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News from the musical world of Christine Albert and Chris Gage
MARCH 2015

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors, salutations from the MoonHouse in beautiful Austin, Texas where the oak leaves are filling the driveway marking the beginning of the March season of "green fuzz worms" that fall from the giant oaks and turn our cars a nasty green color. The next three weeks will be an oaky mess here...it's worth it, though. The trees are beautiful.

We've got a few cool shows in Austin this month, as well as an appearance at Unitunes in Houston this Saturday. We'll perform at El Mercado during SXSW as well as our regular weekly shows at Donn's Depot, Mystery Monday and Strange Brew. March also finds Christine heading back to Los Angeles for her GRAMMY meetings, and Chris heading back into the studio with a multitude of artists; Richard Paul Thomas, Jimmy Ruggiere, Kiya Heartwood, Tony Airoldi, Rio King and the Flyin' A's just to name a few.

Christine is featured in a couple publications this month...she's on the cover of Austin Woman magazine (read it here) and appears in the latest Musician's Union magazine (read it here). (Albert and Gage are both proud Union members, Local 433, in fact they first met when Christine hired Chris for a job by looking in the Union directory!) 

Christine sends special thanks to publicist Cash Edwards, stylist Cheryl G. Smith, designer Daniel Esquivel, jewelry designers Beth McElhaney and Jamie Pope (Liz James Designs), writer John T. Davis, photographer Matt Lankes and the entire Austin Woman Magazine team for putting together such a lovely feature.

Mr. Gage presents some of his favorite nature photos taken on tour over the years. No food this time....
As always, please come to our weekly shows, and thank you for the support...

Chris and Christine


Old school selfie


Ambergris Caye, Belize


MARCH 2015
Full show schedule online here.

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

Sat. Mar 7 Unitunes Concert Series - Houston, TX -
     Emerson Unitarian Church - 1900 Bering Drive; Houston, TX 77057    unitunes.org

      Love this series!  Happy to be returning...
7:30 pm
Sun. Mar 8 Chris plays in the Riverbend Church band

Chris performs for students at Clavier-Werke Music School 

9:45 am

4 pm

Mon. Mar 9 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704    512-447-7445
     This week:  Christine is in LA for meetings - Bob Livingston, Brad Kopp and Richard Bowden join David

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. Mar 11 Strange Brew - Chris Gage & Friends
     5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
    
This week:  David Webb, keyboard wizard joins the band!
     strangebrewloungeside     
chrisgage.biz/strangebrew
6-7:30
Sun. Mar 15 Chris plays in the Riverbend Church band  
Mon. Mar 16 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704    512-447-7445
    
This week:  Jimmy LaFave and John Inmon join Christine and David

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!!

7:30-9:30

9:30-1

Tues. Mar 17 MoonHouse Studio welcomes Richard Paul Thomas  
Wed. Mar 18 Strange Brew - Chris Gage & Friends
     5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
     This week's guest: Michael Hearne
     strangebrewloungeside     
chrisgage.biz/strangebrew
6-7:30
Thurs. Mar 19 SXSW madness!  Christine welcomes attendees to The Recording Academy "GRAMMY Producers on the Record" panel and to the Texas Chapter Block Party  
Fri Mar 20 MoonHouse Studio welcomes Richard Paul Thomas

El Mercado "Paul Barker Presents" Songwriter Showcase
     El Mercado - 1302 South 1st Street - Austin, TX
6:30 – Jadea Kelly  7:10 – The Flyin’ A’s  7:50 – Elizabeth Wills  8:30 – Jess Klein  9:10 – Hank & Shaidri Alrich  9:50 – Albert & Gage  10:30 – Jonas Alvarez Band  11:10 – Amilia Spicer Band 

For More Information:  www.BarkerHouseConcerts.com

9:50 pm
Sat Mar 21 Donn's Depot  --  Albert and Gage Band
     1600 W. Fifth, Austin TX 78703   512-478-0336
9-1
Sun. Mar 22 Chris plays in the Riverbend Church band 9:45 am
Mon. Mar 23 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704    512-447-7445
    
This week:  Bill Kirchen and Del Barber join Christine and David

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!!

7:30-9:30

9:30-1

Wed. Mar 25 Strange Brew - Chris Gage & Friends
     5326 Manchaca Rd., Austin TX   78745   512-828-7636
     This week's guest: Christine Albert and Kym Warner join the band for a special Google event!
6-7:30
Sat Mar 28 Chris plays with Jerry Jeff Walker - Paramount Theater - Austin, TX  
Sun. Mar 29 Chris plays with Jerry Jeff Walker - Gruene Hall - Gruene, TX  
Mon. Mar 30 Mystery Monday at El Mercado
     1302 S. First, Austin TX   78704    512-447-7445
    
This week:  it's a mystery....

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!!

7:30-9:30

9:30-1


Santa Fe Hummingbird at Ellen Gregor's house


More shows and more details at our website

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 at Strange Brew

April 3 - Camp Street Cafe in Crockett, TX
April 5 - Sunrise Easter service at Rolke Ranch, Franklin, TX

April - dates in Fayetteville, Little Rock and Oklahoma City (also Chris and Red Willow Band are inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!)

more info here


The secret side view of Mt. Rushmore

A note from Christine...
   
 I enjoy reading Chris's note before I write mine.  He's rubbing it in because I do need reading glasses all over the house.  I actually like the look of wearing them around my neck.  I'm not sure I've really grown up yet; the accoutrements of advancing age make me feel like I have some gravitas and wisdom!
     Today was an exciting and gratifying day.  Swan Songs took part in Amplify Austin, a 24 hour, community-wide online giving campaign.  Our supporters delivered in spades and we raised over $7,000 - soaring past our goal of $6,000.  Last night, Gary P. Nunn played a private, catered house concert that was part of our 2014 Swan Songs Serenade live auction.  We have new board members, new officers, new staff...I see the team effort taking Swan Songs to new heights and it is humbling and reassuring.
     Thank you for all the kind words about the recent Austin Woman article and my GRAMMY week activities.  The support is so appreciated.
     Love, Christine

  And a blurb from Chris...
      I'm happy to have so many great artists coming into the studio.  We totally upgraded the Pro Tools system recently and the new computer is amazing, the little cylindrical Mac Pro that looks like a tiny trash can.  At some point I'll probably need some young genius to help me keep up with technology, but so far I'm hanging in there on my own.  The best upgrade we made was putting the monitor an a swinging arm so I can pull it right in front of these 60 year old eyes! 
     Speaking of which, it's time for an eye exam.  My doctor talked me into using monovision contacts...and I really like it.  My left eye is for reading and computer work, and my right eye is for distance.  Sounds wacky, right?  But...I don't need reading glasses in every corner of the house anymore...your brain makes the adjustment somehow.  Check out Brain Games on Netflix, by the way, some pretty amazing illusions going on. 
     Hug somebody close.  See you at the gig!
     Chris


Southwold coastline, close to Wangford, England


Sylvan Lake chipmunk, South Dakota

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