March, 2011

Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

Hey and a "Spring is Coming" howdy to all our friends, fans, family and neighbors.  This month we return to Uncle Calvin’s, the esteemed listening concert series in Dallas. We’ll play a new house concert series in the Houston area, relish performing at The Bugle Boy in La Grange and celebrate SXSW with a slew of great singer/songwriters from around the country at Artz in Austin.  Our usual Donn’s and Artz residencies, some Jerry Jeff gigs and singing French songs for a Foreign Language Teacher’s conference round out the month.  Somewhere in there we’ll weed the garden and plant some seeds, literally and figuratively.

We added several new names to our e-News list this month - those of you that had ordered one of our MoonHouse Records CDs online at some point (could have been music by Abi Tapia, Cowboy Johnson, Red Willow Band, Albert and Gage, etc.)  We publish monthly, and if you want off the list you'll find an easy "unsubscribe" button at the bottom that you're free to click on.  We hope you'll stay with us and help spread the word about our crazy little music career. 

Songwriter Tom Peterson, writer of all the fabulous songs featured on our "Dakota Lullaby" CD, will be doing a rare online performance/interview this Friday, March 4th at 1 PM (CT) in Sioux Falls, SD.  Hosted by SF Argus Leader Arts and Entertainment Reporter, Jay Kirschenmann, the event will be streaming live at www.argusleader.com/linklive.  You can even type in comments and questions.

If you missed it...Chris' "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" got a very nice review in the Austin American Statesman recently.  Read it online here.  Visit the Donn's Depot webpage here.  Visit our website to learn more, see more videos, listen to song samples and take the most recent photo tours

Albert and Gage have a track featured on "The Best of Times", the songs of Sara Hickman.  Our track is called "Take Me With You", a song Sara wrote for one grandparent watching the other slip towards the great beyond.

Sales of this compilation of Sara's songs covered by 38 renowned Texas artists will go to benefit Theatre Action Project (TAP), which brings art, music and theatre to kids in Central Texas schools. Artists include Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy La Fave, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Brave Combo, Robert Earl Keen... and dozens more!  Click here for more info. 

MoonHouse Records  Visit the MoonHouse Records website for song samples and easy purchase options for CDs, digital album downloads and t-shirts.  FYI - The "Texafrance 3-Pack" is available for just $37 and Dakota Lullaby CD/T-shirt package for $25. 
MoonHouse Studio   Chris will be a featured voice in the Grease II videogame for the Nintendo Wii.  Along with producing the sessions and playing the guitar parts, Chris' voice was chosen to record Elvis' "Hound Dog" and Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock".    moonhousestudio.com 


"Caribbean Self-Portrait with Jerry Jeff Walker and Brad Fordham"
Cheeto's fishing boat, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2011.  Photo by Chris Gage


March2011
Full show schedule online here.
Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Wed. Mar 2 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
     First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
    
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
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Fri. Mar 4 Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse - Dallas, TX
     http://www.unclecalvins.org/
     Northpark Presbyterian Church
     9555 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX
8 pm
Sat. Mar 5 Barnes House Concert - Houston, TX
     Contact Bill or Deanna at bildeann@swbell.net or 281-444-1003 for reservations or directions
     Open to all - a new one for us and we're looking forward to it!
Potluck at 6; music at 7PM
Mon. Mar 7 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
     Visit the "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" photo page
9 -1
Tue. Mar 8 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Austin, TX
    
Private Event
n/a
Wed. Mar 9 Artz Rib House - Austin, TX
      
"2nd Wednesday at Artz with Christine Albert" 
      with David Carroll and Chip Dolan    
7:30-9:30 pm
Sat. Mar 12 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        Albert and Gage Band  
     (with David Carroll and Paul Pearcy) 
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 -1
Mon. Mar 14 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336     
9 -1
Fri. Mar 18 The Bugle Boy - La Grange, TX
    
1051 N. Jefferson St. La Grange, TX 78945  979-968-9944
    www.thebugleboy.org - one of the best rooms anywhere...make a weekend of it   and stay in the area. 
8 pm
Sat. Mar 19 Artz Rib House - Austin, TX
    
Finale of Annual Songwriters Showcase Week during SXSW

6:20 - Frank Meyer, Austin, TX
7:00 - Freebo, Los Angeles, CA
7:40 - Sarah E. Campbell, Austin, TX
8:20 - Sally Spring, Winston-Salem, NC
9:00 - Linda McRae, Kingston Springs, TN
9:40 - Albert & Gage, Austin, TX 
          (featuring fiddler Kenny Putnam from South Dakota's Red Willow Band)

all
evening
Mon. Mar 21 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
9 -1
Sat. Mar 26 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Paramount Theater - Austin, TX
    
Jerry Jeff's Birthday Bash! - www.jerryjeff.com
8 pm
Sun. Mar 27 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Gruene Hall - Gruene, TX
     Jerry Jeff's Birthday Bash! -  www.jerryjeff.com
9 pm
Mon. Mar 28 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
9 -1


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Swan Songs fulfills musical wishes at the end of life.  Concerts are offered free of charge by request, and there have been some very profound moments.  Click here to view Jim Swift's story about Swan Songs that appeared on KXAN News in Austin on September 30, 2010.  To learn more or donate visit swansongs.org

       

Coming up!   More shows and more details at our website

Mondays Donn's Depot / Austin, TX - Chris Gage
April 8 Albert and Gage at Red Dragon Listening Room / Baton Rouge, LA
April 15 Albert and Gage at Central Market North / Austin, TX
April 22 Albert and Gage at Camp Street Cafe / Crockett, TX
April 24 Albert and Gage at Rolke Ranch Sunrise Service / Franklin, TX
May 21 Albert and Gage at Wildflower Festival / Richardson, TX
July 9 Red Willow Band at The Knuckle  / Sturgis, SD
July 10 Red Willow Band and Albert and Gage at The Oahe Speedway / Pierre, SD
July 16 Albert and Gage appearing on Folk Stage / Chicago, Illinois
July 17 Albert and Gage at The Woodstock Folk Festival / Woodstock, Illinois


The TCA provides grants to arts presenters, schools, libraries, theaters and other non-profits throughout Texas to help with the cost of bringing in artists from the roster.

A reminder that Christine Albert's French Show has been approved for inclusion on the new Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Texas Touring Roster for the Sept 2010 - August 2012 season.  So, if you know of a school, non-profit arts organization (grants are not available for fundraising events), etc that would like to host Ms. Albert's French Show, please keep this in mind.  The next deadline for Arts Respond Performance Support Grants is May 1, 2011 for performances June 15 - August 31, 2011. (Insider tip - you can also apply for funding for an A&G show through Christine's account, since Christine is the Albert in Albert and Gage!)

Christine and Professor Jacki Thomas of Texas A&M - Kingsville are developing listening comprehension exercises as a companion to the Texafrance music - perfect for the classroom or for individuals learning French on their own.  More soon about "Texafrance - Ecoutez!" 

A note from Christine:    
    
As I write this I am at LAX waiting for a plane to Austin; I made a quick trip to Santa Monica for a one day meeting and will return at the end of the month.  My time as a Trustee with The Recording Academy is winding down and I will miss the camaraderie and challenge of the work, but look forward to devoting more brain cells to my music.  I spend more time talking about music than actually making music these days.  In the words of Steve Martin “talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” 
     I did have a great time with my son Troupe at The Grammys this year.  Yes, we sat at a table next to Adam Lambert and Sarah Silverman at a Beverly Hills dinner, but the highlight had to be watching Julie Andrews graciously accept a Lifetime Achievement Award in a beautiful, historic theater the evening before the big show.  “America’s Beloved Gospel Singer,” George Beverly Shea, was also there to accept his award.  At 102 his mind was clear as a bell; he sang a few bars, told a few jokes and was pretty darned inspiring.  Just when I think I’ve had a long career, I see someone like that who puts me to shame and challenges me to rethink age.
     May you march forth with gusto this month.
     Love,
     Christine   

  And a blurb from Chris:
     Found a couple days to relax and regroup this week.  Well, just today.  And I'm putting out a newsletter...it's relaxing in its own way.
     Got the spring garden planted for the most part.  I've only got so much space available, and the lettuce and onions are still feeding us so I can't just yank them out and plant tomatoes and peppers so Christine gave up some space usually reserved for flowers (that you can't eat!) and let me sneak in a few vegetables. 
     Our century plant that bloomed last year is kind of a 20 foot dead monolith at this point, with the bottom of it a withered mushy mass where the incredible spiny arms used to be.  It's okay, we're grieving but this will give us a chance to rethink the backyard, clear out some more of the rampant bamboo forest and get some ideas for flagstone patios, fire pits, zen gardens, etc.  Come on, Christine...how about horseshoes??
     We've got a beautiful old cedar tree that was falling over from a wet season, and with the help of Scott George we just propped it up with a piece of itself.  Who knows how long it will last, but we've cut off enough limbs that it's not so heavy anymore. 
     Hey, I'll go shoot some photos of this and post them to the garden page on our website.  Have a look at springtime in Texas.
     See you at the gig (I hope).
     Chris

               
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