November 2011

Greetings from the MoonHouse -  Austin, Texas

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors.  We'll be cruising around Texas this month in our F-150, playing some of our favorite venues and breaking new ground with a couple.   We'll perform a concert at Texas A&M Kingsville on the 4th, sponsored by the French department.  Christine has started work on the "Texafrance-Ecoutez" project - a companion book of exercises for French students to accompany the Texafrance music.  Professor Jacki Thomas is the author of the book and our partner in this endeavor.  Vive la musique!

The Swan Songs fundraiser with Jerry Jeff Walker was a grand success.  Thank you to those of you who attended, donated items for the silent auction or sent in a contribution.  We raised just under $18,000!  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


Jerry Jeff Walker and Chris Gage play for Swan Songs
photo by Winker with an Eye

So....a couple of new venues, a couple of old favorites, Donn's Depot, Thanksgiving, a trip to LA for Christine, many hours in the studio cave for Chris....life in all its glory continues on.   Thanks for sharing it with us.     Chris and Christine


November 2011
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. Nov 2 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
     First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
    
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 -1
Fri. Nov 4 Texas A&M at Kingsville, TX
     Christine Albert French Show!!
     Frank C. Smith Recital Hall, Bellamah Music Building on the Texas A&M University-      Kingsville campus (on Engineering Avenue)
Show is open to the public and there is no charge.  
With David Carroll, Chris Gage and Chip Dolan - and Jeff Tveraas making us sound good.
7 pm
Sat. Nov 5 Rear Window Listening Room - Ganado, TX
     
107 E. Menefee St., Ganado TX   77962
     
(on Hwy 59 between Victoria and El Campo - 90 miles from Houston)
     www.rearwindowlisteningroom.com   361-771-5523   rearwindowlr@gmail.com
7:30 pm
Sun. Nov 6 Rawhide Trail House Concert - Austin, TX
     www.rawhidetrailconcerts.com  For tickets rawhidetrailconcerts@gmail.com 
     Southwest Austin house concert - cool house, cool folks, come one, come all.
5:30 potluck; 7 pm music
Mon. Nov 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
9 -1
Fri. Nov 11 Brazos Valley House Concert - 100 miles west of Dallas! (sounds like a song)
    
contact: Bob Wood - rwood555@aol.com for more information
7:30 pm
Sat. Nov 12 Open Door Coffeehouse- Arlington, TX
     
Trinity United Methodist Church  - 3321 West Park Row - Arlington, TX 76013
     682-667-4175  opendoorcoffeehouse@gmail.com - www.opendoorcoffeehouse.org
7 pm
Mon. Nov 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
Sun. Nov 20 Chris Gage at Wunderlich House Concerts - north Austin
     www.wunderlichhouseconcerts.com - for more info
     Amanda Pearcy opens. 
7 pm
Mon. Nov 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
Thurs. Nov 24   HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  
Sat. Nov 26 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. Nov 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    

Celebrating the life of Ms. Sudie Campbell.  Details will be posted on our website. 

9 -1


"Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay"
Photo by Chris Gage - Rockport, TX Music Festival

In case you missed it...
each month we feature a few links to past reviews, current interesting tidbits, creative playscapes of our own or others...just some stuff you may have missed as the world swiftly spins. 

           

MoonHouse Records  Visit the MoonHouse Records website for our latest CDs, Red Willow Band CDs, older Albert and Gage releases and Christine Albert gems.  Or...come to the shows and stock up for Christmas! 
MoonHouse Studio  Chris and partner Chan Chandler have begun production on a couple tracks in the "Paramount Masters" series.  They've  been commissioned to record new versions of classic songs from the Paramount Films publishing catalog.  This time around is very special...."Buttons and Bows" and "I've Got Spurs That Jingle Jangle Jingle".  What a hoot.  The Flyin' A's record at MoonHouse for the first time this week...Christmas songs! 


"All Alone On Her Boyfriend's Shoulders"
Photo by Chris Gage - Red Ants Pants Festival, Montana

Coming up!   More shows and more details at our website

Dec 2 Camp Street Cafe - Crockett, TX
Dec 16,17 Chris at Gruene Hall with Jerry Jeff
Dec 20 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Dec 31 Barker House Concert NYE show
Jan 12 Waldo's in Waco
Jan 13 The Bugle Boy - La Grange

Films by Chris Gage


A Lizard's Lunch

Our iguana, Kroix eats her lettuce lunch to the surf styling's of The Barracudas (1993).

It's A New Couch

We still have this couch.  Fast motion silliness as Marley Forman and I bring in a new couch to the music of the Nash Hernandez Orchestra.

Jerry Jeff Walker - Down in Belize
A beautiful collection of video clips from Jerry Jeff's home on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, and the neighboring town of San Pedro.

Buskers
Chris' latest short film is a collection of street musicians filmed during travels in the US and abroad.  T

A note from Christine:     
     I am now past the midway mark of my 50's.  56 - to be exact.  I have never been one to try to hide or lie about my age.  That seems completely antithetical to respecting and embracing life.
     We lost two women in the last six weeks who were mentors for me and examples of aging gracefully with class, wit and wisdom. 
     Beth Gammage (92) was my mother-in-law for 13 years and my "Texas mother" from the day I met her until she died on September 16.  She is my son's grandmother and embodied the sweetness of a small town Texas girl who grew up to see the world but stayed connected to her roots; she was kind and gracious yet didn't suffer fools; she knew who she was and was fiercely loyal without ever being harsh; she taught me that true social graces come from the heart.
     Sudie Campbell (93) was another Texas girl whose spunk and joie de vivre stayed intact, in spite of some harsh blows along the way.  She was regal but never haughty; she was salty but never crass and irreverent but never really disrespectful.  She rolled into Donn's Depot on Monday nights for as long as she could, until just weeks before her passing.  We were the young whipper snappers who flocked to her side to soak up her energy and joy.  She was 70 years older than my son Troupe and they celebrated their birthdays together several times; she joined us for parties and holiday gatherings and was "The Queen Mother" to dozens of wayward souls far from their own families.  She slipped away on October 25.  Thank you, Sarah Elizabeth, for sharing her with us.
     I will miss them both. Love,  Christine

 
Beth Gammage 1919-2011

  And a blurb from Chris:
     Hallelujah, ring them bells, fall is here.  I went down to Cedar Supply in Kyle, Texas and bought a pile of 2 by 12 cedar boards to replace the rotten old raised beds I have out back.  I tested my design with an herb bed for the shade garden recently which is dripping with parsley, cilantro, sage, thyme and basil.  (Too wordy for a Simon and Garfunkel song, I guess).  Wish me luck, I can't plant anything for the winter salad bar garden till I get my boxes built.  There are a few green onions appearing magically in last years bed....
     As I write this I can hear Christine tending to the excited chirps of "Trick or Treat" at the front door.  Special touch this year...they have to walk through a barrage of bubbles from our bubble machine to get to the door.  Hasn't seemed to deter any little ballerina or Dracula so far. 
     Halloween brings up some sadness as well, it is Christine's dad's birthday and we miss him even more today.  My dad is coming for a visit next week and gets to see his first great-grandbaby!  We'll get to take some 4 generation pictures, and heck, my dad's just fun to be around so we're looking forward to it. 
     We bid a fond farewell to Sudie Campbell, our beloved "Queen Mother", who at the young age of 93 insisted that she be wheeled into Donn's Depot every Monday night for the music and the laughter. 
     Happy Thanksgiving, y'all, please come see us at one of our shows, we're getting out there this month more than we have in a while, and it feels good.
     See you at the gig.
     Chris


Sudie Campbell 1918-2011

               

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

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 February 1, 2012 for performances March 15 - June 14, 2012. (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!)

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