“Not Summer but Fall”
I was wrong the entire time I was getting excited about live music in the area for the summer. I should have been excited about this coming fall instead. Live and learn.
This last week, the guys from MPEC announced that Willie Nelson, the red headed stranger, will be playing on Tuesday October 9. Considering Nelson is pushing 80, I would suggest that if you have not seen him, then you should do your best to make this show. If you have seen him, and I’ve seen him twice at Memorial Auditorium (and that was years ago) and once at MSU under the dome (also years ago), then this would be likely the best time to see him again. He’s about as legendary as they come, and the man has written some of the most memorable of the last 60 years.
Another great show coming up is George Jones who will perform on Tuesday Oct 26 at the MPEC coliseum. Jones has long been one of my favorites—especially his earlier music. Jones is over 80 years of age, still has a very distinctive vocal delivery and is of course worth checking out. I got to see him once at Memorial and at his most recent MPEC show and it was definitely a man you have to see and to hear. In the past he hasn’t made all of his performances, but I can’t imagine he will “no show” this one. Again, as with Nelson, this may be one of your last times to check this guy out. No one tours forever.
Finally, the most unique show to come to town this fall will be former Smiths frontman Morrissey who will play the coliseum on Wednesday November 28. The Smiths were one of the best known 80s “new wave” bands and their records still sell. Morrisey himself has had a rather successful lengthy solo career. I put this show in the category of going to see The Clash when the English punk band played here. You know it would only be once, and it had to be see it now or forever hold your peace. By the way, the Clash broke up shortly after playing Wichita Falls.
For Wichita Falls, it should be a good fall. If you are really jones-ing to see some more independent acts, I would suggest Fun Fun Fun fest in Austin on November 2 through 4 with a ton of really good bands. Go to www.funfunfun.com for more info, but let me just say Run DMC and De La Soul. For those guys alone, it will be a blast.
I really do wish that some locals would try and put something together with a number of regional-level bands. Denton continues to do this very well. There are so many people who live within 20 miles of Wichita Falls, and there are so many area bands. Locally a show could draw bands from as far away as Austin and Norman, Oklahoma and it would be a destination event for those people and something local people could get excited about. We already have a few events like this in Wichita Falls. Let’s add a music event to our community diet.
One of my favorite area hard rock bands The Affiliation will be playing several times in the next several weeks starting at The Pub on Thursday Sept 13 and the next day at the Texas Oklahoma Fair. The following week they play again, I believe, at Old Town. You will recognize their new bass player, and it’s great to have him back in town.