Live Music Austin Downtown 9.23.10

Here are some clips from the Khabele School music department fundraiser, held at the Omni Hotel downtown on Sept. 23, 2010. We had performances from all the ensembles of Khabele School and solo performances, too. This school has a very outstanding music department as you can see in these clips. I organized the last set, which incorporated performances from the choir, high school jazz ensemble and the Khabele All-Stars. The first song, “Run Sinner Run” features vocals from the choir, with Grant Sides on bass, Sam Kanoff on guitar and Phil Bridges on drums. Chelsea Toler is the first of the choir to sing and she also accompanied me on the whole set.

We got to do several of my favorite songs, including “If There Was,” which happens to be one that I wrote. The great Terri Lord joins us here on drums.

The first time I heard “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone, I cried. This one is a duet with the fabulous Chelsea Toler, who attended Berkelee School of Music this summer.

Sean Toler and Lois Richwine organized the show and Marshall Escamilla & Marc Lionetti, of Khabele School, are the music instructors for these talented students. Here we do another of my favorite songs, “Goin Down Slow,” written by Willie Dixon for Howlin Wolf. Jon Dee on Guitar and unexpectedly, Luke Pharr joins us on piano. Luke is one of the many outstanding musicians at the Khabele School. My son, Dashiell Sublett, is one of them, and he joined us on the last three songs, but that video has not been uploaded to youtube yet. I’ll add it later if/when that happens.

The benefit was a big success and a great time was had by all. Thanks to Gary Pharr for shooting the video. Thanks to Bob Widenhof for doing the sound. Thanks to everybody for pitching in and contributing in all the various ways. Other than the Howlin Wolf birthday show I did in June, this was my favorite gig of the year.

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