TWO UPCOMING GIGS!,
1) DENTON, DAN'S SILVERLEAF, SUNDAY, MAY 20TH, 5:00 PM, &
May 14, 2018, Dateline Denton, TX— Man o man it's full-on Spring, soon to be full-on Summer, and in the Spring and in the Summer a person's fancy often turns to thoughts of music, live music, like being performed in a music venue like, and then the next thing you know that person is thinking 'why not book a couple of LJM and Shibboleth shows in Denton, and Austin, what do you think?' and the next thing you know, Don "El Cento" Cento of Shibboleth and yours truly are conspiring to do this very thing. And the next next thing you know, finally a website update. This is the way the seasons turn. Ask Joni Mitchell if you don't believe me. They go round and round.
The first one of the two gigs is a new variation on a familiar theme: Yes, the perennial and honorable Dan's Silverleaf danssilverleaf.com here in Denton. But dig this, because it's mind-blowing and it will blow your mind: it's a Sunday gig, May 20, and it's an early gig, like a happy hour thing, with a show time downbeat at 5:00 pm. Daylight even! And this way you can come out, dig the LJM and Shibboleth sounds, and still get home in plenty of time to catch "Candid Camera," and get to bed relatively early, after your grilled cheese sandwich and sardines, mustard, glass of buttermilk with saltines broken up in it, and a small glass of ginger ale chaser, before returning to your own private salt mine first thing Monday morning.
Again here for the uninitiated, a quick 101 primer on Shibboleth, who'll be opening the show at 5:00. Shibboleth—Rich Martin on elephant graveyard electric keyboards, Don Cento on surfin' spaghetti Western guitars, James Driscoll on electro basso profundo, and shared LJM drumster Chopper Bergeron on perfectly tastydrums.
The wry Shibboleth PR machine attests, For just a moment, you are stranded in an elevator with the least-popular members of T-Rex, The Carpenters and The Kinks, along with George Jones' hairpiece. The elevator shudders somewhere between the mezzanine and rooftop grotto, and suddenly you are rocketed skyward by the excruciatingly serene tones of Shibboleth. Forty-five minutes later the bell dings and you're on your way back to the lobby.
I recommend visiting goshibbolethgo.com right now to expose your ears to Shibboleth's two wondrous albums. And then you'll absolutely be convinced to come to this show.
WHO: Little Jack Melody and his Young Turks,(on this occasion Brad Williams keyboards, Dave Monsch reeds, Simon Willats tuba, and Chopper Bergeron drums).
WHO ELSE: Shibboleth, the best instrumental band ever invented in Dallas, TX.
WHO ELSE ELSE: And you, live audience.
WHAT/WHEN: Concert, with Shibboleth opening at 5:00 pm, LJM taking over around 6:15 pm. Early night, (afternoon delight?) (skyrockets in flight?)
WHERE: Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St., Denton, TX, 76201, danssilverleaf.com
AND FOR GIG THE SECOND,
fastforward to Saturday, July 21, (known as Belgium Day in some parts), and find yourself in Austin, TX, the Real Capital of the One Star State, and for good reason.
And here you'll find LJM et al, along with Shibboleth opening, at The Townsend, www.thetownsendaustin.com a swankish downtown venue that we've never played before, although the photos I've seen remind me a bit of NYC's West Bank Café downstairs and a bit of Café Du Nord in San Francisco. It looks really cool.
And on this occasion:
WHO: Little Jack Melody and his Young Turks, Brad Williams keyboards, Dave Monsch reeds, James Driscoll big old bass, and Chopper Bergeron drums.
WHO ELSE: Shibboleth, the best instrumental band currently time-sharing Dallas and Austin.
WHO ELSE ELSE: And you, live audience. And you, live audience.
WHAT/WHEN: Concert, with Shibboleth opening at 7:00 pm, LJM taking over around 8:15 pm. Another early night!
WHERE: The Townsend, 718 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, 78701, located in the Townsend-Thompson Building on historic Congress Avenue, Happy Hour until 7:00 pm daily, parking available at metered spaces on the street, in nearby parking garages and lots, and at valet stands for the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel and the Aloft and Element Hotels on Seventh and Congress, (whew!), www.thetownsendaustin.com
Please come to the shows!,
and PS—re: the Christmas gig back in December—thank you all. We raised $300 for the local food bank, Our Daily Bread. Thank you! Many, many people thank you!