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Austin Fashion Week  April 15-23

Various locations. Going into its 8th year, Austin Fashion Week is the largest fashion event in Texas and one of the most highly acclaimed in the Southern United States.the-nerd


Fredericksburg Theater Company
Date: through .
Time: Times Vary
Location: 1668 S. US Hwy 87, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Price: $29 / $12


Yesterday’s News

1897    S. E. Hayden, an Aurora cotton buyer, wrote a story describing the crash of a mysterious airship just outside of Aurora, Texas. Hayden’s fictional article was apparently an attempt to bring attention to the community, but it caused a sensation because stories were already current of unidentified flying objects near Fort Worth. Hayden’s tale, however, failed to revive Aurora. In 1901 postal service was discontinued. A highway got built and the town was resurrected as a Ft.Worth bedroom community. Mostly inhabited by aliens — the green kind.

1924    Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown was born in Vinton, Louisiana. Brown’s father, who was one of his clarence-gatemouth-brownstrongest musical influences and taught young Clarence to play piano, fiddle, and guitar, was a railroad worker and a local musician who played country, Cajun, and bluegrass. Throughout his career, Gatemouth Brown performed a variety of musical styles on a broad array of instruments, including guitar, fiddle, piano, drums, mandolin, harmonica, and viola.

Brown recorded a number of hits, including “Okie Dokie Stomp,” “Ain’t That Dandy,” “Boogie Rambler,” “Depression Blues,” and “Dirty Work at the Crossroads.” In the late 1960s he was a deputy sheriff in New Mexico. At one point he moved to Nashville where he appeared a few times on the popular country music television show Hee Haw. It was also in Nashville that Brown released his first series of country singles. He later recorded a well-received album, Makin’ Music, with Roy Clark in 1979. During the late 1970s Brown signed with Real Records, and by the 1980s he was enjoying success recording for both Alligator and Rounder Records. In 1982 Brown’s Alright Again received a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album. He also appeared several times on Austin City Limits.

His final album, Timeless, was released on the Hightone label in 2004. Despite failing health, Brown continued to perform at various festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April 2005. After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, he died at his brother’s home in Orange, Texas, on September 10, 2005. Brown is honored as a music legend in the Museum of the Gulf Coast’s Music Hall of Fame in Port Arthur. A Texas Historical Marker honoring Brown was dedicated at his gravesite in 2012.

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