Austin, TX

Howdy from Austin, TX!

We left New Orleans bright and early yesterday (Tuesday) to make it for a 6pm start time at the historic Driskill Hotel, with a stop for some excellent Texas BBQ on the way, of course. We’re chilling in the hotel this morning before heading out to Dripping Springs to the house of our angel in disguise AKA local band host, Deb.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our shows in Lafayette, Gonzales to the Balloon Festival and The Rivershack Tavern last Saturday. What a great string of shows and what a band at The ‘Shack! It was really cool to be joined by Cranston Clements once again. He really is a king among men and we miss having him regularly.

Well, four days in Austin feels like a luxury! We have so many friends here and it’ll be great to have some time to hang out. Plus, we’re playing every night:

Wednesday 9/26 The Rattle Inn; 9-12 Facebook event
Thursday 9/27JUST ADDED: Papi Tino’s; 9-11:30
Friday 9/28 The Continental Club; 11:15-12:15 (but come at 10 and stay late for the other two fabulous bands!) Facebook event

We did have a cancellation for this Saturday in Plano. The darn bar owner just totally flaked out and it’s too late to find anything else. Such is the nature of the beast I guess. I’m sorry to anyone who was planning to come out to that one. We’ll try again soon!

Once we make it back to New Orleans we have some awesome shows lined up in the month of October including a return to Chickie Wah Wah on Thursday 10/4 and a last minute early show booked at Siberia on Thursday 10/11. Those of you who have been following the live music controversy in New Orleans will be interested to know that Siberia has procured a limited number of Special Events Permits for the months of October and November. The bar was featured in Offbeat Magazine’s September Food issue in an article entitled Sound Bites which talks about the live music issue and highlights Siberia’s fabulous food. Support the venue, eat delicious food!

One more unfortunate cancellation this month is the Andouille Festival in LaPlace at the end of the month. With all the damage their area had from Hurricane Isaac and 7000 people still homeless they felt that holding the festival was not practical, nor was it proper to spend money when their citizens were still in such need. Please send your thoughts their way or donate to the Greater New Orleans Foundation who have a fund set up for victims of the hurricane.

Details for all of our fall shows are up on our website so make sure you make a visit there on your internet wanderings. And see y’all out and about!

Your gal pal,
Vanessa

"Without the courage to fail there is no progress."

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Early Fall Goings On

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Hello from New Orleans! It’s been a crazy few weeks, starting off with a long drive from Los Angeles and a stop in Austin for a show with Charlie Pierce on piano at the historic Driskill Hotel. Dave and I then hot footed it to New Orleans, pulling into the city the day before Slobsterfest and our first Saturday night headlining show at Tipitina’s. You folks really came out in support and we thank you! Make sure to visit our website for photos, courtesy of Angelina Geraci and Jerry Moran as well as our new favorited videos on our YouTube page for videos taken by Angelina.

A couple days off to recoup and get organized turned into four days without power and two cancelled shows, all thanks to Hurricane Isaac. I for one, will never underestimate a Category 1 ever again. Fortunately, we had no major damage but our hearts go out to everyone in Mississippi, LaPlace, Slidell and way down in the parishes who got it bad.

After a week of sweating and worrying I was off to North Carolina and a show singing with the Squirrel Nut Zippers during the DNC! For those of you not familiar with the SNZ, check them out on YouTube. Here’s one of my favorites. They made a big splash in the 90’s by finding commercial success, helping to ignite the swing revival movement and were super influential on me as a burgeoning young big band singer. It was an exciting opportunity for me and one that I hope will be repeated in the months to come!

Now back on (semi) solid ground here in New Orleans, we’ve been catching up on booking and promoting our upcoming shows. I’m glad to say that we picked up a nice little show for this Saturday 9/15 at Mojitos on Frenchmen. Our fall schedule has beefed up for the rest of this month, October and November so make sure to go to our website and check out all the dates.

The Gal Holiday band is also coming back to Lafayette after too long! Then we’ll be in Gonzales for the Ascension Parish Balloon Festival and Texas the last week of the month, so look out for us in Austin and Plano folks. Traveling with us will be NOLA guitarists Chris Adkins and Gregory Good and we look forward to tearing down in the Lone Star State…and drinking a little Lone Star beer to boot.

See y’all out on the streets and in the clubs!

Your gal pal,
Vanessa

"Without the courage to fail there is no progress."