Kissing, Toasting, Screaming and Resolutions: All Part of the New Years Tradition!

It’s ‘that’ time again! New Years on the Brazos! Celebrate New Years in Lake Jackson, E. Columbia, Surfside, Brazoria, W. Columbia, Freeport, Clute, Oyster Creek, Sargant, Damon, Angleton. You’re sure to run into old friends and make lots of new ones anywhere on the Brazos this New Years Eve! Check out this weekend’s calendar for New Year’s Eve specials and guaranteed fun~ 

Thought it’d be fun to delve into the history of some of our New Year traditions and learn just how they came about – here’s what I found:

Babylonians were the first to celebrate New Years…4,000 years ago. Their celebrations took place in Spring and lasted up to 11 days! I feel cheated only being allowed one night!

Ancient Greeks and Romans drank wine served from a common pitcher with a piece of burnt bread (toast) placed in the wine bowl to absorb the excess acidity of the wine. The last person to drink from the wine vessel was supposed to eat the toast. And I thought eating the Tequila worm was bad!“Toasting’ became common at festivals and celebrations of all sorts.


Kissing:  Why does everyone rush to find someone special to kiss at the stroke of midnight? No one really knows how it got started, but it is said that the person you kiss on New Years is the person whose affection you shall continue to receive for the next 12 months. So Pucker Up for Mr. or Ms. Right this Saturday Night!

Screaming, Noise Making: While this does seem a natural extension of drunken  merry making it actually has more superstitious origins. Seems the devil is particularly adverse to loud noises; so we blow noise-makers, holler, hoot and howl at the stroke of midnight to chase the horned scamp away for another year. Church bells clang after weddings for the same reason: to scare the evil spirits away from the newly blessed couple. And I always thought it was to mask the sobbing!


New Years is the time we look in 2 directions simultaneously: to the past and to the future, just as Janus, the 2 faced god of beginnings and transitions in ancient Roman mythology did. One thing that will always be part of any beginning or transition of mine is: music – the more the merrier. Can you imagine any meaningful celebration without music to express the sentiment of the occasion? Unthinkable! 

A Toast to 2012: Let’s make it a musical year to remember!




Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar:
Ring in the New Year with Your Favorite Band at your Favorite Venue!
Thursday, Dec. 29 – Sunday Jan 1, 2012
Thursday Dec 29
Th Kicks, Angleton: Darwin Macon Country
Th Belles Landing, E. Columbia: Benny Notgrass and Matt Edquist in the loft

Th Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: TBA
Th Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: Karaoke

Th Pier 30, Surfside:  
Th Shady’s Porch Pub , Angleton: 
Th Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Juke Box Fun!
Friday Dec 30
Fr Angleton Icehouse:
Fr Armadillo BallroomBrazoria: Pat Waters Traditional Country & Honky Tonk
Fr Belle’s Landing, E Columbia: Brian Shane: Acoustic Country 8pm
Fr Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside: 
Fr Cooter Brown’s Country Club, Brazoria:  TBA
Fr Kicks, Angleton: Kicks, Angleton: Darwin Macon Country
Fr Hammerhead Bar, Surfside:
Fr Iron Cactus BBQ & Grill , Sargent 
Fr Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: 
Fr Pier 30, Surfside: 
Fr Ronnie’s Icehouse, Brazoria: 
Fr Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:
FrScotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Fr Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:
Fr Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport:

Saturday, Dec 31 NEW YEARS EVE!
Sa Angleton Icehouse:  Happy Hour 6-9; New Years Eve for 2: Steak and Wine: $25.95
Sa Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: The Emotions    Country
Sa Belle’s Landing,  E. Columbia:  Cody Rowe  Country  9pm – 1am
Sa  Beach Bait and Tackle, Surfside  
Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute: Next Scheduled Performance: 1/21/2012
Sa Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside:
Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: TBA
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside: Dog Town Blues   Blues Rock
Sa KC’s on the Creek, Turtle Cove: Michael Curran Lynch  Acoustic Country
Sa  Kicks, Angleton: Kicks, Angleton: Darwin Macon Country
Sa Lake Jackson Civic Center, Lake Jackson:  Intercoastal Pirates and Jammin Jay (DJ)
$65 for Dinner/Dance; $40 Dance Only: 7:30 to 12:30     
Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton:  Black and White Ball 3 DJ’s, Buffet, Entree, Dessert + Champagne Toast at Midnight: Tix: $20 in advance; $30 at the door.
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: Citizen X (Rock/Pop); The Liars (Rock/Reggae/Blues): NYE Spectacular (reservations recommended) includes: Prime Rib & Smoked Quail Dinner/Sides/Dessert/ + Champagne (w/reservations only); 1000+ Balloon Drop/Giveways and More! 7pm! NO COVER CHARGE! 59.99 per couple for dinner package – must have reservations for dinner spectacular!
Sa Ronnie’s Icehouse, Brazoria:
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport: 
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Party Favors: Home-Style Cooking Served to Ring in the New Year: Ham, Black-eyed peas, cabbage. NO COVER CHARGE!
Sa Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton: Lone Star Entertainment: NO COVER CHARGE! Full Bar!
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: Blast from the Past  Olides Rock
Sa West of the Brazos: Damon  
Sunday, Jan 1, 2012!
Su Belle’s Landing, E Columbia  Karoake with WinStorm   5-9 pm
Su Pier 30, Surfside: Stone Cold  Classic Rock, Blues, Party Music  3:00
Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Could be anyone who shows up and wants to jam!
Su Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton

See You on The Brazos!


Happy Holidays to ALL!

Warm holiday greetings friends! However your heart celebrates the holidays, Jen sincerely wishes you all a joyous celebration with family and friends. It’s my heartfelt belief that we’re all family; life would be meaningless without the love we share with each other. I’m grateful for Christmas mostly because it’s a time of year we set aside to be with family and friends. We treat each other with purpose. A smile to strangers, a hug to brothers, a gift to those who’ve made our lives more meaningful. It’s been said that it should be Christmas all year ’round. I agree…for if we all treated each other as we do during Christmas; .. our actions would be powered by love…and no one could cause harm to another.

 Christmas comes but once a year,
Forget your worries and draw near
to those you know and make it clear:
love is steadfast and sure;
a state of being that’s pure;
 to all the worlds ills: love is the cure.

For if we all loved each other,
no harm could befall
any mother, father, sister or brother. 
We’d share and protect for no reason at all.

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Most of our thirst quenchers are closed for Christmas and Christmas eve. But we both know there will be celebrations and songs of joy, everywhere we go! Music is a huge part of everyone’s Christmas spirit…families and friends sing Christmas songs, we hear them on the radio for weeks in advance; smiles cross our faces as we remember the warmth of Christmas past and anticipate the Christmas future. Enjoy your Christmas present! :-)
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Jen’s Weekly !Live! Music Calendar Christmas Eve and Christmas 2011

Saturday, Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Sa Angleton Icehouse: No Info
Sa Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: Closed
Sa Belle’s Landing,  E. Columbia: Closed
Sa  Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside  
Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute
Sa Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside: Dog Town Blues: Rock, Blues
Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: TBA
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside:
Sa KC’s on the Creek, Turtle Cove:
Sa  Kicks, Angleton: Kicks, Angleton: Closed
Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton:  Bar Open
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: No Info
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport: No Info 
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Open at 3:00 – best jukebox in town!
Sa Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:  Closed
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: No Info
Sunday, Dec 25: Christmas Day
Su Angleton Icehouse: No Info
Su Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: Closed
Su Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: TBA
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside:
Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: 
Su KC’s on the Creek, Turtle Cove:
Su  Kicks, Angleton: Kicks, Angleton: Closed
Su Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton:  
Su Pier 30, Surfside: No Info
Su Rumors Nightclub, Freeport: No Info 
Su Scotties Lounge, Freeport: 
Su Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:  Open
Su Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: No Info

Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar: Th. Dec 8 – Sun. Dec 11

Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar: Th. Dec 8 – Sun. Dec 11

HAPPY HOLIDAY MUSIC LOVERS!

Thursday Dec 8th
Th Kicks, Angleton: ” Southwind “
Th Belles Landing, E. Columbia:    The Richards

Th Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: 
Th Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: 3G Karaoke

Th Pier 30, Surfside:  
Th Shady’s Porch Pub , Angleton:  Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Friday Dec 9
Fr Angleton Icehouse:
Fr Armadillo BallroomBrazoria: Emotions  Country
Fr Belle’s Landing, E Columbia:   Chris Mezzino 
Fr Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside: 
Fr Cooter Brown’s Country Club, Brazoria:  Charlie Carter 
Fr Kicks, Angleton: Kicks, Angleton: ” Southwind “
Fr Hammerhead Bar, Surfside:
Fr Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: 3G Karaoke/Entertainment
Fr Pier 30, Surfside: TBA
Fr Ronnie’s Icehouse, Brazoria: 
Fr Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:
FrScotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Fr Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton: 
Fr Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport:

Saturday, Dec 10
Sa Angleton Icehouse:  Bo Counts Band Country
Sa Belle’s Landing,  E. Columbia: Open – Enjoy the full moon!
Sa  Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside  
Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute
Sa Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside: Sonny Wolf
Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: Stephen Chadwick
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside:
Sa KC’s on the Creek, Turtle Cove:
Sa  Kicks, Angleton: Kicks, Angleton: ” Southwind “
Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton:  
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: TBA
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport: 
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: 
Sa Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:  
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: Blast From the Past – Celebrate 11th Year in Business!
Sunday, Dec 11
Su Belle’s Landing, E Columbia  Karoake with WinStorm   5-9 pm
Su Pier 30, Surfside: Stone Cold  Classic Rock, Blues, Party Music  3:00
Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Could be anyone who shows up and wants to jam!
Su Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton

Benny Notgrass and Charles & Andrew Farmer performing the same weekend as The Tony Vega Band and some Altar Boys…. Coincidence? I think NOT!

Hi Friends on the Brazos!  I’ve dubbed this musical weekend: Saints and Sinners Weekend! The Tony Vega Band is one hell of a Blues band…Tony is a devil on the guitar…. he is bad. Tony and the gang will be firing it up and gettin’ down at Belles Landing this Saturday night. While Tony fires it up in East Columbia, Mike Milligan and the Altar Boyz will be serving up some heavenly TX Blues and Louisiana Funk at The Castaway Bar and Grill in Surfside. 

There’s lots of viddy surprises in the blog today…clicking on hi-lights will take you to LOTS of fun places this week!



Mike Milligan calling up his altar boys! Click on Mike’s name to hear him and the altar boyz mix up the blues and Louisiana funk. Don’t know about you – but just hearing the words Louisiana and music in the same sentence gets me going!
I’m really going out on a limb here, but I’d venture to say that both Charles Farmer and Benny Notgrass have been just a little sinful and plenty saintly in their lifetime! Benny is making his ‘here by popular demand’ regularly scheduled appearance at Cooter Brown’s Country Club in Brazoria this Friday while  Charles and Andrew  make their Belles Landing debut on Friday! Congrats Charles and Andrew – Belles will never be the same! 

Andrew and Charles Farmer with Jake Middleton from the TBC House Band. What a good lookin’ talented crew!

Charles, Andrew and Mark Pepper at The Venue in Freeport

Matt Edquist with Benny Notgrass. While searching for Benny on YouTube the results kept coming up as Benny Hill...coincidence? I think NOT!


Keeping with the Saints and Sinners theme: Jo Hell from Austin will be playing at Tammys Tavern in Freeport on Saturday. Jo’s a hellishly good blues/rock guitar player – probably needs no intro from me…he’s pretty popular ’round the Brazos. 

Decisions…Decisions! So much talent making its way here this weekend. Lots of other notables playing on the Brazos this weekend – let me know who you’re going to see – holler back at me on Facebook or Twitter and tell me how you liked the shows!



Have fun and I’ll see YOU On the Brazos!

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Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar: 
Thursday, Dec 1st – Sunday, Dec. 4th



Thursday Dec 1
Th Kicks, Angleton: Leavin’ Sundown  Country

Th Belles Landing, E. Columbia  

Th Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: 
Th Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: 

Th Pier 30, Surfside:  
Th Shady’s Porch Pub , Angleton: 
Th Scotties Lounge, Freeport:
Friday Dec 2
Fr Angleton Icehouse:
Fr Armadillo BallroomBrazoria: Cheyenne  Country
Fr Belle’s Landing, E Columbia:   Charles and Andrew Farmer    Country
Fr Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside: 
Fr Cooter Brown’s Country Club, Brazoria:   Sour Mash  Country
Fr Kicks, Angleton: Kicks, Angleton: Leavin’ Sundown  Country
Fr Hammerhead Bar, Surfside:
Fr Iron Cactus BBQ & Grill , Sargent  Benny Notgrass Country
Fr Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: 
Fr Pier 30, Surfside: Electric Soul Band   Classic Rock
Fr Ronnie’s Icehouse, Brazoria: Bo Counts Band   So. Texas Country Originals and Covers
Fr Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:
FrScotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Fr Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport:

Saturday, Dec 3
Sa Angleton Icehouse:  
Sa Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: Chris Brade Country
Sa Belle’s Landing,  E. Columbia: The Tony Vega Band  Scorchin’ Blues
Sa  Beach Bait and Tackle, Surfside Charles Farmer and Andrew Farmer  Acoustic Fun! 
Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute
Sa Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside: Mike Milligan and the Altar Boyz TX Blues + Louisiana Funk!
Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: Tumble Dry Low   Country
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside:
Sa KC’s on the Creek, Turtle Cove:
Sa  Kicks, Angleton: Kicks, Angleton: Leavin’ Sundown  Country
Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton:  
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: Eighties Plus   80′s (and more) Rock 
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport: 
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Your Favorite Jukebox!
Sa Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:  Brady Brown  Country
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: Jo Hell Band  Blues, Classic Rock  
Sa West of the Brazos: Damon  Bo Counts Band    Country
Sunday, Dec 4
Su Belle’s Landing, E Columbia  Karoake with WinStorm   5-9 pm
Su Pier 30, Surfside: Stone Cold  Classic Rock, Blues, Party Music  3:00
Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Could be anyone who shows up and wants to jam!