Tim Weinheimer: No faking it 12/27/2207
To get started in the emceeing field, Tim Weinheimer had to fake a rodeo.
Cross Mountain 12/19/2007
Sitting backstage at a recent holiday concert I heard a sound seldom heard in these parts... the plaintive beauty of true bluegrass music. It was Cross Mountain.
Hannah Fonder: Mouse to a Queen 12/12/2007
Her stage debut was playing the "shot" mouse in the first local production of The Nutcracker. Eight years later, Hannah Fonder has danced every role in the popular holiday classic, including the Snow Queen.
Jay Sims: On the half soul 12/5/2007
Jay Sims doesn't like labels. But he does call himself a "spiritual redneck."
Grupo Destino 11/28/2007
So you want to hear Tejano music in the hill country. Where do you go and who do you listen to? Just follow the sound of el grito.
Russ Cox 11/21/2007
"This is a good story...." A chat with Russ Cox is a tumble into a wonderland of stories and tales of a career laced with characters larger than life - starting with himself.
Lucky Tubb: Earnest Country Music 11/14/2007
What would you do if your house burned down, you spent time in the hoosegow, and your first name was Lucky? If your last name was Tubb, you'd sing about it.
Opera in the Vinyard 11/7/2007
How do you prefer your opera? How about in the middle of a vineyard served with Penne Rustica, Mushroom Ravioli, and a glass of Chiaro de Luna?
Arion Maennerchor 10/31/2007
Most music groups are proud to trace their heritage back a decade or two. This Sunday you can listen to a choir that was founded in 1908, and is still singing.
Bob Villa: Native America 10/17/2007
"I'm a Native American... My heart goes back ten thousand years"
What Hans Likes About Texas 10/3/2007
It's humbling for a Midwest musician to play music with a guy from Germany who knows more about American rock and roll than he does.
Almost Patsy Cline 8/29/2007
I've always been curious how musicians name their bands. So my first question twas how their popular band came to be called Almost Patsy Cline.
Race Barn 8/22/2007
What could be more fun than a weekend of racing - the excitement of betting, the thrill of horses thundering past, and the swell of the crowd?
House Concert on Willow Creek 8/15/2007
While writing one of my first Full House columns, I learned about the phenomenon of "house concerts." Now I hear that Dennis and Kay Evans are opening their Willow Creek Ranch near Mason for house concerts on a monthly basis.
Pacific Showroom 8/8/2007
Tiki torches flicker, palm trees sway, and the echoes of steel drums dance across the ocean waves. It's not the South Pacific - but it's south of Fredericksburg. And the Pacific Showroom is as close as you'll get to that idyllic scene without a passport.
Words to Act Upon 8/1/2007
In the FTC production of the Wizard of Oz, I was a tree. But even in my role of "scenery," I was privileged to observe how a theater production is put together.
The Buffalo Nickel 7/25/2007
Fredericksburg may be a merchandising mecca, but even dedicated shoppers need a break from the heat and the streets. Gentlemen (and ladies), step right in to the Buffalo Nickel.
Using Music (KinderMusik) 7/18/2007
A gaggle of two- and three-year-old boys are bouncing around the room. Barefoot moms groove to calypso beats. At the center of this multi-sensory storm, Sharon Holmes calmly conducts the symphony of instruction, turning music and movement into learning.
Rachael Remlinger 7/11/2007
The first time she officially sang solo in public she was "terrified." Rachael Remlinger was all of 11 years old.
New Chisholm Trail 7/4/2007
I thought it was going to be a typical Saturday afternoon gig... until I found myself smack dab in the middle of a gun battle.
From Main Street to the Yellow Brick Road (Sikes family) 6/27/2007
By day they run a thriving retail and hospitality business, with two Main Street gift shops, and more than a dozen bed & breakfast accommodations. By night, they reside in the Land of Oz.
I have yet to meet a musician who practices medicine on the weekends. But I have found a group of doctors who play music every chance they get.
Duck Dance 6/13/2007
At any Fredericksburg "German" festival - there is one dance that never fails to fill the dance floor - "The Chicken Dance."
RockBox Theater 6/6/2007
It's "Showtime!" After months of planning, the Rockbox Theater throws open its doors...
CANTO Springs Forth 5/30/2007
Eight years ago, Brent Ault had a dream for a festival in Fredericksburg.
Ponty Bone 5/23/2007
With apologies to Barbara Mandrell, Ponty Bone was "accordion" when the accordion wasn't cool.
Roots Concerts still growing 5/16/2007
In 2002, the Gillespie County Historical Society turned the concept of what a museum should be "inside out." It took history off the shelf and began offering concerts outdoors.
Haile's Tales 5/9/2007
During trips to the family ranch at the head of the Nueces River, come evening, Lee Haile and his family would eat supper, then sit around the kitchen table and talk.
Living Poets Society 5/2/2007
It is an English teacher's dream. Imagine high school students gathering once a week to read and share poetry. On their own time. For no grade or credit.
Sunshine the Clown 4/25/2007
It's the kind of store you loved to go into when you were a kid. There is the fake fly in the ice cube, the handshake buzzer, fake vomit, and, of course, the rubber chicken.
Swinging out back (Fbg Coffee & Tea) 4/4/2007
If you are strolling along Main Street of a Thursday evening, you will hear the strains of a live swing band somewhere near the corner of Main and Milam.
Galevis April Fools, 2007
Elvis may be dead. But he still plays Fredericksburg.
For a while I've heard about a Thursday-night jam session at a joint called Guenther's in Comfort. I finally took time to toodle down the road to see what the attraction was.
Paddy's Party (Thompson Family Irish Dancing) 3/14/2007
As a kid back on the farm, I spent many an hour crawling in the yard looking for a four-leaf clover. So I am gratified to uncover a four-leafed treasure in the form of Kelsey, Kathryn, Gavin, and Garrett, the children of Drew and Monda Thompson.
FBG Event Center 3/7/2007
If John Adams has as much fun running the FBG Event Center as he does telling about it, this will be the most exciting venue in Texas.
Nimitz Event Center: Return to Elegance 2/21/2007
The first time I walked into the Ballroom at the Nimitz Hotel back in the 1980s, I could hear echoes of the resplendent days when towns held balls, and people gathered simply to experience elegance.
Harry (?) and the HighTones 2/14/2007
It is not that unusual for a band member to miss the occasional performance. But to build a band around a leader who never shows up is a little off kilter.
Cowboy Doug 2/7/07
I first encountered Cowboy Doug Davis hanging out at Hondo's. In his jeans and boots, with sweat-stained cowboy hat framing his etched, bearded face, he could have walked off the set of a western movie. Turns out, he did.
ChooChoo: Shopping to Chopin 1/31/2007
Any old store can play "elevator-style" canned music. But only a place like the Choo Choo Patio Shoppe dares to bring you a band right in the store!
Fredericksburg Dance Club 1/24/2007
It was not hard to imagine I had slipped back in time. It was a cold night, but warm inside a Texas dance hall.
Super Pals 1/17/2007
They've only been playing since April, but the International League of Super Pals has come a long way since holding practice "concerts" in Alex Migeon's bedroom.
Dale Mayfield: Back in the Normal 1/10/2007
My wife - who has better taste in music than I do - makes it a point to hear Dale Mayfield when he comes to town.
Dick Walker: Play a Little Longer 1/3/2007
Have you ever been to a funeral that you didn't want to end? Dick Walker is that good.