Carter: Downtown Culture Crawl

Downtown Christmas Crawl

Richard Carter

It’s been a while since they’ve thrown a downtown crawl in Wichita Falls, but last Thursday they had a Downtown Christmas Crawl in the downtown area from around 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. I managed to get there around 5:30 or so and was there until about 7:30 or so. The weather was great, and that was a good thing for an outdoor event in winter. The problem, I think, was the overall lack of light because of the season.

The first band I ran across was in front of Wichita Furniture, or technically cat-e-corner to Wichita Theatre and that was Black and White with Alan Black and Dr. White playing ‘60s through ‘80s horn music and so forth. They were loud, and you could hear them from about three blocks any which way. They were good, as they are always. It turns out that one of their horn players, Tom Hauptman, played with my neighbor back in the late 1960’s in a rock horn band. I would have never guessed, but it does remind you how small Wichita Falls really is.

Down Indiana some, Ben Atkins and Bill Steward were supposed to play guitar and fiddle tunes in front of Alley Cat, but that got put off for the following Saturday. A gathering of two acoustic players did play next door to Alley Cat. Around the corner of 8th and Indiana, Dusty Potter and James Ogden played a collection of older tunes on acoustic guitars with Potter singing. Next door inside the 8th St Coffee shop, the guys from James Cook and the Audacity played. And they were also fun. Down 9th St some several blocks west, Cody Tucker and Shawn Gregory played acoustic and electric guitars with Gregory singing. As far away from the action as they were, they had a decent crowd posted to watch and to listen. Tucker said that he and Gregory had a blast doing it.

There was an acoustic player in front of Eastern Treasures and there was a mix of a little bit of everyone locally in front of the Iron Horse Pub. To me the best music of the night was the gospel a capella group singing in front of The Holt Apartments. I’m not sure what church they were from, but the five members could all sing and they were dynamic. It was a blast to hear them sing. The guys at the Pub said they thought the name of the church was Welch Street and the actual choir there was about 15 members. It was my favorite music of the night.

I missed having Dr. Philgood and the Let’s Get It On’s that night, and I am not sure whey they were not there. The band has played every one of the crawls to this point and were usually the most, or one of the most, popular act(s).

I did see several of their members at the Spot later that night, and they were doing duos and trios with Stephen Welch, Chris Roberson and their friend Cody Magana. Speaking of Magana, he celebrated his birthday at the Pub Wednesday night, and they had a special open mic with nothing but bands playing. And that included his band. I got to sit behind their drum set and play a little and it felt great to be on stage.

I am at the Pub right now and am waiting for Ashley Doby to play and then the Damn Quails. I got to interview both bands a while back and they were both pretty fabulous.

 

 

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