News from the musical world of Christine Albert and Chris Gage
DECEMBER 2014

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors, HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the MoonHouse in beautiful Austin, Texas where the basil can't stand the cold but the salad bar garden is thriving with chard and chives. 

It's been a great year for us.  Christine released a beautiful new solo CD, has been all over the country working as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Recording Academy, is still heading the team that runs Swan Songs, offering end of life concerts in the Austin area, and she's hosting Austin's hottest new weekly show, "Mystery Monday" at El Mercado.  Chris has been in and out of the studio, all over the country with Christine and Jerry Jeff Walker and has been building weekly audiences at Donn's Depot and Strange Brew Lounge Side.  Do you realize next year marks Chris Gage's 20th year at Monday Night at Donn's Depot??   We're gonna need a party.  

Happy holidays to you.  Our families are well, the elders are holding their own, and our new granddaughter Charlotte Hazel Gage is just a little peach.  The kids and grandkids will be over for our Christmas Eve tradition of Clam Chowder and Brandy Alexanders.  That's after we perform at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar (noon on the 24th) where we hope to see all of your smiling faces and red sweaters. 

May your days be merry and bright....
Chris and Christine

Chris' beautiful instrumental Christmas CD "Ornaments" is available as stocking stuffers.  Need an autographed copy sent personally?  Email Chris.  It's a great chance to get Christine's new CD "Everything's Beautiful Now" as well. 

In fact, all our CDs at CD Baby are being offered with a just 1 cent shipping fee from Dec. 1 thru Dec. 3.  Click here.  

     

  Holiday Videos
T'was the Night Before Christmas
   Sam and Casey Gage recite the poem over the course of 8 years of Christmas Eves.  Watch them grow...
One More Christmas (at the Old Home Place)
   Chris and Christine perform live at MoonHouse Studio with heartwarming slides of family and old photos of themselves
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
   Christine sings the classic live at the 2010 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in Austin, Texas.
River
   Filmed by an audience member at Waldo's in Waco, TX.  Chris sings the classic Joni Mitchell piece. 
Mr. Bojangles
   Filmed by an audience member at Donn's Depot in Austin, TX at a benefit concert.  Jerry Jeff Walker and Chris Gage.  So, it's not a holiday video, but I thought you might enjoy it. 


DECEMBER 2014
Full show schedule online here.

Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Mon. Dec. 1 Christine in LA for meetings

Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704
     This week:  David Carroll with special guests "Grouchy Like Riley"
     (Danny Britt, Chip Dolan and Marvin Dykhuis)

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano
     THE LIGHTS WILL BE UP BY THIS MONDAY!!
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336  Special guests from all over the world!!
     chrisgage.biz/donns      donnsdepot.com     watch the Esquire TV promo

7:30-9:30

 

9-1

Wed. Dec 3 Christine in LA for meetings

Strange Brew - Chris Gage & Friends
     5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
     This week's guest: Jon Emery - The King of Hillbilly Rock and Roll
     with Mark Epstein, Paul Pearcy and Chris Gage
     strangebrewloungeside      chrisgage.biz/strangebrew

Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage & Friends
    
Chris Gage, Jon Emery and Mark Epstein
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336

6-7:30 pm

 

9-1

Sat. Dec 6 Sycamore Creek Concert Series
    
(great concert venue near Dripping Springs)
     www.sycamorecreekconcerts.com - sycamorecreekconcerts@gmail.com for more information
7 pm
Sun. Dec 7 Chris plays Gospel Brunch with Jon Emery - Threadgill's in Austin
    
301 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704     (512) 472-9304   threadgills.com 

Christine's "Everything's Beautiful Now" is featured on KPFT (90.1) in Houston.    
      stream       Interview with "HAAM Radio Presents" host Tom Tranchilla...    

11 am -1 pm

 

6 pm

Mon. Dec. 8 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704
     This week:  Christine Albert, Bill Small, Walt Wilkins and Corby Schaub!  A Mystiqueros happening!

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336  Special guests from all over the world!!
     chrisgage.biz/donns      donnsdepot.com     watch the Esquire TV promo

7:30-9:30

9:30-1

Wed. Dec 10 Strange Brew - Chris Gage & Friends
     5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
     This week's guest: Oliver Steck, Chris Alcaraz, Paul Pearcy with Chris Gage
     strangebrewloungeside      chrisgage.biz/strangebrew
6-7:30
Thurs. Dec 11 Donn's Depot  --  Chris and Christine (duo) filling in for Murphy's In-laws!
    
    
1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336
9-1
Fri. Dec 12 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker at Gruene Hall 8 pm
Sat. Dec 13 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker at Gruene Hall 8 pm
Sun. Dec 14 Christine Albert tapes a couple of songs for Balcony TV - www.balconytv.com/austin 3 pm
Mon. Dec. 15 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704
     This week:  Christine Albert, Bill Small, Jimmy Davis and Corby Schaub! 
     The Mystiqueros happening continues!

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336  Special guests from all over the world!!
     chrisgage.biz/donns      donnsdepot.com     watch the Esquire TV promo

7:30-9:30

9:30-1

Tues. Dec 16 A&G play a private event for Symphony of Soul - Austin  
Wed. Dec 17

Strange Brew - Albert and Gage Christmas Show!!
     5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
     This week's guest: Christine Albert, Andrea Dawson, Mark Epstein, Paul Pearcy and your host Chris Gage 
     strangebrewloungeside      chrisgage.biz/strangebrew

6-7:30
Sat. Dec 20 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - private event  
Sun. Dec 21 Chris Gage's Ornaments is featured on KPFT (90.1) in Houston. 
      stream       Interview with "HAAM Radio Presents" host Tom Tranchilla...    
6 pm
Mon. Dec. 22 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704
     This week:  Christine Albert, Marcia Ball, Rich Brotherton and David Carroll!!

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336  Special guests from all over the world!!
     chrisgage.biz/donns      donnsdepot.com     watch the Esquire TV promo

7:30-9:30

9:30-1

Wed. Dec 24 No Strange Brew show, sorry
       

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar - noon show!! 
    
Acoustic show with KYM WARNER on mandolin. 
     Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.   armadillobazaar.com

12-2:30 pm
Thurs. Dec 25

 
Sat. Dec 27 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Galveston, TX  
Sun. Dec 28 Chris plays in the band at Riverbend Church   riverbend.com 9:45 am
Mon. Dec. 29 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704
     This week: Christine Albert, Jon Emery, David Carroll and a surprise instrumentalist!

Monday Night at Donn's Depot  --  Chris Gage at the piano
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336  Special guests from all over the world!!
     chrisgage.biz/donns      donnsdepot.com     watch the Esquire TV promo

7:30-9:30

9:30-1

Wed. Dec 31 No Strange Brew show, sorry

ALBERT AND GAGE:
Annual New Year's Eve Concert at Paul Barker House Concerts - Austin, TX

 


Austin's "Tuba Christmas".  David Carroll is in the center, back row. 


More shows and more details at our website

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Every Monday at 7:30 - Christine hosts Mystery Monday at El Mercado
Every Monday at 9:30 - Chris Gage at Donn's Depot
Every Wednesday at 6 pm - Chris Gage and Friends at Strange Brew

Friday, Jan 9 - Waldo's in Waco
Saturday, Jan 10 - Second Saturday Concerts in Houston
Saturday, Jan 17 - Spicewood concert Series
January 21-28 - with Jerry Jeff Walker in San Pedro, Belize
February 2-9 - We attend the GRAMMYs in Los Angeles
Saturday, Feb 14 - Christine's Valentine's Annual French Show at El Mercado's soon to be unveiled music room!

more info here

A note from Christine...
    Boy, the holidays did sneak up on us this year.  Every year I swear I'm going to start shopping early and have cards in the mail by the first of December.  Obviously, that's not going to happen.  I spent the last week in Las Vegas and LA and fly out again tomorrow so today is newsletter, bill paying, updating websites, packing, prepping for meetings, etc day.  So festive!  Oh, and I'm fighting a fever...'tis the season for mold allergies.
     But we have grown accustomed to our new pace and full schedule and are grateful for the rich and diverse experiences we have.  And I came home long enough for a Thanksgiving feast with our family and to get a good dose of our sweet grandchildren.  It all balances out! 
      Love,
          Christine

  And a blurb from Chris...
     The holidays really snuck up fast this year.  I guess when I leave last year's lights up till June that has an effect on my time lapse. 
     We have really cool traditions at our house.  We all get together to crank out cranberry biscotti at some point for gifts and Christine and I always have a last minute performance somewhere.  This year it's noon on Christmas Eve at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.  Unfortunately, we've had to suspend singing at Sid Hall's wonderful church in the evening in order to spend quality time with our 2 grandchildren.  We stay up late on Christmas Eve with our favorite snacks and libations and open presents just before the night ends. 
     One of my favorite memories of childhood is attending the Methodist Church in Pierre, SD and listening to Comet Heraldson Sr. sing "Oh Holy Night" up in the choir loft with his big bass booming.  Later in life he showed up at Donn's Depot and sang a few pop tunes with me on the piano! 
     Try this gingersnap recipe.  
     Hug somebody close.  See you at the gig!
     Chris



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