Don’t Be a Stranger – Signed Willie Nelson Album for Chris Gray Day

9 Jan

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.

When you’re talking Willie Nelson, you’re talking Texas. Willie took a few moments out of his day, just after the new year dawned, to autograph a copy of his 1975, multi-platinum album, Red Headed Stranger. We’ve even got the photo to authenticate his signature:

Are you a Willie fan? Get your wristband now and make plans to be on hand Saturday, so this album doesn’t go home with someone else and leave your blue eyes crying in the rain.

Lemme Hear You Say Yeah: Portable DJ Deck

4 Jan

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.

Sure, you could just use your iPod, but if you have DJ aspirations, you’ll be much better off with this Numark portable dual CD mixing kit that comes in its own case:

Prepare to geek out, gear heads:

The kit gives DJs a Fader Start control of the individual CD players, individual PFL metering, 3-band rotary EQ cuts, dual BNC light connectors, a high-quality crossfader with hamster switch slope control and unique fader tracking lights, and dual headphone outputs. The AXIS-2 tabletop CD players also deliver maximum bang for the buck, with a super-large 130mm Pitch wheel, 10 seconds of Anti-shock memory, a 100mm Pitch slider with +/- 8/16% pitch control, a built-in BPM counter, and CD-R compatibility. Relay play and six-way Fader/Remote start/pause or start/recue capabilities ensure fast and professional mixing, no matter the style of music.

Vintage Johnny Winter Concert Poster

4 Jan

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.

Johnny Winter, powerhouse bluesman outta Beaumont, played Houston’s Sam Houston Coliseum in ’77. Nils Lofgren opened up. This little piece of Houston history would look great on your wall …

Gibson Epiphone Signed by Joan Jett

4 Jan

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.

Two things we’re clear on: Chris Gray loves music, and Joan Jett loves rock & roll. What better way to link yourself to that power duo than leaving CGD with this:

Yep, that’s a Gibson Epiphone guitar signed by Joan Jett for a local rock & roller who wants to help Chris tackle his medical bills. He’s willing to part with it if you’re willing to pony up.

Stereolab 2004 North America Tour Poster

3 Jan

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.

Stereolab was touring on their just-released Margerine Eclipse album when our generous donor collected this beautiful silkscreened  concert poster that we’ll have on offer at Chris Gray Day. Here’s the printer’s mark:

Did you catch the show and want a memento?

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.