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‘Willie Nelson’, ‘Johnny Cash’, ‘June Carter-Cash’ at The Palace Restaurant

‘Willie Nelson’, ‘Johnny Cash’, ‘June Carter-Cash’ at The Palace Restaurant

Last weekend provided an abundance of musical treats. And it was awesome. Friday night I went to see Karl Jones perform at the Celtic Crossings Pub. And while I was there I figured I might have some dinner. It was my first time at the pub and, I have to say, I've been missing out. Karl's performance was outstanding, and so was the food! The couple at the table next to mine had traveled all the way from Phoenix just to have the fish and chips, which really are great. After tremendously enjoying an evening of Irish folk music, I headed downtown to check out the festivities at Matt's Saloon. The place was packed with people wanting to help celebrate Matt's 50th anniversary.

Saturday found me in town at noon for the BBQ at Matt's Saloon. It was catered by The Texas Roadhouse and was very tasty. Owners Matt Brassard and Marco Espitia really know how to throw a party (never mind that they don't look a day over 13), and this three-day event was no exception. They went all out with amazing food and great bands to celebrate their 10-year and the saloon's 50-year milestones. Thanks to these two amazing individuals for keeping the local cowboys contained and dancing in one place! Love you both and good luck for another 10 years at least!

I spent the rest of Saturday dancing at Matt's and then checking out the fabulous Crown Kings, who were performing at The Bird Cage, as well as Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe at Jersey Lilly's. So many of my favorites in one weekend, it was hard to keep up with everybody.

I was lucky enough to be able to go to Jerome on Sunday and watch The Sir Harrison Band, featuring Jimmy Mack on bass and David Bedell on drums, at The Spirit Room. The energy those three individuals bring to the stage is just amazing. They keep my feet moving and my soul filled with happiness. It was so worth the drive. Thanks to my friends Dave and Gina for offering to take me. A perfect Sunday afternoon spent with great friends dancing to spectacular music... what more could I possibly ask for?

But that wasn't even the end of it. I was very privileged to receive an invitation to the Johnny Cash tribute show at The Palace on Monday night. Chuck Brown, a renowned Johnny Cash impersonator (who also does an extremely convincing and impressive Elvis Presley) moved to our little hamlet a few months back. Thanks to Sky Conwell of the great local band Sky Daddy and the Pop Rocks (whose members were also the band for this performance). Chuck put on quite a show at The Palace. Let me tell you, this guy IS Johnny Cash. It was a dazzling dinner and music show with all 125 seats sold out. The food was delicious, the music astonishing. From "Folsom Prison Blues" to "Ring Of Fire," the renditions were spot-on, and I could observe people singing along to every one. "Johnny" was joined by his lovely wife "June Carter Cash" for several songs and it was just lovely. As a special surprise, our own "Willie Nelson" (Wolfer) also joined Chuck on stage for "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "Daddy Sang Bass," and "On the Road Again." It was a phenomenal show and a repeat performance is already scheduled for Nov. 12. I can't wait.

That was it for a very long and rewarding weekend. Oh, and for the select few who want to know: Tenacious D is releasing a new album! Yay!

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