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Kinky Friedman Hits The Road To Promote His Resurrection

(Kerrville, TX) Yes, Kinky has been resurrected, with perhaps his greatest work ever, the cd Resurrection (Echo Hill Records), and he’s bringing it to the streets for a November, 2019 tour. With twenty-plus dates that take him from the east coast, to the midwest, to his home state of Texas, this is just the first leg of a full US tour that will cement Kinky’s rep as one of the best performers and songwriters of a generation.

In working with superstar producer, multi-instrumentalist and three-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell, Kinky has finally found the perfect compliment to his jagged edge Texas Hill Country persona. Together with fellow three-time Grammy winning engineer Justin Guip, they have produced eleven amazing cuts that speak to the legends and myths of the great southwest with an inner conviction that belies the raucous days of Kinky’s youth. Every appearance on the Merry Kinkster Tour will be a showcase of these masterpieces from a very deep soul.

Many of the dates should actually be called The Merry KinkstersTour, as he will be joined by his long-time co-conspirator (read: Executive Buttboy) and legendary Austin band leader Cleve Hattersley, whose new book Life Is A Butt Dial (YES Publishing Austin, Texas) tells the tales of his and Kinky’s adventures together, plus myriad stories of a life in rock and roll, politics and pot smuggling. Cleve will perform a few songs with his wife, Sweet Mary and read from his book. Brian Molnar, who has accompanied Kinky on several recent tours will be opening nearly all the dates, premiering his new cd, One Of Them (Avenue A records).



Cleve Hattersley Tells His Own Tales, From His Book, Life Is A Butt Dial

(Austin) Twenty-five years after leaving the road in the middle of Kinky Friedman’s sold out two week run at the LA Improv, worn to a nub, and swearing he would never tour again, Cleve Hattersley is hitting the road with his old pal. He has written a tell-all, full title Life Is A Butt Dial - Tales From A Life Among The Tragically Hip, so wicked, it was rejected by the Texas A&M Press as “too real.” And Kinky is giving Cleve the platform to bring the too real to the unsuspecting masses.

Cleve and his wife Sweet Mary, who will be appearing with him to perform a few songs between short readings from the book, are true Austin legends. Their band, Greezy Wheels, members of the Austin Music Hall Of Fame, played some of the most important shows in Texas history, including Willie’s first big show at the infamous Armadillo World Headquarters, the one that found his true fan base and propelled him to his superstardom. Those fans were Greezy fans.

Cleve’s book tells that story and many, more. Cleve witnessed the entire cultural (and sometimes violent) revolution of the sixties. He smuggled large amounts of pot, spent time in the Huntsville State Penitentiary for his indiscretions, and managed and booked two of New York City’s most infamous clubs, the Lone Star Cafe and the Blue Note Jazz Club. Whether it was catching Hendrix audition for a gig he didn’t get, playing water tag in LA with Jim Morrison, or getting kicked out of the Mean Fiddler, the toughest Irish bar in London with Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Kinky (and they were all on their best behavior!), history has unfolded in front of Cleve throughout his extraordinary life.

Coinciding with the release of the book, Greezy Wheels is releasing their final studio album, Ain’t Quite Like That, on their own MaHatMa Records label. Cleve wrote all the originals on the cd, which is already being called “a masterpiece.” Of course, the cd will be also be available at all tour stops. Imagine that: Kinky and Cleve, together again. Perish the thought.

GMS - Monday, November 25, 2019  The Merry Kinkster Tour will perform at The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe 

413 20th Street 

Galveston, TX  77550 

Galveston Music News & Events

Mambo Jazz Kings

 The Mambo Jazz Kings, have been entertaining audiences both young and old from stages of concerts, festivals, and night clubs. Their impressive fourteen musician ensemble takes the stage every night. The band has an outstanding rhythm section, a powerful horn ensemble, and three vocalists that will keep you moving until the very end!

Friday, November 29, 2019

9:00pm till 12:00am 

Buckshot Saloon 

2409 Market St., Galveston

Cancer Benefit

Mary Peglar

Benefit for the "First Lady of Live Music" on Galveston Island, Mary Preglar, who has probably held more benefits to help  folks then any one one Galveston Island. Please mark your calendar and make plans to come out and suppot Mary, Saturday January 18th 2020



 Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience.  It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams…not living in fear…and the power of music to connect all of us. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8pm 

 Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3pm 


The Grand 1894 Opera House

2020 Postoffice Street

Willie Nelson and Family



Willie’s “On the Road Again” and his performance at The Grand is sure to be a highlight of our legendary anniversary season 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:30PM

The Grand 1894 Opera House

2020 Postoffice Street 

Vienna Boys Choir – "Christmas in Vienna"


The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites. 

Friday, November 22, 2019, 8pm 

The Grand 1894 Opera House

2020 Postoffice Street

Merry Christmas from The Doo Wop Project


 Tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. The Doo Wop Project will put a holiday spin on a show featuring stars of Broadway’s hits Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, and Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale, bringing an unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate -- and in some cases entirely reimagine -- some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. 

 Saturday, November 30, 2019, 8pm 

The Grand 1894 Opera House

2020 Postoffice Street

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