It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Except for Santa, who’s got himself into one hot mess this Christmas – which is putting things a bit mildly. Will Christmas be saved?!
And so, dear friends, we have the premise behind the magical, tragic-al and comical story of Honky Tonk Holidaze, created by cosmic-country renegade Wild Bill. Bill and his band The Lost Knobs first unleashed the madcap production three years ago, and, as before, the crew will donate proceeds from the show to a local charity; this year the show will benefit Front Steps, a wonderful organization doing lots of work to end homelessness in Austin through shelter, affordable housing, and public education.
Alongside the Lost Knobs, Honky Tonk Holidaze will feature Kelly Galvin (Unfaithful Servants), Jacob Jaeger, Kevin Curtin (Cunto!), Marshall Hood, Leo Rondeau and many more Austin notables from the local music scene putting their unique spin on the holiday hijinks. Your AMM hostess heard first hand that Jaeger does one hell of a Krampus. By the way, don’t bother leaving milk and cookies for jolly ol’ St. Nick – it looks as though whiskey might be more appropriate.
The show opens tonight at 8 p.m., with an additional performance at 2 p.m. on December 21st, at The ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf. In addition to the benefit for Front Steps, the crew will also host a sock and hoodie donation for the homeless.
There’s also a show scheduled for December 19th at the Chestnut Theater, 1619 E. Cesar Chavez, a new performance venue founded by local booking agent and producer Lisa Kettyle. The show includes solo sets by Rondeau and Jaeger, and proceeds also benefit the venue, which needs a permanent home.
So, pour you some-a that Christmas cheer, and enjoy this truly unique tale of Yuletide madness. Very recommended.
– Photography by Jessica Klima.