Arts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring—all the way east from Texas—the talented eclectic musical geniuses known as the Austin Lounge Lizards to the stage of The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH, on Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. If you liked the Two Man Gentleman Band, if you liked the White Mountain Boys, you’ll love this veteran band from the big west.
“Like Zappa meeting bluegrass,” says Vintage Guitar Magazine. “Hilarious, endearing and literary,” raves Billboard. Based in Austin, as their name suggests, since 1976, the Lizards have honed their music into a wicked-funny art form. They’ve delighted audiences from Texas to Trafalgar Square with their inventive style of satirical folk, country and bluegrass. Trademarks of a Lizards song are highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics that poke fun at politics, love, religion and the culture in general. Combined with superb musicianship that features precise four- and five-part vocal harmonies and instrumental mastery, the band’s songs are as melodically infectious as they are lyrically prescient.
Given their free-ranging eclecticism and natural irreverence, it’s no surprise that the group counts among its influences Frank Zappa, George Jones, Spike Jones, Flatt & Scruggs, Tom Lehrer and Steve Goodman. Album and song titles like Creatures from the Black Lagoon, “Shallow End of the Gene Pool,” “Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers On Drugs,” “Jesus Loves Me (But He Can’t Stand You)” and Never an Adult Moment all point to the Lizards’ love of wordplay and topical relevance. They’re not just clever, though, they can play anything, moving in and out of diverse musical sounds with ease and flair.
The Austin Lounge Lizards are five-time award winners at the prestigious Austin Music Awards, and their version of the Irving Berlin’s “C-U-B-A” was used in the Michael Moore film Sicko. The band has been featured by NPR’s “Morning Edition” and on the radio programs “Mountain Stage” and “E-Town.” The Drugs I Need (released in 2006) is the Lizards’ 10th album and their second on the Houston-based Blue Corn Music label.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $14 for students 13 to 18 and college students with a valid ID. Kids 12 & under are free, but require a ticket reservation to guarantee a seat. Tickets are available at here, at The Other Store in Tamworth Village, or by calling 603-323-8104. More info about online ticket purchasing here will be available at the door tonight after 6:00.
This concert is made possible through the generous support of Sponsors BEAM Construction, The Brass Heart Inn, and Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, Co-sponsors Bayswater Book Co., First Allied, Highland House B & B, and Independent Color Press, Media Sponsor 93.5 WMWV | Magic 104FM, and Press Partners The Conway Daily Sun and The Mountain Ear.