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Poster bid at $100

So thanks to Mark our bid is at $100.  Sorry Tanya, but you bid under the current bid – try again?

Bidding is for a signed poster from the Kris Kirstofferson show at the Paramount last month. The guitar he singed that night sold for $25,000.

All proceeds from the poster auction support the onging mission of the Paramount and State Theatres.

Bidding closes at 5PM, Wednesday.  To bid simply leave your higest offer in the comments section below.  Thanks.


Did that really happen?

The dust is still settling but the number is quickly approaching $575,000.  Wow.  I am humbled by the community’s show of support for the Paramount.  The evening was filled with many surprises.  In fact, I had no idea that Will Sexton was to take the stage until… well, he took the stage with Idgy Vaughn.  My favorite picture above is the one of the tent with the yellow lane lines reminding us that this all happened ON Congress Avenue.  Oh, and that picture of Kris Kristofferson with the guitar winners… but mainly because I really liked my jacket!

The tent was more than 2 football fields in length with over 20,000 square feet total.  Dinner for 800.  The auction featured over 270 items.  Brooklyn Lane played on the street, Will Sexton and Idgy Vaughn opened, Kris Kristofferson was on the Paramount’s main stage.  Dysfunkshun Junkshun played the tent.

After his guitar sold for $25,000 Kristofferson commented, “This is crazy.”  Backstage his wife remarked, “There will be no living with him now.”

It wasn’t a party… it was a happening

It’s 3AM.  I can’t sleep.  Too much racing through my head right now.  What just happened? We had hopes of raising about $300K in our annual gala tonight – money that gets used for preservation of the theatres and also to bring children to the theatre all year long.  When the dust settles, we will most likely have raised over $500K – the largest fundraiser – I think – in the theatre’s history.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thanks to everyone who attended – largest crowd ever – and to all of our auction bidders.  Trust me when I tell you that even Kris Kristofferson couldn’t believe that his autographed guitar sold for $25,000. By the way, he is a true gentleman in every sense of the word.

Sorry I haven’t been blogging…

We’re getting ready for our annual gala this Saturday. Sold out!!! Kris Kristofferson on stage. Biggest, hottest live and silent auctions in our history. Can’t wait… until Sunday when I can sleep! In the meantime, check out our new season featuring Carol Burnett, kd lang, Maya Angelou, Lily Tomlin, David Sedaris, Mo Rocca, Ruben Studdard and more…

Who or What is Return to Forever

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Booking jazz is never easy at the Paramount.  I mean it’s a perfect place to listen to jazz, but without a real jazz station in Austin, it isn’t easy to get the word out to fans and enthusiasts when we bring a jazz show to our stage.  We’ve learned that a big name better be a part of the bill or half the house won’t fill.  (poetry unintentional)

So when our Programming Director, Lietza Brass, booked not one but two nights of Return to Forever, I got a little nervous.  Trust me is all she would say.

Return to Forever is the name of a jazz fusion band founded and led by keyboardist Chick Corea. The band had many members who came and went, but one constant with Corea was bassist Stanley Clarke.  Several musicians, including Clarke, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira and Al Di Meolafirst became well-known through their performances on Return to Forever’s albums.

So here is the deal.  It’s a huge, huge, big deal in the music world that the group has gotten back together, and the best venue in Austin is kicking off the international tour.  So let’s all trust Lietza and enjoy not one, but two great nights of jazz in Austin.

Other great nights of music coming to the Paramount soon include Steve Earle, Joe Jackson, Leo Kottke, Jerry Jeff Walker and Kris Kristofferson.

Hannah Montana vs. Martie Maguire

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I didn’t go to the concert.  I didn’t take my daughter.  I can barely stand the show, but my daughter loves Hannah and somehow gets the difference between Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus which still has me confused.  I mean I undertand the whole double-identity thing for the TV show plot, but why has it carried over into the real world?

So at my age, it’s not Hannah Montana, it’s Martie Maguire for me.  If this Dixie Chick had a show, I would make it mandatory viewing for my daughter.  And now that I have gotten to know her husband, Gareth Maguire, I am even more a fan.  We had dinner tonight as  part of a fundraiser for the Nobelity Project.  Martie and Gareth were so kind to give their time to host my table.  I have gotten to know them each a little bit during visits to the theatre (most recently The Nutcracker with their two daughters) and each time I like them more… so down to earth and so in love with their little family…picture perfect and baby number three is on the way.

Also at the dinner tonight was Owen Wilson (a bit distracted if you ask me), Andrew Wilson (looked like he is boycotting shampoo and shaving cream), Willie Nelson (talked about maybe stopping by to see his friend Kris Kristofferson at the Paramount on May 17 for our Gala), and enough other celebrities to bring out a hollywood-style paparazzi line at the Four Seasons.  Guests were treated to entertainment from Pinetop Perkins, Bob Schneider, Joe Ely (who coaxed Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock onto the stage for an inpromptu Flatlanders reunion) and the magic of Night Court’s Harry Anderson.

 All this came after an evening with Olympia Dukakis who captivated the audience on Saturday night with a concert reading of “Rose”.  Her performance was spellbinding and I am still shocked she had any energy left after the show to come mingle with theatre donors who had gathered for a reception at the Stephen F. Austin.   She was so generous with her time and was very complimentary of the Paramount which was a perfect setting for her show.

 It was quite a weekend in Austin, but now I am off to bed…