Texas now and then

This week in the Hill Country


The Soul Man in the 60s, with soul-fellow Dave

Soul Man Sam & the Brothers Band

Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport Blvd, every 3rd Friday til Dec. 16

Come watch this Memphis Soul Singer, and Stax recording artist electrify the stage! Austin’s “Original Soul Man” will make you want to hit the dance floor, and sing your heart out. He’s a cool blues performer who is is sure to put on an incredible show.

May Fest, New Braunfels, May 21-22

Carshow and Cinco de Mayo festival with live music ( Rockabilly, Rock, Country, and Tejano music) Menudo Cookoff for restaurants in local area. Food booths, drinks, and variety of vendors.

Yesterday’s News

1691    Domingo Terán de los Ríos was appointed first governor of the Spanish province of Texas. Terán was instructed to establish seven missions among the Tejas, to investigate rumors of foreign settlements on the coast, and to keep records of geography, natives, and products. On May 16, 1691, Terán’s army departed from its base camp in Monclova and crossed the Rio Grande on May 28. Members of the expedition named the Texas rivers they crossed in their progress eastward.


Poster image borrowed from The Documentary Dude.

Receiving new orders, Terán had to return to East Texas, which he had explored as far as Caddo settlements on the Red River by December 1691. The expedition experienced a difficult march back to the missions in East Texas, arriving in Matagorda Bay on March 5, 1692. There Terán was given instructions from the viceroy to explore the lower reaches of the Mississippi River. Terán embarked for that purpose but bad weather caused him to abandon the project and return to Veracruz on April 15. Terán’s mission proved to be a complete failure. He succeeded in founding no new missions, and the expedition added little new information about the region. After his return, Terán compiled a lengthy report, defending his actions and detailing the dismal situation in East Texas.

1980    The Dicks, a punk rock band formed in 1980 in Austin, Texas, consisted of founding members Gary Floyd (vocals), Buff “Buxf “Parrot (bass, guitar, vocals), Pat Deason (drums), and Glen Taylor (guitar, bass). Considered by many music critics a crucial element of the vanguard of American hardcore punk, the Dicks debuted on May 16, 1980, at Austin’s Armadillo World Headquarters at an event billed as the Punk Prom.

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