Dead Sweethearts Ball @ Ruta Maya (02/12/2011)

Every year Valentines Day is set aside for lovers, except for one event…..the Dead Sweethearts Ball.  The night is filled with murder and mayhem immortalized by some of the best musicians in town.  The lovely Ms K keeps track of how many offed(?) as the crowd hoots and hollers at each killing.  This year, the red hue of Ruta Maya added a special atmosphere to the festivities.

You never know in advance just who all will be taking to the stage but, the core band consists of Teri Joyce, Roger Wallace, Jim Stringer, T Jarrod Bonta, Lisa Pankratz, and Brad Fordham.  “Guests” this year included Ted Roddy, Jen Miori, The Carper Family, Suzanne Van Tassel, Brennan Leigh, Noel McKay, Ruby Dee, and……well, we’re sure we’re forgetting someone.  😦

After the pictures, be sure to check out the video of Roger Wallace’s version of “Delilah” at the end.  Looks like Roger was actually grinning…..an evil evil grin!  🙂


Dead Sweethearts Ball (02/13/2009)

Valentines Day is sweet…..for lovers…..and friends.  But, sometimes it’s fun to have a little more cynical view of the day usually filled with hearts, flowers, and chocolate.
That’s easy to do with country music that often is filled with loving, lying, cheating, drinking, and dying songs.  Mix all that with a sense of humor and you have ‘Dead Sweethearts Ball’!!

A night filled with love songs gone wrong performed by some of the best musicians in Austin.  A tally is kept of all the ‘sweethearts’ that meet their demise in song and the manner of their death.

I know…….it sounds gruesome and I avoided attending for a long time.  Last year was my first ball and I plan to attend every year they celebrate.  It’s a lot more fun than roses that wilt after a few days!  🙂