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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.