[Dixielandjazz] Dixieland in the sticks

David Richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Fri Jul 23 21:30:07 PDT 2004

Come on down off your high horse, Dan...

I got my Dixieland Band start at "Antonio's Nut House Bar" where the  
band had to compete with the pool table sharks, the bikers at the bar  
and the fights that would  roll down the hallway between the men's room  
and the pinball machines - and that was in the heart of Silicon Valley,  
Palo Alto, California 1978!

Then we got to play at a joint called "The Bucket!"

Dave Richoux
On Jul 23, 2004, at 8:58 PM, Dan Augustine wrote:

> Folks--
>     Here in the USA dixieland-outback, a few of us had a fine ol' time  
> tonight. Wasn't anywhere near as good as i imagine you in California  
> and New York could have any night you want, but it was fun for us.   
> But what do we know.
>     The only dixieland band playing anywhere in central Texas within  
> the past week was the group in Austin called the Chaparral  
> Dixielanders, and they played at the Carousel Lounge in Austin from 7  
> to 9 pm tonight.  Played for free (well, maybe a couple of bucks  
> tips).  Sorry if you're offended by that, but they are just starting  
> out.
>     They played two sets.  First set featured some old warhorses like  
> Wabash Blues and St. James Infirmary.  The Carousel Lounge is a dinky  
> old bar near where the old airport used to be, a couple miles north of  
> downtown, and there were only about 10 people in the audience, mostly  
> neighborhood folks by the looks of them.  The solos were pretty  
> variable in quality, but we all enjoyed them anyway, because we know  
> and like the guys in the band, and they're doing their best. Three or  
> four people usually remembered to applaud after each solo.
>     More people came in toward the end of the second set, waiting for  
> the next band coming on at 9 pm, and mostly young folks.  Most people  
> in the bar largely ignored the band, but the band didn't much care,  
> and we band-followers didn't mind much either.  It was the music we  
> like, and it's hard to find this kind of music live anywhere nowadays.  
>   --
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> **  Dan Augustine    Austin, Texas   ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu      
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