Archive | December, 2011

The Return of Townes Van Zandt Concert Poster

31 Dec

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012. We’ll also set aside some items with a “buy it now” price so you can guarantee you’re going home with what you want.

One gracious benefactor is parting with the poster he scooped up after seeing Townes Van Zandt play at the legendary Liberty Hall in June, 1977. It was a working poster, so has a few thumbtack holes and some tape on the back, but that just adds character.



The Most Important Meal of the Day on Chris Gray Day

29 Dec

We can now confirm that Chris Gray Day will kick off with the most important rock & roll meal of the day. The Allen Oldies Band will be cooking up their world-famous jalepeño pancakes.

Trust us—you’ve never experienced breakfast like this.

The pancakes? Well, the New York Times was captivated:

The frontman Allen Hill was a dervish in constant motion, working the crowd and testifying to the power of old-time rock ‘n’ roll to soothe your soul. And the best vantage point to watch was from stage right, where two women in matching bee costumes were making the aforementioned pancakes, turning the act into performance-art by spelling out song titles and other details of the show in pancake batter. As Hill dropped to a knee to pummel a cowbell with a drumstick, they cooked up the words “More cowbell.” Hill obliged.

On January 14th, you can make a donation stage-side to see Your Name In Batter on the hot griddle!

Here’s Mojo Nixon with a little taste of what you can expect:

A Second Look at the First Look – The Lineup!

29 Dec

Craig Hlavaty just put the word out on Rocks Off: we’ve got a preliminary list of some of the amazing artists who are donating their time to play on Chris Gray Day in Houston!

Jesse Dayton, Buxton, Wild Moccasins, Little Joe Washington, David Beebe 3, Electric Attitude, Orange Is In, Flying Fish Sailors, The Allen Oldies Band, Pale, Paula Nelson Band, The Umbrella Man, CHangoMan, Spain Colored Orange, John Egan, Chase Hamblin Band, Matt Harlan, Jean Caffeine, Miss Leslie & Her Juke Jointers, Texas Tycoons, Benjamin Wesley Harding, The Mathletes, The Handshake, Governors Chair, Young Girls, A Dream Asleep, Bright Men of Learning, Allison Fisher Band

There will be some additions to this amazing bill as we get closer to the date.

Don’t wait! Make a donation or buy a wristband online or at Cactus Music or Sig’s Lagoon, because you won’t want to miss out on an epic day of fantastic fundraising for Chris.

Auction Item: Studio Time at Sugar Hill

15 Dec

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012.

OK, bands, you know you were already planning to do some recording. Now, here’s your chance to do it right.

The generous team at renowned Sugar Hill Studios is donating four hours of time with a sound engineer in Studio A.

Yep, that’s right. You can lay down tracks inside these storied walls:

SugarHill has entertained many stars of the music business from all over the world. Blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins first recorded here in 1948.   The 1950’s rock ‘n roll classic “Chantilly Lace” by the Big Bopper and Freddy Fender’s platinum-selling album Before The Next Teardrop Falls were both recorded here. The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winters, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Johnny Rodriguez, B.J. Thomas, Ted Nugent, Johnny “Rabbit” Bundrick (Keyboard player for The Who), Todd Rundgren, The Bubble Puppy, Selena, Janis Joplin, Roy Head, Arnett Cobb, Christopher Cross, Red Krayola, 13th Floor Elevators and Asleep at the Wheel are just a few names out of the SugarHill history book. (For more history & name-checking, visit the Sugar Hill website.)

Many thanks to the whole Sugar Hill team for all they do—as an anchor to the local music community and a conduit to some of the best music in the world.

Get Yer Wristbands

15 Dec

The online wristband sales have gone live. The minimum suggested donation is $20.

Are you the kind of person, though, who does the minimum? You don’t strike US as that kind of person. 

You’ve got options here, baby, so we encourage you to think big and give from your heart. Now isn’t the time to hunt for bargains. You can buy single wristbands at multiple price points. $40? $150? $250?

We appreciate your gift of any size, and that goes double for Chris and his family.

If you can’t make the concert, but want to make a straight cash donation, please leave a comment and we’ll get in touch to let you know how to make that happen.

Auction Item: Good for your Sole

13 Dec

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012.

John Nova Lomax has gained notoriety, but no blisters, by walking some of Houston’s most storied roads. If you aren’t familiar with his peregrinations, read this dispatch from his Sole of Houston saga to find out what you’ve been missing.

To help Chris raise funds for his medical bills, he’s donating the chance for YOU, yes YOU, to join him on a walk. Become part of the story!

Now, we’re not promising anything here, but if you’re a particularly worthy walk partner, he just might treat you to a post-walk adult beverage at one of his favorite watering holes. After all, he is something of an expert on the topic.

Best Facebook Status Update of the Year … So Far

12 Dec

About an hour ago, the following Facebook status update popped up:

So I am online again… finally. Apparently I remember how to type after all. Thank you all so much for all the messages, good wishes, prayers and everything else. Looks like they worked. To say I’m overwhelmed would be the understatement of a lifetime… so far.

Author? Chris Gray!











Yeah. We feel that way, too.

More About Austin

12 Dec

The Austin benefit for Chris Gray will be Sunday, January 15, 2012.

Bands will perform from 1 to 6 p.m. at The Continental Club, 1315 South Congress.

As soon as we’ve got details on the line-up and how to buy tickets, we’ll let you know.

Anyone going to try to attend both the Houston and Austin shows?

Thanks to Bands Who Volunteered

11 Dec

When we put out the call for bands to donate performances at the benefit, we were encouraged to see that nearly 100 bands responded.

Chris and his family were deeply touched by this outpouring of generosity, too.

We are working now to figure out the schedule. We won’t be able to get everyone on stage, since we’ve only got one day, but we’re working to pack the bill with as much great music as possible.

Thanks, all, for volunteering!