Saturday, January 23, 2010

This week is the week for Louisiana food at Padre's

We have a big event here at the club this Wednesday. In conjunction with Ballroom Marfa and the great artist Mel Chin, we are hosting a "Fundred" drawing party. The short story on the Fundred project is that throughout the nation people are coloring in fake $100 bills and doing their own drawings, creating their own art within the parameters of a fake bill. Once 300,000 "Fundred" dollar bills are created, artist Mel Chin, who dreamed up and is coordinating the project, will deliver them to Congress in an Armoured Car to lobby for $300 million worth of funding to complete the rebuilding of New Orleans infrastructure.
SO- we're hosting a Fundred drawing party here Wednesday complete with banners, party favors, New Orleans music, NOLA trivia with prizes, Abita beer specials, Shrimp po-boys, jambalaya, dirty rice, Boudain, red Beans and Rice, Gumbo, special Zapp's potato chip flavors that I special ordered from the factory, and a lot more. It's going to be a blast and all week we're working up these recipes in the kitchen for this event. Sunday it starts with dirty rice and jambalaya during our NFL football games and goes throughout the week. I am excited. Hopefully a few lifetime locals around here will try some great food they've never had before...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Conrads myspace music page

Oh yeah, I know I'm old...
Old enough to start a NEW myspace page!
The Conrads have a few songs and pics on our new music page on myspace- still the best free band site.
Here's the link-
Check it- David

Allen Hill, David Beebe and Jackie Pepper

Jay Lee, my writer/radio host/photographer/ musician friend from Houston took this shot of myself, Allen Hill and Jackie Pepper at Padre's in Marfa during the Allen Oldies show last July. Allen has just slicked back his own hair with Peanut Butter when this picture was taken. Jackie got his "treated" by Allen about 5 minutes after this was taken.

portrait of Albert and Adam Bork (color)

This portrait of Adam and his dad was unveiled at the Borks' house over Thanksgiving dinner. It's amazing in so many ways!
Adam insisted on the orange background as a condition of his participation. I love the facial expressions- if you know Adam and his Dad you know this is how they usually look when not laughing out loud.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Quaid movie night tonight

It's a very rare occasion that I bartend, but the next few Mondays I will be here at Padre's. That's because we're showing some of the better and not so better Randy Quaid movies on the projection screen. Randy and his wife moved to town last year and have been making headlines, and I felt it was time to get to know our neighbor's acting career a little better. Actually, I have always been a big fan of his acting. For real.
Tonight we show Kingpin and Parents. Parents is my very favorite one. 1988- horror/dark comedy about cannibalism set in cold war 50's America. Brilliant.
Gotta run now, though- DB

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Jackie Pepper successful, pipes frozen, moving at the end of Jan

Jackie Pepper pretty much rocked the house here last night. Although I have grown tired of Neil Diamond after years of playing his songs in Banana Blender (back when people gagged upon mention of his name) Jackie's audience last night here at Padre's loved it. 2nd and final Neil Diamond tribute night is tonight. We've got some extra tequila in the back for the star.
Last night I got home after closing at about 1:45 and it was 7 degrees outside. The pipes at Madre's in the back wall have burst. The water is off and I am over it. Crappy house, great location, too expensive at $600/month- that's how crappy the house is. And now, no water. I am not interested in contacting the landlord. I am interested in getting out. Beanie is looking for a place for us; I may go back to the Airstream or get a tiny place for myself- don't know, but it needs to be cheap. All I use the house for is sleeping and showers. That's it. Seriously. I am at work every waking moment of my time in Marfa, so what's the point. Airstream is great, but no bathroom on premises. Did it for 2 years- not a biggie, but no optimal for ease of living. Cheap, cheap- cheap enough to save me enough cash to travel more- which is definitely happening more in 2010.
Anyway, no more room for houseguests once Madre's is gone unless Beanie works a miracle. AND- if I move back into the Airstream I'm going to essentially close off Padre's back of house even to employees and make it my official awake-time living space, which was sort of the idea initially as it was.
Anyone have leads on affordable casita, etc let me know. - David

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Jackie Pepper shows this Friday and Saturday here in Marfa

The legend is back...
It's been 2 years since the Jackie Pepper shows at the Goode-Crowley Theater and now Jackie finally returns to Marfa for a tribute to Neil Diamond this Friday and Saturday. Adam Bork and I are in the band, along with my kid brother on bass and Jim Henkel on guitar. Special guests include Susannah Lipsey on vocals, Ross Cashiola on acoustic guitar and Beanie on some piano.
Adam and I have been getting together for three hours plus the last few nights to hash through the material, which is mostly Neil Diamond. I am playing drums at the show, but have learned all the guitar chords and am showing the changes to the other Marfa musicians. This show will be very different for the Houston show, where Jackie showed up literally without a voice at all. He them proceeded to have more than a few drinks, but made it through the whole show and stunned the audience simply with his audacity to not quit singing or talking, even though nothing was coming out. Incredible.
Now, after a week in New Mexico at his shaman's house and visiting the spa, Jackie returns Friday in time for the shows. I am looking forward to it. 2 more rehearsals with the crew and then shows.
View Jackie Pepper on YouTube- his manager tries to keep him off but there's some good rare footage plus a nice interview from several years back. - David