Friday in Austin

02009-08-08 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

Soundcheck on Thursday:

A friend of mine brought a bottle of vino to the Thursday show at the One World Theater in Austin, a lovely bottle of Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella from 1999. While some of us left for the nightlife in downtown Austin, Stephen and I stayed back and enjoyed the excellent Italian wine and a conversation.

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When I got into a cab on Friday morning and gave my destination as the Paramount Theater, the African cabbie turned around and told me he had just taken another man to that destination. Was he built similar, with short hair? Yes. I texted Alan, to see whether he had gone ahead. Before I heard from him, however, I entered the Hideout Coffeehouse and saw Jon in a corner, drinking coffee.

After my morning coffee I walked around the area, visited the art gallery across the street, and checked out the museum store at the Modern Art Museum down the street, where I took this photo:

The stage was hot on Thursday, but not nearly as hot as it was during the second show tonight. It was fascinating to watch members of the audience fan themselves. Depending on the rhythm of the music the fanners would sometimes synchronize across rows and then drift apart again. It was so hot that it would have been nice to hand out hand-fans to everyone. Thanks for three sold-out shows Austin, I hope you will get some rain soon!


  1. Luz

    When I attended your last show @ One World, I do remember it being hot as well. Hoping that HOB-Houston will remember to crank up the AC to avoid such warmth. Speaking of One World, it was a very nice venue to listen to a perfomance but the locale was just a bit odd in the distance from the thriving local scene in actual Austin.

  2. Ottmar

    Yes, it is an odd setting, but people seems to love going there for shows. I seem to remember that it was built as a private home and was later converted to a venue. Much is make-shift and I imagine if the AC was not upgraded from a residential unit it would not be able to handle hundreds of people and stage lights!

  3. James

    Grate photo! :-)

  4. yumi

    That’s a grate comment (good humor)!


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