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Remembering That Too Much Ain't Enough

(Austin/NYC) On August 13th, people from around the known universe will gather at B.B. King Blues Club in New York to celebrate in memory one of New York City's greatest venues, the long late and dearly lamented Lone Star Cafe. An amazing cast of the musicians who helped create the legend of the the Lone Star will be gracing the stage, and former employees and patrons will be descending upon 237 W. 42nd St. from all over the country.

Hosting the event will be Austin Music Hall Of Famers, Greezy Wheels, who were among the very first Texas bands to play the Lone Star, and definitely the first to challenge the concept that the only music in Texas was country music. Joining them for guest appearances will be Kinky Friedman, Robert Gordon, Commander Cody, Tony Garnier, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Corky Laing, Popa Chubby, Rob Stoner, Aztec Two-Step, Dave Keyes, Carolyn Wonderland, George Worthmore, Hank B, Michael Simmons and Chuck McDermott, all of whom regularly rocked the house at LSC. Jessie Scott, long time radio personality, who hosted live shows on WHN from the Lone Star that helped break stars like George Strait and Reba McEntire, will co-emcee the proceedings with the inimitable Buddy Fox, co-founder of the New York Blues Society, purveyor of all things at Manny's Car Wash for years and former manager at the Lone Star. The hosts will open the show with a full set, and the cameos of the stars will follow into the night. Serious jams will occur!

The Lone Star Cafe, the brainchild of Mort Cooperman, was THE joint in New York City for Texas country, rhythm and blues, boogie woogie, rock-a-billy and zydeco music (and almost everything in between). It remained so for the dozen or so years it ruled the city from its perch at the corner of 13th Street and 5th Avenue. Its crown was a forty foot sculpture of an iguana, designed by crazed Texas artist, Bob `Daddy-O' Wade. By the mid-eighties the Lone Star had been designated an official embassy of the state of Texas by the full Texas State Legislature. It may still be the official embassy of Texas.

The Lone Star was unofficial home of the New York Rangers, the New York Yankees, the Blues Brothers, Larry King, Ann Richards, Levon Helm, Doug Sahm, and Willie Nelson. Even the Hells Angels hung out regularly, always on their best behavior, having been admonished by Willie that he would never play for them, if they caused any trouble at the club. The King Of Spain was a fan of the club. Doc Pomus had a regular seat in the third row of tables, and he never ever missed a good rhythm and blues act. A single seat will be held open at the party for Doc and all the others who won't be there with us (here's to you, Levon and Rick).

Each and every performer scheduled to appear at the reunion party played an important roll in creating that legend that is the Lone Star Cafe (with the possible exception of Carolyn, who is a bit too young to have done so, but who embodies the very best of Texas guitar slinging and soul). From Michael Simmons, whose band Slewfoot played the very first set ever played on the Lone Star's iconic stage (which was once used as a set in All That Jazz), to Robert Gordon, whose scorching bands included both Rob Stoner and Tony Garnier at various times, to Kinky Friedman who, for two years, was the only act able to carry a weekly residency - every one contributed to the mystique. Three of the Greezy Wheels, Lissa, Cleve, and Sweet Mary Hattersley, actually worked for the club, when they put the band on hiatus.

On this night, all these wonderful players are going to mix, match and meld to create a one time only remembrance that will give everyone back memories long stored away, about a truly magical moment in musical time. And surprises? Absolutely! There's no telling who else may take the stage at the first (and probably only) Lone Star Cafe Reunion Party. We can tell you they will be very special, and everyone will go away with a brand new magical moment in their memory bank.

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Hosted By Austin Music Hall Of Famers Greezy Wheels

Special Appearances by Kinky Friedman, Robert Gordon, Commander Cody, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Dave Keyes, Tony Garnier, Aztec Two-Step, Corky Laing, Michael Simmons, Carolyn Wonderland, Popa Chubby, George "Frogman" Worthmore, Hank B, Chuck McDermott, Rob Stoner, emcees Jessie Scott & Buddy Fox and many more BIG surprises.
August 13, 2015
Showtime @ 8pm
Doors Open @ 6pm
Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of show
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