or Comedor.

              Franklin BBQ is takeout only until Sept but plenty of other places around town. I hit La Barbecue (best restrooms - check out both!), Terry Black's and Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ which is unfortunately moving out of Austin. They were all very good.
              Thanks for posting and I took notes. I am interested in the C-Boys venue as Jimmie Vaughan is there on the Friday. I am hoping it is still going after Israel Nash. (That's one thing about Austin as opposed to NOLA...last I was there, things shut down at 2.)

              Now if I can just land a ticket to the free show Bob Schneider is doing, I'll be set!

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              • Originally posted by chopitulas View Post

                Right on! I saw a reviewer say they were unfamiliar with him but saw a live show and was amazed how BIG their sound was. I am sure he applies the same attention to detail as he does in the studio to his live show. The sound on the rehearsal footage I posted is fantastic...sound great in headphones.
                Although “big” is a pretty broad description, I know what he means. The club in Philly isn’t very big but they sounded quite loud, but not deafening loud, and their sound board guy kept them that way with virtually no distortion. You should really enjoy it. I certainly did.

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                • Originally posted by chopitulas View Post

                  Thanks for posting and I took notes. I am interested in the C-Boys venue as Jimmie Vaughan is there on the Friday. I am hoping it is still going after Israel Nash. (That's one thing about Austin as opposed to NOLA...last I was there, things shut down at 2.)

                  Now if I can just land a ticket to the free show Bob Schneider is doing, I'll be set!
                  Jimmie Vaughan plays from 10:30 until to around 1:30-1:45 doing 2 sets. I've seen him there a bunch of times including last Friday when he had guests Sue Foley and Soul Man Sam. C-Boys is probably my favorite place to see music there along with sister club The Continental. Make sure to checkout The Jade Room, an upstairs lounge styled after 50s era Japanese GI bars. It's pretty cool.

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                  • Originally posted by jjazznj View Post

                    Jimmie Vaughan plays from 10:30 until to around 1:30-1:45 doing 2 sets. I've seen him there a bunch of times including last Friday when he had guests Sue Foley and Soul Man Sam. C-Boys is probably my favorite place to see music there along with sister club The Continental. Make sure to checkout The Jade Room, an upstairs lounge styled after 50s era Japanese GI bars. It's pretty cool.
                    I will head over there as soon as Israel Nash ends, hopefully in time to catch Set II. I put the Continental Club right up there with Tipitina's and The Fillmore as my favorite venues ever so I am sure C-Boys must be great.

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                    • Originally posted by Marignygregg View Post

                      Nice. Time to start listing notable clubs still closed. I'll start.

                      Blue Nile and DBA ( not counting the outdoor space that has NONE of the indoor DBA vibe. ( also yet to open on Frenchmen is 13 and Vaso )
                      Chickie Wah Wah.
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                      • Originally posted by swag View Post

                        Chickie Wah Wah.
                        I do wish they would open as I can walk there and is a stop for some artists on tour that I love like Dave Alvin, Alejandro Escovedo or Joe Ely.

                        One Eyed Jacks is not having any music yet. Not sure if the front bar is open or not.

                        The Fillmore is still closed.

                        Not that a lot of artists on tour come here in the Summer but many are touring or planning tours and hardly any are coming here as some venues are still closed. As much as I love local music I want to see some out of town acts come here to play.

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                        • Originally posted by Marignygregg View Post

                          Nice. Time to start listing notable clubs still closed. I'll start.

                          Blue Nile and DBA ( not counting the outdoor space that has NONE of the indoor DBA vibe. ( also yet to open on Frenchmen is 13 and Vaso )
                          Indoor shows at dba tonight!

                          Due the the weather, Storyville Stompers @ 4 and Quickening @ 8 are moving inside at dba.
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                          • Chickie Wah Wah is supposed to reopen in September or, at least, that was the story a couple of weeks back.
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                            • Checkpoint Charlie's is open but I don't think they have music yet. Things won't be "normal" til that happens... I like seeing Woodenhead for free.

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                              • Originally posted by chopitulas View Post
                                Checkpoint Charlie's is open but I don't think they have music yet. Things won't be "normal" til that happens... I like seeing Woodenhead for free.
                                Yup. Agree completely. Not sure what Claudia is waiting for ?

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