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News from the musical world of Christine Albert and Chris Gage
JULY 2014

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors, salutations from the MoonHouse in beautiful Austin, Texas where the Rose of Sharon is in full June bloom!

This month's newsletter has a little bit of June, all of July and little bit of August.  The way our schedule is these days, we create these and get them out when we can - it's not always right at the first of the month!  But, if you live in the Austin area, we have started a "weekly updates" email list, letting you know who the guests are at Mystery Monday and Strange Brew and what other shows we have that week.  Send us an email if you'd like to receive those. 

We're excited to be heading to South Dakota in July - it's the old home place for Chris and full of close friends and family.  We'll drive through Colorado and play a house concert in the Denver area.  Spaces are very limited but do send us an email if you'd like to attend. 

Chris' old band - Red Willow Band - reunites for shows in Sturgis, SD and The Sioux River Folk Festival in Canton, SD.  We'll be sprinkling in lots of Albert and Gage shows as we travel from "west river to east river" so please come out and say hi if you're part of the South Dakota clan.

June 26th we're trying something new - a laptop concert from our own MoonHouse Studio that you can access anywhere online via Concert Window.  We don't even have to load the truck and fill up the tank to bring our music to you, wherever you are.  What a concept...tune in and let's try this out together.

Christine's CD is in the final days of production and we are targeting a September release, although you South Dakota folks may be able to sneak an early one from us while we're there. 

Enjoy photos this time around from Chris' ride on a New York City double decker tourist bus!  (Don't miss the naked Times Square Cowboy singing to Batman).  We were in NYC to attend the Songwriter's Hall of Fame Gala, and while she's in meetings....he gets to play. 

As always, thank you for the support... 
Chris and Christine


JULY 2014
(with a little June and a little August!)
Full show schedule online here.

Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Sat. June 21 9-1
Sun. Jun 22 Chris Gage plays in the band at Riverbend Church.  riverbend.com  9:30am
Mon. June 23 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin, TX   78704   512-447-7445
     This week:  David is back!  Christine's in town! 
     June co-hosts Michael Hearne and Shake Russell
7:30-9:30
Monday Night at Donn's Depot
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin, TX   78703   512-478-0336
     Chris Gage's 19 year tradition at the grand piano with special invited guests from all over the world.
9-1
Wed. June 25 Strange Brew presents Chris Gage & Friends
      5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
     - featuring special guest Kym Warner
6 - 7:30 pm
Thurs. June 26 Live Webcast on Concert Window - part of The Austin Invasion June 21-29!!!

     Chris and Christine in front of a laptop in our studio - playing for you in the comfort of your own computer. This is a first for us, although we have had great luck webcasting our Bugle Boy shows via Concert Window.  We're going with a "pay what you're inspired to give" model for this one.  Set up your account in advance so you're all ready to go on the 26th! 

8:30 PM CT
Sun. June 29 Chris plays in the band at Riverbend Church.  riverbend.com  9:30am
Mon. June 30 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
    
1302 S. First, Austin, TX   78704   512-447-7445
     This week:  Christine, David and June co-hosts Michael Hearne and Shake Russell
7:30-9:30
Monday Night at Donn's Depot
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin, TX   78703   512-478-0336
     Chris Gage's 19 year tradition at the grand piano with special invited guests from all over the world.
9-1
Wed. July 2 Strange Brew presents Chris Gage & Friends
      5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
     Special guest: Chip Dolan
6 - 7:30 pm
9-1
Sat. July 5 Jerry Jeff Walker - Whitewater Amphitheater, New Braunfels, TX  
Mon. July 7 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin, TX   78704   512-447-7445
     This week:  July co-host Bob Livingston joins Christine and David along with Richard Bowden on fiddle!
7:30-9:30
Monday Night at Donn's Depot
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin, TX   78703   512-478-0336
     Chris Gage's 19 year tradition at the grand piano with special invited guests from all over the world.
9-1
Wed. July 9 No Strange Brew show  
Thurs. July 10 Chris plays with Jerry Jeff Walker in Breckenridge, CO  
Fri. July 11 Winnsboro, TX - The Bowery Stage
     The Bowery Stage at Winnsboro Center for the Arts
      200 Market Street, Winnsboro, TX 75494      903-967-3398
      Love this town and the music lovers who live there...excited to play their new venue!
7:30 PM
Sat. July 12 The French Legation - Austin, TX
     Christine's French Band celebrates Bastille Day outside on the hill at this family friendly event
     sponsored by Alliance Francaise d'Austin
     802 San Marcos Street - Austin, TX 78702  info@afaustin.org      ...vive la musique!!
7:30 PM
Sun. July 13 Chris plays in the band at Riverbend Church.  riverbend.com  9:30am
Mon. July 14 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin, TX   78704   512-447-7445
     This week: Christine, David, July co-host Bob Livingston and mystery guest Cam King on guitar!
7:30-9:30
Monday Night at Donn's Depot
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin, TX   78703   512-478-0336
     Chris Gage's 19 year tradition at the grand piano with special invited guests from all over the world.
9-1
Wed. July 16 Strange Brew presents Chris Gage & Friends
     5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
     Special guest: Matt Giles
6 - 7:30 pm
Sat. July 19 9-1
Tues. July 22 Denver, CO - private house concert
    
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if you are interested in attending, please email us at mail@albertandgage.com and we will put you in touch with the host
 
Wed. July 23 No Strange Brew show  
Sat. July 26 Sturgis, SD -The Knuckle -  Red Willow Band Reunion!!! 
    
Albert and Gage open the show!
8 PM
Sun. July 27 Spearfish, SD - Matthews Opera House - Albert and Gage
    
 Albert and Gage with special guest Kenny Putnam
      
612 Main Street - Spearfish, SD 57783
7:30 pm
Wed. July 30 Pierre, SD - Ramkota Event Center - Albert and Gage
    
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contact Don Boyd at Pierre River Life for more information - 605-224-4851
No Strange Brew show
7:30-9:30 PM
Thurs. July 31 Dell Rapids, SD -The Grand Opera House - Albert and Gage
     Albert and Gage return to this wonderful theater and restaurant...
     425 East 4th Street - Dell Rapids, SD 57022 - 605-321-9789    thegrandoperahouse@live.com
7:30 PM
Fri. Aug 1 Sioux Falls, SD - Old Courthouse Museum - Albert and Gage
    Albert and Gage noontime concert
    
200 West 6th Street - Sioux Falls, SD 57104
12 - 1 pm
Canton, South Dakota - Red Willow Band
    at the 35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival      Newton Hills State Park
10 PM
Sat. Aug 2 Canton, South Dakota - Red Willow Band
    at the 35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival      Newton Hills State Park  
4 PM & 10 PM
Sun. Aug 3 Canton, South Dakota - Albert and Gage
    at the 35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival        Newton Hills State Park 
    
A&G play the gospel brunch!  Spirit will abound...
12:45 PM
Mon. Aug 4 Yankton, SD - private event  
Wed. Aug 6 Strange Brew presents Chris Gage & Friends
      5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
6 - 7:30 pm
9-1
Wed. Aug 13 Chris Gage's 60th birthday party at Strange Brew
      5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
6-7:30


More shows and more details at our website

Every Monday at 7:30 - Christine hosts Mystery Monday at El Mercado

Every Monday at 9:30 - Chris Gage at Donn's Depot

Every Wednesday at 6 pm - Chris Gage at Strange Brew

August 16 - Chris with Jerry Jeff in Napa, CA

September 5, 6 - Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance Festival - Taos, NM

September 13 - Open Door Concert Series - Arlington, TX

Christine's CD release!!!  Coming in September!!

more info here


 

A note from Christine...
     
 I know this newsletter seems long...we're sneaking in parts of three months!  And, we're playing alot of shows in South Dakota!
       It always does me good to get a dose of the prairie and our dear friends up north.  With two trips to New York City, finishing the new CD and getting ready to welcome a new grandchild, June has been a whirlwind month. 
     I think we're going to make our deadline and turn in the music and the artwork right on time for a September release.  We started the record on my birthday last year - September 12 - and we'll be releasing it that same week.  It never used to take me this long to create a new album, but I wasn't Madame Chair of a major organization back then either.  it's all good - energizing and inspiring and one project feeds into another. 
      Chris and I have been producing this together, although he's over there at the studio doing his solitary mixing thing right now.  I love stepping away to let him work his magic - weaving all the parts together, throwing some out, adding some more, moving things around and voila - what has been a piecemeal process suddenly becomes a complete musical thought.  It's been 20 years since I released a Christine Albert solo record that wasn't in French!  It feels good to be following my heart on this one, with Chris's support and talent helping to bring it to life.
      Now, back to the office where I'm purchasing mechanical licenses and working on the liner notes.  What did we do without computers and the internet?
     Love,
          Christine

  And a blurb from Chris...
     Suffice it to say I enjoyed my double decker bus ride in New York City.  I've spent quite a bit of time there, in fact Red Willow Band had a yearly gig at a place called the City Limits in Greenwich Village during the 70's.  Roy Clark took me into the city several times during the 80's, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and I even appeared at Carnegie Hall in the early 90's and were joined onstage by David Byrne from the Talking Heads (who showed up at sound check wearing a hard hat).  I love the city....for exactly three days, and then I have to bolt.  Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above...you know the rest.
       You're gonna like Christine's new record.  She's put a lot of thought and heart into it and it shows.  There are vocal cameos by Eliza Gilkyson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Busy McCarroll and stellar harmonies (if I do say so) by our dear friend Kira Small McConaughy and myself. 
      I'm enjoying my Wednesday shows at Strange Brew, but it's hard to get people through the door.  C'mon, take a chance.  It's a wonderful room that's going to keep getting better, and I'm proud to be on the team.  I get to show up once a week and be myself...with a band of amazing musicians that changes from week to week.  Next week for example, I'll be jamming with mandolinist Kym Warner, whose band The Greencards have been nominated three times for GRAMMY awards.
     Okay. We did it.  I mixed this afternoon, went and played a solo show in the lobby at Lost Pines Hyatt, and then mixed some more.  Time for chilling.  See you at the gig. 
     Chris



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