Pick o’ Texas Free in DC

Pick \'o Texas Free in DC

If you live in the DC area, mosey on down to the National Mall and hear some fine Texas music at the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. For free. The cowpokes here at the NotionsCapital Ranch have a few quick-drawn notes:

Thursday, June 26
Texas Dancehall Stage 6:00 pm
Los Texmaniacs with Mingo Saldivar, Augie Meyers, and Fiddlin’ Frenchie Burke
This is an all-star aggregation of the San Antonio-Austin metroplex. Mingo Saldivar is the legendary “Dancing Cowboy,” singer-accordionist of Conjunto music. Frenchie Burke is the “Cajun Gentleman Fiddler.” Children of Texan refugees: ask Mom and Dad about Augie Myers in the Sir Douglas Quintet, the Texas Tornadoes, and Augie Meyers and his Western Head Band. You’ll be amazed.

June 27 Friday
Texas Opry House Stage 6:00 pm
Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines
Joe Ely and Joel Guzman

Joe Ely is often backed by big loud roadhouse bands, so here’s a chance to hear his smokey voice a bit more clearly, with his own guitar and the accordion of  Joel Guzman. Lap guitarist and pedal steel player Lloyd Maines is a legendary musician, producer, and Daddy, and a great complement to the strong young voice of Terri Hendrix.

June 28 Saturday
Texas Dancehall Stage 6:00 pm
The Jones Family Singers and Texas Johnny Brown
We just heard Johnny Brown, an exciting electric Blues guitarist and singer with a solid backing trio. The Joneses are Gospel singers. Get happy!

June 29 Sunday
Texas Dancehall Stage 6:00 pm
Waltz Across Texas Dance Party
Gillette Brothers
Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys
Asleep at the Wheel
Cowboy music of Guy & Pipp Gillette, Western Swing of Jody Nix & Co., and beyond Western Swing with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. Two-step and waltz ’til you’re plumb loco.

July 2 Wednesday
Texas Dancehall Stage 6:00 pm
Tutu Jones and the Soul Crew
CJ Chenier
Rhythm and Blues and Texas Zydeco
Does that name Chenier sound familiar? It should. CJ Chenier is son of the late Clifton Chenier, and in the family business — Zydeco.

July 5 Saturday
Texas Dancehall Stage 6:00 pm
Lone Star Dance Party
Guy Clark
Marcia Ball
Guy Clark is a powerful songwriter and singer. Make him do his song “Homegrown Tomatoes” — we won’t get salmonella from it. Singer and pianist Marcia Ball spent years in Austin before moving to New Orleans. Is she back? She’s here — that’s what counts.

On the daytime program, look for Little Joe y la Familia. ¡Ay! Big Tejano band, big history, well-deserved reputation. Oh yeah, big fun!

Full schedule here.

Some of the Texas artists are sneaking across the border to the Kennedy Center, to play for free on the Millenium Stage from 6PM to 7PM:

Sunday, June 29
Los Texmaniacs
Wednesday, July 2
The Quebe Sisters Band
Thursday, July 3
Tutu Jones and the Soul Crew
Friday, July 4
Mark Halata and Texavia
Sunday, July 6
James Hand

Image, such as it is, by Mike Licht.






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