Celebratory memorial to blues musician Bramhall
News of the sudden death of blues legend Doyle Bramhall Sr. shocked members of the music community in Austin and elsewhere Sunday, prompting an outpouring of condolences online from friends and fans of the late musician. Among those paying tribute to the singer, songwriter, drummer and Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborator was Mike Flanigin, who turned his Sunday night session at the Continental Club Gallery into an impromptu memorial service for his late friend.
"I don't know if I'd even be playing the organ at all if it wasn't for big Doyle," Flanigin said at the start of the evening, explaining that he had focused on the guitar until Bramhall hired him to play the organ.
The set, which was more celebratory than somber, began with Flanigin, drummer Kyle Thompson and guitarist Derek O'Brien and featured guest appearances by several others. Guitarist Denny Freeman sat in for a couple tunes including "I Love You More Today," and Homer Henderson sang Jimmy Reed's "Tumbleweed." Later, guitar phenom Gary Clark Jr. and others also sat in.
Services for Bramhall will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd.
Read our full obituary, published Monday, see photos from Sunday night's Continental show and sign a guestbook for Bramhall at austin360.com/music.
Language for all. Several Austin-based bands, including Fresh Millions, the Dark Water Hymnal, the Pons, the Sour Notes and One Hundred Flowers, will perform at a benefit for the Texas School for the Deaf's "Language for All" campaign on Friday at the Mohawk. The goal of the campaign is to get 1 million Texans to donate $5. "We increasingly cannot depend on state appropriations to fund what's needed to give deaf and hard of hearing kids a proper education and exposure to language," School for the Deaf representative Keena Miller said. "We know we've got to figure out other ways to keep it going."
Early-bird settlers. The 25th Old Settler's Music Festival will be April 19-22 at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch. Early-bird tickets for the fest go on sale today at oldsettlersmusicfest.org.
Special prices are $115 for a three-day pass with no camping, $155 for a three-day pass with camping and $175 for a four-day pass with camping.
Hardcore photography. SST Records producer/engineer SPOT, who worked on albums by Black Flag, the Minutemen, Hüsker Dü and more, documented his experience in a photo collection on display at Lovejoy's, 604 Neches St. SPOT will host an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. today with a slide show and never-before heard recordings.
$$$. Fun Fun Fun Fest experienced a 40 percent growth in attendance over last year's festival, with an average of 15,000 people a day over the course of the three-day event earlier this month, according to festival producers Transmission Entertainment. They also said that 55 percent of the average daily attendance consisted of people traveling to Austin from out of town (41 percent from other Texas cities, 13 percent from outside Texas and 1 percent from outside the United States). Those visitors spent an estimated $5.35 million, based on a formula used by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau that assumes an average of $216 spent daily by each person.
The festival also employed more than 700 people and raised more than $5,000 for local charities, including HAAM and the Texas School for the Deaf.
Radiohead denied. After a presale for Radiohead's March 7 Erwin Center show sold out almost immediately Wednesday morning, the rest of the tickets went just as fast Saturday, leaving many fans, including a line of people at the Erwin Center box office, empty-handed.
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