Rev It Up, Freeport!

I know I’ve already told y’all about the Summertime Bikes and Blues Festival coming up here in Freeport, but it’s looking so good that I have to talk about it some more!

Labor Day weekend, August 29th and 30th, Freeport is gonna be even hotter than usual thanks to the hot bands and cool bikes rolling into town! Things kick off on Friday the 29th with Leannasaurus Rex, the Bonfire Choir, and four other great bands! Check out a little taste of what you’ll be hearing on Friday from Leannasaurus Rex:

Then on Saturday, things really kick into high gear thanks to the Thousand+ Bike Ride starting at Goe Harley-Davidson at 11:15AM (registration opens at 9AM) and driving into the heart of Downtown Freeport! Once all that chrome slides into town, things get really interesting, with the Bike Games! Try your hand at the Keg Barrel Race, the Slow Race, the Tennis Ball Challenge, the Balloon Toss, or, if you’re hungry, the Weenie Bite! You can get info on how to sign up for the Games here.

Even after all that excitement, things’ll keep going into the evening with a lineup of hot acts playing cool rock and blues! This year’s Summertime Bikes and Blues Fest performers include the Tony Vega Band, Wes Jeans, Vitera, and Carolyn Wonderland. But that’s not even half the acts that’ll be on offer on Saturday night, so check out the full lineup here!

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can look forward to Saturday night from Vitera at the Summertime Bikes and Blues Fest:

The Summertime Bikes and Blues Fest is August 29th and 30th in Downtown Freeport, TX. Admission is $10 at the gate each day. Get directions, hotel info, and check out all the cool stuff in store at or like their Facebook page for all the latest info!

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Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar Th. Sep 27 thru Su. Sep 30

Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar Thur. Sep 27 – Sun. Sep 30

Hi Friends!

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Thursday Aug 23

Th  Angleton Icehouse and Grill: October 6th: ”Breast Cancer Benefit for Miriam Hyman”, battling stage 4 triple negative breast cancer on Saturday, October 6 from 11:00am-til you’re happy. Contact person is Tracy West @979-848-7373; e-mail —; FaceBook Page– Miriam Hyman Benefit.

Th Belles Landing,E. Columbia  Matt Edquist, Benny Notgrass, Kurt Ruthstrom and Friends! Country/Americana

Th Busters Bar, Brazoria: Notorious R.O.D. & Dub D Ent.  TX Style Karaoke & Music

Th Castaway’s Surfside: Check back for updates

Th Club 332  (Super 8 Motel)  Clute:   DJ Juan and Ultimate Sounds

Th Club Kaboom 215 E. Park Ave., Freeport: Dance/Hip Hop

Th  Cooter Brown’s, Brazoria: Darker Side Karaoke - No Cover!

Th The Crab Trap  Sargent Annual Fishing Tournament this Weekend (see Fri and Sat for more info)!

Th Kicks, Angleton: Shane Barnhill  Country

Th Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: 

Th Pier 30, Surfside: Karoake by Karoake Concepts
Th Shady’s Porch Pub , Angleton:

Th Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Digital Juke Box

Th  Sharkie’s on the Beach (Surfside)

Th West of the Brazos, Damon:




Friday Aug 24

Fr Angleton Icehouse: Check back for updates

Fr Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria:  Country

Fr Belle’s Landing, E Columbia: Matt Edquist, Benny Notgrass, Kurt Ruthstrom and Friends! Country/Americana

Fr  Buster’s Bar, Brazoria

Fr Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside:  Check back for update

Fr Cooter Brown’s Country Club, Brazoria:   Country
Fr  Crab Trap, Sargent   Houston Bearing and Supply Annual Fishing Tournament

Fr Dido’s Seafood and Steak  Ronnie Coleman  Pop/Country

Fr The Clarion (Brazosport College):

Fr Club VIP,Freeport:   Dance

Fr Club Kaboom: (217 E. Park Ave.,Freeport) Dance/Hip Hop

Fr KC’s on the Creek: Oyster Creek

Fr Kicks, Angleton:    Shane Barnhill  Country

Fr Iron Cactus BBQ & Grill , Sargent Benny Notgrass (1st Friday of each month)    Country

Fr Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: DJ

Fr Neon Moon,   Ron Shumate  Country

Fr Pier 30, Surfside:  Downfall    Futuristic Rock

Fr Ronnie’s Icehouse, Brazoria: Check back for updates

Fr Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:

Fr: Scotties Lounge, Freeport:  Digital Jukebox and Outdoor Fun!

Fr Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:

Fr Sharkies on the Beach: Surfside

Fr Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport:

Fr West of the Brazos, Damon

Fr Willie’s Event Center (formerly Bobby Joe’s) Angleton


Saturday, August 25


Sa Angleton Icehouse:   Check back for updates

Sa Armadillo Ballroom Brazoria Country

Sa Belle’s Landing,  E. Columbia:     The Silverado Band – Pure Country!

Sa  Beach Bait and Tackle, Surfside 

Sa Buster’s Bar, Brazoria:

Sa Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside:  Big Richard – Rock Covers/Originals

Sa  The Clarion at Brazosport College:

Sa Club VIP, FreeportDJ – Variety/Dance

Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: EIGHTY PLUS!!! Eighties to contemporary Rock
Sa  Crab Trap, Sargent: Houston Bearing and Supply Annual Fishing Tournament

Sa Dido‘s, Brazoria   Restaurant and Entertainment   Ronnie Coleman   Pop/Country

Sa Fraternal Order of the Eagle #3111, (6818 Surfside Road, Hwy. 332 E,FreeportTexas77541)

Sa Iron Cactus Grill BBQ & Grill:  Sargent
Sa KC’s on the Creek   Turtle Cove

Sa Kicks, Angleton:    Desert Roads Country

Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: Grupo La Soledad FREE ADMISSION!

Sa Neon Moon, Bay City

Sa Pier 30, Surfside:  Trip to Cascity   Rock

Sa Ronnie’s Icehouse, Brazoria: Check back for updates

Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:

Sa Sandbar and Grill   Quintana

Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Internet Jukebox and Outdoor Fun!

Sa Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:

Sa Sharkies on the Beach: Surfside  

Sa VFW Hall (108 So. Ave. D,Freeport)

Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: 2 Smooth  Pop/Rock

Sa West of the BrazosOld Rascals   Country/Rock   8:00pm to 12:00 am


Sunday, August 26


Su Belle’s Landing, E Columbia   5-9pm Karaoke by  Winstorm

Su Cooter Brown’s Country Club, Brazoria:


Su Pier 30, Surfside:   Rock


Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Could be anyone who shows up and wants to jam!


Su Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton

Su  West of theBrazos,  Damon  Classic Rock Sundays!


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Hi Friends of the Brazos! The holidays are fast approaching, it seems like yesterday that I was knocking  Christmas promotional items out of my way to get to Halloween goodies (George’s new blonde wig, etc) and here we are: Thanksgiving less than a week away.

I took a trip to Austin, TX last weekend specifically to check out the !LIVE! music scene. Austin boasts over 900 live music venues, and is known as ‘The Live Music Capital of the World.” The  lively music scene, beautiful landscape, and friendly folks combine to make Austin a favorite destination for music lovers.

The live music scene is more important than ever before to the music industry. The huge profits that came from full album sales have drastically declined over the years with the advent of single song downloads, homogeneous broadcast radio, illegal downloading and the record industry’s relentless push for ‘product’.  Concert tours, merchandise sales, and film and television deals are where the profit in the music industry reside now. This leaves us with a mixed bag of musical offerings in our daily lives. The internet provides a myriad of choices for music but still lacks a consolidated, easily accessible anywhere/anytime (like my car) reliable source for music that the majority of people are familiar with. Gone are the days when you would arrive at work or school and everyone was talking about the same radio program, the same music, the same listening experience. Our points of reference for music are less communal and more individual. This has left a gap in the way we experience music as a community and emphasizes the need for the group dynamics that accompany the live music scene.

I listen to Romani (commonly and erroneously referred to as Gypsy) music because…I love it! It’s complex, lively, and compels my body to MOVE..  The Roma play in larger groups, a duet or foursome is uncommon. More likely there are 6-12 members that perform together at any single time. Forced into an itenerant lifestyle, the Romani people developed skills and trades that could travel easily from place to place. Their affinity for music left them in demand as musicians and composers for decades. I’ve noticed a trend in today’s live  music scene that mirrors the Romani style dynamics. There is still the traditional 3-4 piece bands but another trend is emerging. I’m seeing 6-12 musicians on stage now with instrumentation that provides a richer musical texture than we’ve had in popular music for quite sometime: horns, more keys and my favorite: drum kits that include a myriad of  hand held percussives in addition to the standard kick, snare, toms and bass. Good music is an instant community builder…when the band and music are good, everyone grooves together. And in oppositin to the current trends in pop music, it’s rhythm and melody that are driving these artists…the rhythms are not being used to dominate a piece to the point of diluting melody to an insignificant aside. The complex rhythms weave themselves in and out of pieces to accentuate the melody…did you hear what I said? I said MELODY! This is probably the most exciting part of all – melody is weaving it’s way back into music! The music I heard last weekend had more than the typical 2 to 3 note range popular in today’s style. I walked away from performances being able to hum the tunes and tap out the rhythms and it felt great. And the stars of these new bands are the groups themselves, often with the entire band singing or switching between band members for main vocals. It’s a group dynamic that’s unprecedented in American popular music.

In the course of a few days I heard  original music  (and a few covers) that contained elements of: Ska, Rock, ReggaeCajunSpanishBlues, and Country: different ethnic sounds and musical styles emulating from the same band. The term Americana is currently being used to describe this patchwork of new sound but in my opinion it’s inadequate. Americana has come to be accepted as a blues/folk style that ranges from stand-up bass and fiddle to searing blues guitar licks…that doesn’t really fit this new style laden with heavy doses of ethnic and cultural influences not common in single pieces of American music before now.

I’m looking forward to the exploration of this new style of music and am very curious to see how/if/when it might work it’s way into pop music (broadcast radio) or if it will remain ‘too good for radio’!

A very limited sampling of what I’m call ‘new’ folk is The Big Ol’ Band from Austin, TX. A mutual Facebook friend hooked me and Dustin Edwards (drummer) up. Dustin emailed me their ReverbNation press kit and a few seconds of listening was all it took to know I wanted to hear it all (yes, they passed the ten second rule with flying colors). I agreed to come to Austin to check them out. This is just some of the viddy from my most recent trip.

The TBC House Band from Austin is perhaps the best musical example of the Neo Folk style; these guys cover lots of ground musically, playing nearly all originals I love being in the audience when these guys are playing because they astound people! Every time I see them play I hear the same thing from everyone in attendance: these guys are good!! And it’s not just their musicality or their obvious camaraderie (they are best friends after all) it’s their music, too. No hiding behind fancy guitar licks or crowd pleasing showmanship (don’t get me wrong…they’re fun as hell to watch and have plenty of technical expertise) to disguise music that reflects an artists inability to compose genuinely memorable tunes…TBC is the real deal.

This too short viddy was taken last Saturday at Jovita’s in Austin ;  I was too close to the speaker but you’ll get it.

I told you they were fun to watch! Hatch Hilliard (guitar) is sporting his favorite wig: a red mullet, Nathaniel Cox (harmonica man in this viddy) and horn and percussive players: Mark Mikulin (who got married the night before) and Jake Middleton and Adam Kaylor prefer ties worn around their heads…not their necks :-) I’m not sure but I think this might have something to do with Mark’s nuptials the night before. BTW: when TBC walked into the audience after their show, the crowd broke into another enthusiastic round of applause.

This viddy was taken the first night I was introduced to TBC. Showed up at KC’s on the Creek in Oyster Creek for a birthday party and was blown away by TBC. Performing the “Get Wet” song (a TBC original), notice how they transition from a reggae/ska beat into punk and back again.

This is a mix of covers and originals TBC style.

Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar Fri. Nov. 18th – Sun. Nov. 20th

Fr Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: David Glenn  Country
Fr Belle’s Landing, E. Columbia: Bo Counts Band   Country
Fr Castaway Bar & Grill: Surfside: Karaoke with Kelly Jansky 
Fr Cooter Brown’s Country Club, Brazoria:    
Fr Kicks, Angleton: Buck Yeager   Country 
Fr Hammerhead Bar, Surfside
Fr Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton:
Fr Pier 30, Surfside: The Liars Rock, Reggae, Blues
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:
Fr VFW Hall, Freeport: Lone Star Entertainment 

Saturday, Oct 29
The Mighty Orq appearing at Belles Landing, Sat.

Sa  Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside

Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute  
Sa Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside:   
Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: 
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside: 
Sa Iron Cactus BBQ and Grill: Sargent  Billy Bourbon + Costume Contest!
Sa KC’s on the Creek, Turtle Cove:
Sa  Kicks, Angleton:  Buck Yeager   Country 
Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton:  DJ/Dance + Costume Contest! Cash Prizes
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: Citizen X Rock
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:  
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: 
Sa Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport
Sunday, Oct 30th
Su Belle’s Landing, E Columbia  Karoake with WinStorm + Costume Contest! 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