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Woodstock Revisited 16 August, 2014

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Fri, Aug. 15: On this day 45 years ago, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, An Aquarian Exposition, began outside of Bethel in upstate New York. It became a defining moment in the cultural history of the 20th century. The mega-festival summarized everything that had come before it, stood alone as an indelible snapshot of its immediate time and place, and set a pattern for all outdoor concerts to come. Echoes remain.

three days of peace and music

Three Days of Peace and Music

The Green Man hitchhiked to Yasgur’s farm virtually, and his guests reveled in the remarkable performances, interviews, and images captured so long ago. We feasted on intriguing handmade pastries, swilled beer and wine, danced, and generally hung out. Many of us donned our tie-dye outfits, headbands, and vests with protest buttons. Most could only imagine what it must have been like for those 400,000 young people who got to be there then.

your hosts and poet

Lina, Zow, and Thom

We are blessed to have witnessed, even from afar, all that incredible talent and the outpouring of good vibes. This is the legacy that still informs many of our activities. This is why we go to Kerrville and ACL. This is why we believe that it’s natural to coexist in harmony with our neighbors. This is why we know that singer-songwriters, poets, and other artists can lead the way to a better world now and tomorrow.

Warmly aglow, we’ll continue the retrospective this evening with a look at Taking Woodstock, then let loose of the memory for some span. Perhaps we’ll do it again for the 50-year observance in 2019. See ya then!

We are stardust, we are golden

and we’ve got to get ourselves

back to the garden.


October Awesome 6 October, 2013

Fri, Oct 04: Our first autumnal concert broke all the records. We enjoyed perfect weather for a night under the trees. Posted below are our esteemed performers. They made the evening memorable!

Here are the sets:

Eric Beck


Eric Beck

Randall Wheatley

Robyn Gammill

Tom and Zena

Thanks, everyone!

Randall Wheatley with  son Q

Randall Wheatley with son Q

Robyn rocks

Robyn rocks

R&R at table

R&R at table

Woo Hoo!

Woo Hoo!


At Sea 30 September, 2013

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Avast, ye lubbers!

Fri, Sep 27: We cut loose from our moorings and set ourselves adrift on seven seas of spectacular. ‘Twas a humid and almost rainy night with a slight ocean breeze a-billowing. The fish sticks tasted yummy and the goldfish crunchy. No one brought grog, but amber ale with chasing wodka made a difference.

Here’s half the song list, with more to soon follow:

1. Juventino Rosas – Vals sobre las Ola (Over the Waves Waltz)
2. Blind Faith – Sea Of Joy
3. Velvet Underground – Ocean
4. Jimmy Buffett – A Pirate Looks at 40
5. Phil Phillips – Sea Of Love
6. Ocean Scene a (from the original 1992 collection)
7. Stan Rogers – Wreck of the Athens Queen
8. John Williams – Poseidon Adventure theme
9. Jimmy Dean – Deep Blue Sea
10. Joe Simon – Drowning in the Sea of Love
11. Les Baxter – Ancient Galleon
12. Boiled in Lead – The Dreadnaught
13. Stan Rogers – The Maid On the Shore
14. Pentangle – A Maid That’s Deep In Love
15. The Presets – Girl And The Sea
16. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster
17. Crosby, Stills & Nash – Wooden Ships
18. Looking Glass – Brandy, You’re A Fine Girl
19. Sarah Brightman – Captain Nemo
20. Kirk Douglas – A Whale of a Tale
21. Jabbering Trout – The Fisherman
22. Sink The Bismarck – Johnny Horton
23. Homer and Jethro – We Didn’t Sink the Bismarck
24. Beach Boys – Sloop John B
25. Stan Rogers – Barrett’s Privateers
26. Boiled in Lead – My Son John
27. Patti Page – Red Sails In The Sunset
28. Ocean b (’92)
29. Crosby, Stills & Nash – Southern Cross
30. Enya – Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)
31. Kay Kyser – On a Slow Boat to China
32. Beach Boys – Sail on Sailor
33. Jimmy Buffett – Mermaid in the Night
34. 14- Jabbering Trout – Mermaid Song
35. George Harrison – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
36. OMD – Sailing on the Seven Seas
37. Ocean c (’92)
38. Billy Bragg and Wilco – Secrets of the Sea
39. Roy Orbison – Leah
40. Stan Rogers – The Mary Ellen Carter
41. Styx – Come Sail Away
42. Decemberists – Mariner’s Revenge
43. Grateful Dead – Lost Sailor
44. CSNY – Sea of Madness
45. Ray Charles – Sail Away
46. Jimmy Buffett – Son of a Sailor
47. Gordon Lightfoot – Ballad of Yarmouth Castle
48. Led Zeppelin – Down By the Seaside
49. James Homer – Hymn to the Sea
50. Stan Rogers – Fogarty’s Cove
51. Heart – Barracuda
52. Quantum Jump – Barracuda
53. Blues Image – Ride Captain Ride
54. Iron & Wine – The Sea and The Rhythm
55. Stan Rogers – Leave Her, Johnny

Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts 14 April, 2013

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Frigga’s, October 5: Here’s a long-overdue posting of last fall’s concert with Jack Geiser and Janet “Planet” Thiemmerman. Enjoy part one and the single!

a.k.a. Jack Geiser and Janet Planet

a.k.a. Jack Geiser and Janet Planet


Clever Conversants 16 July, 2012

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Excellent time this past Fri with engaging dialogue between Jenny, Michael, Dale, and others. We spoke of politics, climate change, unfinished projects, and other disasters.


60s Rock 25 June, 2012

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UV Art Wall

UV Art Wall and Cartoonist

FriSat, June 2223:  Long live the longest party! To commemorate the year’s shortest nights, we threw the lengthiest celebration. Our 60s Marathon covered the entire decade of hit music—everything from pop, folk, instrumental, soul, garage, country crossover, novelty, and straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll. The Green Man itself was rearranged to form an intimate dance floor for the first episode the first evening. We then migrated across the street to the Kent Kompound’s spacious deck for more twirling, sliding, boogaloo, shing-a-ling, pony, monkey, and Watusi movin’ grooves.

Friday began with singles played in reverse chronological order, then 1960 through ‘62. Saturday’s installment covered songs from 1963 through the end in ‘69. During the event, participants feasted on smoked brisket, sausage, and snacks while guzzling beer, wine, and fizzy water and scrawling graffiti beneath the iconic black lights. Throughout the ordeal, we played “name it and win it” for each number: celebrants had until the end of the tune to name the artist and title plus a relevant factoid. As an obscure example, who’s this? For those born after 1970, the bash doubled as a symposium on the evolution of the genre.

Thanks are in order to the Kents (Carol, Liz, Zach, Genevieve, and Jay), who opened their private park facility and to all others—human and canine—who made the scene, contributing food, beverage, artistic talent, and (loco)motion.

Green Man Black-Lit

Green Man Black-Lit


Barnard’s Ballads 26 March, 2012

Dale Barnard enthralls

Dale Barnard enthralls

Frigga’s Day, March 23: Spring’s here, and there’s no better time for a concert under the trees. In our case, they’re ashes and pecans plus lots of understory plants to fill in the spaces between. Sonically, our ears were filled this past weekend with the tunes, lyrics, and rhythms that Dale Barnard brought to the Backyard Theater.  

I’ve know Dale for at least a decade. He’s been a faithful and active member of our Austin Ishmael Dialogue, and he and spouse Denise are long-time denizens of Camp Patchouli at Kerrville. This night also honored Denise on her birthday.

Among other subjects, Dale’s ditties relate his concern for the planet and our culture’s role in its care. Because he’s also a writer, his chooses his words carefully and thoughtfully. His other passion is spelunking, so much of the repertoire deals with crawling in holes underground.

Dale delivers

Dale delivers

In fact, about half the audience were cavers, most new to the Green Man. Special guests included Dale’s mom, Carol (to whom he dedicated a song), and Denise’s mother, Jo. Our growing family of revelers added a three-month-old child, as well. Friends, neighbors, and country folk all joined in their appreciation. It may have been the best-attended event we’ve done so far. 

Too, the pot-luck feast was particularly sumptuous: carrot cake with candles, multilayered cheesecake, garden-fresh greens, wine and Shiner beer, chips, and fancy dips. No one left hungry.

Stay tuned for more . . .


The KyMelia Show 4 November, 2011

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Ky Hote and Amelia Card

Ky Hote and Amelia Card

Friday, October 21: In perhaps the most professional program from the Backyard Theater to date, Amelia Card and Ky Hote filled the evening air with pleasing singer-songwritten tunes and lyrics. Ms. Card, offspring of Dallas’s famed folk venue Poor David’s Pub, delivered the first set of songs solo. Her bright style and cute ditties transported us to fun places and heightened emotions. Ky followed soon after with some of his own engaging tales accompanied by his virtuosic picking and barring. Near the close of Ky’s first grouping, he was joined by Jim Carpetas on pennywhistle.

After the break, Amelia and Ky played together. Some were Ky’s originals, and others Amelia’s. We heard not just the two guitars, percussion, and voices in various combinations, but Ky also pulled out Amelia’s banjo for one number. Overhead planes flying  and neighborhood dogs barking only added the the local flavor.

Holler and Bang

Holler and Bang

Other musician friends were in attendance, as well, and a couple guys from Holler and Bang erupted into a spontaneous performance. This happens frequently at the Green Man and everywhere else in this fabled city when creative folks get together.


Cat-ching Up 27 October, 2011

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Sign of the Cat

Sign of the Cat

A thousand pardons for the long lapse in reporting! This post summarizes GM weekends from September 16 through October 14.

9-16 Responding to a huge party in Zilker Park, we did our own ACL, but it stood for All Cats Loved. That naturally followed the dog theme back in August, and shows how much we admire all our furry friends. See the song list here.

9-23 For the Fall Equinox, which begins the Season of Earth, we heard lyrics about land, dirt, sand, and other terrestrial subjects. Song list

9-30 sounded like a time of day, but was also that of Saint Sophia, the co-opted Goddess of Wisdom. Mozart supplied the intellectual sonic background. We held several brainy conversations and ate smart food. What else could you expect?

10-07 In celebration of Niels Bohr’s birthday, the ideas were of all things atomic: electrons, protons, neutrons, and quanta. I found the theme song from Atom Ant but missed Nukes in the News.

10-14 I doubt if anyone else in Texas or the US for that matter noticed this 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. We spoke with French and English accents, sipped French wine and English ale, and enjoyed all manner of cheeses and hors d’uvres. Our singing friends Los Dos regaled us with several belligerent songs.

Soon to come: more Backyard Theater concerts!


Fine Wining 15 September, 2011

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Texas Wines Get Sacked

Texas Wines Get Sacked

Friday, September 9: After another enlightening adwineture at the Kerrville Wine and Music Fest, we brought home our new-found regional favorites and knowledge to the Green Man. One of our most interesting bottles was La Cuvée du Saule from Calais in Dallas. Benjamin, the young French vintner who introduced the drink at a seminar last weekend, spoke with an engaging accent about his operation, the wine’s uses over fruit salads, and the traditional methods of its making. This dessert white derives from 100% muscat grapes and reminds us of a port of a different color. Although we sipped its sweetness in summer’s warmth, we think the Cuvée will be worth reprising as soon as the weather turns winter-cold.

Other folks brought reds, whites, and rosés and even a beer or two. As testament to our patrons’ enjoyment, we used most of our ample collection of stemmed wine glasses, almost all of which we’d acquired as souvenirs from many Kerrville tastings.

What songs come to mind when you think of the noble grape? Below is the playlist of wine-worthy tunes we heard that night:

artist song
Johann Strauss, Jr. Wine, Women and Song
Nightcaps Wine Wine Wine
Little Feat Willin’
Neil Diamond Cracklin’ Rosie
Weavers Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Alligator Wine
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood Summer Wine
Elton John Elderberry Wine
Henry Mancini The Days Of Wine And Roses
Nina Simone Lilac Wine
Delbert McClinton Two More Bottles of Wine
Tommy James & The Shondells Sweet Cherry Wine
Deana Carter Strawberry Wine
Don Ho Tiny Bubbles
Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs Bottle of Wine
Linda Ronstadt Willin’
5th Dimension Sweet Blindness
Joni Mitchell A Case of You
Paul Anka A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine
Jerry Jeff Walker Sangria Wine
Tom T Hall Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine
Dean Martin Little Ol’ Wine Drinker Me
Eric Burdon & War Spill The Wine
Neil Diamond Red, Red Wine
Willie Nelson Yesterday’s Wine
Dallas Frazier Elvira
Limelighters Have Some Madeira M’Dear
Peter, Paul and Mary Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Jimmy Buffett The Wino And I Know
George Carlin Wonderful WINO
Laura Nyro Sweet Blindness
Jeff Buckley Lilac Wine