Drums & Tuba REUNION

Featuring Ron Titter Band, Grageriart

Time: 8:00pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 7:00pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $12
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After a 12-year hiatus, Austin’s own thoroughly original Drums and Tuba return to town for a post ACL Fest concert at Threadgill’s World Headquarters on Friday, October 13 that is also the debut album release show for local goodtime ‘apocalypticana’ group The Ron Titter Band. The evening begins with a set by Grageriart featuring composer/performer Peter Stopschinski and Rude Mechs co-producing artistic director Lana Lesley.

The show represents a reunion of sorts of 90’s Austin artists that pushed musical and lyrical boundaries when the city was a little less buttoned up. The line-up brings together veterans of Big Horny Hustler, Noodle, Brown Whörnet, Hominybob, Solid Gold 40, Sin Pelo, Stickpony, and the Peenbeets—supporting tubist Brian Wolff and drummer Tony Nozero’s Drums and Tuba, one of the scene’s most successful exports.

Drums and Tuba: Truth in Advertising
Drums & Tuba formed in 1995 and quickly went from busking on Austin’s streets to enrapturing audiences at clubs like Flamingo Cantina and the Electric Lounge.  Becoming a trio with the addition of guitarist Neal McKeeby, they relocated to New York City and signed with Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. They secured a residency at the Knitting Factory and toured extensively, playing hundreds of shows per year, including opening slots for Primus, Galactic, Cake, Ani DiFranco, Steel Pulse, and Ween. Employing a mix of street funk, jazz, art-punk and electronic music, they built a fervent fan base with  adroit compositions and sounds equally inspired by Charles Mingus, the Meters and the Minutemen.

Before the use of laptops crested in live performance, their stages were strewn with a labyrinth of crisscrossing mics, cables, and amps to create a crude form of live looping. After relocating to New Orleans, Drums & Tuba disbanded in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Nozero began a successful painting career following the break, while Wolff moved back to NYC to start a solo act called Wolff & Tuba. Performing once again in their original duo configuration, D&T has only played a handful of shows this year in New Orleans and New York City.
 
The Ron Titter Band’s Titular Debut
The Ron Titter Band will be performing to celebrate the release of their debut album, Titular. The 12-song LP,  produced by Chico Jones at Austin’s Ohm Recording Facility, captures the sextet’s bracing elixir of burned-in classic rock  melodies, grizzled cornpone, green-eyed soul and spaz-punk. The Ron Titter Band’s chosen subject matter belies the hooks in pursuit of a more honest look at youth in the rear-view mirror and the indignities of American masculinity. Songs like “Randy”, “Fonkey Horsey”, “Sock Wearin’ Man”, and “Whup Cream” mix awkward nostalgia, self-effacing humor, cheeky prurience, and enough guitar hooks, sax solos, and harmonies to send the mind and heart on a weird journey.

The Ron Titter Band is vocalist Greg Beets (The Peenbeets, Summer Breeze, Noodle), bassist Brian "Dr. Z." Zoric (Stickpony), guitarist Fred R. (Sin Pelo, Andrew Duplantis), drummer Joel Fried (The Peenbeets, Deep Sombreros), saxophonist Clay Embry (Brown Whörnet, Sprawl), and guitarist/keyboardist David Wyatt (Solid Gold 40, Summer Breeze, Magnifico!). Amy Boone and Deborah Kelly of Damnations TX sing back-up as guest artists. Titular will be released Tuesday, October 10 locally and on digital platforms.

Grageriart’s Compelling Consumer Cornucopia
Alt-classical composer and musician Peter Stopschinski and Rude Mechs co-producing artistic director Lana Lesley will open the show as “Grageriart,” a vocals-and-synth exploration of your favorite home shopping catalog made of over 50 short commercials, lists, feature articles, jingles, product listings, comments sections, and behind-the-scenes insights.

About the Show
Threadgill’s World Headquarters is located at 301 W. Riverside Dr., an easy walk from Zilker Park for ACL Music Fest attendees and convenient to bus stops for both MetroRapid 801 and 803. Onsite parking is also available. Doors open at 7pm. Grageriart performs at 8 pm, The Ron Titter Band at 9 pm, and Drums and Tuba at 10:15 pm. Copies of Titular will be available as will commemorative letterpress posters by New Orleans’ Planetary Magnetics Corporation. Advance tickets are available at www.threadgills.com. This is an all-ages show.

 

Showtimes

8:00 pm
Gragierart
9:00 pm
Ron Titter Band
10:00 pm
Drums and Tuba