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Title The Star, No. 5, January 6, 1984
Contributor
  • Martinez, Ed
Date January 6, 1984
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 2 The Star/ Jan 6, 1984 Texas Live The Mustang Band Plans to Fill the Dance Floor at Snuffy's By Billie Duncan They're known as the pickers who pluck to please the kickers. They can fill a dance floor faster than a cowboy can empty a longneck. They are the Mustang Band, and they play this weekend at Snuffy's in San Antonio. Home for the band is in Houston where they are the house band for the Brazos River Bottom. As such, they have played backup for many guests. On New Year's Eve they formed the musical spine for the singing of Grand Ole Opry star, David Houston (remember "Almost Persuaded" and his duet with Tammy Wynette, "My Elusive Dreams?"). When David and his manager, Tillman Franks (another name from the Opry) were leaving the club, they told the band that they were the best backup band they had ever had. That opinion is shared by many. However, they are more than a backup for itin- rant country singers. The Mustang Band is a name in and of itself. About three years ago, the band was simply known as a "local" band, a title that somehow has the connotation that if they really were good, they wold not be local. Leader Tom Groves decided to put the band to the test and took them on a national tour. It was a national tour with a difference. "The bars we played," explained Tom, "were 99 and 44/100 percent gay." Besides Tom Groves, who plays guitar, the band consists of Terry LaMont on lead guitar, Russell Lewandowski on keyboards, Robert Badolato on bass and the incredible Robin LeNorman on drums. Robin may be in the background as far as seating on the stage, but his gutsy drumming is a decided plus for the entire sound of the band. He is at home in rock as he is in country and he has a great versitil- ity when it comes to playing songs in different styles than the original recording. Besides all that, he is fun to look at. Actually, the whole band is quite attractive. Maybe being good-looking is not a prerequisite for being a good musician, but THE STAR Circulated m Austin San Antonio and Corpus Christi Published every other Friday 3008-A Burleson Road Austin, TX 78741 Phone Austin (512) 448-1380 San Antonio (512) 737-0087 Montrose Voice Publishing Co. CIRCULATION The Star 4.000 copies bi-weekly Montrose Voice (Houston], 11,000 copies weekly Dallas Gay News. 6.000 copies weekly total Texas area. 19.000 copies weekly, avg Company Headquarters 3317 Montroaa Blvd »306- Houston, TX 77006, (713) 529-0822 Contents copyright «1983 Office hours: 10am-5:30pm Henry McClurg publisher Ed Martinez managing editor Lyt Harris executive advertising director Mark Drago Star Acet Clark art director Jeff Bray graphics Sonny Davis accounting Member Gay Press Association Newsservices international Gay News Agency. Pacific News Service Larry Bush (Washington. O C ) Syndicated Feature Services & Writers Jeffrey Wilson. Randy Alfred. Stonewall features Syndicate Brian McNaught. Joe Baker POSTMASTER Send address corrections lo .3317 Montrose #306. Houston, TX 77006 Subscription rate m US m sealed envelope S49 per year (52 issues). $29 per Six months 126 issues! or! i 25 per week Hess than 26 issues) Back issues $2 00 each National advertising representative Joe DiSabato. Rivendell Marketing 666 6th Avenue. New York 1001V (212) 242-6863 Advertising deadline every other Tuesday. 5 30pm. for issue released following Friday evening Notice to advertisers Local advertising rate schedule One was effective Nov 11. I9M Responsibility The Star" does not assume responsibility for advertising claims Readers should alert "The Star lo any deceptive advertising Tom Groves of the Mustang Band plans to pluck for dancing feet at Snuffy's in San Antonio this weereend it certainly is nice to have something pleasant to look at while you are listening to the music they put out. If there is one fault ofthe band, it is that they do not include the audience much in their show. Not that they really need to. Face it, most people who go out to a country western bar are out for just one thing. Dancing. Okay, maybe two things, three if you include drinking. But dancing is way up on the list. And the Mustang Band can play to please most dancing feet. Included in their repertoire are polkas, waltzes, two-steps and the all-powerful Cotton-Eyed Joe. They can even get down on some real down-home blues. San Antonio, get out those boots and hats and mosey on down to Snuffy's. The Mustang Band is ready to get you on the country western dance floor. The Mustang Band discovered there was a large world of gay country western fans out there, and the rest of the country discovered the Mustang Band. Some of the cities they played were Oklahoma City , Tulsa, Fort Smith, Little Rock, Atlanta, Mobile, New Orleans and Nashville. In Nashville, where Tom had managed to get a one-night-stand for the band, they went over so well that they were held over for three more nights. "One of the funniest bars," said Tom. "was in Mobile. They only had room for80 people, so the people had to form a line to tip." They also toured the west coast, hitting Phoenix, Los Angeles, the Gay Rodeo in Reno and the Sands Casino. How about that! At the Reno Gay Rodeo, they were such a smash that they have been invited back ever since. Their drummer on that first tour was none other than Ron Weaver, who went on to be the owner of guess which bar in San Antonio? That's right. Snuffy's! Ron still sits in with the band when they make their visits to San Antonio and sings at least a song or two. He was the original drummer with the band. Now, once again, the Mustang Band is in the process of evaluating their future. "We'll probably do another tour, but not until next summmer," said Tom. Austin Women Artists Hold Exhibition in Dallas Women and Their Work, Inc., a multi- disciplinary arts organization based in Austin, will hold an exhibition of paintings and photography in two separate shows during January in Dallas. A n D: Austin Women ArtiBts in Dallas, an exhibition selected by Laura Carpenter of the Delahunty Gallery, will be on display at 2917 Swiss Ave. from Jan. 5-17 in the D-Art Visual Arts Center. It will open with a reception on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 5:30-8 p.m. Included are works by Santa Barraza, Ann Chamberlin, Janet Engle Kastner, Carol Ivey, Carol Rabel, Claudia Reese, Vicki Teague-Cooper, Susan Wallace, Ellen Wallenstein, Laurie Weller and Susan Whyne. The Ties That Bind: Photographers Portray the Family, is the second exhibit in the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake from Jan. 5-31. Photographic works by Gay Block, Keith Carter, Ron Evans, Suzanne Paul, Alan Pogue, Bar- bra Riley, Janice Rubin and Wendy Watriss are featured. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 6-8 p.m.
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