I do hope you'll be free to "swing on by" for Thirsty Thursday's gathering this week!
Alex Dormont, the bandleader for the acclaimed Hot Texas Swing Band, will be here to feature some of his original songs. Austin poet Claire Vogel Camargo is also coming to share her work, and the Open Mike theme of the month is "Wish-Crafts."
Dormont has been in numerous bands including Ace in the Hole and Jimmy Day's band. He also appeared as the fiddler in the film "Lonesome Dove." The Academy of Western Artists named him their Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year in 2012.
His band's newest CD, "Ain't Dead Yet," includes 7 original songs written by him. Release parties are planned July 18th at Gruene Hall and July 19 at Austin Beer Garden Brewing, and the band goes on tour in West Texas and New Mexico from July 22-26.
Camargo, who serves on the Austin Poetry Society Board of Directors, authored her first chapbook collection of poetry, Iris Opening, in 2013. Other works have appeared in Texas Poetry Calendar, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku and Haiga, America Remembered, Di-verse-City, The Enigmatist, the Poetry Society of Texas Book of the Year, Best Austin Poetry...and in the 100,000 Poets for Change 2014 anthology.
As usual, doors will open at 7 p.m. in the ranch house at Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive. Admission is free, food pantry donations are sought, and refreshments will be provided. I'll answer any other questions you might have at 512-858-2024 or 294-6597.
Hope to see you here!
Thirsty Thursday schedule for 2015