Oh, what a night! Lance Lipinsky’s rendition of Jerry Lee Lewis, with a little Elvis thrown in, was a smashing success for the Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue’s [WAG] recent fundraiser WAGala held at the beautiful Old Glory Ranch. Lance and his band played their hearts out to a packed room with tunes that had everyone’s toes tapping! Energy bounced off the walls as those attending swelled with applause and cheers for the young performer. And to top it all off, lots of money was raised in their live and silent auctions for a very good cause.
A huge thank you is extended to the sponsors and those who attended and opened up their hearts and pocketbooks to help make this one of the most successful fundraisers for the WAG Adoption Group & Rescue to date! For those who were unable to attend, here’s a little teaser of what you missed [click photo below].
Decor was the perfect blend with vibrant colors of magenta and black, centerpieces of old LP records & 45’s, soda glasses filled with tasty dog treats and straws. Route 66 signs were floating above the stage area as Lipinsky and his group hammered out some pretty spectacular tunes from an era gone by!
WAG Adoption Group & Rescue organization is in its 6th year with the fulfillment of their dreams inching closer with fundraisers like this one. The WAG Rescue dream and ultimate goal is a noble one, a real brick and mortar no-kill facility that would serve as a temporary refuge for the ceaseless number of abandoned and unclaimed dogs and puppies in the Wimberley and western Hays County area. To date they have found forever homes for over 630 canines of various sizes and ages and also returned hundreds of ‘found dogs to their lost owners’. It’s a very worthwhile project and you can play a part, big or small! All this takes is people like you, who care about man’s best friend, reaching inside their wallets and tossing a little ‘green dough’ in the general direction of WAG Rescue, and they make it pretty easy! If you were unable to come to the event but still want to give, just click here, fill in a few lines and dollar amount and viola!, you’ve just helped save a dog! Or maybe you would like to consider being a foster parent for a dog while their forever human is located, that’s pretty easy, too! And if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to help in another way by volunteering, well, hot dog! they can help you solve that problem, too! See, WAG Rescue is here to help you as well as their canine friends. We’ll make it super simple for you, click here, find the area you want to help and you’re done, not to mention how great you’ll feel knowing you’ve just helped out.
“Regretfully, we are having to postpone our first Jazz Brunch until a later date. We are not cancelling this “glorious” gourmet special event with Austin Catering, we are merely rescheduling it for Valentine’s Day Sunday February 14th, 2016. Mark your calendars now to treat your special someone to live jazz, and scrumptious pairings in a stunning ranch setting. Check back in closer to the event for another “lovely affair to cherish” at Old Glory Ranch!”
Old Glory Ranch is pleased to announce their partnership with Austin Catering for their upcoming “Jazz Up Your Sunday-Funday Brunch” Series. Delight your taste buds with scrumptious offerings lovingly prepared by Austin Catering while your ears are soothed with the sounds of jazz from the Hot Texas Duo. All this while enjoying the glorious beauty of Old Glory Ranch, the premiere Texas Hill Country wedding and event venue. Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 18 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
What better way to spend a Sunday than gathering up your family and friends for an art filled day in Wimberley! Start with the Jazz Up Your Sunday-Funday Brunch at Old Glory Ranch, then hit the square for some amazing shopping, boutiques and art studios. Wrap up the evening by attending the Wimberley Players annual fundraiser, “Celebrate”, held at the Leaning Pear featuring jazz-fusion pianist Dylan Meek.
A cash bar will be available. Purchase tickets by 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 13th.
For more information call Old Glory Ranch at 512-847-3646.
Lots of buzz and anticipation is growing day-by-day around our little village as the annual Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue, [WAG Rescue] fundraiser rapidly approaches. Mark your calendar and get your tickets now for the WAGala, scheduled for 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 8th at Wimberley’s premiere event venue, Old Glory Ranch, topped off with fabulous Hill Country cuisine by Word of Mouth Catering. So, what’s all the buzz? Home grown entertainment is what everyone is really talking about as Lance Lipinsky returns to his home town to take center stage at Old Glory Ranch and light a fire under your boogie shoes with his Jerry Lee Lewis persona performance!
This young gifted artist has a large following and is beloved by Wimberley residents who watched him grow up. This means you should get your tickets now in order to assure you have the unique opportunity to step back to a simpler time and hear some Rockabilly piano pounding from one of our very own, Lance Lipinsky.
We also want to let you know a little about this equally amazing six-year-old WAG Adoption Group & Rescue organization and all it does for our four legged furry canine friends to help find their perfect human. The WAG Rescue dream and ultimate goal is a noble one, a real brick and mortar no-kill facility that would serve as a temporary refuge for the ceaseless number of abandoned and unclaimed dogs and puppies in the Wimberley and western Hays County area. To date they have found forever homes for over 630 canines of various sizes and ages and also returned hundreds of ‘found dogs to their lost owners’. It’s a very worthwhile project and you can play a part, big or small! All this takes is people like you, who care about man’s best friend, reaching inside their wallets and tossing a little cash-ola in the general direction of WAG Rescue, and they make it pretty easy! Just click here, fill in a few lines and dollar amount and viola!, you’ve just helped save a dog! Or maybe you would like to consider being a foster parent for a dog while their forever human is located, that’s pretty easy, too! And if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to help in another way by volunteering, well, hot dog! They can help you solve that problem, too! See, WAG Rescue is here to help you as well as their canine friends. We’ll make it super simple for you, click here, find the area you want to help and you’re done, not to mention how great you’ll feel knowing you’ve just helped out. But most of all, you need to GET YOUR TICKETS HERE, and NOW! This is going to be an event you won’t want to miss!
You don’t have to be from Wimberley to know Lance Lipinsky. But in order to see him performing on stage locally, you DO have to purchase a ticket for the upcoming annual Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue’s “WAGala,” then drive to beautiful Old Glory Ranch, be treated to delicious delicacies from Word of Mouth Catering, enjoy some delightful beverages, then be prepared to have your socks knocked off by an outstanding performance by a Jerry Lee Lewis re-make, Wimberley’s own Lance Lipinsky! Save the date for Thursday, October 8th, at Old Glory Ranch!
Some may ask, “who is this guy and why all the excitement?” We’ll fill in a few of those blanks for you. This daring young artist dropped out of Wimberley High School when he was a mere 17 years old and headed to the big times, Las Vegas, baby. After a few short months he auditioned for Legends in Concert in Las Vegas and was hired as a Jerry Lee Lewis tribute artist. And he took Vegas by storm! Then he discovered the annual “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender,” and the rest, as they say, is history. In his bio he says, “Not only did I not know this underground scene existed, but here I suddenly was, attending it for the first time, walking around in a daze being completely overwhelmed. I had dreamed of stuff like this and here it finally was in front of me for real. It was like seeing a ghost. This obsession with the past was always a curse and a blessing. The blessing was I got to carry it on but the curse was it’s not 1957 anymore. When I was kid, I used to go to my counselor in third grade because I would get upset that no one understood me. And here all of a sudden, my world had completely opened up to what I used to fantasize about.” And this new group of fanatics were also around Lance’s age! He then played the festival, grew a fan base, promoted himself on the internet and was booked year round.
Lance grew up in the small village of Wimberley, TX. While his classmates and friends were doing homework, Lance was already honing his craft by listening to and studying his dad’s record collection of artists like Elvis, Roy Orbison, and his real hero, Jerry Lee Lewis. However, Lance didn’t just listen to the records, he actually transformed himself into that time period along the way. His strong convictions of those days gone by led him to want to focus his career towards the modern underground Rockabilly movement. But he didn’t just stop at Vegas, he landed his first TV debut in 2009 on the original Ryman Grand Old Opry in Nashville, TN, where he met the real Jerry Lee who gave Lance his blessing. Then there was the amazing opportunity to be the house band on the David Letterman Show for 5 episodes as part of their “Elvis Week” series, followed by starring in the Chicago production of the Tony Award winning musical “Million Dollar Quarter.” Next comes his own album that he is working on with his group “Lance Lipinsky and the Lovers”. To accomplish that, he is building a recording studio utilizing period equipment to garner the same sounds as in the 50-60’s era. Digital may be the modern go-to, but any true musician will tell you that there’s nothing that captures sound quite like analog.
The bio on his website, by Charlie Parker, is an amazing stroll through Lance’s young life with snippets and videos of his youthful escapades as he was learning his craft. Lance said this in the bio “The greatest gift God ever have me was acne,” he explains, “Having braces didn’t help either. That lack of confidence forced me to kind of isolate myself and just play music. So because girls were never a distraction, I just practiced music even more. It’s all I ever did. I just taught myself.” And boy did he ever teach himself! Lance has a motto, “What’s good doesn’t die.” And we’d have to agree.
“I always liked Jerry Lee but it wasn’t until I started playing piano that I realized how much I under estimated him. It’s impossible to explain to someone that doesn’t play but pounding on the keys like him was an indescribable feeling. I realized that the energy in his rhythm and grooves was one of the most powerful things I’ve heard or played. Jerry Lee awakened my demons and made them dance,” said Lipinsky in the bio.
So those who want to purchase a ticket to help out this wonderful 501(c)3 Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue [WAG Rescue] come and see for yourself what all the rage is about, stroll on over to their website at www.wimberleywagrescue.org for more information, then dust off those dancin’ shoes, ’cause they’re gonna get a workout!
Even though he may be playing solo at this event, to get a feel of what you’re in store for, check this out….Lance Lipinsky rocks!
To read Lance’s bio and see more about this amazing young man’s journey, visit his website here.
We will see you there!
Old Glory Ranch, in conjunction with My Neighbors Keepers (MYNK), will be hosting a benefit concert, “Rockin’ the Recovery,” on Saturday, June 20th where all proceeds will go to benefit Wimberley flood victims. It will be a full afternoon and evening of live music, great food with area musicians and food vendors donating their talents for everyone’s enjoyment and to aid those affected by the Memorial Weekend flood. Headlining the event is Wimberley’s own Sarah Jarosz.
“I remember Sarah performing on the Old Glory Ranch stage when she was 10 years old,” said Suzanne McCord, owner of Old Glory Ranch. “She is an amazing young woman and a very gifted musician. We couldn’t be more thrilled that she is coming back to Old Glory to perform for this benefit. We know Wimberley has been on her heart during this very difficult time and it will be wonderful to welcome her home to contribute in such a beautiful way to help the people of this community. Who knows, maybe she will be inspired to write a song about the strength and resilience of her hometown friends and neighbors.”
A young Sarah and her mother Mary perform at an Old Glory Ranch concert
Jarosz earned her credibility in the world where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect. She has appeared twice on Austin City Limits and also on the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions as well as A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, Acoustic Cafe and Mountain Stage. In 2014, she made her late night television debut on Conan, followed a day later by an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. These two appearances happened while she was in Los Angeles to attend the Grammy awards for her two nominations for Best Folk Album (2013’s Build Me Up From Bones) and Best American Roots Song (for the title track). Her first album, Song Up In Her Head, yielded a Grammy nomination for her instrumental Mansinneedof. Jarosz has also been nominated for Americana Music Associations Honors and Awards for New/Emerging Artist of the Year (2010), Instrumentalist of the Year (2011), Song of the Year (2012 for Come Around from Follow Me Down) and Album of the Year (2014).
Other groups in the lineup include Shake Russell, Kim Miller, Jill Jones & 3 Hands High, Broken Glass, Heather Wiley, Michael Shane Borden, The Rust Tones, and T-Bone & the Blues Tones. Performances on multiple stages and food trucks will be on site with delicious offerings as well as beverages (no outside food or beverages please).
All proceeds will go directly to My Neighbors Keepers, a 501(c)3 non profit offering immediate, short-term financial assistance to residents of the Wimberley Valley affected by natural disasters, such as flooding or fire.
Tickets are available online at three different levels, $75 per person for VIP Reserved Main Stage [limited number available], $25 per person for Main Stage Open Seating [limited number available but guaranteed a seat], and $15 per person General Admission [outdoor seating]. To order your tickets click My Neighbors Keepers to be directed to their website.
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See Jarosz Build Me Up From Bones video here.
Old Glory Ranch, a unique and fun Texas Hill Country event venue, was thrilled to serve as the backdrop for the WAGala and their featured entertainment, Hal Ketchum. The event was a huge success raising funds for our four legged friends to help them find their forever homes. Ketchum lit up the stage along with studio band members Kenny Grimes, Rick Richards and Paul Glasse at the Sunday fundraiser. Ketchum has three rescue dogs of his own and talked about life lessons to those in attendance as he poured his heart into each song. He has recently released his 11th album titled “I’m the Troubadour” which is available on iTunes.
WAG [Wimberley Adoption Group] & Rescue serves Wimberley and the surrounding areas including Dripping Springs and Blanco. WAG Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization who depends on volunteers, donations and fundraisers to be able to care for abandoned, neglected, unclaimed and surrendered dogs and puppies. They provide medical care for these animals, and place them in a nurturing foster environment where they receive training and learn socialization skills until they are ready to be adopted into loving, forever homes. WAG Rescue provides spay-neuter vouchers through Emancipet for Wimberley residents and is a resource for lost and found animals for our area. “We decided it was time to raise the bar for our fundraisers,” said WAG spokesperson Pat Davis. “What better way than to have a great entertainer such as Hal Ketchum and a beautiful Texas Hill Country backdrop like Old Glory Ranch. We feel like our mission was definitely accomplished.”
More about Hal Ketchum – Copied from his “I’m the Troubadour” bio:
“Five years ago, Hal Ketchum packed up his guitars and left Nashville, turning his back on a successful, 20+ year career in country music. He’s already sold more than 5 million albums, racking up a half-dozen Top 10 hits – including staples like “Small Town Saturday Night,” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll” – along the way. But Ketchum was exhausted, and his multiple sclerosis, a condition that often left him partially paralyzed, wasn’t making matters any easier. He wanted to go home. And that’s exactly what the singer/songwriter did, heading back to Texas for some peace, quite, and serious introversion.
“I was hiding out,” he admits. “I’d been in the public for so long. I didn’t even go into town; I had my daughter bring me groceries. I develop a form of agoraphobia, really. I found pleasure in watching the stars at night and watching the sun during the afternoon. I also put out a lot of bird feeders and basically talked to myself all day long.”
It was a relaxing time. Try as he might, though, Ketchum couldn’t stop his musical wheels from spinning. As he sat on the porch of his home — a renovated, 19th century grist mill in the middle of the Texas Hill Country — he began documenting everything he saw. He jotted down the memories that crossed his mind, too. Before long, new songs began appearing. The process felt entirely different from Ketchum’s final years in Nashville, back when songwriting had been a job. This time around, songwriting was something more. It was personal. It was casual. It was also a rallying cry for Ketchum, who decided he wasn’t ready to give up music, after all.
Those new songs became the foundation of Ketchum’s newest album, I’m the Troubadour. Recorded in a series of single takes, I’m the Troubadour is the sound of an artist finding his own redemption in the strum of an acoustic guitar, the boom of a kick drum, and the trill of an upright piano. It’s an album inspired by years of struggle, performed by a songwriting legend who’s glad to finally get his groove back.
On “I’m the Troubadour,” Ketchum ditches the country rulebook and tackles a combination of folk, blues, and soul music instead, tying the whole thing together with the rootsy rumblings of his studio band — whose members include guitarist Kenny Grimes and drummer Rick Richards — and the same croon that helped make him a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1994. I’m the Troubadour also marks his first release for Music Road Records, an Austin-based label co-run by folk artist Jimmy LaFave.
Strangely enough, the latest release from Ketchum — now 61 years old — brings to mind the thrill of his earliest albums. Back then, Ketchum was a young cabinet maker from Gruene, TX, who wrote his own songs about love, longing, and life in the American South. He hit the country market shortly after artists like Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Travis Tritt, three likeminded troubadours who also wrote their own material. A bemused Earle called the movement “the great credibility scare of 1990,” laughing at the fact that country music — typically a conservative genre — was suddenly being steered by young, creative wild men.
“I’m the Troubadour” has a similar sound, a left-of-center immediacy that makes it one of the most important albums in Ketchum’s career. After logging nearly two decades on the roster of Curb Records, Ketchum has earned the right to call his own shots. He isn’t following any rules. He isn’t catering to any trends. Instead, he’s simply following his muse wherever it leads, from the bluesy, roadhouse rock & roll of the title track — a biographical song about touring across the country, one stage at a time — to the jazzy swell of “New Mexican Rain.” Meanwhile, he also puts an updated stamp on two of his older tunes, even turning “I Know Where Love Lives” into a surprise duet with blues singer Tameca Jones.
“I’d reached a point during my time in Nashville where I’d fallen into that mill worker mentality, where you’re only as good as your last record,” Ketchum remembers. “If the phone didn’t ring for two days, I was crushed. I’d worked myself into this odd place, where you have to be validated by your previous accomplishments. To be liberated from that kind of pressure is really fantastic. The pressure’s off now. I’m just old Hal now. I’m 61 years old, and I still have a lot to say.”
Half a decade ago, Ketchum thought he’d permanently closed the book on his songwriting career. Thankfully, I’m the Troubadour starts a new chapter.”
And we are very pleased that he has!
WAG Rescue may be reached at  847-3200 or you may donate on their website at http://www.wimberleywagrescue.org
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